Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about our lives. We know that you don’t know us and we don’t know you. We don’t know your circumstances. We don’t know what decisions you have already made and are still making regarding your pregnancy. But, we do know that you must love your baby so much for considering options for what will be best for your child. Please know that through this journey, we are thinking and praying for you and your baby daily.
We met over 7 years ago and the day after our first date, we each told our friends that we knew we had found ‘the one.’ We have been married for over 5 years now. Whether we are simply spending a snowed-in weekend binging Netflix shows or going on a fun vacation, we truly just love spending our time together.
We have always known that we wanted to be parents and after a period of infertility treatments, Lindsay was able to have a healthy pregnancy and delivery of our amazing daughter, Alice. Raising Alice has thus far been the most challenging and incredible thing we have done and we have been looking forward to having another child since we brought her home from the hospital! As much as we love our family of three, our family does not feel quite complete yet. We hope to have two kids close in age so they can grow up being friends like we both were with our siblings.
Adoption for our second child is our plan A. After a lot of consideration and prayer, we truly know that we are being led to adoption. Adoption is something that we have seen in our lives in different ways. Lindsay has an adopted cousin. From the moment she was adopted, she was instantly part of the family and our child will be loved and supported in the same way. We have friends that have adopted children and friends that have been adopted. Our child will always have a network of other friends and role models that have experienced adoption. We know wholeheartedly that we will love our adopted child in the same way as our daughter.
Steve is a Lutheran pastor at a church full of young families. On any given Sunday or Wednesday, you will see dozens of kids running around and playing with each other. Lindsay is a part-time nurse and is able to spend most days at home with Alice. After the baby arrives, we are so grateful that Steve will be able to take a month off of work and Lindsay will have 4 full months off with the possibility to decrease her work hours further.
We have so many hopes and dreams for our family. We both have wonderful memories from our childhoods and want our children to be able to say the same thing. We dream of Friday night game and pizza nights and Saturday morning walks to the park to play. We can already imagine taking our children on exciting vacations to Disney World and national parks. Each child will feel supported to explore their gifts and talents. We do not expect our children to fill a particular mold and will encourage them to participate in the activities they are passionate about.
If you choose us to be the parents of your child, we will always be connected to each other in some way. Although we do not know the details of your desire for communication, we are more than happy to provide you with pictures and updates. We are open to additional communication as well, such as: e-mail, phone calls, etc. depending on your preference. We plan to have very open lines of communication with our child about his or her adoption story and our child will always know how much he or she is loved by you.
Thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to share our lives with you. If you do choose adoption and us, you can rest assured that we will always love this child with all of our hearts.
Steve and Lindsay
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