Every parent has a goal to do their absolute best for their child. At this moment we are hoping and praying that you determine us to be what is best for the little lovey you are carrying. We cannot imagine the burden you bear in making this decision and hope that in getting to know us that burden may be lifted.
Our story together began in August of 2009 when Erica began physical therapy school and Rob was finishing his own physical therapy degree. We were friends before we began dating, but undeniably fell in love. Our first year of knowing one another was a whirlwind of vacations, weekend getaways to adjacent cities, meeting each other's family members, and discussing our dreams for the future. We were married in October of 2011 and in April of 2014 our family went from two to three. During our eight years together we have been through multiple moves, weddings, funerals, births, and everything in between. Our decision to adopt has not come about lightly. We have spent years discussing our best course of action hoping to become a family of four and for many reasons have decided adoption is the path we should take.
Before we were blessed with the birth of our son, Liam, we struggled with a miscarriage and an extremely challenging pregnancy for Erica's health while she carried Liam. It wasn't until after giving birth to Liam that we realized how close Erica had been to requiring major surgery to correct the toll Crohn's disease had taken on her body. It took almost two years from the time Erica was diagnosed with Crohn's disease during her pregnancy until she was formally in remission. Those two years were filled with the joys of having our first child and the devastation of having three separate physicians advising us to take measures not to become pregnant again. The decision to pursue adoption became much easier when we considered the quality of life we wanted to provide for our children. That quality of life did not include a sick mother who required surgeries and hospitalizations. Being in remission has meant we can live an unrestricted life like anyone else and we can all fully experience the joys of being a healthy and thriving family.
Despite being a happy and healthy family we still felt incomplete. We still dream of being a family of four. Liam continues to let us know he would love to have a sibling each time we see families with multiple children out playing together. Adoption had frequently come up in conversation, even prior to becoming pregnant with Liam. We had always considered adoption to be a rewarding opportunity to grow our family while providing unconditional love to a tiny human. What we have only recently come to realize is how we need another child as much as they may need us. When we picture growing older as a family we see our children playing together, becoming friends as they become adults, sharing in their experiences as they find love and start their own families, and allowing us the gift of being there to support them as their parents.
Being a parent has been an honor and a gift beyond our wildest imaginations. It has changed us each personally, how we view the world, our relationship with one another, and has helped is to truly understand what is important to us. Adopting a child is one of the most important things we will do in our lives, but it is only the beginning of a story that we cannot wait to be a part of.
How the story of our adopted child plays out will be an adventure to behold. We hope, and intend, to share this adventure with you in the form of letters, photographs, etc. We thank you for taking time to get to know us and hope to get to know more about you soon.
Rob and Erica
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