As we write this letter it is hard to put into words how much we respect and admire your strength. Nothing we say could ever truly convey how we feel about you and the decision you’re considering. We are so excited to become parents, but acknowledge that through our happiness there is also sadness. If you choose us to parent your child, we promise to love them as if they were born from our blood.
We have been married for four years and together for 14. Our story began when we were awkward teenagers in middle school and has grown into a love and commitment we feel fortunate to experience. We always knew we wanted to have children, but unfortunately, three years ago, after undergoing several tests and a year of fertility treatments, we learned that having children biologically would be almost impossible. While the last few years have been difficult and have tested us in more ways than we could imagine, we feel stronger now than we ever have. Marriage and life aren't easy, but we feel confident that our resilience and promise to each other will help us as parents.
We look forward to bringing a child into our lives and loving them unconditionally. We look forward to teaching them love, respect, and ethical values to help them become citizens of the world. We look forward to encouraging and supporting their dreams, goals, and hopes for the future. We look forward to laughing and playing, kissing boo-boos, and wiping away tears. We look forward to camping trips with cousins, visiting Mickey and Minnie at Disney World, and exploring cities and countries together as a family.
Family is our number one priority. We are lucky that grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all live in the same state -- our entire extended family is eager to love on a new child and we are thrilled that there will always be family around. We also have several close friends that we grew up with all living and raising their children in the same area so there are plenty of children around for playdates.
We were both fortunate enough to play sports and explore a variety of activities so it is important to us to provide the same opportunities for our child. Whether they want to play football, do ballet or compete in the science fair, we will be their loudest cheerleaders and champions.
We believe in raising a child that isn’t afraid to stumble or make mistakes because they know that they are loved and that no matter what, we are always there to catch them. We believe in teaching them to work hard and be humble and that not everyone they meet will be kind, but that they should always be kind in return.
We promise to speak only with love and respect of you in our home and share with them how much you love them as well. We promise to send letters and pictures so that you can see them grow and become the beautiful person you helped create. We also promise that if we have a child from a different cultural or ethnic background than our own, we will research and connect with others so that we can provide opportunities for the child to explore their heritage and give them the support they need in discovering who they are.
Thank you for considering us to parent your child. We believe that while life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect, every obstacle, every detour, every blessing and every heartache are all a part of the story and that without each of those moments, we cannot live the life meant for us.
Eric and Theresa
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