Adopting another child is an opportunity for more in our lives. More love, more laughter, more hugs, and more fun. We have always dreamed of being a family of four and having a younger sibling for our son to grow up with. Being parents has been the greatest adventure of our lives, and it is one that we hope you will consider us as parents for your child.
When we found out we were pregnant with our son, Liam, we were cautious. We had already endured a miscarriage together, but truly could not contain our excitement. The pregnancy turned out to take quite an emotional and physical toll on both of us. Erica was sick for the majority of the pregnancy and at six months along was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. The pregnancy did not get easier, and it took about 18 months after giving birth for Erica to go into remission. Although Erica is healthy now, and the symptoms resolved we were instructed not to get pregnant again. Hearing this information was devastating; we always pictured our family being larger, and Liam growing up with siblings.
In our life, there has been no greater adventure than watching our family grow together. Through each challenge and success, though, we find ourselves saying we want more: more dancing, singing in the car, bedtime stories, and hilarious little kid moments with cuddles in the middle of the night. Liam shares our need - he informs us often that he can't wait to have a little brother or sister in his life. This is our hope for adoption: to fill a need in our family for more love, more laughter, and more support for each of us through all of life's adventures and challenges.
While our priorities have shifted throughout our years together, our primary focuses have been on our new growing family, and creating opportunities to learn while living life to its fullest potential. These priorities were put to the test when we made our decision to move to Kansas. Although it was difficult to move farther from our immediate families, Rob had an incredible job offer which not only allowed for Erica to stay at home with our son, but also fund our dreams of travel while saving up for the future. Discipline, hard work, and family-centric goals drive us daily.
With that in mind - our priorities aren't only about money; it's about us giving our children opportunities that we, ourselves, didn't have when we were young (our son as well as our child we haven't met yet!), and carrying on with opportunities that we were blessed to have. Assisting our children in funding their college educations, traveling, sporting events, camps, helping our children participate in school and sports, and so many more little daily details. Our priority is our family and our children. Our goal is to thrive individually and together, experiencing a richness to our lives every day that send our children into the world wanting to make it a better place.
Education, and a lifetime of learning, is very important in our family. It required discipline, hard work, and the love and support of our families to get through graduate school. Now, with our children, we intend to instill our love of learning at young ages. Part of our love for learning has come from reading (anything and everything) from a young age, and our being encouraged by our parents to explore questions instead of easily being given "the answer". We look forward to the challenge of finding the fun and love of learning within our children.
Growing up we were both in Scouts, honors societies, school councils, research teams, and Rob even attended space camp. We hope to provide even more opportunities for learning, facilitating our children to thrive with what they enjoy learning and challenge them to push the limits where they may be uncomfortable. We are blessed to live in an exemplary school district that shares our passion for learning and provides extensive resources and extracurricular activities to give our children a stellar education. (And Rob looks forward to going back to Space Camp, one day, with the kids!)
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