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Mike & Leanne
We are thrilled for the opportunity to provide you with a glimpse into our lives and are thankful you are taking time to get to know us. We admire the strength and courage it must take to make this difficult decision. Please have faith that if chosen, we will provide a safe home full of love and laughter for your child.
Our Adoption Story
Several years ago we decided to embark on a life-changing journey to grow our family through adoption. In October 2014, one phone call changed our lives for the better. We met Luke's birth mom the day before he was born and began a relationship with the woman who would forever hold a special place in our hearts. We spent time talking and getting to know each other, including hopes and dreams for this little guy. As we sat waiting to hear the lullaby over the hospital loudspeaker indicating a baby was born, we prayed, hoped, dreamed about our new family. When the nurse brought him in, our hearts were immediately filled with joy! We have been in love with him ever since.
We still communicate with Luke's birth mother through email, written updates and pictures to let her know what how Luke is doing and sharing what a happy, healthy and loving boy he is. We admire Luke's birth mother for the courageous decision she made and know it was with great love that she made that choice. We will be forever grateful for her role in bringing us our son and making us so happy.
We are excited about adopting again. We hope that our children will share a special bond because of their shared adoption experience. Siblings are a blessing to us and we pray our children will also be abundantly blessed by having one another.
Our Leisure Time
We enjoy spending time at the beach, biking all over the island, visiting the local farmers market, taking part in festivals in our town (there's at least 2-3 a month), spending time with friends and family, attending church and volunteering our time in our community. One of our son's first words was 'outside' and boy, have we spent some time outside! Fortunately, there are a multitude of outdoor activities available to choose from!
On the days we choose indoor activities, we are content with reading a good book, playing games of all varieties, having dance parties and just goofing off. While we live in a somewhat small community, there is a big city not too far away where there are endless opportunities for fun and entertainment including water parks, museums, amusement parks, theaters, etc.
We moved in to our current home in 2011 and have enjoyed working inside and out to make it our paradise and our perfect family home. And while Mike takes pleasure in working in the yard, Leanne enjoys relaxing in the peaceful oasis he's created. Luke is content to be with Mom and Dad, trying to 'help' in any way he can.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Leanne loves that Mike can make her laugh at any time. He never meets a stranger and shows compassion like no other. He is humble and always puts others before himself. Mike admires that Leanne is so caring, unselfish and thoughtful. The needs of others always come first, and she gives of herself completely. Her sense of humor can make any situation better, and her smile and laughter light up the room. These qualities have never been more pronounced than when we became parents. Whether it’s in raising our child or watching him develop his own personality, we are more confident daily that God put us together for a greater purpose. While we have similarities, we believe what makes us a strong couple is our differences. While Mike is more spontaneous and easy going, Leanne likes to plan ahead and be organized. Both qualities combine to make us a well-rounded couple as well as parents.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in an idyllic small beach town in Florida. Our house is situated on a large lot in a great and safe neighborhood surrounded by mature oak trees, azaleas and camellias. We have wonderful neighbors around us, including families with children and retired couples who treat us like family, and are often found outside in their yards or taking walks. Our home has 4 bedrooms and plenty of space to play both inside and out. We enjoy sitting outside on one of our three shaded oak decks or in our driveway enjoying the beautiful sunshine or a friendly neighbor walking by.
We are within walking distance to the beach, numerous parks, a recreational center that includes a swimming pool and kids play area, and a quaint historic downtown area with multiple shops, restaurants and a marina. Often times, we walk or bike to the beach or downtown area for one of the many festivals and events that are offered year round. We are also within minutes of local A-rated schools, shopping and the area hospital.
Our town is filled with numerous young families, many of them we call friends. We are active in our local church just minutes away and often participate in activities for children and adults alike. The sense of community is noticed everywhere from the grocery store to the gas station and everywhere in between. And everyone is so friendly; you rarely encounter someone without a smile.
Our Extended Families
Family has always been important to us. Leanne grew up in a small, but close-knit family who remain an active part of our lives. We are fortunate to have Leanne’s parents nearby and they can’t wait to babysit. Mike, on the other hand, experienced the joy of growing up in a larger family, who we enjoy visiting all over the country throughout the year.
You can rest assured your child will be immediately welcomed into the family with open arms, complete with two sets of grandparents, multiple aunts, uncles and cousins who are already anxious to meet the little one. We have a great cast of characters within our family as well, from the sports minded to the artistic, from the loud to the quiet, and from the serious to the hilarious. One thing we all have in common is our love for and support of each other and each of our differences.
From Us to You
Hi! We are Mike and Leanne and we are grateful for you taking time to read a little about us and hear our story. We hope this gives you a small glimpse into our lives and answers some questions you may have about us. While we can't begin to imagine what you must be thinking and feeling right now, we do know that you will ultimately make the right decision, and we fully support that decision. We hope you are able to find peace and solace during this journey. And if you do choose to pursue the path of adoption, we hope and pray part of that decision includes considering us to raise your child.
We have been happily married over 13 years and have known each other more than 16. God has blessed us in many ways and we are truly grateful. One of those blessings arrived through adoption several years ago. After struggling with infertility for 6 years, we went on an adoption journey, which led us to our son, Luke. We were confident God had designed us to be parents and were overjoyed upon receiving the call. Both being raised in loving families who instilled great qualities in us, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to extend those qualities on our Luke. It has been amazing to watch Luke grow each day, physically, intellectually and emotionally. But we've also seen ourselves grow. We've grown through patience, humility, self control and abundant, selfless love. He has made an enormous impact on our lives. Our positive adoption experience and our strong desire to have another child has led us to consider growing our family through adoption again.
Please know, that if you choose us, we promise to love this child wholeheartedly, provide for them unselfishly, guide them in life's hard decisions, celebrate their accomplishments, teach them about God's love and grace and provide opportunity for them to discover all the joy life has to offer. They will not know a day without immense love surrounding them. Ultimately, our promise is to provide a secure home full of laughter, love, respect and compassion. We are fully committed to welcoming your child with open arms.
We appreciate that you have taken the time to read our profile and are thankful for the chance to be considered. We have the utmost respect for you and your courage in considering adoption for your child. If you choose adoption, please know that your child will know about the sacrifice you made. We intend to be very open with discussing our path to adoption and plan to share letters, pictures and stories with you. In addition, your child will know their birth story from the beginning and always know of your selfless courage and love for them which enabled you to give your child the best life possible. We have complete faith that you will make the right decision for you and for the baby. And we pray that whatever your decision, you may find comfort and peace. We cannot wait to hear from and about you.
With respect and admiration,
Mike & Leanne
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