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Trey & Stephanie
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us! We're excited about adoption and grateful you'd consider us for such an incredible, life-changing gift. We look forward to sharing the immense love we have for each other with a child, and investing ourselves to create a loving, safe, and joyful home, where your child will thrive and be ready to accomplish any goal they pursue in life.
Our Leisure Time
We try to balance our leisure time with a healthy mix of “active” and “relaxing.” On the active side, we do CrossFit, go biking on weekends, and love ski trips. In the summer, floating in our pool is a great way to relax and cool down. We also love to watch movies and can’t wait to introduce a child to some of our favorites: Avengers, Star Wars, and Planet of the Apes. One of Steph’s favorite childhood memories is of her father waking her up to watch a late-night showing of the original King Kong. We’d love to create similar memories with our child.
In addition to being a writer, Trey is a book worm. We have bookshelves crammed with stories of all kinds—action, sci-fi, mystery, adventure—and he looks forward to passing that love of reading along.
As a kid, Steph grew up fishing in the pond and exploring for frogs in the creek at her family’s farm. As adults, we still visit the farm during the spring and summer, relaxing with family over Fourth of July and dreaming of the day when we can take our kid down to the creek and watch them have their own adventures.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Vacation and travel are extremely important to us—our desire to experience new places, cultures, and people is one of the things that drew us together. This love of striking out on new adventures is something we can’t wait to share. Some of our favorite places so far include Costa Rica, Italy (Rome and Venice), France (Paris), and Scotland. We’re also excited to see the Australian Outback, go on a photo safari in Africa, and visit the beaches in Greece.We love travel because it lets us immerse ourselves in different cultures and explore new sights and tastes. We believe experiences like this shape a child’s life—stoke their curiosity, make them unafraid to tackle new challenges, and expose them to the bigger, brighter world. We want your child to not just see new places but to also experience the best of them first hand and incorporate those experiences into who they are. Our home will always be a safe and comfortable place to grow up, but we also want a child to see the world beyond their neighborhood.
Adoption in Our Lives
We’ve seen first-hand the unbelievable impact that adoption has on an entire family. Trey’s step-sister adopted a brother-sister pair from Ethiopia. Lucy was an infant at the time, while Drew was five.
Five years later, both kids are thriving in their new home…and the house is full of energy, activity, and laughter. Trey’s sister and brother-in-law are raising not only Lucy and Drew, but two biological children as well. At Christmas, we joined them at Disney World and watched the kids go crazy for rollercoasters, Disney characters, and fireworks—and we felt so fortunate to share in their joy and excitement.
Trey’s sister and her husband are committed to being completely up-front and honest regarding adoption. They believe that Lucy and Drew should understand where they come from, know that their birth parents love them greatly, and know that the adoption decision was made out of that love. We plan to emulate that approach. As we’ve watched Lucy and Drew grow and become a source of pride, amazement, and joy for their adoptive parents, the experience strengthened not only how we felt about adoption, but also about parenthood in general.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a two-story, four-bedroom house in the suburbs of a major Midwestern city. One of the things that drew us to this house, aside from its location in a quiet, safe neighborhood, was that it has a big yard that backs up to woods, and an in-ground pool - the perfect spot to teach a kid to swim. Inside, we have a large family room surrounded by windows, eat-in kitchen, dining room, finished basement with a game room, and Trey’s office, where he does most of his writing. The house also came with a two-story wooden play house in the yard - the perfect “fort” or “castle” from which your child can start all kinds of make-believe adventures.
Our area is centrally located to everything - the elementary school is only a mile from our house, one of the nation’s best zoos is 20 minutes away, plus there's a large park with a huge playground less than a mile from us. Steph’s parents live about 10 minutes away and we have a family farm with a pond, pool, and a freshwater spring that's only a 45-minute drive from our front door.
Our Extended Families
We have a huge family, and everyone is excited at the prospect of us adopting a baby! Most of Steph’s family lives nearby and we see them often. Trey’s parents live in Texas, and his brother lives near Kansas City. Trey’s step-mom lives in Florida, and his step-sister is in Michigan.
Even though Trey’s side of the family is spread out, we try to see each other 3-4 times a year. Last Christmas, we went with Trey’s step-sister’s family to Disney World—a trip we loved, and one we can’t wait to take with our own child one day.
Spending quality time with family is one of our favorite things – be it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, or New Year’s. When we get together with Trey’s step-family to celebrate Christmas, family tradition includes a card-game gift grab. We laugh a lot and talk smack as we compete for little gifts. When we celebrate Hanukkah with Steph’s family, we eat potato pancakes, light the candles, play dreidel, and exchange gifts.
Another family tradition we can’t wait to share is picking out a pumpkin for Halloween. Growing up, Steph’s family rule was that she could have the biggest pumpkin she could carry out of the patch by herself. We plan to use that same rule with our child, once they’re big enough to carry their own pumpkin.
From Us to You
We’d like to start by saying thank you - both for considering adoption, and for considering us. We know this is not an easy decision and we respect your courage in making it.
We’re here because, while we love and enjoy each other’s company immensely, we want to share that love with a child. We’ve known each other for more than six years, and have been married for the last three. Our relationship initially began with friendship rather than romance, which gave us a solid foundation from the start. We also had already established our own lives and careers before we met, so we could focus our energy on building our lives as a couple, since we already knew who we were individually. Very early in our relationship, though, we knew we wanted our lives together to include a child. However, in spite of extensive efforts, including medical assistance, we weren’t able to get pregnant. That fact hasn’t changed our enthusiasm for being parents at all, just the way we need to go about it - which brings us to you.
We can assure you, if you select us, we will love your child with everything we have, and our lives will be devoted to providing a safe, happy home for him or her to thrive.
We strongly value education and live in an area with public schools that are ranked as some of the best in the state. We both went to public school and benefited from growing up with children of various cultural and economic backgrounds. We also both went to college, and would prepare the child to attend the college of their choice when the time comes - if that is the path they choose. While we value academic education, we also believe life experiences play a huge part in a child’s development and happiness. We look forward to sharing many of our interests: things like fishing, visits to museums, hiking adventures in the woods, camping trips, and reading lots of stories. We’ll play with the dogs in the yard, learn to swim, do arts and crafts, and share our favorite movies as the child grows into them. We’ll travel too, going somewhere new, in the U.S. or internationally, as often as we can.
We can’t wait to share all the things we love, and see the child develop his or her own favorite things. Our mission is to provide a happy, healthy childhood, but also a strong foundation for the child so they have the choice to do whatever they want in life.
And through it all, we want to include you in the picture. We are open to sending letters, e-mails, pictures, having periodic phone calls, and are open to future visits. Above all, we want you to see how your child is doing, and we want your child to know where they came from and to understand they are loved by you as well as us, and what a gift adoption is.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and we wish you well no matter what you decide.
Trey & Stephanie
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