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David & Kristen
We are extremely grateful to you for considering us to become parents to your child. As a couple, we truly believe that God has led us to the path of adoption to achieve our dreams of becoming parents. Not only do we have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for each other, but also for the strength and courage that you have exemplified in this decision. We are overjoyed to work with you throughout this process.
What it Means to be a Parent
Becoming parents has been our ultimate dream since we married in 2012. Parenthood is truly the most difficult, challenging, yet most rewarding job that we are excitedly awaiting. Raising a child to be an honest, loving, polite, respectful, kind, and generous individual will be the most fulfilling role of our lives. We look forward to teaching a child the value of human life, and the importance of helping those less fortunate.
We are thrilled to experience a child's first words and first steps, birthday parties, and bedtime stories each night. We have so much love to give, and intend to provide all of the tools necessary to help this child realize his or her own dreams and potential.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Kristen about Dave: I love Dave's fantastic sense of humor and infectious smile. He is honest, caring, and sensitive. Dave is very hardworking and dependable and always stays true to his word. He has a true compassion for those less fortunate, and his countless years of volunteering with various organizations has inspired me to give back to those in need. Dave is truly a gentleman, and I love that he still opens the car door for me even after four years of marriage.
Dave about Kristen: Kristen is the most caring, unselfish, and hardworking woman that I have ever met. She gives so much love to others and is genuinely a good person. Kristen values honesty, respect, and compassion, and demonstrates this to everyone she comes in contact with. This is what truly makes her excel in her role as a family physician.
Family Dream/Dreams for this Child
We dream of raising a child with all of the love, support, happiness, encouragement, family values, morals, and educational opportunities that we can provide to help ensure his or her future success in achieving whatever dream lies ahead. We wish for this child to be active in sports or dance classes, in addition to volunteer activities to assist those less fortunate and in need.
Our dreams are for this child to go to college to further their education, to have the opportunity for travel to see the world, and to ultimately find their soulmate to start a family of their own.
We hope to instill the philosophy to "think big, dream big, believe big, and the results will be big."
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful, vibrant city, with many biking and nature trails, parks, a library, and an upbeat downtown area lined with restaurants and unique shops. One of our favorite events of our downtown area is the annual “Big, Bright Light Show,” where all of the local businesses light up their buildings with more than one million glimmering holiday lights. There is also a beautiful outdoor winter festival complete with fireworks, dog sled races, sledding, ice sculptures, and ice skating. We love celebrating the Christmas season here as it truly inspires the holiday mood.
There are many younger children in our neighborhood. Our subdivision hosts an annual Halloween parade and party complete with games, a bounce house, pizza and cider.
Our downtown hosts various popular art festivals, one of which ranks among the nation's top fine art fairs, with over 290 artists from across the country.
As we live only five minutes from a major university, there is never a shortage of activities.
Our home has four bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and is situated on a pond, with many trees and flowers surrounding. It is a most peaceful, serene environment, and we enjoy eating dinner outdoors, while watching the deer and many exotic birds from our deck. We are thrilled to begin to decorate the baby's room of our home.
Kristen’s favorite room of the house is her office, while Dave loves watching football in the family room of our finished basement. We can't wait to take a child out for a walk or a bike ride through the neighborhood.
Our Extended Families
We both come from very close-knit families, and family togetherness is something we both have grown up with and value most of all. We regularly attend family dinners, holiday parties, and the birthday parties of our eight nieces and nephews. Kristen's sister and parents live close, and we spend much time with her two young nephews, who lovingly refer to her as "Aunt Kiki." We love spending an evening watching Star Wars and Bubble Guppies, or playing with dinosaurs while babysitting. Sunday dinners with her family are something that we often enjoy during the weekends. Spending Christmas Eve at her mom's house for her annual party, followed by attending Midnight Mass, has been a tradition Kristen has grown up with, and one that we intend to continue with our child. Kristen’s parents have a condo in Florida, and we love to vacation there annually to escape the cold.
Dave's family is a little larger, with two parents, two older sisters and a brother, all of whom live close. We enjoy attending the baseball, football, and basketball games of his six nieces and nephews, and also enjoy touring their college campuses now that some are getting older. Participating in the white elephant gift tradition for Christmas has been a family favorite.
Our families are ecstatic to soon be welcoming a new grandchild and niece/nephew and we can't wait to introduce this child to our extended family!
From Us to You
We are incredibly grateful to you for considering us to become parents to your child. While we cannot begin to imagine the emotion that is involved for you in making such a decision, we highly respect you for the strength and courage you most certainly possess.
We met about six years ago and have been married since August 2012. We are truly best friends who work well together as a team. Kristen works full-time as a family medicine physician, and Dave works full-time as a commercial manager for a leading automotive supplier. While we have achieved our career goals, we are now ready to pursue our ultimate life-long goal of becoming parents. Kristen plans to reduce her work schedule significantly when she becomes a mother in order to devote her time to a child, as motherhood will be her top priority.
We have always dreamed of becoming parents, but this hasn't happened for us easily. We suffered two pregnancy losses at eleven and eight weeks, and have been struggling with infertility for the past one and a half years. These losses have had a tremendous impact on us, and have further solidified the value we place on human life.
The challenges we have faced in the last four years have further strengthened our relationship with each other, and with God. We truly feel that through our countless prayers, God has led us to the path of adoption to achieve our dreams of becoming parents, and that this has been His plan for us all along.
We have an enormous amount of love to give a child, and can assure you that your child will be raised to be an honest, ethical, respectful, generous, and faith-filled individual, who will be encouraged to pursue his or her dreams. Education will be paramount in the child's upbringing, and we intend to support and encourage the child every step of the way.
Furthermore, we both have wonderful, supportive families who are absolutely ecstatic at the thought of welcoming a baby to the family. Both of our families live close, and your child will have many cousins with whom to grow up. We have many wonderful family traditions that we cannot wait to share with your child. We promise to send pictures and letters capturing the significant milestones in your child's life so you will know that he or she is being well-cared for and loved unconditionally.
We do intend for your child to learn early on of their adoption story, and the extremely selfless act of love that you chose for him or her. This is a significant part of their history and we plan to discuss it openly and proudly.
We would like to thank you again for your consideration. We have a tremendous amount of love for each other, and for a future child, and are overjoyed to work with you to make our dreams of parenthood come true.
David & Kristen
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