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Charles & Jessica
Thank you for allowing us to introduce ourselves. We have been married for 17 years and are proud to be part of a joyful, committed and loving family. We adopted our son two years ago, and are so excited to expand our family with the addition of another child. We feel blessed to be given the opportunity to parent your child, and look forward to the journey that lies ahead.
Adoption in Our Lives
We had always considered adoption as an option to grow our family. Jessica has two cousins who are adopted, and our family has always talked openly about how adoption brought them into our lives. When we felt we were ready to take the next step into parenthood, we knew adoption was the choice for us.
Our most memorable moment was the day we first met our son and his birth mother. We had been going through the adoption process, and got the call that we had been selected by a birth mother, but needed to leave in a matter of hours to meet her. We did not have a carseat or stroller yet, but immediately picked those items up, packed our bags and were on the road to meet the little man who would change our lives forever. We drove all night, stopping only for gasoline and coffee and talked and held hands the entire trip. When we finally arrived, tired and excited, we met our son who had already been born and his birth mother; one of the most incredible women we have been given the opportunity to know. She put our son in Jessica’s arms and we immediately started bonding - with our son and the woman who so graciously chose us to love and raise him. We added two incredible people to our lives that day, and will never forget that moment as long as we live.We want to add another child to our family through adoption and would be blessed to be given that opportunity. We know that we will love this child with our whole hearts and we cannot wait to welcome another child into our family!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Jessica About Charles: Charles is the most patient, loyal and loving man that I have ever known. He is absolutely my best friend, and I can always count on him to be in my corner. Charles is an amazing partner and an incredible father. Watching him interact with our son is so heartwarming. He loves to fish, hike and do pretty much anything outside, but also loves days in playing board games, video games, or watching movies. Charles never leaves the house without telling me and our son that he loves us. Even after 17 years of marriage, we enjoy each other’s company, and I look forward to coming home to him at the end of each day. ”Daddy” is a very popular person in our household, and Charles loves being in that role and being involved in every aspect of parenting.
Charles About Jessica: I am so grateful to have such a wonderful, devoted and loving wife to share my life with. Jessica puts my wants and needs ahead of her own, and that selflessness is such an admirable trait. She is the person that all of our friends and family go to with questions, problems and worries. Jessie is my best friend, and I sincerely believe she makes me a better person. She is an amazing “Mama” and our son is so lucky to have such a patient, loving and devoted mother. With the addition of this child, we will be an even stronger family unit with unlimited love to share.
Our most important strength as a couple is that we are a team in all things. We always work together toward whatever goal we set. Charles is more mellow and laid back, but has a great work ethic; Jessica is very organized and assertive, but incredibly fun-loving. This balance is what has made our marriage so successful, and is also what makes us great parents to our son. We make an effort every day to show our son how much we love him, and each other. We do everything together and are both incredibly involved in our son’s everyday life; feeding, dressing, bathing, playing, education, everything. We are both very loving, open and honest people, all qualities we share with our son and plan to pass on to another child. While our individual strengths are important, it is our strengths and qualities as a couple, as a team, that we are so proud of and what makes us who we are.
Our House and Neighborhood
We purchased our home when it was new and have lived here very happily for more than 12 years. Our house is a large ranch-style all on one level, with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Our son loves his bedroom and playroom; we have the perfect room picked out for the new nursery.
We live in a terrific suburban neighborhood with parks and trails nearby. It is typical to see kids riding bikes, skateboarding and just generally playing outside in the area. Our community holds many family-oriented events and attractions throughout the week and during the weekend, including sporting events, parks, zoos, learning centers and other cultural opportunities.
We also have a country property about 20 minutes away with 45 acres and a small home, where we sometimes spend weekends. It is beautiful there, with running creeks; tons of deer, turkey and other wildlife; and lots of trees and space to hike, run and play. We have huge cookouts two or three times per year at the country property, and our annual Halloween party includes a really fun “haunted hike” that everyone looks forward to.
Our Extended Families
We both come from small, but close families. Jessica’s parents, cousins and grandmother live nearby, and Charles' brother, sister-in-law and nephews, also live close. Several family members live in other states, whom we typically see for holidays and special occasions. We love to bring everyone together to spend time and play games with all the kids.
We have an amazing group of close friends, and many of our friendships go back 15 to 20 years or more. Over time, we have created a large extended family through our incredibly close relationships with these amazing people. They are - without a doubt - our family, and we are blessed to have people in our lives who would do absolutely anything for us, our son and any child we bring into our home. We all vacation together, share holidays together, celebrate birthdays together and support each other in good times and bad.
Each year we determine as a group where we go on “family” vacation. This year it was a Caribbean cruise and the year before we took a trip to Hawaii. Everyone is so incredibly excited about adding another child to our wonderful group, and ask questions and offer support continuously. Not only will your child have an amazing big brother, grandparents, aunts and uncles, they will have a large extended “family” of aunts, uncles and cousins in our friends. Everyone is excited to welcome this little one with open arms and loving hearts!
From Us to You
We feel blessed that you are taking the time to consider us as adoptive parents for your child, and are in awe of your selflessness and courage. We cannot imagine the emotion you are feeling going through this process but have so much admiration and respect for the choices and decisions you have made and continue to make.
While it is difficult to sum up who we are in this letter, hopefully you can get a sense of us and what we hold dear. We met almost 19 years ago and knew very quickly that this relationship was something special. Jessica was getting ready to graduate from college at the time and planned to move out of state to attend law school. Charles had a great job, where he is still employed today. We began spending a ton of time together and realized that we had so much in common. We both love to hike, boat, fish and generally be outside, but also really enjoy mellow time at home reading, watching movies and playing games. Jessica did go out of state for law school but came home every weekend to see and spend time with Charles. We were married 17 years ago and purchased our first home. Jessica graduated from law school and several years ago, she opened her own practice, where she specializes in family law custody cases. She also works as a child advocate through the courts. Charles works in manufacturing and has held the same position for many years. He loves his job and plans to stay until ready to retire, which is a long way off for us.
We are an amazing team and face every challenge that arises together. Charles is mellow and laid back, but is so loving, loyal and dedicated. Jessica is very organized and assertive, but has a huge heart and will do anything for those she loves. We are so proud of the relationship we have built over the years and feel that our love and commitment to one another is an indication of the love and commitment we would have for your child.
Two years ago we got to test that theory, through the adoption of our son. It was the most amazing day of our lives, to add this little man into our wonderful family, and to meet his birth mother who is one of the most incredible women we have ever known. We had always considered adoption as a way to grow our family, and are so incredibly happy with our prior adoption experience. We could not love our son more, or be more devoted to him.
Jessica grew up with family members who were adopted, and there has never been any question of how to discuss adoption or whether to discuss it, the knowledge and communication will always be open and loving. Our son will grow up knowing that he was adopted, where he came from, that he has a birth family who loves him. We would want your child to know how they became part of our family, to know their unique and amazing story and to know that they have a birth family who love and want so much for them. We have continued to share letters and photographs with our son’s birth mother and would love to do the same with you, so you can see your child grow and thrive throughout the years.
We know that there are so many amazing couples to choose from when considering adoptive parents for your child and cannot even imagine how overwhelming the decision is for you. What we can promise you is that we will be loving, committed and dedicated parents, who will make the raising of this child our top priority. We will show them the world, while keeping them grounded, and they will never doubt that they are loved - by our family and by yours.Thank you for considering us. We wish you the very best.
Charles & Jessica
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