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Jeff & Susan
Hi! We are Jeff and Susan. We are thrilled for the opportunity to give you a glimpse of who we are, what our lives are like, and what we have to offer a child. We have so much love to give a child and are so excited to become parents! We are incredibly honored you are taking the time to get to know us. Thank you!
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption is interwoven throughout our lives. Susan's grandpa and aunt were both adopted - without adoption they wouldn't be part of her life!
At the age of 16, Susan's best friend chose to place her son with an amazing couple through adoption. Throughout high school and college, Susan was able to watch this child grow up through photos, letters, and videos that her friend received from the adoptive parents. Now years later, it was an amazing experience to see her friend get to meet her biological son and to see their relationship grow.
We also have 2 very close friends who were adopted as infants and have spoken openly with us about their experiences. Both have talked at length about the respect, love, and admiration they have for the biological parents and adoptive parents. These two friends have been tremendous supporters as we move forward with our own adoption.Adoption will be part of our child's story, so from the beginning we will be open and honest about his or her story.
What It Means to Become Parents
Becoming parents means the world to us and we are overjoyed to start a lifetime of adventures and traditions with this child! We are more than ready to be parents and can't wait to add to our family.
We often talk about what it will be like to add a child to our family- how it will enrich our relationship, how it will change our routines, and how it will add so much more LOVE in our home! We dream of seeing first steps, first time splashing in the pool, or hearing first words- to say we are excited is an understatement. We long for those moments and are excited to support and watch this child as he or she grows as a little person!
Jeff can hardly wait to buy this child's first fishing pole and head to the lake for an day of fishing together. His face lights up when talking about the adventures he has planned for this little one. Susan has dreamed of being a mom for as long as she can remember and can't wait for all the little moments of firsts for this child ... and first for them as parents.We have prayed for this child for many years and are excited to become a family.
Our Family Traditions
The Christmas holiday is our favorite time of the year—for us it means family time, traditions, and love.
The season starts with Susan and her mom making lefse, her family has made this Norwegian treat for generations. This year our niece and nephew joined in but mostly enjoyed eating the goodies!
The week is filled with sleepovers at Grandma and Papa’s, sledding, snowmobile rides, making gingerbread houses, and lots of family time. Christmas Eve is our final night on the farm—we open gifts, have Christmas dinner, and end the night with church services.
Christmas day we drive to Jeff’s parents; on the way we eat pizza at our favorite convenience store just the two of us. It’s a simple tradition, but we love our time together.
Christmas at Jeff’s parents is a full house—all Jeff’s siblings stay there with their kids. It is busy, full of laughter, and lots fun. We have a 2-year-old, 4-month-old, and a 2-week-old niece now joining in the festivities!
These simple family traditions are so important to us. We can’t wait to share these traditions with our child!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in friendly neighborhood filled with families and children in Michigan. We have friends that live close by, so we have grill outs often and love to hear the laughter of the kids playing in the yard.
Our community is unique as we have access to the lake year round so we have access to beaches, water sports, and fishing- all of which we LOVE! This area has children's museums, parks, orchards, and many local festivals held year round for families and children.
Our town is a very diverse area in many aspects- various cultures, ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, and family structures. We have some of the best schools in the state in our town and a great sense of community.
Our county has a strong focus on early childhood education, so there are many events, programs, and opportunities for families to learn and grow. Susan is very familiar with this as she has a leadership role in one of these programs that focuses on families with young children.
Our home is a ranch style three-bedroom house with a large finished basement where we spend time watching movies and playing games with friends & family. One of our favorite rooms is the kitchen as we love to cook together and entertain. We also love our backyard where we grill out, have bonfires, and hang out with friends.We are excited to share our home, community, and experiences with this child!
Our Extended Families
We are incredibly blessed with very supportive and loving families that are excited to join us on this journey to start our family.
Susan and her brother grew up on their family farm where her parents still live and work today. Visits to the farm consist of adventures with our niece and nephew as they learn about farm life. Susan's family has Norwegian roots, so many holidays consist of some Scandinavian traditions like making and eating lefse and krumke. Susan's family is very close and we spend hours together riding ATVs, exploring the farm, playing board games, or watching football together.
Jeff, his brother, and sister grew up in a close knit family that spent weekends camping and hunting. We spend our time with his family playing card games, hunting, and having grill outs. We enjoy spending time with our nieces and nephews and can't wait for this child to have fun adventures with his or her cousins.
We are blessed to have a tremendous support system of friends who we consider an extension of our family. They have supported us on this journey and can't wait to support and love this child too!
Both our families are excited about our adoption journey and can't wait to meet this baby. We have the support and love of both of our families and know that your child will be so incredibly loved!
From Us to You
Hello- we are Jeff and Susan! Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and profile- we hope that you find a connection with us as you read on. We know this is a huge decision and are so humbled you are considering us as adoptive parents.
Let's share a little about us- the cliff notes version! We met 17 years ago at a New Year's Eve party and have been together ever since. We have enjoyed over 14 years of marriage and continue to have a supportive and loving relationship. A couple years after we were married we added to our family, our dog Ace who is still a puppy at heart!
Since the beginning of our relationship having a family has been important to us both. For years we struggled with loss and infertility and rather than continuing down that path we knew adoption was right for us. There is no sugarcoating the pain in our journey, but we believe it has made us who we are today and will lead us to the child who was meant for us. We are so excited to become parents and have so much love to give to a child.
We believe children learn by example and know the love, support, and laughter in our home will help in raising this child. We will provide opportunities to explore and learn through experiences, as we both believe learning doesn't always come from a book.
This child will be surrounded by loving family and friends who can't wait to celebrate traditions and create memories together. We believe the saying "it takes a village" to raise a child and we have an amazing "village" that will love and support us and this child.
We have wanted to be parents our entire lives and can't wait to have a child to share our life with. Our journey has been bumpy, but it has been a ride that has made us stronger, brought us closer together, and it will lead us to the child that was meant for us. Choosing us to be your child's parents would mean the world to us.
We are definitely not perfect but we promise to always provide this child with unconditional love, support, and guidance throughout his/her life. Not just any child will be able to say he or she is loved by selfless birth parents and loving adoptive parents- what a lucky kid!
We understand the decision to place a child for adoption is difficult. The time, research, and planning you are doing to ensure this baby will have the very best shows how much you love him or her already.
It is important that you know we want this child to know his or her birth story. We look forward to exchanging photos, emails and phone numbers so we can stay in contact with you. We are open to the possibility of arranging visits based on what is best for you and this child. Family is extremely important to us and you will always be a very special part of our extended family. Our number one priority is the happiness of this child and knowing his or her birth parents will play a role in this child's identity and happiness.
Please know that we will forever be thankful for the sacrifices, selflessness, and decisions you are making- we pray for peace and guidance as you move forward with this process. We will do everything we can to provide you a sense of security that you have placed your child in a family where he or she will always be loved and supported.
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and consider going on this journey with us. We know that whatever decision you make it will be the right one for you and your child.Much Love,
Jeff & Susan
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