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Scott & Laura
Thank you for the opportunity to welcome a child into our lives. We know you have given this decision much thought and we want you know that we have as well. We are so excited to adopt and become parents. We cannot wait to share our lives and family with a child and will provide a home with all the kindness, love and support we can to give your child the best life possible.
How Adoption has Affected Us
Scott’s best friend since childhood is adopted. The adoption was always part of his story and looking back, that was important. His adoption story wasn’t unusual to him or his friends because it had always been a part of his life. Although Scott’s friend did not know his birth mother until later in life, they now have a relationship.
Laura’s good friend made an adoption plan for her daughter while they were in high school. Laura’s friend has maintained contact with her daughter and the adoptive family, seeing them once or twice a year. Her daughter graduated at the top of her class, was homecoming queen and started college this fall. Laura’s friend went on to college and law school and is now married with two boys. Her sons have a gotten to know their sister and have traveled to watch her play sports and to celebrate her graduation from high school. Not only did her decision give her daughter a wonderful life but also allowed Laura’s friend to pursue her own dreams and goals.
How We Met
We met in college during Laura’s sophomore year and Scott’s senior year through mutual friends. Scott was immediately struck by how kind Laura was to everyone she met, her genuine compassion for others, her sense of humor, intelligence, and her beauty. Laura was drawn to Scott right away for many of the same reasons. Scott is funny, handsome; he treats everyone with respect and is also incredibly smart.
We had our first date at a coffee shop and talked for hours even though it only seemed like minutes. It immediately became clear that we had a lot in common, sharing a lot of the same interests, values and goals for the future. We both came from close, supportive families and place a high priority on the relationships with our family and friends.
Scott had plans to attend law school in California the following year but we knew quickly that we wanted to continue our relationship. Our friends and family recognized the special connection we had and were very supportive during the time we were apart. We dated long distance for almost a year, communicated often and travelled back and forth from the Midwest to California to see each other. This year made our relationship stronger and made it totally clear we wanted to be together.
We spend Christmas Eve at Scott's parent’s home with lots of great food, laughter and reminiscing. On Christmas Day, we head out to Laura’s parents’ farm with her parents, grandmother, siblings, and our nephews and nieces. We have a big meal with a new theme each year and spend most of the time playing with the kids and visiting.
Each year we also have both families to our home for a dinner before Christmas. We love that our families get along really well – in fact, our parents get together fairly frequently! Thanksgiving is usually a large meal with our families, followed by decorating the Christmas trees and on Easter we have the traditional Easter egg hunt out at Laura’s parents’ farm - one for the kids and one for the adults!
Each Halloween we help take our nieces and nephews trick or treating. Last year Scott dressed up as Mickey Mouse with Laura and our two nieces as Minnie Mouse. Laura’s brother is a volunteer fire fighter and the fire department hosts fire truck rides for all the kids. We look forward to it each year!
We travel to Hawaii and Arizona each year to visit our parents who spend a couple months each winter there. These trips have become incredible traditions and we are so excited to bring a child on these adventures with us.
Each year we attend a MLB game and an NFL game with family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a large condo in a historic neighborhood with beautiful tree lined streets, right across from a large park. The park hosts a lot of family activities each year including craft fairs, art gatherings, BBQs, kids’ movie nights, and even an annual Teddy Bear Parade where children parade through the park with their stuffed animals. There are multiple playgrounds in the park and a great little theater.
Our home is close to downtown so we think of it as the best of both worlds. Our neighborhood is quiet with lots of green space, a playground, and a community pool but also within walking distance to downtown with a new library, a historic movie theater that hosts "kid flicks" throughout the year, and lots of great restaurants and shops.
Our community is often recognized as a great place to raise a family with several museums, libraries, theaters, parks, biking paths, and city sponsored family actives year round. Our community also has a fantastic education system.
We are big music fans and there are several concerts venues that host a variety of acts year round from small independent bands to national acts. We recently took our godson to an outdoor concert and he had a blast! We are so excited to raise a child in the home and community we love.
Our Extended Families
Family is a really big part of lives and we are fortunate that our immediate families live nearby. Scott’s parents live in the same city as we do and Laura’s parents live on the family farm a few miles away. Laura’s brother and his wife live near the family farm with their two sons and two daughters (which is fortunate because we love seeing our nieces and nephews!). We each have a sister who lives about three hours away in a larger metropolitan area. We visit them frequently throughout the year to attend sporting events and concerts. Laura’s sister just welcomed a new baby boy three months ago and we’ve loved watching him grow!
Because we are both very close with our families we make it point to see them as often as we can. We love spending time with family during holidays, family events, and just casual get-togethers. Both families have holiday traditions with big gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas and egg hunts at Easter. Laura’s family picks a new theme each year for Christmas dinner. A couple years ago we all dressed as Whos in Whoville with Laura’s dad as Santa and Scott as the Grinch! The kids loved this and took turns putting on the Grinch costume too. Our whole family is so excited about our decision to adopt. We cannot wait to introduce a child to our family and create new traditions of our own!
From Us to You
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We truly appreciate you taking the time to get to know more about us and our lives and are humbled that you have taken the time to review our profile.
We admire your strength in considering adoption and understand that you are faced with a huge decision requiring much consideration and love. We know that making an adoption plan is a courageous and selfless decision and we admire the thought you have given this. We are certain that we share a common purpose with you - we want the absolute best for your child.
We feel we have so much to offer a child through love, a close and supportive family, great friends, financial stability, a safe community and a stable home. And we know how much love and happiness this child will bring into lives.
Above all else, your child will be loved. We are very close to both of our families so your child will grow up surrounded by family, regularly seeing his or her cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, and even great grandparents. We have had great support from family throughout the years and this child will have the same unconditional love and support not just from us but from our entire family through the friendships with cousins, with family members attending his or her activities throughout the years, advice and guidance from a family who truly loves them and the built-in confidence that will come from a family who cares deeply for him or her and is always standing behind him or her. Your child will grow up experiencing family vacations, large family get-togethers and holidays.
We also have an incredible group of friends in our community. The excitement and support we have gotten from our friends about our decision to adopt has been overwhelming. Several of these friends have children ranging in age from newborns to 10 year olds. We have loved watching these children grow and we know our friends will likewise take an interest in your child as he or she grows.
We have been married for 13 years and both have established careers. We have built a great life together and are so excited to welcome a child into our life. Your child’s happiness will always be our priority. As your child grows and develops interests of his or her own, we will foster those interests encouraging the child to pursue activities and careers that the child finds rewarding. We believe the successes we have had in our careers and lives have come from both the support we have received from family and friends and also the educational opportunities we have been afforded. We absolutely intend to give your child these same opportunities and look forward to seeing him or her succeed in whatever paths they choose.
Your child will know his or her adoption story and your selflessness. Your child will know that your decision came from love and much reflection. If you like, we would be more than happy to share updates about his or her growth through photos, e-mail, and letters.
Scott & Laura
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