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Blake & Leigh-anna
Your courage and selflessness is incredible, and we are grateful that you are willing to learn a little more about us. We are loving and dedicated parents who adopted our first child in 2017 after the loss of our daughter. We wish to continue growing our family through adoption and our hearts are over flowing with love to give to another child. We are excited to share our story with you.
What Made Us Who we are Today
After being married for 4 years, we decided we were ready to begin growing our family in 2011. The first pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage, and it took several months for Leigh-anna’s body to recover before we were able to try again. We were blessed to become pregnant again and Leigh-anna gave birth to our beautiful baby girl, Gracie, in August of 2012. Within 7 days of her birth she was diagnosed with a very rare, fatal genetic disorder. At 5 months old, we traveled many miles away from our home and family to give her the very best medical treatment to try to save her life. Unfortunately, we lost the battle and she passed away at 10 months old.
The time we were given with our daughter here on earth was the best 10 months of our lives. Through our journey with Gracie, our marriage was tested to the limits but our love and respect for each other never wavered. We grew stronger together and more confident in our marriage. Being parents means the world to us and is our number one priority in life. We realized our dreams of becoming parents again after the adoption of our son, Hunter. We are now ready to grow our family again through adoption and look forward to what the future holds.
How We Met
We became friends in high school and continued our friendship through our time in college. We went to several events together, but it was always just as friends. Once we graduated, Blake moved to Florida for an incredible job opportunity where he lived for a few years. Meanwhile, Leigh-anna stayed home in Tennessee and started her career. During these four years, we would keep in touch through other friends and would see each other during the holidays. Blake was relocated with his job and moved close to home. We started spending time together almost every weekend. After a few months, our relationship grew from a friendship into love and we knew we couldn’t live without each other. We dated seriously for a year and then got engaged and then married 10 months later. We have now been married for 10 wonderful years. Our love for each other has grown stronger every year and we can’t imagine life any other way.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our favorite vacation is traveling with family to the beach and to the lake. Every year we take a family vacation with Leigh-anna’s family to the beach. Last year we went to Hilton Head Island, SC. Leigh-anna’s mother, step-father and both of her sisters and their families met us there. We love getting to spend quality time with our family and all of the kids love playing in the waves and building sand castles together.
We also love going to Blake’s dad’s lake house. There’s nothing better than being in the great outdoors. We love to disconnect from social media and work and enjoy nature in its entirety. It’s always a fun filled week of boating, fishing and four-wheel riding.
No matter where we vacation, we always love to surround ourselves with our families. Last year we had such a great time taking Hunter on our vacations that we can’t wait for him to have a sibling to join in on the fun.
Our Extended Families
We both come from very loving and supportive families and are close to our siblings, mothers and fathers. All of our family lives in Tennessee with the exception of Leigh-anna’s Mother and step father who live in Florida. We call Leigh-anna’s Mom the “Traveling Mimi” as she is always on the road heading to see the grandchildren and helping out with taking care of them or just going to visit because she misses them. We are fortunate to have amazing parents that are even more helpful grandparents. They are excited for us to continue to grow our family through adoption and look forward to getting to love another sweet child.
Blake has an older brother and Leigh-anna has 2 older sisters that are also her best friends. We have a total of 3 nieces and 2 nephews that we love getting to spend time with. They are all eager to welcome a new baby into the family, and they can’t wait to include them in playing games in the yard and swinging on the swing.
Our House and Neighborhood
When we purchased our home in Texas, we could envision growing our family in the home. With Leigh-anna’s interior design skills, we completely remodeled the interior of the home. It now has an open kitchen and living room floor plan where we spend most of our time. The home sits on a large lot and has a spacious backyard with a pool. Since the addition of our son Hunter, we have added a baby swing that hangs from a branch of a large oak tree and we look forward to adding a swing set in the backyard. We all love spending time outside and most nights we cook dinner out on the grill.
Our neighborhood is a very safe and family-oriented community. We have an elementary school and park just a block from our house. Every year the neighborhood hosts a Fourth of July bike parade where the children decorate their bikes and ride around the block lead by a local Fire Engine. In the years past Leigh-anna’s sister, brother-in-law and nieces come for the weekend and we all go and enjoy the face painting, food and music. This year we look forward to bringing our son Hunter and can’t wait until he has a sibling to join him in the festivities. We are also active members of a neighborhood community center that has indoor and outdoor pools and they offer gymnastics, tennis, basketball and soccer to children of all ages.
From Us to You
Your journey is different than ours, but our goal is the same - providing a loving, caring and supportive environment for your child! Our names are Blake and Leigh-anna and we have been married for 10 unbelievable years. The most important priority in our life is growing our family, and we hope that with your courage and selflessness you can help fulfill our dreams.
We are excited to grow our family through adoption for the second time. We are ready for our son to become a big brother and help another child grow into the most amazing person they can be. We promise to provide a home where there is always laughter and, most importantly, love. Leigh-anna has always dreamt of being a stay-at-home mom, and that dream became a reality when we adopted our son. Our dedication to family and the life that we want to provide for your child has always been and will always be the center of our universe. It is important to us to raise a child to be a loving, caring, honest and respectful person, and through leading by example we can instill these values.
Our journey in growing our family has been a challenging one and losing our daughter was excruciating. But through all of that difficulty, we know that our marriage can withstand some of the biggest challenges that a parent can face. As we have overcome these challenges our marriage and love for each other has grown even stronger! It has also shown us how much love we have to give and how much fight we have in us to make our dreams of growing our family a reality.
We live in a great family-oriented neighborhood with a lot of children and newborns that your child can become friends with. There is an elementary school a block from our house and there are several parks and playgrounds all within walking distance. Our newly renovated house sits on a large lot with plenty of grass, space to play and room to grow as a family. We are so excited to make family memories in our home. We can’t wait to read stories to your child in their bedroom and to push them in the baby swing that hangs from the large oak tree. We are eager for our son to become a big brother and help teach them how to ride a bike in our neighborhood and how to swim in our backyard. Then to ultimately watch them grow up in a city full of opportunity and culture. As we make all of these memories, we look forward to sharing pictures and writing letters or emails to you about your child and their progress.
We believe that family is the most important part of life, and that adoption is an incredible gift. We already know that we can be great parents, and can’t wait to have the opportunity to be parents again as our hearts are overflowing with love to give to a child. Your child will get total commitment from us to raise them in a safe, fun, supportive and loving environment. They will grow up with a big brother and an extended loving family that can’t wait to welcome them and be their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. We are anxiously waiting to have another child to share in all of the fun family memories whether it be holiday traditions, long weekends at the lake, helping them with schoolwork or playing sports.
Thank you again for taking the time to learn about us and our family and considering us to be parents for your child. We have a deep respect and admiration of your courage and selflessness in considering adoption for your child. We promise to dedicate ourselves to your child and his or her happiness and well-being.
With gratitude and admiration,
Blake & Leigh-anna
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