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Ed & Meade
We are so looking forward to growing out family and having a child will make this possible. We are a very active couple who enjoy all aspects of life. We would like to be able to provide a loving and safe home for your child. We are so excited to become parents to your child!
Our Leisure Time
We both enjoy starting our day with different forms of exercise, ranging from running and (mild!) weight lifting to CrossFit classes. This is important to us as a healthy body and mind go well together. In addition to finding and cooking new recipes, we enjoy grilling food and the process of shopping for food at our local farmer's market and different grocery stores. This goes back to each of our families emphasizing meals are a central point for conversation and fellowship!
As avid sports fans we enjoy watching our favorite sports teams (the Philadelphia Eagles, UVA basketball and Miami Hurricanes football) while also taking in a good game together! With both of us having competitive backgrounds we've found athletics and fitness to be great examples for how to enjoy and handle success and failure which are part of everyday life.
We both enjoy having three dogs and one cat. Their unconditional love and constant excitement make spending time with them something we always enjoy. From lounging with the dogs to playing with tennis balls and other toys there's never a dull moment with them!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Meade About Ed: Ed is one of the easiest people to talk to. He is a great listener and always has good advice in many different areas. I really admire how Ed has the ability to make people feel at ease and has a wonderful sense of humor. I appreciate how supportive he is with everything I do. We enjoy doing many activities together as a couple and that is so important to me. He has a very big heart and wants nothing but the best for his friends and family.
Ed About Meade: Meade has a giant heart to help others. She has been a fantastic mother to her daughter, whom she's raised to a high achiever academically and athletically in school...and now a positive and contributing member of society. She extends her unconditional love to our dogs and has a heart to help those who need it. This is how I know she will be a great mother as our family grows.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
While we are both Caucasian, we have developed relationships and a community that is racially and culturally inclusive. We are fortunate to have a circle of friends that includes African-Americans and bi-racial friends. One of the common threads in how these friendships have developed is an eagerness to learn about and embrace different cultures, while respecting each other. Honest communication has also provided a crucial foundation because that allows us to learn why others think differently and enables us to embrace those differences. Additionally we have actively sought a church whose center point is a message of love and embracing different backgrounds. One of the foundations this church has constantly emphasized is loving and respecting each other regardless of ones culture. This has provided a level of peace and comfort in who we are while also encouraging us to respect differences and continue on our journey of enjoying the uniqueness each culture represents. Plus it's much more fun when you have more cultures and traditions you can include in your own life!!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in two-story traditional colonial home. We have very large backyard with three different levels where we garden and our dogs play. It has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. We love to spend time in the kitchen because we love to cook and try new recipes. We also like to spend time in the den , where we love to watch our favorite shows and sporting events and hang out with our dogs. We live in a college town that offers many activities throughout the year. Also, the downtown area is very popular with a number of restaurants, a farmers market where we shop on most weekends, and events put on by the Chamber of Commerce. We live in a neighborhood that has many children and is very family friendly. We live near a very popular running and bike trail. We also have three different parks within a ten-minute drive of our home. We also live near shops in walking distance and a couple of fun and cute restaurants. We are also located in an area that allows us to travel to major cities within our state of Virginia.
Our Extended Families
We both come from large extended families. Both of our parents have many siblings and we both were fortunate to grow-up with many cousins.
Meade has a daughter named Sallie from a previous relationship. She is such a delight and brings us absolute joy! Meade raised Sallie to be respectful, have nice manners, and to be thoughtful and kind. In school she excelled in academics and athletics. She was on high honor roll and played field hockey and soccer. She was the state player of the year in field hockey her senior year and won many academic awards. She was Salutatorian of her class and went to one of the most prestigious university's in the country where she also played field hockey! Today, she is a marketing executive with a highly respectful company. Meade is so proud of the young woman she is today!
For over 20 years Ed and his extended family (father's side) gathered every Thanksgiving, reinforcing the value family bonds have in personal growth. While family growth has impacted this tradition, having Ed's parents in the same city has provided new opportunities to enjoy a loving family atmosphere both around Holidays and during the year.
Meade and her family spent Christmas at her grandmother's house, which became the center for family and friend activity. As time has progressed our house has become the center for family activity involving Meade's daughter and we could not be more excited to share these traditions with your child! One of the neat traditions in Meade's family is celebrating birthdays. We would gather with Meade's extended family for birthdays involving aunts, uncles, siblings, parents and cousins.
For both of our families, spending time together over meals is one of the most rewarding ways to connect and learn about our past (and even current family developments). As part of our adoption plan we anticipate using these dinners together as a way to further strengthen our family.
From Us to You
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and our family. We appreciate you very much for considering adoption. We can't imagine how difficult this decision is for you and want to reassure you that we are ready to support your child in a home filled with unconditional love, a nurturing and safe environment filled with compassion and respect.
We have been together for nine years and have been married the past four years. We love and respect each other and would like to grow our family to be able to share in the love and admiration we both have for each other. Already having a grown child we are excited about the opportunity to continue to parent a child and give them the opportunities that await them. We both are very close to our families and know that everyone will be excited to share in our love with your child.
Part of this love for your child centers on raising him or her in a Christian house which is based on values of loving one another and respecting differences while holding true to your beliefs. This core foundation will provide a compass for this child both in our presence and as he or she transitions into a world away from us during school and other activities. One of the joys of having a child is helping guide him or her to make wise decisions while doing so in a way that reflects his or her true character. These come from reinforcing values to this child and a lifelong quest to learn about others and their backgrounds.
As part of our Christian faith and finding a Church where inclusion, love and tolerance are core principles, we believe this offers a foundation for us to accept your child and teaching him or her to embrace all backgrounds, most importantly his or her own culture. We are eager to know about your culture and share this with your child to make this part of our life together.
We also look forward to celebrating the growth of the child and the joy he or she experiences through fun activities like Holidays, school and activity accomplishments and developing friends. Sharing these moments and memories with you is important; this child deserves to know the courage you showed in entrusting us with their care and developing a connection to you as opportunities arise. This can come through emailing updates and when the opportunity presents itself personal communication. You are a significant role in your child's life and we will be happy to honor and respect that in their life.
We would like to thank you for considering us as possible parents for your child. We are excited about expanding our family and we want you know that we will provide love, guidance, and support to your child. We understand what a difficult decision this must be for you, but we would like to reassure you that our best interest lies with your child providing for him or her.
We are looking to expanding our family and we will make sure that we are always open and honest with your child. We are excited to become parents to your child and know that you will always be a part of their life.
Ed & Meade
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