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Robert & Allie
Thank you for viewing our profile! We're so grateful that you're considering adoption for this child. We had such a great experience adopting our son, RJ, that we can't wait to adopt again. We have many family traditions and activities we look forward to sharing with our children. We hope you find that we are a devoted family with a lot of love to give. Thank you for considering us in your child's journey.
Adoption in Our Lives
Allie was blessed to have had a son, Collin, about 14 years ago. Sadly, he passed away at 10 months old due to a genetic disorder, Allie knew she shouldn't have biological children. The risk of passing the disease to another child and watching them suffer was not one she could take.
Shortly after we met, we knew we wanted to have kids and grow our family; but with Allie's difficult experience, we knew adoption was going to be the process to get us there.
We adopted our sweet boy RJ and have never looked back. Holding him from the second he was born, we knew he was our son and we would care for him forever. We have a great relationship with RJ's birth mom. From our first conversation after the match, we all felt a strong bond that grew during RJ's birth experience and hospital stay and continues today. We post weekly pictures and updates of RJ on our shared account; it's a great way for us to stay connected. RJ is so amazing and loved by our families – we are all forever grateful for this gift his birth mom has given to us. Our family and friends are supporting us on this journey and look forward to welcoming our next child with open arms.
Our Leisure Time
We are family-oriented and stay active regardless of the time of year. We like to be outdoors as much as possible. In the evenings, we'll take a family walk on the paved neighborhood trails or just hang out on the deck.
During the summer months, we watch Orioles baseball and try to get to Baltimore for a few games. In cooler months, we enjoy watching UK basketball, which Allie grew up on; and Rob follows professional football (Allie joins in for the game-time snacks!). We can't wait to get our kids involved in sports and other activities where they'll make close friends and learn about respectful competition.
Allie loves to cook and enjoys photographing their adventures. We grill out most nights if the weather cooperates, and sit down to dinner every night to catch up; we did this as kids and want to share this tradition with our children. Rob enjoys home improvement activities and is quite handy around the house.
We also like to spend time with friends – at wineries/breweries, community events, or kids' birthday parties. We spend long weekends visiting family or entertaining guests and touring around D.C.
We also take trips each year with our families and look forward to sharing these adventures with our children. We've been able to take RJ with us to New Orleans, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, and Maine.
What It Means to Be Parents
We both have great examples for parents in our lives. Our parents have always been loving and supportive of us. They've always encouraged us to go for our dreams, and instilled in us the importance of a solid education and curiosity to learn. When appropriate, they allowed us to fail on our own and learn from the experiences; and have always been our biggest supporters. We've learned from our parents' successes and mistakes and hope our kids will learn from us as well.
We plan to bring the same parenting values to our children that our parents brought to us. We want to instill in our kids the importance of respect for one another, doing well in school, the meaning of working hard and smart, how communication can make or break any relationship, how to be confident and humble, learning about religion and other cultures, the importance of family and close friendships, and many other values and traditions. We love to travel and learn about new cultures and experiences and hope to bring that curiosity to our children as well when they travel with us. Our world has so many interesting places to visit near and far. Every day can be a learning opportunity.
We believe that it's not only important to teach our children life lessons but also to lead by example. We show each other love, and we respect those around us, which will be important for our future children to see and model.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a family-friendly neighborhood in Northern Virginia, outside Washington D.C. Our home backs up to a state park with wooded trails and waterways so we can enjoy our favorite outdoor activities, mostly hiking. We love living in this area – it's very diverse culturally and offers many different activities. We can drive or train into D.C. to visit free museums, international restaurants, and cultural festivals; or we can drive out west and take some longer hikes, visit family- and dog-friendly wineries, or meet family and friends for weekend cabin retreats.
We live in a four bedroom, single-family home. We probably spend the most time in the kitchen and family rooms, which open up to a nice deck where we can take in the sights and sounds of nature.
Our neighbors are very friendly. Many of them have young kids so our children will have friends close by. It reminds us of the close-knit neighborhoods where we grew up.
Our community has nice paved walking trails, pools, tennis courts, and playgrounds. Our county has some of the best schools in the country so the kids have an opportunity for a great education from the start. We can't wait to bring our next child home and introduce him or her to all the activities our area has to offer.
Our Extended Families
We both had great childhoods and come from close-knit families with strong values. Allie has three brothers and Rob has two sisters. We group text and talk a lot in between visits, to keep up on what's going on in everyone's lives or chat about current events.
Our immediate families are spread out, but we still take opportunities to see them throughout the year. Every year for Christmas and Thanksgiving, we spend time with our families – holidays carry fun traditions we both enjoy. Outside the holidays, we travel to Kentucky a couple of times each year to see Allie's family. We also take an annual trip with Rob's family. Because his sisters have kids, we always make sure the places we visit are places the kids will love! We enjoy seeing RJ and his cousins interacting with each other – they truly love each other and play well together.
When we're together, we catch up since our last phone conversations, talk about our latest home projects, reminisce about fun memories, play games, and laugh a lot!
Our families are super excited about our plans to adopt another child. They were so supportive during RJ's adoption process and are just as encouraging and excited for our next child. They can't wait to meet our newest addition, and neither can we!
From Us to You
Thank you for choosing to consider adoption. As adoptive parents, we will always have admiration and respect for the love and strength you must have to make such a difficult decision. This letter is an opportunity for us to provide you with background about our relationship and the type of family we hope to become. We met in 2012, fell in love, and couldn't wait to start the rest of our lives together. We got married in 2014 and quickly set our sights on our future.
We knew building a family would not come the natural way. Before we met, Allie had been married and had a son, Collin. Collin was born with a mitochondrial disorder and couldn't develop normally. Although Allie tirelessly dedicated herself to Collin's care, no amount of love or medical attention could improve his condition. The only comfort Allie could bring him was snuggling him in her arms night and day. Collin passed away at 10 months of age.
While grieving the loss of Collin, Allie developed a unique combination of faith, strength and resolve to move on with life. It is unspeakably difficult to understand how such a tragic event can be part of God's plan. Without that loss, we probably wouldn't have found one another and our faith together. Going through that gives us both perspective on what is important in life, faith and family. We are 100% confident that this is exactly where we need to be.
Our house is a very happy place. We have an awesome marriage, full of love and laughter. We have a wonderful family, including our sweet son RJ and energetic dog, Bulleit. We also have an amazing group of friends and neighbors, many who have small children. We love parenting RJ; we're truly blessed and cannot wait to share the love and happiness with our next child. We both grew up with siblings close in age and hope for our kids to have the same experience, going to the same schools together and even having some of the same friends to pay with. We make a great team and co-parent well together. Rob is a positive and fun dad, always injecting energy and life into any situation. Allie is a nurturer, making sure everyone is well cared for and feels loved. RJ will be a great big brother. He gets along great with other kids and plays well with kids of all ages. We have so much to offer and look forward to sharing this with our next child too.
We live in Virginia outside of Washington D.C., and love it. Our area has some of the best public schools in the country. Education is very important to us; we envision spending lots of time doing school activities and homework with our children. When given the opportunity, we love to travel near and far. We take several trips throughout the year to visit family for special occasions or 'just because.' Our families adore RJ and will love to have another little one to play with. We try to take a big trip every year to explore another part of the world, either tropical or historical. Seeing the world through our child's eyes is something we've always looked forward to.
Having gone through the tragic experience of losing a child, the last thing we want is for you to feel like you are losing your's. We understand it will be difficult and will take time - but we hope you know that you will always be an important part of our life, just like RJ's birth mother is. We look forward to discussing the level of openness you're comfortable with. Our intent is to be fully open with our child, at age-appropriate levels, and we will certainly share pictures, letters, and other communications so you can know that he or she is happy and well taken care of.
Thank you for reading this letter and considering us as adoptive parents. Whether you choose us or another wonderful waiting family, may God Bless you and your child with peace, love and happiness.
Robert & Allie
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