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Reid & Melanie
Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and for considering us as potential parents. We are a family-oriented, loving couple and we are so excited to share our love, our family, and our lives with a child. We look forward to becoming parents and creating new traditions and memories as we expand our family! Creating an adoption plan is a loving, selfless, and courageous thing to do and we respect and value you for considering this.
Our Leisure Time
We love spending time together and we have a happy, successful marriage because of this. It is wonderful being married to your best friend! One of our favorite hobbies is playing board games and Reid is a great teacher when we are learning a new game. He is always patient and infuses his great sense of humor into the process. We also enjoy cooking and eating meals together. Melanie is a wonderful cook, and makes healthy and adventurous dishes that the whole family loves to share. We are big animal lovers and like to unwind by spending time playing with our cat and two dogs. Their playful personalities bring excitement to our home and they are wonderful companions. Melanie enjoys expressing her creative side through arts and crafts and has decorated our home with many of her projects. We are both avid readers and have started collecting books we look forward to sharing with a child. Our home state is filled with many types of beautiful terrain and we enjoy lots of hiking and camping. We also spend our free time exploring our community which includes many nearby museums, shopping centers, parks, libraries, and tasty restaurants. Our parents, siblings, and friends love to join us for these activities as well. We can't wait to share these fun experiences with a child!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Reid About Melanie: I admire that Melanie is selfless and thoughtful. She works hard every day to make sure the people under her care have the best lives possible. She has decided that her efforts are best spent helping those who cannot help themselves and she pours her energy into having a positive influence on their lives. She shows them a great deal of compassion, patience, and love while also treating them as her equal. I also love her creativity and strength. She thinks outside the box and is brave and steadfast during times of hardship. I know she will bring these qualities into motherhood and that our family will benefit greatly because of her.
Melanie About Reid: I admire Reid's sense of humor and his work ethic. He makes me and those around him laugh all the time and he has a wonderful way of making us smile when we feel upset. He is also a very hardworking person. He pushes himself to provide for his family, grow as a person, and follow through on all his commitments on a daily basis. He has managed to balance his goofy side with his dedication to his work and his family and he will bring this great balance into being a parent. Another thing I love about Reid is that he is a patient and kind person. His interactions with his friends, family, and coworkers reflect this and it will be a wonderful asset to raising a child.
Why We Chose Adoption
We've known for a very long time that we wanted to expand our family through adoption. Both of us have friends and extended family members who have adopted or been adopted and it has been such a blessing in the lives of everyone involved. One family member was especially important in the decision for us to adopt. When Melanie was 12 years old, her cousin Adam joined her family through adoption. This was a very influential event in her life and inspired her desire to adopt as an adult. When Adam was born and welcomed into the family, Melanie saw not only how happy it made her aunt and uncle but her entire family as well. As Adam grew, he and Melanie developed a very special bond and spent as much time together as possible. Melanie looked forward to every opportunity to spend time with him, whether it was at church, a family event, or babysitting. Melanie saw what a deep, unwavering love she had for her cousin and, by the time she was in her teens, she knew that she wanted to adopt when she was ready to expand her family. We are so excited to continue our family's positive experiences with adoption as we prepare to add a child to our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is a four bedroom, single story residence with a lot of room to play, learn, and relax with friends and family. We particularly enjoy the family room in our home as it is very comfortable space with big couches, entertainment, and a cozy fireplace. The family room is also open to the kitchen and dining room. This makes it a wonderful open space that fosters togetherness because no matter what we are doing, we can see and engage with each other. Our backyard is another great place to have fun! We have a pool to cool off in during the summer and a large grassy area where we like to play outdoor games and goof around with our dogs.
Our community is filled with fantastic people. We have friendly neighbors both old and young, with children of a variety of ages. We live near several churches as well as parks with pools, sports fields and courts, and playgrounds. There are events held regularly in our community and around our city. These include festivals, science events for children, and activities at our numerous public libraries. Our city's culture is enriched by a high Hispanic population and there are ample opportunities to experience that culture, especially during Hispanic Heritage Month when many festivals and events are held in our city and those surrounding us.
Our Extended Families
We both grew up in Arizona and come from close-knit families. We each have one sibling; Reid has one sister and Melanie has one brother. Reid's mother and Melanie's parents live only a few miles from our home and spend time with us on a weekly basis. Reid's father lives a few hours north of us and makes frequent trips through our area to visit. Living close to our families is very important to us and we are lucky to have a strong support system so close by.
Our families get together regularly for fun and we also gather together for each holiday. When our families get together, we especially enjoy sharing a home cooked meal and playing games. We like playing board games, card games, and outdoor games. We spend a lot of time laughing with each other as we truly enjoy each other's company.
Our family is thrilled about our adoption plan! Our parents are very excited to welcome a grandchild into our family and have already started talking about the different activities they want to plan for spending time with a child. They have seen the blessings that adoption has brought to extended family members and can't wait to share their love, time, and support with us and a grandchild.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read about us and for considering us to be parents to your child. As you make this significant decision, please know that we would consider it the highest privilege to have your child in our lives forever. Creating an adoption plan is a loving, selfless, and courageous thing to do and we respect and value you for considering this.
We have been married for the last 3 years but have known each other for most of our lives. We first met in junior high and attended school together through high school. We shared classes and friends and were both in marching band together. After college we reconnected, became best friends, and fell in love. Our parents and siblings have known each other for that time as well so it was a natural fit to combine our families when we got married! Ever since we shared our desire to adopt, we have been surrounded by nothing but love, support, and excitement. Your child is going to be given so much love! Our parents are eager to become grandparents and we are looking forward to a new generation joining our family.
We enjoy having fun and we love to laugh. Our family is our top priority and we are so fortunate to have both Melanie's parents and Reid's mother live a short 10 minute drive from our home. We highly value our relationships with our family and enjoy spending time with them during holidays as well as in our free time. Having such a positive, nearby support system has been a huge blessing to us and will be a huge blessing to a child. We want to show your child how much they are loved by us and also set an example of what a positive, supportive, and loving family dynamic is through the amazing relationships we have with each other, our parents, and our siblings.
We have worked hard to get to where we are in life and to be financially stable. We are fortunate and happy to be at a place in life where we have a lot of flexibility and balance. We are prepared to become parents and promise to provide your child with all of our love, support, time, and guidance. We will provide a stable home environment where your child will feel safe and loved. Our home has room for an expanding family and for a child to live, grow, play, and learn. We will ensure a quality education and look forward to fostering your child's interests, whether in athletics, arts, academics, or something else. Melanie has a background in special education and both of our mothers are elementary school teachers so we know the value of a good education both in the classroom and at home. We will promote the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of your child throughout their life. We will demonstrate positive relationships with understanding and open communication and will ensure the health of your child with every resource we have.
We are committed to sharing your child's life with you through letters and pictures and promise to maintain a level of connection between our two families in whatever way you feel comfortable. You are extremely important to us and your child and we welcome your input on the kinds of communication you would like. We will be honest and open with your child about adoption from the beginning. We want them to know that adoption means they are loved beyond measure by everyone involved in the adoption process. They grew in our hearts but we were only able to become parents because of you. We want your child to develop their own identity and their adoption story is a beautiful and important part of that. We will be forever grateful to you for giving us the most precious and selfless gift anyone can give- the gift of parenthood. We are already full of unconditional love for your child and excitement to meet him or her! We look forward to building a relationship based on mutual respect and trust as we go through this together.
With deep appreciation,
Reid & Melanie
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