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Dylan & Ellie
Greetings! Thank you for taking time to review our profile. Our aim is to present to you the most genuine picture of who we are and what we value. We regard adoption as one of our life's greatest gifts and treasures. Having started our parenthood journey through adoption we greatly desire to continue to grow our family. If we are the family you choose for your child we would blessed beyond words.
The area in which we live is unique in a wonderful way. Our community is diverse both ethnically and culturally, yet divisions and prejudice are rarely evident. Diversity is so normal in our area that it literally didn't occur to us until we sat down to write this that none of our immediate neighbors share a race. Our immediate neighbors are an African American family, a Hispanic family, a Native American family, and an elderly Caucasian woman. Being a transracial family, we cannot overstate our gratitude for living in an area that appreciates and celebrates diversity. Our children will grow up understanding diversity as a norm. As each culture contributes to our area, other cultures seem to accept what it brings, and not just accept it but take pride in the way it shapes us as a community. We have several transracial families in our circle of friends, some by adoption and some by interracial marriage or partnership. We not only want to celebrate diversity in our own family, we aim to celebrate and support it as a beautiful quality of living on this planet.
Our Leisure Time
We love to relax, play, and have fun in our leisure time. Currently our favorite activities in our down time are working out, going to the new trampoline park in town, going to the park and throwing the ball for our yellow lab, eating out at our favorite restaurant, Blue Moon Diner, and watching a movie on the couch. Myles (3 years old) and Dylan (33 years old, but still loves fun!) love to wrestle and pretend to be superheroes fighting bad guys. Myles always wants to be Spiderman and wants Dylan to be The Hulk. He runs all over the house pretending to shoot spider web. We have so much fun and laugh a lot. We are so looking forward to sharing all of this with our next child and Myles is so excited to be a big brother, he will be a good one, we’re certain.
One of the best things we did for our son was make a picture books that tell his story of how he came into our family. It includes journal entries from before we knew him, pictures of the day we became a family, and many happy moments from the first days after he became ours and we became his. He brings us the books often, and we read them together. He sees his story with clarity and joy, and we emphasize how much love brought us together from all involved. We plan to do the same for our next child. We believe that his or her story belongs to him or her, we are simply stewards helping them learn their story. We honor and respect all who are part of his story and this will remain true for our next child. We encourage openness in discussion, and we naturally, yet intentionally celebrate our status as an adoptive family.
Our Extended Families
Family is very important to us and we love spending time with both of our families. We live near to Ellie's parents whose greatest (current) life joy is being grandparents. They are called Mimi and Pop Pop.
Although none live close to us, all of our siblings love being Aunties and Uncles and are involved in our child's life as much as possible. Our child(ren) have three cousins on Ellie's side of the family and five older cousins on Dylan's side.
We try to get together with family as much as possible. We typically spend Thanksgiving with Dylan's family in Texas. Papa fries a turkey and we like to play games or do puzzles together. Nana and Papa have a lake house and our new tradition is to gather at their home for the 4th of July. We swim and eat homemade ice cream.
Christmas is usually spent with Ellie's family. On Christmas morning we eat coffeecake and open gifts together. Ellie's sister is an amazing cook, so Christmas dinner is always over the top. Later we go sledding in our beautiful snowy mountains near our home. All of our family members are enthusiastically supportive of our adoption and are thrilled to welcome another child to the clan.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a very diverse and accepting community. With our first adoption our community was so supportive that they even wrote a piece about our story in a local paper. We have many friends who have adoptive families and we get together often.
Our home is located in a friendly, established neighborhood. We live in a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home that was built in the 1960s. It has gorgeous hardwood floors and floor to ceiling window that lets in plenty of sunlight. We are within walking distance of a brand new city water park and a Dairy Queen that we frequent in the summer time. We often visit the local library near our home and they have amazing programs for children. We recently redid our back yard so that our children have a fun space to play. We planted grass, poured a huge patio for grilling and eating outside, planted trees and put up a trampoline (with all the safety features, of course). Our home is our favorite place to be.
From Us to You
Greetings! We are Dylan and Ellie. We have one son, a bright and beautiful three-year-old boy named Myles. We have been married for almost 14 years, we met in high school and were married after our freshman year in college. We have had the privilege to grow our family through international adoption and having experienced the tremendous blessing of this way of making a family, desire to continue to grow our family through adoption.
Thank you for taking time to get to know us. We imagine this process has been a lot to navigate, some good things, some hard things, and some things that are just a big mix of both. Whether or not we are the family for your child, we want you to know you are in our hearts and on our minds.
We have to confess this is a difficult letter to compose. Not because we have little to say, rather we realize the depths of all that this letter represents, both in your story as well as ours. After a lot of debate about how to craft this letter to you, we have decided that there are two things we want you to walk away with. Firstly, we want you to know who we are as parents, and secondly, we want you to get an understanding of our commitment to you, as the birth parents of our child.
If we had to describe who we are as parents in one word that word would be "grateful". Gratitude, above all things, has shaped us as parents. This gratitude has been born out of many things we have experienced, and while these experiences have been painful, we are endlessly grateful for the perspective they have given us. Our children, the ones we lost before they were born, the one we have now, and the next one we hope for are each gifts from God and we are indescribably grateful for them. The reality of the gift, responsibility, and weightiness of our role as mom and dad is not lost on us. Being a mother and a father is our life's greatest joy. This is who we are as parents, aware of the gift, careful with it, and shaped by gratitude.
Our commitment to the birth parents of our children is also shaped by our gratitude. Regardless of the specific terms and desires of the adoption arrangement, we honor and express love for the people who have given our children life and birth. Our son's birth mother is someone we hold very dear in our hearts. Even though we unfortunately have no contact with her, she is someone for which we have an indescribable love and respect. We often wish we were able to send her letters and pictures. We wish we were able to show her how beautiful our son is, and to tell her how confident, kind, fearless and joyful he is. We understand she has her reasons not having contact, and we respect her choice. We do commit, however, to sending pictures, letters, updates, and news to you, if so desired. Our commitment to you is to honor and respect this relationship with the deepest love and admiration it deserves.
Thank you for taking time to hear our hearts and see us for who we are. We are tremendously blessed to be able to be part of your journey and we pray for guidance and peace for you in this process.
Dylan & Ellie