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Stephen & Emily
As we sit in our future child's nursery, we are praying for the words to say that will let you know how much we will love your child. We believe that adoption is a beautiful gift, and we have prayed for years about expanding our family this way. Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We are praying that you will have peace in your decision and throughout your journey.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has always been very close to our hearts. Emily has several friends who were adopted as infants, and Stephen has four younger siblings who were adopted. We both knew from a young age that we wanted to adopt. Once we started dating, we discussed what we thought our future family would look like, and adoption was a big part of that picture. Stephen was able to see the beauty of adoption through the adoption of his four younger siblings, and Emily was present for the adoption of his youngest sister. His younger siblings are precious to his family, and his family wouldn't be complete without them. Adoption has been an amazing gift for his family and it gave both of us a deep appreciation and sense of gratitude towards mothers who choose adoption for their children. As we have gotten older, we now have friends who have adopted. We feel very blessed to have these connections to adoption. Our future child will be surrounded by children and adults who have walked through the adoption journey as an adoptee, and adoption will always be seen as the beautiful gift that it is.
Our lifestyle is so fun! We love to be outdoors, workout, spend time with loved ones, and just enjoy life. Stephen does Crossfit workouts in our garage gym every afternoon after work, and several times each week Emily joins him. We also have friends that come over to work out as well. We really enjoy this time to have fellowship with our friends and share our love for fitness with others. Emily enjoys doing Yoga a few times each week. We go out almost every evening and take our dog for a walk by the river or a jog in our neighborhood. After a walk, we love to go up the street to get frozen yogurt. We are so excited to take our child with us and teach him/her to love being active with us! On the weekends, we enjoy going for hikes. While being outdoors and being active is always our first choice, we also enjoy having slow weekends and just chilling out and watching movies or binging The Office. Every Sunday evening we host dinner with Emily's family. We often begin the evenings together preparing dinner, and end the evening with a game of Skip-Bo or Phase 10. We both love to read as well and try to make time in the evenings or early mornings for reading. We have a ton of fun together, and we can't wait to bring a child into our home to share our life with!
What it Means to Become Parents
We can't wait to be parents! To us, being parents means telling bedtime stories, building forts in the living room, watching Disney movies, and most importantly, giving our child unconditional love. We have dreamed of becoming parents for years. We want to give our child everything we had growing up and more. We envision bringing our baby home and taking them on long walks in the stroller with our dog, who will definitely become the baby's best friend. We envision our child growing up with their cousins, who will be close in age. Our child will be surrounded by close relatives who love them. We want our child to always know that they can come to us with any problems and trust us to have their best interest in mind. Becoming parents will be the greatest adventure of our lives, and one adventure that we can't wait to start!
Our House and Neighborhood
We recently purchased our first home! Our three bedroom, two bathroom house sits in a quiet neighborhood and has a fenced in yard that keeps our dog in, but can't keep our neighborhood cats out, which we love. We have a large open floor plan that allows everyone to be together even while in separate spaces. Our neighborhood has yearly block parties in the summer featuring corn hole games, BBQ, and live music. We are the most popular neighborhood for trick-or-treaters each year! We have gotten to know many of our neighbors since we moved in, and everyone is very sweet and welcoming. Our neighborhood is very family oriented. We live behind the elementary school that our child will attend, and there is a path to walk to the school from our home. We cannot wait to walk our child to school each day!
We live in a smaller town, but we are very close to one of the largest cities in the state. We live only 5-10 minutes from several parks (many of which have splash pads for kids!), lakes, and a river. We love outdoor activity and love being so close to these parks. We live very close to our church. Our church is very involved in adoption ministry. Our pastor has adopted both of his children, and we have many families who have adopted. Our church has fall festivals, a Christmas program, and a big 4th of July neighborhood party each year! We love our community!
Our Extended Families
We are very close to our families. We spend every Sunday with Emily's parents, and her brother and his wife. Emily's brother and his wife are our best friends, and we have always dreamed of having children all around the same time so they can grow up to be as close as we are. We live five minutes away from them, which makes just dropping by for dinner, or going for after dinner walks very easy. Stephen has eight siblings, and the youngest 4 are adopted. We spend time with them as often as we can, but his older siblings live all over the country so unfortunately we don't get to see them as often as we would like. We get together with Emily's family every Sunday for dinner, and we all take turns hosting dinner at our homes. Our families cannot wait for us to expand our family through adoption. They are all extremely supportive. Emily's parents are so excited to become grandparents for the first time, and Emily's mom cannot wait to babysit! Stephen's family has been through the adoption process before, and they know how difficult but beautiful it is. We have seen first hand how rewarding adoption is. We cannot imagine life without Stephen's younger siblings and are so thankful for the gift that their birth parents gave to his family. We feel so blessed to have such close family relationships!
From Us to You
Hi there. Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our profile and read this letter. We don't know the circumstances that led you here, but we want you to know that we care about you and your child very much. We promise to give your child all the love in the world, and share with them the joy and happiness we have with each other.
We have been married for six years, and we have been dreaming of starting our family for three years. We know what it's like to have life take a turn that you never expected. We always planned to have one biological child, and then adopt, but we have not been able to start our family in that way. We don't have a medical answer for why we haven't been able to have biological children, but we know without a doubt that adoption has always been the plan for our lives, and we are pursuing it in God's perfect timing. We truly believe that expanding our family through adoption will be a beautiful experience and we cannot wait to bring a child home.
We absolutely love children! We will give our child a home that is full of love, happiness, and cute cats and dogs. We love having fun and spending time together, and while we love each other with all of our hearts, we know that we are missing a piece of our puzzle (one that our fur babies can't fill).
For our future child, we hope to lead by example. We want to instill in our child the importance of loving one another, doing your best at whatever you try, finishing what you start, and never stop learning. We are committed to raising our child with Christian values and morals. We value education and hard work. We strive to be able to give our child the best opportunities in life, but we believe that hard work opens doors and education gives you the ability to go through them. We encourage our child to pursue activities that make them happy whether that be baseball, soccer, gymnastics, theater, or science club. We want our child to be the best he or she can be. That doesn't mean the star pitcher or the straight A student, it just means the child who puts in the effort to do their best at what they pursue. We believe that this is how we can be truly supportive parents.
Our families are so amazing. Emily's brother and his wife are our best friends. We have always dreamed of having children who are close in age so they can grow up together. We believe that having cousins as your best friends is one of the greatest blessings. Our parents are over the moon about our adoption journey, and they cannot wait to welcome their new grandchild into the family with open arms.
We would love to share with you your child's growth and experiences through letters, emails, and pictures if that is what you desire. We will keep a "life book" for our child so they can always look back on their adoption story and know how loved they have always been. We will make sure that they know that adoption is a blessing. Stephen has four siblings who were adopted, and we have many friends who have adopted, so adoption will always be shown to our child in a positive light. Our child will know the depth of your love for them.
Thank you again for reading our letter, and learning a little bit more about us. We hope that this letter lets you see how deeply we will love and care for any child that we have the privilege of bringing into our home and parenting. We know you have a difficult decision ahead of you, and we are praying for you. No matter what you choose, we hope only the best for you and your child.
Stephen & Emily
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