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Ben & Lauren
Thank you so much for reading our profile! Adoption is a dream and a prayer that we have had as a couple for six years now, and we are overjoyed to be starting this journey. We are so grateful to be considered by you as you make this very tough decision. Please know that to love your child would be our greatest joy!
Why We Chose Adoption
Adoption has always been a part of Lauren's life. Both her father and her maternal uncle were adopted and it created a culture/ mindset in our family that adoption is a very natural beautiful way to grow a family.
Lauren: I have had the deep desire to adopt since I was a young girl. Meeting Ben and sharing that desire with him has developed in him a desire to adopt and share both our love, and the love that Christ shares through adoption. We were certainly blessed to have our daughter, but have decided as a couple through prayer that we will grow the rest of our family through adoption.
We are so thankful for the role you will play in growing our family and want you to know that you are important to us. We welcome your continued investment in your child's life and would love to be in contact sending pictures, letters, or emails sharing this child's growth, special moments, and milestones. It is our desire that your child know that they were and continue to be cherished by you. Please know that you will be spoken of with love and respect and that your child will know that you made a brave and loving decision. It is our hope that as the years pass and we remain in contact that you remain confident in your decision to trust us to love and raise your child. Thank you for allowing us a chance to share our hearts with you and please know that you are in our prayers.
Our Leisure Time
We are a family who loves to be together and have fun. Most days you can find us outside in the yard playing with our sweet dog, Handsome, or at a neighborhood playground. We belong to the local YMCA that we love and every summer we get a membership to the outdoor pool.
We are blessed to have lots of family and friends close by, and we love to spend time with them hanging out and supporting each other any way we can. We particularly like to host dinners, have campfires outside, go to sporting events, hang out with close friends, and play with our neighborhood friends and cousins.
We make taking beach trips a priority in the summer and we love to explore new state parks by hiking, especially in the fall. We hope to be able to share the beauty of creation with our children throughout the years.
When we have downtime we love to play games, read books, go to the movies, check out new restaurants, and snuggle on the couch while we watch Netflix.
Making your child feel accepted, comfortable, and aware of his or her cultural heritage will be a priority in our family. We know that cultural heritage is important to our identities and we commit to both learning as much as we can about your child's culture, as well as building friendships and relationships with people who share that culture. We deeply desire that this child will know who they are and know that they are fully loved and accepted.
We also recognize as a Caucasian family, there are some things that will affect a child of a different background in ways that we simply don't understand. We want you to know that our hearts are completely open to loving this child without hesitation. Our commitment to you is that we will advocate for, protect, teach, and empower your child while we fully embrace his or her culture.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a gorgeous suburban neighborhood in Pennsylvania.
Our home has lots of character—we fell in love with its charm and the wooded back yard we love to explore. We have a open front yard where neighborhood kids love to come and play with our dog and play in the water table.
The neighborhood is full of young families, children playing outside, and playgrounds. We love to walk our dog,Handsome, to the neighborhood park and play.
Our town has so many great family events like holiday parades. This fall we checked out a trunk-or-treat event and this season we have loved going on hayrides and picking fresh apples at some of the local orchards. During Christmas there are horse driven carriages decorated with lights, and an annual parade with Santa Claus.
We spend a lot of time at our local YMCA and we are very involved in our church who is active in our community.
Our Extended Families
We are so blessed by our extended families! Ben's family lives close by and we love to go to the park with Habibi (Ben's mom) and Poppy (Ben's dad). Aunt Khouri (Ben's twin sister) is the best playmate and loves to laugh and splash at the pool. Ben's family has Lebanese roots and so making Arabic food together for the holidays is one of our favorite family traditions.
Lauren's sister, Megan, brother-in-law Eric, and their three awesome kiddos live less than five minutes away, and we love playing and living life together. Lauren's parents are about an hour away but love to come and spend time, help with house projects, and play card games. Lauren also has two brothers, Michael and David.
When our families are all together we love to play games, cook, eat, and just talk together. Holiday traditions like making the Thanksgiving meal together and playing games while all the food is in the oven are some of our favorites.
From Us to You
We are overjoyed that you have chosen to consider us and that we have the opportunity to love your child. What you are doing is brave, strong, and loving, and please know that we respect and are praying for you during this process. We cant wait to meet you.
We met in college twelve years ago. We immediately became best friends and about a year and a half later we started dating. We bonded over our shared heart for justice and service to the people around us. During our dating relationship we both experienced hardships that bonded us in love and loyalty for one another. We had many conversations about our dreams and desires for the future, one of which was to adopt a child. When we got married about four years later, we spent a few years learning how to love each other well in the day to day. We explored the world of travel nursing and got to road trip across America. When we came back home to Pennsylvania we knew we were ready to start a family and grow permanent roots with extended family close by. Our daughter arrived a year later and absolutely changed our lives for the better. Our hearts grew in unimaginable ways and so did our desire to adopt. We love our child in a way we never imagined and that has only deepened our desire to share that same love with an adopted child. About seven years of marriage later, we are still best friends and are so excited to adopt a baby.
Lauren About Ben: Ben is strong, has an unrelenting positive attitude, a go with the flow nature, sweet, fun loving, loves to play, and provides for our family in ways that make me feel so safe and secure. As a father he is so tender and sweet that my heart just melts. He loves his daughter and the people around him so fiercely, and with a loyalty that I have never experienced. I know that any child that enters our hearts is incredibly blessed to have him as their father.
Ben About Lauren: Lauren is an ER nurse and although this does not define her, it paints a picture of who she is. She is assertive, cool under pressure, smart, spunky, and yet loves deeply. Lauren is a "mama bear" -do not mess with her husband or kids. Her ability to persevere through difficult situations has been a stronghold for our marriage. On the other hand she is gregarious, has a great laugh, and is a lot of fun to be around. Lauren is a great mother to our daughter. She teaches, guides and plays with love and a deep desire to raise her well. She makes our daughter feel so loved and so wanted, I can only imagine how she will pour all those qualities into loving your child.
As we have prayed and prepared for the adoption process we have grown in appreciation for the terribly difficult decision you are faced with, and the way your love for your child is motivating this choice. We want you to feel confident that our desire is to be in contact with you by letters, pictures, emails, and even text messages if that is what you choose. Your child is going to know your name, know that you loved them, and know that we are so incredibly thankful for you.
Ben & Lauren
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