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Isaac & Ashley
We're two people who trust that relationships of love are the building blocks of life - it is the home of all human longing and companionship. In love, we prize God, neighbors, and each other. The story of this adoption begins and ends in love. It's our genuine joy to adopt. We look forward to meeting you!
How We Met
At the earliest, we took the same elective class in junior high at a small school in New Mexico. The awkward years, right? Not an ideal time to meet one's future spouse. Nevertheless, there we were on the bus, with braces and acne, sharing a single set of iPod headphones and some conversation. Over time, we called and texted, wrote notes, and eventually dated in high school. We celebrated getting our driver's licenses, attended prom together, and toasted to each others' high school graduations (with Welches' cider, probably).
Our commitment and affection for one another grew thru college as we learned to adult together. We came to find that whatever future we individually envisioned, certainly included the other as part of it. We got married a year before college graduation, finished school, and then moved across the country as a married pair.
We've grown a lot together. Not only are we more grateful for the early years we shared - we also know that each new day is another chance to know and love each other. In our fifteen years together, we've added our dog Moses to the family and lived in three different states. Even still, we never pass-up the annual tradition of a good New Mexican meal in the hometown where it all began.
Fun Facts About Us:
Addressing Cultural Diversity
"Diversity" is an often-used word rarely defined. We understand diversity as one whole body with many members - singing a song in harmony, not sameness. "Cultural diversity" is a positive treatment of different ethnicities within the unity of one humankind, respecting and celebrating difference.
Isaac grew up in a bi-cultural home. The Spanish spoken carried just as much status in its 'otherness' as the English that was also spoken. At Thanksgiving meals, tamales and tortillas were served next to the turkey. Even when relating to the family with disabilities, diversity necessarily mattered. In these experiences, diversity wasn't a buzzword, but a way of life.
In the Southwest, diversity comes baked-into the place and culture. We both grew up in churches where there was not only ethnic diversity but also economic and spiritual diversity. In that context, diversity grew camaraderie, love, and service, "In the bond of peace."
In our experience of diversity, we have learned the art of hospitality. More than just tolerating others who are different in ethnicity, religion, income, or language, we work for their flourishing. The world is charged with the power of mutual, self-donating love--diversity in unity. Though we don't yet know you, we are for you and we anticipate learning from you.
Our House and Neighborhood
We are totally in love with the fun, lively Texas city we call home, and live close enough to walk to its greatest amenities. The warm sun, the diversity of cultures, and the easygoing pace has made it easy for us to fit in here, and dream about how we will share every detail with this little one.
We live on the most well-loved street in the neighborhood - a group of colorful homes with eccentric, urban charm, occupied with lively residents ages 2 to 72 that play in front yards and invite others to join in. For the kids, our street is a safe place to play, pet the parade of dogs walking by, and come and go between all of us neighbors.
Just a few blocks away, we have access to the most beloved local movie theater, an outstanding elementary school, and an amazing variety of bakeries, food trucks, and restaurant patios. Still, the best destination for a walk is the cool, natural Springs. There, we swim in the big pool, read on the grassy hill, or hike through the shady pecan trees down where it meets the lake.
On our street, we share meals, throw a football, watch movies on the projector out-back, and catch-up about the week with our neighbors. We love our sunny home, its historic charm and colorful front room; yet, the folks who fill it with warm hospitality, make it a place to belong.
Our Extended Families
We eat and tell stories with our friends and family. Especially during the holidays, moms whip up multiple pans of enchiladas, aunts bring tamales and dads sharpen their best jokes. We assemble ourselves and the food around the table to love and listen, patiently knowing one another. Friends bring their pets and board games so we can share a drink and life's experiences.
Our siblings live as far as Washington, D.C. and Arizona; yet, between making frequent visits and hosting them often, they seldom feel that far. We cherish time spent with our parents, younger brothers and older sisters, and hold a special kind of affection for our three nephews.
Our nearest family however, is not blood-related but they support and love us all the same. The neighbors we inherited on our street share life like the best sort of family. We share responsibilities, food, cars, music, and stories. This close-knit community on our street give us every reason to be grateful for where we live.
Our closest friends and family share so much of our excitement as we grow our family. They've pledged their support with kind conversation, earnest prayer, and generous donation. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, and cousins (Isaac has more than 30!) are on the ready to rally around us and shower this new life in wonder and love.
From Us to You
Even though we don't yet know you, we're for you. We want to keep our introduction simple and true. First off, thank you! Your labor spent looking for a family that you think will love this child deserves our gratitude. In our "thanks," we make no claim of grasping the reality you now face. No one can know your unique experience; yet, you are not alone. We pray that your family, friends, and faith accompany you. We hope our joy and anticipation for parenthood serve you and your decision.
We married nine years ago after dating for six. Early in our relationship, we agreed that we both wanted to parent and made up our minds to wait for the right time to grow our family. School and career ushered the years by until we both had steady work and a great house with a spare bedroom. We started trying. We got pregnant and miscarried. We saw doctors and kept trying.
The hope of growing our family begins with our love for God and each other. Our desire to parent passed through a valley of grief, where we came to understand the gift of contentment for one another and what we have already been given. Even still, we trust that peace in sadness is not the whole story for our family and the world. Our imagination for love and a vision for our family has only grown under the weight of trying and waiting.
With the support and encouragement of family and friends who have adopted, we now know our path. Our confidence grows as we share our plan to adopt with others. By prizing diversity, faith, and community, we have found reassurance that adoption is for us. The wise counsel of others, likewise has convinced us that we are for adoption.
The prospect of adoption reinvigorates us. Our hearts are younger with anticipation. The uncertainty of 'when' and 'how' scares us less. We have what we need. We are not in control and it is well with our souls. Mercy will lead us into the unknown. This adoption, mediation of this agency, your pregnancy, our anticipation are all gifts. The pressure is off to do it right. You, in the constraint of a decision, are free despite others' opinions and judgments. Here is where three threads of one big story meet.
This child's story begins with your story. This moment of acquaintance spans to a future with a shared child between us--parents in our distinct ways. Telling them how it all began, we will encourage them to be proud of their adoption story and speak of you with love and respect.
We respect you and your decision. As the child grows and has questions about their adoption, we will give them answers honestly, emphasizing your love, maturity, and selflessness that allowed you to make, for them, this sacrifice of love. Over the years, we would like to regularly send you photos, letters, and e-mails giving you updates on your child. Above all, we pray that you choose what's best for you and your child, even if that means parenting yourself or selecting another couple. May the decision you make, give you peace.
Love and Mercy,
Isaac & Ashley
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