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Corey & Katie
Adoption changed our lives completely when we brought home our youngest son nearly seven years ago. The moment we laid eyes on him we completely fell in love! As a very active family of five, we have had many adventures together, from hiking and swimming in local creeks to having nerf gun wars in our living room. We are excited to continue to grow our family through adoption, and we are incredibly grateful for your consideration.
Adoption in Our Lives
Prior to adopting our youngest son, adoption had an impact on both of our lives in numerous ways. Corey's grandfather lived in an orphanage until he was 17, and Corey has a cousin who was adopted from Korea at age 8. Katie also has a cousin who was adopted from India as a toddler. These experiences with adoption changed both of our lives in an incredibly positive way, and it also changed our perceptions as to what makes a family. We both always knew we wanted to have a large family and grow our family through adoption. We were blessed to have twin boys 10 years ago, and they brought us tremendous joy. After having a difficult time conceiving a third child, and knowing there was also the potential to have another difficult pregnancy, we knew we were ready to pursue adoption. Adopting our son truly changed our life forever. All of us completely fell in love with him the moment we met him, and he became an integral part of our immediate and extended family! His birth parents also became a part of our family, and they have been an incredibly important part of our lives. We knew if we adopted a child transracially that we would want to ultimately adopt two children so that they would always have each other. Now that our sons are older and more independent, we feel ready to adopt our fourth child and truly complete our family.
Our Leisure Time
Spending time as a family is one of our top priorities. Every weekend we seek out adventures to experience together. We normally look for new hiking trails, swimming holes, or places to fish, pack up a picnic lunch, and head out for the day together.
We love being together as a family, and we are quite a crew! We are a high energy (and sometimes high volume!) group, and we love to laugh, eat, and have adventures together. Whether we are taking turns jumping into a swimming hole or daring each other to eat strange or new types of food, there is never a dull moment.
Corey has also become quite a cook and regularly makes incredibly delicious family dinners, including homemade meatballs, peel and eat shrimp, smoked pork or salmon, chili, pasta, ramen, and steak, just to name a few. We love having big family meals together!
Cultural diversity has always been an extremely important part of our lives. One of the reasons we chose to live in the neighborhood where we live and attend our church is because of the diversity in the community. We also knew how important it would be for our son to see people who resemble him in our neighborhood, school, and church. Through this, we have had opportunities to foster strong relationships with people from different cultures and ethnicities, who have become an integral part of our lives. Making sure our son, who is African American, is exposed to others of the same race and feels confident and proud of who he is has been our top priority. We are continuously finding ways to educate ourselves and our entire family on the issues important for the wellbeing of our son. We also ensure he is connected with his birth parents and has a strong relationship with them through regular telephone conversations and Facetiming and yearly visits. They have become an integral part of our lives and we are truly grateful and blessed to have them.
Our House and Neighborhood
One of the best aspects of our life in Virginia is our community. Because we live near a large city, we are able to take advantage of many activities, like zoos, parks, libraries, museums, and restaurants.
We also live in a very diverse area with individuals from many different ethnicities and cultures. We live within walking distance to many restaurants from all parts of the world! On Friday nights, we take turns picking where we order take-out. Our neighborhood is a small, close-knit, and very safe community. It is also very progressive, open-minded, and accepting, which is very important to us. We also live in a great school district with amazing teachers and staff.
One of the best aspects of our community, however, is our church. It is a very small community of people from all walks of life. It originated as a Black Catholic parish and has a very diverse, multi-ethnic congregation. Much of the church's focus is on social justice and helping those in need.
The diversity of the area where we live, as well as our church, will allow many opportunities for a child we adopt to have friends, adults, and teachers who resemble them.
Our Extended Families
We are both very close to our extended families. Katie has one sister, who lives in Key West, Florida, and she comes to visit often. The rest of Katie's family, including her mom, dad, grandmother, and over 60 aunts, uncles, and cousins, live in Ohio, and we visit every two to three months to see them.
Corey's mom, dad, sister, and brother all live close by, and we regularly have cookouts and crab feasts with them.
On Christmas Eve every year, everyone squeezes into Katie's grandmother's tiny house, and we sing Christmas carols, eat Italian wedding soup, and Katie's aunt runs through the backyard dressed like an elf for the kids! On St. Patrick's Day each year, we all dress up in wacky green outfits and kilts and go to Irish restaurants in town.
We also have a close-knit group of friends (many with kids), and we often get together with them at local parks or to hang out in the backyard.
Our extended families and friends were very supportive of our decision to adopt our youngest son and have embraced him and love him unconditionally. We know they will do the same with our future child!
From Us to You
Writing this letter is definitely the most difficult part of this process because we realize that we cannot truly understand what you are going through and how difficult this process must be. Having gone through this once before, we know that adopting a child is an incredible responsibility, not only to the child but to the birth parents as well. We are incredibly humbled that you are even reading our profile and considering us. Your choice to pursue adoption for your child is truly one of selflessness and love. We know this journey for you has probably been a very difficult one. We still think about our son's birth parents every day and keep them in our prayers, and we know the responsibility we have to them and to our son. We feel the best way to help you in making the decision that is best for your child is to give you a window into the type of life your child would have with our family.
Quite honestly, we are far from perfect, and every day we make mistakes as individuals and as parents. We have struggled with different challenges in our lives, but we try to learn from our mistakes and continually grow and change to become better people. We can assure you that as imperfect as we are, your child will always feel loved and feel part of a close family that will always be there for them. Your child will have a life filled with laughter and fun -- from "water wars" with squirt guns and water balloons in the summer to building forts in the winter. We are an active family who love making traditions and just being together. We go to the beach every summer with friends and family, and we do nothing but sit on the beach all day watching the waves, listening to music, and playing in the sand. We also love to eat -- so much so that's it's almost a sport to us! We have pizza and movie nights, pasta dinners, and barbecues, and we eat Maryland blue crabs all summer long.
We are also faithful Christians, and teaching our children love, respect, and kindness to others is one of our top priorities. We attend church together every Sunday (although we are currently virtual!) and pray every night together before dinner and bedtime.
One assurance we can provide to you is that your child will always know how much you love them and that your choice to pursue adoption was made out of incredible love and selflessness. We are very open to communicating through letters, emails, and future visits, and we plan to regularly send pictures and videos. We would be happy to have you as a part of our lives if you are open to it.
Overall, we want you to know that we are pursuing adoption with open hearts and open minds. We believe our faith will continue to guide us as it always has. We thank you for your consideration, and should you decide to choose us as the family to raise your child, we would be incredibly honored.
Corey & Katie