Dear Expectant Mother-
We want to start off by telling you how much we love and respect you. Your gift is a great one that will be forever cherished by us. Your loving decision will change our family forever. While your decision is difficult, please rest assured that your child will always know love and support throughout their life. We hope this letter is the first of many communications with you throughout the life of your child.
We are high school sweethearts. Our first date was senior prom and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We dated for four years throughout college before getting married, and we’ve been married now for thirteen years. Even after all this time together, we are still best friends that do everything together. We rush home each day from work to share all the details of the day and enjoy time with each other and our children. We love cooking together, going to concerts and festivals, and we are big movie buffs. We love going to the theater together or the local drive-in to see the latest show. We are also big music lovers, and we are always trying to incorporate something musical into our lives. We are huge football fanatics. We love going to the games on Saturdays or watching them on TV at home with friends and family. We try to make it a fun experience each week, as we cheer on our favorite team.
We always wanted to have a large family, and try as we might we struggled for several years without success to make that wish a reality. Thankfully God has blessed us with two children through adoption over the past few years. We are praying that once again our family is blessed with the love, laughter, and challenges that a new life brings. Both of our families are just as excited as we are for us to grow our family. Our puppy is also super excited for someone new to grow up with and play with.
We live in a small town, within minutes of both our parents and our siblings. Even though our town is small-- there are many things to see and do. The main attraction is the lake, where there is always a festival or event taking place. The town is rich in beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. Being in Ohio, we get to experience all four seasons and all the wonderful seasonal fun that goes with it: snowmen and sledding in the winter, flower festivals and bike riding in the spring, swimming, boating, and fairs/festivals in the summer, and football, hay rides, pumpkin patches and cornfield mazes in the fall.
We understand that the decision you have to make to place your child with us is a great one. We were blessed to receive our daughter and our son both through the beautiful process of adoption. Both of the pathways through their adoption processes were unique situations. Our daughter's Birthmother wanted a completely closed adoption. She didn't want any information or pictures following her decision. With our son, we had the complete opposite. Every month we speak with his Birthmother. We send her pictures and videos each month to show her how much he's grown. We update her on all the new developments he is making as he learns and grows. We cherish our relationship with her so much. We are open to any relationship that you wish to develop with us. We are here with you on this journey every step of the way.
A thank you could not possibly begin to express all of our admiration for the decision you’re making and the gift you are giving, but we are hoping that this small glimpse into our lives shows you how committed we are to enriching your child’s life through love and happiness each day.
Darin & Melissa