Dear Expectant Mother,
We are grateful that you are taking the time to learn more about us. It is our hope that you are able to get to know about the kind of life we will provide for your child if you decide to choose our family. No matter the circumstances that have led you here, considering adoption shows the true love that you have for your baby.
We have two beautiful children at home, Elliott and Charlotte, but our path to adoption began with our youngest son, Everett, who was stillborn a few years ago. Since losing Everett we have had the desire to expand our family, but this time through the gift of adoption. We feel that we are meant to grow our family through adoption, not to replace our son, but rather to provide a loving family for a baby who will already be part of the world. Elliott and Charlotte are longing for a younger sibling. Elliott shares a special bond with our nephew and has a picture of the two of them as the background on his iPod. He deeply wants the chance to be a big brother again. Charlotte is so excited about being a big sister that she is making us save all of her and Elliottâ€™s baby clothes for the new baby.
In our home, your baby will be safe, nurtured, and given unconditional love. They will be raised with a big brother and a big sister who will adore them and a large extended family and group of close friends who will welcome them with open arms, no matter their race or gender. If you choose us to raise your baby we promise to give them the opportunity to explore every aspect of themselves, including honoring their race and culture. We have many people in our lives of different races and cultures who will be there to help guide us and be a support for your baby.
As a family we share lots of adventures including big family vacations, smaller day and weekend trips, going to baseball, football and basketball games, kayaking, hiking, and celebrating holidays and special events with our friends and extended family. We will give your baby the chance to explore their interests whether itâ€™s team sports, dance, martial arts, swimming, art, music, or anything else they can dream of. We promise to always do our best to help them take the path they feel is right for them. If they cannot find a path that fits, then we will help them create their own.
We have a large extended family on both sides. Amy's parents, Grandma and Pop-Pop, have been married for over 40 years. They and Amy's brother live very close, allowing us to get together often. Grandma has always provided care for our children several days per week while we work during the week, allowing our children to form close bonds with her. Andy's mom, Grandma Gigi volunteers at a therapy horse farm, and our children love going down and seeing the horses. Andy's dad and step-mom, Grammy and Pap, live part of the year in West Virginia and part in Florida. We always try to coordinate with Andy's siblings so the whole family can go to Gammy and Pap's at the same time (almost 20 of us in total!). When we are there, our days are filled with fishing, boating, swimming, and enjoying time with family around a fire. We also have many close friends who we love like family (Charlotte refers to them as our "Friend Family") which includes friends from our neighborhood, from college, and from high school or earlier. Amy and her closest friends have known each other since middle school. Our families are very close and it has been so much fun watching our children grow up together. They are so excited to welcome your child into this wonderful circle of love.
Thank you for considering us as you go through this difficult decision. Should you choose us to raise your baby, they will always know about you, your strength, your bravery, and that your choice was made out of the deepest love that you have for them. Your gift of adoption will be received with more joy and gratitude than words could ever express and we will make sure that your babyâ€™s life will be filled with experiences, opportunities, laughter, and love.
Andy and Amy