Dear Expectant Mother,
We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude that you have chosen to take the time to read this letter. It is possibly the most difficult and emotional letter to write. There are no words to express the emotions in our hearts. I can say that we have prayed for you every day. We have thanked God every day for your strength and for the courage to even consider this process. I can say that our hearts are filled with so much love and we hope to share that love with your child.
Let us share a little about ourselves. Mike and I grew up in the same town, however he was a couple of years older than me. We officially met in high school just before my junior year and dated until our freshman and sophomore year in college. We broke up to “experience life” and also because we were at different Universities. However, we remained friends and in touch all through the years. We reconnected in January of 2012 and rekindled our relationship. We were married in September of 2013 and then spent time enjoying life, traveling to different parts of the world, spending time with our families and our 12 nieces and nephews! We love the outdoors and physical activities. We are runners and love running races together. We love spending time with our sweet Deborah! She is a beautiful Pit mix rescue dog that we adopted just before we were married. She loves children and is a huge lover. Even with all of this, we knew we desperately wanted to share our life and our experiences with a child. Early on, we started to research and begin fertility treatments but we knew it wasn’t the route for us. Adoption had been on my heart for many years. When I was 21, I was told I would have issues with fertility. Mike had similar issues and also, had a heart for adoption as his Father was adopted. It was one of the key things that made me fall in love with him all over again. In June of 2016 we began our adoption journey and were chosen in January by a courageous, beautiful woman who transformed our lives. In May 2017, our sweet Amelia was born. Our hearts had never been more full and we knew almost instantly that we wanted to continue to grow our family.
We are both very close with our families and spend a lot of our free time enjoying afternoons and dinners together. Mike’s brother and his wife, along with their 2 children, live two streets away. We often take walks with Amelia and our dog to their home and spend afternoons playing together. On Sundays we have dinner at Mike’s parents’ house with the rest of the family. My sister and her family live 2 hours north of us. We often spend holidays with them. My other sister and her family live a couple hours away from my parents who have been in Florida for the last few years. Mike and I are both in Real Estate which gives us the luxury of very flexible schedules. As a result, we enjoy spending a few weeks together with my family in the winter to escape the cold!
We love attending sporting events and are huge football fans! We enjoy taking nieces and nephews to Detroit Lions and Tigers games and travel to attend their soccer, football, baseball games and wrestling meets. When I saw how Mike was with our nieces and nephews and how much they loved being around "Uncle Mike" it filled my heart with joy to know the type of father he would be...he is just that to Amelia and I can’t wait to watch him share that same joy and love with your child.
We are so blessed to be surrounded by a community of so many who support and love us and are walking alongside us throughout this journey. There are so many who are excited to be a part of your child's journey and to surround your child with love and life. Know that your child will be in a home filled with laughter and love and that you will forever be in our hearts and a part of our story.
Mike and Adriane