In a letter such as this, there is no way that we will be able to adequately portray the depth of our gratitude for this opportunity. Thank you does not seem strong enough, but we will make do. Thank you for considering us as potential adoptive parents; you are helping us make our dreams come true. Moreover, thank you for your bravery. We cannot begin to understand the emotions that you must be experiencing during this time, but we hope that you are feeling comforted and supported as you navigate this journey. You and your child are already loved by us.
Before we share how we got to this point in our lives, we wanted to take some time to tell you about our family. We got married in 2014. During our marriage, we moved multiple times, including to another state and back. Our son, Aiden, was born in 2015 and we are in awe of him every day. Family is important to us. When we moved out of state, we had no idea how significant the absence of family would be. After our son was born, it became apparent that we had to move back, so we could share our lives with those closest to us. We have not regretted it. We now live in North Carolina, where we plan to stay permanently, with our three dogs, a cat, and fish. It often feels like a zoo, but our house is filled with laughter and love at all times. We share much of our lives with our parents and siblings. We celebrate holidays, we have family dinners, and we take family vacations together. Your child will not just be gaining another set of loving parents and a brother, but also a loving community as well.
Our personal exploration into adoption began after a really difficult year in our lives. We have spent several years trying to conceive our 2nd child. Several miscarriages, an ectopic pregnancy, and a surgery later, we were informed it was unlikely that we would be able to have another ‘natural’ pregnancy. After a great deal of discussion, we decided that we have so much love in our hearts for a child and we still wanted the opportunity to share it. Adoption has always been openly discussed in our family. Aaron’s father was adopted as an infant, and Shannon was adopted by her father. Therefore, adoption was considered the natural progression of our attempt to grow our family.
To us, being a parent is about loving a child unconditionally. It is important that we always laugh as a family, and celebrate when times are good, and be there to help when times are tough. We want to always be able to provide everything that our children will need to be happy, safe, and successful. It is very important that our children have the opportunity and ability to follow their own dreams. They will know that they will be loved and accepted, no matter what hobbies, interests, and paths they take in life. Your child will have the blessing of having a big brother who wants nothing more than to pass along the same love, affection, and joy in life and for others that he has shown to us over the years.
Your child will be treasured by our family. He or she will be loved beyond measure and embraced wholeheartedly. We are so looking forward to beginning this journey with you and becoming one step closer to growing our family.
Thank you! From the bottom of our hearts, thank you,
Shannon, Aaron, and Aiden