There is so much we want to say to you and at the same time, we are at a loss for words as we attempt to articulate the gratitude we have for the extraordinary decision you are making. We thank God for the bravery it must be taking to even read our letter and consider allowing us to grow our family through adoption. Though we ourselves do not know what the future holds, we know that we will unconditionally love and care for the child God chooses to bring into our family.
We grew up in very different worlds. MaKenzi was born and raised in a small farm town in Ohio and Pradeep lived in India, where he was born, until the age of 12 when he moved to Michigan. Our paths first crossed in 2010 in Chicago when we both attended a Christian conference for college students. Though we would see each other off and on over the next few years, it wasn’t until 2013 that we realized we loved each other! MaKenzi moved to Michigan to be closer to Pradeep in 2015, and in August 2016 we were married! Blending our different cultures has been one of the greatest joys of our marriage!
Though we have experienced so many blessings in our lives, early on in our relationship we learned that the chances of us having biological children would be small. Though we prayed for a miracle, we realized that our prayers were being answered, just in different way. The more we navigated the world of fertility treatments, we felt strongly that we were to focus our efforts in growing our family through adoption. Though we have experienced our own type of grief and loss in infertility, we believed we had the capacity to love and raise any child that we would be fortunate enough to call our own through the miracle of adoption. This theory was proven true when we brought home our son, Elijah, in October 2020. Elijah was born in the middle of the pandemic, and we were lucky enough to be there when he was born and spend time with him, his birth mom and his grandmother for a few days before heading back to Michigan as parents. We cannot wait to watch Elijah become a big brother!
One of the biggest parts of our lives is our church community. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by friends who love us like family and provide love and support through all the journeys of our life. We can say with full confidence that your child will not lack friends to run and play with nor a community of people who will love them unconditionally alongside us.
Your child will grow up in a home that is filled with love, laughter, joy and endless support. You, birth mother, will forever be part of our story. Just as we have done with Elijah, we will share your story of sacrifice and love. Thank you for considering helping us grow our family.
Pradeep and MaKenzie