Steven and Rachel

Married Since: 2002

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We would be forever grateful and would love and cherish your child. It takes a great deal of courage to choose adoption, and we would be honored to be chosen in such an important decision.

Steven and Rachel

from California

Steven

Ancestry: Italian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: IT Manager

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Music, Sports, Reading

Rachel

Ancestry: Italian, Hispanic

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Sales Rep/Stay-at-Home Mom

Education: High School

Hobbies: Family Time, Outdoors, Reading, Exercise

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Steven

Animal
Dog
Book
Reboot by Jerry Colonna
Childhood Memory
Disneyland family vacation
Color
Silver and Black
Family Activity
Making/having dinner together as a family
Food
Sushi
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Thing to cook
Different pasta dishes
TV Show
Breaking Bad
Vacation Spot
Disneyland

Rachel

Animal
Dog
Book
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Childhood Memory
Decorating for Christmas with Grandma
Color
Purple
Family Activity
Playing at the park with our son
Food
Mexican
Holiday
Christmas
Thing to Cook
Grilled cheese for my boy
TV Show
Super Soul Sunday
Vacation Spot
Disneyland
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From Us to You

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We want you to know that we would be honored to be chosen and would give your child an amazing life, full of love and affection. The gift of adoption has allowed us to fulfill our dream of becoming parents and having the opportunity to do it again is beyond anything we can imagine.

Our first gift of adoption was a truly life-changing journey. When we were chosen, we were blessed to have such a special birth mother who showed us unconditional love and kindness. During our several conversations with her, she has been selfless and generous, with the focus always being on how we would provide her son with the best life possible. We will never be able to understand what she has been through. We look forward to having a loving and positive experience with you as well. It has truly made us better people, with an even more appreciative outlook on life, and we can only hope we have that same effect as well.

We’d like to tell you a little bit about ourselves. We are Steve and Rachel and we live in sunny California. We met over 20 years ago and it was love at first sight. We have been inseparable since, being married now for nearly 18 years. We always dreamed of having our own family, and were fortunate enough to finally make that dream a reality, through the wonderful gift of adoption. We now have a very sweet, loving son named Andrew who is about to turn 5 years old. He is such a happy boy who loves to play and is growing more every day. He would be so excited to have a new sister or brother to share his life with. We can’t wait to raise them together and are so excited and fortunate to be able to add to our family!

Rachel is enjoying being a mommy with all the fun they have every day, especially with preschool, play dates, and all things Star Wars! Steve loves being a daddy and Andrew always looks forward to their nighttime routine, especially their fun bedtime stories. We both look forward to the exciting adventure of raising your child and building a wonderful life together.

We love to spend time together as a family, which includes taking walks with our pug, Penny. She and Andrew have quite the bond and it is very cute watching them play together. Our favorite thing to do is to take family vacations to Disneyland. Andrew has already been twice and has officially reserved a spot in the car for his sibling. He is very excited! We can’t wait to continue the tradition every year.

We would be forever grateful to you and will love and cherish your child. It takes a great deal of courage to choose adoption, and we would be honored to be chosen in such an important decision. Not only would you be choosing a wonderful life for your child, but you would be making our dreams come true as well. We are so excited to adopt again!

With much Love and Respect,
Steve & Rachel

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About Rachel

I have always believed in love at first sight and that everyone has one special soul mate in life. When I met Rachel those beliefs were confirmed. I knew what I wanted and that the perfect person was out there somewhere, I was just lucky enough to cross paths with her at the right time. From the moment we met, I knew we would be together forever and build a wonderful and loving life together. I recall giving my speech at our wedding and stating ‘Rachel has taught me what it truly means to be loved.’ I meant that when I said it and mean it more and more each and every day. Our marriage and life together is the most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me; she truly completes me and fills each day with love. Not only are we best friends and can talk about anything for hours on end, but she has the biggest heart and most generous spirit I’ve ever come across. She has taught me to see things in a way I never thought I could. Each day is still filled with excitement and affection. I can’t wait for her to show that same love and kindness to your child. She is an amazing mother and I can’t wait to complete our family!

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About Steve

When I met Steve my heart just smiled with so much love and happiness. I fell in love with his handsome smile, sweet voice, and he gave me a hug I will never forget; my heart just melted. I knew our hearts were going to unite forever. Steve and I are truly soul mates and the best of friends. Steve brings so much love and joy to every day of my life, I could stay in the safety of his loving arms forever. Steve has shown me what it is like to love and be loved. His kind heart, patience, and inspiring, beautiful soul have made me who I am today. There are always lessons in life to live and learn and having Steve by my side is the best blessing of all. He gives me love and support for so many life decisions, small and large, which we make individually and together. I am grateful to have found someone so special to share life’s journey with. I picked the perfect man to complete me and I know he will be as wonderful and a loving father to your child as he is to Andrew.

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Our Lifestyle

We lead a busy lifestyle, but still make sure to find the gratitude in each day. Between our son’s schooling, work, and other activities, there is never a dull moment. We try to keep things simple and create memories by spending our time enjoying life together. We love spending time with family and friends, and outings like mini golf, barbecuing, or taking day trips to the beach. Sometimes, just a family night indoors brings us the most joy. Whatever we may do, all that matters is that we are together as a family.

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Our Families

Our family is spread out a bit but still nearby. We both have family in different areas of California and we love to visit everyone regularly and talk on a daily basis. We feel we have the best of all worlds, being able to enjoy our own wonderful town and visit others whenever we want. Andrew has grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles…plenty of family giving him lots of love. Everyone is fully supportive of our adoption journey and is anxiously awaiting the newest member of our family to arrive. There will be no lack of love and adoration for your child; the only thing we will have to worry about is not spoiling them too much! We also have close friends and very welcoming neighbors in our town. We know that there is plenty of support and help available to us, which any new parents will surely welcome. We look forward to sharing many wonderful memories with our family and friends and they are eager to do the same.

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Our Pug, Penny

We have one dog, a pug named Penny. She is 4-years-old and is very loving and playful with our son, who is also 4-years-old. They love to play outside, running in the grass together, and we all love taking walks or just cuddling inside as a family. She is a part of everything we do, an equal member of the family. We feel it is very important to teach the lesson that all life is valuable and we should love and respect our pets just as we would other human beings.

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Our Home

We live in the home of our dreams. It is a beautiful, 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with lots of room to relax. The house is fairly large, with 2 stories and a comfortable and inviting layout. We already have a special room designated for your baby. It is by Andrew’s room and directly outside the master. This will be the ideal setup and we look forward to decorating and filling the room with love. Our neighborhood is very family oriented, with many children that would love to have a new playmate. We also have a community center with pools, games, and events just down the street, which especially comes in handy during our warm summers. The schools are very highly rated as well, which is very important to us. We really couldn’t ask for more and are so excited to continue building our family here.

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Why We Want to Adopt

We have been fortunate enough to adopt once already, which gives us a real-life experience of what a special gift it is. We had several challenges towards building our family, leading us to our amazing and rewarding adoption journey. Our son is our world and the thought of adding even more love and joy to our family is what motivates us. Not only will we make our own dreams come true, but we will help someone else as well. It fills our heart with love to know we can give not only one but two children an amazing life. This is beyond what we hoped and dreamed for our family.

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How a Child will Enrich our Lives

Our son has opened our heart and soul to see the world in a more loving and innocent way, simple and full of love. Another child will only add to the love we are able to give and receive. Having two children will also be a special blessing, allowing them to share love between themselves for the rest of their lives. We are very excited to continue to build our family!

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Our Relationship with Our Child's Birth Mother

We have had only positive experiences with our child’s birth mother. We met her a day after the birth and got to know her well. We spent time together for two weeks and even enjoyed a nice dinner with her family before returning home. Since then, we have exchanged messages and pictures, as we both hoped to from the beginning of our journey together. No matter how often we may interact, the bond will forever be unbreakable and our appreciation and love for her undying. We will never forget the gift she gave us and what a special person she is.

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Our Traditions

We have built several family traditions, some new and some carried over from our childhood. Holidays and birthday parties are a big deal for us. We love to celebrate with family and friends and create very lasting and special memories. Thanksgiving Day is spent with our extended families, eating and sharing what we are grateful for. We also love to decorate our Christmas tree together, while eating treats and drinking hot chocolate. Last birthday, we took our son to the Jelly Belly factory which very well may become a regular event. Our favorite tradition of all is our annual trip to Disneyland. We are so excited to return and will have even more fun as our son continues to grow and enjoy even more. We know there are so many new traditions we have yet to create and that is the really exciting part!

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What We will Teach our Children

We want to teach them, above all else, to be loving and caring to everyone they meet. To be compassionate and kind, always treating others with respect. As parents, we try to have empathy for all others and that is a quality we very much want to pass along to our children. Ultimately, you will live a very happy life if you work hard and treat others as you would want to be treated yourself. It is more important to have love in your heart than any material object.

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Our Vacations

We love to spend time together as a family, whether it’s a special outing or just day-to-day activities. Our favorite thing to do is take a family vacation to Disneyland, which we’ve done twice already with Andrew. We cannot wait to go back! In our spare time, we enjoy taking walks, playing at the park, trips to the beach, or just being silly and playing games around the house. We also enjoy browsing the book store and bringing special books home, for quiet reading time. We truly enjoy our time together as a family and cherish every minute!

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Our Promise to You

Above all else, the promise we make to you is that your child will have more love and affection than you could ever imagine. Our life revolves around family and every day will be focused on giving your child the best life possible. As difficult as your decision is, you can always rest assured that your child’s life is full of love and happiness. Not only are we excited, but our son can’t wait to meet his new sibling and is beyond thrilled to be a big brother. Through your incredibly difficult choice, you are making our family whole and we will be forever grateful. Words cannot express our gratitude!

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When We Hold Your Precious Baby, These will be our Thoughts

The first, and most important, thought we have is simply, ‘Thank you’! Thank you for giving us the most remarkable gift anyone can give, the gift of family. You are an amazing person and we would not have our dream come true if it weren’t for your love and kindness. We will keep you in our hearts forever and give your child the best life possible, in your honor. No words can truly express our gratitude!

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What Adoption Means to Us

Adoption holds such a special place in our heart. Not only has it provided us with our son, building a family we never thought we would have, but it is also an amazing way to help someone else. We all understand the incredibly heart-wrenching decision adoption is, but knowing that someone is waiting with open arms to love and care for your child hopefully makes the decision somewhat less difficult. We also know friends and family members who have either been adopted or have adopted children of their own. It is such a special experience that can only be understood by people who have actually gone through it. It is the ultimate gift of love one can give another.

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What Kind of Parents We will be

We have learned so much raising our 4-year-old son, and know there is so much more to discover. Our goal is to teach our child right from wrong but to always do so in a caring and loving way. It is not only our job to love them and be their parents, but equally important to teach them the skills to make the best decisions in their life. We plan to continue finding this balance with him, and our next child, never losing focus of how much we love them and why we worked so hard to build our family. They say parenting is the most difficult, yet rewarding, job in the world, and we wholeheartedly agree. The best way to get through the hard work is to cherish every moment and appreciate the love we have!

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