Married Since: 2005

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We want to start off by telling you how much we love and respect you. Your gift is a great one that will be forever cherished by us. Your loving decision will change our family forever. Your child will always know love and support throughout their life.

Darin and Melissa

from Ohio

Darin

Ancestry: German, Irish, French

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Software Developer

Education: BA

Hobbies: Computers, Music, Science

Melissa

Ancestry: English, Swiss, German

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Sales Assistant

Education: BA

Hobbies: Music, Reading, History

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American / Caucasian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Female

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother

We want to start off by telling you how much we love and respect you. Your gift is a great one that will be forever cherished by us. Your loving decision will change our family forever. While your decision is difficult, please rest assured that your child will always know love and support throughout their life.  We are open to any relationship that you wish to develop with us. We are here with you on this journey every step of the way. We hope this letter is the first of many communications with you throughout the life of your child.

We are high school sweethearts. Our first date was senior prom and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We dated for four years throughout college before getting married, and we’ve been married now for thirteen years. Even after all this time together, we are still best friends that do everything together. We rush home each day from work to share all the details of the day and enjoy time with each other and our children. We love cooking together, going to concerts and festivals, and we are big movie buffs. We love going to the theater together or the local drive-in to see the latest show. We are also big music lovers, and we are always trying to incorporate something musical into our lives. We are huge football fanatics. We love going to the games on Saturdays or watching them on TV at home with friends and family. We try to make it a fun experience each week, as we cheer on our favorite team.

We always wanted to have a large family, and try as we might we struggled for several years without success to make that wish a reality. Thankfully God has blessed us with two children through adoption over the past few years. . We are praying that once again our family is blessed with the love, laughter, and challenges that a new life brings. Both of our families are just as excited as we are for us to grow our family. Our puppy is also super excited for someone new to grow up with and play with.

We live in a small town, within minutes of both our parents and our siblings. Even though our town is small– there are many things to see and do. The main attraction is the lake, where there is always a festival or event taking place. The town is rich in beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. Being in Ohio, we get to experience all four seasons and all the wonderful seasonal fun that goes with it: snowmen and sledding in the winter, flower festivals and bike riding in the spring, swimming, boating, and fairs/festivals in the summer, and football, hay rides, pumpkin patches and cornfield mazes in the fall.

A thank you could not possibly begin to express all of our admiration for the decision you’re making and the gift you are giving, but we are hoping that this small glimpse into our lives shows you how committed we are to enriching your child’s life through love and happiness each day.

Love,
Darin & Melissa

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

When we met 20 years ago and began talks of one day having a family, we found that we shared the same dream of having a house full of kids to make memories with. Family is so important to us—there is nothing above it. When we found out that conceiving naturally just was not God’s plan for us, we immediately wanted to adopt. Adoption is something that is very near and dear to our hearts. We have several family members and friends who have chosen to adopt domestically and internationally, and we have been able to witness the true happiness that it has brought to their families.  Over our journey, we have made friends with other adoptive families in our area, and we meet a few times throughout the year. Our children are able to spend time with other kids that have been adopted and one day may share their stories with future additions to our group.  It makes our hearts smile to see the wonderful things that have happened in so many people’s lives because of adoption. We are so blessed that we get to share this amazing journey with our children, family, and friends.

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Our Relationship with Our Children's Birth Mothers

Both of our children are adopted, and we have had very different experiences with each of them. Our daughter’s birth mother did not want any contact or information about her. We respect her decision to have no contact, but if she would ever change her mind, we are open to that as well. Our son’s birth mother has been a part of his life since birth. Each month we talk with her, send her pictures and send her updates about how he is doing and growing. We are so thankful for the wonderful relationship we have gotten to have with her over the years.

We are totally open to any type of relationship that you would want to have with us or your child. We understand that this decision is one of the hardest decisions for anyone to make. We respect whatever decision you choose to have, whether that means no contact or being a part of our lives.  We will love you unconditionally either way for the wonderful gift you are entrusting us with. Either way, your child will always know the courageous decision you made.

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About Melissa, by Darin

They say that opposites attract, and that statement holds true for my wife and I, but it’s one of the things that I love most about her. I was the typical high school nerd — content with my head in a book or nearby computer. When I met Melissa, she changed all that and showed me all the other fun things that life has to offer. She challenges me to try new things, and to push myself to grow in ways that I never knew were possible. She is my best friend, and whenever something happens in life, my first thoughts are always — “I can’t wait to tell her.” I love how she is passionate, loyal, and loving–especially with her friends, family, our two children and our dog. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for us, and I’m looking forward to growing our family.

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About Darin, by Melissa

Senior prom was our first date. Our friends set us up, thinking that we would have a great time together — and I can’t ever thank them enough for that. I knew right after the date ended that we were meant to be together forever. Darin is my sensible rock, who always helps me to see things in a different perspective. He is the most caring person I know. I love that we are total opposites, because we seem to balance each other perfectly. There is not a day that goes by that I can’t wait to spend with him. We have so much fun when we’re together — constantly laughing and joking with one another. Each day I truly grow to love him more and more. I know he will make the most wonderful father, and I can’t wait to share parenthood with him.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in a single-story, ranch style home in a small town of about 13,000 people. We have 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. We have an open kitchen and living room layout with which is perfect for family visits and keeping an eye on the children while they play. We live on a golf course, so there is lots of room for the kids to run in our yard or ride bikes on the golf cart path. Our neighborhood is like its own little community within our town, so there are always kids outside playing. The neighborhood really comes alive on the weekends, as everyone is outside playing and having fun. It is so fun to see all the kids running around catching lightning bugs, swimming, or throwing water balloons at each other. We also have a large lake in our community where there are always lots of festivals and parades going on throughout the year

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Lifestyle

A typical day through the week for our family consists of school and work during the mornings and spending time together over dinner and family activities in the evenings. Our daughter loves to help pick out the family meal for the evening and help to cook it as well. She loves to help measure ingredients or to help stir.  She has become particularly fond of cookies and baking. She has lots of questions for daddy when he grills, but we have not let her get too involved with that just yet! We all work together in the kitchen. After dinner, the kids pick an activity such as taking a walk, bike riding, swimming, puzzles, reading, movies, or costume dress-up fun.

There are several ponds on the golf course we live on, so we regularly stop each evening to check in on their favorite animals.  They have a particularly large fish they like to check in on in one pond, and there are always plenty of ducks, and even a couple of swans to throw bread to.  They are always looking for a bunny or getting excited about the birds they see. Several of their friends live in the sub-division, so it is not uncommon for them to join in on walks on bike rides. Sidewalk chalk and hopscotch have been their favorite recently but riding bikes and driving power wheels are perennial favorites. As summer heats up water balloons fights and running through sprinklers become the norm.  Once we are back home, we end each day with a little dance party. Thankfully, they have grown past baby shark and its variants to Alvin and the Chipmunks singing more contemporary selections. We all love music and dancing before going to bed.

Our weekends are always filled with a lot of fun. We love to cook outside on the grill or use our fire pit to roast hot dogs and make s’mores. Another favorite thing we do on the weekends is go to the drive-in theater. The kids love seeing their favorite movies like Raya & the Last Dragon outside on a big screen and staying up past their bedtime! We also travel to fun destinations on the weekends too. We have several zoos, water parks, and museums very close, so we are able to take the kids to visit their favorite animals, like the lion, monkey, or dinosaur exhibits. We love seeing the kids’ faces light up as our family makes lasting memories that we hope they will treasure for a lifetime.

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Our Families & Friends

We are truly blessed to have the most wonderful family and friends in our lives. Both sets of grandparents (Grandma, Grandpa, Nana, and Pop pop) take turns watching the kids through the week when they are not in school. The kids treasure the time that they get to spend with them weekly. The kids also get to see their aunts, uncles, and cousins each week. Our children love the time that they get to spend with their four cousins. They are all close in age and it’s wonderful to see the adventures that they all get in together. They have such a close-knit bond with the extended family, and it’s beautiful to see the happiness that they bring to their lives.  They know that they have a support system of people that they can count on no matter what.

We also have an amazing group of friends and neighbors that are present in our children’s lives.  We have people over regularly, so the kids are always running and playing with other kids their age. We take them to do fun activities such as sports, festivals, concerts, and movies with our different groups of friends. Our good friends Carl and Elicia and their daughter are very close family friends.  Our daughter and their daughter have grown up together, and they are our son’s godparents. It is amazing to see the bonds that they have formed with their friends and watch them group up together over the years. We have many things that we do yearly in our town that the kids look forward to going to together and talk endlessly about for many months after. We wholeheartedly treasure these friendships and experiences.

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Family Traditions

There are so many different family traditions, that it’s hard to know where to start, so we’ll start right at the beginning of the year. It is cold where we live and we typically get a good amount of snow. We love to take the kids sledding down several of the hills in our town. The kids love taking our small dog, Leche, out in the snow to run around. Sometimes it is so deep that she gets “lost” in it. There is a tradition every year where the neighborhood kids all get together and try to build the largest snowman.  The stories of the “giant” frosty live on way into the summertime. We typically end the evening with hot chocolate and popcorn each night. The kids love picking out their favorite mugs and bowls each evening.

When the weather starts to warm up in the spring, the kids love to help their grandparents plant their gardens. Each year they help to plant watermelon, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, and strawberries. They look forward to checking their gardens to see how they are growing. Fresh picked vegetables and berries are often on the table for lunch.  For Easter, we take the kids to church to participate in a very large Easter Egg hunt. They love running around with all the other kids and seeing who managed to collect the most eggs.

In the summer, we have an extended family reunion.  Our children love to see everyone each year and everyone loves seeing how much they’ve grown. The kids also like to help their grandparents set up and sell items in garage sales each summer. They are the cutest little salespeople— showing each person the best item on the table to buy. They enjoy seeing all the different people that come through (and of course they have a captive audience to sing and dance for).

The fall is one of our family’s favorite times. There is a pumpkin festival that we attend each year. The kids get to pick out their favorite pumpkins, participate in the hayride, make cider, and walk through the spooky corn maze. We are big football fans in our house, so the kids love our tradition of getting dressed up for the games. We all have matching jerseys and fun face stickers to wear. They are the cutest little cheerleaders, cheering our team to victory.

Halloween is another great time of year for us. The kids love to help pick out and hang all the spooky decorations and pick out what costumes they are going to wear for the year. Our subdivision is big into Halloween, so the kids have a great time going door to door to see all the fun costumes everyone is wearing, while nabbing an awesome stash of chocolate in the process.  Thankfully, they still like sharing their treats with us!  We drive around town so they can show off their costumes for family and friends.

The holidays are a huge time of year for our family. Each Thanksgiving, we meet at each of the grandparents’ homes for Thanksgiving supper. The kids love helping to taste test the meal, run around with their cousins, and play. We all go together as a family to start our holiday shopping each year and the kids love to help pick out each person’s gift.

During Christmastime, we all decorate the family tree and wrap each family member’s gift. Our street does a big Christmas cookie exchange every year, so they love to help pick out which cookies we are making, and they are the official taste testers as well. We take the kids each year to a Christmas festival in our town, where there is a parade for Santa to come into town, horse drawn carriage rides in the snow, and endless hot chocolate available. Each year on Christmas Eve, the kids and their cousins get matching pajamas that they put on. After everyone has on their pajamas, we go for a drive to see all the fun Christmas lights in the neighborhoods in our town. Christmas Day is spent at each of the grandparent’s houses with lots of food, presents, love and laughter.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

We bring cultural diversity into our home in many ways. Our kids are currently learning Spanish and often talk about what language they might be able to learn next. We also like purchasing toys that promote diversity. Our daughter has many different dolls with different cultural backgrounds that she plays with, and we love telling her their unique and special stories. We cook different ethnic foods to promote learning and growing. The kids love to ask questions and soak up the knowledge they learn. We talk to our children about different places throughout the world and what makes each place special and interesting. Melissa got an opportunity in high school to be an exchange student and got to live with a family in Japan for a while. She loves to talk to the kids about all the amazing things she saw and got to experience there.  It is our hope that someday our kids will have these cultural experiences of their own. We are committed to making sure that our children know about their own heritage, as well as all the beautiful and unique heritages that are found across the country and the world. We want to make sure that it is always a part of their life.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is that your child will never know a day without love and laughter. Our children are our world. There is nothing we would not do for them. We will make sure that they always have opportunities to grow and learn each day. Our hearts are so full, and we are so blessed to have had the opportunity to adopt our two children. Your child would be the complete and final piece to our family. We will truly love them to the moon and back again, always.

Message Darin and Melissa

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Darin and Melissa

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!