Darin and Melissa

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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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 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.

We understand that the decision you have to make to place your child with us is a great one. We were blessed to receive our daughter and our son both through the beautiful process of adoption. Both of the pathways through their adoption processes were unique situations. Our daughter’s Birthmother wanted a completely closed adoption. She didn’t want any information or pictures following her decision. With our son, we had the complete opposite. Every month we speak with his Birthmother. We send her pictures and videos each month to show her how much he’s grown. We update her on all the new developments he is making as he learns and grows. We cherish our relationship with her so much. 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.

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

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

We live in a single-story, ranch style home. We have 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths. We have an open kitchen/living room layout with unobstructed sight lines, perfect for family visits, and keep an eye on the children while they play. We live in a small town of about 13,000 people in a great area right next to a golf course, and close to the to the local schools. There are always a lot of neighborhood kids outside playing. We have a large lake in our community where there are always lots of festivals and parades going on throughout the year.

When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?

We love doing stuff with family and friends. Both our parents live close so we like to go out to eat or go to festivals with them. We are big football fanatics, so we love to go to a football game if we get the chance. We also enjoy going to the movies-- particularly the local drive-in theater-- where we can hang out with our friends, eat, play card games and have a great time. Our friends also have young children, so we often have play dates at the school playground just a couple of blocks from our home. During the summer the neighboring town has a public park with a “splash pad” that we visit often.

Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.

Our family has one small twelve pound dog. Her name is Leche and she is a Maltese Pomeranian mix. She is very playful and loving--doesn't know a stranger. We warn people that she may kiss them to death! She loves people and other animals. She is 4 years old. She and our children play very well together.

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

We want to teach them to always keep an open mind. We want to instill in them the core values that they can take with them as they grow up and venture into the world and start their own families.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

We will tell them that she loved them so much that she made the best choice she could to ensure that they would grow up in a wonderful, loving environment. That she is a very courageous person to give so much love.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

We attend mass each Sunday with Darin's mother, father , and siblings. Darin volunteers as an Usher in a rotation with several other members of the church. Each year the family also donates time to work in the Bingo tent or cake wheel during the church festival. Melissa is part of a group of women who make meals for new parents in the church. Just one little thing to take off their to do lists as they welcome their little ones into their homes.

How will a child enrich your life?

Another child would bring us to a whole new level of joy and happiness. We had always planned on having a larger family, and we both want to grow our family. We also see the interactions between our two children, and although there are times that we worry, the moments that you can't help but smile and laugh, wipe all the others away. I can't think of anything greater than growing those moments.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

We went to a local Fall Pumpkin and Mums festival. The event is only about 40 minutes from our town in the neighboring county. It is geared mostly toward the children. They have bounce houses, a small train ride that gives a tour of the farm that holds the event, various playground equipment, slides, swings, etc. You can take a hayride out in the pumpkin field and wear rubber boots to walk in the mud and pick your own pumpkin, and navigate a corn maze. This year our daughter got her first taste of Apple Cider. Much to Melissa's joy, and to my chagrin, she prefers cold cider and couldn't care less about warm/hot cider. We'll see what next year brings.

Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.

Our children split their Monday–Friday between days with Grandma and Grandpa at their house, and with home daycare provider. The children get to play at grandma and grandpas house 2 or three days a week, and the balance of the days they go to daycare. Grandma and Grandpa want them all the time, but we wanted them to also experience the social interactions with other children at the daycare.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

This was meant to be. God will have put us in each other’s lives, and that she will have given the most precious gift anyone can give. There are practically no words that can truly express the moment. I cried with our previous two children out of joy, and I can think of no better word than 'joy'.

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