Andrew and Justine

Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We want to be there with you spiritually and emotionally as you navigate through this time of your life.

Andrew and Justine

from North Carolina

Andrew

Ancestry: Scandinavian, German

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Emergency Medicine Resident

Education: M.D.

Hobbies: Hiking, Skiing, Golfing, Sports, Travel

Justine

Ancestry: Irish, German

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Dog Walker

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Hiking, Skiing, Horseback riding, Sports, Travel

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American, Biracial (African American + any other)

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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Hello,

We cannot put into words how in awe we are of your courage, or explain the love and respect we have for you. Justine and I (Andrew) have not personally been through pregnancy or childbirth, so we can only imagine the journey that you are on currently. While we do not know exactly what you are going through, we would love to be able to share in this experience with you. We want to help carry some of the weight that you are undoubtedly carrying on your shoulders as you move through your pregnancy. We do not think that this is a journey for a single person, so we want to be there with you spiritually and emotionally as you navigate through this time of your life.

Since the day Justine and I started discussing having children, adoption has always been our Plan A. It is what we have always dreamed of doing. We are not on this journey because we can’t have kids of our own. This is the path we have always wanted. We believe that our paths were meant to intersect because of the love we already feel for both you and your child, even though we have never met. We can’t wait to hug you and say thank you for this incredibly brave decision you are making. We are so excited for the chance to love, adore, and give all of ourselves to your beautiful baby.

Your child is going to be cherished by so many people. It will start with us, but extend so far beyond into grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. We both grew up in very tight-knit families that were extremely loving and supportive. We can’t wait to share these same values with your amazing child. They are going to have grandparents who can’t wait to babysit when they are little and come to every event as they grow up. They are going to have aunts and uncles who will always be there for them, and likely spoil them as well. He or she will be surrounded by people who will love them unconditionally from day one till forever. They are going to have a huge a group of people who are there to support them through everything life brings.

We couldn’t be more grateful for you taking the time to learn more about who we are as a family and for considering us to join you on this journey. We know that there are many unknowns and difficult decisions that lie ahead. Our hope is that by us being there supporting you, this journey gets a little easier. Nobody ever knows what the future holds, but what we can promise is that your child is going to be unconditionally loved and accepted. They will be surrounded by a big family ready to cherish them as they grow and develop. They will be supported in anything and everything they dream to do. Your child will growing up knowing that they have been loved by so many people, and that all started with you.

With love,
Andrew and Justine

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

We live in a recently remodeled home in a quiet neighborhood in North Carolina. It’s a small, tightly-knit neighborhood where we know all the neighbors. We have a deck that looks into many trees, which makes for peaceful nights of grilling and relaxing. There is also a great screened-in-porch. The neighborhood has sidewalks that always have families out walking with their kids and dogs. At the bottom of our street there is a great little bakery and coffee shop that we can walk too. Walking a little further gets us to a big city park with sports fields, tennis courts, and a playground. We are also just a short walk from downtown, as well as public pools, restaurants, and shopping.

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

We don’t get 3-day weekends very often, so when we do, we like to take the opportunity to explore more of North Carolina. We will either plan a trip into the mountains or a trip to the beach. We love to get out, take on new adventures, and make memories that we will have forever. Our most recent three-day-weekend was spent in Asheville with two of our best friends. We spent our time exploring the city and trying different restaurants. We also went out to Mt. Mitchell, got caught in a thunderstorm, but still managed to hike to the top.

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

We currently have two fur-babies, Paxson and Lyka. We got Paxson, a Siberian Husky, during our senior year of college after Andrew innocently asked if Justine wanted to “go play with puppies.” Since his arrival he has been a huge part of our lives. He shares our bed, rides shotgun in the car, and even pulled the ring bearers down the aisle in a wagon at our wedding. Paxson got a younger brother, Lyka, about 2 years ago. Lyka, a Husky/Shepherd mix, was rescued while we were living in Chicago. He stole our hearts from the first time we saw him. He is a 100 pound lap dog who wants nothing more than to cuddle in bed or share the couch with us. Paxson and Lyka are a big part of our life. Anywhere we are in the house you’ll find them, whether it’s sleeping on the couch, lying at our feet by the desk or following us with a toy in their mouth. We also have three horses. They live on a farm about 20 minutes out of town from us. Their names are Hilton, Callahan, and Betty. They are more recent additions to our family, but we truly enjoy our time spent on the farm with them riding out on the trails, reading in a pasture while they graze, and constantly trying to keep them clean.

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

The thing that we hope to teach our children most is to respect others. It is extremely important for us that we teach our children to be kind and generous. We want them to be understanding that people come from all sorts of backgrounds and we are no better than anyone else. We want to teach them to not pass judgement nor gossip about others. It is also really important that we teach our children to dream big and to have the drive and courage to follow that dream. We also want to teach them how to love and accept love. We want to teach them that life comes with challenges and obstacles, but that as a family it is something we will get through together and they will never have to do it alone.

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

We want to be very open about how our family came to be and the biggest part of that is the birth mother who made the most selfless decision. We will tell our child about their mother and their other family, and how we couldn’t be more grateful for her decision. That she is a courageous woman and that she gave us you and created our family. We would start this discussion very early, even before our child can understand what we are saying. We want this to always be a comfortable and open conversation in our family.

How will a child enrich your life?

Having a child will provide our lives with a new sense of purpose. A baby would become the centerpiece of everything in our world. Having a baby means having someone you depends on you entirely, not just because they need to be fed or changed, but because you are responsible for teaching them how to be a good person, how to work hard, and everything else they need in life. Not only will we have a new sense of purpose, but a child will fill our lives with fun and love. All of the funny quirks you see as their personality grows, all of the adorable faces they make, and all of the firsts we get to experience would fill us with so much love, pride, and joy. There is no doubt that having a child will change our lives completely and there will be challenging times mixed in with the joyous ones. We can’t wait for all of it!

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

Our last vacation was to the rocky mountains with Justine’s family and college friends. We started an annual tradition our freshmen year of college to go out skiing and snowboarding for a week. Even though we are 6 years out of college, this tradition has continued. It is a week we look forward to every year. We spend the days out on the mountains and the nights grilling, reminiscing, playing card games and board games. It is a great chance for us to all take some time together as we all have busy lives and aren’t all in the same place anymore. It is a trip filled with a lot of joy and laughter.

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

Andrew will be returning to work full-time and Justine part-time. On the days that Justine is at work, our day-care plans include grandparents who could not be more excited, as well as daycare that will provide socialization opportunities and an enriching environment.

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?

Thank you. We can’t imagine how difficult this journey has been, but will be forever grateful for your selflessness. Thank you for your strength, courage, and love.

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