Eric and Meagan

Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We want you to know that we will always speak of you with great love and respect. Our child will know that you were the first to love him or her. Regardless of whether you choose us as parents, we wish you many blessings on your journey.

Eric and Meagan

from Wyoming

Eric

Ancestry: Portuguese, Irish, French

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Chemical Engineer

Education: BS

Hobbies: Hunting, Mountain biking, Skiing, Fishing

Meagan

Ancestry: Irish, German, English

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Speech Pathologist

Education: MA

Hobbies: Hiking, Mountain biking, Skiing, Crafts, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American, African American / Asian, African American / Caucasian, African American / Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Biracial (African American + any other), Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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Dear Expectant Parent(s),

Words cannot express our gratitude to you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We cannot imagine the gravity of your decision or the range of emotions you may be feeling at this moment. Our hearts burst with love for you, knowing that you are making such a personal sacrifice for your baby. We are truly honored and humbled that you would consider us as loving parents. You will forever be in our hearts and a part of our family story.

The two of us were married in June of 2014 and have always known that we wanted children. We tried for several years to have biological children. This was a very heartbreaking and difficult time for us as we experienced endless cycles of hope and heartbreak, including the loss of one baby early in the pregnancy. Ultimately, we decided that we were being called to adopt. We were excited to be parents 5 ½ years ago when we started trying—now we are absolutely elated to meet our new little baby boy or girl. They are already loved more than they could ever know.

It’s difficult to convey through a brief letter all that we want to instill in our child. First and foremost, we want to teach them how to love— family, friends, strangers, and those whom it is most difficult to love. Children learn by what they see, so we vow to lead by example. We also want to instill confidence and courage in your child. Whether it is a boy or girl, we want them to know that their value comes from doing their best, acting with integrity and treating others with respect. We want to nurture happiness in our home and make time to laugh and have fun as a family.

One of the differences in our upbringings was our family traditions. Eric’s family did not have many and, looking back, this is something that he missed. Meagan’s family had many traditions that were carried forth year to year— an annual Christmas tree hunt, buying cream soda and a lottery ticket on our spring break trip, an annual hike to our family’s “secret” lake in the mountains—and so many more. These are some of Meagan’s best childhood memories, and the two of us want to carry on these traditions and make new ones as we grow our family.

We cannot stress the importance of a good family and home and what it means to us. We have an extensive family network all around the area. Your child will grow up with grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins and numerous other family members within about a 30-minute radius from our home. We regularly get together for barbecues, birthday parties, University of Wyoming football games, hiking, fishing, or activities at our family’s ranch. We also try to travel to Idaho, Georgia and Alabama to visit additional family members as often as we can.

Again, we cannot thank you enough for considering us as parents for your child. We want you to know that we will always speak of you with great love and respect. Our child will know that you were the first to love him or her. Regardless of whether you choose us as parents, we wish you many blessings on your journey.

Love,
Meagan and Eric

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

We live in a lovely, well-kept neighborhood about half a block away from a city park. There are many young families with children close by. One of the area's best elementary schools is about four blocks away and the middle school is about two blocks away. Our neighborhood is tucked away from the main streets so we have minimal traffic, making it a great place for kids.

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

We love to get out and explore! If we have a 3-day weekend we’ll most likely be headed to the mountains (about a 30-minute drive) to ski, hike, fish or mountain bike. We love the peace and solitude that nature provides.

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

We have a miniature dachshund named Laila. She is the SWEETEST dog you will ever meet! She loves people and is very patient with children.

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

First of all, LOVE. We want our home to be a positive place full of joy and laughter. We promise to nurture our children while still teaching them a sense of right from wrong. We want them to understand the value of working hard and doing their best. It is our hope that we are able to help our children find a sense of confidence in who they are.

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

We will tell them that their birth mom was so strong and brave, and that she loves them so much.

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

We regularly attend church services. It is important to us that our child has a Christian upbringing.

Describe your last vacation and/or day trip

Last spring break we went to Steamboat, Colorado for a ski weekend with Meagan’s family—about 12 of us total. We had so much fun! We went skiing, listened to live music on the ski slopes, played card games, and took the kids to play bumper cars on ice (ok, so the adults probably enjoyed the bumper cars more than the kids!). Every August we go to Idaho for a country music festival with Eric’s family. It’s a 3-day weekend of camping, listening to music, playing in the river, and catching up with old friends.

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

Meagan is a speech-language pathologist and will work part-time once Baby arrives. She also has a new online boutique. If all goes as planned, the online boutique will allow Meagan to work primarily from home so that she can spend as much time as possible with our children. We envision home time with our children involving playing outside, puzzles, games, crafts, baking and reading. We plan to limit time spent watching TV or playing computer games. On weekends we will involve our children in outdoor recreation such as hiking and sledding. Eric will be working full time but looks forward to spending evenings and weekends on family activities. Meagan’s mom will likely watch the baby 1 day a week and we may use daycare services or a nanny 2 days per week.

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?

We cannot express the love, gratitude and respect that we have for the birthmother of our child. It is truly the greatest gift we could ever receive.

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