Dear Expectant Angel-
Thank you for considering this sacrifice. Your difficult decision is our greatest prayer and dream. We would love to share our story with you, in hopes that we are all destined by fate to walk this extraordinary path together.
I am the daughter of an adopted woman. My name is Shelley and my husband’s name is Dave. We are on the journey of adoption for many reasons; the main reason is love. We are parents of two boys John (14) and Brady (10). They are the light of our life. We love being parents and our family is our first priority, always. If it’s not family oriented, it’s not for us. After the past few years struggling to have another baby, we knew our adoption moment had arrived. We feel as though God has placed us here at this moment for a reason, perhaps that is true for you as well.
We met when we were teenagers, I was 17 and Dave was 19. I had just graduated high school and Dave was in college, on summer break. His family had moved up the street from mine a few years before. He was the boy next door, cliché, right? It was as if lightning had struck when I first saw him, and I told my friend that I would marry him someday, before I had ever spoken to him. We have been together ever since.
We live in Southern California. Our home is at the end of a cul-de-sac and has 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and an office. We have a pool, Jacuzzi and small putting green in our back yard. Our home is spacious and recently remodeled and most importantly, very kid friendly. Our house is the gathering place for the kids on the street. Our living room usually has some version of a fort built in it. We have lemonade stands with the neighbor kids and lots of tag and hide and seek on our street. There is a park at the opposite end of our street with slide and swings etc. The park is always full of families and activity. Our community is very safe and has been voted a top 10 community to raise kids in. We are 20 minutes from the beach and Disneyland.
We are an active and adventurous family. We try to have fun and learn things on our adventures. Some exciting things we’ve done are, river rafting, zip lining, swimming with dolphins, feeding giraffes, skiing, snorkeling, kayaking and riding our dirt bikes. We have a toy hauler trailer and have been camping since before we had kids. Several times a year we join friends and go to the desert to ride and get dirty. All the kids, boys or girls, ride and are taught safety from day one. Some of our best family memories are from our camping trips.
Education is important to our family. We will work with your child and supervise schoolwork. I am very involved in our top rated K-8 school. I have been a PTA chairperson and volunteer every year in the classroom. Kids love seeing their parents on campus and it is great to get to know the teachers and friends. Our child will have every opportunity for a high quality education. My oldest is attending a private high school with honors and we will ensure our children will attend college if that is their dream. It is our job to guide our children to become the best version of them, whoever they may be.
Dave’s parents live in Wisconsin now on a historical farm and also have a lake house. It is a perfect family vacation spot with fishing and kayaking. It is calm and peaceful there. Dave’s sister and family live in Wisconsin too and we try to visit there often. My mom, brother and his family live an hour away and we spend every holiday and birthday with them. They are our local family and all the cousins have a great bond with each other. Our local “urban family” consists of many great friends and families we’ve met throughout the years. We have weekly dinners with our friends and kids and share our daily ups and downs with them. We cherish our friends and many of our connections go back 30 years to our childhood.
We look forward to a new life to share in our family. This precious new arrival will be loved by many. Our commitment to you is unconditional love and support of your child. We will raise your child with love, patience and understanding. We will praise the good and teach better choices for the bad. No child is perfect and we will support them for their efforts. Singing, teaching the ABC’s, reading and holding this new life in our arms is what we are praying for. This baby will be our last and will be cherished. Already being parents, we feel, is an advantage because we know we have this love in excess. We hope that YOU might be part of our family story. Your history, your laugh, your hair color and eyes will be reflected in your child. Getting to know your story will be a privilege for us. I hope we can be friends and find a balance of respect and openness with each other. You must be brave and strong to have made it this far. We are here for encouragement and are grateful you have taken time to meet us. We can’t wait to meet you!!