Thank you for taking the time to read this
letter and learn why getting to know you is so important to us.
Adoption is something that we considered as an
option long before we struggled with infertility. It is something we both
wanted to do eventually — we just thought we would have our biological children
first. So when we started to have trouble conceiving, our thoughts did not turn
to IVF, but immediately to adoption.
The positive reaction of all of our loved ones
to the prospect of adoption summarizes exactly why we want to adopt: it doesn’t
matter what our child looks like, or where they come from — a family is not
only biology. A family is so much more than that. A family is love, and our
home is overflowing with it. We already love you and your child so much. We
know that raising an adopted child will come with its own set of challenges,
but we are ready to tackle those head-on with love and honesty, educating
ourselves along the way and embracing you as part of our new extended family.
At the end of the day, we’re an ordinary
couple living ordinary lives. We both love to cook (Alex is a chef and Stephie has
a food blog) and genuinely consider going grocery shopping together to be fun.
We look forward to adding a third little person to our shopping trips, and
showing him or her the world through a multitude of cuisines. We would love to
include dishes from your culture in that repertoire to keep your heritage as a
part of our home.
Alex grew up playing soccer and can’t wait to
kick around a ball with a new little shadow and to teach him or her the ins and
outs of the game while watching English Premiere League (and rooting for
Liverpool, of course!). Stephie grew up around the theatre and looks forward to
singing show tunes as lullabies. Our two dogs and two cats (all rescues) are
also a very important part of our lives — play dates with the dogs in the park
down the street from our house will certainly be a regular occurrence.
So you see, we are ordinary people. What makes
us extraordinary is you and your consideration to entrust us with raising your
child. The choice that you are making is so difficult and important that just
imagining it rocks us to our core. We hope to walk with you in this season of
life and into an open adoption, but if this season is only for this moment,
while you read this letter, know that we are thinking of you and praying for
you in your journey.
All our love,
Alex and Stephie