Dear Expectant Birthparent(s):
Thank you for taking the time to view our profile. We won’t
pretend to know what you are going through right now, but we know that whatever
decision you make will be the right one for you and your child. It is our hope
that this letter will provide you with a picture of what life with our family
would be like for a child. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce
ourselves to you.
We’ve been together for almost six years since meeting
online in December 2012, and we married in October 2015. We’ve talked about
wanting children since our first date, and it’s something that initially drew
us to each other. In August of 2016, our daughter Piper was born and we became
a family of three. She has been an absolute joy, and it has been so fun watching
her grow and change over the past almost two years. We’ve always known that we
wanted more children, and after watching Piper grow and to see her interact
with her cousins, we decided to take the next step toward expanding our family
Prior to having Piper, we loved to travel, listen to music,
cook, be outside, spend time with family and friends, and relax at home. Since
having her, we continue to enjoy our hobbies, but they’re even better now as
Piper is able to enjoy them with us. We live in Minnesota, in a home with five
bedrooms, in a new development about 30 minutes from the city. Our neighborhood
is small, and we live within walking distance to several little shops,
restaurants and retail stores. When deciding where to live, we selected this
area with children in mind. Our school district is strong, and many of our
neighbors have young children that Piper plays with every day. For these
reasons, we feel that our neighborhood is an ideal one for raising children.
Our home is filled with love, laughter, stability and understanding.
Growing up, holidays were something we celebrated in both of our homes, and we
have continued that tradition as a family. At Christmas, we bake Christmas
cookies (Lee bakes, Ryan and Piper eat) while we listen to holiday music and
decorate our home. We love hosting Christmas for our family, we attend the
fireworks on the 4th of July, go boating on Memorial Day, and have a huge
Thanksgiving feast. We love creating these holiday memories with Piper, and hopefully
soon, her future sibling.
For both of us, it took time to come to terms with the fact
that we were gay. Part of that realization meant knowing that we weren’t able
to have a family the traditional way, and for two people who knew they wanted
children from an early age, that made it even more difficult to accept.
However, after experiencing adoption once and experiencing the incredible
sacrifice our birthmother was willing to make to give her child the best life
possible, our life has been changed in amazing ways. We promise to afford our
children with everything they will need in life to be happy and successful, starting
with a strong foundation of love and support. We will work to ensure they have
the confidence necessary to forge a strong path in life. We have so much love
to give, and they will know how loved they are each and every day.
We feel that it is important that a child understands and is
proud of who they are and where they came from. We will ensure that our children
know that they are adopted, and as they grow older, help them to understand
what kind of strength it took for their birthparents to make such a courageous
decision. They will be loved unconditionally, not just by us, but by the large
support system of family and friends that we have in our lives. We can’t thank
you enough for even considering us as a potential adoptive family.
Lee, Ryan & Piper