First off, we wish you could know how much we want to reach
out right now to give you a big hug and tell you how loved you are. We have a deep respect for you and the
decision you are making for your child.
It is truly the most selfless act of love. It’s so hard to communicate everything we
want to say to you in a short letter, but we want to give you an opportunity to
get to know our family and have a glimpse of what life would be like for your
child in our family.
We are high school sweethearts who have been married since
2008. We’ve had a heart for adoption since before we were married and are
thankful for the opportunity to be pursuing it now. We have a young son, Estes,
and live in a beautiful part of Tennessee. Our part of the world experiences
all four seasons at their finest, but fall marks the beginning of our favorite
time of year. We pick apples in the mountains, take hayrides at a nearby
pumpkin patch, and enjoy watching the leaves change colors on our daily drives.
We have a huge Thanksgiving celebration with our families followed by crazy
Black Friday shopping. On our way home from Thanksgiving, we stop at a local
tree farm and pick out our Christmas tree. We open one present on Christmas Eve
and the rest from Santa on Christmas morning. Our family is the most
important thing in the world to us, and we love to spend time together.
Day to day life for your child in our family would be full
of joy and love. I (Amy) quit my job as
a financial analyst after our son was born to be a full-time, stay-at-home mom
and am blessed to spend my “work” days at home with our little one and
hopefully another soon. We start our week with a wonderful family day on
Sunday. We go to church together, where our son has a special class full of
friends and teachers who love him and help him learn about God. Estes and I have a lot of fun activities that
we do through the week. On Mondays we go
to a mom and preschooler group where Estes gets to play with some friends. On
Monday night after Zak gets home, we meet with our small group from church; a
special group of friends that we do life with. On Tuesday we go to story time
at the library. Estes listens intently to the librarian as she reads new
stories and plays the ukulele. Wednesday is Bible study day. Estes
has his own little class where he studies a lesson, sings songs, and learns
about Jesus. On Thursday we go to a Mommy-and-Me music class where we sing,
dance and play together. Every day we read: lots and lots of reading! He has a
bookshelf in his room that he chooses books from, and we sit in a special chair
and cuddle as we read them. Sometimes he even reads to me! He is a big helper
around the house, cleaning and cooking with me. We have a play date every week
with my best friend and her daughter, Estes’s best bud. We love going to
Target, the play place in the mall, and Chick Fil A. We play outside, put
together puzzles, paint, color, and do crafts.
As much fun as we have, I’m ditched as soon as Zak gets
home. Estes runs to the door to give him a huge hug before he even gets inside.
Every single day! You’ve never seen a little boy so excited to see his daddy. We
have dinner around the table together every night, even though sometimes with a
toddler it only lasts five minutes. One of the sweetest parts of the day is at
bedtime, when Zak reads to our son before he goes to sleep. Estes picks the
books he wants to read off the shelf, and they snuggle and rock as they read.
We dream about the day we can rock with two sweet babies in our lap.
Saturdays are our adventure days. Zak and Estes are
morning people, but me… not so much. They typically go to a fun breakfast place
down the street and get biscuits and gravy while I sleep in. Afterwards,
we may do something fun in town like the aquarium, zoo, museum, park, or go on
With us, your child would have a giant extended family to do
life with: doting grandparents, cute cousins, and the most fun uncles and aunts
around. We have a group of close friends from church with young kids that we
spend lots of time with too. It’s not uncommon to have a house full of people
sharing a meal, with children running everywhere. Our whole crew loves and
supports us completely and are all thrilled to bring another child into the
We care about you and are praying for you every day and hope
you find peace in your decision. We are so thankful for your heart and the
courage you have to even consider an adoption plan for your child. If we are the family you choose, our promise
to you is to raise your child in an atmosphere of love, acceptance and a family
that will welcome them with open arms.
Zak, Amy, & Estes