We are Sarah and Janelle. We feel so lucky that you have chosen to get to know us a little better. You have already shown so much strength and compassion and we know that this is the beginning of an emotional journey. We think it is most important that you know that a child raised in our home will be surrounded with love from us, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and very close friends. We hope this letter gives you a little bit more insight about who we are and makes you feel reassured immediately that we are on this journey with you and hope to build a relationship of trust and support.
Janelle and I met through a mutual friend at a wedding over a short weekend in October 2015. Janelle drove to Ohio for the wedding from Nebraska. Janelle moved to Ohio almost a year to the day after met and about one month later we were engaged. We were married November 3, 2018 and though married life is not much unlike living together for a year, we are becoming the best parts of each other while helping the other maintain the best parts of themselves.
Our home is full of laughter, patience, and creativity. We are always looking for things to do together like going downtown for dinner and taking walks along the river at our favorite riverside park. Most often you will find us crafting and working on little projects for our home while enjoying our time together and watching the dogs run around the yard. Our family has grown each year we have been together, and now we include our fur babies, Trooper and Gus in as many adventures as we can. We have always felt that our family wouldn’t be complete without a child. During those backyard afternoons we discuss what our future will hold including wishes and dreams.
A child in our home would have any opportunity we can provide, most importantly, getting an education. Sarah is a teacher and has worked with kiddos most of her life. A child in our home will learn to dig in the dirt, use a hammer, and make anyone around them feel comfortable. Janelle is an assistant manager at a home improvement store and gains inspiration for creative woodworking projects while being incredibly patient and is a mentor to many employees. A child in our home will laugh often. We love spending time together and with family cracking jokes and finding humor in our daily life.
When we close our eyes and see ourselves holding a baby, we feel an overwhelming amount of respect and gratefulness to you. Any woman that has the courage to make a decision that is so life changing for herself and so selfless for us is someone we admire and look up to. We are two strong, intelligent, loving people who are ready to build a life for your baby and our family. Your child will grow up being unconditionally loved by so many and your choice will be the greatest gift.
Sarah and Janelle