Hello! Our names are Gretchen and Daniel, and we’re
from beautiful Pennsylvania. We’re very happy that you’re reading our letter
and are beyond grateful for the opportunity to introduce ourselves to you. We
can’t pretend to understand just what you are going through, but can only
imagine how difficult and painful this decision must be for you.
We have been together for eight years and love
spending time together sharing experiences and making each other laugh. We have
always known that we wanted to have a family, and we are now ready to begin building
that family through adoption. If you choose us as parents, please know that
your sweet baby will be unconditionally loved. We will raise your child in a
home where caring and kindness are expressed, where exploration and curiosity
are encouraged, and where diversity and new ideas are celebrated. He or she
will never have to be afraid to be exactly who they want to be and will always
be encouraged to follow their heart.
We both love spending time outdoors and exploring
nature. Going on camping trips is one of our favorite things to do together. To
us, there’s something so special and refreshing about getting away to the woods
for a few days. We also enjoy taking local hiking and biking trips, and
exploring the city together. We are members of the zoo and can
often be found there visiting our favorite animals. A shared passion of ours is
music, and we love introducing each other to different bands and seeing live
shows together. We share our home with two darling little dogs, Nina and Ciri.
They are both such sweethearts and are very gentle and patient with kids. We
also have several cats that are always looking for a warm lap to curl up on.
A year ago we began opening our home to children in
the foster care system. This has had a major impact on our lives and
perceptions of the world. We have had the privilege of fostering two siblings,
ages six and eight, and also a newborn. Together we have shared the joys and
challenges of sharing our lives with children who come from incredibly
difficult circumstances. These experiences have strengthened our relationship immensely
and shown us that we always have each other to lean on when things get difficult.
It is our hope that we have made a difference, even if it is a small one, in
the way these kids view their self-worth.
We are both so excited to welcome a son or daughter
into our home! We are looking forward to the pitter patter of tiny toddler
feet, cozy nights on the couch, family dance parties in the living room, and bedtime
stories. We can’t wait to show them the wonders of nature through camping and
hiking trips, spending time at our local park that is right down the street,
and discovering all of the crazy creatures at the zoo. We’re also very excited
to help them explore their interests and become who they want to be. Our families
are very eager to welcome the newest member of the pack. Our nieces and nephew
are thrilled that they will be able to introduce their favorite games to their
We want your child to know their adoption story and to
understand what you sacrificed because of the incredible love that you have for
them. One of our favorite family quotes is “To our children we give two things.
One is roots and the other is wings.” You are forever the deepest part of your
child’s roots, and we will remember that always.
You are strong. You are brave. You are a beautiful
human being. No matter what you decide, we wish you peace and happiness.
Gretchen and Daniel