Dear Expectant Mother,
Words cannot express how grateful we are that you have chosen to give your baby the gift of a wonderful life and that you are considering us to share that life with him or her. We are eager to share our story so that we can help you fulfill your hope of finding the best home for your precious baby, and so that you may help us complete our family.
Sean and I met in 2002. During our six years of dating, we hiked through national parks, biked all around our city, and went scuba diving in the Caribbean. These years of travel and adventure helped us form an unshakable bond and get to know one another on the most intimate level. Playing with our young nephews fueled our interest in parenting, and before we were engaged, we began discussing our hopes of building our family through adoption.
In 2008, we married in a beautiful waterfront ceremony. Our family began to grow in 2009 with the adoption of our beloved cat, Lola. Then, on Christmas Day 2010, we received the best present imaginable – our beloved daughter, Natalie. We are eternally grateful to her amazing birthmother for giving Natalie the gift of life, and for giving us the gift of Natalie.
Education is a priority in our family. Both of us have been fortunate to earn advanced degrees in exciting fields. As our children blossom into young adults, we will encourage them to pursue higher education in a field that brings them joy, while assuring them of our unwavering love and support in whatever life path they choose. Our goal is to raise our children to become smart, strong, and independent, with the ability to think critically and creatively and the confidence to achieve their goals.
Sean and I are avid readers, and we have read to Natalie every day since she was born. Natalie loves books and has amassed a collection of hundreds of stories that she can’t wait to share with her baby brother or sister. One of Natalie’s favorites is a book I wrote for her called “I Love You Like Cheerios,” which tells the story of how she joined our family through adoption. This adorable little book includes pictures of her birthmother and describes the love surrounding her decision to make an adoption plan. Now that she is 5 years old, Natalie knows that we adopted her, and she has expressed a desire to adopt twins when she grows up! If we have the privilege of parenting your baby, he or she will also grow up knowing about the love surrounding your decision to make an adoption plan. We are open to whatever degree of contact you prefer, whether that means scheduling visits or simply sending pictures and letters.
Both Sean and I are passionate about our professions which allow us to use our unique skills to help those in need. Sean is an attorney who represents disabled veterans, and I am a clinical psychologist who treats teenagers with emotional problems. Sean works primarily from home, and I have a part-time schedule, so we both have the freedom and flexibility to be active participants in our children’s daily activities. Now that Natalie is in preschool, the time is right to add a fourth little member to our family of three!
Here in south Florida, we enjoy year-round sunshine and warm weather, which fits our active lifestyle. Our family life revolves around outdoor activities including walks to the playground, swimming in our pool, riding bicycles and tricycles, and day-trips to the beach and the zoo. We are excited to share these activities and many more with another precious child.
Sarah & Sean