A letter for You,
We are so happy that you are taking the time to read this letter. Although we cannot understand all that you are going through, the courage and strength to consider adoption for your unborn child is truly amazing and we know that you will make the choice that is right for you when the time comes. Steve was adopted as a baby and holds a debt of gratitude to his birth mother for having the courage to make such a selfless, loving decision.
So, where to begin… Our journey in life as a couple started at work. Steve is a Physical Therapist and I am a Speech-Language Pathologist. At the time we met, we were starting our careers as managers in neighboring nursing homes in Wisconsin. Steve, smart and witty, caught my eye at a business meeting and from then on, I did whatever I could to have him come over to my building and help me out. According to Steve, it was my vibrant smile and warm personality that immediately caught his attention, although it took him two years to get around to asking me out on a date! From there, our relationship blossomed and after a two year courtship, we were married in a quiet gathering of our closest friends in a quaint, country church.
As we discussed our future and made plans, family was always a central topic. However, due to unexplained infertility, the family portion of our conversations continued to be open-ended and how to create a family a mystery. So, our family started with a black cat named George and then a black lab named Ripley. Though training and caring for animals is fun and their antics always bring a smile, Steve and I still wanted the adventure of having a child to carry on traditions and share the joys and sorrows of life with. After 10 years of trying to create our family, Steve asked me, over a romantic Friday night dinner of Chinese buffet, “What about adoption?” The answer to that question brought us to you and the possibility of smelling the sweetness of a baby, hearing unbridled childhood laughter, and feeling the sense of family that only a child can bring.
Steve and I are very active people. We are now co-owners of a rehab company providing therapy in nursing homes to the elderly residents. Steve loves to participate in triathlons and nothing relaxes him more than the satisfaction of a long run on a hot and humid summer day. I enjoy being active, with swimming being my style of staying fit, but I also love to curl up with a book and cup of tea, being quiet. As a couple, we spend our free time outdoors biking on nearby trails, hunting, or just being together. As often as possible, we quickly pack a bag and drive to visit family. Each of us enjoys the other’s family and when we get together there is always adventure and lots of laughs.
In the days ahead, you have many decisions to make. One of those may be choosing which loving family to place your child with. Steve and I want to thank you again for considering us for this role and we hope to meet and learn more about you.
With Warmest Regards,
Steve and Julia