Adoption is not a new concept to us. Charles' brother had children of his own and later he and his wife adopted two beautiful girls. Our 2 beautiful nieces are Paris and Savannah and they are of Hispanic descent. They are happy, healthy in school and preparing for college near their home in Arkansas. We look forward to chance to teach, nurture and love a little boy or girl. We can promise that we are prepared to enjoy all of the things that a child in our home can offer. If you choose us we will work with you to make the open adoption meaningful to you where you will know that you made the right choice in choosing us as parents to your child. We can come up with a plan together such as sending pictures, emails, text messaging, and in person visits. We would like this to be joint effort in the openness and building a relationship.
How We Met
We're originally from Markham and Chicago, IL. We currently live in the South Suburbs of Chicago for the past 2 years. The story of us is like many relationships. We met with the help of another person; the niece of Charles best friend, her name is Latrice. Cheryl and Latrice met at a Sorority event, and Latrice told Cheryl that she knew a guy that would be perfect for her. Charles was hesitant at first and Latrice convinced him to make the call. We talked on the phone every other day for about 2 weeks and then Charles asked Cheryl to go out to dinner. 51 weeks later, after church he asked Cheryl to marry him. We immediately called and told our family and friends that we were engaged. We were married 5 months later, on October 21st in 2007. We honeymooned in Arizona for a week. Four happy years later we are preparing for another big step in our lives.
We both dreamed of parenting and the opportunity you are giving us to fulfill a dream will be welcomed with joy. We want to raise a child not to fear the unknown, but to embrace life and all of the things it has to offer. Life has both good and bad elements and preparation is the best way to deal with both situations. We embrace the philosophy that 20% of life is what happens to you, and 80% of life is how you deal with the 20%.
Travel, education, and pleasure of lasting friendships are some of the things we hope to instill. Those elements of life are the cornerstone of how we view our future. We planned on starting a family shortly after our marriage we knew our home was too small and we made the decision to purchase a more spacious home. We love our new house! We chose to live here because it promised everything we were looking for in a house. At first sight it looked warm and welcoming. It is the perfect size for a small family the neighborhood has plenty of children, diversity, nearby parks, recreational facilities, and great school systems from Kindergarten to High School. The best part of our house is that Cheryl has turned it into our home. Charles often refers to it as his home when something needs to be fixed, but once the matter is take care of, it is again our home where we are at piece. Our, quiet, friendly Quad style home is located in a southern suburb of Chicago. The large backyard is great for football games with the neighborhood kids, and has room for badminton, we know it's a weird game, but we think it's a lot of fun.
The foundation of our home is based on the principles of faith, and all of the things that are gained from having a faithful life. From our faith, we have learned that people, and developing lasting and loving relationships are the cornerstone of our happiness. Out life of faith keeps our families and friends close to us at all times. That shared foundation or our home started with our families. Charles is the 7th child out of 10. Charles parents were married 46 years before Charles father's passing. Cheryl is the oldest child of 2. It's just Cheryl and her brother. Cheryl's parents have been married 47 years and would be wonderful involved grandparents. Cheryl's brother is looking forward to being an uncle for the first time. Cheryl has adopted Charles nieces and nephews as her own; all 27 of them. With the number of children born in Charles' family, and within the neighborhood families, a new baby in our home will have plenty of playmates. Playmates and experiences we've had growing up will help provide social skills for now and foundation for building character in the future.
We did not invent fun, but we always find a way to laugh, we find a way to getaway and go to the movies. We find a way to relax just the 2 of us. Charles idea of fun is to travel. When we travel, we typically will go somewhere warm and enjoy the water, sit at a pool with a book or listening to music on our iPods, and enjoy the sun knowing that it's 30 degrees at home. We enjoy talking to each other or meeting people and finding something in common with them. Cheryl enjoys shopping and sightseeing. Charles enjoys new foods and great or mediocre restaurants. We enjoy the atmosphere of people enjoying food that they've never had before. New things are always something to look forward to and enjoying.
Thanks for reading our letter and we look forward to meeting you real soon in person.
Charles and Cheryl