We appreciate that you are considering the option of adoption and looking into your choices, we feel that adoption is such a wonderful act of love from you. We plan to discuss open adoption from the moment he/she arrives home. We believe it’s something to be celebrated and we plan on doing just that by reading adoption stories, showing pictures, maintaining a scrapbook of our adoption journey, celebrating milestones, etc. We hope that an open adoption and relationship with you will give him/her a sense of identity, wholeness, connection with his/her heritage, and provide the opportunity to answer their questions (Who do I look like? Where do I come from?). We are open to a relationship with you that includes visits, letters, pictures, etc. We want our relationship to be comfortable, agreeable to you, and we hope to navigate that together.
Our Thoughts on Parenting
We look forward to bringing a baby into our home and family – a place filled with love, laughter, adventure, play and stability. Since we will be new parents, we have thought a lot about our parenting style and how that would look. We will be loving, tender, warm, understanding, playful, attentive, and have a listening ear. We understand there are times children need guidance and sometimes when they need room to learn on their own. We hope to find that balance. We are prepared to use other parents as resources as they have a lot to share. It’s important for us to have one parent at home full time. We plan to be involved in school and extra activities like our parents were. We look forward to hosting play dates, parties, and other fun things. We love the energy children bring to a home.
We have been married for 12 years (together for 16 years) and have no children. While it has been a hard journey to get here, we are genuinely excited about the possibilities of parenting and having a relationship with you. We are very best friends (really!) and just have fun together. We are “raising” our dog, Kacey (she’s a sweet and playful beagle) and love the energy that she brings to the house. We love to travel together (from mountains to beaches to road trips) and think that life is about the journey, not just the destination. We also enjoy spending time with family throughout the year, especially during Thanksgiving. We host everyone at our house for the weekend, which we look forward to every year!
Amber is strong-willed, tenderhearted, hard working, organized, and thoughtful. When Amber sets her mind to something, she works hard to see it through. She worked several jobs during college to pay for 100% of her education. She grew up on a potato farm in Idaho and visits yearly for harvest in the fall. She is the second oldest of five kids. She has several extended family members who were adopted. Amber works full time as a corporate meeting and event planner. It’s a challenge every day, but she finds enjoyment in the challenge.
Jeremy is such a rock in our family and I see it every day. Two words to describe him would be patient and creative. He is open and willing to do what it takes at home to keep things running smoothly. He is what one would call a “city boy.” He was raised in Lincoln Park (downtown Chicago). His parents and extended family all live in the Chicagoland area. Several of his childhood friends were adopted. Jeremy owns his own web design and marketing company. This has provided him a flexible schedule to work from our home. This flexibility will give him the opportunity to take an active parenting role in day to day child care.
We live in a single family home in the northern suburbs. We have the offerings of a big city (things to do, places to go) and the feel of a small town. We are a few blocks from shopping centers and entertainment, but we are also right next to a large forest preserve. The sounds and smells are from nature. Our neighborhood is filled with young families and kids. We are a block from a small community park where neighborhood kids play daily.
We know you have a big choice ahead of you and we admire your commitment to giving your baby the best home and life possible. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read our letter. We wish you the best of luck in your decision. We would love to join you in this important journey!
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