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Dear Birthmother Letter / Profile
Kim and John

Dear Birthmother,

Thank you for reading our letter as you consider an adoption plan for your child. Your decision takes incredible courage, strength and love and we truly respect and admire you for it. We send our best wishes and prayers that everything will work out right for you.

About Us
We have been married for eight years and best friends for thirteen years. Since we both have very active lifestyles, it was not a coincidence that we met at a health club. Our relationship started out as a friendship then grew into a lifelong partnership. For as long as we can remember, we have shared the same values and beliefs on raising a family. All of the decisions we have made in our marriage have revolved around our anticipation of children and Kim being a stay-at-home mom.

Unfortunately, despite our best efforts with 4 years of infertility treatments, we were unable to have children. During this difficult time, we have realized that it didn't matter how children come into our life. What was important was that we were able to share our love, and be loved, by our children. Adoption gave us the chance to see our dreams come true right before our eyes. Two and a half years ago we became a family when we adopted our daughter Natalie at birth. We enjoyed getting to know her birthmother before Natalie's birth and continue to keep in touch through letters and photos. We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to become a family. And we know that we have the same dream and love in our hearts for another child. Our experience with Natalie has confirmed our belief about how much love we have to give to our children and how much we want another child to be part of our lives

Loving, teaching and raising Natalie has been our greatest joy. Each new stage has been more fun and rewarding than the last. We always knew that being parents would be wonderful, but we had no idea how wonderful! Natalie is a very happy, energetic and inquisitive two and a half year old. She is always on the move, whether she is in the playroom or outside on the swing set or sandbox; she is happiest when she is moving! Natalie is very friendly and outgoing and has met lots of friends through our gym class, swimming class and playgroups. She has many friends with new babies in their families; she loves making the babies laugh and is always very affectionate and gentle towards them. Natalie will be a great big sister and friend.

Kim:
I am 34 years old and also known as Auntie Kim to 13 nieces and nephews, with another due in the Spring. (Three of Natalie's cousins are also adopted.) I am also the Godmother of two of my nephews. I come from a large, close-knit family, being the only girl surrounded by four brothers! One of the great things about my family is that we all live within minutes from each other which makes it easy to get together for Sunday dinners, birthday parties or casual family gatherings like our annual apple picking party. Because both John and I were blessed with close sibling relationships, we know how important it is for Natalie to have a brother or sister. There is a special bond between siblings - sharing, teasing, playing and lifelong friendship.

I achieved my Bachelor's Degree in Management and had been working at a large, Boston-based company for ten years before Natalie came into our lives. I love being a full-time mom, I feel grateful to have this opportunity to be home with Natalie and our next child. We are very active and are always finding new, fun things to do. We love taking bike rides to a nearby farm and feeding the animals. Natalie and I also do lots of arts and crafts to surprise Daddy with; anything so we can get messy! We also love our trips to the park, the bookstore and the children's museum in Boston.

John:
I am 31 years old. I grew up in a small family with an older brother, parents who have been happily married for 39 years, and was fortunate to grow up with my grandfather who lived with us. I also have a large extended family of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, who all live within driving distance from our home. One of my family's strongest attributes is the closeness that we share. Aside from getting together for holiday dinners and birthdays, we also have a traditional 4th of July party, Labor Day party, and Christmas party. These big family events are filled with games, great food, and lots of laughs. Holidays are a particularly special time for our families with children running around and lots of love and laughter. It is great to think of our next child joining in our holiday traditions.

I work for at a large internet-working company. I have a rewarding and demanding job but value the balance between work and my family. The best part of my day, no matter how tough, is when Natalie calls me and tells me how her day is going. I am also fortunate to have a flexible schedule so I can work from home or play "hookey" from work to spend more time with Kim and Natalie when necessary. Over the past five years I have worked very hard, with Kim's and Natalie's support, to attain my career goals which has created financial security and has enabled us to support our family goals.

Togetherness
We have a very active life and value our time together and with our families. We feel very fortunate to have our parents so close by. John's parents and my Mom (my Dad passed away a few months before Natalie was born) play such an important role in Natalie's life. They enjoy going to the park, the toy store, playing in the yard, or out for pizza. Our parents are so excited that we are preparing and hoping for another child.

John's parents own a vacation home in a New Hampshire ski resort where we spend most of our weekends. It is a relaxing, peaceful place yet there is so much to do. "Nana Papa house in Hampshire" as Natalie calls it is one of her favorite places! During the winter we enjoy a day of sledding, snowshoeing, or just taking a hike in the mountains. In the summer we go swimming in the pool or head to the lake where we build sandcastles along the beach. When extended family and friends come up to visit the barbecue and horseshoe pit become very active. There is always something for kids going on at the large recreation center in the heart of the resort.

We have so much fun together and have enjoyed many family day trips and vacations. We went to Disney World this fall with friends. We all had an unbelievable and "magical" time! Natalie talks about going back almost every day. We are looking forward to returning. We enjoyed our summer vacation last year in Cape Cod, Massachusetts on the beach. We also love long weekends and day trips to attractions in the mountains of New Hampshire.

Our Home
We live in a small, picturesque town about thirty minutes from Boston. We moved here shortly after Natalie was born. It is a town we always hoped to live in because of it's excellent school system, casual country atmosphere, its proximity to the city (Boston) and our family. We love having the best of both worlds, the city being close by but we live in a country setting.

We own a four-bedroom home on an acre of land nestled on a country road. Most of our neighbors have young children and we feel fortunate to be part of such a wonderful and safe neighborhood. There is a state forest at the end of our street where we enjoy taking walks and exploring the trails. Nearby is a farm with fruit orchards where we enjoy festivals and pick whatever is in season. There is always something fun going on in the town common such as barbeques, 4th of July Fireworks, and concerts.

Education and Values
Education is very important to us and we feel it is one of the most valuable gifts we can give to our children. While we contribute regularly to a college fund, which is sufficient for two children, we truly believe that education begins at home with encouragement, help with homework and our participation at school. We want to pass along the same values passed down from our parents that have made us the individuals we are today. The advice, devotion and the commitment of two loving parents will always guide our children.

Our families raised us with Christian values. Our faith in God and love for one another gave us the strength we needed during our struggle with infertility as well as the challenges we may face in parenthood. We know that our devotion to each other and our love for our children will make us the best parents possible.

We take very seriously the awesome responsibility of parenthood. We can promise to love and cherish the child that you place in our arms.

Thank you for reading our letter and considering us. We look forward to learning about you and your dreams for your child. If you would like to learn more about us, please contact Full Circle Adoptions, toll free 1-888-452-3678. We wish you the very best.

Sincerely,

Kim and John

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