Jonathan and Luke
As we write this letter, we know you are in the process of making a very difficult and important decision. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family and our dream of welcoming another child into our lives. We want you to know that should you choose us as the adoptive parents for your child we will do everything we can to make sure that his or her life is one that is filled with love, honesty and laughter.
Our names are Jonathan and Luke. We are 32 and 33 years old and have been together for 10 years. We met while studying in the library during our first year of law school and have been inseparable ever since. Our relationship is based on an unwavering commitment to each other and is grounded in true love and mutual respect. It is a relationship that we both cherish. We are life partners and best friends.
We have always known that someday we would share the experience of raising children together. Our love for each other is strong and we share the dream of building a loving family. We first began to realize that dream a couple of years ago when we welcomed our daughter, Deanna, into our lives. We adopted Deanna in 1999 when she was only ten hours old. Deanna is a lovable child who is always smiling, laughing and being silly. Since she joined our family, Deanna has blessed us with more love and laughter than we could ever have imagined. She is now a happy and healthy 2 ½ year old little girl.
Together, we are a warm and happy family and we very much want to share our love and our hearts with a second child. Our family is blessed with a feeling of joy that is hard to explain and at times seems limitless. As parents, we have learned about true and unconditional love and have seen our daughter flourish in the security of a safe and nurturing environment. We know that Deanna will be a great big sister; she is not only kind to and playful with younger children, but she also shows that she understands the importance of caring, respecting and sharing with others. It is our family's warmth, security and joy that we long to share and that leads us in search of another child.
Since our role as parents is a priority in our lives, we've arranged our lives so that our children will have a parent at home throughout their day. We have also worked hard to achieve, at a young age, a level of financial security that will enable us to provide our children with the best education possible. We have already set aside sufficient funds to pay for our children's education through college. Finally, we are committed to providing our children with a life filled with exploration, discovery and a sense of adventure.
Luke: Before Deanna arrived in our lives, I knew that I wanted to be home with the family. The decision to stay home with our children has proven to be the right decision for us. I feel completely blessed that I have the freedom to spend my days playing with Deanna. Whether it is finger painting in the morning or taking a walk in the afternoon, I value every moment I spend with her. As I await the arrival of our second child, I can't help but look forward to sharing this special time with another little baby. I can't wait to share with our second child all the silliness and laughter that fills our home. I'm looking forward to many hugs and kisses, as well as his or her first smile, first words and first steps. I can't wait to teach him or her how to blow bubbles, kick a soccer ball or ride a bike. Most of all, I'm looking forward to providing our children with the freedom to pretend and imagine and the self confidence to take chances and have fun.
I do enjoy law practice and have been fortunate enough to work about 10 hours a week at a firm just down the street; often I can do this work from home. This gives me a little "adult time" during my week. On those occasions Deanna attends a wonderful pre-school program or spends time with Grandma and Grandpa. She enjoys the special time with other children and one-on-one time with her grandparents.
Jonathan: I work for an exciting law firm and handle many different types of cases. Although I work hard, I am very fortunate to work in a family-friendly environment. I have a home office and find that there are many days that I don't have to go into the office. I actually do get work done at home, although I always make time to share breakfast and lunch with Luke and Deanna and give hugs and kisses throughout the day. I also make a point of being home in the evenings with Deanna to spend time playing, to read her a book and to say her bedtime prayers. Deanna and I love ending the day by doing a few puzzles, having a pretend picnic on her playroom floor and getting cozy on the couch to read a few good books (Curious George is her favorite). I look forward to sharing these experiences with our next child and I look forward to the day when there'll be two children to play with, two little listeners during story time and one more name to add to our nightly prayer.
Our family lives in a bright and cheerful house with a big back yard and a swing set. We have five bedrooms and a sun-filled playroom. There is a playground only blocks away and our local school is just around the corner. Since almost every house on our street has children under the age of 5, the neighborhood is always bustling with kids and there always seems to be another birthday party to attend. Living close to the city, we are blessed with access to many libraries, museums, sports teams, and events suitable for children. The Aquarium is our personal favorite. We believe that this culture has enriched Deanna's life and that it is a wonderful environment in which a child can learn and grow.
In addition to our own home, Jonathan's parents live close by in a home along the shore of an ocean bay where we spend many weekends and holidays. This home is our retreat where we go to spend time as a family. In the summer, our days are spent there swimming in the pool or helping Deanna hunt down little sand crabs on the beach. In the fall, we spend our days by the fire or taking long walks through the nearby hills. We look forward to sharing this special place with another child and watching as he or she discovers its beauty.
We hope that these words have begun to paint a picture of who we are as individuals, as a couple and as parents. Although we are not a conventional household, our goals are the same as those of a traditional family: to be loving and committed parents and to create a warm and nurturing home filled with much love and laughter. We truly believe that we can offer your child a wonderful life and we would be eternally grateful for that opportunity.
Thank you again for considering us. We look forward to having the chance to talk with you. If you would like to speak with us directly or learn more about us, please contact Marla at 1-888-452-3678.