It is with admiration that we write to you. We cannot know the feelings and emotions you are experiencing as you consider making an adoption plan for your baby. We do know how much we respect you for considering adoption and how much we appreciate you considering us as possible parents for your son or daughter.
Thinking of how we met over six years ago still makes us smile, even though the story is a bit cliche. George was coaching basketball at the same local high school where I was the cheerleading coach. After several conversations on the bus and after games, we decided to spend some "non coaching" time together. Our first few dates were pretty memorable, not only because we really seemed to hit it off, but because we had this strange habit of dressing alike! The first time, it was black dress pants and a grey sweater; the next time, khaki pants and a maroon shirt. After the third time (jeans and a black sweater); we decided it was important to call each other before we went out - just in case. Our wardrobe tastes aside, we quickly realized our plans for the future were similar. And, more importantly, we realized that our plans included each other. We dated for four years before we married on Valentine’s Day, 2004.
Shortly after we married, we decided it was time to start the family we had always talked about having. After a year and a half later of "trying", we found ourselves in a doctor’s office listening to him speak about our diagnosis of infertility. It was difficult to think that we could not have a biological child. We talked about our options, medically and as a couple. And, in the end, we knew that this bump in the road would only make our relationship stronger. We talked about what our lives would be like without children and that thought saddened us more than not having a biological child. After many hours and books and discussions, we decided that adoption would be the right way to begin our family. We are pleased to be going through this process and look forward to the day that we can welcome a child into our home and into our hearts.
Family is very important to both of us. George’s parents live about a mile away from our home. My parent’s are about a ten minute drive down the road. From an early point in our relationship, our families have combined for holidays, birthdays, and cookouts. We are fortunate that our families get along so well and are as excited as we are at the prospect of an addition to the family. We are both oldest children. George has a brother who lives with his wife only a few miles away. I have a sister who lives at home with my parents. We feel blessed to have our grandmothers in our lives, George’s Nonnie and my Babci are anxiously awaiting another grandchild. Our families are large and combined we have 20 aunts and uncles, 18 cousins, and 15 second cousins. Family gatherings usually include tons of food, good stories, and fun times.
We have a wonderful home in a small town in western Massachusetts. Our yard is large (almost 5 acres) with plenty of room for a child to romp and a grassy area for a swing set. Our cape style house has four bedrooms, two on the main floor and two on the upstairs level. Our bedroom is on the main floor and located right next to the baby’s room. The baby’s room is large and bright. It has two windows which let in plenty of sunshine. Our home, which is situated in the center of town, is within walking distance to the library, fire station, and local pharmacy. Just down the road in the opposite direction is the town’s recreation area. A new playscape was recently built and the park allows for baseball, horseback riding, fishing, and bicycle riding. Every summer, the park is home to a fair that includes amusement rides, concessions and fireworks. The schools in town are all located within about a mile distance and are the same schools George attended from kindergarten through high school.
We value education and feel that our community’s school system will offer challenges and opportunities. We have already started a college fund for our future child. We have recently completed our own education - George earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Business Leadership. I received a Masters in Education degree with a concentration in School Guidance Counseling. We are fortunate that we both work in jobs we love! George is an Operations Manager at a Fortune 100 financial services company. I work as a Guidance Counselor in a private high school located two and a half miles from our home. We have had many discussions about work and day care arrangements once our child arrives home. Although we have not made a final decision as of yet, it is possible that I may stay home for an extended period of time. Another option that has been discussed is daycare within the family. Either way, our jobs allow us flexibility and the opportunity to be with our child as he/she develops.
We value honesty and integrity and wish these things for our child. We wish to instill within him a good work ethic and a willingness to give back to his community. Recently, George became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician for our town’s local fire and rescue service. His motivation - family tradition. George fondly remembers being a child and visiting the fire department where his father volunteers.
We are certainly not "all work," we enjoy playing and relaxing. During the warmer weather, we camp with our family in Vermont. After the hustle and bustle of the week, it is always relaxing to go camping. We purchased a camper last year and from May through October spent nearly every weekend and several weeks at the campground. While in Vermont, we enjoy kayaking and visiting flea markets. We take advantage of local trails and hike and take mountain bike rides. The campground is one that my family has visited for over fifteen years. It is a family-oriented campground with activities for children such as arts and crafts, hay rides, a pool, and a playground. We look forward to continuing this family activity and making it a summer tradition for our child.
We wish to give our child many opportunities. We cannot wait to sit with him/her and read books together. We talk about what it will be like to see the look on our child’s face the first time we take a family trip to Disney World. We want our child to know how much he/she is wanted and how much he/she is loved, not only by us, but by you as well.
We wish you a healthy pregnancy and strength during this time. We hope you have enjoyed reading a little bit about us - there is so much more to share. We are happy to meet with you in person sometime, if you wish. We hope that you will contact us so that we can answer any questions you may have and so that we may learn more about your dreams for your child. We would be honored to stay in touch over the years and provide photo/letter updates if you’d like to receive these.
If you’d like to talk or learn more about us, please call Full Circle at 1-800-452-3678.
Very truly yours,
Jessica and George
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