We understand that you are making an extremely difficult and important decision. We sincerely want what is best for you and our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. If you would like, we are open to speaking with you on the phone or meeting with you. We look forward to sharing letters and pictures with you in the future, so that you can feel connected and be comforted to know your child is joyful and thriving.
We are grateful to you for reading our letter and taking the time to get to know us. Our names are Kara and Kelli and we are 32 and 33 years old. We have well established and flexible careers that will enable us to be active parents. Kara works as a special education teacher. After a maternity leave, she'll be able to be off in the afternoons and the whole summer. Kelli works as a graphic designer and works for a family friendly company that will enable her to flex her hours and be an active mother. We will care for our child in our home; we'll provide most of our child's care and we will also have the loving help of in-home care by Kelli's sister.
We are eager to build our family through adoption. We've had friends who have adopted and Kara has had a number of students in her classes who have been adopted. We feel very positively about adoption and we feel as though we know, from both personal and professional experience, how to help a child who joins his/her family through adoption to always feel acceptance and love.
Our relationship began over 10 years ago. We met in college and became
close friends. Over time, we realized that we loved each other. We count
the discovery of each other as one of the treasures of our college years,
a true blessing for us. Our families came to expect that if Kelli was
coming home, Kara was not far behind, and vice versa. Our families have
been wonderfully accepting and will welcome the child we adopt with
equal enthusiasm. Our love is strong and will be the foundation for
building our family. The love and respect that we have for each other
is unwavering. We share the same values and complement each other in
many ways. We are ready for the commitment and challenge of raising
a child. The love we have to give to a child is abundant and
Kelli is a graphic designer in a company that allows for flexibility and time with our child. She works in an environment that allows her to demonstrate her creativity. Kelli designs brochures, catalogs, and packages using a variety of computer programs. Kelli has all of the equipment she needs to work from home enabling her to be at home some days as well.
Trips to Disney World are practically an annual event in our families. Kelli says that Disney World is her favorite place in the whole world! Her father loves to plan trips for family and friends that include special dinners, and making time for the children in the family to "meet" Mickey Mouse and his friends. People are always asking when the next trip will be! We have been to Disney World many times in our relationship. It is a place we look forward to taking our child someday so he or she can experience the magic of Disney!
We love to travel. We have been to many places around the United States - California, Florida, New Mexico, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Canyon, just to name a few. We love to explore and visit new places. Kara's grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins on her Dad's side of the family all live in Greece. We spent time there visiting family, as well as traveling, this summer. Discovering new places is something we love to do together and we can't wait to show our child the world!
We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful relationship with our
immediate families, as well as our extended families. Your child would
be joining a family where love and respect are part of our daily lives.
Our extended family lives nearby so your child would grow up with many
active and loving uncles, aunts, grandparents and cousins. The network
of loving, caring, and supportive people in our lives is practically
Kara has one sister, Katie. She and her husband are looking forward to becoming an aunt and uncle! Kara's father is "ecstatic" about welcoming his first grandchild into the family. Kara's mother and her partner, MaryAnn, are also looking forward to their new grandchild becoming a part of the family. They have a wonderful home in Florida where we will enjoy vacations on the beach!
We have both had an active role in the lives of our niece and nephews
throughout the years. Between Kelli's sisters and our close friends,
Bridget and Rob, we have 5 nephews (Matthew, Cole, Jack, Gabriel, and
Hunter) and one niece (Anna). They are a continuous source of joy for
both of us. We love to spend time with them carving pumpkins, apple
picking, kayaking, going to museums, going to the library, watching
movies, and having sleepovers. They love to stay at our home, play computer
games, make pancakes for breakfast, and spend time in the backyard playing
Throughout the year we have many special traditions that include our families and friends. Wintertime begins with special Christmas traditions. Kelli's family celebrates with a visit from Santa Claus each Christmas Eve. The kids can't wait for the knock on the door! Once he arrives, everyone gathers around as Santa calls each person by name to sit on his lap. It is a time that her family looks forward to for the whole year. Another Christmas tradition is making Gingerbread Houses with Kara's family. Since Kelli's nephews have been old enough, they have also joined the festivities. Every year, tables are filled with cookies, frosting, and tons of candy for all of the children to build their cookie village while singing Christmas carols. It is a special time that our cousins, nieces and nephews look forward to each year. It has been going on since Kara was a kid herself! Christmas day is spent with our immediate families enjoying family dinner by the Christmas tree.
In the springtime everyone looks forward to the annual Easter Egg Hunt,
another special family
In the summertime we spend every Fourth of July watching a small-town parade with our friends, Bridget and Rob, their children, and their family. We start with breakfast in the morning and walk to the parade where we all sit and watch the excitement! Later in the evening, we watch the fireworks over the Boston Esplanade while sitting in front of our home. We have a great view of the Boston skyline and it's even more beautiful when it's lit up with fireworks!
Each fall we are sure to set aside two special dates - one for apple picking and one for carving pumpkins. We started an annual apple picking trip a couple of years ago with the kids. We have a blast climbing trees and finding the perfect apples! Carving pumpkins for Halloween started when Kelli's nephew, Matthew, was just 3 years old. We have continued ever since. We have fun scooping out the inside of the pumpkin and roasting pumpkin seeds. Now, Matthew is joined by his brothers for the annual pumpkin-carving event!
We have so many special traditions and events in our lives that we can't wait to share with our child. We can't wait to see our child sit on Santa's lap. We look forward to the look in his or her eyes when they find their first Easter egg. We can't wait to see the expression on our child's face as they watch the floats pass by at the Fourth of July parade. We are so excited to watch as our child carves his or her first pumpkin.
The everyday activities are also precious. We can't wait to read bedtime
stories each night. We already have quite a collection of children's
books. Living near the ocean, we look forward to spending time at the
beach and teaching our child how to swim. Taking family vacations, exploring
the seashore, bike riding, snuggling up on the couch to read a favorite
book, and gathering with family and friends are all wonders that we
look forward to sharing with our child.
We believe in providing a good education for our child. Our home is within walking distance from the elementary school that Kelli attended as a child. We were both raised to value education and we will pass that gift on to our child as well. Because education is very important to us, we would provide the resources for college if that is what our child chooses. We have already started saving for our child's education.
Should you chose us as your child's adoptive family, we would offer the day-to-day love, support and encouragement that every child needs. Your child will have two committed and loving parents who will always be there and will always love him or her as much as we do each other.
We will be happy to send photos and letter updates so you will always know that your child is happy, secure and surrounded by love, as you would wish for them. Thank you for your consideration. If you would like to learn more about us or speak with us, please call Full Circle Adoptions: Toll Free Birthparent Hotline 1-800-452-3678.
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