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Dear Birthmother Letter / Profile

Laurie & Phil

laurie_phil_191.jpg (45413 bytes) Dear Birthmother,

Hi, my name is Laurie and my husband's name is Phil. We would like to thank you for reading about us. We want you to know how happy we would be raising your child. We also want you to know that we will tell your child how much love and care went into your decision. If it's possible, we don't want you to worry about how your child is doing. Since I will be an at-home mom, when a child joins our family, I am sure I will be taking a lot of pictures. I will be more than happy to send them to you with updates as he or she grows.

I met my husband, Phil, about ten years ago when I was transferred to a new job location where Phil happened to work. Because of his warmth and great sense of humor, we immediately became good friends. Over the years, we would talk with each other about the ups and downs of everyday life. We started dating and we've been together for seven years. We always find that our friendship is a great asset in our marriage. We can talk to each other about anything and we usually do.

After three pregnancies that did not go full term, and infertility treatments, the doctors told us that we would not be able to bear a child. Nevertheless, we still dream of being parents. It's my hope that the same fate that brought Phil and I together will bring a child into our lives.  Phil has been so supportive of me. When I look at him, I see how lucky I truly am to have him by my side. We have so many great things in our lives to share, our love being one of the biggest. Our love for each other and our family only grows with every passing year. As you get older, you realize how much your family is a big part of your lives and you don't want to miss sharing the birthdays, holidays or get-togethers with them. We cannot wait to share it with a child.

I also see what a great father Phil will be. When I watch him play with other people's kids, it's hard to tell who is having more fun, Phil or the kids. When our 13-year-old niece, Amanda, visits regularly, Phil looks forward to spending time on the computer with her. She helps me cook, (you can imagine the mess a 13 year old can sometimes make "helping" out in the kitchen!). Much to my delight, though, Phil washes the dishes. I know he will be a very active part of our child's life.  He likes the outdoors and last summer, we started walking together just to enjoy the fresh air and each other. He can't wait to put on a backpack and take the baby with us.  Phil has been working for the same company for the past 11 years as a grocery manager. He also recently went into business with his dad making steel parts for other companies. He wanted to help his dad retire early and grow a good business to share with our children if they are interested. Eventually, Phil plans on working full -time with his dad. The shop he and his dad own is right down the street from our house. It will be very convenient for him to be at all of our child's special events.

Phil is a hard worker and has a great head on his shoulders. He always amazes me about how many things he knows. He is very handy around the house and finished off our basement, with a little help from his dad, making it into a great recreation room. Phil is just one of those people that can strike up a conversation with someone he barely knows.   He'll have them laughing in a matter of five minutes. I think that's a wonderful gift to have.

Phil has one sister, Shelby, who is two years older. We're very close to her. We just found out that she is pregnant and we are so happy for them. Phil's parents live right next door to us and we get along great. They have an in-ground pool where we spend most of our summers together. I also go to a small church every Sunday with Phil's mom. The church is only a street away. I always wanted to live in a small town and I could never imagine living anywhere else.

Since Laurie told you about me, I would like to tell you about her. I could have not found a better friend to share my life with. About six months after we started to date, I won a week's cruise through my work. Since I was not married at the time, they only gave me a single ticket. This was the first time I was away from Laurie. My roommate, at the time, also won the same trip. I spent a lot of time with him on the cruise but spent the whole week thinking about Laurie. I realized then how very lucky I was to find someone like her. Laurie had become so much a part of me that I felt like I was missing something all week. I bought her a teddy bear (she loves bears) and a bracelet from the islands. I enjoyed the cruise (and no offense to my roommate), but I would have enjoyed it so much more if Laurie were there to share it with me.  When I arrived home, there was no one that I wanted to see more than Laurie. I think we talked until about 2:00 in the morning. That's when I realized I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her and never wanted to be without her again. We love spending time together just talking and doing things around the house. Laurie is a wonderful person who keeps me going and I honestly can't imagine being married to any one else!

Laurie is someone who I would say is very determined to overcome life's challenges. In the seven years that we have been together, I have seen how much emotional strength and compassion she has, as well as a sense of humor that often times knocks me clear off the couch. Laurie likes to draw, do crafts, and enjoys outdoor sports. I think Laurie told you that she is going to stay home full-time to raise our child. We think this is very important, particularly during the early years of our child's life.

Laurie has one sister who is one year older than she is. The two of them are as close as any two sisters could be. We also have a thirteen-year-old niece, Amanda, whom we see a lot. We have her overnight when we watch her for Laurie's sister. She is one great kid with a big heart.  Laurie's mom, who is a great mother-in-law, lives nearby. We see her quite frequently. Her parents were divorced, but we see her father, who also lives nearby, at holidays and special occasions.

We like to water ski with our friends and we snow ski when we get the chance. Laurie spends a lot of time with my mom and sister. She always tries to go to all the family events. Even if I can not attend because of work, Laurie will still go. Laurie also loves animals. Every time we go to a pet store, she has to go in to see the animals. We have one cat, named Cinnamon, who is very well loved. I gave the cat to Laurie as a gift after she got out of the hospital to cheer her up. Our cat is five years old now and is really part of the family.

I see Laurie as being a wonderful mom. I watch her with our niece, her friends and family. She's great!  We own a beautiful home on about an acre of land. We have been here for the past five years. The school system is great. We are about two streets away from it but they still pick up the kids right in front of their houses. It's a small country town that we live in and there are always lots of children going bike riding and roller-skating. I have even seen a couple of people go by on horses. The town always has parades and fairs in the center that we can walk to.

I hope you feel that you know us a little bit and if you have any questions that we did not answer, we would be happy to do so. We would also like to meet you, if that is something you want to do.

Again, we thank you for sort of meeting us and we do hope that whatever you decide, that you know our thoughts and prayers are with you.  If you would like to speak with us directly or learn more about us, please call Marla Allisan at Full Circle Adoptions: Toll Free Birthparent Hotline 1-888-45-ADOPT.

Laurie & Phil

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