Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We hope it provides some insight as to who we are, and why we are excited to adopt.
We met in 2008 in graduate school at Colorado State University. Michelle was working on her Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Eric had started education classes in hopes of someday becoming a college professor. We got engaged about a year later and were married in the summer of 2010. From almost the moment we met until now, we have shared so many incredible experiences together. Not the least of which is over 20 road trips from Colorado to Wisconsin (where Michelle grew up). That is well over 200,000 miles of driving, and you would be amazed at what you can learn about each other when you spend that much time together in a car!
About a year after our wedding, we began trying to have children. We battled infertility issues for a few years, which ultimately led our doctors to discover pre-cancerous cells in Michelle’s reproductive system. For us, the news was simultaneously heartbreaking and a blessing. Had we not been dealing with infertility issues, there is a good chance routine testing wouldn’t have caught this until it had advanced into a serious form of cancer. The surgery to remove it left us unable to have biological children, but we still feel incredibly lucky because Michelle is cancer-free and healthy.
We don’t share this information for sympathy as much as we want you to realize that we understand life can be complicated. No one knows what the future will bring, but we have learned that sometimes the challenging things in this world still carry their own blessings. Regardless of what led you to investigate adoption, we realize this difficult decision for you is ultimately what could allow us to finally fulfill our dreams of becoming parents. And we are so grateful to you for this.
Both our childhood homes were filled with love, learning, support, and laughter. Today, these are some of the most important qualities we enjoy in our marriage, and some of the main goals we have for parenting. We’re both teachers, which allows us to embrace our love of learning, and also offers great flexibility. Michelle teaches online, so she gets to work from home year-round. Eric teaches at Colorado State, and currently has summers off. We spend lots of time with our siblings and extended families, and with our dog Lambeau too! In our free time we like to relax with each other, cheer on our favorite sports teams, spend time with friends, travel, and try out new recipes and cooking techniques.
We would like you to know that we will treat any child in our home with love and respect, and provide appropriate boundaries to help them grow. It is our belief that learning can and should be fun! We’re excited to experience the world through the eyes of a child, and help him or her discover sources of joy. Most importantly, we will do our best to give your child the best life we can, secure in the knowledge that he or she is loved by all of us.
Thank you for reading! Please enjoy our book, and know that we would love to get to know you and answer any questions you have. We wish you all the best as you make this important decision for you and your baby.
-Eric and Michelle