Dear Birthparent,

Thank you for taking the time to consider us in your search for a family for your baby. We know you love your baby and this is a difficult decision. If we are privileged enough to become their parents, we assure you that your child will always know your love. First, let us tell you a little about ourselves.

We met in college in Iowa in 1998, then moved to Fort Collins after graduation because Clare missed the mountains. We got married in 2004 and bought our first home, in Loveland, in 2007. Daniel came into our lives on June 8, 2012 through adoption and it was a whirlwind of joy. When Daniel was 18 months old, Clare went back to school, earning a doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2019. The whole time Clare was in school, we were waiting to be chosen by another loving family to adopt their child. During Clare’s final semester we finally got the call and Rhys (pronounced Reece) came into our lives on January 10, 2019. Daniel’s reaction was priceless, we have video of him saying it’s “the happiest day of my life”. We have since moved to a larger house in Fort Collins, right next to open space, community parks, and an elementary school. In March, 2020 we got a puppy, Angus, who has added a new element of crazy fun to our family. As a family we enjoy playing board/card games, walks and hikes, playing in the yard, and spending time with friends and family (with appropriate social distancing).

Daniel is a sweet, quiet kiddo who is happy to observe the situation before joining. He loves role-playing games (think Dungeons and Dragons) with Scott, board/card games with anyone (he has a standing Battleship date with Gramma on the weekends over Zoom), riding his bike, teaching Rhys new things, and helping Clare bake. He adores being a big brother and is a great helper when we are making dinner or getting ready in the morning.

Rhys is a typical toddler, crazy. He keeps us on our toes every day, getting in/on/under/around/through just about everything in the house. If he can climb it, he will. He is currently having a language explosion and we are hearing new words almost every day. His favorite game is peek-a-boo, or as we call it “Where’s Rhysy” and his safety “blanket” is a book. He is very particular about which book he carries around, but he almost always has one in his hand.

Clare grew up in Steamboat Springs, playing sports, camping, and generally just being outside. She recently earned her doctorate in Occupational Therapy and loves what she does. She derives joy from every day at work, even when the patients may not be in the best mood. Clare likes to read (just about anything), cook, host friends and family, garden (even with a brown thumb), and art projects or running around with the boys. Clare’s family lives nearby and her mom comes over for dinner every Saturday.

Scott grew up in Charlottesville, VA, enjoying water skiing, swimming, and theater. He works as a paralegal for a great firm who have been wonderful and supportive through Clare’s schoolwork and our adoption of Rhys. He loves role-playing games, challenging Daniel with math and science, and helping Clare in the yard. Scott is the most genuinely happy and generous person, willing to step up to help anyone out and always available with a teddy bear hug and ear to listen. Scott’s family still lives in Charlottesville but they come visit as much as possible and participate with major events via FaceTime currently.

We know this decision is not an easy one and would love the opportunity to meet with you so we can all get to know each other better than can be described on paper. We are a loving, fun, open family, who value learning, caring, empathy, and understanding.

All our best,
Clare, Scott, Daniel, and Rhys