We are strangers; strangers humbled that you are reading our letter. What can we possibly say to parents that we’ve never met?  We share this unfamiliar path with you.  We don’t know the perfect words, but we can share how we feel.

We are humbled and keenly aware that we are hoping for a once-in-a-lifetime gift that comes with enormous sacrifice on your part. We don’t take your feelings or thoughts lightly; we genuinely care about you and would welcome the opportunity to know you personally. We will respect and honor whatever level of openness you desire with us.

So, who are we? We are very much in love and are each other’s best friend. We are not perfect, but we are happily married and blessed to have found each other on a blind date over ten years ago. Our instant spark has since grown into a deeply respectful and downright fun partnership. Because we long to be parents, we had some tough times dealing with infertility. Thankfully, we quickly embraced the opportunity to build our family through adoption and have never looked back.

Marty is an engineer by day and a fun-loving, outdoorsy family man in his free time. He enjoys biking, hiking, golfing, and sci-fi movies. What will make him a fantastic dad is he’s tenderhearted, full of energy, and strong. Catherine’s dream job is full-time mom. She previously enjoyed a very rewarding career as a teacher. She likes to hike, read, cook, watch Tarheel basketball and Hallmark movies (Kleenex, anyone?). What will make her a great mom is her patience, empathy, and loving personality.

Our deepest desire is to have a child running through the halls of our home laughing, playing, and feeling so very loved. We envision them riding their bike with neighborhood children, going on fun adventures, and coming home to parents who love, listen, forgive, and nurture their gifts and dreams with open hearts. We also know life has ups and downs; we will walk beside and support them no matter what.

We are blessed to provide all that a child would need or want in areas of health, education, hobbies, and travel. We also have a wonderful extended family full of aunts, uncles, young cousins, and two sets of grandparents ready to shower a little one with love and affection.

Lastly, we have nothing but respect for you. If you choose to entrust us, we will always speak to you and of you with the respect and kindness that you deserve. We have tremendous gratitude to be on this unfamiliar path with you; we are praying it leads us all to a beautiful destiny!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,
Catherine & Marty