Sep 15, 2010

Dear Birthmother

Dear Birthmother,

We are thrilled and excited to adopt a precious little baby into our family. We have been married for 4 wonderful years. Kerry was adopted at birth and she truly feels that her adoption was a blessing. What a gift she was given that an incredible family was provided just for her. We cannot imagine what must be going on for you with this decision being on the other side. We want you to know that we admire your strength and selflessness during this time.

We hope you will take this time to read about us and get to know us. We hope that as you read you get to know our lives, dreams, and hopes for the future.

We have always loved children. When we got married four years ago we knew that we would start a family together. Within the past three years we have learned that we cannot conceive. Adoption has always been a top choice for us. Here we are today and we are more then excited to move forward and find that precious one to complete our family.

We live in a beautiful neighborhood just north of Seattle, WA. We are surrounded by walking trails, lush greenbelts and many fantastic parks. Our neighborhood is safe and we live within a great school district. We love to have family and friends over for game nights and dinners. Kerry's nephew often spends the night and her parents travel for long weekend stays.

How it all began...

Joe's store just happen to be the neighborhood store where I shopped for groceries. I often made it a morning routine to stop in and buy my morning latte from a friend that worked at the Starbucks within Joe's store. Our mutual friend from Starbucks introduced us to one another and soon lunch breaks were spent together. Shortly after that my barista friend would tell me that my drinks had already been paid for. I enjoyed many delicious lattes and smiles from Joe every morning on my way to work. That was over 8 years ago and Joe still makes coffee for us every day at home now.

We got married in October of 2006. We love spending time together, with friends and with family. We enjoy walks in the neighborhood with our dog, Grissom, and love taking quick road trips for a weekend camping trip. We played on a co-ed softball team and love heading to the University of Washington for a football game. We constantly make each other smile and laugh.


Kerry's Story

I came into this world on August 29, 1974 in Waukegan, Illinois. My baby picture shows a swollen, purple head so it must have been difficult for my birth mother. What a strong, courageous and loving woman she must have been.

Later that day my parents received a phone call announcing my arrival. They cried, so they say. That evening when they came to see me with my swollen, purple face, my Dad declared me 'beautiful'. We were off to a good start. Five days later they came to bring me home. My three and one-half year old sister, Erin, insisted on stopping in the gift shop to buy her new baby sister a welcome gift. It was a green frisbee. I still have it.

My early childhood was filled with family, friends, and fun. We moved to Denver and added camping, hiking, ice-skating, and skiing to our activities. Then it was a move to Concord, Massachusetts where I was introduced to living history, school books, girl scouts, and gymnastics. Five years later we moved once again, to San Diego, and this time we stayed. I was happy to add boogie boarding and junior life guarding to my days of studies, dance, and more gymnastics.

I attended Santa Fe Christian High School. It was the perfect setting for me with its spiritual focus, small classes, challenging academics, and close knit community.

College brought me to Seattle to study at Seattle Pacific University. It was a time of enormous personal growth for me. I graduated in 1997 with my degree in Early Childhood Education.

I love Seattle with its changes in seasons, outdoor fun, culture, people, and great coffee, so I decided to stay. Besides, my sister was moving there too. I began working as a nanny. In addition, I had an opportunity to work as an assistant to a teacher for 3 and 4 year old children at a very unique and precious preschool. Just what I wanted to do. Today, I am the Director and Head Teacher of that very same school.

Joe's Story

On November 11,1973 my four older brothers and one sister learned that they had another baby brother. One more sister was added to our brood two years later to complete our family. We had our own built in preschool and playgroup continually learning, playing, and getting into mischief.

For years we lived on a farm, the perfect setting for our active family. There was adventure, games, and chores every day. I was the student in the family, and my love for reading began early. When my four older siblings graduated from high school and went off to begin their careers my parents made the unusual move onto a boat. We lived year round on that boat in the Pacific Northwest.

My high school days were full of sports, getting good grades, and ambition. We moved into a home in the suburbs. I fell into what I thought was love and became intimate with a girl from across the street. My life's plans changed on the day that I learned of Andy's conception. I thank God every day that Andy's mother chose life, as I urged her to do. Additionally she showed courage by continuing and completing her high school education while pregnant. By the time Andy was born it was clear to both of us that to pursue our future in marriage would be a mistake for all involved. We did develop a parenting plan, and I went to work full time for Albertsons. There was no time or money to further my education. Andy came to live with Kerry and me before he entered high school. He is a great son, fine student, and graduated last June. Andy plans on entering the Army soon. We are very proud of him.

Life went on after that. There was lots of work, some play, many friends, and Julie. There was a lot of pressure and sweet Logan was born. Logan is now 13 and lives with his mother just 30 minutes away. He comes to visit us every other weekend and we love spending time with him. Logan plays baseball, soccer, and basketball. We enjoy going to his games and cheering for him.

I have worked for Albertsons now for almost 19 years. I am a store director and oversee 75 employees.

Both Andy and Logan are thrilled and excited to be brothers to a new baby sibling.

My heart was broken for Kerry when we learned we could not conceive. Kerry has the biggest heart and loves children. She deserves to be a mom and will be an amazing mother. I want more then anything to have a little baby with her. I know the joy and happiness they bring and I want Kerry to have that special experience in her life. In our life, together.
Hollywood stars

Kerry and Pops

We love the beach

We love football

Summer In Indiana

Beautiful Lake Michigan
Ice cream social with my sweet relatives

Happy Grandma with happy girls at Grandpa's house

Grandpa and Colin are all smiles


Ms.Kerry's School

Ms.Kerry's reading corner