To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:
Hello birth parents!!
First, thanks for having the courage to consider adoption, and thank you for considering us as potential parents!
Sean and I have a desire to grow our family because we are excellent parents and have a lot more love to give. I don’t know your story, and can’t imagine what you are currently going through, but know that I am praying for you. I pray for peace, contentment and for God’s will to be done.
Please know that our home is full of love. We don’t have the cleanest house, but we have the biggest hearts. Our home fosters the healthy growth and development of children into adults. We are financially stable; we do not have any debt. We go outside every chance we get. When a child talks to us, we look them in the eye and listen. More often than not, we choose to put the phone down and do something together. We love and support each other, even when we are tired or hungry. Parenting is busy, and hard, but worth it every single day.
Who we are as a family:
Sean is a low voltage electrician. He worked for 10 years with kids anywhere from Kindergarten to 21 as a behavior ESP, job coach, tutor, and adapted sports coach. He likes to hunt birds, fish, and use his smoker. He is a worship leader at church, loves Gopher hoops and Vikings football, and tries to get a poker game in once or twice a year.
Susanne spent 12 years teaching kids with Autism, and now teaches fourth grade. She has taught English in China, Peru, and Great Britain. She likes to have all the neighborhood kids over for craft nights, and volunteers in the church nursery. She has a monthly gathering of a group of friends from Kindergarten!
Lucy is our three year old daughter! She loves books, exploring outside, and music. At two years old she could carry a tune while her daddy sang harmony! She is curious, talkative, and puts others first. This is clear when you see her imaginary play, always taking care of other people as a doctor/mom/teacher, etc. She is currently in swim and gymnastics class, and has taken music, dance, soccer, football, and softball. She hasn’t stopped asking us for a baby brother or sister…
Our views on openness in adoption:
Honestly, we both had some reservations and questions when it came to openness in adoption, however, New Life has done an amazing job educating, answering questions and letting us come to our feelings about it. Ultimately, it isn’t about us. In our opinion the advantages far exceed any disadvantages. It gives the adopted child a sense of identity, self-confidences and protection against the sense of abandonment. For birth parents it may reduce uncertainty, fear, and guilt. It provides relationships between everyone involved and ultimately creates more LOVE, clarity, and helps eliminate any unknowns. We are excited to create an open adoption with the right family!