To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:
Hello expectant parents!!
First, thanks for having the courage to consider adoption, and thank you for considering us as potential parents! We are Sean, Susanne, Lucy and Frankie.
“Adoption carries the added dimension of connection not only to your own tribe but beyond, widening the scope of what constitutes love, ties, and family. It is the larger embrace.” —Isabella Rossellini
We have a desire to grow our family because we are truly enjoy parenting and have a lot more love to give. We don’t know your story, and can’t imagine what you are currently going through, but know that we are praying for you. We pray for peace, contentment and for God’s will to be done.
Our home is full of love. Everyone is welcome and we love when our house is filled with friends, family and laughter. We love and support each other, even when we are tired or hungry. Parenting is busy, and hard, but worth it every single day.
Adoption has always been on our radar and something we’ve wanted to pursue one day. Unfortunately, we have gone through 4 miscarriages in the past and felt like God was telling us that now is the time to pursue that dream of adoption.
“Family is not defined by our genes, it is built and maintained through love.” —Mary, birth mom.
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 watch sports. He is a worship leader at church and enjoys playing the guitar or piano with Lucy during “jam sessions”. Sean enjoys date nights, watching the latest Netflix show and playing cribbage.
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 children’s ministry. She has a monthly gathering of a group of friends from Kindergarten! Susanne is involved in a monthly “Book Club” and loves spending time with her family.
Lucy is our four 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…
As a family we love spending time outside. Susanne’s parents have a family cabin that we go to in the summer and Sean’s parents have a place in Florida we try to escape to every winter. We enjoy jumping on the trampoline, going to the park or being in or near water. We have family game nights (we all are a little competitive). We love having people over to play or prepare dinner for. We are up for any kind of adventure and recently went dog sledding in Duluth MN.
Our views on openness in adoption:
“Open adoption is an opportunity to build enormous bridges to families beyond your reach.” —Kristen Gerald
Ultimately, it isn’t about us, but we ALL benefit from openness. In our opinion the advantages far exceed any disadvantages in an open adoption. 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! We always think “the more the merrier”. Why wouldn’t you want to extend your love, family and have that for your children as well?