We wanted to open this letter to you by sharing a brief story: During a recent shopping trip Amity took with Dennis' family, she ran across a pillow that had the following printed on it: "Family- A group of people, each a unique masterpiece, sharing unconditional love, hugs and support. One of life's greatest blessings. Cherish always." Amity teared up and had to buy it. You see, it not only reminds us of the love and support we share with our current family, but it also symbolizes our adoption journey and how we will one day expand our loving family through adoption.
Amity grew up traveling the world as a "Military Brat" and learned that family doesn't have to be related by blood or marriage, but is made up of a variety of people who love each other and can count on one another- what we now call our "Framily". Dennis firmly believes this as well. Although Dennis is still close to his mother and step-father, he was adopted at age 16 by his best friend's parents so that he could fulfill his dream and go to college instead of staying at home to work in the family roofing and firewood business. And that is where we met- in college.
We dated five years before getting married and agreed to establish our careers and travel the world before settling down to start a family- and we did just that. A few years ago, we began trying to have a baby of our own. Having a biological child was not God's will, but we always somehow knew that adoption would be in our future. Whether you are religious or not (we are Christians, but respect all), there were obvious signs that led us to where we are today. Through prayer, listening to God and seeing His signs, God showed us that our path was to adopt. And given Dennis' experience with adoption and how he could still have two loving families in his life, we always knew we wanted to create another positive experience through adoption.
We believe the most critical job in the world is being a parent which often means putting your child's needs before your own. We cannot begin to put ourselves in your shoes, but want you to know we respect you for being a great parent and thinking about what may be best for your child and his/her future. If we are matched, please know that your child will be loved unconditionally and will always be reminded what a brave parent you are for doing what you think is best. If you are comfortable, we would love for you to get to know us better. And, if you choose us as your child's adoptive parents, we're open to talking about the level of involvement that you want to have in this child's life.
With love and gratitude,
Dennis & Amity