Dear Birth Mother,
We don’t know you. We don’t know how you got here, or how you might be feeling at this point. We don’t know your story. But we do know your story isn’t over yet. We know your story will always be spoken about with honor and dignity in our home. We know that you are welcome to our story, and we’re grateful to share that with you here.
We are Drake and Andrea, and we have been married for over four years now. We are high school sweethearts, and met while Drake was pranking my parents’ house in 10th grade! We’ve grown up since then laughing with and loving each other. Drake works as a High School Student Minister for our church, where he is in charge of about 300 students and adult volunteers. I work as a Special Education Teacher at our local high school, where I teach students independent living and workplace skills. We are always surrounded by students, and love the energy and laughter they bring to our home and lives. We are planning to use a local childcare provider after an extended period staying home, but both of us have flexible schedules at our jobs to take off when wanted or needed. In our spare time, we love to have friends over to make s’mores at our backyard fire pit, play board games, or just to have dinner and talk. Drake and I each lead a group of freshman girls (for Andrea) and boys (for Drake). So, some of our spare time goes into leading and spending time with them as they grow into young adults; we have a heart for young people and seeing them reach their fullest potential. We also love to be outside, whether that includes going on bike rides in the neighborhood park, taking a walk around our neighborhood, or sitting by the fire pit in our backyard.
We believe God is leading us to adoption as the next chapter in our story. We believe that adoption is close to the heart of God, in the way that we are extending unconditional and sacrificial love to not only a child, but to you and your family as well. There are four excited future grandparents, two aunts, two uncles, and many more extended family members who are supportive of our decision to grow our family through adoption. Our community of friends anxiously await the day we become first-time parents, and are cheering us on each step of the way.
We are open to communicating with you in whatever way makes you most comfortable. We hope to create a plan with you about a future relationship with us and with your child. Drake and I care about you and respect your plans on the future of our relationship. We will work to honor your wishes in this. We have been praying for you, and believe your decision is important. We wish you the very best, wherever your story takes you.
With Love, Drake & Andrea