First of all, thank you for reading this letter and looking through these pictures that show a glimpse of our lives. Please know that we're amazed and humbled by your love and care for your child as you weigh the choices in front of you. We respect and honor the difficulty of your situation, and pray for peace in your heart as you choose a family and a home for your child.
Even as we were falling in love with each other, adoption was a part of our conversation, our future plans, and our hope to become parents. As you are facing the unknown, the hard decisions, we pray that it will give you peace knowing that we are sure of our open hearts to adoption, as we have adopted a child before, and know how to love and support a child placed with us, teaching them about their loving and courageous birthmother, and, if you are willing, to welcome you into our family as well.
Our names are Jim and Melissa, and we live in Highlands Ranch, CO. We met on a camping trip with some mutual friends and quickly realized that we had a lot in common and enjoyed spending time with each other. We've been married 5 years, and have already had lots of adventures together! Jim spent his youth living in Argentina and speaks fluent Spanish and speaks it to our two year old son, Elliot. Jim is a structural engineer at a company in Denver. Melissa is an aerospace engineer, but now stays at home caring for Elliot, and is working on a certificate in biblical counseling. She plans to continue to stay at home with our future children and counsel women on a volunteer basis.
Besides our shared love of camping, we just enjoy any way our family can be outdoors as a family- hiking, playing with Elliot at the playgrounds near our home, going to our niece's and nephew's soccer games, and doing projects around the house. We love our home church and enjoy serving there - Jim is a drummer and plays in the worship band, and Melissa works with women, mentoring and providing counsel.
Melissa has known since she was 22 that becoming pregnant wasn't an option for her, so we discussed adoption early on in our dating relationship. In 2019, we adopted our son, Elliot, and our families and friends have welcomed him (and his birthmom) with their whole hearts. We know they will do the same for any more children that we are privileged to add to our family.
We belong to a tight-knit group of friends made up from our coworkers and church members. We cheer each other on and cry with each other during hard times. Another child in our home would be unconditionally welcomed. Should this child be of a different culture or race from us, we have such a diverse group of friends that this child will always have someone who looks like them in his or her life.
Please know that we are praying for you and trusting God as you seek to make the best decision for this child. We hope peace will fill your heart as you move forward.
Link to our profile book: Jim and Melissa (NCA1010658)