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Dear Expectant Mom/Parents,

Our names are Rob and Emily, and we want you to know how much we truly admire your strength for considering all options for your incredibly precious child. We wish we could sit beside you, give you a hug, and allow you to ask us anything that you would like to know about us as you consider options for your beautiful baby. Although we’re not there with you in person, we hope this helps you know us a little better and shows you the love and support we send to you and your child.

My husband Rob and I met while we were in college (my dream was to become a teacher, his to become a pilot), and after a few years as close friends we fell head-over-heels in love and got married 15 years ago. One of the things I loved most about him was that in college he was the only man I knew who was already trying to live his life in a way that would make his future children proud. He was living as a “family man” before he even had a family. We both dreamed of building our own family and couldn’t wait to have children. Although this was our hope, having a family ended up being a painful process as we lost many pregnancies along our journey. We were blessed to have one beautiful daughter, Grace, after nine years of trying and losses. Although the journey was so challenging, the silver lining is that it gave us an even greater appreciation for the value of life and the joy of having a family.

I have always loved and cherished children, so teaching was a great career for me. However, after many years of loving my career and my students, I am now a very happy and grateful stay-at-home-mom.  I love that I can be here whenever our children will need me, & focus on their hopes and dreams. Rob is a pilot, so he needs to travel for work some days, but he is most always home and focuses completely on our family. Both Rob and I spent several years building our careers, but now we are able to slow down and focus on family time and having fun with our daughter (and look forward to our future child as well). We are a family built on faith, love, encouragement, joy, compassion, respect, laughter, and exploring life together.

Our absolute favorite thing to do is to enjoy life as a family. We are active and love going to parks, swimming, boating, hiking, having family “dance parties” together at home, playing lots of games, going on walks and laughing together. Our home is already set with a lovely and peaceful nursery we decorated ourselves, our rooms are safe and baby-proofed, and we live in a very safe and family friendly neighborhood with sidewalks for bikes and areas for children to play. Our families have cottages up north in Michigan, where all the kids can spend summers swimming, skiing, boating, roasting marshmallows, and catching fireflies. We are also so blessed to have a large and supportive extended family and friends, who can’t wait for us to grow our family!!

We are SO excited for this chance to grow our family through adoption, and would love the chance to meet you in person as you consider the possibilities for you beautiful baby. Rob, Grace, and I, along with all of our extended family and friends, are anxiously waiting for the opportunity to welcome our next child home and shower them with an abundance of love, joy, and appreciation!!!

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers as you make these decisions and follow your heart!

With lots of love,

Rob & Emily

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