Let me start this letter by thanking you. Whether you decide to choose our family or not, you will be making an amazing impact on someone’s life. You should be proud in the fact that your sacrifice will bring so much joy to so many people. We can only imagine the wide range of emotions you must be feeling right now going through this journey. It is truly a testament to the kind of person you are, to be willing to sacrifice so much, so that your unborn child will forever change so many lives. God bless you.
My wife and I are very grateful for the opportunity to tell you about our journey and family. We have sincere hopes and dreams for our birth son as well as our future son or daughter. Our journey of adoption began in early 2011. In January 2011, my wife and I felt like we were in a good place to add to our family. I had recently earned a promotion at work. My wife, Melissa, was really enjoying her job as a 4th grade teacher, and our son ,Jackson, was enjoying and growing in his first year of school (Pre-K). We were the perfect young family, however, something was missing. All of our hearts were ready to add a baby to the family. After discussing as a family what a baby would mean, Melissa and I agreed that our family was ready. Melissa scheduled an appointment with her doctor to get the okay to move forward. While meeting with her doctor, she asked him to check an odd lump she felt on her breast. She was not concerned because she was in great health and only 31 years old. The doctor, however, was very concerned and ordered a mammogram immediately. A week later, we received the news that devastated us all. She had breast cancer. What was supposed to be a doctor’s visit giving us permission to have a baby, instead turned into a fight for her life that all three of us would share. Shortly after Melissa’s diagnosis, we also learned that due to her type of cancer, she would never be able to have more biological children. It became as clear as if God was calling us on the phone; our new addition would be from adoption.
To give you a sense of our family, life, the kind of people we are, I’ll start with our son, Jackson. Jackson is our fun loving son who has never met a stranger. He is a great kid, who more than anything else, wants to be a big brother. He asks us daily when he will get his baby sister or brother. He is more than ready. Melissa is a 4th grade teacher who loves her job. She is that teacher that all kids hope they get before school starts. I work for the family business my parents started over 30 years ago. I am the National Sales Manager and a few years away from taking ownership of the business, once my parents retire. Family is the most important part of our life. Everyone on both sides of our family is very supportive and is ready to welcome a new addition with open arms.
Life for us revolves around faith, family, football, farm, and community. We attend church almost every Sunday. After our journey with Melissa’s health, it’s hard not to find a solid faith and gratitude in God. We love doing things as a family and every fall you can find us cheering on our beloved Georgia Bulldogs. Another important facet of our life is the family farm. It’s a bond that we pass from one generation to another. It also teaches life lessons on hard work, responsibility, and trusting that family and friends will come to your aid.
Our goals for our children are fairly simple. We want our children to trust in God, be a good person, love their family and friends, and to chase their dreams. Melissa and I want our kids to experience all the world has to offer, but also remain grounded. Depending on your comfort level, we would very much like to meet you. Please know that when it comes to our adopted child, only the highest praise will be given to you. We will explain to him or her that you loved them wholeheartedly and only wanted the best for them. We will tell them this because it will be the truth. As I said at the beginning of this letter, we thank you. Whichever family you choose, you are doing a truly courageous and blessed thing.
Billy, Melissa & Jackson
Adoptive Family at a Glance
|Father’s Name: William||Mother’s Name: Melissa|
|Occupation: National Sales Manager||Occupation: Fourth Grade Teacher|
|Education: Bachelor’s in Consumer Economics||Education:Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education/Master’s in Instructional Tech.|
|Religion: Baptist||Religion: Baptist|
|Date of Birth: January 7, 1977||Date of Birth: March 15, 1979|
|Ethnicity: Caucasian||Ethnicity: Caucasian|
|Hair Color: Blonde||Hair Color: Brown|
|Eye Color: Blue||Eye Color: Blue|
|Height: 5’9”||Height: 5’6”|
|General Health: Good||General Health: Good|
Date of marriage: June 26, 2004
Children: One biological child: Jackson, 9 years old.
Interest and Hobbies: Billy loves cheering for the Georgia Bulldogs and sharing his love of football with their son, Jackson. He also loves working on the family farm. Billy is also a proud volunteer fireman at our local fire station. Jackson loves playing soccer and football. He is a very good artist and has his artwork displayed throughout the house. Melissa loves reading, scrap-booking, and taking pictures of the many family adventures around the US.
Home: We live in a small farming community in North Georgia. It’s the same community we grew up in. Our home is located on our family’s 150 acre farm where Billy grew up. The farm is full of pastures, woods, and ponds. We love living in the country and the life lessons it teaches Jackson and our future child.
Pets: Our dog, Rocket, is a big part of our family. Rocket is a five year old schnauzer. He is a very loving and playful companion to Jackson.
Finances: We are financially stable, live within our means, and save for our future.
Why are you interested in building a family though adoption: We are interested in building a
family through adoption because we have more room in our heart for another child. We are not able to have another biological child due to Melissa’s breast cancer in 2011. We know that God has a plan for us to share our love with another child through adoption.
Openness to Birth parents: We are open to meeting the birth parents and providing pictures and updates.
Childcare Plans: We plan to get assistance during the day from both grandmothers who live close by. We also plan to use a local Christian daycare.
We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you need more information about us, or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight toll-free at 866-832-3678.