We as a family are truly blessed to be writing you this letter. You and I have very different circumstances but our circumstances are very much the same. You have an unplanned pregnancy, yet you love the child you will give birth to. I cannot have a second child, but would love for our family to grow. After the birth of our daughter Leah, four years ago, I was misdiagnosed with Endometriosis. Endometriosis has destroyed my right fallopian tube and caused me to loose my left tube. Through the course of two surgeries the only way for us to get pregnant again is to try IVF. My husband and I discussed IVF but decided against it because when I was pregnant with Leah I became very sick with a syndrome called HELLP. It caused my platelets to drop and Leah was born 6 weeks early. Leah spent 5 weeks in the NICU. Watching the pain on my husband’s face through the birth of Leah and two surgeries from Endometriosis, I could not put him through any more worry and upset. In the course of four years, I was so busy trying to cure my body and find a way to get pregnant we failed to see that God had a bigger plan for our family. Through prayer, support from friends and family and a true desire to have a second child we want to adopt a baby into our home whom we can love and cherish.
Brian and I have been with each other for 15 years. We met 15 years ago at Wilson High School on a blind date for the Winter formal. I had asked my friend Lindy if she knew of anyone and she said she knew a boy in her art class that might be interested. After a phone call, Brian and I met at a Taco Bell. We continued to date for five years and then decided to get married in 2004. We graduated college at different times. I finished my BA and credential in Art Education in 2006 and Brian graduated with an Electrical Certificate and Journeyman’s License in 2009. I currently am a high school art teacher and Brian works as a Locomotive Diesel Electrician for the Union Pacific Railroad.
After adopting, we will continue to work fulltime and our child will be at our home with their grandmothers two days a week and at a home daycare three days a week. Our families live locally so it has been a blessing to have Leah bond with her grandmothers and has given her a chance to meet other children at either a home daycare or her current preschool. Leah has been attending a private, Christian, preschool for two years and has blossomed socially and academically. She has been attending gymnastics at school and has taken ballet. She will attend a neighborhood kindergarten starting in the fall. It is a few blocks away from our house which is very familiar to her. She spends a lot of time at our local library and park.
Brian and I have owned our home for 8 years and have been very happy raising Leah in our neighborhood. One of the things that attracted us to our neighborhood were the trees. We have spent time growing lots of plants and vegetables in our backyard. Leah is quiet the gardener. It is a place to relax and watch Leah grow up. When Brian and I are not working, we enjoy taking Leah to museums, doing art projects, reading stories, going for walks in the Nature Center, going on play dates, going to Disneyland, going to the San Diego Zoo and to spend time with our family. Brian and I respect and cherish our families. Monthly we visit both sets of Leah’s grandparents’ houses. Depending on your comfort level, we would love to have an open relationship with you.
We would love to meet with you if that is what you desire. We are open to any form of communication you are comfortable with. If you choose us as parents we want to send you pictures and updates about the child. We would also like a more open relationship with you after the child is born. We pray God’s blessing on you and know this is a very difficult and uncertain time. Please know that we care deeply for you and your child.
We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you want more information about us or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight at 866-832-3678.
Erica and Brian
Adoptive Family at a Glance
|Father’s Name: Brian||Mother’s Name: Erica|
|Occupation: Locomotive Diesel Electrician||Occupation: Art Teacher|
|Education: Electrical Certificate and Journeyman’s License||Education: BA and Credential in Art education|
|Religion: Christian||Religion: Christian|
|Date of Birth: February 5, 1981||Date of Birth: November 18, 1980|
|Ethnicity: Caucasian||Ethnicity: Caucasian|
|Hair Color: Blondish Brown||Hair Color: Blond|
|Eye Color: Brown||Eye Color: Hazel|
|Height: 6′||Height: 6’ 2”|
|General Health: Very good health||General Health: Very good health|
Date of marriage: July 10, 2004
Children: Leah Sands is our biological daughter and she was born on April 26, 2010. Leah has a generous heart, she enjoys creating artwork, reading stories, playing outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Interests and hobbies: Brian and I enjoy taking Leah to the park, going for a bike ride, going to Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo, creating art with her, and spending time with friends and family. When Brian and I go out on a date we enjoy eating at different restaurants, gardening, and exploring different shops and museums. Brian enjoys working on cars, spending time with friends and working on home projects in his free time. I enjoy reading, spending time with friends and family, cooking, and gardening in my free time.
Home: We have a three-bedroom home with a big backyard. We have planted a vegetable garden and Leah has play equipment she loves to play on. Our neighborhood is tree lined, quiet, and we have very trusting neighbors. We are located near two elementary schools, a local park, and library.
Pets: We have two cats, Star and Gilmore. We also have fish.
Finances: Brian and I are financially stable. We pay our mortgage and bills monthly on time. It is important for us to save money for Leah’s college fund so we started a savings account for her when she was 2 or 3 years old. We teach Leah the value of saving money and how important it is to work hard.
Why are you interested in building your family through adoption?: We have always envisioned having two children in our home. We are unable to have a second child naturally. As I went through infertility issues God continued to bring up adoption. After going through the grieving process we were able to clearly understand that God had a bigger plan for our family to adopt.
Openness to birthparent(s): Depending on your comfort level we would love to have an open relationship with you during your pregnancy and after the child is born. We are open to sending photos and updates to you regularly. We would also be open to visits with you during the years so the child may know you in person.
Childcare plans: Brian and I will need to work full time. While we are at work the child would be at our home two days a week with their grandmothers and the other three days at a home daycare. Once the child is old enough we would like them to go to a private, Christian school that Leah has gone to. We have a local public elementary school where Leah is going to go for kindergarten. Eventually both the child and Leah will be attending the elementary..
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.