Dear Birth Mother,

We realize that making an adoption plan isn’t a decision you are taking lightly, but we’re so glad you’re considering it. Adoption is an incredibly loving and courageous decision and we consider it the highest possible honor to be chosen to raise a child. Our hope, if you choose us, is to raise your child in a stable, loving environment while providing opportunities for him/her to discover the person he/she was born to be and fulfill that potential.

For us, the decision to become adoptive parents was easy. When it was confirmed that we couldn’t have biological children, we didn’t even consider fertility treatments. We immediately knew that adoption was the right choice for us. We have one daughter, Sarah, whom we adopted at birth in 2012 and we would love nothing more than for her to have a little brother or sister. Playing with Sarah and seeing her experience the world for the first time brings us so much joy and we are thrilled at the prospect of getting to experience it a second time, and getting to see siblings grow up together.

Our entire family has embraced Sarah no differently than if she had been born to us, and everyone is hopeful and excited to add another little one to our family. Susan has two cousins who were adopted (they are really excited that we are adopting!), so this is a natural and normal thing for our family. We also have a core group of friends with children right around Sarah’s age, a couple of which were also adopted, so if you are concerned your baby will feel different about being adopted, that would definitely not be likely with us!

We live in a quiet, safe, suburban neighborhood with a nice, grassy backyard and a park nearby with a fantastic playground. We love hearing the neighborhood kids outside playing and dream of the day we can hear our own running around and laughing together.

Phillip works as an Engineer, and Susan is currently home full-time but also works part time as an on-line college instructor. We are active members of a vibrant church community. There are social events and faith-building activities throughout the year, which we enjoy. This community has created for us a network of wonderful friends and an anchor for our lives.

We want you to know that whatever your final decision, we hope this turning point in your life ends up being a positive experience and you look back on this time feeling good about your choice. Of course, we would love it if we were part of that decision! 😉

Phillip & Susan
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Adoptive Family at a Glance

Father’s Name: Phillip Mother’s Name: Susan
Occupation: Engineer Occupation: Mother/Online College Instructor
Education: BS Education: Ph. D.
Religion: Catholic Religion: Catholic
Date of Birth: 1974 Date of Birth: 1969
Ethnicity: Caucasian Ethnicity: Caucasian
Hair Color: Brown Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue Eye Color: Hazel
Height: 5’11/average Height: 5’2/average
General Health: Good General Health: Good

Date of marriage: 2007

Children:Sarah, born 2012, adopted. She was born prematurely in Louisiana, and as soon as her birthmother called to tell us she had arrived, we got into the car and drove 13 hours. We were holding her the very same day she was born! Sarah is a happy, sociable, funny, energetic little tot who would love a little brother or sister to play with!

Interests and hobbies: We enjoy travelling together and visiting new places. We both like hiking, camping, and enjoying the outdoors. We both also enjoy reading and playing board games indoors as well. Phillip enjoys running, volunteer work, and fishing as well. Susan does volunteer work for Birthright and our church/school. Part of her volunteer work is making craft items to sell. She enjoys cooking a variety of healthy foods and likes doing group exercise classes when possible and going for walks.

Home: We live in a single family house built in 2003 on a small, quiet cul-de-sac with a nice, grassy back yard. Our neighborhood is quiet with the exception of the childhood sounds from the neighbors’ kids out playing.

Pets: None currently, but we love dogs and cats and plan to adopt a shelter dog/cat in years to come!

Finances: Phillip works full-time as an Engineer, and Susan works part-time from home as an on-line college instructor. Before Sarah came to us Susan worked full-time and we saved our money to allow her to stay home full-time with our child(ren).

Why are you interested in building your family through adoption? Before we were married, we knew having biological children may not be possible and were quickly in agreement that adoption would be the best way for us to build a family. Susan has two adopted cousins so this seemed like an obvious direction. We never bothered with fertility treatments, just went directly to pursuing adoption. We have NEVER considered adoption the “second best” option.

Openness to birthparent(s): We want very much for our next baby’s birthmother/birthfather to know how loved their baby is. Sarah’s birthmother lives a great distance away and has not expressed much interest in having contact with us, so Susan has set up a website and uploads family pictures on a regular basis. This way she can get updates on her terms. We will definitely do this again for the next birth mother, but we would also like to have more of a personal relationship, complete with in-person visits and phone calls if that’s what she would like. We will respect our next child’s birthmother’s wishes if she also wants limited contact.

Childcare plans: Susan will continue to stay home full-time. We realize how very blessed we are to be able to do this!

Statement of Faith: We are active, practicing Roman Catholics. While we are fully aware we are not at all perfect, we try our best to live according to God’s will. First and foremost this means base all our decisions and actions on love. We want our children to know they are loved completely by God and that He has a plan for their lives. We want to encourage them to find what they were put on Earth for and follow that path.

We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you would like more information about us or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight at (888) 933-2237.