It is strange to think about beginning a relationship through a letter. Under other circumstances, we could get to know each other over a warm cup of tea, slowly sharing our lives with each other so that you really have a good sense of who we are as a couple and as a family. A letter just does not seem to do these circumstances justice. There really are no words we could use to convey how you must be feeling with this difficult decision that you are facing and the appreciation and respect we have for you as you determine what is best for this child.
Since we cannot sit down face to face, we would like to share with you the amazing adoption journey that God has started for our family. We have been married for 14-years and feel like God has been whispering to us about adoption from the beginning of our marriage. Dorothy has twin sisters that came into her family through adoption early in our marriage, so it has always seemed like a natural way for us to build a family. After having two biological girls that are currently ages 3 and 5 and at the advise of medical specialists, we made the difficult decision to not have any more biological children due to medical complications Dorothy experienced with both of her pregnancies.
We quickly settled in to family life. Stephen is securely employed as professor and psychologist at a nearby university in Colorado, and we have a beautiful two story 5-bedroom and 4 baths home in a family-friendly neighborhood, with 3 parks that are all within walking distance. We feel blessed that Dorothy has been able to stop working as a child psychologist to stay home with our girls since they were born. We have an amazing large group of friends with kids close in age to ours that we do life with and we have a large supportive and fun extended family that we spend time with. Even with all of this, we do not have a sense that our family is complete.
Recently, God’s whispers started to become louder and we began talking to each other about adoption more frequently. During a church service, God made it clear to Dorothy to pray for a birth mother making a decision about what to do with her pregnancy and she strongly felt like God was calling us to adopt a child. Since then, we have been actively pursuing God’s call for us to adopt. Through lots of prayer, God sweetly and consistently confirmed in both of us our calling to adoption, and we are so excited to bring a sweet baby into our home.
Please know that we have been praying daily specifically for you and the baby you are carrying. Whatever decision you make, the road ahead will not be easy. We pray that you will have a peace that surpasses all understanding and have confidence in God’s plan and purpose for your life. If you have any questions for us, or if you would like to grab that cup of tea, we would love the opportunity to get to know you.
Stephen & Dorothy
Adoptive Family at a Glance
|Father’s Name: Stephen||Mother’s Name: Dorothy|
|Occupation: Psychologist and Professor of Counseling Psychology||Occupation: Homemaker (Child Psychologist)|
|Education: PhD in Counseling Psychology||Education: PhD in Counseling Psychology|
|Religion: Christian||Religion: Christian|
|Date of Birth: May 22, 1978||Date of Birth: October 14, 1978|
|Ethnicity: Caucasian||Ethnicity: Caucasian|
|Hair Color: Dark Brown||Hair Color: Brown|
|Eye Color: Brown||Eye Color: Blue|
|Height: 6’0”||Height: 5’4”|
|General Health: Excellent||General Health: Excellent|
Date of marriage: June 28, 2001
Children: We have two daughters, Olivia (age 5) and Isabelle (age 3).
Interest and Hobbies: We love spending time together outside as a family. We frequently go on bike rides together, play at several parks in our area, and spend time hiking in the mountains near us. We frequently go on bug hunts to find new critters for our bughouses, visit our local library for story time, and engage in creative and pretend play around the house. Stephen also enjoys playing golf, biking, and snowboarding. Dorothy enjoys home decorating, crafting, and snowboarding.
Home: We live about an hour from Denver, Colorado in a family-friendly suburban neighborhood very close to an elementary school. We have 2-story, 5-bedroom and 4-bathroom home with a fenced in backyard. We live within walking distance to 3 beautiful neighborhood parks that we regularly visit.
Pets: We have an 8-year-old Golden Retriever. We have raised him since he was a puppy and he is very friendly and amazing with all kids.
Finances: We are very financially stable and we live within our means.
Why are you interested in building a family though adoption: We have always had a heart for adoption. We have always felt called to having a big family but due to medical complications during Dorothy’s pregnancies medical specialists have advised us to not have any more biological children. We believe that God has called our family to adoption as a means to grow our family.
Openness to Birth parents: We respect your desires and wishes. Depending on your comfort level, we would like to maintain an open relationship with you and ultimately do what is in the best interest of this child.
Childcare Plans: We have been blessed to have Dorothy stay home with both of our children since they were born. We plan for Dorothy to continue to stay home with this adopted child. Stephen’s college teaching schedule is also very flexible allowing him to spend a lot of time at home and to have summers off of work.
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.