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Michael and Mandy

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Dear Birthparent,

We knew each other for many years before we started to date. So when we started dating in January of 2003, it just seemed so natural and easy. We got engaged that June and married in December of the same year. We've had a typical marriage with ups and downs but have found a way to grow together to make our love for each other blossom. We are stronger now than we ever have been and look forward to the years before and what our love will change into.

We have one daughter who we adopted in 2013. She was placed in our care when she was born and haven’t let go of her since. She is an active and playful little girl who has the smile that shines like the sun. She loves to draw, read, watch movies, play with others (and by herself) and explore everything that is new. She has an infectious smile and laugh that you just can’t resist. Although she doesn’t understand at this point that she’s going to be a big sister, I know she is excited and will be a great playmate, teacher and friend to her baby brother or sister.

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us better. We don't know the depths of your emotions that you experience through this journey but God has lead you this way for a reason. He has a plan for each and every one of us (Jeremiah 29:11) and sometimes those roads are filled with tough decisions. Jesus tells Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that "My strength is made perfect in weakness." God will strengthen you as you make your way down this path of finding a family for your child.

We want you to know that we will continue to make adoption an open topic in our household and that your child will know that he or she is precious to you because of the sacrifice you made. We want, at a minimum, a line of communication between birth parents and adoptive parents and child that would include pictures, letters, occasional phone calls and a yearly visit. As we become better acquainted with each other, we would love to discuss the opportunity for a more open relationship that would best benefit the child. We will respect and honor the level of communication between the child and birthparent(s) that is determined by the child when he or she is of age. We will make sure that all letters, pictures and all correspondence on your part will be given to the child and that you are regarded in the highest respect. We know this decision for placing your child with another family is one that is sacrificial, filled with love and very difficult. Your child will know where he or she came from and how much you love him or her!

Our prayers are with you as you journey down this road you are on. We pray for you to find peace in your choice for you and your baby.   Thank you for reading our profile and learning more about our family.

Michael and Mandy

Facts About Our Family

Location:Southern Illinois
*The location where the adoption agency’s office is.
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