Adoption is a beautiful thing, and we are blessed to be able to be a part of this journey!
To Someone Special,
Writing this letter isn't particularly simple. It's sometimes hard to know what to say to someone who is on the brink of making a difficult decision, or in the middle of a trying time. There are so many things that we could say, but you've probably heard them more than once and may not be interested to hear them again. However, before we begin to tell you about ourselves, please know that we will never try to pretend that we know exactly how you are feeling at this time. Honestly, we can't imagine how hard this decision is for you and possibly your family. One thing we have learned from personally going through unexpected and trying times is that a support system is very essential to being able to make it through tough times in one piece. Please understand that we are willing to be a part of that support system if we are wanted or needed.
Our names are Tyler and Chelsea. We have been married for 6 1/2 years, and have experienced so much in so little time. It almost feels as though we have been married forever! Tyler has graduated from the University of Utah in Spanish, and Chelsea is a cosmetologist who is hoping to get back to her studies in Human Services and Addiction Counseling. Shortly after Tyler finished his schooling, he was hired by a great company where he quickly began to climb the ladder. Within 3 years, we lived in Iowa, Montana, Utah, Montana (yes, moved there twice), Wyoming, and then to Chelsea's favorite, Washington. Washington has been good to us, and we've created a great life here. A year ago we purchased a home on Camano Island. It's a small, attached island that is filled with a great, supportive community. The minute we drove onto the Island for the first time, we knew it was where we were supposed to be! We have a beautiful modest home that we are slowly updating, and Chelsea is driving Tyler crazy with all of her projects that she has started or put on Tyler's to do list. We have a great fenced back yard, and live in a quiet safe neighborhood. We couldn't be more pleased with where we have decided to grow our family.
Almost a year ago, after dealing with our own trials for many years, we decided that it would be a great idea for us to become foster parents. It's been one of the hardest things that we have done, but definitely one of the most rewarding. We have been blessed to be able to be apart of these children's lives, and watch their progress emotionally, mentally, and physically in our home. There is something very rewarding about being able to provide a home, where a child who has experienced much trauma, can feel safe and loved. Is this something that we thought we would do? No, but it is one of those decisions that we were guided to, that has changed our lives forever. Our marriage has never been stronger because we have had to learn how to work as a team when difficulties lie before us. We have learned things about ourselves that would've taken us years to learn. We have learned compassion, patience, sensitivity, and that our hearts are capable of an indescribable love. It truly is amazing to watch these children and their parents grow. As much as this is rewarding, it is not permanent. We are so ready to create a family that is permanent, and that we can call our own.
We are sports enthusiasts, outdoor loving, movie watching people. Tyler loves working on cars and is currently working on his Skyline. He loves to spend time with Chelsea, and play on his softball team. Chelsea loves to be by the ocean whenever she can. Hence the reason why we live on an island. Her favorite thing is to spend time with her family, laugh too loud, eat yummy food, and have awesome conversations. We have a strong, deep rooted faith in Christ that navigates our lives. We deeply embrace and desire to share our exciting, family centered, and loved filled lives with a child. There is no greater gift that we could receive.
We pray that you may find peace and have comfort in the choice that you make for your sweet baby.
Tyler and Chelsea