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David & Amy

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David & Amy
Last Activity: 11 days ago

To Someone Special,

Hello from Amy and David! Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and getting to know a bit about us. We admire your strength, and your bravery in considering making maybe the hardest decision a person can make. We know that doing so takes courage and love. We hope to have the opportunity to know you, and that this will be the beginning of that.

Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. If you choose us, please know that we’ll provide the best loving home for your baby that we can, with our deepest gratitude and respect for your choice. We’ll do everything we can to help our child grow into the best, happiest version of whoever he or she chooses to be. Whatever decision you make, we wish you peace.

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Who We Are

We’ve been married nine years, together a few more. We met in grad school in Wisconsin, where we both studied English Literature. We started dating right after we met, and five years later, we got married in a classic movie theater. We planned on becoming English professors, but life had other plans. After a few years teaching in Louisiana, we decided we’d be a lot happier in California, where Amy’s from and where her mom still lives. We’ve settled for keeps in the Oakland hills, sharing our space with our rescue animals: two very child-friendly huskies, Zora and Gus; and two cats, Fiona, and Mahfouz.

Most days we both work from home. David is starting his fourth year teaching for Stanford University’s Online High School. It’s a great place to work, and because his classes are online, he can teach from anywhere—usually from home. Amy is
a freelance writer and editor.

During the day, we take the dogs on a long walk or hike—often in our local park, which has hiking trails and bustling playgrounds. We also enjoy meeting up with friends for dinner or having them over, going to a local farmers’ market, or getting to know some new corner of the East Bay. There’s a lot to discover! Around our home, Amy enjoys gardening in our yard. We cook dinner—Amy loves making Indian, Asian, and Latin American dishes, and trying new recipes. We often watch a movie in the evening. (Amy also studied film, and she writes a film blog.). Of course, one of our passions is reading. Amy still has all her favorite books from childhood, which she looks forward to sharing with our child.

We enjoy travel. Our best friends are in South Carolina and we visit when we can. We’ve been to Turkey with Amy’s mom, the Netherlands with friends, and want to go to Iceland. Amy’s parents traveled with her when she was little, and we hope to give our child the same opportunity.

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Making that phone call

So far, I’ve been posting little bits and pieces about our lives. In this post, I want to talk to you, the woman who might be reading this and thinking about getting in touch. 

First, I can’t begin to imagine how hard it is to call someone you’ve never heard of before to talk about all this. It’s so hard and can feel like an awkward thing to talk about, much less with total strangers.

I’m writing this post because David and I regularly get calls on our 888 adoption line that only last a few seconds. Sometimes, we don’t even hear the phone ring (but the service logs the call, so we know it happened). Sometimes, it rings long enough for me to answer, but it sounds like there’s nobody there.

I can’t know what you’re feeling, but I do understand calling and changing your mind, or freaking out, or deciding the person who answered the phone doesn’t sound friendly. (I bet I don’t always sound friendly when I answer the phone, unfortunately. Most calls we get are somebody trying to sell us something. Or wrong numbers.) Being in a position to make this kind of phone call must be overwhelming.

I’m writing this because I want you to know that we’re glad you called, even if we didn’t get to talk.

Please, for as long as you are considering adoption, keep calling. When you’re ready, if you want to talk to us, we would really love to talk with you.

Hugs.

Long weekend, winter cooking

It’s officially winter in California, as the rains have started. That’s been a good excuse to start cooking warm and yummy things. After a good hike with dogs yesterday (before the rain started), we came home and I made mulled cider, which makes the whole house smell delicious and cozy. Thinking about some baking. We would love to so much to have a child to share these things with.

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

David & Amy

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