Dear Expectant Parent,
I am writing in hopes you would consider my brother, David, and his wife Rachael to be the adoptive parents of your child. You couldn’t ask for more loving, attentive, intelligent, Christ-like people to entrust this gift to.
As a young man dreaming of his future, I think my brother was just as excited about one day being a dad as he was about finding the girl of his dreams. He has always been great with kids and has one of those rare qualities in a man that instinctively is both strong and protecting while playfully fun and approachable all at the same time.
Rachael is one of my most favorite people on this earth. I was so happy when David brought her home! She is a FANTASTIC teacher and genuinely beautiful person inside and out - just a lovely soul and dear sister to me. I’ve been heartbroken for her, knowing that she so desperately wants to be a mom and it just hasn’t happened. Any child would be so very lucky to have a mother like her!
I should also tell you that I have five children of my own, and they absolutely ADORE their Uncle David and Aunt Rachael. They squeal with delight when their aunt and uncle arrive for a visit, and just can’t get enough hugs and kisses from Rachael and all the boys playful roughhousing with David. At Christmastime, they know some of their favorite gifts will be from David and Rachael because they know how to pick out the coolest yet educational toys and books that fits their individual personalities perfectly.
They are both deeply committed Christians with an unwavering faith in their Savior. To me, this makes all the difference in how children are raised. I homeschool my children in part to have the time to disciple them toward a rock-solid faith that they claim for themselves as adults, that they trust Jesus not just because they grew up in church or mom and dad were Christians. I know David and Rachael will pass on a legacy of faith to their children. The church they attend is one of the best I have ever visited that teach God’s word with honor and authority, discipling their people and truly being a light to their community.
Speaking of community, they live in a great place! Our family finally got to come stay with them last summer - yes, all seven of us! - and my children were in awe of the beautiful beaches, bike trails, and waterfront playgrounds just a few miles from their home. David and Rachael may not have a home with a big backyard (yet) but they have a world of places to run, play, and explore just steps from their front door.
Lastly, if you can’t tell yet, the extended Hall family is a great bunch. Whatever adoptive parents you choose, you also choose aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. Our parents are all I could want in grandparents - enthusiastic, attentive, affectionate, loving to shower their grandchildren with presents and spoil them (just a little). We are a big family with lots of cousins that love to play together, and holidays are a happy time with all of us together.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and consider my brother and sister-in-love. Please know that my extended family and I are praying for you, too, as you make this difficult decision.
While we have not met, we want to start by thanking you for the incredible decision you are making to find a wonderful home for your child and to let you know that we’ve been praying for you. We can only imagine the immeasurable bravery, strength and courage this decision takes and we pray God will comfort, guide and encourage you through this process. Thank you also for considering our son and daughter-in-law, David and Rachael, as perspective parents.
We can tell you that they have been dreaming of a family for as long as they’ve been together and we are certain they will be exceptional parents. Their obvious love for each other, the integrity they bring to everything they do, their thoughtfulness and compassion toward others, and the true joy they exude make us so proud of them both. Most of all, their love for God and their commitment to honor Him in every aspect of their lives will be the foundation upon which they will build a home for the child we believe God has already chosen for them.
As we anticipate the arrival of a new grandchild to love, we are giddy with excitement and anticipation. There is nothing we like better than having the family gathered together. Whether it’s BBQs and swimming, a lively game of Shanghi, baking cookies, enjoying big Thanksgiving dinners or Christmas celebrations, our home is filled with lots of love and laughter sprinkled with the noisy chatter of all the cousins playing together. We can’t wait to share all of this with a new little one in the family. We hope that a family like ours is the kind you have been dreaming of finding for your baby.
With thanks and gratitude,
Roger and Elaine