We believe that God has directed us to adopt a little Polynesian girl. Please take the time to hear our story.
Dear Expectant Parents,
I'm going to do my best to condense this because I'm sure you've been reading dozens of letters and from what we've heard from birth parents, most of them preferred a shorter letter. I want to start out by saying, I have written a few letters to you on our blog- the first talking a little bit about us and our story, and most importantly, the inspiration and spiritual experiences that lead us to know we were supposed to adopt a Polynesian baby, as well as our difficulties with pregnancy. It was long, so I don't want to overwhelm you by putting it all in here, but it contains some very important things and, if you like what we have to say here, hope you take the time to read it. Here we go!
We are Amber and Ben. We have 3 children- Logan (11), Roxie (8) and Jax (4). Like most couples, we have had struggles but we have allowed them to strengthen us and deepen our love so much more.
Our children are all unique and we embrace that. We love that each child has their own personality, interests and needs and we do our best to raise them in the way they need, individually. We can't wait to see the unique person our daughter will be!
One quick sentence or two about each of us:
Amber can be quiet around people she doesn't know well, but in reality, she never wants to stop talking, likes to find the humor in things and often has a hard time being serious! She loves to plan things, including our vacations and sometimes over-the-top parties.
Logan loves building things and learning how things work. He is shy but cares for people very deeply and loves to cuddle.
Roxie loves art and creating/ baking things. She is very sassy and loves having all the friends she can.
Jax is all boy- he loves trains, race cars, monster trucks and dinosaurs. He can be shy at first but once he decides he likes you, he will never let you go!
As a family, we love watching movies with homemade popcorn (we especially love Velveeta popcorn!) and playing board games and video games. We also love bonfires in our backyard. As a matter of fact, it's now a tradition to have a Christmas eve bonfire! One of our favorite things we love to do, especially in the warmer months, is pack a picnic dinner after church and head to somewhere beautiful. This will often be somewhere in the mountains, a meadow, near a waterfall, etc.
Our family believes in preparedness. With all the natural disasters lately, it's easy to see why it's so important! We have a room in our basement with an emergency food and water supply, first aid, etc. It is incredibly important that we are prepared to take care of our family if anything were to ever happen.
Every night before bed, we do family prayers and what we call "Hunt the good stuff", where we each take turns sharing 3 good things that happened that day. We love this because it helps you focus on positivity and see that there is good in every day!
We love going on vacations (who doesn't, right?) and our most common family vacations are to Disneyland/ California about every 1-2 years and Oregon/ Washington every summer to visit grandma, great-grandparents, the lake Ben grew up on and as much as we can possibly cram into our time there!
Again, our "favorites" section has more of our favorite things, as well as our blog, which also has more about each of us individually (including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins), along with letters to you. Thank goodness, because I could keep typing for the next hour about us and what we like to do!
Now we want to write to you. I wish you knew what you already mean to us. Yes, we don't know you yet, but someday you will be family to us. You will be the reason we were able to complete our family and fill the missing piece of our hearts. How can we possibly put into words what that will mean to us? From that first strong impression where we knew we were to adopt, I felt very strongly that not only was there a special little baby meant to be a part of our family, but her birth mother was also meant to be a part of our lives. Time and time again as we prayed, I felt this connection, this love, for our child's future birth mom. I don't know why, but it almost felt as though we had already known and loved you before this life, which may seem completely crazy. Know you will be loved and honored. Know we will do our best every day to try to be the parents you hoped for your child. Know that we are already trying harder than ever to have to best home we possibly can to bring this baby into.
We can't begin to tell you how much we have fallen in love with this little girl that we have never met and how much our hearts ache for her. We feel so strongly that our Father in Heaven has touched our hearts. I recently wrote a letter to you on our blog trying to express how much this sweet child is already loved. How I've envisioned what it will be like the moment I meet her. I tried to paint a picture of what her life will be like growing up, how we hope to honor her cultural heritage and what our hopes and dreams are for her.
Although we've tried to write a short letter to you, we realize it wasn't very short at all! (Can you imagine how long it would have been if I would have written everything on our heart and mind!?!) Please reach out to us if you have any questions at all! Thank you for taking the time to read this and we are so excited to hear from you and eventually meet you!