Dear Birth Parents,
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We are Brian, Aleta and Stella. We know you have your child’s best interest at heart. Hopefully we possess the qualities you are looking for in adoptive parents. We want to share our home and our lives with children and watch them grow into well-rounded, successful adults with their own families one day.
Brian and Aleta met through mutual friends ten years ago. After our first solo date to the Festival of Lights, we have been pretty much inseparable. We married in the summer of 2010. Shortly after our wedding we began trying to expand our family. We tried fertility treatments for a few years without success. Once our hearts and minds were open to the adoption process, we began immediately, and through adoption we became parents to Stella.
Our love for her has only grown. She has been the biggest blessing and we have her birth mother to thank for that. We have the utmost respect for her. She gave us a gift that we could not give ourselves. Because she had chosen to place her child with us, we have a daughter and we are forever grateful for that.
I have a sister and a brother and we remain very close. We did the normal arguing and fighting that siblings do, but we were also each other’s best friend when the street lights came on and we only had each other to play with. My mom and dad loved to camp. Every summer from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend we spent numerous weekends camping. We roasted marshmallows, made S’mores, campfire pies, and pizzas. My mom loved to cook meals on her Coleman stove. My brother and I had a dirt bike and loved riding it up and down the country roads; we would do this for hours. We also had a tire swing and my dad would swing us into the creek and we would go swimming.
Every other year we took a vacation to Clearwater Beach Florida. We always stayed at the Golden Beach Motel. We have so many wonderful memories of swimming in the pool, building sand castles and playing in the waves. We would take fishing excursions and other times my parents would take us on a trip with Captain Memo. He was a pirate with a huge pirate ship with a cannon. The boating trips were always geared toward the kids and family fun. Other days we just relaxed around the pool or at the beach and we would have a quiet dinner at our motel. We have continued the tradition of taking family vacations.
Education is very important to my family. I attended college locally and graduated with a degree in education. I am currently teaching second grade. I love my kids/students and can’t imagine doing anything else other than teaching. My favorite part of my job is seeing my students every day and helping them to read, write and do math. I love to hear their stories and genuinely get to know them. It is very rewarding to help a struggling reader and get to see all their hard work pay off when they begin to read words without sounding them out. They have so much joy and pride you can actually see it on their little faces.
I grew up with my parents and my brother. My parents took active roles in our lives growing up. My mom stayed at home to raise my brother and me until we had both started school. She was there to take me to all the sports I played and the piano lessons I took. My father was active with the Boy Scouts serving as our Scoutmaster. He was there to guide me through scouting, eventually seeing me earn the Eagle Scout rank. Both of my parents were there to help us with our homework and for support with problems we faced growing up.
My parents grew up in the Washington D.C. area. We would take trips to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins for holidays since most of my extended family still lived in Washington D.C. I had a fun time visiting with my family even if it was only a few times a year. My parents also felt it was important to take a vacation with my brother and me every year. We would take trips to Disney World, Williamsburg Virginia, Ocean City Maryland and Tennessee. Today, my parents still live in the local area while my brother lives out of town with my niece and my nephew. My niece and nephew are looking forward to having a new cousin to play with. My parents are especially looking forward to having a new grandchild to spoil who will live so much closer to them. Brian has his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. He has been working as a computer programmer for 18 years.
Life as parents
We live in a nice neighborhood close to parks and splash pads. We love to spend our time together going to sporting events like the Reds, Bengals and Cyclones games. We also like visiting Kings Island, the Cincinnati Zoo and museums. We share our love for these events with our daughter. We also like travelling around the country. As a family we’ve traveled to Washington DC, Disney World, Ocean City Maryland, Cedar Point, Scottsdale Arizona, and Oceanside California. We look forward to taking more trips and vacations as our family grows. We also spend a lot of time with our families having cookouts, going to festivals and just spending the day together.
We love having a daughter to raise and share our lives with. Stella is in her second year of preschool and will attend Pre-K next year. Stella’s Aunt Lori will be her teacher. They are both very excited. Stella has taken dance lessons for two years. She has also participated in soccer, swimming, ice skating and cheerleading. We are trying to give Stella a well-rounded childhood with many experiences. She is a strong willed, smart, outgoing little girl. She is very friendly and makes friends easily. We admire her ability to go up to a group of kids and say, “Hi, do you want to play?” She always makes a friend no matter where we go. All of our children will have the same opportunities and be able to pick and choose their own activites.
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We look forward to completing our family and being a family of four. Know that your child will be raised with unconditional love, support and an education. Your child will know they are loved and have always been wanted and cared for by all of us, including you. We are willing to have an open adoption with pictures and communication.
Aleta, Brian and Stella