Thursday, October 18, 2007

Making the Drop

Shhhhh...I'm making the drop. Okay, it's not a covert operation but I am handing off a non-descript manila envelope today. AT THE ADOPTION AGENCY! Yipee!!! 200 glorious copies of our "dear birthparent" letter and 15 copies of our photo collage. I'll mail another 100 copies of the letter and 5 copies of the photo collage to the Seattle office. I decided to hand deliver the copies to the Portland office because it's seems a waste to mail them such a short distance...and it's just more fun to drop them off in person. With this delivery, our work prior to entering the pool will be complete. Once our counselor completes her portion of the profile, we'll be in the pool. SPLASH! She works Mon, Tues and every other Wednesday so I would guess we will be in the pool sometime next week.

Since I'm sure you're just dying to know what they look like, here is our letter and collage. Do you think it accurately represents us? Sometimes I feel like I'm talking about somebody else. It's just strange to try to market yourself. How do you describe your life and your beliefs in 1 page? And how do you sum up your life in 5 pages of photos? Well, this is our attempt. What do you think?

Transcript of the letter so you can actually read it:
Dear birthparents,

We are Jeff and Lori, high school sweethearts who have been together for 18 years and have been married for 13 of those years. We are thankful that we have had so much time together already to build a stable and loving relationship. And we look forward to many happy years together with our growing family.

We struggled with infertility for some time before we decided that what we really want is to be parents rather than pregnant. We were thrilled to welcome a beautiful baby girl into our lives in 2004, through open adoption. After two wonderful years, our hearts were broken when she passed away from a rare brain tumor. Lillian was a delight in every sense and we miss her terribly. But she taught us not to waste a minute of this precious life, so we are looking forward to welcoming another child into our family.

Jeff has been busy completing a major remodel of our home. Through that process, he uncovered skills he didn’t know he had! Whether scooting up and down the river in his jet boat or walking through a forest, he is happiest when he is among nature. And he is looking forward to sharing his love of the outdoors with our child. Since we believe that a child’s early development is best served by parental care and attention, Jeff will be a stay at home dad again.

Lori is a strategic planning director for a large sport and fitness company in Oregon. She enjoys the responsibilities of leadership and believes that many of the same skills apply to being a parent as well. Her greatest joy was being a mommy and she is looking forward to sharing giggles and stories with another child. When she is not working, she likes to explore her creative side. Lori is a member of our church’s drama group where she writes and performs plays and sketches.

As a couple, we enjoy camping, entertaining and playing all types of games. We both enjoy cooking and will offer our children diverse and healthy food choices including meat and vegetarian dishes. From large holiday gatherings to impromptu activities, we also spend a lot of time with our families. Most of our extended family is local and they all look forward to welcoming the new members of our family, including you.

Our home is in a family friendly suburb. It is on a large lot complete with a new play structure. Our children will also enjoy a large playroom which is filled with toys and books. We want to offer our children opportunities and experiences that allow them to explore their talents and find what makes them truly happy. As committed Christians, we look forward to raising our children with the strong values and loving beliefs of our faith.

Once again, we are choosing open adoption because it is focused on what is healthiest for the child. We still enjoy a close relationship with Lillian’s birthmom and birth grandparents. Similarly, we will honor and respect your relationship with your child. We are inspired by your courage in making a plan for your child and want to thank you for considering open adoption.

Best wishes,
Jeff & Lori


Anonymous October 18, 2007 at 12:43 PM  

I know you've hear you missed your calling as a writer before, but it's the truth! This is beautiful & heartfelt. Looking forward to hearing the splash!
Melissa H.

Anonymous October 18, 2007 at 1:02 PM  

Lori, I am almost in tears with excitement for you and Jeff as you head into the pool! with a letter like that and such touching shouldn't be long now. Thank you for sharing so openly your journey. Abra

The Tucson Gang October 18, 2007 at 1:09 PM  

Lor- You are so eloquent - man, nicely written. I shouldn't be surprised since you continue to prove your ability to share your thoughts through your blogs, but I still have to say WOW! The pictures were beautiful and I think really summed up what you and Jeff and our family has to offer a new baby. I am soooo excited that "the drop" is taking place and hope, hope, hope that your counselor is speedily finishing her report so that you can officially be "in the pool" next week!!!!! YEAHHHHHH....


Anonymous October 18, 2007 at 6:01 PM  

Oh my gosh, I am sooooooo excited for you guys... it brought tears to my eyes. Even though I didn't get to enjoy any cupcakes for cancer today!! I can't wait for this new baby!! -Becci :)

Anonymous October 18, 2007 at 8:08 PM  

Beautiful...just beautiful. Your letter will be at the top of everyone's list!


Anonymous October 18, 2007 at 11:20 PM  

That is just perfect! So well said both by words and pictures!! I am so excited for you guys! I am hoping for the best Christmas present this year :) Doesn't everyone want Dora & Diego for Christmas!! It was great to see you this evening! Beth

LCM October 19, 2007 at 7:08 AM  

Hey, I can hear the splash all of the way from here in Texas! Here's hoping you are picked very soon.

Jennifer October 22, 2007 at 11:37 AM  

Beautiful!! I'm crying tears of joy for you, my friend. This is so exciting!!!

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