S: Paul & Stephanie
BC: The End
2: P A U L | This picture was taken on our first trip together to the Smokey Mountains. We went hiking and white water rafting!
6: Hi, I'm Stephanie and I would like to tell you a little more about myself. I have written and rewritten this letter in my mind about a million times now and hope that I am able to give you a good picture of myself and my family. My struggles with infertility have lead my husband and I to adoption and I can't begin to tell you how excited I am about the possibility of becoming a mother and I hope to thank you for that opportunity. Paul and I have been married since the summer of 2006 and I could not have found a better husband. During this time we have been through alot together and the one thing that always remains strong is our marriage. I know without a doubt that we will be together forever. Both of our parents have very long and healthy marriages and I believe this gave us a good foundation for what it means to make a marriage last. Paul and I enjoy spending time with each other, especially outdoors. We love to ride bikes, go for long walks, or hang out by the lake near our home. Growing up in a Catholic family, I have learned the importance of my faith and want to pass these values on to my children. Growing up we always attended mass as a family. I attended Catholic school from kindergarten to 12th grade and plan to send my kids to a Catholic school as well. I believe that this foundation is what lead to my successful completion of my bachelor and master's degrees. My family is my support system and I don't know what I would do without them. When I told my parents that we were going to adopt, they could not have been happier. They only have one grandchild right now, and cant' wait to have more. My sister and I joke that my niece gets more attention from my parents than we do now! Watching my parents interact with my niece warms my heart and makes me long for that same relationship with my kids. My sister and I are six years apart in age, and look just alike. People often ask if we are twins, which I love being the older of the two! Growing up my parents always made sure that my sister and I were well taken care of, even if this meant putting their own wants behind ours. I believe that this is a very important quality of being a good parent. I really enjoy cooking and baking and often come up with some unique creations! I can't wait to bake cookies with my child, as I often do with my niece. We have a Christmas tradition in our family where all of the women get together a couple of weeks before Christmas and bake. We have been doing this for as long as I can remember. It is these simple traditions that I can't wait to share. Sometimes I wonder what my life would be like as a mother and all of the things that I would love to do with a child. I don't think Paul and I would ever say that we are bored again! I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my family with you and I hope that you see how much love all of us have to offer a child. Sincerely, Stephanie
8: The kitchen is probably our most favorite room, because we both like to cook and really enjoy entertaining family and friends. | We built and moved into our new home in 2009. It is in a very good neighborhood with lots of kids. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. We have even made one of the rooms a toy room for our nieces and nephews or friends kids to play when they come over. So we already have a good amount of toys!!
9: Our Home | Our backyard pets from the nearby lake!
10: Our Wedding | Family Wedding | Florida Vacation | Outdoor Adventure
11: Going to the Ball! My aunt and uncle are in two different Mardi Gras krewes and each year we go to two Mardi Gras balls. They are a lot of fun and I love to dance so that is the two times a year that I make Paul get out there and dance with me!
12: NIECES & NEPHEWS
13: We are very close to our nieces and nephews. From dance recitals to basketball games, we are always there to cheer them on. We also host the best easter egg hunt ever!!
14: Hi, We are Stephanie's parents. We are so happy to have the opportunity to tell you a little about Stephanie and Paul and our Family. Stephanie is our first-born child. She has always been such a wonderful, loving and caring daughter. From the time she was a little girl to her adulthood, anyone that has met or meets Stephanie is impressed with her personality. She is intelligent, very mature and wise. Stephanie is one of the most caring people I know, always worrying about everyone else first before herself. At a very early age, she exhibited mother like protectiveness over her younger sister. When most kids in middle school didn't want to have anything to do with their younger sister or brother, Stephanie (sixth grader) would proudly walk her little sister (kindergarten) to her classroom every morning after they were dropped off at school. She did this with such pride, love and concern for her little sister. She still watches and worries over her today, even though they are both adults and her sister has a child. Stephanie has wanted a baby for a very long time. I know she will make a wonderful mother. Her love for a child would be endless. She has so much to offer and of course she would be a perfect role model for any child. Paul has been in our lives for over seven years. He is an absolute joy to be around. Paul is every mother's dream for their daughter. He has a lot of integrity, very honest, down to earth, humorous, and most of all very loving and caring. In all the years that I have known him, I have never seen him lose his temper or even get mad. Paul is just your perfect good ole guy. We love him dearly; he is the son we never had. For six years, I have watched Paul interact with my granddaughter, his niece, and he could not be a better uncle. Always going out of his way to attend any special events she may be taking part in like dance recitals, t-ball games, basketball games, etc. Stephanie and Paul would be the kind of parents that would get down on the floor and play with their children or take them outside and play ball. I know they have many wonderful vacations they want to take also. They are the kind of parents that will always put their children first. My husband and I have been married for almost 35 years now. We love each other very much and are proud of our kids and all of their accomplishments. We are all very close and always together on special days like holidays or birthdays, but generally get together many times a week for dinner or to just spend time with each other. We love to cook and are always grilling outside or enjoying a nice Sunday dinner indoors. Our home is very kid friendly. There are plenty of toys everywhere, inside and out. We are very anxious to have another grandchild! We even have a huge swing set outside that we can't wait to have another grandchild get some use out of. We are very present in our granddaughters life and we never miss a school play, or sporting events, etc. I have prayed many times that God would bless Stephanie and Paul with and child. I can promise you that any child would be loved and cared for by not only Paul and Stephanie, but by this entire family. Sincerely, Stephanie's Parents
15: Hello, I am Paul's mother and I am writing to let you know how wonderful it would be if Paul and Stephanie were chosen as adoptive parents. They were hoping for a baby since they were married, but God has other plans for them. I knew when I first met Stephanie that she was a very special person and it didn't take long to know that she was a perfect match for Paul. They are very happy together and love children very much. I know that they will do an awesome job of caring for a child. Stephanie comes from a very loving family who will also shower a child with lots of love. My husband passed away three years ago, but I know he would be very proud of Paul and Stephanie. My husband and I had four children. Our eldest daughter has six children, our eldest son has two, and our youngest daughter has two. Both of my daughters live out of town, so I don't get to see the kids as much as I would like. I live close by Steph and Paul and I know that I will be able to see their child whenever I want, so I am anxious for them to adopt! My kids grew up in a very happy loving home and I am very pleased at the way each of them turned out. I was the caretaker for my son's youngest daughter until she started kindergarten, while he and his wife worked, and those years were some of the happiest times of my life. Now that she is in school, I miss her greatly and love when they bring her over to spend the night and hang out with grandmaw. I am hoping and praying that some day soon, Paul and Stephanie will adopt children and complete the family they so desire. Sincerely, Paul's Mom
16: Stephanie's Family
17: Paul's Family
18: Dear Friend, When my sister told me she and my brother-in-law were going to adopt a child, I could not have been more thrilled. They did not ask me to write a letter, I asked if I could. These two people have so much to offer to a child, I could go on for pages. I am writing to you so that you will know how our family works, our personalities, and what great care your child would be in with having Stephanie and Paul as parents. My daughter and I spend a lot of time with our immediate family. There is not a day that goes by that I haven’t spoken with my sister. When I was little, I never could say “Stephanie” so she got the nickname ”Sissy” and it has stuck ever since. My daughter, Stephanie’s niece and god-child, also calls her “Aunt Sissy”. Stephanie i is my older sister by six years, but we are often asked if we’re twins. Stephanie will without a doubt make a wonderful mother. She has been my second mother for 25 years, going above and beyond the sisterly duties. She has always been very self-less, always thinking and looking out for everyone else before herself. When raising a child, that is very important. Stephanie also holds great values, which was another reason I asked her to be the godmother of my own child. We are all very impressed with ambition she has shown through the great educational record she holds. She is a very nurturing and supportive person which will be an asset to a child in their early years, as well as, later in life. Both my sister and brother-in-law have so many characteristics that you need to have to be good parents. I have known my brother-in-law, Paul, for seven years now. There is so much to say about Paul. He has a love for life and is very energetic. He has been the brother I always wished I had and is always willing to help out with things that most wouldn’t. Paul always keeps everyone laughing. He has fit into our family perfectly and I believe that is because of his caring, compassionate nature. He will be an excellent father and wonderful provider. Our family does a lot of things as a unit. Since we are a smaller family, we are very close with each other. As a family, we spend holidays together and have many traditions. One tradition that has been close to my heart is during Christmas, all the girls get together and bake cookies, candy, fudge, etc. It is something that my sister and I began with our mother and grandmother. Now, my mother is getting to experience it with her children and grandchild. Birthdays are also a big deal with our family. There are balloons, a special cake, ice cream, gifts, and the birthday person’s choice dinner with everyone. We all enjoy each other’s company; I can’t imagine spending my own birthday any other way. The people my sister and I have to thank for our wonderful childhood are our parents. They have been so supportive in every situation we have thrown at them. As grandparents, they are very involved in my daughter’s life and are present at everything they can be for her. They are the type of people who take care of others. They have instilled values in us since we were children and continue to be an active part of our lives . They are very loving and welcome in anyone with open arms. This is only a glimpse of the reasons I believe that they will make great parents. I have seen it first hand with myself and with my child. Thank you so much for allowing me to present a little piece of our family to you. Stephanie's Sister
20: Our family loves to cook, especially around the holidays. For Thanksgiving, both of our families get together and share a huge meal. It is always a lot of fun and everyone wants to get in on the cooking!
21: Birthday's are also a very special occasion. Notice the birthday banner in the background of most of the pictures. This is a staple at everyone's party!
22: Extended Family & Friends
24: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace. It is the love and faith that keeps our family together and through each event in our lives we grow stronger. Thank you for meeting our family.