FC: Kevin & Melissa
1: Hello! Our names are Kevin and Melissa, and we are excited at the opportunity to share our lives and ourselves with you through this letter. We admire your courage and strength in this difficult decision of considering adoption. The day we learned that carrying a child would be dangerous for both Melissa and child, was the most devastating day either of us could ever have imagined. We looked into all our options and decided that becoming parents through adoption would be just as fulfilling and rewarding. We now cannot wait to welcome a child into our home and pray this letter will help you get to know us and all the love we have to give. Both of us are committed to offering this child a life of unconditional love and constant nurturing. As a couple, we believe that your child should always know and feel your love and we will do everything together to make sure of that. If you are open to it, we look forward to staying in touch with you and sharing pictures and information through the years. It’s hard for us to imagine how difficult taking this path might be for you, and we can only hope that our letter might provide some encouragement and hope as you go through this time. We hope this letter helps you get to know more about us, helping you feel confident that we would be the right family for your child.
2: Our Story We started our lives together as good friends and over the years, that friendship has grown into a warm, loving and extremely happy relationship. We've been together almost 7 years, and share a mutual love for our dog, cat and anything outdoors such as kayaking, fishing, camping, off-roading and traveling. Most weekends, we enjoy spending together as we work in the yard or around the house. Other weekends, we like to take a trip to the beach where we spend many happy hours walking our dog, playing on the beach or just relaxing. During the summer we take advantage of the beautiful weather spending most of our time outdoors camping, traveling or just BBQing on our back patio with family and friends. Spending time with our families is very important to us. In fact, we are especially fortunate to have most of our family living nearby. Melissa has 2 nieces and 2 nephews that frequently visit, while Kevin has 2 nieces that don't live as close but visit as often as possible. Holidays are especially fun as we share special time with our families! We love having our family over for Easter egg hunts, camp outs, birthday parties, and BBQ's. Between our friends and family, we have been blessed to spend lots of time around children of all ages. Now we look forward to welcoming a child into our hearts and home.
4: Kevin Kevin is a warm, generous caring friend and husband. He has taught me a lot about kindness, happiness and forgiveness. Kevin believes anything is possible, which I just love about him. He enjoys all outdoor activities, especially if it involves his jeep! Currently he mentors and coaches our local little guy wrestling program. He has a really silly side that kids love, but they also look up to him and confide in him as many times they don't have a father figure in their lives. He's a friend to all and is always willing to help anyone out. He was born and raised just miles away from where we currently live. His mother and step dad taught him the value of hard work, honesty and making each day count. He was encouraged to explore his passions as he grew up and liked the outdoors, history and team sports. He's very involved in his off-roading group and loves going fishing whenever he can. Kevin has one brother, two nieces and 3 step siblings that we love spending time with. I know Kevin’s fun personality, and his devotion to family and friends means he is going to be an amazing father! Kevin is a hard worker and has been employed by the same company for over 15yrs. He currently is a shift supervisor for a cold storage warehouse, where he facilitates and handles the school lunch program.
7: Melissa Melissa is full of love, energy and compassion. She gives herself completely to her family, friends, and people in need. She is a wonderful wife, friend, and aunt. What I have learned from Melissa is to approach everything we do with confidence and commitment. Melissa was born in San Jose, CA. She is the second oldest of four children. She has two brothers and one sister, two nieces, and two nephews with whom she is very close. She loves taking them out camping, to the river, and having them over for the weekend. Melissa’s younger sister Michelle has Cerebral-Palsy and is always happy and a joy to be around. Melissa is very close with her and is committed to helping her sister be active and involved in the community. She learned this from her parents, who also taught her the value of hard work, education, and putting family first. Melissa has overcome a lot of adversity in her own life after being in a severe car accident back in 2000. She had to learn to rebuild her physical strength as well as her spirit. This has made her appreciate life and never take anything for granted. Melissa currently works for a very well known Internet company where she has spent most of her professional career in Marketing. She has worked very hard and succeeded in her goal to obtaining a senior leadership position this year! She plans on continuing to work but is planning on taking some time off in order to focus on building a family and becoming a mom. She is the happiest when she can play and read with her nieces and nephews or the children of our friends. What I love the most about Melissa is her big heart, unbreakable spirit, and her absolute love for children. She loves to sing and bake and is always willing to trying something new and fun.
8: Our Home Our home is in Northern Oregon amongst beautiful evergreens and mountains. We live within an hour of the coast, the mountains and the city. Our house is a comfortable 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home on five beautiful acres. The charming nursery is completely decorated in a fun "Jungle Animal" decor and is situated on the back of the house, overlooking the expanse of lawn and gardens. Our back porch provides a shady place to rest and snack area, while the sunny back yard provides acres of space for running, jumping, and playing, with plenty of room for kids to play outside. We have a wonderful gentle creek that runs through our back yard. Where we can fish and just relax on a warm day. The local schools are rated as some of the best in the area.
10: Our Family
14: Our Favorite Things TV Shows- America's Got Talent, Gossip Girl, Glee, Brothers & Sisters, Down Home with the Neely's Movies- Comedies , Action, Adventure, Disney Movies, Non-Fiction Music- Country, R&B, Oldies Color- Green, Blue, Red and Yellow Food- BBQ, Chinese, Mexican and Thai Baked Goods- Peanut Butter Cookies, Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Monkey bread and Carmel Apple Pie
15: Outdoor Activities- Camping, Off- Roading, Fishing, Kayaking, Nature Hikes and Boating Sports- Baseball, Basketball, Football ( Go Ducks! ), Swimming and Volleyball Our Pets- 1 Australian Shepherd , 2 Cats Vacations- Italy, Mexico, Jamaica, Hawaii, Site Seeing, Exploring, Trips Back East (Family), Camping
16: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.
17: Our parents taught us many important values that we want to share with a child: unconditional love, respect for differences, hard work, honesty, and a love of life. We want to provide a child with a loving home, a large family and two parents that will be dedicated to creating a positive, healthy environment. We look forward to encouraging a child in their passions, helping them understand their family origins, providing them with an excellent education, and hope to show them the world with all of its beauty and diversity. We were both born and raised Christian. We are two spiritually committed people who appreciate many different approaches to faith and look forward to raising our child with a belief in a higher power. Finally, We hope this letter has opened a window into who we are. It is very important to us that you feel comfortable and that you understand what kind of parents we will be. Thanks for considering us and best wishes as you make the decision that is right for you. With Love, Kevin & Melissa