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1: Merrill & Dorian | Merrill & Dorian

2: Hello, we are Dorian and Merrill, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We cannot even begin to imagine what a difficult and brave decision you are making and are sincerely grateful to you for considering adoption. We look forward to starting a family and can only hope you will be a part of that process. | About Us

3: Dorian and I met on Match.com. Dorian wanted to date someone outside his social circle and I found it difficult to meet people working nights as a new nurse. After our first date, we became inseparable. Not only did we live in apartment buildings a mere one block apart, our grandparents resided in the same floor of a retirement home in Tacoma, WA! We soon discovered it was meant to be and moved in a short three months later. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony on July 9, 2011 with all of our family and friends. Over the last three and a half years we have enjoyed nights at home, dinners out, and traveling the world. | How we Began

4: Our Journey to Adoption | On our first date, Dorian and I bonded over the fact that we wanted to adopt someday. We have both been blessed in our work place and personal life with amazing adoption stories and knew we wanted that for ourselves. After discovering I am unable to carry a pregnancy due to previous spine surgeries, it became even clearer to us that we hope to be able to grow our family through the wonderful journeys of adoption we have learned so much about.

5: When I first met Dorian I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. Dorian is driven, funny, caring, and loyal to a fault. You can put Dorian in any situation and he will have a blast. He has a way of making friends and carrying on a conversation with anyone he meets which I love about him. Dorian is an avid football fanatic, loves great food, and is a die-hard Washington State Cougars fan. | Dorian by Merrill | During the day Dorian is a middle school Vice Principal for the Seattle School District. Dorian has a special way of relating to kids on their level. I am always amazed at the patience he has for middle school kids and that he always finds a way to bond with some of the most difficult kids. Often, his office is a place where kids can sit to get away from their problems for a few minutes by doing one of the many puzzles he has stored in his desk. I know Dorian is going to be an amazing dad watching the way he cares about all of the kids he works with. | Dorian by Merrill

6: My wife is my best friend and always finds a way to put a smile on my face. Merrill is a little spitfire who is smart, funny, caring, and genuine. Her fun loving personality can fill up a room. Friends, family, and co- workers enjoy being around her because of her positive attitude and gentle spirit. She loves Italian food, sweets, animals, and reality television. She finds a way of making any situation fun and makes our house a home, constantly decorating for whatever holiday or season is approaching. | During the day Merrill is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. Merrill has an amazing connection with the patients and families she serves. She is often complimented by patient's parents for the calm and caring manner in which she approaches all situations. She loves her job and enjoys working part time and having flexible hour's ideal for raising a family. Her job fits her perfectly because she absolutely loves kids. Merrill is truly a kid a heart, and her job allows her to be both silly and caring while enjoying only a two to three day work week. | Merrill By Dorian

7: We are incredibly appreciative to be surrounded by loving and supportive parents and step-parents. Dorian's mom, Sonja, and step-dad, Dennis, live three hours away in Eastern Washington where Dorian grew up. Merrill's mom, Leslie, and step-dad, Rick, live about twenty five minutes north in Mukilteo where Merrill was raised with her twin sister Lindsey. Paul and Pat, Merrill's dad and step-mom are even closer, a mere 15 minute drive away in a neighborhood of Seattle. All three sets of grandparents are thrilled to be able to spoil their first grandchild. Our parents are a very important part of our lives, which we see often, vacation with frequently, and we cannot wait for our child to experience their love and support. | is a little world created by love

8: Our parents are not the only family that is thrilled to shower our child with love. Merrill's twin sister Lindsey and her fiancé are incredibly excited to become an aunt and uncle. Being twins, Lindsey and Merrill share a special, unbreakable bond, of love and understanding. They were born with a built in best friend, and cannot wait to share that special relationship with Dorian and Merrill’s future child. Not only are Dorian and I blessed with an amazing immediate family, we both have fun loving large extended families as well. We frequently have family events or reunions getting everyone together! Every Halloween we go trick or treating with Merrill’s little cousin’s Henry and Georgia, often with Dorian going out with the kids and Merrill answering the door with her sister and mom. During Christmas time we often go to Bellevue’s Candy Cane Lane to see the Christmas lights, hear the holiday music, and watch fake snow fall. Our family cannot wait until we have a little baby to bring along for all the future family gatherings.

9: We live in the beautiful city of Seattle! We enjoy four seasons throughout the year, and have an amazing fall and summer. Our home is in great neighborhood ten minutes outside the city situated close to some beautiful parks, the Burke Gilman trail, the sound, and excellent schools. We are within a walking commute to Merrill’s work and Dorian’s Middle School is a short fifteen minute drive away. We live two blocks from an excellent middle school and our street is filled with young families. Whatever the holiday, you can guarantee our street will be decorated from one end to the other. We are truly blessed to live in a safe and family centered neighborhood in the great city of Seattle. | Our Home

10: Most importantly we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. We enjoy cooking at home and going out to eat on occasion. Exercise is something that both of us value very much. We love going on bike rides on the Burke Gilman trail as well as taking walks around the neighborhood. The summer time is a great opportunity for Dorian to fire up the grill and barbeque on our back deck. It is also a wonderful time to invite over our family and friends to enjoy the great summer weather. We enjoy traveling to fun spots in the state of Washington or to amazing places outside of the United States. Year round we love going to sporting events, movies, and family gatherings. We feel very blessed to enjoy the life that we lead and we would be so appreciative to be able to share that with a child. | Free Time

11: We promise to love whatever child is blessed into our family unconditionally. We promise to talk openly about adoption and the selfless, courageous individual you are. We will read stories and answer any questions our child may have to learn how our beautiful family came to be, and about all the people who surround them with love. As parents, we promise to help them grow into a well-rounded person, providing them with a wealth of opportunity, tradition, love and fun. | Our Promise

12: If you would like to speak with us about adopting your child or have any questions for us, please contact one of our Adoption Advisors at AdoptHelp by calling 1-800-637-7999 toll-free

13: Merrill & Dorian | Merrill & Dorian

14: Hello, we are Dorian and Merrill, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We cannot even begin to imagine what a difficult and brave decision you are making and are sincerely grateful to you for considering adoption. We look forward to starting a family and can only hope you will be a part of that process. | About Us

15: Dorian and I met on Match.com. Dorian wanted to date someone outside his social circle and I found it difficult to meet people working nights as a new nurse. After our first date, we became inseparable. Not only did we live in apartment buildings a mere one block apart, our grandparents resided in the same floor of a retirement home in Tacoma, WA! We soon discovered it was meant to be and moved in a short three months later. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony on July 9, 2011 with all of our family and friends. Over the last three and a half years we have enjoyed nights at home, dinners out, and traveling the world. | How we Began

16: Our Journey to Adoption | On our first date, Dorian and I bonded over the fact that we wanted to adopt someday. We have both been blessed in our work place and personal life with amazing adoption stories and knew we wanted that for ourselves. After discovering I am unable to carry a pregnancy due to previous spine surgeries, it became even clearer to us that we hope to be able to grow our family through the wonderful journeys of adoption we have learned so much about.

17: When I first met Dorian I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. Dorian is driven, funny, caring, and loyal to a fault. You can put Dorian in any situation and he will have a blast. He has a way of making friends and carrying on a conversation with anyone he meets which I love about him. Dorian is an avid football fanatic, loves great food, and is a die-hard Washington State Cougars fan. | Dorian by Merrill | During the day Dorian is a middle school Vice Principal for the Seattle School District. Dorian has a special way of relating to kids on their level. I am always amazed at the patience he has for middle school kids and that he always finds a way to bond with some of the most difficult kids. Often, his office is a place where kids can sit to get away from their problems for a few minutes by doing one of the many puzzles he has stored in his desk. I know Dorian is going to be an amazing dad watching the way he cares about all of the kids he works with. | Dorian by Merrill

18: My wife is my best friend and always finds a way to put a smile on my face. Merrill is a little spitfire who is smart, funny, caring, and genuine. Her fun loving personality can fill up a room. Friends, family, and co- workers enjoy being around her because of her positive attitude and gentle spirit. She loves Italian food, sweets, animals, and reality television. She finds a way of making any situation fun and makes our house a home, constantly decorating for whatever holiday or season is approaching. | Merrill By Dorian | During the day Merrill is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. Merrill has an amazing connection with the patients and families she serves. She is often complimented by patient's parents for the calm and caring manner in which she approaches all situations. She loves her job and enjoys working part time and having flexible hour's ideal for raising a family. Her job fits her perfectly because she absolutely loves kids. Merrill is truly a kid a heart, and her job allows her to be both silly and caring while enjoying only a two to three day work week.

19: We are incredibly appreciative to be surrounded by loving and supportive parents and step-parents. Dorian's mom, Sonja, and step-dad, Dennis, live three hours away in Eastern Washington where Dorian grew up. Merrill's mom, Leslie, and step-dad, Rick, live about twenty five minutes north in Mukilteo where Merrill was raised with her twin sister Lindsey. Paul and Pat, Merrill's dad and step-mom are even closer, a mere 15 minute drive away in a neighborhood of Seattle. All three sets of grandparents are thrilled to be able to spoil their first grandchild. Our parents are a very important part of our lives, which we see often, vacation with frequently, and we cannot wait for our child to experience their love and support. | is a little world created by love

20: Our parents are not the only family that is thrilled to shower our child with love. Merrill's twin sister Lindsey and her fiancé are incredibly excited to become an aunt and uncle. Being twins, Lindsey and Merrill share a special, unbreakable bond, of love and understanding. They were born with a built in best friend, and cannot wait to share that special relationship with Dorian and Merrill’s future child. Not only are Dorian and I blessed with an amazing immediate family, we both have fun loving large extended families as well. We frequently have family events or reunions getting everyone together! Every Halloween we go trick or treating with Merrill’s little cousin’s Henry and Georgia, often with Dorian going out with the kids and Merrill answering the door with her sister and mom. During Christmas time we often go to Bellevue’s Candy Cane Lane to see the Christmas lights, hear the holiday music, and watch fake snow fall. Our family cannot wait until we have a little baby to bring along for all the future family gatherings.

21: We live in the beautiful city of Seattle! We enjoy four seasons throughout the year, and have an amazing fall and summer. Our home is in great neighborhood ten minutes outside the city situated close to some beautiful parks, the Burke Gilman trail, the sound, and excellent schools. We are within a walking commute to Merrill’s work and Dorian’s Middle School is a short fifteen minute drive away. We live two blocks from an excellent middle school and our street is filled with young families. Whatever the holiday, you can guarantee our street will be decorated from one end to the other. We are truly blessed to live in a safe and family centered neighborhood in the great city of Seattle. | Our Home

22: Most importantly we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. We enjoy cooking at home and going out to eat on occasion. Exercise is something that both of us value very much. We love going on bike rides on the Burke Gilman trail as well as taking walks around the neighborhood. The summer time is a great opportunity for Dorian to fire up the grill and barbeque on our back deck. It is also a wonderful time to invite over our family and friends to enjoy the great summer weather. We enjoy traveling to fun spots in the state of Washington or to amazing places outside of the United States. Year round we love going to sporting events, movies, and family gatherings. We feel very blessed to enjoy the life that we lead and we would be so appreciative to be able to share that with a child. | Free Time

23: We promise to love whatever child is blessed into our family unconditionally. We promise to talk openly about adoption and the selfless, courageous individual you are. We will read stories and answer any questions our child may have to learn how our beautiful family came to be, and about all the people who surround them with love. As parents, we promise to help them grow into a well-rounded person, providing them with a wealth of opportunity, tradition, love and fun. | Our Promise

24: If you would like to speak with us about adopting your child or have any questions for us, please contact one of our Adoption Advisors at AdoptHelp by calling 1-800-637-7999 toll-free

25: Merrill & Dorian | Merrill & Dorian

26: Hello, we are Dorian and Merrill, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We cannot even begin to imagine what a difficult and brave decision you are making and are sincerely grateful to you for considering adoption. We look forward to starting a family and can only hope you will be a part of that process. | About Us

27: Dorian and I met on Match.com. Dorian wanted to date someone outside his social circle and I found it difficult to meet people working nights as a new nurse. After our first date, we became inseparable. Not only did we live in apartment buildings a mere one block apart, our grandparents resided in the same floor of a retirement home in Tacoma, WA! We soon discovered it was meant to be and moved in a short three months later. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony on July 9, 2011 with all of our family and friends. Over the last three and a half years we have enjoyed nights at home, dinners out, and traveling the world. | How we Began

28: Our Journey to Adoption | On our first date, Dorian and I bonded over the fact that we wanted to adopt someday. We have both been blessed in our work place and personal life with amazing adoption stories and knew we wanted that for ourselves. After discovering I am unable to carry a pregnancy due to previous spine surgeries, it became even clearer to us that we hope to be able to grow our family through the wonderful journeys of adoption we have learned so much about.

29: When I first met Dorian I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. Dorian is driven, funny, caring, and loyal to a fault. You can put Dorian in any situation and he will have a blast. He has a way of making friends and carrying on a conversation with anyone he meets which I love about him. Dorian is an avid football fanatic, loves great food, and is a die-hard Washington State Cougars fan. | Dorian by Merrill | During the day Dorian is a middle school Vice Principal for the Seattle School District. Dorian has a special way of relating to kids on their level. I am always amazed at the patience he has for middle school kids and that he always finds a way to bond with some of the most difficult kids. Often, his office is a place where kids can sit to get away from their problems for a few minutes by doing one of the many puzzles he has stored in his desk. I know Dorian is going to be an amazing dad watching the way he cares about all of the kids he works with. | Dorian by Merrill

30: My wife is my best friend and always finds a way to put a smile on my face. Merrill is a little spitfire who is smart, funny, caring, and genuine. Her fun loving personality can fill up a room. Friends, family, and co- workers enjoy being around her because of her positive attitude and gentle spirit. She loves Italian food, sweets, animals, and reality television. She finds a way of making any situation fun and makes our house a home, constantly decorating for whatever holiday or season is approaching. | Merrill By Dorian | During the day Merrill is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. Merrill has an amazing connection with the patients and families she serves. She is often complimented by patient's parents for the calm and caring manner in which she approaches all situations. She loves her job and enjoys working part time and having flexible hour's ideal for raising a family. Her job fits her perfectly because she absolutely loves kids. Merrill is truly a kid a heart, and her job allows her to be both silly and caring while enjoying only a two to three day work week.

31: We are incredibly appreciative to be surrounded by loving and supportive parents and step-parents. Dorian's mom, Sonja, and step-dad, Dennis, live three hours away in Eastern Washington where Dorian grew up. Merrill's mom, Leslie, and step-dad, Rick, live about twenty five minutes north in Mukilteo where Merrill was raised with her twin sister Lindsey. Paul and Pat, Merrill's dad and step-mom are even closer, a mere 15 minute drive away in a neighborhood of Seattle. All three sets of grandparents are thrilled to be able to spoil their first grandchild. Our parents are a very important part of our lives, which we see often, vacation with frequently, and we cannot wait for our child to experience their love and support. | is a little world created by love

32: Our parents are not the only family that is thrilled to shower our child with love. Merrill's twin sister Lindsey and her fiancé are incredibly excited to become an aunt and uncle. Being twins, Lindsey and Merrill share a special, unbreakable bond, of love and understanding. They were born with a built in best friend, and cannot wait to share that special relationship with Dorian and Merrill’s future child. Not only are Dorian and I blessed with an amazing immediate family, we both have fun loving large extended families as well. We frequently have family events or reunions getting everyone together! Every Halloween we go trick or treating with Merrill’s little cousin’s Henry and Georgia, often with Dorian going out with the kids and Merrill answering the door with her sister and mom. During Christmas time we often go to Bellevue’s Candy Cane Lane to see the Christmas lights, hear the holiday music, and watch fake snow fall. Our family cannot wait until we have a little baby to bring along for all the future family gatherings.

33: We live in the beautiful city of Seattle! We enjoy four seasons throughout the year, and have an amazing fall and summer. Our home is in great neighborhood ten minutes outside the city situated close to some beautiful parks, the Burke Gilman trail, the sound, and excellent schools. We are within a walking commute to Merrill’s work and Dorian’s Middle School is a short fifteen minute drive away. We live two blocks from an excellent middle school and our street is filled with young families. Whatever the holiday, you can guarantee our street will be decorated from one end to the other. We are truly blessed to live in a safe and family centered neighborhood in the great city of Seattle. | Our Home

34: Most importantly we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. We enjoy cooking at home and going out to eat on occasion. Exercise is something that both of us value very much. We love going on bike rides on the Burke Gilman trail as well as taking walks around the neighborhood. The summer time is a great opportunity for Dorian to fire up the grill and barbeque on our back deck. It is also a wonderful time to invite over our family and friends to enjoy the great summer weather. We enjoy traveling to fun spots in the state of Washington or to amazing places outside of the United States. Year round we love going to sporting events, movies, and family gatherings. We feel very blessed to enjoy the life that we lead and we would be so appreciative to be able to share that with a child. | Free Time

35: We promise to love whatever child is blessed into our family unconditionally. We promise to talk openly about adoption and the selfless, courageous individual you are. We will read stories and answer any questions our child may have to learn how our beautiful family came to be, and about all the people who surround them with love. As parents, we promise to help them grow into a well-rounded person, providing them with a wealth of opportunity, tradition, love and fun. | Our Promise

36: If you would like to speak with us about adopting your child or have any questions for us, please contact one of our Adoption Advisors at AdoptHelp by calling 1-800-637-7999 toll-free

37: Merrill & Dorian | Merrill & Dorian

38: Hello, we are Dorian and Merrill, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We cannot even begin to imagine what a difficult and brave decision you are making and are sincerely grateful to you for considering adoption. We look forward to starting a family and can only hope you will be a part of that process. | About Us

39: Dorian and I met on Match.com. Dorian wanted to date someone outside his social circle and I found it difficult to meet people working nights as a new nurse. After our first date, we became inseparable. Not only did we live in apartment buildings a mere one block apart, our grandparents resided in the same floor of a retirement home in Tacoma, WA! We soon discovered it was meant to be and moved in a short three months later. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony on July 9, 2011 with all of our family and friends. Over the last three and a half years we have enjoyed nights at home, dinners out, and traveling the world. | How we Began

40: Our Journey to Adoption | On our first date, Dorian and I bonded over the fact that we wanted to adopt someday. We have both been blessed in our work place and personal life with amazing adoption stories and knew we wanted that for ourselves. After discovering I am unable to carry a pregnancy due to previous spine surgeries, it became even clearer to us that we hope to be able to grow our family through the wonderful journeys of adoption we have learned so much about.

41: When I first met Dorian I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. Dorian is driven, funny, caring, and loyal to a fault. You can put Dorian in any situation and he will have a blast. He has a way of making friends and carrying on a conversation with anyone he meets which I love about him. Dorian is an avid football fanatic, loves great food, and is a die-hard Washington State Cougars fan. | Dorian by Merrill | During the day Dorian is a middle school Vice Principal for the Seattle School District. Dorian has a special way of relating to kids on their level. I am always amazed at the patience he has for middle school kids and that he always finds a way to bond with some of the most difficult kids. Often, his office is a place where kids can sit to get away from their problems for a few minutes by doing one of the many puzzles he has stored in his desk. I know Dorian is going to be an amazing dad watching the way he cares about all of the kids he works with. | Dorian by Merrill

42: My wife is my best friend and always finds a way to put a smile on my face. Merrill is a little spitfire who is smart, funny, caring, and genuine. Her fun loving personality can fill up a room. Friends, family, and co- workers enjoy being around her because of her positive attitude and gentle spirit. She loves Italian food, sweets, animals, and reality television. She finds a way of making any situation fun and makes our house a home, constantly decorating for whatever holiday or season is approaching. | Merrill By Dorian | During the day Merrill is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. Merrill has an amazing connection with the patients and families she serves. She is often complimented by patient's parents for the calm and caring manner in which she approaches all situations. She loves her job and enjoys working part time and having flexible hour's ideal for raising a family. Her job fits her perfectly because she absolutely loves kids. Merrill is truly a kid a heart, and her job allows her to be both silly and caring while enjoying only a two to three day work week.

43: We are incredibly appreciative to be surrounded by loving and supportive parents and step-parents. Dorian's mom, Sonja, and step-dad, Dennis, live three hours away in Eastern Washington where Dorian grew up. Merrill's mom, Leslie, and step-dad, Rick, live about twenty five minutes north in Mukilteo where Merrill was raised with her twin sister Lindsey. Paul and Pat, Merrill's dad and step-mom are even closer, a mere 15 minute drive away in a neighborhood of Seattle. All three sets of grandparents are thrilled to be able to spoil their first grandchild. Our parents are a very important part of our lives, which we see often, vacation with frequently, and we cannot wait for our child to experience their love and support. | is a little world created by love

44: Our parents are not the only family that is thrilled to shower our child with love. Merrill's twin sister Lindsey and her fiancé are incredibly excited to become an aunt and uncle. Being twins, Lindsey and Merrill share a special, unbreakable bond, of love and understanding. They were born with a built in best friend, and cannot wait to share that special relationship with Dorian and Merrill’s future child. Not only are Dorian and I blessed with an amazing immediate family, we both have fun loving large extended families as well. We frequently have family events or reunions getting everyone together! Every Halloween we go trick or treating with Merrill’s little cousin’s Henry and Georgia, often with Dorian going out with the kids and Merrill answering the door with her sister and mom. During Christmas time we often go to Bellevue’s Candy Cane Lane to see the Christmas lights, hear the holiday music, and watch fake snow fall. Our family cannot wait until we have a little baby to bring along for all the future family gatherings.

45: We live in the beautiful city of Seattle! We enjoy four seasons throughout the year, and have an amazing fall and summer. Our home is in great neighborhood ten minutes outside the city situated close to some beautiful parks, the Burke Gilman trail, the sound, and excellent schools. We are within a walking commute to Merrill’s work and Dorian’s Middle School is a short fifteen minute drive away. We live two blocks from an excellent middle school and our street is filled with young families. Whatever the holiday, you can guarantee our street will be decorated from one end to the other. We are truly blessed to live in a safe and family centered neighborhood in the great city of Seattle. | Our Home

46: Most importantly we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. We enjoy cooking at home and going out to eat on occasion. Exercise is something that both of us value very much. We love going on bike rides on the Burke Gilman trail as well as taking walks around the neighborhood. The summer time is a great opportunity for Dorian to fire up the grill and barbeque on our back deck. It is also a wonderful time to invite over our family and friends to enjoy the great summer weather. We enjoy traveling to fun spots in the state of Washington or to amazing places outside of the United States. Year round we love going to sporting events, movies, and family gatherings. We feel very blessed to enjoy the life that we lead and we would be so appreciative to be able to share that with a child. | Free Time

47: We promise to love whatever child is blessed into our family unconditionally. We promise to talk openly about adoption and the selfless, courageous individual you are. We will read stories and answer any questions our child may have to learn how our beautiful family came to be, and about all the people who surround them with love. As parents, we promise to help them grow into a well-rounded person, providing them with a wealth of opportunity, tradition, love and fun. | Our Promise

48: If you would like to speak with us about adopting your child or have any questions for us, please contact one of our Adoption Advisors at AdoptHelp by calling 1-800-637-7999 toll-free

49: Merrill & Dorian | Merrill & Dorian

50: Hello, we are Dorian and Merrill, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We cannot even begin to imagine what a difficult and brave decision you are making and are sincerely grateful to you for considering adoption. We look forward to starting a family and can only hope you will be a part of that process. | About Us

51: Dorian and I met on Match.com. Dorian wanted to date someone outside his social circle and I found it difficult to meet people working nights as a new nurse. After our first date, we became inseparable. Not only did we live in apartment buildings a mere one block apart, our grandparents resided in the same floor of a retirement home in Tacoma, WA! We soon discovered it was meant to be and moved in a short three months later. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony on July 9, 2011 with all of our family and friends. Over the last three and a half years we have enjoyed nights at home, dinners out, and traveling the world. | How we Began

52: Our Journey to Adoption | On our first date, Dorian and I bonded over the fact that we wanted to adopt someday. We have both been blessed in our work place and personal life with amazing adoption stories and knew we wanted that for ourselves. After discovering I am unable to carry a pregnancy due to previous spine surgeries, it became even clearer to us that we hope to be able to grow our family through the wonderful journeys of adoption we have learned so much about.

53: When I first met Dorian I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. Dorian is driven, funny, caring, and loyal to a fault. You can put Dorian in any situation and he will have a blast. He has a way of making friends and carrying on a conversation with anyone he meets which I love about him. Dorian is an avid football fanatic, loves great food, and is a die-hard Washington State Cougars fan. | Dorian by Merrill | During the day Dorian is a middle school Vice Principal for the Seattle School District. Dorian has a special way of relating to kids on their level. I am always amazed at the patience he has for middle school kids and that he always finds a way to bond with some of the most difficult kids. Often, his office is a place where kids can sit to get away from their problems for a few minutes by doing one of the many puzzles he has stored in his desk. I know Dorian is going to be an amazing dad watching the way he cares about all of the kids he works with. | Dorian by Merrill

54: My wife is my best friend and always finds a way to put a smile on my face. Merrill is a little spitfire who is smart, funny, caring, and genuine. Her fun loving personality can fill up a room. Friends, family, and co- workers enjoy being around her because of her positive attitude and gentle spirit. She loves Italian food, sweets, animals, and reality television. She finds a way of making any situation fun and makes our house a home, constantly decorating for whatever holiday or season is approaching. | Merrill By Dorian | During the day Merrill is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. Merrill has an amazing connection with the patients and families she serves. She is often complimented by patient's parents for the calm and caring manner in which she approaches all situations. She loves her job and enjoys working part time and having flexible hour's ideal for raising a family. Her job fits her perfectly because she absolutely loves kids. Merrill is truly a kid a heart, and her job allows her to be both silly and caring while enjoying only a two to three day work week.

55: We are incredibly appreciative to be surrounded by loving and supportive parents and step-parents. Dorian's mom, Sonja, and step-dad, Dennis, live three hours away in Eastern Washington where Dorian grew up. Merrill's mom, Leslie, and step-dad, Rick, live about twenty five minutes north in Mukilteo where Merrill was raised with her twin sister Lindsey. Paul and Pat, Merrill's dad and step-mom are even closer, a mere 15 minute drive away in a neighborhood of Seattle. All three sets of grandparents are thrilled to be able to spoil their first grandchild. Our parents are a very important part of our lives, which we see often, vacation with frequently, and we cannot wait for our child to experience their love and support. | is a little world created by love

56: Our parents are not the only family that is thrilled to shower our child with love. Merrill's twin sister Lindsey and her fiancé are incredibly excited to become an aunt and uncle. Being twins, Lindsey and Merrill share a special, unbreakable bond, of love and understanding. They were born with a built in best friend, and cannot wait to share that special relationship with Dorian and Merrill’s future child. Not only are Dorian and I blessed with an amazing immediate family, we both have fun loving large extended families as well. We frequently have family events or reunions getting everyone together! Every Halloween we go trick or treating with Merrill’s little cousin’s Henry and Georgia, often with Dorian going out with the kids and Merrill answering the door with her sister and mom. During Christmas time we often go to Bellevue’s Candy Cane Lane to see the Christmas lights, hear the holiday music, and watch fake snow fall. Our family cannot wait until we have a little baby to bring along for all the future family gatherings.

57: We live in the beautiful city of Seattle! We enjoy four seasons throughout the year, and have an amazing fall and summer. Our home is in great neighborhood ten minutes outside the city situated close to some beautiful parks, the Burke Gilman trail, the sound, and excellent schools. We are within a walking commute to Merrill’s work and Dorian’s Middle School is a short fifteen minute drive away. We live two blocks from an excellent middle school and our street is filled with young families. Whatever the holiday, you can guarantee our street will be decorated from one end to the other. We are truly blessed to live in a safe and family centered neighborhood in the great city of Seattle. | Our Home

58: Most importantly we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. We enjoy cooking at home and going out to eat on occasion. Exercise is something that both of us value very much. We love going on bike rides on the Burke Gilman trail as well as taking walks around the neighborhood. The summer time is a great opportunity for Dorian to fire up the grill and barbeque on our back deck. It is also a wonderful time to invite over our family and friends to enjoy the great summer weather. We enjoy traveling to fun spots in the state of Washington or to amazing places outside of the United States. Year round we love going to sporting events, movies, and family gatherings. We feel very blessed to enjoy the life that we lead and we would be so appreciative to be able to share that with a child. | Free Time

59: We promise to love whatever child is blessed into our family unconditionally. We promise to talk openly about adoption and the selfless, courageous individual you are. We will read stories and answer any questions our child may have to learn how our beautiful family came to be, and about all the people who surround them with love. As parents, we promise to help them grow into a well-rounded person, providing them with a wealth of opportunity, tradition, love and fun. | Our Promise

60: If you would like to speak with us about adopting your child or have any questions for us, please contact one of our Adoption Advisors at AdoptHelp by calling 1-800-637-7999 toll-free

61: Merrill & Dorian | Merrill & Dorian

62: Hello, we are Dorian and Merrill, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We cannot even begin to imagine what a difficult and brave decision you are making and are sincerely grateful to you for considering adoption. We look forward to starting a family and can only hope you will be a part of that process. | About Us

63: Dorian and I met on Match.com. Dorian wanted to date someone outside his social circle and I found it difficult to meet people working nights as a new nurse. After our first date, we became inseparable. Not only did we live in apartment buildings a mere one block apart, our grandparents resided in the same floor of a retirement home in Tacoma, WA! We soon discovered it was meant to be and moved in a short three months later. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony on July 9, 2011 with all of our family and friends. Over the last three and a half years we have enjoyed nights at home, dinners out, and traveling the world. | How we Began

64: Our Journey to Adoption | On our first date, Dorian and I bonded over the fact that we wanted to adopt someday. We have both been blessed in our work place and personal life with amazing adoption stories and knew we wanted that for ourselves. After discovering I am unable to carry a pregnancy due to previous spine surgeries, it became even clearer to us that we hope to be able to grow our family through the wonderful journeys of adoption we have learned so much about.

65: When I first met Dorian I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. Dorian is driven, funny, caring, and loyal to a fault. You can put Dorian in any situation and he will have a blast. He has a way of making friends and carrying on a conversation with anyone he meets which I love about him. Dorian is an avid football fanatic, loves great food, and is a die-hard Washington State Cougars fan. | Dorian by Merrill | During the day Dorian is a middle school Vice Principal for the Seattle School District. Dorian has a special way of relating to kids on their level. I am always amazed at the patience he has for middle school kids and that he always finds a way to bond with some of the most difficult kids. Often, his office is a place where kids can sit to get away from their problems for a few minutes by doing one of the many puzzles he has stored in his desk. I know Dorian is going to be an amazing dad watching the way he cares about all of the kids he works with. | Dorian by Merrill

66: My wife is my best friend and always finds a way to put a smile on my face. Merrill is a little spitfire who is smart, funny, caring, and genuine. Her fun loving personality can fill up a room. Friends, family, and co- workers enjoy being around her because of her positive attitude and gentle spirit. She loves Italian food, sweets, animals, and reality television. She finds a way of making any situation fun and makes our house a home, constantly decorating for whatever holiday or season is approaching. | Merrill By Dorian | During the day Merrill is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. Merrill has an amazing connection with the patients and families she serves. She is often complimented by patient's parents for the calm and caring manner in which she approaches all situations. She loves her job and enjoys working part time and having flexible hour's ideal for raising a family. Her job fits her perfectly because she absolutely loves kids. Merrill is truly a kid a heart, and her job allows her to be both silly and caring while enjoying only a two to three day work week.

67: We are incredibly appreciative to be surrounded by loving and supportive parents and step-parents. Dorian's mom, Sonja, and step-dad, Dennis, live three hours away in Eastern Washington where Dorian grew up. Merrill's mom, Leslie, and step-dad, Rick, live about twenty five minutes north in Mukilteo where Merrill was raised with her twin sister Lindsey. Paul and Pat, Merrill's dad and step-mom are even closer, a mere 15 minute drive away in a neighborhood of Seattle. All three sets of grandparents are thrilled to be able to spoil their first grandchild. Our parents are a very important part of our lives, which we see often, vacation with frequently, and we cannot wait for our child to experience their love and support. | is a little world created by love

68: Our parents are not the only family that is thrilled to shower our child with love. Merrill's twin sister Lindsey and her fiancé are incredibly excited to become an aunt and uncle. Being twins, Lindsey and Merrill share a special, unbreakable bond, of love and understanding. They were born with a built in best friend, and cannot wait to share that special relationship with Dorian and Merrill’s future child. Not only are Dorian and I blessed with an amazing immediate family, we both have fun loving large extended families as well. We frequently have family events or reunions getting everyone together! Every Halloween we go trick or treating with Merrill’s little cousin’s Henry and Georgia, often with Dorian going out with the kids and Merrill answering the door with her sister and mom. During Christmas time we often go to Bellevue’s Candy Cane Lane to see the Christmas lights, hear the holiday music, and watch fake snow fall. Our family cannot wait until we have a little baby to bring along for all the future family gatherings.

69: We live in the beautiful city of Seattle! We enjoy four seasons throughout the year, and have an amazing fall and summer. Our home is in great neighborhood ten minutes outside the city situated close to some beautiful parks, the Burke Gilman trail, the sound, and excellent schools. We are within a walking commute to Merrill’s work and Dorian’s Middle School is a short fifteen minute drive away. We live two blocks from an excellent middle school and our street is filled with young families. Whatever the holiday, you can guarantee our street will be decorated from one end to the other. We are truly blessed to live in a safe and family centered neighborhood in the great city of Seattle. | Our Home

70: Most importantly we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. We enjoy cooking at home and going out to eat on occasion. Exercise is something that both of us value very much. We love going on bike rides on the Burke Gilman trail as well as taking walks around the neighborhood. The summer time is a great opportunity for Dorian to fire up the grill and barbeque on our back deck. It is also a wonderful time to invite over our family and friends to enjoy the great summer weather. We enjoy traveling to fun spots in the state of Washington or to amazing places outside of the United States. Year round we love going to sporting events, movies, and family gatherings. We feel very blessed to enjoy the life that we lead and we would be so appreciative to be able to share that with a child. | Free Time

71: We promise to love whatever child is blessed into our family unconditionally. We promise to talk openly about adoption and the selfless, courageous individual you are. We will read stories and answer any questions our child may have to learn how our beautiful family came to be, and about all the people who surround them with love. As parents, we promise to help them grow into a well-rounded person, providing them with a wealth of opportunity, tradition, love and fun. | Our Promise

72: If you would like to speak with us about adopting your child or have any questions for us, please contact one of our Adoption Advisors at AdoptHelp by calling 1-800-637-7999 toll-free

73: Merrill & Dorian | Merrill & Dorian

74: Hello, we are Dorian and Merrill, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We cannot even begin to imagine what a difficult and brave decision you are making and are sincerely grateful to you for considering adoption. We look forward to starting a family and can only hope you will be a part of that process. | About Us

75: Dorian and I met on Match.com. Dorian wanted to date someone outside his social circle and I found it difficult to meet people working nights as a new nurse. After our first date, we became inseparable. Not only did we live in apartment buildings a mere one block apart, our grandparents resided in the same floor of a retirement home in Tacoma, WA! We soon discovered it was meant to be and moved in a short three months later. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony on July 9, 2011 with all of our family and friends. Over the last three and a half years we have enjoyed nights at home, dinners out, and traveling the world. | How we Began

76: Our Journey to Adoption | On our first date, Dorian and I bonded over the fact that we wanted to adopt someday. We have both been blessed in our work place and personal life with amazing adoption stories and knew we wanted that for ourselves. After discovering I am unable to carry a pregnancy due to previous spine surgeries, it became even clearer to us that we hope to be able to grow our family through the wonderful journeys of adoption we have learned so much about.

77: When I first met Dorian I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. Dorian is driven, funny, caring, and loyal to a fault. You can put Dorian in any situation and he will have a blast. He has a way of making friends and carrying on a conversation with anyone he meets which I love about him. Dorian is an avid football fanatic, loves great food, and is a die-hard Washington State Cougars fan. | Dorian by Merrill | During the day Dorian is a middle school Vice Principal for the Seattle School District. Dorian has a special way of relating to kids on their level. I am always amazed at the patience he has for middle school kids and that he always finds a way to bond with some of the most difficult kids. Often, his office is a place where kids can sit to get away from their problems for a few minutes by doing one of the many puzzles he has stored in his desk. I know Dorian is going to be an amazing dad watching the way he cares about all of the kids he works with. | Dorian by Merrill

78: My wife is my best friend and always finds a way to put a smile on my face. Merrill is a little spitfire who is smart, funny, caring, and genuine. Her fun loving personality can fill up a room. Friends, family, and co- workers enjoy being around her because of her positive attitude and gentle spirit. She loves Italian food, sweets, animals, and reality television. She finds a way of making any situation fun and makes our house a home, constantly decorating for whatever holiday or season is approaching. | Merrill By Dorian | During the day Merrill is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. Merrill has an amazing connection with the patients and families she serves. She is often complimented by patient's parents for the calm and caring manner in which she approaches all situations. She loves her job and enjoys working part time and having flexible hour's ideal for raising a family. Her job fits her perfectly because she absolutely loves kids. Merrill is truly a kid a heart, and her job allows her to be both silly and caring while enjoying only a two to three day work week.

79: We are incredibly appreciative to be surrounded by loving and supportive parents and step-parents. Dorian's mom, Sonja, and step-dad, Dennis, live three hours away in Eastern Washington where Dorian grew up. Merrill's mom, Leslie, and step-dad, Rick, live about twenty five minutes north in Mukilteo where Merrill was raised with her twin sister Lindsey. Paul and Pat, Merrill's dad and step-mom are even closer, a mere 15 minute drive away in a neighborhood of Seattle. All three sets of grandparents are thrilled to be able to spoil their first grandchild. Our parents are a very important part of our lives, which we see often, vacation with frequently, and we cannot wait for our child to experience their love and support. | is a little world created by love

80: Our parents are not the only family that is thrilled to shower our child with love. Merrill's twin sister Lindsey and her fiancé are incredibly excited to become an aunt and uncle. Being twins, Lindsey and Merrill share a special, unbreakable bond, of love and understanding. They were born with a built in best friend, and cannot wait to share that special relationship with Dorian and Merrill’s future child. Not only are Dorian and I blessed with an amazing immediate family, we both have fun loving large extended families as well. We frequently have family events or reunions getting everyone together! Every Halloween we go trick or treating with Merrill’s little cousin’s Henry and Georgia, often with Dorian going out with the kids and Merrill answering the door with her sister and mom. During Christmas time we often go to Bellevue’s Candy Cane Lane to see the Christmas lights, hear the holiday music, and watch fake snow fall. Our family cannot wait until we have a little baby to bring along for all the future family gatherings.

81: We live in the beautiful city of Seattle! We enjoy four seasons throughout the year, and have an amazing fall and summer. Our home is in great neighborhood ten minutes outside the city situated close to some beautiful parks, the Burke Gilman trail, the sound, and excellent schools. We are within a walking commute to Merrill’s work and Dorian’s Middle School is a short fifteen minute drive away. We live two blocks from an excellent middle school and our street is filled with young families. Whatever the holiday, you can guarantee our street will be decorated from one end to the other. We are truly blessed to live in a safe and family centered neighborhood in the great city of Seattle. | Our Home

82: Most importantly we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. We enjoy cooking at home and going out to eat on occasion. Exercise is something that both of us value very much. We love going on bike rides on the Burke Gilman trail as well as taking walks around the neighborhood. The summer time is a great opportunity for Dorian to fire up the grill and barbeque on our back deck. It is also a wonderful time to invite over our family and friends to enjoy the great summer weather. We enjoy traveling to fun spots in the state of Washington or to amazing places outside of the United States. Year round we love going to sporting events, movies, and family gatherings. We feel very blessed to enjoy the life that we lead and we would be so appreciative to be able to share that with a child. | Free Time

83: We promise to love whatever child is blessed into our family unconditionally. We promise to talk openly about adoption and the selfless, courageous individual you are. We will read stories and answer any questions our child may have to learn how our beautiful family came to be, and about all the people who surround them with love. As parents, we promise to help them grow into a well-rounded person, providing them with a wealth of opportunity, tradition, love and fun. | Our Promise

84: If you would like to speak with us about adopting your child or have any questions for us, please contact one of our Adoption Advisors at AdoptHelp by calling 1-800-637-7999 toll-free

85: Merrill & Dorian | Merrill & Dorian

86: Hello, we are Dorian and Merrill, and we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We cannot even begin to imagine what a difficult and brave decision you are making and are sincerely grateful to you for considering adoption. We look forward to starting a family and can only hope you will be a part of that process. | About Us

87: Dorian and I met on Match.com. Dorian wanted to date someone outside his social circle and I found it difficult to meet people working nights as a new nurse. After our first date, we became inseparable. Not only did we live in apartment buildings a mere one block apart, our grandparents resided in the same floor of a retirement home in Tacoma, WA! We soon discovered it was meant to be and moved in a short three months later. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony on July 9, 2011 with all of our family and friends. Over the last three and a half years we have enjoyed nights at home, dinners out, and traveling the world. | How we Began

88: Our Journey to Adoption | On our first date, Dorian and I bonded over the fact that we wanted to adopt someday. We have both been blessed in our work place and personal life with amazing adoption stories and knew we wanted that for ourselves. After discovering I am unable to carry a pregnancy due to previous spine surgeries, it became even clearer to us that we hope to be able to grow our family through the wonderful journeys of adoption we have learned so much about.

89: When I first met Dorian I knew I would spend the rest of my life with him. Dorian is driven, funny, caring, and loyal to a fault. You can put Dorian in any situation and he will have a blast. He has a way of making friends and carrying on a conversation with anyone he meets which I love about him. Dorian is an avid football fanatic, loves great food, and is a die-hard Washington State Cougars fan. | Dorian by Merrill | During the day Dorian is a middle school Vice Principal for the Seattle School District. Dorian has a special way of relating to kids on their level. I am always amazed at the patience he has for middle school kids and that he always finds a way to bond with some of the most difficult kids. Often, his office is a place where kids can sit to get away from their problems for a few minutes by doing one of the many puzzles he has stored in his desk. I know Dorian is going to be an amazing dad watching the way he cares about all of the kids he works with. | Dorian by Merrill

90: My wife is my best friend and always finds a way to put a smile on my face. Merrill is a little spitfire who is smart, funny, caring, and genuine. Her fun loving personality can fill up a room. Friends, family, and co- workers enjoy being around her because of her positive attitude and gentle spirit. She loves Italian food, sweets, animals, and reality television. She finds a way of making any situation fun and makes our house a home, constantly decorating for whatever holiday or season is approaching. | Merrill By Dorian | During the day Merrill is a pediatric emergency room nurse at Seattle Children's Hospital. Merrill has an amazing connection with the patients and families she serves. She is often complimented by patient's parents for the calm and caring manner in which she approaches all situations. She loves her job and enjoys working part time and having flexible hour's ideal for raising a family. Her job fits her perfectly because she absolutely loves kids. Merrill is truly a kid a heart, and her job allows her to be both silly and caring while enjoying only a two to three day work week.

91: We are incredibly appreciative to be surrounded by loving and supportive parents and step-parents. Dorian's mom, Sonja, and step-dad, Dennis, live three hours away in Eastern Washington where Dorian grew up. Merrill's mom, Leslie, and step-dad, Rick, live about twenty five minutes north in Mukilteo where Merrill was raised with her twin sister Lindsey. Paul and Pat, Merrill's dad and step-mom are even closer, a mere 15 minute drive away in a neighborhood of Seattle. All three sets of grandparents are thrilled to be able to spoil their first grandchild. Our parents are a very important part of our lives, which we see often, vacation with frequently, and we cannot wait for our child to experience their love and support. | is a little world created by love

92: Our parents are not the only family that is thrilled to shower our child with love. Merrill's twin sister Lindsey and her fiancé are incredibly excited to become an aunt and uncle. Being twins, Lindsey and Merrill share a special, unbreakable bond, of love and understanding. They were born with a built in best friend, and cannot wait to share that special relationship with Dorian and Merrill’s future child. Not only are Dorian and I blessed with an amazing immediate family, we both have fun loving large extended families as well. We frequently have family events or reunions getting everyone together! Every Halloween we go trick or treating with Merrill’s little cousin’s Henry and Georgia, often with Dorian going out with the kids and Merrill answering the door with her sister and mom. During Christmas time we often go to Bellevue’s Candy Cane Lane to see the Christmas lights, hear the holiday music, and watch fake snow fall. Our family cannot wait until we have a little baby to bring along for all the future family gatherings.

93: We live in the beautiful city of Seattle! We enjoy four seasons throughout the year, and have an amazing fall and summer. Our home is in great neighborhood ten minutes outside the city situated close to some beautiful parks, the Burke Gilman trail, the sound, and excellent schools. We are within a walking commute to Merrill’s work and Dorian’s Middle School is a short fifteen minute drive away. We live two blocks from an excellent middle school and our street is filled with young families. Whatever the holiday, you can guarantee our street will be decorated from one end to the other. We are truly blessed to live in a safe and family centered neighborhood in the great city of Seattle. | Our Home

94: Most importantly we enjoy spending time with our family and friends. We enjoy cooking at home and going out to eat on occasion. Exercise is something that both of us value very much. We love going on bike rides on the Burke Gilman trail as well as taking walks around the neighborhood. The summer time is a great opportunity for Dorian to fire up the grill and barbeque on our back deck. It is also a wonderful time to invite over our family and friends to enjoy the great summer weather. We enjoy traveling to fun spots in the state of Washington or to amazing places outside of the United States. Year round we love going to sporting events, movies, and family gatherings. We feel very blessed to enjoy the life that we lead and we would be so appreciative to be able to share that with a child. | Free Time

95: We promise to love whatever child is blessed into our family unconditionally. We promise to talk openly about adoption and the selfless, courageous individual you are. We will read stories and answer any questions our child may have to learn how our beautiful family came to be, and about all the people who surround them with love. As parents, we promise to help them grow into a well-rounded person, providing them with a wealth of opportunity, tradition, love and fun. | Our Promise

96: If you would like to speak with us about adopting your child or have any questions for us, please contact one of our Adoption Advisors at AdoptHelp by calling 1-800-637-7999 toll-free

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