S: Teresa & Craig
BC: May you find comfort as you seek the perfect family to parent your child. | Thank you for learning about our life together and the love we have to share. Teresa & Craig
FC: Teresa & Craig
1: Dear Birthmother, We want to start by saying thank you for giving us the opportunity to introduce ourselves. We are thrilled about becoming first-time parents and we enter this journey with open hearts. We can't begin to imagine the thoughts and feelings you're experiencing, nor can any words express how much we admire you for your strength and courage during this time. We can only pray that you follow your heart and find the peace of mind that you need as you make this important decision out of love for your baby. As adoptive parents, we will cherish this child and forever be grateful to you for such an amazing gift. We are prepared to provide a nurturing home filled with a lifetime of love, support, guidance and opportunity. We hope that this glimpse into our lives will give you a better understanding of who we are and help you as you make a choice about securing your baby's future. Thank you for considering us as potential adoptive parents. We look forward to meeting you. With love, Teresa & Craig
2: ABOUT US | Hittin' the slopes!
3: Craig's brother introduced us to each other 14 years ago, we quickly fell in love and have been a couple ever since! We married in 2005 and always knew that we would one day become parents. Unable to have children on our own, through the blessing of adoption we plan to complete our family. Adopting feels very natural for us and we know that this is what we were meant to do all along. We look forward to sharing in the joys of parenthood together. Welcoming a child into our lives will bring us more happiness than we could ever imagine. We can't wait to experience that great love. We want to instill in our children the same values in which we were raised and guide them into becoming strong, loving individuals. | "Thank you God for bringing our two lives together. We know you have a special plan for us and we put our trust in you. Help us to nurture our marriage into a light that others will follow. Protect us and guide us through the challenges that we will encounter. Comfort us at times when we will be apart, and give us many joyous moments when we are together. May our marriage see many days of happiness and few days of sorrow. With you in our lives, our love will only grow stronger. Amen." | true love :) | cruising! | Our Marriage Prayer
4: MEET CRAIG written by Teresa | Craig is a very charming and interesting person. With him, there is never a dull moment. He's smart and witty and he loves trivia. He is very much a people person and never meets a stranger. He keeps me laughing when I'm down and is always there when I need him most. He's a strong and supportive husband and is truly my best friend. For these reasons, I know he'll be an excellent dad. Craig has a nurturing spirit about him and is a great listener. He strives to make everyone around him happy. I like to watch him interact with our niece and nephew. He is a natural with kids and has so much patience and understanding. Craig is an excellent provider and I'm so proud of his accomplishments. Above all, my husband puts his family first and wants the best for all of us. I'm thankful he is my partner for life. | I like how my wife keeps our home so neat and organized and how loyal she is to her family & friends." | Favorite Movie: Alice in Wonderland | Favorite Food: Steak with crab & bearnaise sauce
5: MEET TERESA written by Craig | My wife is a very nurturing and compassionate person. She has the natural desire to become a mother and she will make an excellent mom. She is strong willed and centered. Teresa comes from a very family-oriented background and is very close to her siblings and parents. Teresa will also be a great teacher to our children, exposing them to her love of art and culture. She is very understanding, a great communicator and easily expresses her feelings. I think that is what led her to become an artist. She's very creative and always up for trying new things. My wife appreciates the little things in life. She never takes what she has for granted. She is happy with the things that matter most - her friends, family and our relationship. She makes me so happy. | I love Craig's sense of humor and how great he is to me and his mom." | Favorite Vacation: A trip to France with my Mom | Favorite Song: Tangerine by Led Zeppelin
6: HOME SWEET HOME | Our area also offers many great private and public schools. We live very close to both the high school and elementary. The principal and several teachers live in our neighborhood too. | (OUR FAVORITE PLACE TO BE!) | Our home is in the country and situated in a quaint neighborhood. We have beautiful views of the trees and hills in the distance.
7: We enjoy the quiet life, located just outside of the city where we can relax after work. Yet, we are still close to great restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Our neighborhood is very peaceful and there are lots of families with young kids. We have a very private backyard with plenty of wide open space to run and play. There are also many parks, trails and lakes nearby providing great family activities. Our home is one-level with a split floor plan and the perfect size to raise a family. We planned ahead when building so that we would have extra rooms for a play area and nursery. We have been busy preparing the perfect space for a tiny addition. We also share our home with our dog and cat, Cosmo and Layla. We are so excited about introducing our first child into our family life. | Our Pets: Meet Layla & Cosmo! We share our home with these two lovable fur babies. They have been with us for many years now and we enjoy their companionship. Cosmo (BooBear) is very spunky and energetic and loves to play. Layla (LuLu) has a much more laid back personality. They both love to take long naps in the sun. They get along so well and we love coming home to them each day. | Out of excitement, we've already started decorating and painting the nursery a soothing pale turquoise. | Cosmo | Layla
8: OUR LIFESTYLE & CAREERS | Careers: Teresa uses her creative talents as a graphic designer and loves seeing her ideas come to life. She works in advertising for a wireless communications company. Craig is a great problem solver and has strong people skills. He is a computer analyst for a banking software company. Since our workplaces are in the same town, we are able to commute to work together every day. | Some of Our Favorite Things: - Spending time with family and friends - Bowling (We even bowled on a league!) - Going to concerts (We've been to five this year!) - Gardening & landscaping - Going to the movies - Eating sushi, cajun cuisine and seafood - Attending sporting events - Playing with our niece & nephew - Trying new things like scuba diving & horseback riding | fun day at sea! | game time!
9: TERESA LOVES VISITING ART EXHIBITS, FASHION, PAINTING, DIY PROJECTS & INTERIOR DESIGN. CRAIG IS AN AVID OUTDOORSMAN AND ENJOYS FISHING, CAMPING, ALL TYPES OF SPORTS AND GAMING. | diving | dinner date | camping | formal night out
10: OUR FAMILY | Dyeing Easter eggs | Christmas with Teresa's family | Teresa's Dad, Kenny (Grandaddy) Our nephew, Henry Teresa's Mom, Beth (Mimi) Us Brother, Adam Our niece, Maria Brother- in-law, Daniel Sister, Gretchen | Teresa & her siblings | Just hanging out.. | Teresa's parents and their dog, Cookie
11: Teresa's Mom is already helping us sew the most beautiful crib bedding for a gender neutral nursery! | We are fortunate to have such a large supportive family. We live very close to our parents and Craig's mother lives just down the street. We regularly get together at Teresa's parents and enjoy pool parties, cooking, shopping excursions, and trips to the farm house. Craig's dad, step mom and Grandmother still live in his home town. It's nice for us to go back and visit them along with his extended family. Since Craig's mother lives so close we have dinner and visit with her weekly and we enjoy camping and fishing trips with Craig's cousins, aunts and uncles. Holidays with our families are always special, filled with many great memories and surprises. Everyone looks forward to a little one to join in our family traditions. Our parents are excited about being grandparents! We are very close to our siblings. Teresa's younger sister and brother live only a short drive away. We see them at least once a month and look forward to our annual BBQ and attending our niece and nephew's birthday celebrations each year. Although Craig's brother lives out of state, we speak with him daily and always enjoy taking trips to visit him on the beach. We are so thankful for our tight-knit family and the love that bonds us together. | Sisters!
12: Holding my dear God child, Maria for the first time. | "Aunt T" with Chef Maria, making pizzas for our girl's weekend! | "Sweet" kiddos! | WE LOVE BEING AN AUNT AND UNCLE to Maria & Henry. These kids make even the most ordinary day so special and our visits with them are so much fun! TWe're hey have the sweetest personalities and we feel very blessed to be a part of their lives. They are already drawing pictures for a baby cousin and anticipate having a new playmate soon!
13: Craig keeps baby Henry entertained! | Playing at the park with Uncle Craig | Drawing with Maria
14: Our friends and family fully support our plans for adoption. | Craig & his mom, Marsha | (She's practically our neighbor!) | Craig with his Dad | With Craig's Grandmother & brother, Jeff | A day at the races with my besties! | Hosting a baby shower for Craig's cousin | with Craig's Mom
15: THOUGHTS ABOUT PARENTING | As adoptive parents, we will cherish each moment and devote our lives to your baby's happiness and well-being. They will be a part of a family unit that is founded on our unconditional love and support. We plan to raise our children in a happy & healthy Christian home, teach them morals, values and respect for others. We know that parenting will require our utmost attention, patience and understanding. We will guide our children through life's ups and downs by being great listeners and providing our best advice. We will build an open and honest relationship with our kids from an early age and continue that bond as they become adults. Providing our children with every opportunity to receive a solid education is also important to us. We look forward to watching them grow and learn and will encourage them to discover and develop their individual strengths. We are also excited about how fun parenting will be! We look forward to our first trip to Disney, visiting the zoo, doing arts & crafts, playing outdoors, bedtime stories, picnics, birthdays, holidays, graduations and so much more. We will make many great memories together as a family!
17: IN CLOSING | We want to assure you that your soon to be born baby will be surrounded by our endless love and affection. Your gift will bless our entire family in such a tremendous way. From an early age, we will teach your baby about their heritage and the special way in which they were brought into our lives. We hope to build a meaningful relationship with you, as you will hold a very special place in our hearts. We will celebrate you as their birth mother always. We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to read about our lives and considering us to parent your child. We wish you the very best throughout your journey. | Teresa & Craig | Love ,