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Our Story: Adoption Profile

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BC: to be continued...

FC: Brooke & Ben | O U R S T O R Y

1: Table of Contents Adoptive Family Profile About Brooke About Ben How We Met & Fell in Love Brooke's Childhood Ben's Childhood Life Now Letters to Mom Letters to Dad

4: about us | Name: Brooke Birthday: March 3rd Favorite Book: I love autobiographies Favorite Color: Green Favorite Hobby: Making Music, Reading & Traveling Favorite Song: I Choose by India.Arie Favorite Movie: Billy Madison In Three Words: Social Creative Thinker

5: Name: Ben Birthday: September 23rd Favorite Book: Chronicles of Narnia Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Hobby: Golf. Music Favorite Song: Bohemian Rhapsody Favorite Movie: The Goonies In Three Words: Social Creative Loving

6: STEP 1: HOW WE MET | Once upon a time, there was a young man named Ben & a girl named Brooke. They met in college in 2004. Ben saw Brooke singing and playing piano in a chapel service and knew he was going to marry her. They dated for about 6 months. Sadly, they broke up, but still remained friends... even though they lived 2500 miles apart. | Ben & Brooke remained friends for 6 years. In 2009, Ben invited Brooke to come across the country sing with him for a New Years' Party. When the clock struck midnight, Ben kissed Brooke and told her that he still loved her. The next night was their first date, and then Brooke had to fly back home, 2500 miles away. | STEP 2: RECONNECTING

7: STEP 3: THE PROPOSAL | The lovely couple continued to date long-distance. Brooke surprised Ben on Valentine's Day by knocking on his door instead of being on a "shopping trip." Brooke came to visit Ben again in March 2010, and he took her to sightsee in Seattle because she had never been. They had a fancy dinner at the top of the Space Needle, and after dinner out on the deck, Ben got down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. She said yes! | Ben & Brooke were married on June 5, 2010, in her Aunt & Uncle's home. Their families and best friends were there to celebrate. Ben & Brooke settled into a cozy 1 bedroom apartment in the city. Ben was managing a restaurant, and Brooke was teaching middle school music. After a few months, the couple bought a house. After that, they got a puppy. The only thing that would make their happliy ever after more complete would be a baby... | STEP 4: THE MARRIAGE

8: Brooke grew up the daughter of two school teachers. When she started Kindergarten, her mom got pregnant with her little sister. Brooke loved school, music, and church activities. She wanted to be a teacher and a musician when she grew up. | BROOKE'S CHILDHOOD | Brooke with her mom & dad | Brooke with her sister

9: Brooke loves to play piano | Cousins

10: As a child, Ben's mom was a nurse and his dad was an accountant. Ben has twin brothers (3.5 years older) and younger sister (3 years younger). As a kid, Ben wanted to be a bus driver and an architect. | BEN'S CHILDHOOD | Ben with his parents | Ben with his siblings & cousins

11: Ben growing up

12: Our life | CHURCH


14: Letters to Mom | Dear BirthMother, As I sit here trying to figure out what to say, I am at a loss for words. I know that making the decision to place your child for adoption is not an easy one. As you sit here looking through all of these books, at these amazing people with difference lives, you have the important decision of choosing who will raise your own flesh and blood. I truly believe that your heart will know which parents are right for your child. It is not my job to convince you to choose us, but to encourage you that no one knows better than you what is best for your child in this moment. Enjoy this responsibility, don't take it lightly, and trust your intuition. I am grateful. Grateful for the opportunity to be a mom. I am humbled. Humbled that you could choose me. I am honored. Honored to raise children to grow up and love God and love people, to make a difference in their community and their world, to pursue truth and justice and equality. I am blessed. Blessed that God would allow me such a responsibility and help me to understand the love of a parent by becoming one myself. I pray that God will bless you, no matter who you choose to parent your child, and that God will help you find peace in your decision. With Gratitude, Brooke

15: Dear Birth Mother, Hi! I can’t help but wonder what you’d like to hear in this letter, my imagination runs wild trying to figure out what you could be looking for. I’m sure you’ve probably heard it all, or will soon, so hopefully I have something different for you to read. Let me say first, thanks! Thank you for making this monumental sacrifice for the best interest of your child. I can’t fathom the enormity this choice has been for you, but I am proud of you for choosing what’s best for your child. In my career I get the chance to work with middle and high school students on a weekly basis. I see them have great success, and I see them fail. One of my favorite things is to help students learn from both, watching them reach their God=given potential brings such joy to my heart. Now I want to bring that home. I can’t wait to be a Dad. Doing all the things a Dad does: the goofy fun stuff, and the not so fun stuff. From changing those diapers that make you gag, to showing them how to drive a car, and everything in between. Showing them how to love God, and how to love people. There is so much I can’t wait to experience. That being said, I pray that you don’t struggle or stress over this decision. No matter whom you choose, trust that God will lead you and direct you to the family He has already chosen for your child. If you can, enjoy this adventure, and know that my wife and I are praying for you and your child. God Bless, Ben

16: Letters to Dad | Dear Birth Father, There are no words to express the thankfulness I feel that I am being considered to be a mom to your child. I know that the decision is not an easy one to make. Please know that I think it an honor to become a mom, and I take seriously the responsibility to be a good example and role model for my child. I don't know what you are looking for in a placement for your child, but our home is one of unconditional love, acceptance, laughter, and family. Ben & I are praying for you as you make this important decision. You know what is right for your child, so trust your instincts. We are so blessed to be considered. With Gratitude, Brooke

17: Dear BirthFather, Hi! My brother recently had his first child, and boy did he ever go soft on me. Makes me worried about what will happen to me. I already feel like I’m a softy, but there is something about being a Dad that changes you. That makes you melt. I can’t wait. What an incredible thing you are doing! You are not only putting your child’s needs first, but you are giving the gift of a child to parents whom, for many, have waited years to start their families. My wife and I are patiently waiting to start that journey ourselves. We are thrilled to adopt and bring the love and joy we have into the life of the child God has in store for us. If there was one thing you could get from this letter, its this: I will not be an absentee Father. I will not put anything before my family, not now, not ever. I believe dads should be the leader of the home, not the stranger at the dinner table. I pray that as you decide who that “perfect family” for your child is, that you don’t stress or freak out, but know that my wife and I are praying for you, as are many others. God will help, He’ll direct you and show you which way to go. God Bless, Ben

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