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A Year In Review

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S: Our Family Album

FC: Todd & Tasha

1: We are so excited to share some of our happiest moments captured in these pictures. This is a small glimpse into our lives, we look forward to sharing so much more with you.

2: Dear Birthmother, We are not sure how to begin to tell you our gratitude and gratefulness for the gift of life you are going to entrust us with. We feel so humbled that you are choosing us to take care of the child you are bringing into this world. This precious life will mean the world to us and will be a prayer answered. You are a special person with a capacity for love and giving that is amazing to us. We will never fully understand the emotions that you are going through on this journey but our hope is that through God’s grace we will be forever connected. We would love to introduce ourselves and tell you about our relationship and family. We met each other eleven years ago and fell in love very fast. Our values, religious beliefs, likes, and dislikes seemed to mesh very well. Neither one of us was looking to get married but what we felt for each other was undeniable. Our new beginning included a son that Todd brought into our marriage. Tyler was eleven years old when we married, he brought love and challenges into our marriage that made us grow as people and parents. We both poured our hearts and souls into parenting Tyler and it paid off because today he is a successful chef and lives in Los Angeles California. We are so very proud of his accomplishments. We have had many sorrows as we tried to have our own baby. We tried invetro many times to our disappointment. Through that disappointment God lead us to adoption, all the sorrow has turned to excitement and hope for our future with the baby you will entrust us with. Our hearts are open and ready to be filled with the love of our new child. Our family and friends that have been on this journey with us are excited to welcome a baby into our lives as well as theirs. Faith and family are the foundation of our lives. We are blessed with a beautiful home in a small town called Rockwall, not far from Dallas. Many of our family members live in the same town minutes from us, Todd’s family all live twenty minutes away. Todd & I work a few blocks from our home he is a mortgage loan officer at a bank, and I am a dental hygienist. My job as a hygienist is only two days a week so I am excited I will get to be at home with the baby. Mimi (Todd’s mother) will get the baby on the two days I work. Tasha: I come from a large family. I have four brothers and one sister, fourteen nieces and nephews, two great nephews and another great niece or nephew on the way. I was born in Salina Kansas and then my father’s job transferred us to Texas were I have been ever since fourth grade. Being the baby of six children I really looked up to my older siblings. I was able to learn through their successes and failures. Our home was filled with love and a bond that is indescribable. Everyone stuck up for one another and looked out for each other. There was always a constant stream of friends and family in our home. My parents did a great job giving us a solid foundation of God, discipline, love, and values to carry with us through life. I am very blessed to have such a wonderful family. Everyone is looking forward to the new addition to our family tree.

3: Todd: My family consists of my Mother and Father and a younger sister who is 9 years younger than me. She is married and has two children Dean (18) and Brooke (15). I grew up in Greenville, Texas and had a great life living in a small town. I played sports and was very athletic. I graduated from East Texas State University and worked my way through college. My parents instilled a strong work ethic and to never give up on what you strive to do. I have done my best to follow that message. I grew up in the Baptist Church and now in Rockwall Tasha and I attend the First United Methodist Church. I have been fortunate to have a son of my own and to watch him grow up and become a young man. Adoption has been a part of my life from a very young age, my father’s sister is adopted, and her name is Aunt Helen. I have always been excited about adoption because it has played such a big role in my family’s life. I grew up in a strong Christian family with strong values and convictions. Todd and I love to play games, travel, cook, exercise, golf, and spoil our dog Spike. Speaking of Spike he is our eight year old miniature pincher. Rotten does not begin to describe him, he is the most loving dog we have ever known. He thinks he is a human and if we mention certain family member’s names like his brother Tyler or my sister Tydette he goes crazy and starts crying with excitement. He loves small children mostly because they are his size and he can get food from their hands easily. When I keep my great nephews who are one and two years old Spike lays on them, plays with their toys, and tries to kiss all over them. It will be exciting to see him with the new addition to our family. We could go on telling so much more, I guess we will save that for later when we meet you. We would like you to know that we are praying for you and this decision you are making. May God give you the peace you need to move forward as he has given us through this process. We have love and appreciation for you and your unborn child in our hearts. Thank you for considering us as parents to your child. We are so excited to be parents and have so much to offer. Sincerely, Todd & Tasha | Our Home

4: Our Wedding

5: Our new family started on July 28, 2000 Best Day

6: Todd & Tyler were happy to see each other | Spike is very much a part of our family. I think at times he does not know he is a dog. He is spoiled rotten!

7: Our Boys Tyler and Spike | Tyler's High School Graduation 2006

8: Our Son Tyler | Chef Tyler | Tyler was 11 yrs old when Todd & I met. I realized that loving a child that was not mine was not hard to do at all. Tyler has a very big heart, is very funny, and sweet. Todd & Tyler love spending time together golfing, & duck hunting.

9: Tyler is 24 yrs old. He graduated from culinary school in July 2011. He just moved to Dallas from California in January 2012. We are very proud of what an amazing son & chef he is.

10: Dear Birth Mother, I can’t imagine all the feelings that you must be going through. I don’t know what to say other than thank you for your bravery and wanting to provide your baby the best home possible. If you decide on my sister and brother-in-law, you will be deciding to give your child just that, a wonderful home with loving and adoring parents. My sister came along many years after my 4 brothers and I. We were a very close family growing up and we always relied on each other. My 4 brothers and I had our families close together and the majority are all grown and on their own. My sister, besides being much younger also got married older. So her chance of raising children alongside ours was not possible. She was always there for my brothers and I, when we were raising our kids, she was the fun Aunt and all the nieces and nephews adored her. She is the warmest and loving person I know and extremely devoted. I am mostly speaking about my sister because of the influence she has been in my life. I was a single mom and it was a very difficult road. My sister was my rock; she loved my girls so much, provided them with support, love and friendship. She is my younger sister but she has taught me so much in life and I have always turned to her for advice. She would always help me to see things in a way that made life seem easier. She is an amazing person, and I can’t imagine anyone who would be a better mom. Now, my daughters are grown, married and having children. My sister is now doing the same for their families, she is caring and loving and my grandsons adore her. If you decide on my sister, your child will be so blessed; you will never have to worry about it being loved and being provided the true necessities that will give your child the best chance at a happy life. One of the greatest things that we have is a closeness of family. The nicest thing about our family is the fun we have together and if you choose my sister and brother-in-law, your child will have the best parents and a wonderful extended family to provide so much love and lots of great times. I hope you take the chance to meet my sister and brother-in-law, you will see what I mean, that they are genuinely good people. My sister is as sweet as she is pretty and my brother-in-law is hysterical, he always says what he thinks and keeps us laughing. I wish you the best with this difficult decision; you are doing a wonderful thing for a family and your child. So thank you and GOD Bless you! Sincerely, Tydette

11: Dear Birthmother: In choosing Todd & Tasha, to raise your child, be assured that they are a very loving couple. Both of them seek God’s guidance for decisions in their life, they have integrity, faithful church members, strong morals, faithful in their marriage, family oriented, have fun together and are deeply in love with each other. Both are hard workers, have a lovely home that is always well maintained both inside and out. Both are actively involved in their nieces and nephews lives as well as all family members. Tyler (big brother) is excited about having a brother or sister to help spoil. Todd & Tasha are thoughtful and considerate to us (as parents & grandparents). They always recognize special occasions, invite us to their home “just because”, call us frequently and include us in many aspects of their lives. We are anxiously looking forward to a new grandbaby (it’s been 15 years) since we have had a little one to cuddle (our teenage grandchildren are no longer cuddlers). Todd and Tasha will be wonderful parents and they are excited, preparing and looking forward to being parents again. May God give you peace in your difficult and unselfish decision, knowing you are doing what is best for your baby. Kenneth & Mickle Rolen (Mimi & Pappaw)

12: Todd's Family | AKA Papaw & Mimi | Todd's Parents | Kenneth & Mickle | Amy & her Husband Joe

13: Todd's sister Amy his nephew Dean & niece Brooke | Todd's parents, his sister, & her family live 20 minutes from us. Mimi is going to watch the baby on the two days a week I work. Papaw & Mimi are the greatest grandparents. They are the kind of grandparents any kid would love to have. Everyone is praying & excited for this new baby to enter our family.

14: James & Jane Grandparents | My mom and dad were such a great example of what marriage and family should be. I have four brothers and one sister. My parents had five children in 6 years and I came along seven years later. Because many of my siblings live out of state we try to get together as often as we can. When we do it always seems like old times.

15: Tasha's Family | Brother Mike & wife Vicki | Brother Todd & wife Cindy | Sister Tydette | Brother Steve & wife Candy | Brother Tedd, wife Rebeca, & kids Jake,Jennifer, & Jessica

16: I was 13 years old when my first niece Micah was born. Before you knew it I had 13 more nieces and nephews. I spent summers babysitting many of them. It was so much fun taking them to the park, & swimming. I love them as if they are my own. Now many of them are grown, married and are starting families of their own. | Tasha's Nieces and Nephews | Amanda & JR | Tyler & Ann | Taylor & Pat

17: Taylor & Pat | Micah & Chris | Chandler, Tristen, & Jay Wyatt | Mitchel | Michael & Courtney | Brooke & Dean | Trent, Macy, & Nick

18: Vacation is a yearly tradition for us

19: These are pictures of many of our vacations to Mexico, California, & Vegas to name a few.

21: Christmas is our favorite holiday. We always have all our family to our home on Christmas Day.

22: My great nephews live right here in town.They will be our child's playmates and cousins. We can't wait to have a new baby in our family. | Tristen & Jay Wyatt

23: Baby's | Tasha's Great Nephews | Lawson

24: Our Home | Dinning Room | Living Room

25: These are some of the rooms in our home. I am very excited to get to decorate a nursery for the baby. | This will be made into the Baby's Nursery | Tyler's room | Todd & Tasha's Room | This will be a play room for the baby

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