S: "We waited for you against all hope. We came for you with the greatest of hopes." - Author Unknown
BC: The End | Legacy of an Adopted Child Once there were two women, neither knew the other One you do not remember, the other you call mother. One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name One gave you the seed of talent, the other gave you an aim. Two different lives shaped yours into one One became your guiding star, the other was your sun. One gave you emotions, and one calmed your fears One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears. The first gave you life, the second taught you to live it. The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it. One gave you up --that is all that she could do, The other prayed for a child--God led her stratight to you. And now you ask me through your tears, the age-old questions of all the years, Heredity or Environment, which are you a product of? Neither darling, neither....just two different kinds of love.
FC: Rob & Lori | Your Baby Our Heart
1: "We waited for you against all hope. We came for you with the greatest of hopes." -Aurthor Unkown | If you feel we might be a good match or you have questions, please contact us using the information listed. We hope to hear from you! Lutheran Child & Family Services 317 West Main S., Belleville, IL 62220 Susan Koniak at 618-234-8904 Ext. 28 Email: Susan_Koniak@lcfs.org or firstname.lastname@example.org 618-334-8546
2: Hello, WeÂ’re Rob and Lori We were blessed by adoption with our daughter Isabella. She is the love of our lives and we consider ourselves very fortunate to be parents. We have much more love to give so we are hoping to grow our family through another adoption and give Isabella a brother or a sister. If youÂ’'re pregnant and considering adoption, weÂ’'d like to get to know you. We know this is one of the most difficult and selfless decisions you will ever make and we thank you for considering us. Family means everything and we promise that we will love your child unconditionally and give the time and attention every child deserves so he/she can lead a happy life. We want you to have as much information as you need to make the best decision for your child. So weÂ’ve included a little about our family throughout this book.
4: About Our First Adoption
5: After a long journey of infertility & then an international adoption process, our prayers were answered and we were blessed with our angel, Isabella. She has brought so much joy and happiness into our lives! We are reminded daily how lucky we are to be parents and that Isabella is a true gift from heaven. We adopted her from Guatemala and we were able to bring her home one week after her 1st birthday. She is now 4 years old. Isabella was cared for and nurtured by a wonderful foster family with whom we still maintain a relationship with via Facebook & emails. We can create a relationship that works for us and you. The more people there are to love a child, the better his/her life will be. | Love knows no border. Two Countries -One Heart.
6: We met when Lori was in High School and Rob was a Freshman in College. After many years of dating, we finally tied the knot. We have been married for 12 years now and have grown together over the years. We are soul mates and best friends who make each other laugh everyday. We are both very hard working, but try not to take things so seriously that we cannot laugh at ourselves. We live a very balanced life and make our families the center of everything we do. | About Us
7: "A happy family is but an earlier heaven." -John Bowring
8: Introducing Lori
9: Lori & Isabella love to dance, read books at bedtime, play beauty shop, paint & draw pictures, create crafts, play Candyland & Barnyard Bingo. When Lori isn't playing with Isabella, she enjoys running, golfing, & digital scrapbooking. | Lori is a loving, caring & nurturing mom who believes in family traditions. She is organized & has a great sense of humor which helps her balance the job of being a mom & an Insurance Sales Manager. She has a flexible schedule so she is able to put family first. Lori holds both a Bachelor and Masters Degree.
10: Introducing Rob
11: Rob has a kind and patient personality which has helped him become a favorite High School Teacher and Coach. His love for helping kids learn & reach their full potential has also enabled him to be a great Dad. | Some of Isabella and Rob's favorite activities include building legos, playing on our swing set & all sort of sports. Rob even plays "make-overs" where Isabella puts barretts in his hair & make-up on his face. In Rob's spare time, he enjoys competitive running and playing golf.
12: We enjoy to travel & help Isabella explore the world to discover her own interest & talents. Florida is one of our favorite vacation destinations. Isabella has visited Busch Gardens, Marco Island, Destin, and Walt Disney World. | "Kids spell love T-I-M-E." -John Crudele
13: What We Enjoy as a Family | Our favorite time of the year is Fall because we love going to the Pumpkin Farm, Trick or Treating, Celebrating Isabella's Birthday & Gotcha Day. | Since we live close to St. Louis, Isabella's favorite trips are to the Zoo and Grant's Farm because she loves animals!
14: Rob's Family | Isabella is patiently waiting to watch the town fireworks with her cousins Owen & Brody. | Isabella & Alex playing dress at our Father's Day gathering.
15: We get together with both sides of our families monthly or more for birthdays, holidays,& important family functions. Our families live within 15 minutes of us except for Lori's brother who lives 1 hour away. | We go on an annual camping trip with Lori's family every year. On the trip, Isabella loves fishing, swiming and eating smores with her cousins. | Lori's Family
16: When Isabella is with Nana B & Papa Frank, they love to go to Petco to see all of the animals. They also enjoy going to the library to read books, & playing with their dog Jake. | Isabella enjoys the annual family camping trip with Grandma Sue and Papa Lee. Their annual homemade ice cream is a favorite of everyone's at Isabella's birthday parties. | GRANDPARENTS | Nana B & Papa Frank | Grandma Sue & Papa Lee
17: Grandpa Felix & Grandma "B" live right around the corner from us. Isabella visits them a couple days a week while Rob runs for an hour. When she is with them, she loves to play "grocery shopping" and cut and color pictures. | "Grandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child's growth as vitamins." -Joyce Allston | Grandma "B" & Grandpa
18: We live in the St. Louis Bi-State area in Illinois. Our neighborhood is newly built and is filled with families & kids. We know all of our neighbors & have many family gatherings. In the summer, we belong to a local pool and we spend many weekends swimming.
19: Where We Live | There is a local park within walking distance that has many family events that may include train rides, jump houses, petting zoo and outdoor movies. We also ride our bikes there to feed the fish in the lake and play on the swingsets.
20: "You become a family not because you share the same genes, but because you share love for eacth other." -Joan McNamara Adoptive Parent