FC: Andrew & Catherine
1: "As we grow together, as we continue to change with age, there is one thing that will never change: We will always keep falling in love with you."
2: Dear Birth Mother, As we are sitting here writing this letter, our sweet daughter Isla (Eye-la) is close by our side, sitting and playing at her table. It brings an overwhelming happiness to know that soon she will get to be a big sister and that we will be growing as a family. We know this opportunity would not be possible without your generous and giving heart. We also understand that this huge act of love comes at a great loss to you. Please know that when we have the newest member of our family, he or she will be welcomed with open arms and hearts. Adoption has always had a special place in our lives. We have 5 cousins that are adopted, 2 cousins who are adoptive parents. We were raised being able to see what a beautiful process adoption truly is.
3: Our family has always believed that we are the lucky ones to have these children come into our lives and become a part of our family, not the other way around. When we found out that having children wasn't possible, we felt that adoption was the answer for our family. We just knew there was a baby growing in our hearts, and to get her it would take an amazing amount of selflessness and faith of a stranger. We were blessed when Isla came into our lives two years ago, and she has been the shining star of the family every day since. We are now hoping that we can count on the generosity from another stranger because our arms are aching for another child.
4: Andrew according to Catherine: Andrew loves being a father. Newborns were a new experience for him and he took the challenge as an eager student and was quick to learn. He became a champion diaper changer and is now a whiz at negotiating with a two-year-old. He is 100 percent involved in our family life, which shows the moment you see him with his little girl. Isla loves her daddy. The saddest part of the day is when he leaves for work and there is always a party when he gets home. | Our wedding in Hawaii | Sampson The world's best dog.
5: Andrew is a laid back, adventurous soul. When life gets chaotic Drew can quickly identify what is most important and make adjustments to get life back on track. He loves to be outdoors every chance that he gets. It's a joke in our family that it is crucial to our health to spend at least 4 hours each day outside. Andrew has a passion for cooking; he loves to find new recipes and perfect them. Drew's love for food comes from his work with dietitians, sports education, and bariatric surgeons. This has created a passion for healthy eating in our family. | Andrew's Siblings | Grandma and Great Grandma
6: Catherine according to Andrew: Catherine loves children. She is constantly researching and educating herself on how to raise a happy, healthy child. She passes that education on to Isla, which makes for the synergetic connection between Isla and her mom. Cathy is able to understand all of our daughters’ needs and wants which makes her able to quickly and effortlessly comfort and help her through all of those sticky situations. | Instant fan club The cousins
7: Cathy loves to read a good book; some nights you will find her either cuddled up in bed or on the couch doing what she loves most. She is the super glue that holds our family together. She is always planning fun outings and events for the family to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors. Cathy loves meeting new people, trying new things, traveling to new places, eating new foods, and reading a new book series. In my opinion, Catherine is the best mother anyone could wish for. | Cathy's Siblings | Andrew ready for Isla's delivery. | Annual Girl's trip
8: Isla has taught us how to be parents. We've learned patience, understanding, compassion, and what unconditional love really means. Any baby on this planet will be so lucky to have this special soul as a big sister. | Best Aunt's EVER
9: Every time she is with cousins or friends, the questions are the same, “When can we see her again?” and “Can we keep her?” | Cousin's | Mad Hatter 1st Birthday
10: Instant Fan club! more cousins | Grandma, grandma, grandma | Play dates
11: We love to encourage curiosity.
12: LOVE | Our favorite time is enjoying the outdoors and being with friends and family. | Enjoying the neighborhood parade
13: Isla has grandpa wrapped around her little finger. | Super hero cousins | Isla loves howling at the moon.
14: More Grandma time | Just a cup of milk and some light reading before bed.
15: Pedicures with mommy.
16: We feel that our parenting philosophy is centered on: appropriate boundaries, natural consequences, healthy eating, exercise, exploring, encouraging questions, and the ever effective time-out. We have traveled the entire US and have started exploring Mexico, Belize, Canada, Ireland, England, Italy and France.
17: We have gained so much value in our life from the opportunity to see how others live and we believe in passing that along to our children. We want to instill in them a respect for all walks of life and to create gratitude and appreciation for what we have been given.
18: We make you a promise. When we are chosen for placement, your baby will be in safe and loving hands. We have a deep understanding and respect for the delicate feelings involved during this beautiful process. We will have an open and honest communication with our children, and will celebrate and honor their history. Because we truly believe that we are the lucky ones to be given the opportunity to have this special spirit join our family, we will continue to always put our children's needs and comforts above our own. If you choose, we will be happy to have a special day set aside each year when we will write a letter and gather pictures to send. We hope to have given you a glimpse of who we are and to offer some comfort in your decision. We will love and cherish our family every moment of our lives and will always keep you close to our hearts.