S: Seth and Deb
BC: Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . . And He will direct your path Proverbs 3:5-6
FC: Seth & Deb
1: We are Seth and Deb and we want to thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We would like to start by expressing our respect, admiration, and thanks for your courage right now. We can't imagine the feelings you have or will experience in your decision to plan an adoption for your child. We are excited that you would consider us as loving parents and we pray that this book will give you a glimpse of who we are and who we hope to be as parents.
2: Seth has brown hair and brown eyes. He is 39 years old and is a veteran of the United States Navy. | He has worked as a city bus driver for 3 years and works at least 40 hours each week. | SETH
3: Deb has blond, curly hair and hazel eyes. She is 44 years old and has a Bachelor's Degree in Education. She has worked as a Special Education Teacher for 6 years and works around 40 hours a week. | If she returns to work part time, childcare will be provided by grandparents and church daycare. | DEB | When she is teaching, childcare will be provided by grandparents and a licensed preschool.
4: It's hard to put all that Seth is into words. I barely remember life before him and couldn't imagine life without him. Seth is one of the smartest people I know. He can remember so much! He is very handy and has a terrific imagination. One of the things that draws people to him is his quick wit and humor. He keeps me laughing! Seth is a disciplined man. He enjoys looking at the world through others' eyes. He will be a great father because of the way he loves and the knowledge he has to teach children as they grow. | It is hard to put all Daniel is into words. I can barely remember life before him and couldn't imagine life without him. Daniel is one of the smartest people I know. He can remember so much! He is very handy and can build or fix anything. One of the things that draws people to him is his quick wit and humor. He always keeps me laughing! Daniel is a godly man. He is so disciplined to spend time with God everyday and pray about what's going on in his life. Children love Daniel (or Dan-Dan as our friend's children call him). He will be a great father because of the way he loves and the knowledge he has to teach a child as they grow. | About Seth by Deb
5: If I had to define Rachel in one word it would be selfless. I have never known someone so willing to give of themselves like she does. Her service to our church's mercy team and service guild highlights her heart for other people. She is so talented and creative that our friends always ask her to plan and decorate their baby showers. Despite our struggles with infertility, and her personal pain, she is still willing to give of herself to help others. That's how I know she is going to be a wonderful mother. Her personal sacrifice goes largely unnoticed, and sometimes unthanked. Yet despite this, she continues to give of herself. Her life is an example of "love your God with all your heart your soul and your mind and to love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-39). | About Deb by Seth | If I had to describe Deb in one word it would be selfless. I have never known someone so willing to give of herself. Her service to her students and our church highlights her heart for other people. She is so talented and creative, but she seldom gives herself enough time to create. Deb sees the potential in all children. That is how I know she will be a great mother. Her personal sacrifice often goes unnoticed but she continues to give. Her life is an example of "love your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39)
6: Our Church | We attend a Lutheran church (ELCA) with around 350 members. We live about 2 minutes away and love the people there. We are involved in our church and Deb serves as a Sunday School teacher and Bible School leader. We love both the traditional and contemporary services. Our church also has a great Children's Ministry!
7: Activities | Rummage Sale for our adoption costs | Christmas Program | Our faith is very important to us and has truly grown since we got married and became involved in the church. We have been so blessed to have our fellow members as a support system for the past four years. Many families have small children and babies who can't wait for a new playmate!
8: Seth & his Dad | Seth's Family | Mike & Jess | Jess & Mom | Seth, Mom & Mike | Susie, Aunt Ede, & Mom
9: My mother, niece, and brother live in St. Petersburg, Florida. After adopting my niece, Jessica, 18 years ago, my Mom is ready to have a grandchild to spoil. My Dad lives about 30 minutes away and is enjoying retirement, but loves babies and little kids too. I have a 52 year old brother, Mike, who made an adoption plan for his daughter when she was an infant. Mike and Jess have been close for her entire life and see each other almost daily. I'm very close to my family. I share a hobby of watching NFL football with my brother, spending time with my Dad, and talking to my family on a daily basis. We also just celebrated my great aunt Edythe's 100th birthday! We both look forward to sharing and making new memories with a child.
10: Deb's Family | Deb & her Mom | Deb & her Dad | Deb & Seth with family | Deb's Dad & Step-Mom | Deb's Mom & Step-Dad
11: I am very close to my family. I'm blessed to have my Mom and Step-Dad just a few minutes away. My Dad and Step-Mom also live in the same town. My parents have grandchildren and can't wait to spoil our child. Although my parents are retired, they still work part-time and remain very active. They are all excited about adding to the family. My brothers and their families also live nearby and we all are very close. My family loves to celebrate birthdays and holidays together. I also have step-brothers and sisters on both sides.
12: Our little sweetie pie | Our Home | Baby's Room
13: We live in a great neighborhood. We are only a couple minutes away from family, church, a park, and an elementary school. We have nice neighbors with lots of kids in the area. There are always people walking and biking down our street. Our house has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a large playroom downstairs.
14: We have lived in this house for over 4 years. We love to entertain our family and friends on the back porch..grilling and relaxing. | Our Home | Warm and Inviting... A big backyard... | backyard
15: ...spacious room ready for fun | Getting the nursery ready | Our backyard
16: We met in the fall of 2006. Seth's boss was Deb's boss' husband. After a lot of chance meetings with friends, we knew we had something special. Some of our favorite memories include singing karaoke, our honeymoon to Lake Tahoe, & dressing up for Halloween. We went on our first real date in October of 2006 and sang karaoke songs without regret. We dated for one year before we got engaged. We were engaged for 8 months before getting married. | 2007 | Nov. 2006 | Oct. 2006 | we met | started dating | Vacation | Our Story
17: 2012 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | Halloween "black eyed peas" | married | Ready to be parents | 1st Thanksgiving in our home | The wedding was in June of 2008 and was a wonderful day. It was beautiful to see all the people that have known and supported us as we became a couple. It was a perfect day! After a honeymoon in Lake Tahoe, we moved into Deb's house and then bought our first house together in 2009. Our home is near Deb's hometown. We love our life here! We also love taking annual trips to Seth's hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida.
18: This is our dog, Newman. He is 12 years old. He loves to cuddle and he's not afraid of children. He still likes to play and have fun! | Newman
19: Newman is family | at baseball field
20: Friends and Family
24: Going Clockwise... Hanging out, drive-in movie, Seth & Deb on beach, our friend, Drew's, birthday, swimming with nieces & nephews, Deb hanging out on game day, Deb & Seth at Yosemite, Seth at NASCAR race.
25: Our Hobbies | Seth Enjoys NASCAR racing, Star Wars, hanging out with friends, going to concerts, and watching football. One of his favorite hobbies is building with Legos & spending time with our nephews. Deb Enjoys reading, swimming, traveling, drawing, concerts, and spending time with friends & family. She loves to chat and spend time with her mother. She also enjoys shopping with Seth.
26: We are so excited for the chance to bring a child into our family... | Out of all the hobbies & interests we have, our favorite is just being together. We love to go to college football games, races, and concerts. We also enjoy the time in the car driving, talking about what's going on in our lives, and singing with the radio.
27: Having Fun | Whether it's watching a movie, making a meal, or just sitting on the porch: we have fun and enjoy each other. We are so excited for the chance to bring a child into our family to share the love that we have for each other.
28: SHOPPING is among our favorite pastimes. Spending time together and finding good deals are what we like to do on weekends.
29: at the mall | 2012 | "Look at Santa
30: Our Marriage | Our marriage is faith based and very strong. Our strengths include good communication, laughing together, and the tendency to know what the other is thinking. We do have very distinct roles in our marriage: Deb does the laundry, Seth cuts the grass, Seth keeps the social calendar, Deb manages the finances. One of the ways we could grow our marriage is to know more about the other's role in the family. We are a great team and work together to make decisions. Our family goal is to raise a child to love God and bring him or her up in a Christian home.
31: One of the ways that our faith has grown and our marriage has been strengthened is through infertility. We have tried to conceive for 3 years. We have been very blessed to have our supportive family and friends through this time. Through prayer and guidance from other adoptive parents, we made the decision to begin the adoption process. We were fortunate to be like-minded when we made the decision. We feel it is a privilege to bring a child into our family just as God brings us into His.
32: Parenting is something we are ready to experience. Deb works with children and has learned a lot about different parenting styles through her job. We believe that there must be a balance between discipline and fun. We believe that we will have a loving home and will teach our child to be respectful and compassionate to others. | Parenting | Deb is a Special Education Teacher
33: Our discipline styles would be age appropriate and we are committed to finding a way to make sure our child knows that we mean what we say and that our child can trust us. | We both had great models for parenting with our parents and grandparents and believe that our different personalities will make for a great parenting team. | Discipline
34: sunny days | We will tell our child about his/her adoption when it is age appropriate. At our church, there are several children who are adopted. We have talked to people and researched since beginning this process. Also, Seth's Mom adopted her daughter, Jessica, and our families discuss it openly. We will make sure our child knows the love of his or her parents and family. | Adoption
35: spring is here! | Baby Girl | We will describe you to your child in a respectful and loving light because of the choice you are making. We will send updates and pictures of your child as long as you desire and we are open to visits, but we will always respect your privacy.
36: We are so excited about the possibility of sharing our life with your precious child and hope this book has given you a glimpse of what that life would be like. We want you to know that our home is warm and happy and will always be a place of love, learning, and encouragement.
37: Together, we will always celebrate life . . . and we will always celebrate you. We wish you courage in the days ahead and will pray for the decisions you will make for your child. Thank you for learning more about us. Sincerely, Seth & Deb