BC: Thank you for taking time to consider us. We look forward to meeting you. | ~Michael & Jessica
FC: Michael & Jessica
1: Hello, Our names are Michael and Jessica; this is the hardest letter we've ever had to write because we know that in this moment you are in the midst of making some tough decisions for you and the child growing inside of you. A year ago, we were faced with some tough choices as well when we found out that conceiving a child would be extremely difficult or even unlikely. We stood face-to-face with heartache and uncertainty. We're sure that you have felt similar emotions as well but for different reasons. Both our circumstances were unplanned and unexpected, but life has an interesting way of bringing people together. Today, our paths have met, and we believe it's for a reason and a purpose. We have been married for almost 5 years. We are best friends, and we love being around each other. We live in the country with lots of woods. In our spare time, we enjoy traveling. We try to go to a new destination every summer. We are big history buffs, so we call them "field trips" instead of vacations. Once we have a child, we will make sure he/she sees as much of this beautiful world as possible. Being teachers has allowed us to have summers off so that we can spend time together and grow closer as a family. As we continuously thank God for the life He has blessed us with, we can't help but have a desire to share our adventures and blessings with a child whom we can love and adore. We are praying for you as you prepare and plan for the coming days/months. We know that this is a confusing and uncertain season in your life. May you be blessed, whatever you decide. Michael & Jessica
2: This is me growing up through the years. I loved to read, and I was involved in many clubs and sports. I also loved the outdoors. | 3 years old | 6 years old | 4 years old | 5 years old | 7 years old | 14 years old | 16 years old | Jessica
3: Today, I still enjoy the outdoors, sports, and reading. I also teach high school English. I care for my students, and I strive to be a good role model for them. | Traveler | Teacher | Chocolate Lover | Dog Lover | Athlete | Vacationer
4: This is me over the years. I grew up playing sports and loving the outdoors. | 17 years old | 6 years old | 8 years old | 1 year old | 2 years old | Michael
5: Today, I still love sports and the outdoors. I also enjoy photography and coaching. I am an assistant principal at a small high school near our home. | Museums | Aquariums | Photography | Coach | History
6: Little did we know that working together would lead to a great friendship. Years later, that friendship grew into a relationship that led to marriage. | This is the school where we met while teaching. | Our classrooms were right across the hall from each other.
7: These pictures were taken while we were dating. | Days at the lake... | Football games... | Snow days...
8: This is the pier where we got engaged. | This is our engagement picture that was in the newspaper. | This is the first picture taken of us as an engaged couple. | Our Engagement | This quote was written for us.
9: We were married on an icy day in December of 2009. The ceremony was beautiful. We had a Christmas theme because both of us love the holiday. | Our Wedding
10: Our animals | Annabel loves giving kisses. | Tinsley decided she would lay in the middle for the picture. | Annabel loves wearing sweaters.
11: We own two gentle and loving dogs. Tinsley and Annabel love all humans...especially kids! | Lazy afternoons... | Tinsley loves to pose for the camera. | Ready for the rain!
12: Gloucester, Mass. | Gloucester, Mass. | We love to travel and cannot wait to take our next vacation as a family of three! | Gloucester, MA | Washington, DC | Wilmington, NC
13: "Wherever you go...I go." | Myrtle Beach, SC | New York, NY | Outer Banks, NC
14: These are our extended families. | "Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter." -Brad Henry | Jessica's side: We get together quite often with this side of this family for birthdays and holidays. | Michael's side: We get together for holidays with this side of the family. Many of them live far away.
15: These are our nieces and nephews. They cannot wait to add another cousin to the group! | Alex & Ethan | Abby & Will | Ethan | Michael, Will, & Jess | Alex & Jess | Jess & Mae Avery | Stephen, Abby, & Will
16: I love that Michael is still a kid at heart! He is such a loving man, and I am blessed to call him my husband and best friend. I look forward to the next 50 years with him and our child! ~Jessica
17: Jessica defines my being. Her love and encouragement gives my life direction and my soul peace. It is this love that will make her a great mom. ~Michael
18: We cannot wait to transform this room for our baby. We look forward to adding a crib and stuffed animals! | This is our beautiful house...all that is missing is a child.
19: "You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them." - Desmond Tutu | We are excited to add another stocking to our mantle!