S: Kevin, Caroline, and Meredith
FC: Kevin, Caroline, and Meredith
1: Thank you for taking the time to look through this book and learn about our family. Although we cannot know how hard it is for you to make this decision, we do know that it takes tremendous courage and love. We hope this book will give you an idea of the sort of life we can offer your child: one filled with loving parents, grandparents, family, friends, and an adoring older sister. We are adoptive parents to a beautiful two-year- old girl. We adopted Meredith when she was a newborn. Becoming parents was the most joyous experience we have ever known. We now hope to adopt one more child to complete our family. We are willing to have an open adoption plan with you, if that is what you seek. We hope this short book will show you that we will love your baby forever, unconditionally, and that we will do everything we can to make sure he or she has a happy and successful life. Caroline loves being a stay-at-home mom, and plans to be a stay-at-home mom until our kids go to college. Kevin is an executive in the publishing industry and has worked for the same company for 15 years. Education is very important to us and we plan to provide our children with the means to go to college. We are a Christian family and live the values that go along with that. We especially place a high value on spending time with our parents, siblings, cousins, and friends—we have wonderful relationships with all of our family members. Both of our families are very supportive of our adoption efforts, and we each have relatives who were themselves adopted. In closing, and most importantly, we deeply and sincerely thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. It is a brave, emotional, and tough decision in front of you. You have our respect and heartfelt prayers as you go through this process. We hope it eases your heart to know that we have so much love to share. In our hands and in our home, your child will be loved, cherished, protected and very well cared for. Again, thank you.
2: Kevin is kind, good-natured, reflective, hardworking, and likes to joke and laugh. He likes to play and watch sports—especially basketball. He is also an avid reader. Kevin has a college degree and works as an executive for a publisher, and has worked for the same company for 15 years. Above all else, he loves being a dad and playing with Meredith. Caroline is warm, generous, extremely patient, thoughtful, and has a good sense of humor. She believes it is very important to treat everyone she meets with kindness. She has an outgoing personality and has lots of friends. She has a college degree and worked in television and public relations, but stopped working when we adopted Meredith. She loves being a mom, and loves that she gets to stay at home and take care of our daughter full time. We met in 2001 and were good friends before we began dating in 2003. In 2005, we married on New Year’s Eve. Soon after we married, we discovered we would not be able to have biological children. We immediately decided that adoption was the path we were meant to take to build our family, and were overjoyed to adopt Meredith. We are best friends, and are a strong, loving couple, committed to one another for life. We have a very happy marriage and life.
4: We adopted our daughter Meredith when she was a newborn. She is now two years old. She is a great kid and brings us so much joy. Meredith is super-smart and funny with a sweet and gentle personality. She loves babies and is looking forward to being a big sister! Meredith loves to sing, dance, dress up, play with her friends, cook with Mommy, and go to playgroups and music classes. She is also really into art. We color and paint new pictures just about every day. Meredith also loves to curl up on the couch and read with Mommy and Daddy. Visiting with her cousins is also a favorite thing to do.
6: We have a large family. Kevin's father and stepmother live just up the street and Caroline's mother also lives close by. Kevin's mother lives farther away, but we get to visit every few months. Sadly, Caroline's father and sister have passed away, but they are remembered every day. | Caroline's mother | Kevin's father and stepmother | Kevin's mother (holding Meredith)
7: We also spend lots of fun time visiting with our siblings, nieces, nephews, and cousins. There are lots of little kids to play with! Both Kevin's and Caroline's families have members who are adopted.
9: These pictures show you some of our family members. | We love getting together for family celebrations!
10: Our home is good-sized, comfortable, and has a large, toy-filled yard. It has four bedrooms (your baby will have his or her own room), four bathrooms, a big family room, and a playroom. We live in a safe, crime-free suburb of a major city. Living here allows us to take advantage of many activities, including museums, cultural centers, a zoo, and an aquarium. The schools in our area are among the best in America. Our house is on a quiet street and within walking distance to at least ten parks and playgrounds.
13: Lots of fun things to do at this park! | Playing with friends! | This is a great toddler park! | One of our favorite parks is right around the corner!
14: We love to get out there and try new things, go on vacations, and seek new experiences. We take a couple of fun vacations each year. We love visiting the beach and the mountains. We also love to take Meredith on hikes and family picnics in the park
15: Where we live, we usually don't get too much snow—but this year we got A LOT! | Sledding and playing in the snow!
16: We love to celebrate holidays with family and friends. Christmas and Thanksgiving are our favorites.
17: Birthdays, Easter, and Halloween are also really big deals at our house.
19: Meredith has lots of friends and is involved in all kinds of activities. She belongs to three playgroups, one of which is a nature playgroup—another is just for adopted kids. Kevin and Caroline also really enjoy spending time with their friends. Here are some pictures from various events and fun times.