S: Brad & Sherri
BC: We are both excited about adopting and are ready to share our love with a child. We look forward to helping them realize their interests and grow their talents. We are devoted to educate and prepare them for a successful life. We are committed to loving a child unconditionally. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us. We can only imagine the difficult decision you are making out of love for your child. We hope whatever decision you come to you will have peace. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Sherri & Brad
FC: Brad & Sherri
1: Moral Commitment to Birth Parent(s) from Adoptive Parent(s) We, the prospective adoptive parents, agree to provide the birth parents(s) or Taneff Law Office pictures and letters at the following intervals: We will not forget you, the birth parents, the giver of the gift of life. We will always remember what you have gone through and the sacrifice made for me to become a parent. We agree to abide by this moral promise. We understand this agreement is a moral commitment and is legally unenforceable. ___________________________ ____________________________ Adoptive Father's Initials Adoptive Mother's Initials | _____ _____ One month of age _____ _____ Two months of age _____ _____ Three months of age _____ _____ Six months of age _____ _____ Nine months of age _____ _____ Twelve months of age _____ _____ Once a year for the next six years _____ _____ Once a year for the next eighteen years
2: Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about us. We are Sherri and Brad and we are beyond excited to become parents. We are a good team and have a sound relationship based on love, trust, and a great sense of humor. We can't imagine the emotion of what you are going through and the strength it has taken you to work towards your decision. We hope that you're surrounded by love and support as you finally make it. We are humbled by the love you must have for your child, shown through planning an adoption. Once we were married, we planned on growing our family right away. After a year of trying we pursued fertility testing and realized we each faced significant infertility challenges. After a lot of soul searching we chose not to go through infertility treatments, but rather pursue adoption knowing that we can love any child as our own. We know that this decision will be an emotional journey for everyone involved. It has strengthened the love and support we have for each other as we have embarked upon it. We are truly excited to go on this journey together.
3: We feel adoption is an amazing gift and we're honored you might consider us as adoptive parents. If you chose us, your child will be our first child. Both sides of our family are eager to welcome a new baby. Your baby would be surrounded by love from grandparents, aunts, uncles, lots of cousins and dear friends. We can't wait to share the love we have to parent a child and watch him or her grow. We are committed to providing your child a life of unconditional love and nurturing. We believe he or she should always know and feel your love. We are open to sending you letters and pictures of your child in the future. We will tell your baby how much he or she is loved by you and plan to acknowledge you as the single most important part of his or her adoption story. This is who we are...
4: e met through mutual friends...married Sanibel Island, FL | I am so lucky to have such an amazing husband! Brad is my best friend and I love him dearly. He makes me laugh every single day and we have tons of fun together. He's the type of guy that's into everything, smart and curious. I know Brad will be a wonderful dad because he is loving, kind, and supportive. He's also fiercely loyal to his family and friends. Brad makes me feel safe and loved. Again...I'm a lucky girl! | Our Story | In March of 2008 we met at a St. Patrick's celebration through mutual friends then began dating | Brad proposed to Sherri on top of the Eifel Tower in Las Vegas in September of 2009 and she said, "Yes!" | We married in April of 2010 on Sanibel Island Florida with a small group of family & close friends | About Brad by Sherri
5: We celebrated our marriage with our extended families and friends at home in June of 2010 | In March of 2012 we made the decision to pursue adoption | We created this book for you in July of 2012 to give you an idea of who we are | The moment I saw Sherri I knew I had to speak with her. After five minutes of conversation I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. She has filled the gaps in my life and made me a better person. A person that I could never be without her. I don't have a single doubt in my mind that Sherri will have the same impact on a child. She will pass the love and devotion on like second nature. | About Sherri by Brad
6: Sherri | I am 39 years old, 5 foot 6 inches, and have brown hair and brown eyes. | With Jaxson at the park | In Rome grabbing a drink of water | Sherri | I was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in a suburb on the north end with my parents and my younger brother. | I graduated from college with a BS in Computer Science. At work I design and develop computer programs for business solutions. | Growing up I was active in several sports such as gymnastics, softball, and volleyball. Activities I enjoy today are riding my bike and hiking. | One of my greatest passions is travel and exploring different places and cultures! | In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family, reading, gardening and looking at the stars and planets through my telescope. | At a friend's wedding rehearsal dinner
7: Brad | Working with Natalee on her cursive writing | Brad | In Rome at the Colosseum | Making a birdhouse | I am 32 years old, 6 feet tall, and have blond hair and hazel eyes. | I was born in Delaware, Ohio where I grew up with my parents, two older brothers and one older sister. | I graduated from college with a BS in Electronics Engineering. At work I sell, rent, and repair environmental testing equipment. | Growing up I spent most of my time outside. Whether I was riding my bike or playing a pickup game of football or baseball at the schoolyard down the street. | In my spare time I enjoy riding my motorcycle, woodworking, collecting coins and hanging out with my family and friends. | My main goal is to make a difference in people's lives and pass on the knowledge I have obtained in life.
8: Phil playing the zeze in Africa | Lynn at the Forum in Rome | Phil, Brad, Sherri & Lynn having dinner at Piazza Navona in Rome | Sherri's parents, Phil and Lynn, are both retired and live nearby. Phil retired from being an electrical engineer and Lynn retired from being a Medical Office Manager. Lynn is active at the Senior Center teaching photography and ancestry classes while Phil spends time gardening, stone carving and woodworking. Phil and Lynn moved to Ohio to attend Ohio State University. Lynn grew up in northern upstate New York near the Canadian border and Phil grew up on Long Island near New York City. Both Lynn and Phil keep busy with their activities, spending lots of time with their children and grandchildren and traveling the world. | Phil & Lynn | Sherri's Family
9: Sherri's brother Chris and sister-in-law Mindy were married in May of 2003. They live in the Columbus area and own a painting business. Chris runs the business while Mindy runs the household. Mindy is a stay at home mom and active with Natalee's and Jaxson's school activities as well as all of their extra curricular activities. Natalee (Natty) is 7 and Jaxson (Jax) is 5. Both are great soccer players and have a passion for the sport. Chris coaches both of their teams with lots of enthusiasm! Jaxson recently started t-ball and Natalee keeps busy with dance lessons. In their free time they like to have fire pit nights on their patio with mom and dad and play in the pool with with their friends! | Natalee | Chris & Mindy | Jaxson | Soccer Super Stars
10: Brad’s parents, Jake and Fern, enjoy spending time with their family. Jake is retired from being an electrician and Fern currently works as an insurance agent. Jake and Fern have three sons and a daughter. Brian is the oldest and has two children, Makenna and Camden. His wife Jamie is an apparel purchasing agent and Brian works for a chemical manufacturer. Tim has three children, Brittany, Cody, and Faith. His wife Rhonda is currently working toward her bachelor's degree and Tim is a machine operator for a box manufacturer. Val has two children, Madison and Nicholas. Her husband Ron is a corrections officer and Val is an office manager with a technology staffing agency. | Val & Ron | Tim & Ronda | Fern & Jake | Brian & Jaime
11: Brad's Family | Madison | Nicholas | Makenna | Camden | Cody | Faith | Brittany | Brittany graduated this year with a bachelor's degree in English. Cody is currently finishing his degree at Ohio State. Faith will be starting her senior year of high school this fall. Madison just started nursing school and her brother Nicholas will be starting 7th grade this fall, Makenna will be starting 8th grade and Camden, Brad’s youngest nephew will be starting 6th grade. Everyone lives nearby and visits often.
12: Home Sweet Home | We live in a suburb north of Columbus. Our house has four bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms. We live in walking distance of several parks and four different ice cream shops! Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie is our favorite flavor. The local school district we live in is one of the top rated in the state and the high school is ranked in the top 500 nationally. We both believe education is very important.
13: Ahhh...our patio. We love to spend time on our patio and in the back yard. There's a pond at the edge of our property where we find ducks and fish for blue gill and bass. There's plenty of room for playing catch and kicking the ball around too ! | The Patio & Pond | On cooler evenings we like to make fires in the fire pit and roast weenies and marshmallows. After nightfall we enjoy setting up the telescope and looking at the night sky.
14: This is Kitty, She turned 16 years old on Valentine's Day this year, but we're starting to think she doesn't age! | Kitty | She's playful and very sweet. No matter what we're doing she's always right there with us having fun.
15: Here's a glimpse inside our home. We have ideas for the nursery and are anxious to get started! We plan to decorate in the Sweet Lambie theme from Pottery Barn adding blue accents for a boy or pink accents for a girl. We can't wait to get started on the nursery and make it perfect!
16: We are passionate about travel and exploring new places. The atmosphere of arriving in a new country or destination is wonderful and we can't wait to share that with a child. We look forward to watching the amazement in their eyes as they as experience new worlds. Going clockwise...Fishing for fluke in Long Island New York - Submarine dive off the coast of Maui - Waterfalls in the Smokey Mountains - Brad introducing the Colosseum in Rome - Kilauea caldera at Volcanoes National Park - Waikiki Beach - Helicopter ride over volcanoes - Zion Canyon in Utah | Travel
17: Clockwise... Being silly in London -Top of the dome of St. Pauls's Cathedral in London - Niagara Falls in February - Arc De Triomphe in Paris - Brad relaxing on Lake Barkley in Kentucky - Honeymoon in Florida, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris - Trevi Fountain in Rome
18: Just Us Clockwise... Boxing Day dinner with our British friends - Carving pumpkins - Brad finishing a 5K race - Dash for Donation 5K for Donate Life charity - Sherri and her mom making Sherri's wedding bouquet - Brad & Sherri at a friends wedding rehearsal dinner - Brad baiting the hook to catch a big catfish - Sherri and her dad at a family reunion - Brad & Natty out for a ride - Brad dressed as Santa for the younger nieces and nephews.
19: Clockwise... Sherri & Brad on vacation in Indian Rocks Beach Florida - Brad and his brother Brian in Las Vegas - Sherri & Jaxson out for a ride - Sherri setting up the telescope waiting for the night sky - Brad on his motorcycle - Sherri and her brother Chris, Brad at the Beach burying Natalee in the sand while Jaxson roots him on - Brad & Sherri on their wedding day - Brad relaxing on the patio while smoking a brisket for eight hours on a hot summer day.
20: Our Family Clockwise...Camden & Makenna at a Cincinnati Reds game - Val & Ron hanging out - Brian, Jaime, Camden & Makenna on vacation in the Smokey Mountains - Brittany, Faith & Rhonda all dressed up - Natalee & Jaxson being silly - Ron & Nicholas at the Dayton Air Show - Tim & Faith "off to Prom" - Jake & Fern at the annual family reunion - Brian & Jaimie at Race for the Cure
21: Clockwise...Brad and his dad assembling a new Christmas toy - Phil & Lynn in Greenwich, England - Chris and the kids hanging out at home - Jake & Fern at the wedding - Tim & Cody horsing around - Mindy & Jaxson slurping down a milkshake - Grandpa Phil & Natalee taking a nap - Chris, Mindy, Natalee & Jaxson after the fireworks - Madison's 18th birthday...yes we made her wear the sombrero while we all sang Happy Birthday!