Elissa & Richard

Hoping to Adopt (Texas)

Letter

Introduction


Thank you for considering us and taking the time to get to know us, just as we desire to know you.


Elissa and Richard
We know that your decision to explore adoption is not one you took lightly, and we want you to know we recognize the strength, courage, and selflessness it took for you to get here. Thank you for considering us and taking the time to get to know us, just as we desire to know you. We hope this book gives you a glimpse into who we are.
Why Adoption

We are eager to become parents and share all of what this world has to offer!


Elissa, Richard, and their dogs
We both had discussed our desire to adopt a child prior to getting married. When we decided to grow our family, we struggled to have a child and tried some fertility treatments that ultimately did not work. We were faced with exploring more invasive fertility treatments or pursuing adoption. We were both excited about adopting and found our way to Gladney through friends and family who had previous positive experiences both as adoptive parents and mothers looking for families to adopt their child. We are eager to become parents and share all of what this world has to offer!
Our Story

As a couple, we support each other through strong communication, compassion for each other, and our complimentary perspectives and passions that make us a good team.


Elissa and Richard in their home.
We met in college but didn’t start dating until after we had both graduated. We have been together for 12 years and married for 7 of those years. As a couple, we support each other through strong communication, compassion for each other, and our complimentary perspectives and passions that make us a good team.
Our Traditions

We plan to give a child the same fun we experienced for big and small holidays alike.


Elissa, Richard, and their families.
Both of our families have similar traditions for holidays and birthdays. Our mothers always love to celebrate in a big way, and we share that enthusiasm. Birthdays usually have a theme with a cake. Our families Christmas and Thanksgiving includes several group activities. Whether a puzzle, crafts for the kids, or baking together, it always ends up being something fun for kids and adults alike. For our own family, we want to do a lot of what our parents did with us - dinner together every night, sharing hobbies, exposing us to different cultures and activities, and encouraging exploration. We plan to give a child the same fun we experienced for big and small holidays alike.
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