Thank you for considering us to be parents of your precious child. It is difficult for us to put into words the appreciation and respect that we feel for you. We admire this unselfish decision you are making.
We hope to convey in this letter how eager we are to share our love with your baby, and how privileged we would be to raise your child as our own. As you read about us, we hope you’ll gain comfort in knowing we will give your child the very best life we can.
We are a healthy, active couple and are very excited to grow our family. We look forward to sharing our favorite activities like traveling, going to sporting events, and gardening with our child.
We met in 1999 at Stephen’s sister’s wedding when a family friend accidentally introduced us. She was actually supposed to introduce Francee to Stephen’s brother. Seventeen years later, we are happy she made that mistake. Our wedding took place in 2002 at a Greek Orthodox Cathedral, which is the church we still attend and where we plan on raising our family. The last 17 years have been the best years of our lives, and we’re excited to share more amazing times together with a child.
We both grew up in quiet, suburban areas outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, we live in a quiet family-oriented neighborhood about 15 minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. We look forward to taking walks with our child to the local parks and on the Montour Trail. On Halloween, it’s exciting to Trick-or-Treat in the neighborhood with our nieces and we’re excited to share this tradition with our son or daughter. It is a fun, lively neighborhood with many families and children.
One of our passions is exploring the country together visiting museums, discovering National Parks, and attending sporting events. While we enjoy traveling and experiencing new areas around Pittsburgh, we really just like spending time together at home cooking comfort food with fresh veggies from our garden, while watching one of our favorite shows like Top Chef. Most of the time, you’ll see our friendly cat, Tini, following us around the house.
Spending time with our family and friends is an important part of our lives. We both come from close-knit, Greek families where large and frequent celebrations are a way of life, which was evident in our own “Big Fat Greek Wedding.” During the holidays, it’s common to see everyone (parents, siblings, nieces and nephew, cousins, aunts and uncles, and even family friends) getting together for Greek food and fun times. Some of our favorite family traditions are cutting the New Year’s bread to see who gets the lucky coin, having Greek Easter egg fights, and baking Christmas cookies with our nieces.
Even when it isn’t a special holiday, we spend as much time as possible with our family. With our families being so close by, we are able to spend a lot of time together. Whether it be cheering our nieces on at a soccer game, taking the girls back to school shopping and out to dinner or just hanging out and watching a movie with our nephew Peter, we love being with all of them.
Francee’s sister Elenee and her husband, Brandon, have two young daughters; Evyennia and Estelle. Stephen’s sister Anita and her husband, David, have two teenage daughters; Mia and Kristina. Stephen’s brother Alex and his wife, Kathy, have a toddler, Peter. Stephen’s siblings and parents all live within 10 minutes of each other. Francee’s mom lives within 10 minutes of us as well, and her sister lives in Cleveland, OH. We love to spend weekends in Cleveland exploring a new city with our family.
Over the past few years, we’ve endured several traumatic miscarriages, one of which was a stillborn son at 35 weeks. Our family and friends have been extremely supportive to us throughout these struggles. Although we’ve gone through difficult times, our journey to become parents has not ended, and we’re excited to adopt. With unwavering support from our family and friends, we have so much love to give and pray that God will help us find our baby.
About Francee, By Stephen
When I first met Francee I knew she was special, she has an energy and warmth to her that I’ve never experienced with anyone else. She is my best friend and I love her dearly. After a long day, I can count on her to make a delicious home-cooked meal where we can sit together and discuss our day.
Francee will be an amazing mother! She’s dedicated her life to working with children as a fifth grade school teacher. Francee is a true professional and always has the students’ best interests at heart. Because she is such an avid reader and a Language Arts teacher, she coaches a “Battle of the Books” team at school, and at the end of the school year, she treats her students to a new book at the local book store.
She’s an awesome aunt to our four nieces and one nephew and spends as much time as she can with all of them. She watches my sister’s girls a couple of times a week during the summer when they are all off for summer break. They go shopping at the mall, relax at the neighborhood pool, and spend many an afternoon baking delicious treats together.
Francee’s interests include baking, entertaining, traveling and reading. She loves to combine her passion for baking and entertaining to bring people together at our house. We often host gatherings for Pittsburgh sporting events and outdoor cookouts in the summer. Her chocolate chip cookies are highly coveted by family and friends. She is a prolific reader and typically finishes three books before I can finish one. I can see Francee enjoying her passion for reading while reading bedtime stories to our child.
Francee is loving and caring and these traits are reflected in the way she treats her family and others. She is always willing to help people whether its tutoring students who need special assistance, volunteering for the church’s Greek Food Festival, or participating in a charity walk to help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s. Her strong sense of family, kindness, and loving heart will make her a great mom.
About Stephen by Francee
I knew Stephen was a special person the moment we met when I saw the sparkle in his eyes and his warm smile as we danced. Even though I was only 19 when we started dating, I knew in my heart we were meant to be together.
Stephen will be the perfect dad! He’s kind, caring, and has a positive outlook on life. He loves spending time with our family and friends, especially our four nieces and nephew; always making them laugh. We often laugh when our nieces in Cleveland run past me in order to find Stephen. He’s definitely the uncle that likes to joke around; not taking life too seriously.
Music is a big passion of Stephen’s and you’ll often find him listening to his vast array of 80’s records that are part of his impressive vinyl collection. He would love to share this music with our child just like his father shared his love of jazz music when he was young.
He has a strong network of close guy friends who have been friends since elementary school. They frequently gather at sporting events where it’s fun to watch them rooting for their favorite Pittsburgh teams, especially the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team. When Stephen was seven, he learned to play ice hockey, and continues to play on a team with his brother and several friends. He can’t wait to share his love of hockey with our child.
Being the owner of a small business, Stephen can teach our child that by persevering and working hard, any goal can be achieved in life. He and his business partners are close friends who have worked together for over 20 years. Ten years ago, they were committed to starting a logistics company together, which is still thriving today.
He will be a positive role model for our children by supporting them and guiding them through life. Whether it’s teaching them how to ride a bike or studying for a test, he can instill in them important values that got him to where he is today.
He’s my best friend and the most wonderful husband. I know he’ll be an amazing father!
What We Hope to Offer Our Child
We are committed to our marriage and very excited to become parents. We are equally committed to provide the support and encouragement necessary for our child to realize their potential, whatever that may be. The love we have for each other as husband and wife will be reflected in our child’s life. We have always wanted to have a baby we could raise together and instill our strong family values and love of one another with.
We live in a wonderful home in a great community that is safe and has a great school district. We are both college educated and have successful professional careers that will allow for our child to have a good life. Francee and I both have unique jobs that will allow for us to spend significant time with our child. Stephen can work from home most days and Francee gets all school holidays off including summers. We will have the financial means to provide for college or whatever our child wishes to do after High School.
More importantly we can surround our child with love and family. As previously mentioned, we come from a close-knit Greek family that values togetherness and support of one another. Our parents are retired and will play an integral role in our child’s life. They love to babysit and are experts at it by now! Our child will have many cousins and aunts and uncles to play and have fun with.
We are of Christian faith and were both brought up in the Greek Orthodox Church. We plan on raising our child in this same manner. God plays an important role in our lives and we hope it will in our child’s life too.
Thoughts on Adoption
We plan on being very open with our adoptive child. We will always tell them what a loving and selfless decision their birth mother made when she decided to allow us to adopt him or her. After the adoption, we would like to provide you with annual updates and photos as well as counseling and emotional support.
A child is the blessing that we wait for to grow our family. We promise our unconditional love, understanding, and compassion, as well as a secure, stable, loving home and family life. We understand that having a child requires a 100% commitment each and every day, and we welcome that responsibility.
If you would like to learn about us or to arrange an initial phone call, please call Cindy anytime at A Loving Alternative 800-556-5635.
Thank you for taking the time to read about us as a couple and hopeful parents.
Stephen and Francee