We’re thrilled and grateful you would consider allowing us to welcome your baby into our lives. Your baby is blessed to have a mother who loves him or her so much, and we respect your bravery and selfless decision to consider adoption.
We hope this letter gives you a glimpse into our lives and the kind of love, care and security we’d give your child. We are a happy, stable, active family and promise to adore, protect and celebrate your baby. He or she would be given every opportunity for a wonderful life, surrounded by family and friends with unconditional love to share.
We’re honored to be a part of this incredibly personal decision and are excited at the prospect of welcoming your child into our family.
We met over ten years ago, drawn together by similar core values and strong connections to our families and friends. Since then, we’ve enjoyed a loving, stable marriage based on respect, honesty, and trust.
After many years of infertility, we embraced adoption as a way to make our dreams of raising a family come true. We adopted our son Declan three years ago and, looking back, there’s no other road we would have wanted to travel. We’ve enjoyed every minute of parenting so far, and look forward to welcoming another baby into our family through adoption.
Family is everything to us. We spend lots of time with our large extended family, including vacations and holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and birthdays are filled with food, fun, laughter and love. Your child will be embraced by two sets of grandparents, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. We also have a large circle of close friends who are like family to us, and they can’t wait to welcome your child into their lives as well.
We live in a suburb outside of Boston, MA that’s full of young and active families. Our town has a small-town feel complete with a farmer’s market, concerts, and fairs in the park, just a block away. Our neighborhood is residential and safe, away from the craziness of the city, but close enough when we want to go to a Red Sox game, the aquarium, or the zoo.
Our home has lots of room to play and grow, including a large fenced-in backyard with a swing set, plenty of toys, games, and outdoor adventure. Some days, we’re outside playing tee-ball, gardening, or playing fetch with our friendly dog Stella. On other days, we’re inside listening to music, reading books, or watching movies.
In the summers, we spend weekends at our lake house with family and friends. While there, we love to waterski, tube, swim, fish, bike or relax on the patio and barbeque. Declan loves playing at the lake, and we’re excited to watch him and his brother or sister have fun and share these lake trip memories.
In fall and winter, we head to the mountains to hike or ski. The mountains of New England in autumn offer a breathtaking color display, from deep reds and fiery oranges to brilliant yellows. And there’s nothing like sledding, building snowmen, or making snow angels followed by a warm cup of hot cocoa! After fun-filled days in the snow, we usually snuggle up on the couch with a Disney movie or play games like Candyland.
During holidays, we enjoy decorating our home inside and out with pumpkins and scarecrows for Halloween and trees, lights, and Santa for Christmas. We love making holidays special with traditions like carving pumpkins, filling stockings, and dying Easter eggs.
When Declan was born 3 years ago, our family grew and our hearts expanded in ways we can’t describe. Declan is loving, playful and happy. He regularly surprises us with new words he’s learned and amuses us with his expressions and antics. He enjoys playing with his toys, reading, and doing art projects. He loves wagon walks, play dates, and climbing — whether on a jungle gym, a slide, or the couch. Declan has a sweet and gentle heart and loves babies and kids of all ages. He can’t wait to be a big brother! We look forward to seeing Declan and his brother or sister collaborating and co-conspiring their way through childhood while building a lifetime bond.
We have furry family members too, including our chocolate lab Stella, our bunny Elsa, and 10 chickens. Our animals add so much joy to our lives, and we believe it’s important for kids to grow up with them. Pets bring joy and unconditional love, and teach children how to love and care for others. Declan loves to feed and pat all of our animals, but has created a special bond with Stella. They chase each other around the backyard, jumping in leaf piles and snow mounds. And when things wind down, you can find them snuggled up watching movies together on the couch. But their duo is ready to become a trio with the addition of a little brother or sister.
Melinda Through Keith’s eyes
Melinda is very special person, and while it may sound corny, I truly believe she is my angel. She’s kind, sincere, loyal, genuine, and, those who know her are truly blessed. Melinda was raised in a large, loving, and very supportive family, and it was evident from the moment we met that she puts family first.
From the very beginning of our relationship, she’s inspired me with her faith. We attend church together as a family, and agree children need a moral and ethical education as well as an academic one. Every night Melinda prays with Declan, knowing that praying together teaches children to pray on their own.
Lucky for me, Melinda loves to bake and cook, creating delicious meals and desserts like her mouthwatering carrot cake. Declan gets so excited to help her in the kitchen, whether it’s mixing the ingredients together or tasting the end result! She also loves needlework, so not only does our house smell wonderful around dinnertime every evening, it’s also filled with her crafty creations.
Around the house, Melinda loves listening to music and I often catch her dancing with Declan in her arms singing and spinning him around. She also loves to read — especially to Declan at bedtime. Whether it’s Goldilocks or the 3 Little Pigs, Melinda knows the exact voice to use to make Declan laugh and keep him engaged.
Melinda is the mom every kid deserves. She’s loving and nurturing, she teaches and listens. She fixes boo-boos and kisses away tears. I know Melinda will support our children’s dreams. One time, when Declan wanted to fly to the moon, she helped him “make it happen.” She bought him a Buzz Lightyear costume, added a moon and stars to the walls, and made a spaceship using his wagon, cardboard, tape, and stickers. Her craftiness was impressive and Declan was literally over the moon thrilled and couldn’t wait to go for a ride!
Her big heart has so much love ready to be shared with your little boy or girl. She plans to take several months off from work to bond with the baby and become a full-time stay-at-home mom in the near future.
I’m so lucky to be married to the best wife and mother in the world! I know Melinda will guide our children to become happy, well-educated, confident, and loving adults.
Keith through Melinda’s Eyes
Keith is a man of uncompromising integrity and the most honest, sincere, and loyal man I’ve ever met. He lives life to its fullest and is so committed to me, our marriage, and our son. I can trust him with anything, and I know he’ll always be there, through good and bad. His insight, wisdom, and attentiveness make him an amazing dad. He’s an incredible handyman too, and can fix just about anything!
In the backyard, Keith really enjoys gardening and has surrounded our house with roses and flowers. His garden overflows with juicy vegetables and fresh herbs. He shares this joy with Declan, showing him how to grow a giant pumpkin or how high our corn stalks will reach. Keith’s excited to have two kids to share this passion with and even cordoned off an area of our yard for our next child to plant in someday. Keith is also a grill master specializing in the most savory baby back ribs I’ve ever tasted! On weekends, he has so much fun making delicious breakfasts for Declan, whether it’s scrambling fresh eggs from our own chickens or shaping pancakes into cars and planes.
Since Keith was little, he has been an avid baseball fan. He’s already taught Declan to throw a fast ball, and I know he’ll be working on our next baby’s curve ball as soon as he or she can get a grip. Over the last few years, Keith renewed his love for fishing and enjoys Daddy/son fishing outings. You should have seen the large-mouth bass Declan caught. It was huge!
My husband likes to be goofy too, which is so cute. He loved the sock monkey growing up and has taught Declan how to make big monkey lips. Keith is Declan’s favorite playground — he’s the highest swing, a climbing wall, and monkey bars — all disguised as Daddy. When it rains, music and laughter can be heard throughout the house as Keith and Declan play “marching band” complete with parade hats and musical instruments.
Keith’s career as a computer programmer brings him joy, but not nearly as much excitement and happiness as I see from him when he’s being a dad. He’s told me that before Declan was born, he truly had no idea it was possible to love someone this much. He’s a wonderful father who takes great pride in building a strong relationship with his son and can’t wait to create a bond with our next child. His work schedule is very flexible, and he works from home most days. He has plenty of time to spend with our family and looks forward to cheering our children on at sporting games and school activities.
We are so blessed to have such an adoring and devoted husband and father! Keith’s heart is so big, and I know he’ll help our children become humble, respectful, hard-working, independent adults.
Thoughts on Parenting
As parents, we believe children should be raised with love and understanding, guidance, positive role models, plenty of patience, and a good dose of humor. We plan to teach the wonders of learning, the value of family, and the importance of kindness and respect.
It’s important to us that we provide the best possible opportunities for our children. Since education creates opportunities, we place a high value on education, whether through textbooks or hands-on exploration. We will encourage our children, support them when they struggle, applaud them when they do well, and guide them when they make mistakes. We’ll help them develop confidence, individuality, and compassion and will help them grow into the beautiful people they were meant to be. Most of all, we’ll shower them with love.
Thoughts on Adoption
We can’t wait to adopt again and share our love, stability, and happiness with another child. Hopefully, you got a glimpse into our lives and feel our sincere love and desire to open our hearts and bring your child into our family.
As parents, we know that words cannot express the love between parents and their children. Your child will always know that your decision was made out of love and your hope for giving him or her a fulfilling life with a family hand-picked just for him or her. We will ensure that your child grows to understand and respect your courage and selflessness. We want you to know how well your child is doing throughout the years and are committed to sharing pictures and updating you on his or her growth and progress.
We’re grateful for your time and hope you’ll consider us. We’d love to explore this relationship further and hope you do too. You can get in touch with us through Cindy Simonson (anytime) at A Loving Alternative at 1-800-556-5635.
Please know that our prayers are with you during this time. We know this isn’t easy and we wish you peace and confidence in the choice you’re making for your child.
Melinda and Keith