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Keith & Dionna
We admire you so much for considering adoption! We feel fortunate that you want to learn more about us. We have an abundance of love, laughter and support to give a child. Please know that we are praying for you and your baby. We hope you consider us and feel peace in knowing that we will give a child all of the love we are capable to give.
Adoption in Our Lives
Three years ago we started our journey to become adoptive parents. Within a few months of waiting, we received a call on Easter Sunday that we had been placed with a beautiful 3-month-old baby boy, our precious Avery. Two days later we were on the road to meet his biological family and to hold our son for the first time. That day was the most wonderful day of our lives. We were blessed to be able to spend some time with his birth mother. That is a special time we will always cherish and will share with our son.
We regularly send photos and an update letter to Avery's birth parents. We want them to see how he is growing and developing in to the amazing little boy that he is. It is our hope and prayer that they feel peace and comfort in seeing how much he is loved and adored by us and those who know him. We deeply admire Avery's birth mother and we know it was out of selfless love that she made her choice. Every night at bedtime we say prayers with Avery and each night we pray for his birth parents that their life is happy and fulfilled.
We have always known that we would adopt again. Our hope is that our children will share a special bond because of their shared adoption experience. Siblings are one of God's greatest gifts and we know our children will be blessed to have each other.
Our Leisure Time
Since we have adopted our son our leisure time has become so much more exciting and joyous. Before we became parents, travel was a huge part of our lives. Now we take our son and we see the world through the eyes of a child. It is amazing! We've gone to Disney World, the beach several times a year, camping, to different cities to visit friends, and every trip we learn something about our son that is simply awesome.
We also enjoy our everyday activities close to home. We are members of a community club pool where we love to swim. There is lots of hiking and biking trails close to our house where we can take Avery in the bike stroller. The town where we live has festivals every week during the summer and Avery loves to dance with his friends when the band plays. We go to the local playground a few times a week, to community library storytime, and the children's museum where we make crafts. We always have something fun to go see and to do.
Several times a week we see our families. Extended family is very important to us and we want our children to have a relationship with their grandparents, aunts/uncles and cousins. Dionna's parents have a large farm and we love to go ride the side by side, 4 wheelers and to play in the creek. Keith loves sports and we try to go to several sporting events each year.
Our Promise to You
We promise to love your child unconditionally for the rest of our lives. Your child will grow up knowing that you love them and that they are adopted. We promise your child will know that you did one of the most selfless acts there is by allowing us to raise your child.
We promise to raise your child in a Christian home, where love and acceptance will abound. We will nurture their interests, teach them right from wrong and make sure they know we will always be there for them, no matter what happens in their life.
We promise to surround your child with lots of laughter and love. Our son, our parents, immediate and extended families, and friends are all so anxious to shower your child with love and attention. We will raise your child with compassion and guiding love so that they will become a responsible and caring individual. There will always be wonderful people surrounding your child to offer love and support.
We promise to pray for you now and for many years after the adoption process is complete. We will encourage your child to pray for you as well as the years go by. We want you to have a wonderful and fulfilling life. You deserve all of the wonderful gifts and love that life has to offer.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love calling North Carolina home! Our house is located close to the mountains yet only a few hours to the beach. We live in the country with a big yard so the kids will have room to run and play. Our home is on a very private lot off the beaten path but still in a residential neighborhood where we can easily step outside and talk to our neighbors. Though we live out of city limits, in 10 minutes we can be in a great town with lots of restaurants, festivals, culture and things for children to do.
Our neighborhood has lots of children of different ages. Anytime we go out with our son for a walk or to ride his bike we almost always stop to chat with neighbors and let the kids play together. Our closest neighbors have become like family and they love our son dearly. They are all so excited for us to adopt again so they can give the baby lots of snuggles. Within walking distance of our house is a large community park with a library, playground, walking paths and basketball courts. We love to meet up with other families at the park to play!
Our Extended Families
We are very fortunate to have strong, close relationships with our families. It is wonderful to have our families so close that we can see them frequently. Avery has such close relationships with both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins because we get to see them often. Our parents live about five miles from each other. They are the most wonderful grandparents to Avery and are excited to welcome another grandchild into the family.
Keith is very close to his parents and extended family. Since he is an only child his parents are beside themselves to be able to spoil two grandchildren. His parents own a second home at the beach and we love to visit several times a year. It is such a great place for children! Every Fall Keith's entire extended family gets together for a big dinner. Also, every 4th of July Keith's parents host us and his cousin's family for a fun family beach trip.
Dionna is the youngest of four kids and having grown up on a large dairy farm is very close to her parents, brothers and sister. Her parents still own and live on the farm. Her brother and sister live there as well with their families. There's always kids running around on the farm and playing, our son included! Every Christmas night all 18 of Dionna's immediate family get together for lots of fun, food, fellowship and presents. The grandkids have a whole room of presents just for them!
From Us to You
Hi! We are Keith and Dionna and we are so thankful that you have taken the time to learn more about us. While we have no idea the circumstances that have brought you to this decision, we truly admire your courage in considering adoption for your child. We cannot begin to imagine what you may be feeling during this process and we wish you strength and comfort during your journey. We believe adoption is a beautiful gift from God and we feel blessed with the opportunity to build upon our family again through adoption. Adoption is truly an amazing story and we know it must take unimaginable love and sacrifice to consider adoption for your child.
We are so excited to adopt again and we appreciate you for considering us as potential parents of your child. Should you choose us to become the parents of your little one we promise to love him or her with all of our being and to provide the type of life you would desire for them. We believe adoption is God's plan for us and we will share your beautiful story with your child from the beginning. There will never be a time when your child doesn't know that they are adopted. We will explain to them how much you love them for you to allow us to become their parents and how God has brought us all together. We already read picture books to our son about adoption and we pray for his birth mother every night. We look forward to sharing your child's development and growth with you through pictures and letters over the years. As your child grows up we will think of you constantly and be grateful for the selfless love you have for your child.
We have been married for 6 years, but because we've known each other our whole lives, we have a very strong marriage. Growing up together in the same church, the same schools from elementary through high school, we know each other very well. Our marriage is centered upon a solid faith in God and unconditional love for each other. We have a fun loving outlook on life and each share a great sense of humor. Both of us grew up with wonderful families and we place a high value on family relationships and keeping them strong. We also have a close-knit group of friends that enjoy spending time together. Our son loves spending time with his cousins and our friend's children.
We are so eager to bring another child into our life and we have an abundance of love to give. Your child will be blessed with a loving, safe and supportive home should you choose us. Our son is so excited to have a little brother or sister to cuddle and play with. While we will not spoil your child (no guarantee on the grandparents) we will do everything we can to provide an environment where they feel comfortable and confident to pursue their own interests and goals. They will have a strong sense of family and be loved by many people. We will undoubtedly provide every opportunity possible for him or her to succeed in whatever avenue that they choose. While we certainly value higher education we also want your child to be exposed to a variety of activities so they might be as well rounded as possible. We want to encourage our children to explore various sports, music, art, and other activities and will foster and interests that they develop. Your child will be loved for who they are and will always be supported and made to feel safe.
Thank you for taking time to learn more about is. Our prayer and wish for you is peace, health, and comfort as you make decisions that are best for you and your child. We admire you so much for considering adoption. We have always envisioned have two sweet children in our lives and we are prayerful that God will deliver us another child through this wonderful blessing of adoption.
With Love and Admiration,
Keith & Dionna
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