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Rob & Shara
Adoption is a gift of love, and we have so much respect for your courage and selflessness as you consider the best life for your baby. We believe becoming parents is one of the greatest privileges we will ever know and are grateful that adoption can help us realize that dream. We are overjoyed to welcome a child into a home filled with unconditional love, energy, laughter, and every opportunity for a wonderfully happy life!
What It Means to Be Parents
We believe that being a parent is one of the most important responsibilities that we can have in life. We have been able to watch so many of our friends and family have children. Although there are times this made our hearts ache with wishes that we too could be parents, we are blessed to have played a significant role in the lives of so many children.
Through all of these interactions, our admiration and love for children grew stronger. The anticipation in our hearts is bursting at the seams as we wait for a little baby to love, care for and raise. We can't wait to be woken up by a little baby at night, to feed them and change them. Rob even has a playlist of songs ready to sing the baby to sleep!
We want to help a child find their individual strengths, interests and passions in life, not just pursue our own interests. We can't wait to take them camping and to teach them about nature. Bedtime stories and prayers, along with snuggles are things we dream of. We look forward to teaching them and guiding them as they chart their own course in this world. We promise that our child will always be loved unconditionally, supported, and protected, and we will strive to give them as many opportunities in this life as we possibly can.
Our Leisure Time
We try to strike a good balance in life between activity and down-time. We believe in living life to its fullest and are constantly seeking new adventures. We love visiting the national parks, camping, hiking, and beach vacations. We enjoy taking road trips to visit family across the country and seeing all the sights along the way. Ice-skating at Christmas in New York City and visiting the monuments and museums in Washington, D.C. are fun weekend trips.
We also enjoy quiet weekends working around the house on home improvement projects, cutting and stacking firewood, or working in our garden together. We're active in our church and enjoy attending lots of church activities. In the evening you can find us on the couch reading together or watching a movie or favorite show.
Weekends will typically include a family or friends get-together, whether it's a birthday party, a backyard picnic, breakfast at a diner or a dinner at someone's home.
One of our greatest joys is traveling. We've traveled throughout the U.S., and to many countries in Europe. We love taking in the history and hiking in the mountains any chance we get. Some of our best memories as children growing up were the great vacations that we would take with our families. These are the times when we would see and do new things, laugh and have fun together, and make lasting memories. We can't wait to make these memories with a little one someday!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Rob About Shara: Shara is a beautiful, amazing woman with the biggest heart of anyone I know. She is the best friend you could ask for, which is proven by the fact that three of her closest friends have been friends since elementary school. Shara's deep, abiding faith enables her to be incredibly joyful and thoughtful towards others. Shara strives for excellence in all she does. Living in Europe for two years taught her how to be very adaptable, resourceful, and respectful of other people. I love watching Shara interact with children. She has such a deep love for all kids and I'm reminded constantly that she was born to be a mother.
Shara About Rob: Rob is an amazing husband who has more love to give than anyone I know! One of the first things that attracted me to him was his genuine interest in others, evidenced by thoughtful questions and sincere listening. He is also extremely hard-working, very thoughtful, and constantly makes me laugh! He is an Eagle Scout and an avid outdoorsman. However, it is his genuine desire to be a man of values and integrity that I admire and respect the most about him. Watching Rob interact with our nephews and the way they adore, respect, and look up to him has only confirmed what I have always known - he will be an amazing father!
Our House and Neighborhood
We LOVE our home! We live on a quiet, tree-lined street in a cute neighborhood in Pennsylvania. We know everyone by their first names and wave as they drive by. Trick-or-Treat night is like a big reunion with friendly neighbors bringing their kids to stop and say hi! We have several beautiful parks close to our house, a playground within walking distance, and better yet...a really good ice cream shop right down the street!
Our home is a two-story colonial with four bedrooms. One of the rooms is a beautiful nursery which is all ready for a baby! Our house is warm and cozy and a great place to spend relaxing Sundays watching movies or reading books by the fire with hot chocolate. During the spring, summer, and fall, we love sitting on our back deck and hosting family and friends for barbecues and celebrations. Our big backyard is perfect for playing games and getting fresh air. We look forward each year to planting our big vegetable garden and then enjoying delicious, fresh fruits and veggies all spring, summer, and fall!
One thing we love about our area is being a 10 minute drive from farmlands and country, yet only a short drive to Philadelphia and New York. We also love experiencing each of the four seasons! Additionally, our school district is one of the best in the area with lots of opportunities for success in academics, sports, band, theater arts, and many other clubs.
Our Extended Families
We treasure our family and make them our biggest priority. Holidays, birthday parties, picnics, and vacations are spent with our parents and many siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles!
Rob's whole family lives 10 minutes away and is always willing to lend a helping hand. We love when they stop by and especially enjoy visits with our 3 adorable nephews! We see Rob's parents each week at church on Sunday and enjoy sometimes going out for breakfast afterwards. Shara's mom lives only 45 minutes away, and we visit each other often. While her dad, siblings, niece, and nephew live out of state, we keep in touch through regular phone calls and visits. Every other year, Shara's family has a large family reunion with 20-30 people, and it is always a blast! Both Shara's mom and Rob's parents are nearing retirement and are thrilled and excited to have another grandchild to love and nurture. Our family has been unbelievably supportive of us, and we feel so incredibly loved!
We also love spending time with our friends and their kids. Many of our close friendships have endured throughout most of our lives, making for lots of good memories. Some of our deepest friendships feel like an extension of family. Both our family and friends are extremely excited for us to become parents through adoption!
From Us to You
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us! We have a great amount of respect for your courage, strength, and selflessness. We know you want the best life possible for your baby, and while we can only imagine what you are going through right now, we realize it must be one of the most difficult times in your life. Please know that we are sincerely praying for you, and we truly hope that you will feel peace with whatever you decide.
Our lives together began in 2005. One of Shara's lifelong friends introduced us, and we both immediately knew we loved being with each other. We spent a whirlwind three weeks of little adventures and laughing together before Shara had to move to Germany for the year. Knowing we had found something special, we decided to pursue a long-distance relationship, and it was the best decision of our lives! Fast forward past countless letters and phone calls, traveling Europe together during Rob's visits, a proposal on a family vacation in Mexico, and a 2007 wedding, and you will find us happily married for 12 years! While we would not have chosen to have this many years without children, we have used the time together to strengthen our marriage and live life to its fullest.
After being married for a couple years, we were excited to start the family we had both always dreamed of having. We tried for many years to have a biological child, but eventually we realized that this was not the way our family was meant to grow. We don't regret those difficult years, as both our faith and our marriage grew stronger during that time. Once we felt God clearly lead us to adoption, we went all in and are now SO excited to adopt a baby! Our long journey to parenthood has only allowed the love and anticipation to grow, and we are now bursting at the seams with excitement to become parents.
We have made a warm, welcoming home that is all ready for a child! We are energetic, adventure-loving, enthusiastic people who try to find the bright side in all things. We cannot wait to teach a child how to enjoy and appreciate the little things, to love God and others as themselves, the value of hard work, and to discover their individual gifts and interests in life. Shara is a teacher and planning to take at least a year off work to stay home with the baby. Rob works only ten minutes from our home and makes it a point to be home almost every evening by 5:15 for dinner and can sometimes even come home for lunch! We are also blessed to be surrounded by family, friends, and a church community that make our lives rich and wonderful and will play a large role in our child's life. They are all extremely supportive of us and cannot wait to welcome a new member to our family. Your child will have many cousins, friends, aunts, uncles, and grandparents to dote on them!
Above all, we look forward to loving a child and teaching them about the unconditional love that God has for them. Please know that it will be a priority to us that your child also understands your deep love and sacrifice. We are open to keeping in touch with you through emails, stories, keepsakes, phone calls, and future visits, if that is something you desire. We have a lot of excitement, love, and support to offer a little one and would be honored to give all the love and affection that we have to raise your child in a home where they would be cherished, adored, and protected. We promise to give them every opportunity in life that we can, so that they can live a healthy, happy, and wonderful life!
Rob & Shara
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