Eric & Julie
are hopeful adoptive parents from Indiana waiting to adopt a baby.
If you are pregnant and considering placing your child for adoption, please read the following Dear Birthmother Letter.
We first want to thank you for taking the time to look at our website. We can only imagine the tremendous strength and courage you have to begin this journey of adoption. We have nothing but admiration and respect for you as you consider adoption out of love for your child. We hope that this small glimpse into our lives, will ease your decision, and allow you to see the kind of loving family that we have, and would love to share with your child. We can only imagine how difficult it is for you to select the "perfect parents" by just reading about us, but we hope that you will gain some level of comfort in this letter we are writing. We have been guided to adoption and have never been more at peace with our decision to become parents through the miracle of adoption. We knew we would not be able to have another child since after our son Austin was born I had to have a hysterectomy in order to save my life. We always knew that adoption was in God's plan to grow our family. We are very blessed to have Austin. Having him has given us a sense of unimaginable joy and love. We canít wait to have another child to love and cherish! So here we are on our adoption journey to grow our family! This opportunity to adopt has been a great blessing in our lives and has brought us a large measure of peace and hope. We have already had wonderful relationships develop during our journey and we haven't met you yet! Thank you for taking the time to peek in on us.
Eric and I met through a blind date set up by our friends. We were attending different colleges, we lived in different states and we still were brought together to be with each other for the rest of our lives. We have been married for seven years and together for eleven. We love life and live it to the fullest. We are an active family who enjoys going camping, riding bikes, white water rafting, swimming, as well as attending baseball and football games whenever we can. We have to admit we are Cubs and Bears fans all the way!! We also love going to the movies, playing board games and cooking together as a family. Eric and I enjoy music tremendously, and we have been to quite a few concerts in our time together and they have all been wonderful because we could experience them together (and yes the music was great too!). We love to travel. This is something that we do every year. We have been to several destinations that all hold special memories of our family spending time together and experiencing new adventures together. Some destinations we have been to are St. Marteen, St. Thomas, The Bahamas, Colorado, Arizona, Canada, and Florida. We try to do something we have never done before during each vacation. For example in St. Marteen we went snorkeling in the ocean, in Colorado we went white water rafting, in Canada we went para-sailing, and in Arizona we took a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon ( Julie was scared to death! She is not a big fan of heights!) Itís so heartwarming to share new experiences with children they make the vacations so exciting because they experience it so differently than we adults. We enjoy things right at our home too such as campfires in the back yard, baking cookies especially at Christmas, playing capture the flag with the kids at night, and quiet days lounging and playing in our pool. We are so excited to shower another child with love and have them share in all the joys we have in our life.
Ericís thoughts of Julie:
I think she is the most caring and compassionate person I know. She has a way about her that just makes people smile. She loves to read, camp, scrapbook, take pictures, and travel to as many places she can. Julie has heard her calling and it's being a mom. She is devoted to making sure Austin knows how much he is loved each day. She always gives him hugs and kisses and positive praise. She will stop whatever she is doing and give her full attention to whatever a child is wanting to share with her at that moment. She treats all kids like they are her own and you can just see the love she has for all the children she engages. She will undoubtedly shower any child that we are blessed to cherish with unconditional love. I am in awe at how nurturing she is to Austin and all children for that matter she is blessed to encounter. She was born to be a mother and is everything a mother should be to a child. She devotes herself to making sure her family has a warm, happy, and loving home. I love Julie more than words can express, I love her because she is such a wonderful mother and wife and has so much light and love in her soul.
-There is an instinct in a mother to love most her own child - and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own-
Julieís thoughts of Eric:
I admire him for his strength, compassion, and love he has for our family and life itself. He is the strongest person I know. He suffered a spinal injury, a few years before we met, and has overcome his injury with unimaginable determination and positive attitude. He lives life as anyone else would and never lets anything get in his way. He is also so caring and loving to our family I feel like the luckiest girl on the planet! He loves to bike, fish, swim, camp in the backyard with the kids, go to the beach, travel, or cuddle up on the couch with us and watch a movie. Eric is very engaged with the kids that are around our home. He is the go to guy when a bike losses a chain or when kids need advise on what lure to use while fishing. He is Austinís tutor in math, he will sit with Austin until he ďgets itĒ and when he does the expressions they both have are priceless! I have to admit I hate math so I'm glad Eric takes that subject! Even though Eric isn't Austin's biological Dad he fell into that role so effortlessly. Eric has the Dad role down pat. He is everything a Dad should be to a child, he is a protector, a teacher, and a role model. He is kind and caring he will often be giving Austin and his friends, that are around our house, positive pep talks when they are down in the dumps, he is so warm and loving. He is a natural when it comes to being a Dad, he is the guy that plays catch, gives the wagon rides, participates in the tickle fights, and water balloon wars! I love Eric more and more as each day passes because he is such a loving man to his family and he makes sure we know it each day.
-A truly rich man is when his children run into his arms when they are empty- Author Unknown
Our son Austin is a fantastic kid. He is a typical boy. He loves sports, he plays baseball and football. He is witty, compassionate, fun, smart, and caring. He is super excited about becoming a "big brother" he has already told us he will teach them everything that drives us nutty! He is great with all our friends and families little kiddos , he is the pitcher during the baseball game, he is their opponent during wrestling, he is their jungle gym, and he is always ďitĒ when playing tag with them. We love spending time with him and we are always interested in the things that he is involved in. We always want him to know that he is important and his family is always there for him. We could not imagine our lives without children. Children help us live life to the fullest and appreciate each day with them. We are so excited to see what the future holds with our children we are blessed to love in our family.
-While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about- Angela Schwindt
Is our dog and it wouldn't be right to exclude him from introductions. He is a boxer and he is part of the family. He is great with kids. He loves to play with all his toys. He still hasn't mastered putting them all away but he has no problem getting them all out. He loves to play hide and seek with us but he has an advantage "exceptional sense of smell" so he always finds us! He will welcome any new addition to our family with tail wags and kisses!
Thank you for this amazing example of sacrificial love that you have shown by choosing adoption for your child. Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and we hope you have gained some level of peace by reading about us. We can't imagine what you are feeling during your journey. We would like you to know we respect, admire, and love you for your strength, selflessness, and overwhelming love you clearly have for your child. We would love to hear from you and hear your desires for your child as well as hear more about you and your family. We are an open book so anything you want to know please don't hesitate to ask. We are open to having an open adoption, if you feel comfortable with this. We imagine you have read so many letters and in some way they all start to look similar to one another. It has to be difficult trying to find the right family just from reading a small letter. We are not perfect and would never claim to be, but we do feel that we could be the perfect match to a special couple choosing adoption for their child. We can say that we will love your child with all our hearts. They wonít go a single day without knowing that he or she is truly loved and cherished. They will be showered with hugs and kisses daily! Your child will go to the park, play at the beach, go for walks with the family on those beautiful sunny days, be read bedtime stories and nursery rhymes, enjoy the family gatherings we have at all the holidays, as well as travel to see the world, and truly enjoy life just as we do now. Your child will be encouraged to participate in the things they enjoy and will be offered many other opportunities. We are both college graduates and we want to offer that opportunity to our children to pursue their dreams. Whether it be music, sports, art, who knows everyone holds their own special gifts. We will be there to support our children and encourage them to pursue their dreams. We will teach them to be kind and thoughtful of others, and to have love and compassion in their hearts. Your child will always know how much love you have for him or her and will know their adoption was a loving blessing. We feel that there is a reason things happen, and through our infertility we have been blessed to be able to adopt a child. We know with all our being that we have been guided by God to be parents through adoption and we hope you feel the same. We look forward to talking with you.
Blessings to you,
Eric, Julie, and Austin
-Let love be like misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river- Malagasy Proverb