Stephen & Sarahprofile id #28444
Stephen & Sarah
are hopeful adoptive parents from Dist. of Columbia waiting to adopt a baby.
If you are pregnant and considering placing your child for adoption, please read the following Dear Birthmother Letter.
Dear Birth family,
Hi and thank you for looking at our profile and taking the time to read this letter. We realize how difficult it may be for you to get to know us through a letter and photos, but we hope our profile gives you a sense of who we are, and our joy and excitement at the possibility of growing our family through adoption.
Sarah was a sophomore and Stephen a junior in college when we first met. We were friends back then, but little did we know that we had found our best friends and partners in all things. After college Stephen took a job in New York and Sarah joined the U.S. Peace Corps. After much traveling, working, and growing as individuals we reconnected a few years later in New York City at a basketball game watch for our college. Immediately, we realized there was something special between us…much deeper and well beyond our mutual love for college hoops! We realized how much we shared in common—our global perspective and travels, our love of music, food, reading, spending time with family and friends. But most importantly, we realized and developed a deep respect for what made us unique as individuals. From the moment we starting dating over 7 years ago we promised to nurture those qualities in each other as our relationship grew.
2007 was a big year for us. We got married, started new and exciting jobs that moved us from Brooklyn, NY to Washington D.C. where we bought our first home, and began thinking about becoming parents.
Our infertility journey has only strengthened our love and respect for each other and our commitment to growing our family through adoption.
We realize how precious this life is, and we are exciting to share that life with your child enjoying every day, both the good and the bad, for the gift that it is. We couldn't be more excited to begin this journey of becoming a family, if you will honor us with that precious gift.
Sarah and Stephen share a bit about each other
What I love about Stephen…
It is wonderful to be married to my best friend. Even with the abundance of genuine love and devotion I have been surrounded by in my life, I still find myself in awe of the love I have found with Stephen. His kind heart, gentle spirit, and unwavering devotion, to not just US, but EVERY relationship he carefully nourishes and protects, is both inspiring and humbling. Stephen always has time for family and friends, even when they may not live around the corner (or in the same time zone), he’ll make the time to share in the laughter and the tears. His commitment to his work in Africa, his love of sports and loyalty to his teams, his passion for Scotland, his growing cooking and grilling skills, his affection for our dog and that of our neighbors dogs too, are all reminders of the wonderful partner I have in life and what a great father he will be. I could ask for no better daily example, demonstrated by his words and actions, of what it means to be a wonderful husband and would make Stephen an amazing father—trust, loyalty, compassion, patience, pure love and devotion. Stephen has enriched my life in so many ways and I know he will do the same for your child if given a chance.
What I love about Sarah…
Our marriage is built on a foundation of love, laughter, friendship, and respect. Sarah is a loving and devoted wife and we are truly partners in all things. Sarah is passionate, caring, and driven to make the world around her a better place for everyone. She inspires and encourages me every day to see the opportunity in challenges and live each day with love, laughter, respect, and humility. Two of the many things that I admire about Sarah are her sense of justice and her responsibility to the world at large, our communities, and our families and friends. In the face of life’s challenges, she always has a sense of perspective, an optimistic and positive outlook, and manages to make time to enjoy our families and many friends. Sarah has the most amazing maternal instinct, well-honed from being the middle sibling of five, years of babysitting, and being around our nieces, nephews, and the many children of our friends. Children are drawn to her warm, nurturing, and fun-loving personality –come to think of it, those are the things that I was originally drawn to as well.
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: a bit about our work & hobbies.
Both of our families taught us an appreciation for hard work and made us
aware that the opportunities we were given were gifts that came with responsibilities. We strongly believe that it is better to teach someone to fish than it is to give them a fish, and that every day is an opportunity for all of us to learn a new way of fishing. The way we live our lives, and how we approach our careers, has been guided by this idea.
Stephen works at a firm that invests in businesses across Sub-Saharan Africa, providing capital, business acumen, and market opportunities for local entrepreneurs and employees. Sarah works as a fundraiser helping donors put their time, talent, and treasure to work to tackle some of today’s most pressing challenges for global development.
Outside of work, we love to travel. Having the opportunity to experience new cultures and ideas has given us a sense of perspective and enriched our lives tremendously. We enjoy cooking all types of food, and for Stephen, the spicier the food the better. When we were younger, we both played soccer, but these days we have hung up our cleats and our favorite sporting pastime is playing (and watching) tennis together. Sarah also practices yoga, while Stephen keeps in shape at the gym and on the treadmill.
Home is where the heart is and we treasure building our lives and home together, as well as helping others build theirs; literally. In college we were each active in the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. We worked on numerous home sites in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina, Texas, and Florida. We have continued to support and volunteer for this organization locally as well as traveling to Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to help rebuild communities devastated by that natural disaster. We are active in our neighborhood community association, enjoying learning about the history and traditions of our neighborhood and continuing to enrich this family friendly and progressive community we call home.
We commend your decision to carry and nurture this baby. We realize that you have a selfless decision to make at this difficult time in your life. We will never be able to fully comprehend what you are going through. Our hearts go out to you. It is our hope, that if we are given the privilege to adopt your baby, that you will find comfort knowing that your child will be well taken care of and unconditionally loved.
We assure you that your baby will be provided with a loving, happy, fun-filled home. Partners in all things, we will nurture, guide, and provide for your child through their lifetime. A part of a close-knit extended family your child will be gaining 4 loving grandparents, 5 amazing aunts and uncles, as well as 7 cousins ready to get to know your child and welcome them into the fold. We value and will work hard to bring your child up in a home where honesty, respect, laughter, and learning every day is treasured.
Whomever you choose to parent your baby, we respect your decision to choose life for them. We wish you nothing but strength, courage, and peace to help you with your life decision. If you’d like to talk feel free to give us a call, we are good listeners, 888-246-5614 or just text us a message.
Sarah and Stephen