Michelle & Eric
Dear Expectant Mother:
We are looking forward to meeting you. We can only imagine how difficult this decision is for you, trying to find the perfect match to raise your baby. We would love to share with you why we would be the perfect fit. Should we be fortunate enough to have you to select us to raise your baby, we want to express our commitment to provide the best home we possibly can. We promise to love the child unconditionally and hopefully provide them everything to become the best person they possibly can.
About Michelle & EricMichelle has a number of wonderful qualities that make her an amazing partner and even better mom. She is strong, compassionate, brilliant, supportive, fun, the list goes on and on. Over the 10 years we have been together I have watched her grow her business while becoming one of the most respected professionals in her field. As a therapist, I see the genuine compassion she has for others and that she truly wants to help people improve their lives and be happy. Above all, the most amazing thing to be by her side for is to watch her become a mom to our little guy. Watching the amazing mother she is and to see her with our son is captivating and to see the love in his eyes when he looks at her shows me he knows it too. The first night Eric and I met we sat and talked for over three hours. He is such an easy person to talk to. He is smart and witty and someone you would want on your trivia team. I won’t admit it to him, but when we watch Jeopardy and have a little friendly competition, he often beats me. He is passionate and caring. When our relationship became more serious, Eric shared with me how important it was that we get involved with some charity work. He wanted to make a difference. He shows up for his friends and family when they need him. Eric is the most amazing husband and father, always making sure that our son and I are taken care of. I love watching him play with our son, but most of all, I love catching them in their little shared moments when they are reading together.
Michelle – Master’s Degree – Psychotherapist
Eric – Bachelor’s Degree – Risk Management
1. Why are we choosing to adopt?
We are choosing to adopt because after six years of trying to conceive on our own, we were unable to get pregnant. We were fortunate enough to have one healthy embryo that we transferred to our surrogate in 2019. Our son was born in February 2020. We love being parents and are excited to grow our family. Watching our son interact with his cousins made us feel even more strongly about giving him a sibling. We have witnessed firsthand how special adoption can be for two separate families.
2. About each other
Michelle has a number of wonderful qualities that make her an amazing partner and even better mom. She is strong, compassionate, brilliant, supportive, fun, the list goes on and on. Over the 10 years we have been together I have watched her grow her business while becoming one of the most respected professionals in her field. As a therapist, I see the genuine compassion she has for others and that she truly wants to help people improve their lives and be happy. All the while, she has supported me and my career aspirations., always wanting me to be happy above all else. She is powerful and strong too. Over the past several years, we have endured a number of obstacles, from the loss of her mother, the illness of mine and our fertility struggles. Throughout all of this she has always kept her head up, focusing on the good and remaining positive. I know that her strength and support always picks me up whenever I start to feel down. Above all, the most amazing thing to be by her side for is to watch her become a mom to our little guy. Watching the amazing mother she is and to see her with our son is captivating and to see the love in his eyes when he looks at her shows me he knows it too.
The first night Eric and I met we sat and talked for over three hours. He is such an easy person to talk to. He is smart and witty and someone you would want on your trivia team. I won’t admit it to him, but when we watch Jeopardy and have a little friendly competition, he often beats me. He is passionate and caring. When our relationship became more serious, Eric shared with me how important it was that we get involved with some charity work. He wanted to make a difference. He shows up for his friends and family when they need him. Eric is the most amazing husband and father, always making sure that our son and I are taken care of. I love watching him play with our son, but most of all, I love catching them in their little shared moments when they are reading together. Eric and I have only been together 10 years, and 8 of those years have been filled with some difficult times. From the beginning, I have always said that I feel so lucky to have him by my side. It has been so much easier going through the tough times with him. I could always count on him and lean on him. He just has this way about him to make me, and others around him, feel secure. When his mom got sick, he was her steady rock and helped her to keep her feet on the ground, even on the most difficult days. I admire his dedication. When he puts his mind to something, he puts his whole self into it; there is no half doing anything. I could seriously go on and on about what a wonderful husband, dad, brother, and friend that Eric is, but we would be here all day.
3. Our lifestyle
Since having a baby, and being in a pandemic, our lifestyle has changed a little bit. Before our son was born, we both worked hard, but also balanced out our life with social activities. Eric enjoyed golfing with his friends and younger brother. Michelle participated in book clubs and supper clubs. We also loved to travel, sometimes just a weekend away skiing or hanging by the pool and other times exploring new places. We don’t get out quite as often and we haven’t seen our friends quite as much as before the pandemic, however we have had the chance to spend a lot of time with our immediate family over the past two years. We also try to spend as much time outdoors as we can, whether we are just hanging out in our backyard or taking a walk in our neighborhood. We hope to return to many of our pre-pandemic activities as soon as it is safe.
4. Our home and neighborhood
Our home and neighborhood center around our family and children. When we moved into our current house, our sole goal was to find a home that would provide for our future family and the children we wanted to have. We made sure to find a place we could grow into with space for our kids to play, including a backyard with room for a playset...which we have! Also important to us was to find a home that was close to our parents and siblings. We are five minutes from Michelle's dad, 40 minutes from her brother and 20 minutes from Eric's parents as well as his brother and children. This allows us, and Logan, to spend as much time as we can with our family, including impromptu visits whenever we have a free moment.
5. Our families and/or friends
We both grew up in large but tight-knit families. Eric has 4 brothers and Michelle has one brother and both have large extended families. Between us, 3 of our siblings are married and two have kids. We love spending time with our two nephews and three nieces. In addition to our immediate family, we both grew up living close to our extended family, often spending holidays and vacations with them. Living close to where we grew up and both attending college in Southern California, we also have a large group of friends, who before the pandemic, we saw on a regular basis.
6. Our traditions
The traditions in our life center around our families. We both have very large extended families and do our best to spend time with both, particularly around the holidays, whether that be Thanksgiving, Passover, Hanukkah, etc. As life gets more and more complicated, we want our children to know how important family and friends are and to appreciate time with them above all else. It has been so fun to experience these traditions through our son’s eyes these past two years. Eric and I both grew up in families who ate dinner together most nights, when we weren’t running to scouts or sports. We have continued to maintain the tradition of home cooked meals and love to try new recipes together.
7. Our promise to you
Love. First and foremost we promise to love any child with everything we have. Becoming parents is the greatest thing that has ever happened to us and we are so excited to have another member of our family that we can love with all our hearts.
Individuality. While it is important to nurture a child and provide guidance as they get older, we also promise to let our children find themselves and become the person that makes them happy. At the end of the day our children will know that we will love them unconditionally, no matter what path they take in life.
We recognize what a tremendous sacrifice this is for you and we promise to never forget that. This child will get everything we have to give.
1. What we will teach our children
Our ultimate goal in life is just to help our children become the person they want to be. We will provide them with guidance and advice, but ultimately want them to find their own path, whether that be in their careers, who they love or any other major decisions that may come their way. We just want them to be happy and will do whatever we can to make that happen.
2. How we met
Eric and Michelle met online. Both had recently gotten out of previous relationships and were looking for something new. Eric’s friends convinced him to try online dating, he wasn’t sure it was for him, but he had just moved to a new area. Michelle was the one and only girl he wrote to and went out with. When we met, we were instantly drawn to each other. Our first date lasted over three hours. We just sat and talked. We were so excited to see each other again, but Eric was going away that weekend, so we had to wait an entire week to see each other. Within about 4 months, we were inseparable.
3. Our hobbies
Eric and Michelle have a lot in common, and enjoy many hobbies together, but also we each have our own favorite ways to unwind and relax. We both love the outdoors and enjoy being active. Eric loves to play golf; we love to hike and ski/snowboard. Before the pandemic we were taking tennis lessons together. Michelle loves to read, knit, and bake. In addition, we love spending time with friends and family. Some of our favorite memories are just hanging out and playing board games with friends, watching sports or attending sporting events, and taking mini trips with them.
4. Our Faith
Eric and Michelle were both raised in Jewish homes. Eric’s dad was raised Catholic and his mom was raised Jewish; so he grew up celebrating Christmas in addition to all of the Jewish holidays and attending Hebrew school. Michelle grew up in a traditional Jewish household, celebrating all of the major Jewish holidays, attending Hebrew school and going to temple on occasion. We both have fond memories of holidays gathered around our family’s home with all of our aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. When we moved in together, we started our own traditions for the holidays. We would describe ourselves as more spiritual than religious. We enjoy the traditions and the cultural aspects of the holidays. We have a Christmas tree that we decorate with ornaments that we have bought while on vacations with each other. In addition, we have a tradition of buying ornaments that we exchange with each other on Christmas eve every year. These ornaments tell the stories of our lives together. We also celebrate the Jewish holidays with our families including Passover, Hanukkah and Purim. Seeing the world and the holidays through our son’s eyes gives us a different perspective and a renewed appreciation for our families’ traditions, as we are able to watch him celebrate with his grandparents and cousins the same way we both did as kids.
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