Michael & Brett
Michael & Brett
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: TX
Religion: United Methodist/Catholic
Dear Expectant Mother,
We are thankful for the time to you’re taking to consider our family for your child, and we acknowledge the courage you have shown in taking this step. We know that you have not come to this decision easily, and with this letter, we hope to give you a glimpse into the type of home and family we can offer your child.
We look forward to helping your child explore their individuality to its greatest potential. We are confident that we can provide an affirming, comfortable, safe space where children can be who they want to be. If you were to watch us as a family, you might see us playing the piano, then moving to bake something in the kitchen, then making a huge mess doing crafts. Our daughter is currently involved in ballet classes and church choir. She also loves trips to the zoo, the natural history museum, and gardening with her Nana and Pops. We look forward to demonstrating love for our family, our community, and our world.
We would love to talk to you in the future about your child and your dreams for them. We think it is important to have you in their life in whatever way is comfortable for you. Thank you again for your consideration of our family.
We would describe our life together as a comfortable adventure. We enjoy meeting new people, trying new foods, and experiencing new hobbies, but we also enjoy being home, watching movies, playing games, cooking, and doing crafts. We met when we were first-year graduate students, back in 2005. We knew we wanted to spend our lives together and had a commitment ceremony in 2007, surrounded by family and friends. On the day of our 10-year anniversary, we proudly legalized our marriage. Currently, we are both very involved in education: Michael as an obstetrician-gynecologist and Brett as a pediatric dentist. However, our favorite thing is when we get to come home to our daughter and spend the night together as a family.
In 2013, we moved into our “forever house.” We found a Victorian home in a historic district of our city, and we love having parks, walking paths, restaurants, and other activities nearby. We often take advantage of the opportunity to walk to dinner or ice cream! Our family also includes our two cats, Etheldreda and Jeoffry. Next year, Henley will be entering kindergarten at one of the local public schools. We are lucky to live in an area where education is valued, and there are other fantastic opportunities for our children.
Our Extended Family
Our families are a constant system of support for us. Michael has two sisters, one of whom lives with her husband a few miles away. They have a puppy, who is Henley’s partner in crime when they are together. His other sister lives with her husband and two daughters a few hours away. They live very close to Michael’s parents, who visit often. Michael’s mother loves helping with projects and decorating around the house, and his father is enjoying refereeing for local youth sports events during his retirement. They both recently treated us all to a fantastic Disney Cruise.
Brett grew up in a small town only a few hours from where we live currently, which means it’s only a short drive to visit his father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. His sister visits us often and dotes on Henley when she’s here. We are still hopeful that she will move closer sometime in the near future. Brett’s mother and stepfather live less than half a mile away. Very often, we spend time with them at one of our houses, and they frequently join us on our walks through the neighborhood. They enjoy spending time with Henley in their garden, at local neighborhood events, and for sleepovers.
What Led Us To Adoption
We have always wanted children. Several years ago, we completed our licensing to become foster parents, and we fostered for a brief time, which was difficult, but very rewarding. From that experience, we believed we were able to provide a stable, safe, loving, and nurturing environment for any child. Our path then led us to a more traditional adoption process in 2014, when we met the mother of our daughter, Henley. Perhaps the most amazing part of this process was the support we were able to provide her. We, including our daughter, have come to the realization that we are ready to expand our loving family again.