Samantha & Todd
Samantha & Todd
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: Traditional Couple
State we live in: CA
Dear Expectant Mother,
We became parents five years ago with the usual blend of nerves and anxiety, knowing in our hearts that we wanted more children to share our lives. While circumstances have changed, that simple fact has not. We experienced a devastating loss, but it is with joy and endless gratitude that we approach adoption as a chance to grow our family.
To see each other as parents twice before, we have witnessed each other’s parental love first-hand. Our patience with both kids in fun and tragedy exceeded all of our expectations. We’re both very involved parents, working our schedules for the first two years of Marlowe’s time to be the only caregivers she needed. Marlowe grew up around the clubs Todd managed, almost a mascot for our property and someone our members couldn’t get enough of. Todd would bring our babies to Sam’s restaurants and see her happiness when we’d walk through the door, always excited to show the family off and put faces to names with all of her co-workers.
Everything we do involves our family, as we know the time we have together is precious. We wake up every morning feeling lucky for what we have, giving us that little bit of extra patience in work or traffic or parenting! We would love nothing more than to expand our family through adoption. We would be blessed and endlessly grateful to love your baby with the ferocity that we love our own.
We can thank work and good luck for bringing us together. Todd was working as a Tennis Pro in the Virgin Islands, a vacation spot of Samantha’s family for many years, and we met as Samantha was entering her last year of college in Chicago. He moved to be with her just three months after, and eight years later, we still can’t stand being apart. Todd is a General Manager in the health club industry, and Samantha works in the restaurant world. Our schedules aren’t the most traditional, but family time is always our priority. We’ve been fortunate with the opportunity to travel extensively and still come back to the places that feel like home, mainly the San Francisco and Chicago areas.
We have so much to share: the love of parents and a sister, the companionship of a giant Bernese Mountain Dog named Buckley, and the blank canvas of opportunities that surround us in California. Between our grapefruit trees, we sit under every morning with coffee, our daughter Marlowe spends hours painting on her easel, and we enjoy family brunch (either with homemade pancakes or at a local spot after stopping at a new park!). We spend all of our free time together as a family and wouldn’t have it any other way.
Our Extended Family
We both come from very family-centric backgrounds, with extended family coming over for traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Those times have always been so important to us, coming back to Michigan or Pennsylvania while living on the West Coast. We also have a love for Halloween as a special time of year, plus summer days spent by Grandma and Grandpa’s pool. A new baby would be such a gifted addition to all of our traditional get-togethers, as our gatherings are filled with similar-aged cousins, new babies, and lost of kids enjoying playtime together.
We have also made the most of all the areas we’ve lived, traveling to nearby destinations for short, three-day trips and showing Marlowe as much of the country as we can. Family means everything to us, and the love that’s shared at all of our holiday activities means the most.
What Led Us To Adoption
When our second daughter, Willa, was born, we were devastated to learn of a neurological condition and experience months in the hospital and her death at 18 months old. Through this tragedy, we’ve become closer, more resilient, and more determined than ever to grow our family. Adoption has given us hope for more children when natural conception is no longer an option, and we can’t wait to give a new baby all the love we have as parents and a big sister in Marlowe.