Steven & Fred
Steven & Fred
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: GA
Dear Expectant Mother,
Where do we start? With a tremendous thank you! Such a simple phrase to express the extreme gratitude and honor we feel for you to be considering us to love, care for, and mold the most precious gift you could ever provide—your child. Please know this is not a responsibility we will ever take lightly, and we are humbled you are considering us. We will always honor and respect the special and selfless gift you may bestow upon us.
We commit to providing your child with a loving, nurturing, supportive, and safe environment. Your child will always know they are loved and supported. From Steven, your child will learn an appreciation of the arts, music, cooking, and movies. From Fred, your child will learn an appreciation of nature, adventure, and baking. We already envision spending time with your child in the kitchen making pancakes for breakfast, pasta for dinner, and cookies or cake for dessert.
From both of us, your child will learn an appreciation of different cultures and traditions from the many travels we will take. We both also believe strongly in volunteerism and giving back to our community, and this is the one gift we look most forward to sharing with your child as we know the huge amount of pride and reward being of service to others provides.
So, again, we say thank you with all the gratitude, love, and respect in the world.
Steven is from a small town just outside of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Fred is from a suburb of Flint, Michigan. Steven comes from a large family (youngest of 11), and Fred is an only child. We are both from blue collar families and meager means, each with their own unique struggles. However, through any struggle, love and support was always the constant in our families and is the foundation of our home today. We are both college educated and work professionally, Steven in human resources management and Fred in retail management. We originally met in December 2008 in Alaska, just two days after Fred had relocated. Neither of us ever really believed in love at first sight; however, lightning struck on that first meeting, and we were married eight short months later. We have a strong passion for one another, our dogs, our family, and our community.
Our home is located in a beautiful and established neighborhood just outside of a large Southern city, where the neighbors are always incredibly friendly and supportive. The neighborhood is beautifully landscaped, and there are always lots of children playing. Our three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home includes a large fenced-in back yard that our three dogs (Phoebe, Lily, and Archie) enjoy running around and sunbathing in on a daily basis. With the city only minutes away, we have access to museums, the zoo, a world-class aquarium, and lots of parks and trails as well as a large theater and art scene, and we are mere minutes from Six Flags! There is always something to do!
Our Extended Family
Family is very important to both of us, and we have very close relationships with our parents and Steven with his siblings. At least twice a year, we make the time to visit each side of our family and spend quality time catching up and strengthening our bonds. At least every other year, we do a summer vacation with our two best friends and their daughters. (Yes, they call us their “funcles”!) All of these provide cherished memories.
Together, we have formed several traditions on our own. We love to travel and alternate years traveling within the United States and abroad. So far, we have visited 22 states together and six countries. Every Thanksgiving, you can find Steven in the kitchen at 5 a.m. preparing a huge meal that we enjoy mid-afternoon, and the rest of the day is spent playing board games and listening to music, with lots of laughs! Each Christmas, we wake up and do stockings for the dogs and exchange our gifts. We then head out for a nice brunch and then spend the rest of the day catching as many movies as possible.
What Led Us To Adoption
After spending the past 10 years strengthening the foundation of our marriage and continuing to build our faith in each other, we knew that we were ready to share our love, hopes, dreams, joy, and compassion with a child. We knew, without a doubt, adoption was the only option for us! We have several friends who are adopted/have adopted and understand firsthand the rewards it brings to a child and adoptive parent. Furthermore, we know each birth mother is seeking to fulfill the hopes and dreams she has for her child, and what bigger honor could we ask for than to be a part of such a blessed journey?