Troy & Rachel
Troy & Rachel
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian, Caucasian/Hispanic
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: Traditional Couple
State we live in: FL
Religion: Spirituality not specific to a religion
Dear Expectant Mother,
Adoption is a difficult yet selfless decision for a mother to make. There are not words that can do justice to what you must be feeling and going through each day of your pregnancy, so we won’t even try. We want to express the deep appreciation we feel as you consider us as parents for your precious baby. What can we offer your child? A stable and supportive, loving home that provides your baby with an environment that allows them to makes the most of their natural, God-given unique expression of their spirit. But above all, they will always know how deeply and unconditionally they are loved.
Our family loves not just in the good times but also through the rough patches that a child goes through as they work their way through those fabulous toddler tantrums and all the way on to their teenage years and adulthood. We will value their originality and celebrate their triumphs with ridiculous family t-shirts and unfettered admiration. Being a parent to our son has truly been our joy, and all three of our hearts have ached for another child to treasure and love.
While we are not perfect, we will teach your child that they, too, can make mistakes and it will not affect our love of and dedication to them. We will keep the focus on enjoying the blessing of our children and will do our best to teach them how to love and have fun in this adventure we call life.
Troy works as a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant just outside of a large Florida city. Rachel is a self-employed real estate investor who buys “fixer uppers” and transforms them into either rental properties we hold and rent or resells on the retail market HGTV style. The self-employed life gives her plenty of flexibility to set her own schedule, and she plans to take time off to stay at home for at least the first year of babyhood. We’ve been married since 2005 and feel deeply that we are each other’s “lobsters” (Friends reference). As lifetime best friends, we have been through a lot together, including our fertility challenges, but we have always and will always be dedicated to the love that’s between us.
We have the blessing of living in a house beside a beautiful lake. We share our back yard with a family of ducks that routinely have little ducklings that our son feeds Cheerios and chases around with giggles. Three hundred sixty-five days of sunshine is enjoyed on the backyard swing set and playground with a lakeside fire pit for smores and hot dog roasting. Our home has four bedrooms, and we have one ready and waiting to welcome a new baby. Indoors we enjoy cooking and baking together, jigsaw puzzles, chess, and quiet evenings reading, usually with one of our cats snuggled on our laps. We read at least five books a day to our son to encourage his learning and interests. The TV is usually off, and our son is allowed only 20 minutes of screen time each day because we want him to experience childhood through adventures and learning that involves all of his senses. Family time together is a main priority, and each evening we have dinner together, where we can connect to talk and share about our daily activities.
Our Extended Family
Our family can definitely be considered global. Rachel was born and raised on farmland in Canada, where her parents (Oma & Opa) and the majority of her extended family still live. The exception is her sister Catherine, who lives with her family in Sweden. Troy’s father resides in New Hampshire, and his sister Melissa lives in Troy’s hometown of Pittsburgh. His mother is already in heaven. Needless to say, we tend to travel!
Our son, Ryker, loves his annual trip to the farm in Canada, where he chases chickens, searches for frogs, and plays with the goats. He would love to enjoy this fun with a new sibling along with sharing the laughs that we have on our annual family cruise! There are always adventures to be had splashing in the pool, swimming and playing on the sandy beaches, enjoying the food, and watching the fabulous shows. As the children get older, we look forward to adding an annual ski trip and summer campouts in Canada to our adventures.
What Led Us To Adoption
In the past three years we have done nine cycles of fertility treatments in the hopes of conceiving another baby without success. We hope this conveys just how much we want to experience the blessing of another child in our lives. We believe deeply that everything happens for a reason, so our lack of success with fertility, coupled with our deep desire to have another child, has led us to adoption.