Erin & Warren
Race of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Our names are Warren and Erin. We are thrilled that you are considering us to be your adoptive parents. We have been very blessed in our lives and cannot wait to share our blessings with a child. We love helping people and we want to have a large family which has led us to pursue adoption. We are two of the most loving people you will ever meet. In the end, we are not even close to perfect. We are as flawed as everyone else is, but we know our limitations and we complement each other perfectly. Erin worries too much and Warren, despite being in the military, is a softy at heart. We are very blessed individuals who know that God has given us so much and we want to share that with children. Every day, we will learn from our mistakes and we will get better at our jointly chosen responsibilities of being parents. We ask that you strongly consider us to be your child’s adoptive parents. Thank you so much for your consideration.
We met over popcorn and hockey in Washington D.C. while Warren was stationed there. Erin had lived in DC since graduating from college. We were both at a hockey game each with a group of friends that happened to both be cheering for the visiting team, which started the two groups talking. Warren, extroverted and gregarious, managed to overcome Erin’s tendency to be shy and hesitant by asking how much the popcorn cost and then challenging her to throw it at him. It didn’t hurt that Warren flashed his dazzling toothpaste commercial smile. To this day, neither of us can tell you who won the game. We were both too taken with each other and making conversation that we forgot completely about the game. We have been together ever since. We enjoy watching football, Star Wars and Harry Potter Marathons, traveling (in particular long car rides and Disney cruises) listening to books on tape, baseball, scary movie night, cooking/baking and going to the movies especially fantasy movies. We also enjoy playing with Storm (our Siberian husky), and Krazi and Samhain (our two cats). In addition, spending time with family is a must. We both love our family and love to spend time with them whenever our schedule permits. We encourage one another to pursue our individual interests as well. Warren loves Legos, video games, and playing sports (i.e. flag football and basketball). Erin loves photography, learning new things, hiking and gardening. We love to have fun and there is a lot of laughter in our home. Both of us are religious (Christian) and believe in growing up in a Church. We believe that we are all God’s children no matter what choices (good or bad) we have made and that we are loved. We believe that everyone should have their own personal relationship with God, which will be different from person to person. We try hard to keep our own personal judgments to ourselves and love everyone around us even if we do not agree with their choices. This is something that is very important to us and we will work hard to teach our children the same philosophy of open mindedness towards others.
We own a two-story, four bedroom, and three bathroom house in North Carolina. We do not live downtown, but on the outskirts (while still being in the city limits.) We have a large kitchen since we prefer most of our meals to be home cooked with a breakfast nook attached to it. We also have a dining room (downstairs next to the kitchen) and a bonus game room (upstairs). We have a decent fenced in backyard. Our neighborhood is friendly and mostly quiet. There are a lot of kids in the neighborhood so sometimes it get slightly noisy, but it is a good noisy, the sounds of kids playing and having fun right after school. Many of our neighbors are military or former military, so our neighborhood is very safe and the kids in the neighborhood are looked after collectively as well as by their parents. Our neighborhood and the area we live in is also diverse for rural North Carolina. We live in between two large Marine bases and the military helps provide more diversity. We have 3 ponds with ducks and fish and trails to bike, run or walk around them in our neighborhood. The schools our neighborhood feeds into are considered the best in our county. Many of the families in our neighborhood moved here because of the schools. Our town is full of history. It was the capital of North Carolina for a time and it is also the birthplace of Pepsi. In addition to the history of our town and the cultural opportunities the military provides, we live only 30-45 minutes from the beach.
Our Extended Family
Family is not just what you are born into, it is what you create. Family is a commitment of love, and understanding over time. While different both of us come from very large families and family is very important to both of us. Our children will be blessed to have many doting grandparents with 4 grandmothers and 2 grandfathers who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our children. Our children will also have many aunt and uncles. Erin has 2 brothers and 4 sisters and Warren has 1 sister. In addition, we have close friends who will be adopted Aunts and Uncles. Erin’s best friends Aunt Elise and Aunt Danae, and Warren’s closest friends Uncle Ben, Uncle Colin, Uncle Jason and Uncle Ryan will be very involved in our children’s lives. There are a few other special people that will be influential in the lives of our children, in particular, cousins Karen and Phil who are two of our closest friends. Both of our families believe in the gift of experience, so there will be many opportunities for our children to travel and experience the world. We also have many friends who will be aunts and uncles to our children because we have adopted them into our large extended family.
Our Family Traditions
Warren and I have very close-knit families, so we spend a lot of time with our families. Family is important to both of us. Every major holiday is spent with one of our families. Both sides of our family believe in the gift of experience so we are always doing something fun even if it is a family play or game night. We believe in education and experience so we will work hard to make sure our children will have both. Every year, we take at least two trips to West Virginia to visit Erin’s dad and family. We go the weekend before Christmas to celebrate the holiday. We go again over the Fourth of July and/or Memorial Day for a cookout complete with a campfire and fireworks. We spend every Christmas and most Thanksgivings with Warren’s family, either at our house in our town or in Winston-Salem. We play lots of games and do fun activities including nerf wars and scavenger hunts during these times. Every year we travel with Erin’s mom to visit family we do not see often. So far we have been to San Francisco, Michigan, Montana, Florida and on an Alaskan cruise. We also love Disney so we go to Disney World or a Disney Cruise at least once a year. As we grow as a family, we will start more traditions.
What Led Us To Adoption
We both want a large family which means both adoption and one day, hopefully getting pregnant. We love children and will cherish any child in our lives. Adoption is an option for us because it is the perfect way to help a child. We would like to adopt more than one child because we want our children to have siblings. Both of us have siblings and they are some of our closest friends. We hope that you consider us to be adoptive parents for your baby.