Elizabeth & Keith
Race of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Dear Expectant Mother,
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. We have written this letter many times hoping to be able to relay to you our sincere intentions. We don’t know if it’s really possible to alleviate your fears but we will try. Let us first tell you a bit about our family. Keith and I have been together for 6 years and have been married for 2 ½ years. I have two children from a previous marriage William who is 17 and Joseph who is 15. Last August, Keith adopted my boys. I haven’t been able to have any more children since I was 25 and Keith never had any children. Keith and I decided what better way to expand our family than through adoption. We enjoy spending time with our friends that have small children as well as our boys do. Although Joe is 15 he loves interacting with children and playing games that younger children enjoy. We live in a small town where almost everyone knows each other. The children have nerf wars at the park and ride bikes down the streets without any fears. As a family we spend a lot of time attending football games, band concerts, vocal concerts, archery competitions, pig shows, and track meets. As you can probably tell our boys are very active. We encourage them to participate in things they enjoy. I love to make all kinds of crafts whether it is scrapbooking, wood burning, or tie blankets. I am always looking for another fun craft project. Keith is quite the jack of all trades. He is a wheat farmer but can work on cars, weld, cook, and build almost anything. We are humbled in the fact you are considering us to raise your child. Your child would join a family waiting to love and cherish them for eternity and for that reason you will always hold a special place in our hearts. Keith and I do not take the sacrifice you are considering making lightly. We understand if you choose us that you are entrusting us with the most precious responsibility. A Mother saves, protects, loves, and sacrifices. Life has taught us that the most important things are people, family, and loving each other rather than possessions or even accomplishments. We believe in loving a child unconditionally and giving that child a firm foundation. We believe that part of that foundation is security and nurturing. Every child wants to feel wanted, special, and loved. We know that we can provide your child with security, nurturing, and love. While this child will not be our own flesh and blood they most definitely will be our heart and soul and well worth this journey that God is leading us through. We know the decision to search for adoptive parents must be a difficult one. Hopefully, this letter has helped to make the decision a little easier. We want to give you peace of mind that we will dedicate our lives to your baby’s safe, secure, and happy future. We don’t want to end this letter off with in closing or final words because that sounds too much like an ending. We hope that this is the beginning, a beginning of a long relationship in which you will be included in your child’s life and in our life. We pray to hear from you soon and hope to build a bond and work together to plan how to raise your baby with love from all of us. Sincerely, Keith and Elizabeth
We are a family of four but hoping to make it more. Keith is 39 years old and is a farmer. Elizabeth is 39 years old and although she is a nurse, she is currently working with the State of Oklahoma. Will is the oldest child in our family who will soon be 18 and will soon be graduating and going to college much to the concern of Elizabeth. Will is a junior in High School and participates in Band, FFA Pig Shows and Skeet Shooting. Joseph is the current youngest child who is 15 and will soon be turning 16. He is a freshman in High School and participates in Band, Show Choir, Track and 4H Archery competitions. Elizabeth loves to sing and read books. She sang amazing grace to both Will and Joe when they were babies to put them to sleep. Elizabeth has even sang solo's for weddings, church, and in pageants. She does not sing that much anymore, but still enjoys singing at Karaoke night at the Moose lodge. Elizabeth has a crafty side as well and likes to make things such as pot holders, jewelry, scrapbooks, and cross stitch pictures. Keith spends his extra time working on projects with the boys, taking them hunting, or working on the rent houses. Keith loves to ski, ride four wheelers, and hang out with his friends. Keith's dream is to take a trip to Europe and finish the tour that his parents were on when his mom got sick and passed away. Our family spends our time sitting on cold bleachers in the crisp Oklahoma air to watch Will play football or play in the band. We spend time listening to Joe at his vocal concerts sing with the beautiful voice God blessed him with. We like to fish together, but do things such as watch movies as well. Elizabeth prefers romantic comedies, but Keith and the boys prefer action. We love to play board games and even get together with some friends of ours on a monthly basis for game night. We met at Karaoke at the Moose Lodge and that very night Keith asked Elizabeth out for the next evening. We knew right from the beginning that we had something special. From the day we started dating we talked about adopting some day and almost 6 years later that time has come.
Our current home is a 3 bedroom home that is owned by Keith's family farm. It is in a small town about a block from one of the city parks. Our town is the type of town in which the children can ride their bikes down the street or walk in the neighborhoods when they reach the appropriate age. We are in the beginning process of building a home on the family farm. Even though our new home will be on the farm with the cows and horses, we are still not far from town. In our current home our boys would have to share a room when we welcome the new baby to our home, but in our new home each child will have their own room.
Our Extended Family
Elizabeth's mother Jane is one of 5 children and her dad Gary is one of 7 children. Each of her aunts and uncles got married and had at least 2 children except for one uncle. This makes Elizabeth's family on both sides very large. Elizabeth has a younger brother, Chris that she is very close to even though he lives in Texas. All of Elizabeth's families are very close. Keith is one of four children. He is the youngest, Keith has an older brother, Kenneth and two sisters Janelle and Joretta who have passed away from cancer. After Keith's sister passed away his brother-in-law remarried and his new family has become family as well. Keith has two nieces and two nephews. Keith has a couple of Aunts and several cousins that he talks to frequently and even spends Thanksgiving with since his parents have passed away.
Our Family Traditions
For Elizabeth's extended family, we have the tradition of having a dinner on Mother's day in which Elizabeth's uncle buys all of the mothers a mother's day gift to honor them. We also get together on Christmas Eve to have vegetable stew with homemade bread and bread pudding. At Elizabeth's parents’ house on Christmas morning, we have a breakfast casserole. As families grow some traditions change, but those specific ones have always stayed the same. On Keith's side of the family, we have a tradition that all children under the age of 18 receive a stocking and gifts from everyone, but when you turn 18, you participate in the dirty Santa game. One of Keith's family traditions is to have date pudding on Christmas. In our home, we have a tradition of making homemade candy and food for Christmas dinners. Keith always makes his cinnamon candy with the help of the family. We make homemade taffy, chocolate covered pretzels, banana bread, and Ritz crackers with peanut butter and chocolate. Keith makes an amazing peanut brittle. We take bags of the goodies to the family dinners for everyone to snack on.
What Led Us To Adoption
Elizabeth has not been able to have any more children since she was 25 years old due to medical reasons. She always wanted to have more biological children, but God had a different plan on how to expand their family. Keith has never had any children of his own. He treats both Will and Joe as if they were his own and adopted them in August 2015. We want to add to our family and make it that much more complete.