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ach of us knew, long before we met, that we wanted kids.
Whiletryingtostartafamily,itbecameobviousthatGodwas
leadingustogrowourfamilythroughadoption.Itwouldbe
theanswertoourprayerstoprovideyourchildwithawarm,loving
home.
about us
Wemetoversevenyearsagothroughamutualfriendwhoworked
withTeriandsaid,"Youhavegottomeetthisguy!"Aftermeet-
ingforcoffee,wetalkedforhoursandourrelationshipgrewinto
friendship,whichquicklybloomedintoaromance.Webelievethat
honoringoneanotheraboveourselveshasledustoanincredibly
strongandfulfillingmarriage.Weownourownthrivingrealestate
businessthatisflexibleenoughforTeritostayathomeandraiseour
child.Weenjoyhiking,fishing,footballgames,horsebackriding
andoutingstothebeachwithourdog.Whiletraveling-bothwithin
theUSandabroad-issomethingwealwayslookforwardto,wealso
liketohangoutandwatcholdmovies.
about russ
ThefirstthingsInoticedaboutRusswerehisgenuineness,kindness,
andreadilyavailablelaughter.Hehassuchagreatbalanceofstrong
valuesandethics,yethedoesn'tsitinjudgmentofothers.Russleads
byexampleandiswellrespectedatwork.HealsofacilitatesaBible
Studyonceaweekatchurch.Justinthelastsixyears,Ihaveseen
ourrelationshipgrowanddevelopandI'msolookingforwardto
seeingRussasthegreatfatherIknow,withoutadoubt,hewillbe.I
knowRusstobefaithful,solid,andsomeonewhoistrustworthyto
hiscore.
about teri
Teriismybestfriend.Sheisawarm,lovingpersonwhoisalways
findingwaysshecanhelpothers.Shelikesnothingmorethan
spendingtimewithherniecesandnephews,laughingandexploring
newexperiencestogether.MyfamilywasthrilledwhenTerijoined
ourfamilyandIamlookingforwardtowatchingherraiseherown
child.AlthoughTerihashadasuccessfulcareer,whatshehasalways
desiredistobeastay-at-homemom.Eversincewebecameengaged
onatriptoIsraelin2000,Ihavehadavividpictureofourfamily
withchildrenthatwewilllove,nurture,andprotect.Teriwillbea
greatmom.
our home
WeliveinNorthernCaliforniainafour-bedroom,two-bathroom
homewithourveryloveablelabradorretriever,Atticus.Wehavea
largebackyardjustwaitingforajunglegym.
WearewalkingdistancefromtheonlyprivateschoolinCaliforniato
winthedistinguishedBlueRibbonawardfromthePresidentofthe
UnitedStates.
Therearefourparkswithinamileofourhomewithmanyactivities
suchaspaddleboats,smallrockclimbinghills,andplaystructures.
OurneighborhoodholdsaFourthofJulyparadeeachyearwhere
childrencanparticipate.Attheconclusionoftheparade,thereare
blockpartiesandfireworks.Theweatherisidealyear-round.Because
wearesoclosetothemoun-
tainswecaneithergoskiing
forthedayorpicnicatthe
beach.
in closing
Bothofusareblessedto
haveparentswhohavebeen
marriedoverfortyyears.We
seethemasexceptionalrole
models.Ourpictureofrais-
ingachild,liketherelation-
shipweenjoytoday,hasits
foundationintheChristian
faith(withlotsofgrace,of
course!).Wewouldraiseyourchildinasafe,loving,stableenviron-
ment.Wedreamofthedaywecanencourageourchildinsports,
music,academics,oranygifts,talents,orintereststheymaydisplay.
We'relookingforward,withgreatanticipation,tothedaywecan
welcomethisbundleofjoyintoourhome.Wepromisetolove,
protectandnurtureyourchildselflessly.WecommittoaskGod
tomoldusintotheparentsHedesiresforyourchild.Wewilldo
everythingwecantoinsurethatyourchildunderstandshowmuch
GodlovesthemandthatHehasaplanfortheirlife.
Wehopewe'veleftyouwithaclearpictureofwhowearebuteven
moreso,howthegreatestdesireofourheartsistobecomeparents.
Wewouldbedelightedtoexchangeletters,photos,andtomeetwith
you,ifyousodesire.Wecanbereachedbycalling
LifetimeAdoptionat1.800.923.6784.
Sincerely,
Russ & Teri
russ & teri
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