Brian and Aleta

Dear Birthparents,

 

We are Aleta and Brian.  We appreciate you taking the time to read this letter.  We know you have your child’s best interest at heart. Hopefully we possess the qualities you are looking for in adoptive parents.  We want to share our home and our lives with children and watch them grow into well-rounded, successful adults with their own families one day.

 

We've been married for over five years and have been together for over seven.  We currently live with our daughter Stella, our two dogs, Skip and Blue and our two cats Hillary and Jackie. We love animals and especially have a soft spot for dogs.  We graduated from high school in the Greater Cincinnati Area.  Aleta earned her Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees in Education.  She has been an elementary school teacher for 15 years.  Brian has his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.  He has been working as a computer programmer for 15 years.

 

We love to spend our time together going to sporting events like the Reds, Bengals and Cyclones games.  We also like visiting Kings Island and the Cincinnati Zoo.  We want to share our love for these events with our children.  We also like travelling around the country.  We’ve been to places like Ashville North Carolina, Portland Oregon, Put-In-Bay Ohio and Phoenix Arizona.  We look forward to taking our family on vacations.  After we finalized Stella’s adoption, we took a trip to Disney.  We can’t wait to take another trip back.  We also spend a lot of time with our families having cookouts, going to festivals and just spending the day together. 

 

Our Daughter and adopting again

We were blessed with a little girl two years ago.  The day we were told we had been chosen by a birth mother was the best day of our lives.  Stella has brought us so much joy and happiness.  She has filled a hole in our hearts.  However, a piece of our hearts is still missing.  We yearn to complete our family with a second child.  We want to expand our family and expand our love with another baby.  Our hearts will be complete.  Stella would love to be a big sister.  She loves being around other children and babies and she’s very gentle and loving.  She is at a good age to welcome a sibling.    

 

Aleta’s Childhood

I grew up with lots of aunts and uncles and many cousins because my dad is one of 13 children.  We would spend many Sundays at my grandparents’ house.  It was loud, rambunctious and lots of fun.  I can remember running around playing with my cousins and laughing all the time.  Sundays were family days and we spent time together, building strong family bonds that have lasted to this day.  I have a sister and a brother and we remain very close.  We did the normal arguing and fighting that siblings do, but we were also each others best friend when the street lights came on and we only had each other to play with. 

 

My mom and dad loved to camp.  Every summer from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend we spent numerous weekends camping.  We started camping in tents and eventually graduated to a camper.  We were all very thankful for that camper!  We roasted marshmallows, made Smores, campfire pies, and pizzas.  My mom loved to cook meals on her Coleman stove.  My brother and I had a dirt bike and loved riding it up and down the country roads; we would do this for hours.  We also had a tire swing and my dad would swing us into the creek and we would go swimming. 

     

Every other year we took a vacation to Clearwater Beach Florida.  We always stayed at the Golden Beach Motel.  We have so many wonderful memories of swimming in the pool, building sand castles and playing in the waves.  We would take fishing excursions and other times my parents would take us on a trip with a pirate named Captain Memo, who had a pirate with a huge pirate ship with a cannon.  The boating trips were always geared toward the kids and family fun.  Other days we just relaxed around the pool or at the beach and we would have a quiet dinner at our motel.

 

Education is very important to my family.  I attended college locally and graduated with a degree in education.  I am currently teaching second grade.  I love my kids/students and can’t imagine doing anything else other than teaching.  My favorite part of my job is seeing my students everyday and helping them to read, write and do math.  I love to hear their stories and genuinely get to know them.  It is very rewarding to help a struggling reader and get to see all their hard work pay off when they begin to read words with out sounding them out.  They have so much joy and pride you can actually see it on their little faces. 

 

My family is very excited to welcome another child into the family.  My sister can’t wait to be an aunt again and my parents want another grandchild to dote on. 

     

Brian’s Childhood                    

I grew up with my parents and my brother.  My parents took active roles in our lives growing up.  My mom stayed at home to raise my brother and me until we had both started school.  She was there to take me to all the sports I played and the piano lessons I took.  My father was active with the Boy Scouts serving as our Scoutmaster.  He was there to guide me through scouting, eventually seeing me earn the Eagle Scout rank.  Both of my parents were there to help us with our homework and for support with problems we faced growing up.

 

My parents grew up in the Washington D.C. area.  We would take trips to visit my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins for holidays since most of my extended family still lived in Washington D.C.  I had a fun time visiting with my family even if it was only a few times a year.  My parents also felt it was important to take a vacation with my brother and me every year.  We would take trips to Disney World, Williamsburg Virginia, Ocean City Maryland and Tennessee.

 

Today, my parents still live in the local area while my brother lives out of town with my niece and my nephew.  My niece and nephew are looking forward to having a new cousin to play with.  My parents are especially looking forward to having a new grandchild to spoil who will live so much closer to them.

 

How we plan to raise our children

We have similar family values and we believe family comes first.  We want our children to have the same opportunities we had as children.  We plan to send our children to public schools in our area.  This will allow Aleta to be with them when they have school breaks and summer vacations.  We both believe post high school education is very important and we will encourage them to attend college or a technical school. 

 

We live in a nice residential area of Cincinnati. Our neighborhood provides sidewalks and cul-de-sacs.  We are local to parks, bike trails, walking paths and playgrounds.  We see children playing and riding their bikes during the warmer months and parents taking leisurely strolls with their children.  We have a large fenced in back yard with many trees.  Our property borders an old farm and our neighbors raise miniature horses.  We have the best of both worlds.  It’s residential with a country atmosphere.  We are also less than five miles from most of our family.  

    

We both value the importance of religion.  We were raised as Christians, Aleta in the Catholic Church and Brian in the Episcopal Church.  We were married in the Catholic Church and plan on having our children baptized as Catholic.  We sometimes attend Mass at Aleta’s church and other weeks we attend service with Brian’s parents at his Episcopal church.  We are also honored to be Godparents.  Being present at Jackson’s Baptism was a wonderful experience.  We continue to watch him grow and will be present for all of his religious and everyday milestones.

     

We want to introduce our children to extra curricular activities.  Aleta loved taking ballet as a child and Brian loved being in scouts.  We both played soccer as children and would love to introduce our children to some of these activities, as well as activities they choose on their own.  We’ve already introduced Stella to swimming and plan on introducing her to gymnastics. 

 

Childcare

Aleta is able to be a stay at home mother during the summer and extended breaks throughout the school year.  During the school year we are fortunate that Stella is cared for during the day by Brian’s parents.  They have lots of woods and land for exploring and they help foster our daughter’s love of nature and the outdoors.  They are very close to parks and walking paths.  They love having her during the day and she loves being with them.  Their loving bond is evidence that they’re wonderful caregivers.  They plan to help care for our new baby during the school year as well.  

 

Brian’s parents are excited about the thoughts of having another baby in the family to love and care for. We feel fortunate that our children will build strong bonds with their grandparents.     

 

By taking the time to read this letter we know you have taken your child’s best interests at heart.  We will always inform our child about you.  We were thrilled to meet Stella’s birth mother at the hospital after Stella was born.  We would be willing to discuss a level of openness that will work for all of us. Such as sharing pictures through emails or letters.  I hope we have answered most if not all of your questions.

 

Thank you again for reading our profile.

 

From the bottom of our hearts,

Aleta and Brian

 

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