Andrew & Marlene
Dear Birth Parent,
Thank you for taking to the time to read our letter. We recognize the enormity of the decision that you are making and admire the bravery and courage it takes to choose a family to love your child. Our prayer is that you will find peace as you get to know us and our commitment to loving and cherishing your child as our own.
We are Andrew and Marlene. We met as teenagers at a church event and fell in love through writing letters and long phone calls. Our first “date” took place in San Francisco where we met for pizza and Andrew asked me to be his girlfriend. Our relationship spanned from middle school through adulthood. We are celebrating our 15 year anniversary this year and are excited to fulfill our dream of having children. In 2013, Marlene discovered that she had premature ovarian failure and after several unsuccessful rounds of IVF, God placed it on our hearts to build our family through adoption.
Meet Andrew by Marlene
Andrew grew up in Northern California and maintains a close relationship with his family and childhood friends. He works as an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry and serves on the church board and finance committee. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, travelling, discovering new foods, and watching musicals.
Andrew is loving, selfless, compassionate, patient, and trustworthy. He is my greatest supporter and partner in every way. He provided for me so that I could return to school to study nursing, and when my dream job required me to come home later, he learned to cook so that dinner would be ready when I came home. He is generous with his time and talents and recently volunteered to take pictures for a church brunch even though he had to work a night shift that evening. He is family-oriented and is always present for our nieces and nephews birthdays and other life events. Our nieces affectionately call him Uncle, like just Mom or Dad. Andrew values communication and handles conflict with grace and kindness. I know Andrew will be a wonderful father because of how extravagantly he loves me and our family.
Meet Marlene by Andrew
Marlene has a tremendous capacity to love and care for people. Even as a child, Marlene cared for her younger sister in a motherly way as her parents were busy working and her older siblings were out with their friends. She works as a nurse and I regularly tell her how God has uniquely gifted her with the compassion, knowledge and discernment to provide exceptional care.
Marlene is a selfless, giving, compassionate, caring, intelligent, and adventurous woman who loves time with family, especially our nieces and nephews, traveling, making crafts, helping out our friends, and cooking new recipes. She is the favorite baby-sitter of two of our nieces, who are always sad when she leaves. She recently worked over several weeks to plan for and prepare the decorations for our friends’ adoption celebration and the decorations for her god-daughter’s first birthday. I see how her face lights up around our friend’s and family’s children and I know that she will be a wonderful mother with her an amazing capacity to love.
We are both blessed to have large, loving, supportive families. Andrew has 2 sisters and Marlene has 3 sisters and one brother. Together, we have 14 nephews and 3 nieces. We genuinely love to spend time together and have weekly family dinners on both sides of the family. We love to celebrate whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or we just need an occasion for our brothers-in-law to smoke ribs. It is not uncommon for us to travel together. On our most recent trip, we travelled with Andrew’s sister, her husband and his parents to the Southwest to see the national parks.
We bought our home with the dream of expanding our family in mind. We live in a 4 bedroom and 2 ½ bathroom, split level home in a quiet cul-de-sac. We have a large front yard with plenty of room for a birthday bounce house and extensive backyard decking, perfect for barbecues. There is a park up the hill with views overlooking the Bay Area, a play structure, and basketball courts. Our local schools are highly ranked. Beyond our town, we are not far from several zoos, children’s museums, and regional parks.
Our faith in God plays a central role in our lives. We are dedicated to loving God and loving others. We regularly attend and are active in our church small groups and outreach / inreach activities. We also regularly meet with church friends and their children for dinner and board games. We intend to raise our child in the same Christian faith.
We hope this letter gives you a glimpse of who we are and the kind of life we desire to provide for your child. We promise to love your child completely and unconditionally. We will encourage your child’s gifts and passions and always will be his/her biggest supporters. We will share in his/her greatest joys and surround him/her with love through hard times. We will always seek God’s best for him/her. We and our village of family and friends are ready to welcome your child into our lives.
If you would like to learn more about us, please contact Little Angel Adoptions at 1-888-281-8948.
With Love and Gratitude,
Andrew and Marlene