Nik & Hollie’s Letter

Dear Expectant Parent(s):

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us, we truly appreciate it. We can’t begin to explain how eager we are to grow our family through adoption again. After several years of fertility struggles and pregnancy loss, we were blessed through adoption on June 28, 2013 when our son, Everett, was born and placed with us. We have had the time of our lives becoming his parents and we know we have more love to share with another baby boy or girl.

We started dating at the end of high school; Nik was a senior and Hollie was a junior. Our first date was Valentine’s Day 2001. We are both so thankful and fortunate to have found our significant other so young in life. We have been married over 8 years and have been together for almost 14 years. We aren’t as old as that sounds… J

We enjoy taking Everett in the wagon and the dog for walks around the block. Our neighborhood is safe and family-friendly where kids ride their bikes and play outside. We also enjoy going to story time, children’s museums, plays/broadway shows, the zoo, concerts, and sporting events (college football games, hockey games, basketball games, etc). We have a very tight knit group of friends with children that we get to see frequently. We go out to eat together at local restaurants, walk around festivals and farmer’s markets around town, or rotate houses to BBQ and play with the kids. We try to see out of town family as much as possible and they visit us as well. We have several family gatherings throughout the year with plenty of food and laughter. We were raised in church and plan to raise our children in church. Our church is very supportive of our adoption journey. We want our child to be able to make their own choice on their beliefs, and they cannot make an informed choice if they are not exposed to religion.

We are excited to see what becoming parents to two children would mean. We now understand the struggles that come with parenthood and the difficulty in raising a child, but it is so fun to figure out and watch our child blossom. As we look into the future, we cannot wait to teach them both how to ride a bike, teach them to cook, and take them to their soccer games, etc. We believe that the good will always outweigh the bad. We believe that as long as we are good people, that goodness will be reflected in our children. Most of all, we wish to raise an intelligent, honest, and caring individuals.

We truly feel we have what it takes to be great parents. It’s funny the way the universe works sometimes, how easy it is for some to get pregnant, but how difficult it is for others. But there is always a reason. God has decided that adoption is the path for us and that we will be blessed with babies that needs us just as much as we need them. We have an open adoption with Everett’s birth family and it’s been an extraordinary experience. Everett essentially has two mothers. Hollie will never be the mother that gave him life and will never be the mother that will complete his sense of identity through a biological connection, but is the mother that will feed him, teach him rules and enforce them, kiss skinned knees, and tucks them into bed at night. “He is mine in a way that will never be hers, yet he is hers in a way that will never mine, and so, together, we are motherhood.”-Desha Wood. Your child will have a very supportive and loving home. Your child will have a loving and protective big brother. Your child will be surrounded by our friends and family that will share in our joys. Your child will never lack love, laughter, and attention.

Nik & Hollie (& Everett)