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Laura and Charlie

Dear Expectant Mother,
We appreciate you taking the time to read our letter and get to know us. We are Charlie and Laura, in our early thirties, and have been happily married for almost 7 years! We want to tell you about the love we have for each other, and the huge amount of love we have in our hearts to share with a child. 
We understand that this is one of the most important decisions in your life, and we want to assure you that we would devote our lives to caring for and loving your child. We want you to know we are thinking of you and know how much strength and courage this must take. We would love to get to know you, and begin a relationship that will grow over time.
About Us
We met in college and we were friends for about a year before we went on our first date. We had such a wonderful time together and have been a couple ever since! No matter what we are doing we are always laughing and making the best of any situation. 
We both love being in nature, especially going on long walks and hiking in different forest preserves. We love camping and going up to the north woods of Wisconsin with Charlie’s family.  We enjoy summer nights sitting outside, listening to music and grilling together. We spend a lot of time with each other’s families and friends. Whether its dinner, birthday/ holiday parties, or the occasional game night, we always find a reason to get together. We enjoy going on vacation, too.  One of our favorite spots is Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. We also love watching the Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks!
So, how did we get here?
Like many couples, when we decided to have children, we expected everything to go smoothly. Unfortunately, our first experience of becoming parents ended sadly 4 years ago. Laura was 39 weeks pregnant when she delivered our stillborn baby girl. It was heartbreaking and the most difficult time in our lives. After the birth, Laura had complications that made it difficult for her to become pregnant again. As painful as this experience was, it has brought us closer together. This experience has helped guide us to adoption, and we know this is the right path for us. 
Meet Laura (by Charlie)
Laura is the most caring and strongest person I know. If I ever have a bad day, she will always be there to listen and say the right things. That is the type of person she is. She is so much fun to be around and always makes the best out of any situation. Laura does an incredible job of taking care of our dog, Teddy, making sure he has everything he needs. Laura enjoys reading, going for walks with Teddy, cooking, listening to music, being outside in the summer, and attending jazzercise classes. 
An only child, Laura is very close to her parents, Pam and Joe. She has a very large extended family and is always doing activities with her parents and many close aunts and cousins. She would literally do anything for her family and friends. 
With her degree in early childhood education, Laura is currently a preschool teacher in the two year old classroom. She enjoys planning arts and crafts and finding new children’s books to share with her students. She cares a lot about her students, but she is also looking forward to being a full time Mom. I know that Laura will be an amazing Mom because she is so nurturing and a natural with kids.
Meet Charlie (by Laura)
Charlie is my best friend and one of the kindest people I have ever met. He has always been a supportive and loving husband. Charlie is always smiling and finding ways to make me laugh! He is very easygoing and has a calming effect on others. We have so much fun together no matter what we are doing, and he is not afraid to be silly! 
Charlie’s parents have been married for 40 years. His older brother Chris is married with two kids. Charlie is the type of person who is happy to help others, especially when they need help solving computer problems. 
Charlie has worked with his brother Chris for the past ten years running a computer consulting business. He helps over 75 businesses in the Chicagoland area by providing technical support and helping companies with their technology needs. He is a hard worker, but always manages to make time for his family. He is lucky to have a flexible schedule, allowing him to occasionally work from home. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys going to sporting events, concerts and playing softball.
I know Charlie will be an amazing Dad because he has such a big heart and loves children. He has been a great uncle to our two nephews, taking them to Toys R Us on their birthdays, or just making time to go to their weekend sports events.  I know he is so excited to be a hands-on dad, reading bedtime stories, playing games, and taking our child on fun adventures! 
We rescued Teddy in 2010 from a shelter.  It was one of the best decisions we ever made. He was just three months old when we got him. He has brought so much joy and love into our lives. He is very friendly with adults and children and he likes to play. We enjoy taking him swimming and on long walks in our neighborhood. 
Our Home
We live in the west suburbs of Chicago, within walking distance to good schools. Our quiet neighborhood has a lot of parks, too. We love our home because there is a lot of room to play in the backyard and be together as a family. Our family and friends are all nearby and we have wonderful neighbors. 
Our Promise to you
We promise to love your child unconditionally. We’ll always be there for your child and provide support and safety from the very beginning. Most of all, we will encourage your child to pursue her or his dreams and enjoy life to the fullest! If you do us the greatest honor of placing your baby with us, we promise to maintain an open communication with you, if that is your wish. We thank you for taking the time to get to know us and we hope to hear from you soon. 
You can email us at CharlieandLauraACFB@gmail.com or call or text our adoption counselor, Tobi Ehrenpreis, at 847-366-6351. We’d love to answer your questions, get to know you and hear your story.
With Gratitude,
Laura and Charlie

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