Dear Birth Parent(s),
Hello, we are Rebekah and Eric. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our family and considering your choices. We are so excited to be adopting and bringing a child into our family! We hope our story will help you in making your choice. Please know that no matter what you choose, we wish you and your child all the best.
We met 11 years ago through a charity event for autism. Eric placed the winning bid on Rebekah and lucky for Eric, Rebekah fell in love at first sight (It was his smile).
We started to date long-distance until Eric could no longer handle the long drives from Minnesota to Utah. Eric, knowing that he wanted to spend his life with Rebekah, packed up everything he owned to move to Utah.
We got married in June of 2012. Our lives have been nothing short of adventure, excitement, sorrow, and joy. These events have helped us grow as people and have strengthened our relationship as a couple. Although we currently have no children, we have two dogs that are our fur babies: Bear (our Goldendoodle) and Mabel (our Bernedoodle).
Eric is a facilities manager and has been in that field for over 10 years. Rebekah is a project manager for a software development company.
A Little About Eric
I grew up in Minnesota and am a huge Minnesota Sports fan. I grew up in a Christian home and my faith keeps me grounded every single day. I am a passionate protector at heart and will do everything I can to help those around me achieve their dreams. Even though I am strong-willed and a leader in many ways, I have a real tender heart and am full of compassion. It is through this that I am where I am at in my career today. I am beyond blessed and through my Faith, I continue to see the work that the Lord is doing in my life.
A Little about Rebekah
I grew up in Minnesota with a very active family and focused on sports as a child. My sport allowed me to travel the world and taught me how to dig deep through setbacks and rise above the chaos. That same resolution inspired me during my educational pursuits and now in my professional career. I love community, connecting with others, and making people feel special when they visit our home. Above all else, my faith has been my anchor.
How Eric Thinks of Rebekah
Rebekah is my partner in life. I love her very much, I feel that she is one of the most generous, caring, loving, and thoughtful people I know. She makes me a better person and continually motivates me throughout our life. Rebekah is always willing to lend a helping hand. More than my wife, Rebekah is my best friend. I feel very fortunate to be married to her and have her in my life. My wish for her is to have the opportunity to be a mother. There is no doubt she will be a great mother and that we will make an outstanding team as parents
How Rebekah Thinks of Eric
Eric is a wonderful husband and partner. We work, play, and laugh together daily. He is my rock, and he never ceases to amaze me. He's compassionate yet strong. He's loyal and honest. I know he will make an awesome dad. If I ever doubt myself or get discouraged, he is always there. We always strive to fulfill each other’s needs. I love this man and can’t imagine my life without him. The bond we share is truly a gift.
We tried for a baby for many years. However, pregnancy is at high risk with Rebekah due to her blood clotting disorder. Eric was almost widowed three months into our marriage when Rebekah was diagnosed with a bilateral pulmonary embolism (blood clots in both lungs). This clotting episode was triggered by birth control.
It was a very long road to recovery however Rebekah is now a patient advocate to bring awareness to blood clots. We know the signs and symptoms of blood clots and have a management plan. Rebekah has been symptom-free for over eight years! Praise God!
How We Will Care for the Baby
Rebekah works remotely and has her office set up next to the nursery. Since Rebekah's parents live with us, we have extra hands, and love and are very excited to be Grandparents again.
If needed, we plan to hire a nanny to help during busy workdays. We intend to provide our future baby with the love and learning they will need to thrive.
We live in Utah and are fortunate to have Rebekah’s parents live with us. Rebekah also has a brother that lives within one hour of our house and a brother who lives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Eric’s parents spend their time between Arizona and Minnesota (where his immediate family lives). He has six siblings and half-siblings that live in Arizona and Minnesota. We split our time between vacations and visits to see family members as often as we can (several times throughout the year). Our family is included in our daily lives.
Together we love to see and experience new places, people, and foods! We enjoy exploring Southern Utah and plan to visit Dubai soon. We appreciate the beauty of the world around us and try to soak in as much as we can each year. In our free time, we like to spend time with each other. Rebekah enjoys CrossFit and training the dogs, and Eric loves to roast coffee.
Our Home and Neighborhood
We have a five-bedroom home that has plenty of space for kids to be kids and room for growth and creativity.
Our neighborhood is family-friendly, and we are embraced by the community. When we announced our desire to adopt, we hosted a garage sale to help raise funds. We were overwhelmed by the support filled with kind wishes, excitement, and prayers over this journey. We have a village that we can rely on to celebrate our successes and to come alongside us in sadness. There is no doubt in our mind that this support will only grow with a child.
We have always dreamed about being parents and having a child to raise in a loving home! We are very excited to be adopting and have so much love to share for this child as we expand our family. There are many things in life we look forward to sharing, such as values, shaping and molding our future child's life.
We want you to know that we have been praying for you. We admire your courage and strength in this decision, and we are willing to explore your preferred level of openness. Whatever you decide, we want what’s best for you and your child. Please know that we are ready to love a child fiercely and to live life as a family.
Eric and Rebekah