Leanna & Alan
Hello. We are excited that one way or another this letter has found its way to you. The range of emotions you must be feeling as you consider the next steps must feel overwhelming. We admire your bravery in making the choice to find the right family for your child. Hopefully this letter will help you see whether our family feels like the warm, loving, supportive environment you are looking for.
We are Leanna and Alan and we live in San Mateo, California. Our family is a melting pot of German, Danish, Chinese and Indonesian backgrounds, so we have exposure to different cultures and we get to celebrate many holidays. We are lucky enough to have an awesome 4 ½ year old son, Marcus, and our family is rounded out with our playful Aussie-mix dog named Maverick.
We were married in 2014 and have been together for almost 13 years. In 2015 our beautiful son Marcus was born. Before we had the opportunity to have a second child, we were told that Leanna would not be able to get pregnant again. While this was difficult for us, we knew there would be other ways to welcome a new baby into the loving embrace of our family. Alan has two cousins who are adopted and we have multiple sets of close friends who have adopted. We have been impressed and inspired by this path and we can’t wait to expand our family through adoption!
Leanna is beautiful, inside and out. Best of all, she truly cares about others, which naturally draws people to her, especially children. Leanna is a Registered Nurse, a career which allows her to express her greatest gift, helping people. She speaks Spanish, a great asset to have, as she can communicate more effectively with her patients. She loves her time at home – baking, reading and working in our garden. She is often called upon to babysit, which we love to do – engaging the kids in fun and interesting activities like collecting pinecones and sticks to build forts, building volcanoes, and riding our bikes together. She is a natural and loving mother.
Alan is smart, kind, generous, athletic and fun to be around. One of the qualities I most admire about Alan is that he is very compassionate and thoughtful towards people, whether that be friends or strangers on the street. Alan is a senior manager of operations at a video game company in Silicon Valley where he has worked for over 11 years. Some of Alan’s hobbies include gardening, grilling and watching sports. He enjoys being an active and involved dad. He cannot wait to share all of his interests and activities with his children.
Marcus is going to be an amazing big brother. He is both tender and full of energy – a wonderful role model for his younger sibling to look up to. Marcus is a gentle, kind, patient child with so much to give. Some of Marcus’ interests include reading, singing along with songs, playing with puzzles, drawing and riding his bike. He also simply enjoys being outdoors. Marcus loves other children and cannot wait to be a big brother.
We are lucky enough to have our parents, brothers, sister, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins all living close by. We believe the most important thing is to make sure our time together is well spent. We created our home to be comfortable, beautiful and enjoyable. Our outdoor areas have gorgeous flowers, delicious produce and spaces to relax and read. We love listening to music together, snuggling on the couch together, walking to the park (just one house away) and inviting family and friends over for barbecues. Our family life is warm, mutually supportive and full of love. We look forward to the opportunity of sharing our family’s experiences with another person. Every time we talk about bringing a new baby into our life, we all feel a flood of warmth and excitement. It would be a huge honor and a joy for us to be chosen to be parents for your child.
If you would like to talk, we are ready and waiting to hear from you. Please call us anytime at 1-800-988-1758. You are also welcome to contact our adoption counselor, Lisa Clark, anytime at 1-800-969-6665. Thank you for reading our letter. We wish you and your child the best, whatever decision you choose to make. Hope to hear from you soon.
With respect and love,
Leanna & Alan