Erin & Ruth
We are Erin and Ruth and we feel privileged that you are reading about our family. It is our hope that as you look at our letter you will get a sense
of the love we share in our family and the desire we have to share it with another child.
We don't pretend to understand everything that you are facing right now, but we are praying for you and we greatly admire the strength it takes to
consider an adoption plan. Our prayer is that you will make the decision that is the best for your child, whatever that might be.
Before we were engaged we discussed our future plans for wanting a large family. We also talked about the possibility of adoption being part of that
plan. In our first year of marriage Ruth became pregnant with our daughter, Cora. We were thrilled! Sadly, some unexpected complications during
labor and delivery meant that we would not be able to have any more biological children. We were heart broken by this news, but as time has gone
on we have seen this as an opportunity for us to grow our family as we had previously talked about; through the miracle of adoption. We strongly
believe that every child is a gift from God however they join our family.
The way we met shows how God can bring two people, from very different places, together. Erin is from Oklahoma and Ruth is from England, so neither
of us expected to meet our future spouse in Burundi, Africa! Erin was a Marine working in an embassy and Ruth was volunteering in a local school
and children's home. We became part of the same social group and over time developed a strong friendship. Just before Erin was due to leave for
his next post we went on our first date. Even though we were going to be separated by many miles we knew we wanted to keep in touch. Over the next
couple of years, we dated over email and Skype. In many ways this made our relationship stronger because we spent a lot of time talking and really
getting to know each other. Every so often we had the opportunity to meet somewhere. Our adventures took us to Zanzibar, Israel, Sweden, England
and the USA.
We have been married since 2013 and over that time our love for each other has grown and our marriage has strengthened. Time spent together as a family
is very precious to us. We have dinner as a family every evening and will often play a game or go for a walk after our meal. We believe God designed
the family and that He puts each one together on purpose. We take great joy in loving, encouraging and serving each other. We also desire for our
family to be a blessing to others, so we look for opportunities to reach out to those around us whether it's a friend we know well or a member
of our community.
Although life is full of uncertainties, by God’s grace, we are able to make some promises. We promise that your child will be treasured and loved unconditionally,
as if they were born to us. Your child will know that you made the adoption plan out of love for them and you will always be spoken about with
love and respect. We will continue to pray for you and for God’s plan in your life.
Love, Erin and Ruth
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