Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dear Friend,

Thank you for considering adoption. Adoption is very special to us as both Landon’s sister and Julie’s cousin were adopted. We know that the family is the central part of God’s plan and realize that it takes great strength to consider adoption. We greatly admire your courage and hope that you will take a minute to learn more about us.

We met in the library at BYU. I (Landon) saw Julie studying there for a week and knew she looked familiar. I finally walked up to her and asked where I knew her from. We soon realized we had been in the same group at EFY (a Church camp for youth) a few years earlier. I asked her out for that weekend, and we were inseparable from then on. One year later, on February 15, 2008, we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. We were young and still had lots of schooling left, but we worked hard, lived cheap, and graduated without any debt.

Julie grew up in Meridian, Idaho where she was trained in voice lessons and spent every other waking moment playing soccer. Landon grew up in South Jordan, Utah where the piano became an integral part of his life when the ski slopes weren’t covered in snow. We both graduated from BYU. Julie’s degree is in Advertising where she specialized in management, strategy, and market research. Landon graduated in American Studies and has a deep passion for the history and founding of the United States. He also plans to go back to school and get a masters degree in business administration. Julie is now the Marketing Director at a craft company, and Landon is the SES Manager at an education software company.

(Landon) From the moment I first saw Julie in the library, her smile has captivated me. No matter what she is doing, she has a smile on her face. (I call it a perma-smile)! Julie has the ability to love people unconditionally and does it with me on a daily basis. From our first date to the present, we are in constant awe at how similar we are. I feel so lucky to have a found such a stalwart and faithful woman who loves me and makes me want to be better in every way. I find myself falling in love with her all over again every single day. Julie is the first to volunteer to join me on the many expeditions I enjoy taking, including camping, backpacking, fishing, and snowshoeing. Julie believes in family and the central role it plays in God’s eternal plan. Watching her interact with children in her church responsibilities recently gave me an insight into the kind of mother she will be. From the moment I met her, I knew that her ability to love would lead to a very loving home for our family and know she will be great a mother.

(Julie) I married a combination of my dad and my best friend’s dad, and it was the best decision I ever made. Landon is so good to me, but he’s good to everyone. Landon overheard my grandpa say his yard needed help, so he got the tools, and we spent a Saturday cleaning it up. A young man at Church mentioned he didn’t have basketball shorts to attend an activity, so Landon gave him his own pair. He is always thinking of others and thinking of me. (In fact, he’s cooking dinner for us right now). He has big dreams and makes me laugh every day. One of his best qualities is that he always has an eternal perspective. He knows that God has a plan and that things will work out. Landon is a gentleman. He always opens my door, and if there’s a crowd coming in behind me, I know I need to wait inside because he’ll be holding it for everyone coming through. He’s an incredible craftsman and has built some beautiful furniture for our home. One Christmas he surprised me with a stunning piece about 4 ft. high for my jewelry. I’ll always treasure it. He is completely adorable with kids. They think he’s a jungle gym, I swear. Kids just instinctively know that they can jump on him and wrestle. Parents sometimes apologize that their kids get so hyper when he’s around, but he loves keeping them entertained. Landon is my best friend, my adventure buddy, my confidante, and my cheerleader. Marjorie Hinckley once said about her husband, “You’ve always given me wings to fly, and I’ve loved you for it.” Landon encourages me in all of my goals. I wish everyone could have a husband as incredible as mine. I treasure the time we spend together. It doesn’t matter what we do, I just love being with him.

We complement each other. Our home is a place of peace and love. Together we camp, hike, exercise, ski, and fish. We love to beautify and organize our home, including building and refinishing our furniture.

We are very involved with our Church. We both have responsibilities working with the youth, which involves teaching lessons on Sundays, taking them camping, and organizing weekly activities. We love to learn and give each other books for anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays. We enjoy country music and attend at least one concert a year. Our song is, “Me and You” by Kenny Chesney.

Our dog Copper is a Bassett Hound/Sheltie mix, and we enjoy training him and playing with him. He is constantly rolling over and having us rub his belly. He has a really sweet temperament (except when it's bath time). We’re completely smitten with him and enjoy taking him on walks. He’s very social and so good with kids. The kids in the neighbor always come running up to us when they see us with him outside.

We love our families very much. We are blessed to have been raised by incredible parents and have wonderful siblings that we’re very close to. There are no grandchildren in either of our families right now, so they're very excited that we’re going through the adoption process.

In March 2012, we were chosen for adoption by an amazing birth mother and were so excited. On May 18, 2012, she delivered the baby, but he was a stillborn. We mourn his loss but love him and our birth mom so much. We think of them both every day and are grateful for the happiness, excitement, and hope they gave us.

We have a wonderful relationship with our first birth mom. If you would like, we are open to communication through letters, pictures, and some visits. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. It is our prayer that the Spirit will guide you in making this important decision. We wish you the very best.

With Love,

Landon & Julie