Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dear Friend,

Thank you for considering adoption. Adoption is very special to us as our daughter, Landon’s sister, and Julie’s cousin were all adopted. We know 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. 

Julie and I 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've been inseparable ever since. One year later, on February 15, 2008, we were married in the Salt Lake Temple. 

After five years of marriage, Taylor joined our family through the miracle of adoption. She is two now and the center of our world. She is incredibly active and strong. She climbs up dressers, counters, the piano, and the buffet just for kicks. Rock climbing definitely seems to be in her future. She is a happy, sweet, delightful child, and we adore her.

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 Communications with an emphasis in Advertising. Landon received his bachelors degree in American Studies and his Masters in Business Administration. Landon now works for a start-up company, and Julie is a stay-at-home mom.

(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. From the moment I met her, I knew that her ability to love would lead to a very loving home for our family.

(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. 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.

Our family activities include hiking, exercising (Taylor loves yoga), family walks, going to the park, pillow fights, and wresting (Taylor is tough)! We love to make a big deal of celebrating holidays and birthdays. Taylor makes every holiday more fun. We love to beautify and organize our home, including building and refinishing our furniture. Taylor loves outings, and we make sure she gets to go out at least once a day. Our days are usually filled by going to the park, library, store, play dates, and walks. We're grateful to live in an area with lots of young children that Taylor loves to play with.

Our song as a couple is, “Me and You” by Kenny Chesney. Our song` for Taylor is, "I See the Light" from the movie Tangled. Our dog Copper is a Bassett Hound/Sheltie mix. He’s very social and so good with kids. 

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. Taylor is the second of three grandchildren in the family, and our families are very excited about being able to love another grandchild!

We have a wonderful open relationship with our daughter's birth mom. We love her and are so grateful she made us parents. If you would like, we are open to communication through letters, pictures, and 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, & Taylor