Dana and Thorin Family wanting to adopt a child

Hello! We are Thorin and Dana

Our names are Thorin and Dana and we are honored that you are viewing our family book.  We are amazed by the kind of courage and strength that you have in choosing an adoption plan for your child.  We hope that while you look at this book, you get a good idea of the kind of people we are and the kind of adoptive parents that we are.  We also hope that you get clarity and strength during this journey.

FUN FACTS ABOUT US

Facts About Thorin

–  Thorin has recently discovered golf and is having fun learning more about it.

–  Thorin builds wood boats, which is something that he does with his grandfather.

–  Thorin is of Scandinavian decent and loves learning new traditions and recipes to try that are Scandinavian.

–  Fishing is one of Thorin’s favorite stress free activities he loves.  He has even commercial fished on the Columbia River and in Kenai, Alaska.

–  Thorin is an only child and was adopted by his paternal grandparents.

–  Thorin is a Star Wars fan and loves everything that is Star Wars.

–  Thorin loves to restore classic cars and owns a 1976 MGB sports car that he restored with his grandfather.

–  Thorin’s favorite thing about Dana is her goofiness and her love for living life to the fullest.

Facts About Dana

–  Dana collects snowglobes from the places she has traveled to.

–  Dana is a elementary school teacher, which has always been her dream.

–  Dana’s favorite sport to play and watch is baseball.  Go Mariners!!!!

–  Dana loves loves loves hispanic food and loves to learn new recipes to make.

–  Dana grew up in a military family and has lived on both coasts of the United States.  She has even driven across the United States twice!

–  Dana’s favorite place to be is outside, preferably near the ocean.

–  Dana is the oldest of 3 girls in her family and has 4 nephews that live on the east coast.  Adoption and foster care has also been a part of her life through family friends, adopting her son and having her cousins as foster siblings when she was growing up.

–  Dana’s favorite thing about Thorin is how he pushes her to try new things and think outside the box.

OUR LETTER

Dear Expectant Parents,

Our names are Thorin and Dana and we are honored that you are viewing our family book.  We are amazed by the kind of courage and strength that you have in choosing an adoption plan for your child.  We hope that while you look at this book, you get a good idea of the kind of people we are and the kind of adoptive parents that we are.  We also hope that you get clarity and strength during this journey.

We have lived in the northwest for the majority of our lives.  For the last 4 years, we have lived in a small town 1 hour south of Seattle, WA.  Thorin has lived in the northwest since he was born and Dana has lived here since she was 10.  Dana’s dad was in the Navy and she has lived in several parts of the U.S., but the northwest is her favorite.  We love that Washington is such a family centered area, is full of lots of activities to do, has amazing beauty and the people are so friendly.  We love getting outside and doing things as a family.

We have been married since July 30, 2005 and are deeper in love now than we have ever been.  We met on a blind date in the spring of 2004 and the rest was history from there.  When people say that when you meet that special person you will know, they are right.  We have been through so much as a couple, but every experience that we’ve had has made us stronger and more in love than ever before.

In June of 2012, we became the proud parents of our son Jacob.  We adopted Jacob through Journeys and had a wonderful experience.  It was because of our experience with Journeys that we have decided to adopt again through the same amazing agency that helped us become parents to our son.  Jacob has been the most fulfilling and exciting adventure ever.  We’ve loved him from the moment that he was handed to us in the hospital and continue to be amazed by the strong and intelligent child that he is becoming.  He has given us such joy that adding to our family adds more excitement and anticipation as we start our adoption journey again.

We are both fortunate to be working in fields that we love.  Thorin is a drafter for a telecommunications company and Dana is an elementary school teacher.  We’ve both worked in our fields for over 12 years and enjoy what we do.  Thorin has been drafting since he was in high school and Dana has dreamed of being a teacher since the 8th grade.  Dana’s work gives her the ability to be home on many school breaks and for 2 months in the summer.  Since we both work only 15 minutes away from home, we will be able to be there for anything that arises.  This includes when the child is sick and when there are special events at school.  We plan to be very active in your child’s education.  Dana will be able to keep a real active role in your child’s education in that she will teach in the same school that the child goes to.

We are a very active couple in that we enjoy so many different activities.  As a family, we go camping, hiking, boating, fossil hunting, fishing, cheer on the Mariners and Tacoma Rainiers at baseball games and other fun family activities.  Our favorite vacation spot is Disneyland and have been able to take our son there twice now.  We love the feeling we get every time we go there and look forward to taking more children with us to the “Happiest Place on Earth”.  We also love spending time with our 12 year old Beagle Daisy and our 7 year old cat Bart.  Thorin is a very artistic person and loves to express his artistic side through building wooden boats.  This is something that his grandfather taught him to do and he continues to do it to this day.

 

As we encountered the struggle to have a biological child, adoption was the adventure that we chose and we are excited about it.  We feel that building our family through adoption is what we were meant to do and the journey is something we’re honored to be a part of.  Thorin was adopted by his grandparents and our son Jacob was adopted through Journeys.  Both Thorin and Jacob don’t have relationships with their birth parents, which is something that Thorin has struggled with and something Jacob will probably struggle with in the future.  Open adoption is something we look forward to because we’ve seen what kind of hole is left in your life without that connection and maintaining that connection to birth parents is something that we embrace and want to be a part of.  We also want our childrens’ birth parents to know that they are a part of their child’s life and that we are all family through adoption.  Having visits, open communication and getting to know you and your family is something we look forward to.

We look forward to what raising another child entails.  From the mid-night feedings, to the t-ball games, to the day the child graduates from high school.  We are excited about it all and plan to be there for everything.  We plan to be very active in their education and in the activities that they choose.

We are honored that you chose to look at us as potential adoptive parents for your child.  We respect the decision you are making and recognize that this is difficult for you.  The courage that you have in thinking about what you want for your child is something we admire and want to support you in.  Your child is blessed to have a birth parent that is putting their child’s needs above their own.  We wish you the best in your search for adoptive parents for your child and hope to be speaking with you soon.

Sincerely,

Thorin & Dana

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