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Hobbies

Being a leader of a group, Bicycling, Reading, Listening to music, Singing, Keeping pets, Playing an instrument, Watching TV or movies, Writing, Taking care of people, Taking care of animals, Visiting with friends, Cooking

Cooking, Reading, Hiking, Keeping pets, Listening to music, Playing sports, Visiting with friends, Taking care of people, Taking care of animals, Watching TV or movies

Occupation

Other

Other

Other

Driver/Merchandiser

Relationship Status

Married couple

Married couple

Ethnicity

White/Caucasian

White/Caucasian

Religion

Christian

Agnostic

Type of Home

House

House

Type of neighbourhood

Suburbs

Suburbs

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First Name

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Last Name

Country

United States

United States

Address

Eye Color

Brown

Blue

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Light Brown

Height

5'7"

5'11

Education

Bachelor’s degree

Associates degree

Gender

Female

Male

Smoking

No

No

Drinking

Social drinker

Social drinker

Hobbies

Being a leader of a group, Bicycling, Reading, Listening to music, Singing, Keeping pets, Playing an instrument, Watching TV or movies, Writing, Taking care of people, Taking care of animals, Visiting with friends, Cooking

Cooking, Reading, Hiking, Keeping pets, Listening to music, Playing sports, Visiting with friends, Taking care of people, Taking care of animals, Watching TV or movies

Age

42

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CHILDREN DETAIL

Children

Do you have kids?

Step-children

How many kids do you have?

2

Children

How old are they?

9, 11

Do they live with you?

On weekends and part of the summer/school holidays

Tell us about your children. What do they like to do for fun?

They're incredible. They love to be with one another and use their imaginations to dream up all sorts of games and plays. M is oldest and she loves softball and plays on a travel team. She's also a card shark frequently winning Five Crowns but she really loves any game from our original edition Clue to Mad Libs. M is often a teacher, newscaster, or director/screenplay when they're acting out a scene for us.
V loves football. He's a little hesitant about tackling but loves the game. He turns anything into football- uno cards, napkins/cutlery at a restaurant, etc. Currently, Star Wars is his absolute favorite and he lines up his Lego stormtroopers to act out whatever scene he liked most from Clone Wars.
Both kids love music. We have a"get hyped!"playlist for game days but put it on a lot just to dance to and singalong. M is into her second year of playing saxophone in band and V is planning to play drums next year. I also hope he joins choir because he loves to sing and will pull out an opera aria in the car sometimes. He loves Musicals like Matilda and Newsies.

PHOTOS

Photos

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Fullname

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LastName

Resident Country

United States

Address

Eye Color

Brown

Hair Color

Dark Brown

Height

5'7"

Ethnicity

White/Caucasian

Education

Bachelor’s degree

Hobbies

Being a leader of a group, Bicycling, Reading, Listening to music, Singing, Keeping pets, Playing an instrument, Watching TV or movies, Writing, Taking care of people, Taking care of animals, Visiting with friends, Cooking

Religion

Christian

Occupation

Other

Pharmacovigilance Drug Safety

Type of home

House

Type of Neighbourhood

Pharmacovigilance Drug Safety

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Fullname

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LastName

Resident Country

United States

Address

Eye Color

Blue

Hair Color

Light Brown

Height

5'11

Ethnicity

White/Caucasian

Education

Associates degree

Hobbies

Cooking, Reading, Hiking, Keeping pets, Listening to music, Playing sports, Visiting with friends, Taking care of people, Taking care of animals, Watching TV or movies

Religion

Agnostic

Agnostic

Occupation

Other

Type of Home

House

House

Type of Neighbourhood

Pharmacovigilance Drug Safety

FAVOURITES

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Actor

Animal or Pet

Labrador. We have a chocolate lab

Dog

Author

Tim O'Brien

Bedtime story

We love reading Junie B Jones together as a family

Beverage / Drink

Craft Beer

Book

The Giving Tree

Candy Bar

Reeses holiday shapes

Reeses Peanut Butter Cup

Childhood Memory

One Easter we were gifted a red wagon. My dad put three of us in it and tied the wagon to his bike and rode us around

Going to Disneyworld

Color

Yellow

Blue

Dessert

Ice cream

Cheesecake

Disney Movie

Sleeping Beauty

Jungle Book

Car

Job

Author

Owning my own Miniature Golf course

Family Activity

Game nights. Especially when Grampa mimes painting his nails for charades and the kids are holding their sides laughing so hard.

Playing games

Restaurant

Flower

Gerbera daisies. They're one of the happiest looking flowers.

Fruit

Pineapple

Peach

Hobby

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Hobby

Building Legos

Holiday

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Holiday

Christmas and 4th of July

Christmas

Song

Sitting on the dock of the bay

Crush by Dave Matthews

Sport to play

Wiffleball

Golf

Favourites

Sport to watch

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Sport to watch

Football

Traditions

Christmas Tree day! Picking out the best one, cutting it down, taking out all the ornaments and remembering the stories behind them and listening to Christmas records.

Christmas Tree day! Picking out the best one, cutting it down, taking out all the ornaments and remembering the stories behind them and listening to Christmas records.

Things to cook

I love to bake sweets

Steaks on the grill

TV show

Movie

Princess Bride

The Usual Suspects

FAVOURITES

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Actor

Pet

Labrador. We have a chocolate lab

Arthur

Bedtime story

We love reading Junie B Jones together as a family

Beverage / Drink

Book

Candy Bar

Reeses holiday shapes

Childhood Memory

One Easter we were gifted a red wagon. My dad put three of us in it and tied the wagon to his bike and rode us around

Color

Yellow

Dessert

Ice cream

Disney Movie

Sleeping Beauty

Dream Car

Dream Job

Author

Dream Vacation

Family Activity

Game nights. Especially when Grampa mimes painting his nails for charades and the kids are holding their sides laughing so hard.

Resturant

Flower

Gerbera daisies. They're one of the happiest looking flowers.

Fruit

Pineapple

Hobby

Holiday

Christmas and 4th of July

Song

Sitting on the dock of the bay

Sport to play

Wiffleball

sport to Watch

Things to cook:

I love to bake sweets

Favorite Traditions

Christmas Tree day! Picking out the best one, cutting it down, taking out all the ornaments and remembering the stories behind them and listening to Christmas records.

TV show

Movie

Princess Bride

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Actor

Pet

Dog

Arthur

Tim O'Brien

Bedtime story

Beverage / Drink

Craft Beer

Book

The Giving Tree

Candy Bar

Reeses Peanut Butter Cup

Childhood Memory

Going to Disneyworld

Color

Blue

Dessert

Cheesecake

Disney Movie

Jungle Book

Dream Car

Dream Job

Owning my own Miniature Golf course

Dream Vacation

European Tour

Family Activity

Playing games

Resturant

Flower

Fruit

Peach

Hobby

Building Legos

Holiday

Song

Crush by Dave Matthews

Sport to play

Golf

sport to Watch

Football

Things to cook:

Steaks on the grill

Favorite Traditions

TV show

Letter

INTRO LETTER 

Coming from a large family (I’m the oldest of 5, my father one of 6 and mother one of 4), having a family seemed a foregone conclusion. As the oldest, I spent quite a lot of time caring for younger siblings, cousins and local kids. My mom had an in-home daycare, so it was all kids all the time. I can remember putting pillows under my nightgown and imagining what it would be like being pregnant. As my 20s and 30s passed some of my friends were freezing their eggs but at the time it felt like I would be “giving up” on finding a partner. I met with my OB-GYN to see if freezing my eggs was necessary. My AMH came back low but she told me the number “didn’t really mean anything” and she had seen people get pregnant with even lower scores. I put my worries on the shelf and didn’t think any more about it. I considered fostering but my job at the time as an IT contractor was unstable. My job changed to a colleague position, I bought a house and as the years passed by and 40 loomed on the calendar, I realized I may not have a partner but I had an amazing community of both family and friends that were like family. I decided I would pursue SMBC with a known donor. At that time, I read an article about a couple and their embryo donation journey. It stayed with me as I thought it would be an amazing option if I could not find a known donor. This was all just before the pandemic so my plans were put on hold with the rest of the world, but then I met [His name].

 

[His name] and I met thanks to COVID. Looking for a more socially distant trivia spot than our pre-covid establishment, my friends and I went to a local beer garden where [His name] and his brother played trivia. Our two teams started chatting and a rivalry sprung up. We would harass one another for getting the wrong answers or commend someone's Disney princess trivia prowess. Where we once would play trivia and quickly leave after we began to stay longer and talk about work, life, and politics. Close to the election, [His name] let slip that he had never voted. Being part of Generation Rock the Vote, I registered him on the spot with the added benefit of getting [His name] email address to send the confirmation. After emails that lead to text messages that lead to a first date, we've been together ever since- marrying exactly 365 days after our first date. A month into dating, [His name] introduced me to his children from a previous marriage, a girl "M" now aged 11 and a boy "V" now aged 9. We played hide and seek and I wiped out in a muddy patch. My spill definitely broke the ice and I still remember V’s face in that moment as he wondered whether to help me up or run and hide before his sister stopped counting. Later, M pulled out her notebook and a giant pen and put on some very serious sunglasses telling me she had a lot of questions for me to answer. The questions were about my favorite color and favorite fruit. The kids are with us on weekends, school holidays, and part of the summer. During that time, we love to geocache (a fun way to trick the kids into hiking), build Lego sets, and go to the beach down the road from us. M loves games and would rather play than watch a movie (which is V's favorite); but they both make time for each other's preferences, and we have fun playing Left Right Center, Five Crowns, Family Face Off, or Farting Frenchies or snuggling together on the couch with popcorn under a giant blanket for a Marvel movie. We also have a four-legged child, our rescue dog – Reeses (like the peanut butter cup). We could not have been luckier that he found us. He is the bestest dog and tolerates M's "spa days" of putting makeup and nail polish on him or V's wayward kickball bonking him in the head. He has become the mascot of the kids' sports teams running to the chorus of "Reeses!!" when he arrives to the field.

 

[His name] enjoys sports - both playing and watching. He plays on a softball team in the spring/summer and roots for the Twins, Dah Bears, and Ohio State (thanks to his very 80s childhood). He also roots for the kids as M loves softball and V is gung-ho for football. Although I don't play sports outside of wiffleball in the yard or at picnics, I'm ready for the kids' seasons to begin with my new shiny cowbell to ring in the stands. I sing in a local choir and caroling group and am active in the local community. I love to read, although it's hard to find the time between work and activities. A perfect day would be sitting on the beach from mid-morning until golden hour reading a book and napping. Ice cream wouldn't hurt to top it all off with. [His name] has an older brother and the two share a love of craft beer and witty puns. [His name] has never met a dad joke he didn't like. He likes to say his favorite holiday is Arbor Day but he becomes Clark Griswold at Christmastime. We both go all out for the holidays and frequently host our combined families. Both families live close, mine about 15 minutes away and [His name] less than a half mile down the road. [His name] family frequently joins in game nights or dinner together and when the weather is nice, both families come over to our house for a cook-out. Frequently you'll find my extended family also at those cookouts as I'm close with a myriad of aunts and uncles. The kids enjoy rough housing with my cousins or learning to play badminton with my uncle.

 

One of the conversations [His name] and I had while dating was about my wish to have a child. I told him I could understand if he didn’t want to have any more children since he had two fabulous kids. When [His name] told me he wanted to be on whatever road I was on, it made me fall even deeper in love with him. In January of 2022 we met with a fertility clinic due to our age and because [His name] had had a vasectomy. We discovered that both of my tubes were completely blocked so our doctor recommended we start with IVF instead of a vasectomy reversal as we would not be able to conceive naturally or via IUI. She said that through IVF we would be pregnant by my birthday in April. We had no idea that IVF could fail but each time I went in for monitoring I was told it didn't look promising and they didn't expect me to be able to have a retrieval; however, at that final monitoring appointment I had the bare minimum 3 follicles to qualify for an egg retrieval and we moved forward. We were devastated to learn they had only been able to retrieve one egg. Amazingly, when they called with the fertilization report, we had an embryo! We were both able to be in the room as they transferred that shooting star bright against the ultrasound screen. We were over the moon that we had made it to this point and very anxious for the outcome of the TWW. We just felt in our bones that it had worked and I was pregnant.

 

Going into that final weekend before our Monday HCG test, I received the call that my Grandmother was very ill. My Grandmother was the one who added all the color to my world; my cheerleader, my support and so I rushed to the hospital to be with her. She passed on Saturday and when Monday came, my HCG test was negative. We tried another cycle a few months later but I felt dead inside and apparently so did my follicles. We didn't qualify for a retrieval during that cycle. I started therapy and we switched clinics and I prayed every day that I would wake up and not want to be a mother anymore. My prayer went unanswered and by January 2023 I was still mourning but felt ready to try again giving the cycle everything we had for the last try. We made it to egg retrieval, getting 6 eggs this time. I cried when the nurses told me but this time because we had good news! Three of the 6 fertilized but by transfer day, only one of those embryos could be transferred. Only one to hang all our hopes on again, and again after our TWW, our HCG test was negative. We talked about egg donors but [His name] said it felt unfair if he could be the only one with a genetic connection to our baby. Having two kids already, he didn’t feel the same despair about having a genetic connection. Remembering the article I had read so long ago, we started talking about embryo donation. It felt wasteful to try to continue to make an embryo when there are so many waiting for a chance at life. Now we're in this place where we're reimagining how to further blend our family and learning to hope again for this new chapter.

REFERENCE LETTER 1

Hello,

I am pleased to write this letter in support of [Her name] and [His name] journey to become parents. As [Her names] aunt by marriage, I have known her for the past 33 years and her wonderful husband, [His name], for the past 3 years.

 

I have watched [Her name] grow into an intelligent, independent woman who has embraced [His name] children from a prior marriage with all of the love, kindness and humor that she always brings to the world. [Her name] possesses a brightness and warmth which is evident in how she lives her life and connects with her wide circle of family and friends. [His name] is also a very warm, kind and loving husband and father. He has a wonderful relationship with his two young children and together he and [Her name] have created a beautiful family.

 

[Her name] and [His name] desire to welcome a baby into their family is a natural next step to continue to grow and share the warm, happy and joyful home they have created. They are both very positive people who look for the best in everyone and the world around them. They enjoy sharing fun adventures with their children, whether it be a family bike ride, a hike at a nature preserve or the discovery of a new favorite book through a family read aloud.

 

I know that [Her name] and [His name] would feel so blessed to be able to welcome a child into their home and I have no doubt that this child would feel loved and cherished by this beautiful family.

It is my great pleasure and joy to recommend [Her name] and [His name] as parents.

 

Sincerely,

M


REFERENCE LETTER 2

To whom it may concern,

I’m writing this letter to share my thoughts on why my cousin, [His name], and his wife, [Her name], would be excellent parents to another beautiful little boy or girl.

I’ve know [His name] all of my life, so I was able watch him become a parent for the first and second time. From birthdays and holidays to summer pool days, I’ve had the opportunity to watch M and V grow from babies to the wonderful eleven and nine year olds that they are today. Through the divorce and now with co-parenting with his ex, [His name] has put his children at the forefront of his decision making, making their happiness and the love he has for them his priority.

When [Her name] came into [His name] life we all knew right away that she was special. Her kind heart and giving soul was something you couldn’t help but love. She became part of our family even before they were engaged or married. She joined in on our family traditions that we’ve had for decades without skipping a beat, and now her family comes too. You could tell family was important to her, and I’m glad she melded hers with our so quickly. I’m a step parent, so for me, the first thing I noticed was how quickly and flawlessly [Her name] adapted to being that for M and V. It’s one of the hardest roles we can take on and yet she never hesitated. She has supported them through school, sports, and extracurriculars all while being the loving, nurturing mother figure they need in the home.

I can’t think of anyone more deserving for the adoption of an embryo than [Her name] and [His name]. Everything they have gone through until this point shows how dedicated they are to bringing a child into this world and he or she isn’t even here yet. Their perseverance is admirable and I’m proud and grateful to call them family. The love they exude is endless and that little embryo would be blessed to have them as parents.

A.

REFERENCE LETTER 3

To whom it may concern,

I am writing this letter to share my thoughts and feelings about my friends [Her name] and [His name] as it relates to the love that they can show a child.

 

I have known [Her name] for 15 years. We met through her aunt. [Her name] and I connected immediately and became fast friends, despite our 20 years age difference. [Her name] was single at the time and my children were grown. We spent a lot of time together. We enjoy trivia, getting together with friends, vacations, and just hanging out. [Her name] and I have had many conversations over the years about her hopes and dreams for the future, which always included a husband and children. She has nieces and nephews that I have witnessed her give her love and affection. She is a sweet, honest, caring, loving person that I am honored to call friend.

 

[Her name] met [His name] in 2020. As stated, [Her name] and I are avid trivia fans. We needed to find an outdoor venue for trivia due to the pandemic. As it turns out, the venue we found was the same one that [His name] attended. They met, started dating and quickly knew it was a match that was meant to be. They were married a year later. They both agreed that they wanted to have a child. [His name] has 2 wonderful children from a previous marriage. I have experienced [Her name] and [His name] engagement with his children. [Her name] has a glow when she is with them and when she shares stories of their adventures. However, they both have a desire to add to their family. Unfortunately, their hopes and wishes have not come true, as yet.

 

I feel that [Her name] and [His name] are the ideal couple for the adoption of an embryo. They show love and thoughtfulness to family and friends. They are devoted and caring to [His name] children, yet sensible in making good decisions for them. My aspirations and dreams for [Her name] and [His name] is to have their deepest wish come true; a child to complete their family!

 

Sincerely,

J

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