Our Letter To You

Russel and Melinda’s Note to Birth Parents

Thank you for taking the time to read this! We know that this time of change and decision is very difficult for you. We pray that as you search to know if adoption is right for you, that you will find peace and direction. We can’t even imagine all the thoughts and challenges that you are facing right now. Remember to take one day at a time and don’t give up. Things will work out.
We are excited to share some things about our family with you!

About Us {Melinda Speaking}

“I will start by talking about Russel. Russel is my jewel, my best friend and treasured husband. He is smart and energetic about life.
We met at college while at BYU-Idaho in 2007. On a first double date together he impressed me by volunteering to do the dishes and getting the doors for the young ladies. He is a gentleman in every way. Once we started dating we quickly got to know each other through long walks and talks. He is a very good communicator.
Russel will always rise to the occasion. Once while we discussed qualities that we were wanting in a future spouse; I mentioned that I wanted my future husband to be able to carry me out of a burning building. He then scooped me up and carried me all the way from the bottom of campus to the top, (about ¾ mile uphill). I protested not wanting him to hurt himself, but he laughed and ran up the hill holding me in his arms. At the top he asked, “Did I pass the test?” I responded that yes, he did.

We were married in April of 2008, in the San Diego Temple. He gave me a true courtship, and continues to court me while we are married. We go on weekly dates, often to the temple to remember our covenants to the Lord.
I still consider it a miracle every day to have him as my best friend. He really is one of a kind. Russel is so generous with his time when he sees people need help with anything from; changing a flat tire, cleaning up a flooded basement, shoveling snow, teaching a lesson in church, giving a blessing or hauling fire wood. He is hard working and a wonderful provider for our family. He works in sales and marketing. He loves to build things with his hands. He made a playground in our backyard for our three kids and family to enjoy together.

Russel loves children and is the first to jump in and play with them. He loves to play ball with our three sons and wrestle and play games with them.” Russel likes to coach “T” Ball with our boys. Russel loves to garden and his yearly goal is to see how high he can grow his tomato plants. Last year he grew one that reached 11 feet tall supported by a trellis! If Russel is stressed from work I can find him pulling weeds in the garden. We love to use what we grow. We like to dehydrate our food to make fruit leather and beef jerky and do canning every summer.”

About Melinda {From Russel}

“I am eternally grateful for our marriage, our love and our family. Melinda has been a joy to raise a family with. She has so much love to give.
I love Melinda very much and I am eternally grateful to have her has a wife, a best friend and an eternal companion. Our boys are incredibly blessed to have her as their mother, nurturer and eternal friend. Her patience and love is unmatched and it shows in how she treats and interacts with those around her.”

Our Home

Instead of movie nights, we do game nights and play with friends and family. We are very careful what movies we allow in our home and monitor computer time. Our smoothies with hidden veggies are legendary.
As a family we enjoy so many things! We try to capture these moments in pictures and videos as we can. Daily we; go on walks, cook, ride bikes, go on hikes, swim, and visit family. We adore our dog and three cats. We love reading books together! At bedtime the boys pick out books to read and choose bedtime songs and stories. We have cousin and family birthday parties about once a month.

Every year we make road trips to visit both sides of the family. For our trips there are; games with cousins, swimming in rivers and at the beach, horseback riding, grandparent stories, camping, special meals, visits to Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, and hugs! Family is very important to us! We have a lot of cousins, and aunts and uncles, and dear grandparents on both sides of our family. We enjoy spending time together! One time we hiked together in the desert to an oasis hidden in a canyon and our boys couldn’t understand what an oasis was until we found it! “Mommy, what is it called again?” They had so much fun playing in the water! We always celebrate holidays. We go Christmas caroling, Easter egg hunting, and go to parades, (and much more). We take time to teach our boys about our traditions and our heritage in this country.
Our sons are 8, 6 and 4 years old. Our 8 year old was just baptized and he enjoys karate and writing stories. Our six year old takes parkour, and loves school. Our four year old dresses up in his cowboy clothes every day, and he loves “his” dog. They are looking forward to having another sibling! Our 4 year old insists that “we need to have a real baby, not a fake baby doll.” Snuggle time is really big with our boys and they insist that we have more room for new members of our family. We have worked and prayed and we feel very strongly that we have been guided to adopt.

Our Hope

We want to help the birth parents with their needs throughout the process of the adoption. We hope to be able to have an open adoption. We would love to have the child/children we adopt, know their birth parents. It would be our hope that we can keep the birth parents up to date on special moments and achievements through; pictures, emails, texting, phone calls, and occasional visits. We feel it is very important for children to know they are loved and want our future children to be told their story of the birth parents that love them. At night with our children we list off those that love them, including: God, their parents, grandparents, teachers, cousins, aunts and uncles. We believe that a strong support group of love helps to build children to who they will grow to become. We feel that each child is unique and is a precious child of God with immeasurable potential and talents. We are so excited and ready for our missing piece!

If you have any questions please call, email or text us; whichever you are most comfortable with. We would love to hear from you and get to know you!

Email: RMSmithSmith@gmail.com

Phone: 208-477-1733