Leah & Sam

Dear Expectant Mother,

Hello from San Francisco!
Hello from San Francisco!

We are Leah and Sam, a loving couple enthusiastically starting our family through adoption. We have always wanted to adopt; we have several family members who were adopted so we have seen first-hand how wonderful and nurturing adoptive families can be. We have a warm, loving home and cannot wait to welcome a child. We are grateful for you taking the time to get to know us through our letter. We hope we may have the opportunity to tell you more about us and to learn about you in return.

About Us

We met while competing for an apartment in San Francisco. We struck up a conversation and  then toured the space together laughing and teasing each other the whole time. Eight years later we’re still making each other laugh every day. Our shared sense of humor and deep appreciation of one another are the bedrock of our relationship, which has only grown stronger with time. We are happy to take on life’s many adventures together as a team. We have both lived in the Bay Area for the last 13 years. We enjoy going to the many cultural events around the city, like the Día de los  Muertos festival in the Mission neighborhood or the free concert series that runs all summer at Stern Grove.

We love going on dates to our local movie theater or seeing Leah’s talented brother-in-law play in one of the many nearby music venues. At home we often have music playing in the background as we cook together. We look forward to teaching our child how to cook and carrying on the tradition of spending time together as a family in the kitchen and around the dinner table. We frequently have family coming to visit and enjoy visiting museums and restaurants with our out-of-town guests. We really love to travel and hope to teach our child about other parts of the world by experiencing other cultures first-hand. We like to go to areas where we can see lots of wildlife and rugged landscapes like Iceland, Sweden, and Mexico. 

About Leah, by Sam

Baking cakes and cooking are favorite pastimes
Baking cakes and cooking are favorite pastimes

Leah has been making me laugh since the moment we met. She is an incredibly interesting, intelligent, caring, and radiant person. Leah grew up in rural Maine with her two sisters. She was raised on a horse farm where they also grew organic vegetables. Leah loves being outside, hiking, biking, and camping. Maine and the outdoors still hold a special place in her heart. Leah’s enthusiasm for learning about animals led her to work at the California Academy of Science in the bird and mammal department and then as the only professional taxidermist working in San Francisco—creating museum-quality stuffed animals for display and education. She also volunteered at a wildlife rehab center, helping to care for sick and injured animals. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, she works part time on archaeological digs in the Bay Area.

At home Leah enjoys working with her hands, making things like the forest-themed mobile she crafted for our niece’s nursery. Leah loves learning about other cultures through cooking. She prepares amazing meals that sometimes take multiple days to create. She also enjoys reading, and has a collection of children’s books from her childhood that she cannot wait to share with our little one. Leah has always had a special bond with kids—she is very gentle and patient with them. Ever since our niece Aya was born Leah has been very involved, babysitting and playing with her. I have no doubt that she will make a wonderful mother.

About Sam, by Leah

Kayaking in the Bahamas
Kayaking in the Bahamas

Everyone is drawn to Sam because he is so fun, warm, and caring. Sam is an amazing photographer and illustrator. He got a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Colorado and studied design in California. He has achieved some amazing personal goals in his career, including designing a permanent piece for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art! Sam is from Colorado and has a lifelong love for the outdoors. His childhood was spent snowboarding, skateboarding, swimming, and playing a number of team sports. Now he swims or hikes almost every day.

Sam recently completed a challenging weeklong sea kayaking and camping trip in the Bahamas. He loves basketball and is a big Warriors fan, a passion he shares with his father. Sam is very close to his family—we have dinner with his uncle or go hiking with his cousins about once a week. He stays connected with his beloved nieces and nephew in Colorado through regular video calls. He often entertains our 2-year-old niece by playing the banjo and reading stories or playing games with her. All of the kiddos love hanging out with Sam because he is fun, engaged, and genuinely interested in everything they have to say. I’m so lucky to have found a partner who is so loving, intelligent, talented, and entertaining. I know that he’ll be an amazing and devoted father, and  I cannot wait to see him caring for our own little one.

Holiday celebrations with Leah’s family in Maine
Holiday celebrations with Leah’s family in Maine

Adoption and Family

Leah’s father is one of four adopted children, and Sam’s closest friend is adopted, so adoption is a normal way to start a family to us. We both have loving families who are very supportive of our plan to adopt. Leah’s sister lives in the same neighborhood as us, with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. Sam’s uncle, cousin, and their spouses live nearby. Leah has extended family in New England and Puerto Rico, while Sam’s family is mostly in Colorado and along the West Coast. Although our two families are from different regions, we love that we both have family right here in the Bay Area. We visit them often and are looking forward to bringing a new baby into the group, sharing family traditions, and surrounding him or her with loved ones. 

Home & Community

We have beautiful parks, fantastic cuisine, and a thriving art community all within our lively San Francisco neighborhood. In addition to several great schools, nearby there is a waterpark playground, a paint-your-own pottery studio, singalong classes, a karate school, and one of the biggest playgrounds in the city! There are regular outdoor kid-friendly movies and a children’s concert at the farmer’s market down the street. In the middle of all of this action we live in a quiet 2-bedroom cottage set back from the street and surrounded by lush gardens. We have really enjoyed working together to create a warm, relaxing environment of our own.

Our cozy home in San Francisco
Our cozy home in San Francisco

There is a protected outdoor space that is a great place for kids to run around, play games, or get messy with an art project. We share our urban oasis with two sleepy cats named Tilly and Finch and a friendly little dog named Higgins. Higgins is really great at adjusting his level of play to each kid’s age and comfort—he’ll limit himself to politely sniffing a newborn but with older kids he’ll happily run around and play fetch until everybody’s tired out.

Our Values

We want to raise a happy, healthy child, and expose him or her to all of life’s wonderful adventures. We really value education and hope to nurture our child’s natural curiosity to inspire him or her to become a lifelong learner. We believe that a happy life comes from being curious, following your passion, and building strong relationships along the way. As parents we will strive to provide our child with the tools that he or she needs to grow into a healthy adult. We believe that good relationships are built on honesty, trust, and personal integrity. We wish to be good role models, supporting our child to achieve his or her own dreams. We want our home to be a place of love, comfort, and trust.  

Leah intends to stay home with the little one, and Sam plans on taking a long paternity leave before returning to work. We’re both looking forward to having a long period of time to bond as a family.

Thank You

Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know a little bit about us. We hope this introduction encourages you to find out more—we would love to hear from you to answer any questions you may have. We can be reached toll-free at 833-SAM-LEAH (833-726-5324) or by email at samandleahadopt@gmail.com. You can also reach our warm and helpful adoption attorneys, Karin Stoeckenius and Holly Wotherspoon at 1-800-U-Adopt-US(1-800-823-6788) or email them at info@adamsromer.com. You can also visit their website at www.adamsromer.com.