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Darrick & Nikki
We believe adoption symbolizes love without boundaries. Although we may never truly understand the journey that has led you here, please know we will forever respect it. We would be honored and grateful if you choose us as your child's parents. We are a family who sees life as an adventure and we cannot wait to share our love with another little peanut.
Why We Chose Adoption
When our relationship became serious enough that we started talking about our future and life together, naturally, we discussed what our family values were. Adoption was something we talked about as we both have a connection to adoption and it was something we were open to.
We were blessed with two beautiful children, Harrison and Rian. Harrison joined our world on St. Patrick's Day! He is cautious, caring, protective of his little sister and a determined young man. He loves Halloween, ninja turtles, Spiderman, frog hunting, school and playing with friends.,p>Rian joined the world several weeks early on a Monday in September. We describe her as our fierce, lovable little diva who has a zest for life. She's determined, demands attention (in a good way), and has a crazy vocabulary. She loves her babies, in fact her first words were 'hey' and 'baby.' She later put it together because we greeted her with 'Hey Baby! Good Morning.
After Rian was born, we really got serious about adoption. It was something we both felt a connection to and we felt growing our family this way was the right thing for us. We were never told we couldn't have more biological children, however, Nicole did have some health considerations during her pregnancies. The choice to adopt is our choice and it has been a blessing that we have been able to start this journey on our terms, truly because we want to. Our kiddos are all in for another playmate and any addition to our family is absolutely guaranteed sibling love!
Adoption in Our Lives
Although we were never told we couldn't have more biological children, we knew when we were ready to grow our family again that adoption was the right choice for us. We talked about adoption for a long time and our connection to adoption makes us even more excited about bringing another child into our family.
Darrick had a connection to adoption at a very young age. His mother passed away unexpectedly when he was 2 years old and his Grandma Rose adopted him shortly after.
A dear lifelong friend, who was also the best man in our wedding, was adopted internationally from India at a young age. 'Uncle' JT is super excited and supportive of our choice for adoption.
Nicole's mom and grandmother have provided a lot of insight into the power and love of adoption as well. Nicole's grandma adopted both of her children because she was unable to conceive. Nicole's mom also chose adoption for her first-born child.
Nicole's aunt was unable to conceive children. Her and her husband were a huge part of Nicole's life growing up. Although never legally adopted, Nicole was fortunate to have been raised by both her mother, father and her aunt and uncle.
Our family truly wouldn't be what it is today without our connection to adoption and we are so thankful for that. We are proud to have a support system made up of people who truly can understand this perspective and we will be able to share that lovingly with another child.
Our Family Traditions
We enjoy many family traditions. Decorating for the holidays is definitely one of Nicole's favorites. We put up holiday villages and go all out with the decorations - especially for Halloween and Christmas. We also have 'Smoovie' as a member of the family (for the past couple of years); he's our Elf on the Shelf during December, and he's very busy and creative.
One of Darrick's favorite traditions is the time he spends at the cabin and in the woods during deer season. His love of outdoors is strong and he enjoys sharing that with the kids.
Together with our families we have several holiday traditions too. The Fourth of July is spent on the water with family and friends. For Halloween we're dressed up and doing trunk or treat or hosting Halloween gatherings. Christmas comes with tacos at Tim and Debbie's, a fun day at the cabin and presents at our house on Christmas morning.
We take several annual trips with friends and family. We find a warm weather destination at least once a year and it's a requirement for swimming and water fun. We also enjoy family trips to Door County and Florida, as well as Nicole going shopping with the girls and Darrick fishing with the boys.
For as long as we can remember when one of us is having a bad day or just needs to smile, we'll ask each other 'why do you love me?' It's a fun tradition we share that still surprises us with new responses of why we love each other.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Wisconsin and the four seasons offer us a variety of activities, some fun in the cold and others fun in the sun.
Our home is in a small subdivision with neighbors close enough and yet far enough away to give us privacy. One of our neighbors works with Nicole and his two young kids enjoy coming over to play. We're in a safe neighborhood where everyone looks out for one another. We have a five-bedroom house with three levels and a bonus room for all of the toys. One of the bedrooms is just down the hall from us and is waiting for its permanent new arrival.
In our community we have a great city park that is also close to the school. Nicole is actively involved in a large community project to rejuvenate the playscape, which we're super excited about. We also have a river that flows through the community which provides opportunities for swimming, camping, boating, fishing and more.
The school in town is the same school we both went to growing up. We had a great education and our school is known for being the best in the area. It's big enough to provide opportunities, but small enough where many of the kids know each other and the families support one another.
Our Extended Families
The key to our hearts is in our family and friends. We are so fortunate and blessed to have an amazing support system. We spend a lot of time with family building memories, celebrating life and just having good old fashion fun.
We have many amazing people in our life. Nicole's dad has a large vegetable farm that also includes animals, syrup making and beef cattle. Nicole's mom and grandma live in the city and love watching the kids overnight or dropping by for an evening to visit (they can't wait to snuggle a baby again). Nicole's aunt and uncle live on the water and together we enjoy traveling with them and visiting fun places. Darrick's step-dad is a fire-fighter who enjoys the cabin, outdoors, scuba diving and also dropping in to visit during the week. Darrick's grandma passed away, however, we still see some of the extended family at various gatherings each year. Morgan, Nicole's sister, and her family are very close and its not uncommon for travels and adventures to be reoccurring quite often.
We are a bit unique with the size of our blended families, but it always makes for lots to do. Collectively, everyone is very excited about us growing our family through adoption. They can't wait to welcome another grandbaby, cousin, playmate and friend into the group.
From Us to You
Our home is filled with crazy, fun, loud and happy and we are beyond excited to share our love with another little one. We want you to know that no matter where life takes us, we will tackle it as a family and together. We will teach our children to work hard, laugh hard, love hard and most of all to have fun and enjoy life along the way. We want our children to be happy and know they are loved. Our families have taught us the importance and significance of being good people and doing right by others, we will teach our children the same. Life can be hard, and they will know even when times are tough that they aren't alone.
We have been together as a couple for the last 12 years and married for seven. We are committed to one another unconditionally. We have talked at great length about what adoption means to us and are 100% ready for this journey. We believe our own personal connections to adoption will help us navigate our journey better and have allowed us to be more prepared in becoming parents again.
Should you choose us for your child's forever please know we will respect you and celebrate you. We will always carry and share the utmost respect for the selfless decision you may chose, if adoption is right for you. It is important to us that you have the communication you are looking for with adoption and we will support what you are comfortable with. We are open to hearing all you are willing to share about your journey and who you are. We want your child to know where they came from and that they are loved more than they can imagine. We are happy to send letters, share pictures, and support future visits if that is right for you. We recognize you may be facing many emotions or challenges that are new or overwhelming; we will do all we can to support and respect you during this time.
Adoption to us is love with no boundaries. Someone once said to us, "our kids bring out the best in us and are the greatest things we do." That statement has stayed with us, and we believe in it whole-heartedly. Our commitment to you and your child is found in the root of those words. Our children are the center of our world and always will be.
We sincerely thank you for being willing to learn a little more about us and who we are in life. We hope the information shared about us has given you a deeper dive into who we are as a family. We truly believe we are good parents and we do not take that responsibility lightly. We are full of love and cannot wait to share it with a child. We hope we can fulfill all of the hopes and dreams you have for your child and are so excited to start doing just that.
We wish you the absolute best as you continue on your journey, no matter what decision you choose.
Darrick & Nikki