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Conor & Ashley
Being a parent has been the greatest honor of our lives and we want to thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We have been wanting to complete our family for a while and our hearts have led us to adoption. We know you will be making a very difficult decision and our prayers are with you during this time.
What It Means to Be Parents
Being parents has been the most rewarding experience for both of us. We are parents to a 6-year-old daughter and are looking forward to growing our family through adoption. As parents, we are the provider, protector, role model and teacher for our children. We lovingly take on this responsibility and try to do it with the patience and grace necessary for our child's well being.
Being parents also means that we are learning every day too. As our daughter has grown, so has our parenting style. We understand that we need to meet our daughter where she is physically, emotionally and developmentally. We encourage her to be herself and do her best every day, but never shaming her for making a mistake or feeling failure.
Our favorite things about being parents are the silly and fun times we share with our daughter. She makes us laugh every day.
We. Love. Adventures.
There are a lot of reasons why we travel. Sometimes we travel for work, or to see friends and family or sometimes just to experience something new.
We have been ziplining in Costa Rica, snorkeling in Mexico and sightseeing in Germany, just to name a few of our favorite trips. We also try to take an anniversary trip each year to explore a new city together. So far, we have traveled to New York City, New Orleans and Seattle.
Sometimes our adventures are big, like the items listed above and sometimes they are small, like checking out the fall festival at a local farm. Whatever it is, our focus is generally on having fun and doing things together. You could say that this adoption journey is another one of our adventures. I know what we have both enjoyed the discussions about completing our family and the dreams that those discussion inspire.
One of our traditions is a winter ski trip (or two). Conor grew up skiing with his family and it has been an absolute joy to share a similar experience with our little family. Izzy has been skiing since she was about three and we are really looking forward to teaching another family member how to hit the slopes.
What Makes Us Unique
Conor is the youngest of five children. He is out going, engaging and fun. He is a great encourager and loves his family. He is an owner, project manager and estimator for a construction company. The company was started by his grandparents and he is the third generation to run this family company. In addition to his role as a business owner, he is also a community leader. He has been appointed to several boards and is passionate about growing and developing his community. In his free time Conor likes to travel, golf and have downtime with his family.
Ashley is kind, funny and thoughtful. She is known to play things on the safe side, but is well balanced by Conor's adventurous side. She is currently a stay at home mother, although she will be soon starting a job working at their daughter's school. She loves to read, listen to podcasts, exercise and watch funny movies. Ashley is very interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family, by learning new recipes and even becoming certified in yoga instruction. Ashley also loves to continue learning how to become a better mom by reading parenting books.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Indiana. We live on 5.8 acres of land and our home is surrounded by woods. It's a beautiful setting, with low traffic. Our neighborhood has been expanding as people build houses around, but we still maintain our privacy with the trees. We have family as next door neighbors; an aunt, uncle and cousins. We walk up the field during the summer, to visit with them. We also use their pond on hot days! We also live close to our favorite park in our town. We are a part of a country club that has a great pool we frequent in the summer.
The town we live in has an annual street fair that is very popular. There are rides, parades and fair food for a whole week. Our town also has a plaza where there are farmer's markets, live music and festivals throughout the year. We love attending local events as our community grows.
Our home consists of four bedrooms. Our home is very open and our kitchen, great room and dining room flow together and it's where we spend most of our time. We just finished our basement and it's now a big play room.
Our Extended Families
Conor comes from a large family, he's the youngest of 5 children. They live all over the country, but that just means there are more places to visit! We travel to Florida often, where we stay at Conor's parent's home. They live right on the beach and we love to watch the beautiful sunsets. We have 7 nieces (and one on the way!) and it's so fun to have the little ones together.
Five years ago we bought the home where Conor grew up. That means that we have and Uncle/Aunt and a cousin that both live on the same piece of property. Mick and Brenda (the uncle and aunt) are almost like an extra set of grandparents. We see them regularly when we are out walking on the farm or on a Ranger ATV ride.
Ashley's mom and stepfather live two miles away and are eager for us to expand our family. They love spending time with our 6 year old and would be wonderful grandparents to this child. Ashley also has a dad close by and a sister who lives 45 minutes away.
We live in a really great tight knit community. This means that the people we work, and serve with are also the people that we play with. Our kids all know each other and it makes barbecues and games nights lots of fun.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We can't imagine the difficult decisions you have in front of you and we admire your strength. We promise to give your child a loving, safe, stable and supportive home.
We hope that through our profile you have learned that we have been married almost 10 years and have a happy, loving marriage. We hope that you have seen that we enjoy spending time together, whether that is playing soccer in the yard, going on walks in our woods or vacationing. We hope that we have captured your imagination so that you can truly picture your little one being part of our family time. We have done our best to express that we are a laid back, go-with-the-flow type of family, and that we have strong core values that give us purpose. The information you have been provided cannot fully describe everything we are, but we hope that it has piqued your interest enough to continue this conversation. We are happy to get to know you and excited for you to get to know us!
Six years ago, we were blessed with a daughter. We have been trying to have another child since, with no success, due to secondary infertility. After four miscarriages and failed IVF, we have turned to adoption as our hope to complete our family. Our daughter is extremely excited to have a brother or sister! You would be helping us fulfill our dream of growing our family.
Our journey through infertility has been difficult and heartbreaking. Izzy has worn three different "big sister" t-shirts. Shortly after giving each of them to her we have had to explain that she wasn't going to be a big sister just yet. That we were going to have to try again. That she was going to have to wait just a little bit longer, but that mommy and daddy were doing everything they could to make it happen. Our hope is that we will someday soon be able to buy her a "big sister" t-shirt, and that she will be holding her brand new sibling while she wears it. We can tell you with 100% honesty that a new child in our home will be treasured and adored by all three of us.
As part of this process we are asked to write extensively about ourselves. We are asked to provide video to try to capture who we are as a family. We are interviewed and asked questions about our values, beliefs and lifestyle. It really seems like all of the focus is turned on us and we put forth all of this effort to try to convince a stranger of the wonderful people we are (if we do say so ourselves). With the spotlight on us, it is easy to lose sight of the one thing that really makes all of this happen. YOU. Without you Izzy would not have an opportunity to have a sibling. Without you our family might not feel complete. Without your choice and your sacrifice none of this is possible, and you have our unending gratitude.
We have parents and siblings that are incredibly excited to be grandparents and aunts and uncles. We have nieces (yes all girls so far) that can't wait to meet their new cousin. We both have incredible extended families that live near us that provide us an amazing support structure. We want to bring your child into this fold to be loved and supported.
We would love the opportunity to share your child's growth with you through pictures, letters and emails, if desired. We will always be open with your child about their adoption and make sure you are always discussed in a positive manner. You are, and will always be important to our family.
You are considering a brave decision and we pray you are guided through this process. Thank you for your consideration. We hope that this is just the first step in getting to know each other. If you have any questions please reach out to us and we will make ourselves available.
Conor & Ashley
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