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Jason & Michael
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and considering us as parents for your child. We have been together for over seven years and have built a wonderful life with family and friends. These people have created an amazing support system for us and are excited to see our family grow through adoption. We cannot wait to be parents and are grateful to you for this opportunity.
Our Individual Strengths
Michael is a nurturer. He is steadfast, loyal, calming, respectful, rational, honest and compassionate. He is the glue that holds our family life together. He cooks, grills and organizes all the gatherings. He makes our house a home inside and out. That's why everyone loves to come to our house for dinner, to hang out on the deck, play cards, etc. He enjoys hosting, creating a comfortable environment and prepares a wonderful meal. He helps our guests feel at ease.
Jason is the dreamer of this duo. He's always coming up with a new goal, project, or journey to embark upon . He is never short on ideas. Jason is very personable and never meets a stranger. His closest friends are considered family as these friendships span decades. He's a lover of all animals and would have a zoo if Michael would let him. Luckily, he spends a lot of time on the family farm working with the animals there.
As a couple we are both fiercely supportive of each other no matter what the endeavor may be. Whether it is something we are working on together or separate, such as our careers, we are always there for each other, providing encouragement and seeing the other through to our goals. Our support for one another has allowed us to grow to where we are today. This foundation has set the stage for our relationship to continue growing as we start a family.
When we started dating a little more than seven years ago we began our relationship with Lucy, a miniature schnauzer, and Scout, a border terrier. These two girls became fast friends and as our relationship grew so did theirs, really becoming sisters. Unfortunately, we recently lost our little Lucy.
Whether it was going camping, heading up to the farm, walks around our neighborhood, going to the lake, or vacations to the beach, these two were always in tow. When leaving the house our last words were always, "Come on girls, let's go!" One of our favorite places to take the dogs is the beach at the Gulf of Mexico. We've been taking them there every year since the beginning of our relationship. We became engaged on the beach walking Lucy and Scout, and they even served as the official escorts for our wedding.
A couple of years ago we added Henry, another border terrier. Our little pack became referred to as "the kids" from that point on. We are fortunate to both work from home so we are always with them, and they go with us everywhere. Scout and Henry now hang on the back deck watching for squirrels and just waiting until they hear us say, "Come on kids, let's go!" and then we all head out to our next adventure.
We will definitely expose our child to various cultures, people and traditions. We believe that exposure to different backgrounds creates a natural respect for others and a greater understanding for the world we live in.
We are both fortunate to work with and have friendships with people from different cultural backgrounds. It is an aspect of our lives and careers that we really value. For us, being humble, respectful and open are the key ingredients to approaching life and those around you.
The greater Little Rock area has many schools that are culturally diverse. When it comes time for our child to go to school we prefer she/he be in a classroom that has children of different backgrounds so they are more familiar with the world we live in. Ensuring this type of environment in our child's education is important to us. Beyond school, there are several social groups and cultural festivals/experiences in the area like the Italian Food and Culture Festival, the Greek Festival, Hispanic Heritage, IndiaFest, and Lunar New Year just to name a few. Finally, when our child is old enough, we would like to make sure she/he has the opportunity to experience different cultures through travel.
We both have had the opportunity to travel throughout the world. Jason has lived in Central America, India and Singapore at different times throughout his career. We both value cultural diversity and believe that continued experiences further one's worldly education immensely. We are excited about providing experiences like this to our child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a historic neighborhood in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Our house is a 1930s craftsman bungalow that has maintained its original charm over the years. It is white with black shutters, black window boxes and a black front door. This provides a great background for the front beds and window boxes, full of greenery and flowers such as hostas, azaleas, ferns, hydrangeas, and a Japanese maple tree. The window boxes are always decorated in the theme of the season, such as flags for the 4th of July, pumpkins in the fall and red bows for Christmas.
When you enter the house there is a small foyer that leads you into the living room. The house is full of natural light coming in through all the windows. From this point you can see all the way through the dining room, past the french doors, and into the sunroom. There's a great view of the back yard and deck from this area. The deck spans the back of the house and has many more ferns, hostas, caladiums, elephant ears, and flowers. We have a large table and chairs where we hangout throughout the day and spend time with the dogs looking out over the backyard.
Our house tends to be a gathering place for friends and family. In the summer months we have an above ground pool that we set up so everyone can hang out and enjoy while food is cooking on the grill. In the cooler months, the pool is taken down and this large pea gravel area is filled with seating around a fire pit to hang out, roast marshmallows and tell stories. Creating a comfortable and welcoming space where everyone feels at home is important to us.
We love our community. Besides our backyard, there's plenty of places to play. There are three parks within two blocks of our house.
Our Extended Families
We are both close with our families. Having both lost a parent as young adults, we learned the importance of family early. Jason, an only child, was raised on a cattle farm about 45 minutes away from our home. His mom is one of nine children and his dad, who has passed, was one of six. Today, his mom, a retired teacher, and her brothers continue to run the farm. Holidays and summer cookouts are always crowded with this group, averaging anywhere from 40-60 family members. Our child will be surrounded by many aunts, uncles and plenty of cousins.
Michael was raised in a suburban community in central Arkansas with one sister and two brothers. His dad was a civil engineer and his mom, who has passed, was a reporter for the local newspaper. He enjoyed working on an 80-acre plot of land with his dad and brothers in Northwest Arkansas during the summers. Today, his dad and brothers have all built cabins on this land and live there full time. Michael's sister lives near us, and is so excited to become an aunt!
As the only grandchild for both sides of our family, this child will be loved beyond measure.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and considering us as parents for your child; we can only imagine what a challenging decision it must be. Please know we feel empathy, compassion and love for you and the baby you have created. Choosing us as the parents for your child will be the greatest honor of our lives and something for which we will be forever grateful.
We have been together for more than seven years and married for almost four. We have created a loving and supportive environment for our relationship. We have experienced wonderful events like purchasing our first home together as well as exciting adventures like white water rafting in Colorado or exploring New Orleans. We've been there for each other in times of tragedy, like the death of a parent. Through it all, our bond and love for one another only grows deeper. Together, we are true partners in life. For us, the greatest adventure and honor of our relationship will be to raise our child with all the love and support we give each other.
Choosing us to parent your child will be giving them a much larger support system than just us; our extended families and friends will forever be involved in our child's life. We are fortunate to have both our families all living in Arkansas within driving distance, and a set of close friends living in our neighborhood. We have an incredible group of people that will be there to support this child in every way. This child will be the first grandchild for our immediate families, which is very exciting. There is an entire group of people that are so excited about a baby they haven't met, but love already. We can't wait until the day comes that we get to introduce our child to everyone.
We look forward to watching our child grow over the years and providing them with the opportunity to flourish in their endeavors, whatever that may be. Do they want to learn farming and take over the family farm one day? Or follow in the footsteps of some family members by going into the medical field? Or maybe becoming a business owner one day? Whatever it is, we are here to provide the foundation for them to be successful. We were very fortunate to have this type of support from our families. It will be so wonderful to carry this tradition on with our own child creating the next generation.
We can't imagine adopting a child and not celebrating their adoption story and their birth parents who made it all possible. We will talk openly and honestly to our child about their adoption. We look forward to your involvement, whatever you choose for that to be. Depending on what you are most comfortable with, we would like to include you in special moments throughout our child's life. We are happy to send emails, photos, have video calls and make plans to get together. We look forward to getting to know you and creating a healthy relationship. We want our child to feel connected to their birth mother/family.
Thank you for getting to know us a little through this profile. We are truly excited to meet you. Through this process, one of the things our conversation always comes to is the call we will get when you choose us as the parents for your child. We've imagined getting that call and being so excited, as well as talking to you and getting to know you. We are confident that you will be proud of the opportunities your child will have and the person they will become.
Until we get to meet, hug, and tell you this in person, thank you. Thank you for choosing us. Thank you for helping to create our family.
Jason & Michael