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Eric & Rachael
We are a young, active family who can't wait to welcome a second child into our family. We know that you are facing a difficult decision and hope that you will be filled with peace as you seek the right family for your child. We appreciate you taking the time to discover who we are. Thank you for considering adoption and our family.
Adoption in Our Lives
We have seen firsthand what a blessing adoption can be and are excited to build our family through adoption. Margaret joined our family through adoption, one of Rachael's cousins was adopted, and we have friends who have adopted children as well as friends who were adopted. Your child would not be the only adopted child in our family, in our church, or among our friends' children.
We also know how important it is for a child to know of his or her whole family. We were blessed to get to talk to and meet with Margaret's birth family several times before she was born. It was nice to get to know each other before Margaret became the center of attention! We hope that we will get a chance to know you and your family, too. If placed with us, your child will know as much about you as you are willing to share with us. At the very least, your child will know that you love him or her immensely.
On the other hand, we won't share details about you with anyone other than your child unless necessary (e.g., family medical history information with a doctor). We hold Margaret's story in trust for her, so that she can share as much or as little as she wants with others as she grows up. We would do the same for your child.
Our Leisure Time
We are best friends who enjoy spending time together. We try to do a special activity every week, whether it's visiting a museum, going to a play, skiing, hiking, or kayaking. We love national parks, so when we travel, we try to see a new park near our destination. From Hawaii to the Smithsonian, we can't wait to share our adventures with another child.
We love to read. Growing up, our parents read to us each night before bed. Now we read to each other and especially to Margaret. We've read everything from Shakespeare to Harry Potter aloud to each other. We can't wait to share our favorite authors from Dr. Seuss to Tolkien with another child during family story time.
We have special memories of spending time in our families' kitchens growing up. Rachael and Margaret enjoy cooking from a handmade family recipe book, and Eric loves teaching Margaret to bake desserts including his signature chocolate chip cookies.
Our house is filled with singing, playing the piano, and listening to music. Rachael is teaching Margaret the songs her grandmother sang with her. Margaret loves dancing in the kitchen and playing the piano. Eric also enjoys listening to music and dancing with Margaret.
Education We will Provide
Rachael's grandfather often said that education is a gift that can never be lost or stolen. We believe that a good education is one of the best gifts we can give a child. While we live in one of the best school districts in the country, we will evaluate both private and public school options before deciding which school will best nurture each child's talents and interests. We have already started planning so that we can give the gift of a college education to any child who joins our family.
While traditional education is important to us, being well-educated is much more than just being "book smart." We look forward to nurturing their talents and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed with loving and supportive families. Growing up, it was rare for only our parents and sisters to be at a school event or piano recital. Extended family members were almost always there to support us, too. Children in our family have similar support from their grandparents, aunts and uncles, great-grandparents, and numerous cousins. Our extended families have very diverse interests — animals, medicine, teaching, farming, law, art, music, dance, sports, and more — so it's likely that someone in our family will share a child's interests.
Rachael is the oldest of four girls, and Eric has one younger sister. Our sisters were enormously influential on us when we were young, and we remain extremely close now. We are looking forward to seeing Margaret and her siblings develop their own relationships. Margaret is tremendously excited about becoming a big sister.
We are fortunate to have family in the same metro area, others within a few hours' drive, and some in exciting vacation destinations such as San Francisco, the Pacific Northwest, and the Gulf Coast. Our parents live 15 minutes apart in Kentucky, so we are able to see both families when we visit. When we gather together, we enjoy playing board games and cards, like Uno and Phase 10, working jigsaw puzzles, and hiking. Our family adores Margaret and can't wait to welcome another child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a lovely 1950s neighborhood just outside of our nation’s capital. Our neighborhood is filled with children walking to school, riding bikes, and playing outside. During the summertime, they gather at the neighborhood pool. We live in one of the best school districts in the country so there are lots of children! Throughout the year, our neighborhood nurtures its youngest residents by hosting family-focused events, supporting their endeavors (shopping at lemonade/vegetable stands, volunteering at school, etc.), and connecting parents. It’s a great place to raise a family.
Our home has four bedrooms and a playroom. There is also an art and craft area where Margaret enjoys creating new masterpieces. It has a tile floor and sink, so paint cleanup is easy! Our home sits on almost half an acre. In the backyard, we have a deck, a good-sized grass lawn, a flat play area (play set coming soon), and a wooded area perfect for exploring. We enjoy spending time outdoors—working in the garden, playing ball with Margaret, and searching for treasures in the “woods.”
We are close to Washington DC’s amazing museums and cultural resources. Several moms from church meet at different museums each week, and Rachael and Margaret enjoy their museum playdates. We also enjoy hiking in the many national and state parks near our home, visiting local orchards to pick in-season fruit, and driving over to the beach for the day. We can’t wait to share these special places with another child.
From Us to You
It is hard to know what to write in this first letter. We pondered what we would want to know if we were in your position and decided that we would want to know the hopes and dreams that the adoptive parents have for a child to see if they matched our dreams for our child. We have been married for 11 years, so we have had many years to dream of children. Over the years, our dreams have grown from the simple hope that they are happy and healthy to the following hopes and dreams for their future.
We hope that they know they are loved unconditionally. We want them to rest in the knowledge that their worth will never be determined by their grades, sports abilities, jobs, etc. We will teach them that it is impossible to lose our love. We want them to be confident that they are loved and will continue to be loved simply because they are our children.
We hope that they know that they can rely on family. They will have not just parents and siblings, but a large extended family with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who love them, too. Our families are tremendously important to us, and they love to share their time and talents with the children in the family. Our children can look forward to spending time with family and to their support throughout life.
We hope that they share our Christian faith. Our faith is central to who we are. It gives us joy and peace even when times are hard, and humility and compassion for others when things are going well. It is the anchor of our family and an important part of our lives. We will share our faith with them and hope that they grow to embrace it as their own.
We hope that they follow their dreams. We believe that one responsibility of parents is to help children discover their gifts, talents, and interests. When they are young, we will make sure they have the opportunity to try different things (art, music, sports, etc.). We will choose schools and activities that nurture each child's gifts, talents, and interests and encourage them through our time, our presence, and our words.
We hope that they are compassionate and use their gifts to make the world a better place. It is easy to focus on people who appear to be better off in some way and to lose sight of the many ways that you are blessed. We want them to learn that while there will always be someone that they could envy, there is also always someone that they can help with their time, resources, or talents.
Lastly, we hope that they learn that life is a gift to be enjoyed. We want to teach them to enjoy the little things in life, such as a cup of tea with a close friend, a run through the park on beautiful day, or a good book. We hope that they learn that it is important to make time for the small things that bring them joy.
If these hopes and dreams match your hopes and dreams for your child, we hope you will consider placing your child with us. If your child joins our family, you will become part of our extended family, too. We will send you letters and pictures, and we are also open to other ways to stay in contact with you and other members of your family (grandparents, etc.). We believe that children can never have too many people who love them.
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Eric & Rachael
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