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Gary & Jen
We believe adoption is a journey that God has led us to, and we're so appreciative of you for taking the time to look at our profile. We're excited to give our love to a child and to raise that child to know the Lord. We're very excited about becoming parents and can't wait to fall in love with a beautiful baby. We will be honored if you choose us to be your child's parents.
Our Leisure Time
Jen: I enjoy reading well-written books, especially historical fiction. I have a lot of story ideas and am writing a novel that I hope to get published. I like visiting places that I’ve never been to before. Since getting married, Gary and I have gone to Atlanta, Savannah, and numerous parks and nature centers. Through the classes I took at college and through a job at a nature center, I learned a lot about the local environment. Because of this, I like to take nature walks and identify the different plants and animals along the trails. During my free time, I also like to play songs on the keyboard and sing. I sew gift bags during the Christmas season, and I’m making a quilt. Some other activities I enjoy are baking, planning meals, and decorating our house.
Gary: I really enjoy spending time with Jen. It doesn’t really matter what we do as long as we’re together. I like going to garage sales, the beach, and scenic places. I also like going to historic sites. One activity I would like to do again is stand-up paddle boarding because we were able to see manatees and dolphins up close. Sometimes I enjoy going to the archery range, and I also like playing the guitar.
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Our Life Priorities
Having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is by far the highest of all priorities. We worship him through going to church, reading the Bible, and praying. We attend church regularly and participate in church activities. We pray about big decisions, and praying about adoption is what eventually led us to decide that we were going to try to adopt a baby.Another priority for us is having great relationships with family and friends. It’s also important to us to work hard, to be ambitious, and to enjoy our careers. It would be our joy to lead and teach a child in all of these things and to see that child grow up to become a strong, confident person who has good self-esteem and a humble attitude, and who’s willing to serve others and to help people in need.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Florida, about 30 minutes from the beach. Our home is on a quiet cul-de-sac in a small neighborhood, and we’ve lived there for about four years. We have a four-bedroom house with a room set aside to be a nursery and play area. We turned our living room into a music room, where we have a piano, keyboard, and guitars. We spend a lot of time in the family room talking and playing with our pets, and we also like to take walks and bike rides around the neighborhood.
Our community supports families through various activities. Our church has a large children’s ministry, and local nature centers host children and family activities, such as marine life touch tanks and art classes. There is a big park with trails, a playground, and soccer fields only five minutes from our house. We also live near a community swimming pool. Our town and neighboring cities put on Independence Day fireworks and Christmas parades every year.We live near good friends who have young children. We enjoy going to parks and playgrounds with them.
Our Extended Families
Jen’s parents and younger brother live in Ohio. Jen’s parents stay with us for a month every winter, and we take tours of historical sites, go out to eat to celebrate birthdays, and put together puzzles. Jen is close to her brother and talks to him on the phone every week. She enjoys seeing him during her trips to Ohio, which usually happen a couple of times each year.
Jen’s dad has six brothers and sisters, giving her a large extended family. Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, they get together for a Christmas party where they exchange gifts and eat a lot of food. Many of Jen’s cousins bring their children to the party.
Gary’s mom lives in Florida near the beach, and we go out to eat with her once a week. His adult son, Remington, is in college, and he stays with us during breaks. Remington is majoring in computer science. Although he doesn’t know yet where he’ll work after he graduates, he hopes to get a job near us. He enjoys playing video games, and he has a great sense of humor. He’s excited about having a sibling.
Gary has two older sisters who live in Colorado and Tennessee. One of his sisters adopted two children from overseas. One of these children is now in the Navy and the other is in college.
When we were children, both of our families hid Easter eggs for us to find and took us trick-or-treating on Halloween. We look forward to sharing these traditions with a child.
Our family members have supported us throughout this adoption journey, and they’re excited to see us become parents together and welcome a child into the family.
From Us to You
We’ve been praying for you every day. Although we don’t know your exact circumstances, we know that life can be tough. We have been praying that God would help you, protect you, and guide you so you will feel loved and secure. Even though we’ve never met, we care about you, and maybe someday we will meet and become friends. If we adopt your baby, we’re always going to be praying for you, and we will teach your child that you are loved by God and so are they. If you have the opportunity to listen to it, we have a song dedication to you. It’s called “No Longer Slaves” by Jonathan David, and it’s all about being a child of God.
We met nine years ago at church and started dating soon after that. Early in our relationship, we both felt that we had met the right person to marry, and we have now been married for seven years. We are committed to staying together whether our life circumstances are easy or difficult. There is a lot of peace in our home, so it would be a wonderful place for a child to find a lot of love.
Jen grew up in Ohio and is close to her parents, brother, and extended family who live there. Her family is supportive of our decision to adopt. They get together on holidays and birthdays, and there are almost always children present at the gatherings. Gary’s mom and son, who is in college, live near us. They are excited about the idea of a baby joining our family.
Although we currently live in Florida, we hope that in the future our child will be able to grow up playing with other children in the family. We have many friends with young children that our child could play with. We also have a small dog and a cat, so our child will have furry friends to play with, too.
We live in a four-bedroom house about thirty minutes from the beach. We both enjoy being outdoors, and we’re looking forward to taking a child on hiking trails, on bicycle rides, going to children’s activities at local nature centers, and going to the beach. We’re also hoping to share our interests in music with a child. We have a piano, keyboard, and guitars in our music room. We also have a room set aside to be a nursery and play area.
We feel strongly that it’s important for Jen to stay home with our child for the first five years until they start kindergarten. We want to be the main influence in shaping our child’s development, and we want our child to gain a sense of security in having a stable home.
We would welcome keeping in touch with you. We’re looking forward to sending letters and pictures to you so you can follow your child’s journey through life. We’re also open to exchanging emails, talking on the phone, and getting together for visits.We promise to always give our love and support to your child. We know that this time in your life might be very difficult for many reasons, and we hope that our assurances that we will care for your child will help to give you peace of mind and heart.
Gary & Jen
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