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John & Jen
We are extremely excited and appreciative that you are reading our profile. We view adoption as a way for multiple families to come together to provide a loving and supportive environment for a child. We feel very blessed and want to share our blessings with a child. We cannot wait to discover, laugh and learn with a child in our family.
Our Religious Beliefs
Our religious beliefs are very important to us. We believe that God is compassionate and loves us unconditionally. God forgives us of our wrong doings and supports us in our daily lives.
We plan to share our beliefs about God with our child at an early age. We want our child to be confident in God's love for him or her and to view God as a best friend. We also desire our child to learn Christian values and to have these values guide his or her life.
We both attended Christian grade schools and high schools, and we attend Catholic mass weekly. Our metropolitan area has a strong Catholic school system. We plan to send our child to Catholic schools. However, we also plan to always make sure our child is at the school that best fits his or her educational and developmental needs, and we will make sure the school we choose provides for these.
Dreams for this Child
We have many dreams for our child:
1. We dream that our child will always feel our love and support as well as the love and support of his or her birth parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
2. We dream of our child developing a relationship with God and knowing that he or she has a forever friend who loves him or her without question and will always be with him or her.
3. We dream of providing a wide variety of opportunities for our child that enables him or her to grow and experience the good things our world has to offer: zoos, parks, travel, sports, art, music, etc.
4. We dream that our child will live a happy, joy filled life. While we know that life has many challenges, we dream that we will be a close family and will work through challenges together and that we will choose to feel joy and happiness.
5. We dream that our child will grow to be confident and will pursue his or her dreams.
6. We dream that our child will grow to love and be compassionate towards others.
Why We Chose Adoption
We both love children and tried for a couple of years to have one naturally. After medical consultation, it became evident that we were not going to be able to have a child on our own. So, we learned more about our other options: fertility treatment and adoption. After researching, we chose adoption. We feel that adoption is a beautiful act of love on the behalf of multiple people. We want to share our love with a child, and we are passionate about providing a child with a stable environment where he or she can explore, learn and grow to fulfill his or her dreams! We have high school friends and a cousin who have been adopted, and we have witnessed the love they experienced in their families. We also have cousins who have adopted children. We see these children interacting with their parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins at family gatherings. We see the love and joy both the children and our cousins experience by being a family.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed that most of our family members live close by and we can see them weekly. Attending our nieces and nephews' sporting events has become one of our favorite activities! We also like to invite family to BBQs at our home where we serve some of John's famous ribs.
John’s parents, brother and two sisters all live a short drive from our home. We have eight nieces and nephews and one great-nephew on John’s side. We see John’s family frequently at holidays, birthday parties, sporting events and other family gatherings. We enjoy playing with our younger nieces and nephews and talking or “hanging out” with our older nieces and nephews.
Jen has two sisters who are twins. We have four nieces and nephews on Jen’s side. One of Jen's sisters lives out of town. Each year, Jen takes a "spring break trip" with her mom, her other sister, niece and nephews to visit her out-of-town sister and family. These trips have become a wonderful tradition.
We are also blessed that both of Jen's grandmothers are still living. Jen visits one grandmother a couple of times a week at her assisted living facility to play bingo and do puzzles. We enjoy visiting Jen's other grandmother at her farm in the country as well as getting together with aunts, uncles and cousins for hayrides and church picnics.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is a three bedroom ranch in a centrally located suburb of a large city in Missouri. John loves being outside, and he can often be spotted mowing the grass, mulching and caring for the landscape. The inside of our home is best described as warm and comfortable. One of our favorite things about our home is its location. Work, our family members and the city can all be accessed in a short drive. In addition, our local public school system has been ranked as one of the top school systems in the state and our community has also been voted as one of the top places to raise children. We enjoy visiting the many attractions our metropolitan area offers and try to explore places we have not yet seen. We can easily access sporting events, museums, performances, gardens and parks. We cannot wait to take our child with us to explore the area, either to go back to visit favorite spots with our child or see brand new places together!
From Us to You
Thank you so much for reading our profile and considering us to be parents to your child! We consider it a great honor. We are thrilled about the opportunity to be parents and to share our love and blessings with a child.
Even though our families grew up very near each other, we first met a little over seven years ago and have been married over five years. After trying to conceive for a while, we learned that it would be nearly impossible for us to have a child on our own. We considered our options and decided that adoption was the way we wanted to build our family. We are drawn to the idea of multiple families coming together to love and support a child.
We are excited about the ability to provide our child with many opportunities. We believe our biggest opportunity is to share our love and support with our child. We are both blessed with good jobs, and we work hard to excel at our professions. However, we also realize that life is a gift, and it should be enjoyed. We love spending time outdoors exploring local parks, grilling and working in our yard. We also like to get away at least once a year for vacation and visit an area we have not yet seen.
Spending time with our family is a top priority for us. We love to host our family for BBQs! We also try to attend many of our nieces and nephews' sporting and school events. In addition, we frequently visit Jen's paternal grandmother who lives at a nearby assisted living facility as well as Jen's maternal grandmother who lives on a farm a little over an hour away.
Both our faith and education are very important to us. We will teach our child about God and God's unending love for him or her. Our metropolitan area has a strong Catholic school system, and we plan to have our child attend schools in this system. However, we know that everyone learns differently, and we will make sure our child has the best learning environment possible.
We also know that a lot of learning happens outside the classroom. We plan to introduce our child to a wide variety of things to find out what excites him or her, and we plan to learn along the way as well! We already envision attending sporting events and visiting our local outdoor theater, zoo, farms, swimming pool and many more attractions. We look forward to sharing our adventures and updates about our child and his or her growth with you through letters, e-mails and photos.
We also plan to share our child's adoption story with him or her at an early age. We will tell our child about you and your love and care for him or her that led you to choose adoption, along with our deep desire to love a child that led us to choose adoption.
We sincerely admire your love for your child and your desire for your child to have the best life possible. We can only imagine that you may be experiencing a great deal of emotions and uncertainty; and we pray that God's peace, comfort and wisdom be with you.
With loving regards,
John & Jen
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