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Marc & Sarah
We are so thrilled and honored that you're taking the time to get to know us. We love the innocence, laughter and silliness children bring to a home. To choose us to be your child's parents would be such an incredible blessing. We invite you to learn about us through this profile. We are very excited to move forward in the adoption journey.
We spend as much time together as we can. On the weekends we try to plan at least one family activity that everyone will enjoy. Some of our favorites include swimming, going to the Children's Museum, playing outside, baking cookies or making pizza, going to a restaurant, going out for ice cream or going to a playground, or having movie night. We love snuggling with our kids in bed on Saturday mornings, listening to them tell us everything on their minds, and just enjoying the peacefulness of a slow weekend morning.
We are active in our community, and our older children play sports such as soccer and t-ball. We always attend the games and socialize with other families. We really enjoy getting together with friends for neighborhood parties and hosting parties as well.We would feel incredibly honored, and are so excited to share all of these activities and family focused time with your child.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Marc About Sarah: When I met Sarah, she was a teacher, and I remember thinking how much loved her students and her job. These traits have helped Sarah become a great mom to our kids. She’s so loving toward our children. She cares about every aspect of their lives, and has the talent to see things through a child’s eyes. This helps her to understand their feelings in particular situations. She teaches our kids to be respectful and kind through patience, creativity, and gentle firmness. Additionally, Sarah is hard working and tenacious. When she sets her mind to something, she finds a way to accomplish it, but she still puts our kids first. For example, when she started her doctorate, she worked late into the night so the kids schedules weren’t affected during the day.
Sarah About Marc: The things I love about Marc now are the same things that made me fall in love with him ten years ago. Marc is a completely family centered person. This was one of the first things I found out about him when we first started dating, and it has stayed true for the last ten years. He does his best to stay connected to us when he’s had to travel, and is incredibly in touch with our kids and their lives. Additionally, Marc is always extremely calm and organized, especially in difficult situations. He doesn’t seem to ever get flustered, and stays calm and collected when things become stressful.
We teach our children to be respectful, non judgmental and open minded, and encourage education of different cultures and traditions.
We will make sure that our child has role models and mentors who are from their background in order to give them an opportunity to understand the nuances of their culture. We live in a community with much cultural diversity, and we will be sure to be role models for our children, and be open minded, like we expect our children to be.
In our home, we will also have books and toys that reflect our child's background and culture so they will have mirrors at home.
Finally, we will teach our children to all support each other, to be educated about how to handle unfriendly situations and what to do to encourage peaceful interactions.
Our House and Neighborhood
We've lived all over the country, and we chose to settle in Virginia for a reason. Between the great schools and many family focused activities, it's the perfect place to raise a family.
We have lots of children of different ages and different ethnicities in our neighborhood. The neighborhood is new and is still being built. We live in a cul-de-sac in a two story, single family home. We have four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Our favorite room is our family room, which has comfortable couches, toys and a TV. Although we regulate screen time, (about an hour per day,) we love to gather in that room a couple of times a month for family movie night, complete with popcorn!
We often go to the YMCA, where the kids can swim, climb a rock wall, splash in the splash pad in the summer, and run through the tunnels and slide room for 3-5 year olds. We also frequent a Lego activity center, bounce house, playground, and even the beach, which is about 30 minutes by car.Our community is especially fantastic during the holidays. Families decorate their houses from Halloween through Christmas. The town has a traditional Christmas parade, and in the month of December, we take our children to ride the "Polar Express" train ride, where they can see holiday lights decorating a large botanical garden.
Our Extended Families
Our families are very different, but both are very involved in our kids lives! Marc comes from a very lively, loving, and large Hispanic family. They celebrate everything together! In fact, we recently got together with many of Marc's relatives for his father's birthday. His family loves to dance! We'll get together, dress up, share dinner, and dance to lots of popular American and Latin music. For kids birthdays, we have pinatas, themed cakes, and lots of fun decorations. Celebrations are very important to Marc's side of the family. Christmas Eve is especially exciting. We stay up late, eat a traditional meal of pork and black beans and rice, dance, and open gifts! Much of Marc's family all lives within 3-6 hours of us by car, so we try to attend what we can.
Sarah's family is smaller, but very loving. One of their favorite traditions is Thanksgiving. The meal is always extensive and takes weeks to prepare, but it's worth it when the whole family sits down at the table and shares in the feast. Cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents all gather around for this special holiday.
Our families are supportive of our adoption plan and are encouraging us to move forward. We would be so incredibly honored to welcome your child into this large and loving family.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for spending the time to learn about us. We're so thankful for you. We hope our profile helps you to understand who we are.
We met 11 years ago. We were both standing as bridesmaid and groomsmen for friends. What a lucky night! We were committed to each other from very early on in our relationship. For the first year, we lived on opposite sides of the country. We talked every night and visited often. Eventually, Sarah moved to California and we became engaged. However, the distance didn’t stop then. Marc’s military career started to move ahead full force, which took him through multiple deployments. Through these years, we learned how to be strong, confident, and excellent communicators.
To put it in the most truthful way, honestly, we love being parents. Our lives revolve around our children. On the weekend, we ask each other, “what do you want to do?” and the answer is always something like the children’s museum, the aquarium, the beach, the pool ... something fun and exciting for our kids. We’ve always talked about adoption as a way to grow or complete our family, but we've been looking for the right time. We believe that time is now, as Marc is getting ready for another few years of shore duty, (no travel!) and will retire from the military after 20+ years of service.
Even though Marc has traveled in the past, he’s still an incredibly active father. He does everything from changing diapers to playing catch to playing tea party and even dressing like a princess if his daughter asks! He loves to take the kids outside, and enjoys teaching them how to climb trees and safely explore nature. When he travels, he calls the kids on the phone and writes them personalized emails.
Sarah is mostly a stay-at-home mom, but works a few hours a week teaching parent/baby movement classes for children ages 0-3. Sarah has also written a book on child development. Sarah just loves being at home with the children; watching them grow, change, and enjoys all the cute things they say and do. Laughter is always a part of the day! She loves to bake with the kids, read, play, take them to restaurants, and do activities such as a picnic at the playground, swimming pool, and sometimes even the trampoline park!
This beautiful child joining our family will have the love of three adoring and supportive siblings. Our two older children are so sweet to our youngest, who is about a year and a half. They help give him snacks, keep him safe, and always share their toys! Our children play well together because we encourage strong relationships. As adults, we’re close with our siblings, and that was because of what our parents taught us. We hope to impart these values on our children as well. Our children know our plan to adopt, and are so excited to meet this new child. They speak of the new baby often.
We already love this child, even though we haven’t met. We are beyond excited and will feel truly blessed and honored to be given this incredible opportunity to raise your child. You can expect photos and letters from us as the child grows. Please know that we will love this child with all our hearts, will wrap our life around this baby, and will give him or her all the attention and encouragement they need to thrive and feel content and loved.
Thank you for reading our letter. We hope you feel like you know us better. We’d love to have the honor of welcoming your child into our family. This baby will be truly cherished.With Love,
Marc & Sarah
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