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Korby & Sammi
We are very excited to start this adoption journey with you! What a thrilling adventure! As you look into our profile, we hope you find comfort in knowing that we will be excellent parents. We already love the child you are bringing into this world. Thank you for considering us to raise your child as our own.
We both enjoy our careers, weekends, and personal lives. We consider ourselves to be hard working, yet relaxed. We also believe we are very relationship-driven with our coworkers, friends, family, and each other. We are both dedicated, determined employees, who try our best to complete the tasks assigned to us. At work, Sammi builds on her relationships with her fifth graders on a daily basis. Sammi and her students have built a strong foundation of trust and respect for each other. The same goes for Korby and his coworkers.
Once we are home for the evening, it’s all about family time. We spend many hours together working on upgrading different rooms of the house, watching our shows on T.V., and hanging out with friends. Family and friendships are important to us. This past year, we attended and were a part of many friends’ weddings. We look forward to starting a family around the same time as our friends and seeing all of the kids grow up together. Bonfires, games, and socializing are frequent events that we host or attend on the weekends. We travel frequently to visit or vacation with Sammi’s family and spend time with Korby’s family that lives in our hometown. On nights and weekends, we also enjoy walking outdoors with our dogs, Koda and Bear.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
We want to show this child that no matter what people look like or what people believe in, every person has the right to succeed and be happy. We believe that every person was created to have equal opportunities. That being said, we know that not everyone shares this opinion.
We will arm him/her with love and compassion for even those who don’t show others the same courtesies and we will teach this child to respond with graciousness, facts, and love. We will instill in this child a respect for authority and the mind to be able to see people for who they are on the inside and to see people for their actions and how they treat others.
Our promise to this child: We will always love him/her. We will always fight for him/her. We will teach him/her to always treat others with kindness and respect, even in the face of adversity.
How We Met
Korby had been friends with one of his buddies, Taylor, since seventh grade. Both boys were in the graduating class of 2010. That same year, Sammi was an actress in the stage production of “Steel Magnolias” alongside Taylor’s mom. The cast of that show helped his mom throw Korby and Taylor’s graduation party. As friends and family helped decorate for the party, we met each other for the first time. Sammi thought Korby was super handsome, helpful, and personable from their first conversation. Korby followed Sammi around the graduation venue that day and was a gentleman in helping with all of her endeavors. Korby thought Sammi was very intelligent, mature, and giving. Shortly after, we started to hang out at church youth group events, and finally Korby asked Sammi to go on a date. (But Korby will swear that Sammi asked him to date her!) And, as they say, the rest is history.
Our Extended Families
Sammi's parents are both remarried and live in northern Iowa. Both sets of parents are thrilled to be grandparents, as this will be their first grandchild. Eliot, Sammi's brother, is also extremely excited to be an uncle. When Sammi's dad, Doug, and his wife, Mary, come to visit, we relax, enjoy local wineries and artists, and play cribbage. Sammi's mom, Kathy, and her husband, Dave come to visit on a regular basis. We fix things around the house, play games, are entertained by the dogs, go on walks, drink coffee, and enjoy each other's company.
Korby's parents, Brenda and Kenneth, live in our hometown in Missouri. We get together every couple of weeks for family dinners, along with Korby's brothers, Kanon and Bryce (and his wife and family). Brenda's regular dinners include her boy's favorite dishes, such as Po' Boy Spaghetti, and dessert for her grandchildren. Our nephews are always entertaining during these get-togethers and have said themselves that they are ready for a cousin!
Our families are unique because although we have a combination of divorce and personality differences, all three sets of our parents are friends and enjoy being together. All of our parents are extremely supportive in our adoption. They frequently offer to help ready our house for children. We have regular bonfires and game nights when all of our family is in town. These often include our close friends as well.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our house is in the middle of a neighborhood alive with kids of all ages. Kids frequently get together to play basketball or ride bikes in various driveways. There's a family across the street that just had a new baby that will be close to this child's age. Down the street is a public park with a tree house and large playground equipment. There are also two baseball fields in the same park, as well as a walking trail.
Our house has three bedrooms and two baths. We have a spacious living room and recreation room. The kitchen is also big; this is where we spend a lot of our time- food means love! Sammi's favorite room is the kitchen. Korby renovated it for her last Valentine's day. Korby's favorite room is the living room, where Sammi plays the piano and we get together with friends and family. We have a large fenced in backyard for our dogs, Koda and Bear.
The community holds 5k runs and walks for families on a monthly basis. These are in support of the homeless, cancer awareness, and other good causes. The elementary schools hold carnivals to support “Parents as Teachers.” Our neighbors and community have been supportive of us in our adoption process as well. Not only have people initiated fundraisers to help us, but also complete strangers have contributed to us bringing this child into our home.
From Us to You
First and foremost, we want to thank you. Thank you for having the love to consider this decision. You are brave.
We have been together since 2010 and married since June of 2014. From the start, it has been our dream to raise a family together. Both of us were aware that it might be difficult for us to have a family biologically. Adoption has always been another option for us to grow our family. Now, you are helping that dream become a reality.
Together we dream of what the child might look like, what we will name him/her, and what the day will be like when we meet that sweet child coming into the world. We can only imagine a loving and giving atmosphere that is completely centered on him/her. What love we will be able to shower the child with, together.
We think that it is important for us to update you on the child's memories, education, accomplishments, entertainment, and joy. Pictures are something that we enjoy as a couple. Every month, we are willing to print doubles of each picture we would personally put in a scrapbook or picture frame. That way you could have a copy of every picture that is near and dear to us. As the child progresses through school, extracurricular activities, and/or sports we would be more than happy to make copies of any and all awards and achievements that the child may receive to send to you. It is important to us that you are kept aware that the child you gave birth to, and placed into our lives, is in a loving, caring environment and living life to the fullest extent possible.
It is our hope to get to know you before the child is born. It is our intent to visit with you by email, conference call, and in person. We genuinely want to know you, because we know that our child will want to know about you. We are interested in who you are and how you came to add such a special element into our lives. We would like to continue this contact post adoption as well.
We are beyond excited to start this adoption journey and would be very grateful should you choose us to be the parents of your child. We absolutely can't wait to hold a little bundle of joy in our arms. We can assure you that this child will be loved to the moon and back!
With all the love we can hold in our hearts,
Korby & Sammi
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