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John & Tara
Hello, we are John and Tara from North Carolina! We are excited to introduce you to our amazing family and hope that you can see your little one as part of it. Our relationship could rival the best love stories out there but the one thing missing is a child to share our blessings. We want to thank you for the amazing gift of parenting your little angel!
Why We Chose Adoption
God blessed us with a second chance. He introduced us in our twenties and for some reason we were not ready for forever together. We made such a huge impact on each other's lives that when we met again fifteen years later, nothing was going to stop us. We couldn't wait to start forever together and knew we wanted to expand our amazing love by having children.
Our first pregnancy happened the first month we tried to conceive. It ended in miscarriage with four more after that. We have grieved and sought God's direction for our lives. Our yearning for a child never diminished but grew stronger. We made the decision that adoption is the way to grow our family.
Now that we are here, we are so excited! It makes sense for us. Adoption is already such a natural part of our lives with Tara having an adopted brother, best friend, and cousin and John having an adopted niece and aunt. Our longing to be blessed with a child, and the realization of how it truly is a gift from above, will make us treasure your little one so much more. We feel that going through our losses has strengthened our faith and relationship in a deep and meaningful way. Our relationship is stronger, our faith is stronger, and our desire for a child is stronger than ever.
Aleigh & Graysi
John has two daughters from a previous marriage who are 17 and 15 years old. They live with their mother 80% of the time during the school year. Over the summer, they spend half of their time with us.
Aleigh is the oldest and has an outgoing personality. She was always the one in the family playing with the younger children and taking care of them. When not at school, she is babysitting. She chose that instead of getting another job simply because she loves little ones so much! Aleigh is hoping to be a teacher one day like Tara.
Graysi is the youngest and will be 16 in June. She is excited about getting her license! She is a cheerleader and is involved in a Christian club where teens her age get together and learn about the Bible. She is hoping to be a physical therapist when she graduates college.
Both girls are very excited to get a young sibling and cannot wait to meet him/her! We feel that our baby will have the best of both worlds- undivided attention from us since he/she will be the only child living in the house full time but also the blessing of older siblings.
Education We Will Provide
Tara is an educator. She has worked in the school system for 14 years teaching pre-kindergarten through second grade. Now Tara works from home and has a classroom full of educational materials to utilize and can't wait to have her own little student! She knows how to make learning fun and not a chore. We believe that by preparing a child before school actually begins, he/she will never get behind throughout their school years.
We both attended college and will encourage our child to do the same. We will help our child choose the best college in state or out that will prepare him/her for their chosen field. We also would like our child to be involved in arts education. This would be an area in which our child is interested or talented such as singing, dancing, or painting. Sports are also very popular in our state and community and our child will have many options in all types of sporting activities if interested.
Our House and Neighborhood
As children, we dreamed of how awesome it would be to live on the lake where our home is located. Dreams do come true! We both grew up 15-20 miles from our current residence. Our home has four bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, and a large kitchen and den that serves as the heart of our gatherings. We recently had plans drawn to begin a garage with a large room upstairs that will serve as a playroom.
Our lake is one of the largest natural lakes in the south. Walking, biking, kayaking, and hiking is year-round due to our mild climate. There is a community park where sporting activities are held. The State Park is located down the road from our home which has endless trails and camping.
Our favorite events include the annual 16 mile walk around the lake in the summer, Christmas parade, Candlelight walk and lighting of the big Christmas tree. We have a boat, jet ski, and kayak so we can take full advantage of the water and all the fun it offers. Our community has many children and we have friends and family who live within walking and biking distance who have young ones. Everyone you pass, offers a wave and a smile. We believe it's because everyone in this community feels unbelievably blessed to call it home.
Our Extended Families
We are so blessed to have our families close by! Tara's parents, brother, sister-in-law, and extended family all live within 20 minutes of our home. John's mother and stepfather along with 3 of his siblings and their 11 children all live in the same county. His other 3 siblings and their children all live 2-4 hours away.
Other family highlights of our year include Fourth of July at our lake house, Easter Egg Hunts, Family Fall Festival at our farm, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas celebrations, and birthday parties every time you turn around. Every gathering is overflowing with scrumptious southern food. We have themed parties for each girl in our family on her 16th birthday where each family gives her a charm that represents her personality. The boys have a 21st birthday where they receive an engraved pocket watch.
It is quite unique to have such a large extended family where so many are close by. Adoption is a part of both sides of our family and they are ecstatic that we are embarking on this exciting venture!
From Us to You
As we write this letter, we try to picture who you are and how you must feel. We imagine that you are searching for the best life for your baby. Perhaps for him/her to have things you never had. Let us share with you our story.
Life dealt us a very hard blow when we were unable to have biological children of our own. When you meet your soul mate, it is an innate desire to conceive a child to parent together and extend your love and family. We felt that this blessing would happen for us. God had other plans. He knows more than we know. Our 5 babies we conceived, were not meant to live on this Earth. But we still have the desire for a baby.
Once we closed the door on having a biological child, we knew that adoption was our path. God has led us here and we know that there is a baby out there meant for us to parent together. Please know that your baby will be loved unconditionally and be given unbelievable opportunities. Being a little older affords us more time and financial stability to devote to our child. We are also more patient and relaxed than we would have been as younger parents.
Our marriage is the stuff that dreams are made of. There is a song that says love is lovelier the second time around. That is so true for us! If ever any experience on this Earth has shown us God's love and purpose, it is the relationship we have. We believe God designed us for each other. Our paths intersected many times throughout life but we were not meant to be together until now. God was shaping our lives to prepare us for each other.
Rest assured that your baby will have parents with a strong Christian marriage as a model. There is no fighting or drama in our home. We work hard to seek out peace. We have been together for over 6 years and married for 4 1/2. Everyone says that marriage is hard work but for us, it's our soft place to fall every day. The calm in the storm. We look forward to our time together and place our family as the priority.
A unique aspect of our family is that John has two daughters from his previous marriage. They are 15 and 17 and live with their mom much of the time during the school year and half of the time during the summer. They are thrilled to welcome a little one into our family. Your baby will have the benefit of siblings while still having parents who can offer undivided attention. Tara's parents live close by as well as John's mother and stepfather. There are eight aunts and uncles and dozens of cousins within a 20 mile radius. This child will be overwhelmed with love!
If we are the parents meant for your baby, we promise to keep you updated with letters and pictures. We are also open to more communication such as emails and phone calls. We will do whatever is necessary for the health and wellbeing of your baby. Open communication and discussing your child's adoption story will be a way to honor you while also helping the child understand how much he/she is truly loved.
Thank you for reviewing our profile. We wish you the very best in life and a healthy and safe pregnancy and delivery!
John & Tara
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