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Steve & Amber
Adoption has always been very close to our hearts. Throughout our entire lives, we have been surrounded by the joy adoption can bring and are thrilled to begin our journey. It has been our dream to become parents and to be given that opportunity would mean the world to us. We look forward to building a relationship with you and your child.
Why We Chose Adoption
We were married for two years when we started getting asked, "When are you going to have kids?" We weren't in any rush and always said, "If we can’t have children, we will adopt." We wanted to be parents one day, and whether that was our own biological child or not, we still wanted to be parents.
After some time we started trying to have a child. After previous attempts to get pregnant were unsuccessful, we decided to find other options. We did a couple of fertility treatments, but knew it wasn't for us. Since the idea of adoption had always been a part of our lives, it was the only choice. We have seen, firsthand, the beauty and success of adoption with our neighbors. One has two beautiful adopted girls, and our other neighbor adopted a wonderful little girl from China. We see how much love and joy are filled in those little girls' eyes and it warms our hearts to think that could be us one day.
Our Leisure Time
We are both very active people. We each play various sports throughout the week and always find outdoor activities to do on the weekend. We enjoy taking our dog to a large dog park that has walking/hiking trails as well as hiking small mountains in the area. Also, since we surround ourselves with friends and family, we never turn down the opportunity to host or attend cookouts with friends or visit with Amber’s family who lives only 3 hours away. Giving back to our community is also something we enjoy doing including: assisting with various events in town and being "dog walkers" for the local animal shelter.
Once we have a child, we plan to bring them to our family events that take place in our town and surrounding towns. We already attend events with our neighbors and their children. Most of our friends' children call us Uncle Steve and Aunt Amber, because of the close bond we have created with them. It is our desire to expose and socialize our future child with opportunities to grow and develop a personality that is healthy, friendly and loving.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has always been in our lives. Many of our friends were adopted themselves or have adopted children of their own. We are extremely close with our next-door neighbors who have two adopted daughters and another close couple that are friends of ours are currently in the adoption process.
Steve's mother and Aunt (mother's sister) were both adopted so it has been a personal part of his family life. Because of this, Steve has also maintained that even if he could have a biological child, he would still look into the possibility of adoption at some point. When he informed his mother, she was over-joyed and thrilled with our decision to adopt. She had always insisted that we would be amazing parents. She was blessed with amazing adoptive parents and has always maintained her belief that we would be able to be the same loving and supportive parents for any child that would be fortunate to call us Mom and Dad.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the Carolina's about twenty-five minutes outside of Charlotte. Our town is a great place to raise children with amazing schools, and many fun-filled family activities within the community. Our neighborhood has a community playground and club house where activities are held, and two swimming pools. We built our house at the end of a cul-de-sac, which is a central outdoor play area for the children on our street. We knew that we always wanted to have children, so we built a home with plenty of space. There is a finished basement which will be a great play area for children. At this time, we are the only couple on the street who does not have children, but there are three adoptive children on our street - and we are hoping to make it four.
Behind our house is a common area greenway, with an open area that provides yet another perfect place for a child to play. Furthermore, all of our neighbors are very caring and watch out for one another. They are always willing to help in any way possible. Whether it’s just watching your pet while you're away for the weekend or staying with you at the hospital during a family emergency. We feel very fortunate to be a part of this community and the amazing neighborhood where we live.
Our Extended Families
We have a large extended family which never lacks in fun and excitement. When we are together, you are bound to hear great stories, share plenty of laughs and have lots of new adventures. Recently Amber's sister, brother-in-law, and four children under the age of six were living with us for six months. Talk about a full house! Although things were chaotic, we wouldn’t change those months for anything. Sadly, shortly after Christmas they moved, but in those short months, we learned the true meaning of family. Since they moved out, the house has been too quiet. We miss the laughter, the messiness, and the love that we felt every day.
Steve’s family is spread throughout the country with his parents and sister both in Texas. Amber’s family is mainly in Connecticut but many others including her parents live in South Carolina. We travel often to see our family and they also make multiple trips a year to visit us. When we aren’t traveling to visit we are Skyping online. Even though we have some miles between us, we are always close and in constant communication with our family.
We both have been truly fortunate with such an amazing bunch of moms, dads, step parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. We would not trade them for the world and we can't wait to add a new blessing to share in the joys of our lives.
From Us to You
We can’t even imagine the challenge of searching to find the best fit for you and your child through reading a profile. How do you get to know someone from a profile? How many more profiles are you going to have to read? We understand this can be a lengthy and sometimes tedious task. For that, we sincerely thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for taking the time to read "another profile", our profile.
Let us begin by telling you a little bit about ourselves. We are Amber and Steve and we have been married for five years, but together for eight. We have a dog named Boozer (Boo Boo for short), who is the most lovable dog and a neighborhood favorite. Right now, Boozer gets all of our love and attention. Our dog will be thrilled to be a big brother as he loves to play with our nieces, nephews and neighborhood children.
We both have always wanted to be parents, and knew adoption was the right path for us. We have nine nieces and nephews. Steve is known as the cool/fun uncle, who is always running around with our nieces and nephews, while Amber is known as the mothering, nurturing one with a loving heart. Together, we make the perfect combination to balance each other out.
We want to raise a child with the teachings and philosophies that were instilled in us growing up. Though we were each brought up in different environments, the values that were bestowed upon us were very similar in nature. We will teach our child to love themselves and to be kind to others, show them the ropes of how to deal with emotional and physical challenges. Life can be difficult, but we want to teach that struggles aren't necessarily negative, but a way to grow and become a strong individual. We want to emphasize the joys we see every day and not to take anything for granted.
You have amazing bravery and courage to deal with the decisions you had and are going to have to make. We honor and respect that. As adoptive parents, we would love the opportunity to build a lasting relationship with you and to get to know more about you. We would also love for the child to know where they come from and to have the ability to answer, honestly and truthfully, any questions they may have. We all will be linked together by this child; therefore, we prefer to have open communications, and visits (depending on distance) if that is your desire. You will always be a very important part of our family and we look forward to building a bond and friendship with you.
Again, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to read our profile. We wish you the best of luck on your journey.
Steve & Amber
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