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Steve & Lindsay
Thank you so much for taking the time to look at our profile. We know that you have difficult decisions to make and we admire your bravery and selflessness during this time. We are a young couple that has been happily married for over 5 years. Our hearts exploded with love when we became parents to our wonderful daughter and we are thrilled to expand our family with another!
What it Means to be a Parent
The day we became parents was truly the most life changing day in our lives. Amidst sleepless nights and hundreds (no, make that thousands) of diaper changes, we consider parenting to be the best thing we have done with our lives so far. We love our daughter Alice and enjoy seeing her personality grow as she becomes more and more confident in herself. We love taking Alice for walks, reading her books, snuggling and giving her bottles. Parenting isn't always easy, but we find that being parents to Alice makes us better people. We can only imagine that a future brother or sister for Alice will be both challenging and rewarding in completely new ways for our whole family. We love the thought of having two kids close in age so they can grow up as friends like we did with our siblings. We believe that spending time with our children is the most important way we can be parents, whether it's simply eating meals together and playing soccer in the backyard, or going on family vacations together.
Why We Chose Adoption
As soon as we started dating, we talked about our hopes and dreams to someday have children. There was never a question that this was in our plan. After several years of marriage, we knew we were ready to start a family. However, Lindsay was given an infertility diagnosis soon after and promptly started treatments. It was during this time that we talked about adoption and knew that if we were unable to have biological children, adoption would be a wonderful way to expand our family. Lindsay was able to get pregnant through the treatments and we thankfully had a healthy baby in February 2016. In the months following our daughter’s birth, Lindsay still thought about adoption a lot and knew wholeheartedly that we could love an adopted child just as much as our biological child. After many conversations with each other and prayer, we realized that we were both feeling called to adoption. There are many different ways to build a family and we are so excited that we have been led to adoption!
We will talk to our child about their adoption before they can even understand what we are talking about. We believe that we can make adoption a normal part of our daily conversations. Each of our children will have unique stories about becoming a member of our family and we want our child to feel so special knowing how immensely loved he or she is by both the birth mother/parents and us. We will always instill in our child that the birth mother is a brave and selfless woman. We believe this can be accomplished through natural conversations as our child grows up. By doing this, we can create a safe environment for our child to ask any questions they have about their adoption. We have friends with adopted children who have created such a wonderful example of this for us. Their son proudly boasts to anyone that he is adopted!
Our Extended Families
We are so fortunate to live close to many family members on both sides of our family. Because we were the first couple in our immediate families to have a baby, Alice is quite spoiled by everyone and they can't wait for us to have another. Our children will always know what it means to have a close-knit family full of love and laughter.
Steve grew up as the protective big brother in his family. His parents live 3 hours away and visit every couple of weeks. Steve's sister lives nearby and is the best auntie (and babysitter) around! Steve's mom is famous for her delicious mint brownies and Steve's dad loves his role as goofy grandpa to Alice. Steve's family normally all gets together around the holidays to play board and card games. Recently, the extended family gathers at Thanksgiving and plays charades with 20+ people in the basement. Fun fact: Steve is an 8th generation pastor!
Lindsay grew up playing all day long with her big brother on their backyard swing set or huge snow mountain piles. Her parents and brother still live only 15 minutes away so they get together all the time. Lindsay has a ton of cousins who are also having kids. There are a lot of playmates for Alice and her future sibling! Lindsay's favorite childhood memories are family vacations to Disney World (and riding the Star Wars ride over and over again!).
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in beautiful Minnesota, where we experience all four seasons and enjoy activities in each climate. Our neighborhood is quiet and is a combination of retired people and younger families. There are two parks with playgrounds within walking distance as well as a sledding hill and tennis courts.
We live in a 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom house, so each child will have their own bedroom. One feature of our house that we love, is the large kitchen for cooking and entertaining. Lindsay can't wait to someday teach the kids to bake cutout cookies at Christmas time! Our house resides on a corner lot with a huge backyard, which will be perfect for our kids to run around and play all summer long. We just replaced our deck in the past year and love using it for relaxing or hosting a grill out with friends and family.
Our community is a suburb of two large cities. There are two nearby zoos, an indoor and outdoor amusement park, water parks, ski slopes and many libraries. Even in the wintertime, there are so many fun places we can take our kids. The school districts in our area have won national awards for excellence.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about our lives. We know that you don’t know us and we don’t know you. We don’t know your circumstances. We don’t know what decisions you have already made and are still making regarding your pregnancy. But, we do know that you must love your baby so much for considering options for what will be best for your child. Please know that through this journey, we are thinking and praying for you and your baby daily.
We met over 7 years ago and the day after our first date, we each told our friends that we knew we had found ‘the one.’ We have been married for over 5 years now. Whether we are simply spending a snowed-in weekend binging Netflix shows or going on a fun vacation, we truly just love spending our time together.
We have always known that we wanted to be parents and after a period of infertility treatments, Lindsay was able to have a healthy pregnancy and delivery of our amazing daughter, Alice. Raising Alice has thus far been the most challenging and incredible thing we have done and we have been looking forward to having another child since we brought her home from the hospital! As much as we love our family of three, our family does not feel quite complete yet. We hope to have two kids close in age so they can grow up being friends like we both were with our siblings.
Adoption for our second child is our plan A. After a lot of consideration and prayer, we truly know that we are being led to adoption. Adoption is something that we have seen in our lives in different ways. Lindsay has an adopted cousin. From the moment she was adopted, she was instantly part of the family and our child will be loved and supported in the same way. We have friends that have adopted children and friends that have been adopted. Our child will always have a network of other friends and role models that have experienced adoption. We know wholeheartedly that we will love our adopted child in the same way as our daughter.
Steve is a Lutheran pastor at a church full of young families. On any given Sunday or Wednesday, you will see dozens of kids running around and playing with each other. Lindsay is a part-time nurse and is able to spend most days at home with Alice. After the baby arrives, we are so grateful that Steve will be able to take a month off of work and Lindsay will have 4 full months off with the possibility to decrease her work hours further.
We have so many hopes and dreams for our family. We both have wonderful memories from our childhoods and want our children to be able to say the same thing. We dream of Friday night game and pizza nights and Saturday morning walks to the park to play. We can already imagine taking our children on exciting vacations to Disney World and national parks. Each child will feel supported to explore their gifts and talents. We do not expect our children to fill a particular mold and will encourage them to participate in the activities they are passionate about.
If you choose us to be the parents of your child, we will always be connected to each other in some way. Although we do not know the details of your desire for communication, we are more than happy to provide you with pictures and updates. We are open to additional communication as well, such as: e-mail, phone calls, etc. depending on your preference. We plan to have very open lines of communication with our child about his or her adoption story and our child will always know how much he or she is loved by you.
Thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to share our lives with you. If you do choose adoption and us, you can rest assured that we will always love this child with all of our hearts.
Steve & Lindsay
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