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Blake & Vida
We are on our journey to adopt because it is our greatest desire to be parents, and this is the path fate has chosen for us. We balance each other out so well, and the only piece missing to complete our lives is a child. All we want to do is give a child the best life he or she could have; one filled with love, knowledge, adventure, and laughter.
What it Means to be Parents
Being a parent is one of the biggest responsibilities a human can undertake. You are responsible for raising and shaping the heart and mind of another human. For us, this is the most rewarding job you can have.
Many of our friends and family have children, so we have been exposed to the good and the bad. We know it won't always be smiles and playtime. There will be boo-boos and tantrums, sleepless nights and moody teenagers, but they will be far outweighed by the good times.
What we are most excited for are the everlasting bonds and the memories we will make with our child. Our fondest memories involve events with our parents. Blake and his dad going on golf trips. Vida's dad (the ironman) crying at her graduation from the Air Force Officer Training School.
We know there will be good times and bad, but we are 100% ready to accept all that comes with parenthood, and we look forward to the challenge.
We believe cultural diversity is vital to a civilized society. We will explain to our child the importance of not judging someone by the color of his or her skin, but by a person's actions. Also, people fear what they do not know or understand. It is important to us to educate the child. We truly believe knowledge is power, and a well-educated child is more likely to understand cultural diversity.
We are of different races, but met and fell hopelessly in love. We enjoy interacting with each other's families and their different cultures and traditions. We respect our cultural differences and we make each other better people.
Why We Chose Adoption
When we met 12 years ago we were both young Air Force officers. We were focused on our careers. As our marriage and relationship has matured, our stance on having children started to sway the other way. A couple years ago we decided we were finally ready, and wanted to take the big step of having a child. Unfortunately, we were unable to conceive.
After much soul searching, we decided there were so many children in this world who needed a good home, and we wanted to provide it. We want to take care of a child, and give him or her a life filled with love, knowledge, and joy. Our most treasured memories are with our parents. We want to be someone's parents and provide those memories.
Our House and Neighborhood
We currently live in Georgia where Vida is stationed at the nearby Air Force base. We live in a very nice suburb with rolling hills with plenty of trees, birds, and even a few deer running around. The neighborhood is small and pretty quiet, but you can always find kids playing outside, riding their bikes or skateboards. We look forward to teaching our child to ride a bike through the neighborhood. Also, there are some peaceful and tranquil trails nearby where we look forward to long walks as a family.
Our house has 3 bedrooms and a bonus room above the garage. We currently use that room as a gym where we work out at least 3-4 times a week. Our favorite part of the house is the family room and kitchen combination. The kitchen is open to the family room and is great for having guests over and keeping an eye on the little ones. The space combines two of the things we love most: cooking good food and watching sports/movies on the big-screen television.We envision cooking meals together as a family, and settling in on the giant couch after dinner to watch a movie or game. We also have a screened in porch in the back patio, keeping us protected from bugs while we eat breakfast or dinner outside. Our backyard is completely private as it backs up to a small wooded area. Our home is a great place for a child to grow up in and we can’t wait for a child’s laughter to fill the halls.
Our Extended Families
Blake comes from a somewhat small family. His Mom, Dad, and sister currently live in Chesapeake, VA. We typically visit them at Christmas time because his family really gets into the Christmas/Holiday spirit. Whenever we're around, there's always great food to be had. Normally we'll watch some football games together, play board games, and Blake and his dad will go play a little golf if the weather is nice. We also enjoy going down to the local YMCA together and working up a sweat in the gym. Blake's parents were deliriously happy at the idea of becoming grandparents. They plan to relocate near us to help with raising the child.
Vida comes from a larger family. She has two brothers, one sister, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. Vida grew up with at least 2-5 households full of extended family nearby. Vida's mother now lives with Vida's oldest sister since her father past away in 2010. All Vida's brothers and sisters have 2-3 kids. We typically visit her family at Thanksgiving in California, because they can cook like you wouldn't believe. We usually watch some football, try to keep up with the kids during the day playing outside, and the adults playing cards at night. The family is a light-hearted group of jokesters, and they never forget family is most important.
From Us to You
We have been saving this letter for last. It's a very daunting letter to write, and we know it's even harder for you to sift through all your options and decisions. We have friends and family who have adopted children and who have put their children up for adoption. One of Blake's best friend's was adopted. We say all of the above to let you know we can sympathize with this extremely difficult decision you are going through, and we hope you choose us to raise your child.
First, and foremost, if you choose us, we want you to know we will do everything in our power to care of the life you have created. We make the solemn vow to cherish the life you have created, raise him or her to the absolute best of our abilities, and love him/her to our last dying breath.
We have been together for 12 years, and married for almost 10 years. Blake was 23 and Vida was 28 when we met in the Fall of 2005. Neither of us were looking for our soulmate at the time, but we found each other. We simply clicked and got along very well in the beginning of our relationship. We balance each other out so well. Blake is the passionate, outspoken, gregarious one. Vida, on the other hand, is the quiet, level-headed, patient one. Furthermore, Blake is from a small, nuclear family and grew up in east Virginia while Vida was born in the Philippines and grew up in central California in a large, extended family. We take pride in our family histories and look forward to share them with you and your baby.
We worked hard and focused on our careers when we were younger. We always thought if and when we were ready to have a baby, it would be easy to conceive. We were sadly mistaken; we were unable to conceive. After a lot of soul searching, we realized that there were children in this world who needed a good home, and we could provide it 100%. So, we decided to pursue adoption as our sole course of action in enlarging our family. We are so excited to be on this journey and can’t wait to welcome a child into our home.
We are so looking forward to first steps, first words, first sports, first dates, college visits, and one day watching a little child grow up and get married. We can’t wait for family vacations to destinations around the world, and Saturday peewee sporting events. We envision raising a child like our parents raised us. We had help with homework from mom and dad. Dad picking us up from basketball practice, teaching us how to drive, and teaching us solid values for life. We intend to raise our child with the solid values that sports, education, and (most importantly) family foster.
Thank you for taking time to read and review our profile. We appreciate that you might even consider us for allowing us to take care of your child. We are absolutely on board with sending you letters and pictures as the child grows. It is the least we can do. We owe it to you. You created this life. This life that will complete our family and bring us the most joy we have experienced in our lives. You deserve to know how your child is maturing and growing. We are open to more contact than the traditional "semi-open" adoption. We are also open to the idea of more emails, phone calls, etc. if you so desire.
Blake & Vida
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