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Joel & Melanie
We want to thank you for taking the time to review our profile. We are excited to grow our family and share the love we have in our hearts with a child. We know that we will be great parents and look forward to the adventures the future holds.
Adoption in Our Lives
Joel is the youngest of four children. His two oldest siblings, a sister and then a brother, were adopted at birth. We've talked with them through our journey to adoption. They have both said that they feel blessed that their birth parents chose adoption to give them the loving and caring home they grew up in.
Our entire family has always been very open about the adoption stories of Joel's brother and sister. Joel's sister and her birth mother connected later in life, but sadly her birth mother has since passed away. Although she did connect with her birth mother, she does wish she knew more her biological history. This is something we wish differently for our child. As we begin our own adoption journey, we look forward to sharing our child's life with his/her birth family and keeping in contact through the years through pictures and emails as they grow.Our entire family is supportive of our decision to adopt and they cannot wait to meet the newest member of the family!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Joel About Melanie: Melanie and I met at work. I was told by several friends that you shouldn't date coworkers, but, it was probably the best decision I ever made. I was very persistent and she finally gave in! On my first visit to meet the family, I got to see how much family meant to her. She has four Godchildren total, two of which are her niece and nephew. From the time she walked in the door they were pretty much right by her side. I could see the family become whole again just in the few minutes of being there. There are so many things about her that I love. Mostly because of her loving spirit, she lights up any room she walks into. She is very supportive of me even when I am down. She knows the right times to be silly and goofy. She will be a great mom.
Melanie About Joel: When I first met Joel, I wasn't sure we were going to click. He quickly made me realize that I was wrong. He showed me early on what a loving, generous, kind person he is. We met through our job, and even though we worked in different departments, we quickly became friends. He was always offering to help anyone that needed it. He makes me laugh all the time, it's hard to stay upset about anything, he just won't have it! I love his love for his parents and family. His eyes shine when he talks about them.
Between both sides of our family, there are many traditions that we look forward to continuing with a child. Both families have large celebrations for Christmas, with decorating, lots of cooking together, baking, shopping, and sharing old holiday memories. In Louisiana, we attend many Mardi Gras parades with family and friends. For Easter, we have egg hunts, dye eggs as a family, and attend church service. Our home is overly decorated for nearly every holiday.
Other traditions involve yearly trips to the beach, trips to Arkansas for 4th of July gatherings with Joel's family, and family putt putt golf games when on vacation. We also have a New Year's Eve get together with family and close friends where we play board games and have a very competitive Wii Bowling tournament and then pop fireworks at midnight. There is also a huge spread of food for everyone to enjoy.We look forward to sharing these and making new traditions with a child someday!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a very culturally diverse neighborhood. There are many families in the surrounding area with other children that are always out playing basketball or riding bicycles. The community is always hosting some event open to the public: Mardi Gras parades, omelet festival, cracklin' cook-offs, herb and garden festivals, an annual town fair, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in the park, and much more. There's a neighborhood park nearby with a playground and picnic area. We also have a state park nearby that we enjoy going to for camping, picnics, hiking, fishing, and canoeing.Our home is a two bedroom, two and a half bath home with two living rooms. One of the living rooms has become the family game room/playroom. Our yard is spacious for a growing child to play soccer, football, or chase. We also have a camper, which is our home away from home. We enjoy camping locally, as well as taking long weekend trips to the beach.
Our Extended Families
Melanie's family lives close by, and we get to see them often. Melanie has two siblings and three nieces/nephews. When we're together, we like to play family games such as yard games, Wii bowling tournaments, or cards. Extended family and close family friends are always around to help celebrate loved ones birthdays or holidays. We have monthly birthday gatherings to celebrate any birthdays of that month with lots of food, games, and fun. For major holidays, we have many on-going traditions such as bake day where we make 10-15 different holiday treats for visitors to enjoy, as well as egg hunts, or cookouts just to name a few.
Joel's family lives a little farther away, about a 6 hour car ride. Joel has three siblings and six nieces/nephews. We don't get to see them nearly as often as we would like to. However, when we are together, it's always a good time. We go to the farm to ride 4-wheelers or horses, we swim in their pool, go shopping, watch sports games and more. We travel to see them every other Christmas and sometimes get to enjoy a white Christmas. For football games, there's always a large lunch/treat spread to enjoy throughout the day.
Both families are excited to welcome a new baby into the family. They look forward to teaching this child our family traditions and backgrounds as well as making many new memories and traditions.
From Us to You
We want to start by saying thank you. Thank you for considering adoption for your child. Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. Thank you for giving us a chance by getting to know us.
We met in June 2009 and were married in 2011. We love to travel and do so often. We took a road trip once from Louisiana to Georgia, Washington, D.C., and back to Louisiana. Talk about a long trip that was definitely fun, but such a loooong way back home!
We enjoy camping on the weekends with family and friends. While camping, we like to cook out, hike, bike ride, play cards or board games, or just sit and visit. We love to just be goofy. We try not to let the other one stew in a bad day by making jokes or just being silly by dancing around the kitchen to music. This helps us stay positive, even on rough days that we know we all have. We play competitive games, but all in good fun. Both of us also like to read as it helps to grow the mind.
We were eager and open to start a family right away, but that wasn't in the plans for us. We've spent the last six years hoping for a child. We've grown together as a couple and look forward to expanding our family through adoption.
As overwhelming of a situation this might be for us, we can in no way fully understand what you are going through. This, we're sure, is one of the toughest decisions you will ever make. We want you to know that we'll be here to support you. We want you to know that if we're chosen, this child will grow up in loving household with two parents that will do everything in their power to help them grow into a successful adult and knowing they can do anything they put their mind and energy into. Our household is a Christian house, Melanie is Catholic and Joel is Baptist. While we grew up and practice two different religions, the basics are the same. This baby will know they were put into your life and ours for reasons beyond our knowledge, only God knows the answer to that. They will know that our paths crossed to help provide them with a future that holds whatever they want it to be. We will be supportive in whatever they do, whether it's school, sports, clubs, girl/boy scouts, etc. This child will be surrounded by a large support group. Between great-grandma, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, they'll have an extended family of around 45 people that will love them unconditionally, and spoil them rotten we're sure!
We look forward to sharing their progress and life with you. We'll send pictures and emails to you as they grow. We never want you to worry about the life you've chosen for them if you choose us.Sincerely,
Joel & Melanie
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