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Simon & Ashley
We are Simon and Ashley and are very excited to be on this adoption journey! We are an active, easy-going couple that loves to laugh and spend time with our family. We can only image what you are feeling right now, and we already think the world of you! We are honored and grateful that you are reading our profile. We love being parents and can't wait to grow our family!
Adoption in Our Lives
The two most important days in our lives were the day we first adopted our sweet son, Sam, and then two years later the day we adopted our sweet daughter, Isabel. Getting the phone calls that each had been born and that their birth mothers had chosen us to be their adoptive parents was like a dream. We literally ran home from work and were in the car in a matter of hours driving to the hospital after getting the calls. Being parents is the most important and amazing thing in our lives, and we haven’t looked back since. We cannot imagine a life without children. We fell in love with Sam and Isabel the first moment that we saw them, and that love grows each day. Watching Sam and Isabel grow into little people and being privileged to be their parents are such enormous blessings. We thank God every single day for their birth mothers, and we send them each regular updates. Every moment, we are humbled by their love and their choice of adoption.Sam is a happy boy who loves to laugh and is obsessed with cars and books. Isabel is a joyous, silly girl who loves to sing and jump and is crazy about dinosaurs and baby dolls. Sam and Isabel are already affectionate and caring siblings. They share a special bond through adoption, and we are so thankful and excited to be able to grow our family this way.
We both come from families with strong cultural roots and diversity. It has been so rewarding to learn about each other’s cultures and to incorporate the biracial heritages of our son, Sam, and daughter, Isabel, into our family. We can’t wait to share our traditions and languages with another child, and then to incorporate his or her unique cultural heritage into our already diverse family.
Simon’s parents are from a beautiful and tropical state in southern India called Kerala. Simon was born in America, but he spent most summers with family in India. His fondest memories are running outdoors with his cousins, eating tropical fruits from his grandmother’s garden, and playing games like "carrom" (table-top shuffleboard) with his grandfather. We love to eat the flavorful foods that Simon’s mom makes, and we are learning to make them ourselves. Ashley, Sam and Isabel have even learned some phrases in the native Indian language, Malayalam.Ashley’s family is Spanish and Italian, and she grew up eating the best paellas and pastas you can imagine! Her Italian grandmother, Nonna, always brought Ashley’s favorite tortellini and Sicilian cookies to the house, which we still love to make. Ashley lived in Spain as a baby and grew up speaking Spanish. Ashley’s Spanish grandmother, Amatxi, taught her to sing sweet Spanish lullabies, which we have already taught to Sam and Isabel. Sam and Isabel are so excited to sing them to soothe to sleep a new baby brother or sister.
Our Family Traditions
Our most important family tradition is eating dinner as a family. In Ashley’s family, growing up with her three sisters, it was sometimes hard for everybody to know what each other was up to. They started a tradition called “bests and worsts.” Each person shares the best and worst part of their day. Over time, this expanded to include something you learned and something for which you were grateful. In this way, everybody participates in each other’s lives. You also learn some very interesting things! We always make it a point to eat dinner as a family with our son, Sam, and daughter, Isabel. The other day, we asked Isabel what the best part of her day was, and she replied, "Apples!" We don’t think she even had an apple that day, but it was adorable. We can’t wait to add another sibling to our dinner table to continue this special tradition.One of our other favorite traditions is making Saturday morning pancakes. Simon has perfected his "secret pancake recipe," and the kids join him in the kitchen to make regular-shaped pancakes and Mickey Mouse-shaped pancakes. Isabel had her first taste of chocolate chip pancakes this year, and she will never be the same! Sam loves this tradition so much that almost every day when he wakes up he sits up in bed and asks, "Is it pancake day?" We always have to laugh and say, not yet, buddy, but almost! We love spending this time as a family.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is a townhome in a diverse and charming waterfront city in Maryland. We have a happy home ready to be filled with more children and a backyard where our son, Sam, and daughter, Isabel, play fetch with our sweet dog, Rosie. We enjoy gardening, grilling, and growing a small vegetable garden. We spend most summer afternoons in the patio with the sprinklers on for the kids to splash and chicken on the grill to enjoy!
Our neighborhood is full of families with kids and dogs and has three beautiful parks and playgrounds. Our favorite activity is walking along the water and playing outside with Sam and Isabel. When we get a large snowstorm, the first thing we do is run to the park to build a snowman! Every Sunday, we walk three blocks to our Catholic church, which also has a community Catholic school where we take Sam for preschool. The school has children of all races, as well as children who are adopted. We walk him to school as a family every morning, and it’s our favorite way to start the day!
Our Extended Families
Ashley is the oldest of four girls, and her three sisters are her best friends. Like the sisters in “Little Women,” there is much laughter, singing, and even some mischief when they are all together! Every Christmas, even though they are all grown-up, her youngest sister Francesca still buys all of the girls matching Christmas pajamas. Some years the result is so ridiculous that they spend all night crying from laughing so hard!
Simon and his older brother have been best friends since they were little, and you can’t get them to stop talking about cars when they’re together. Simon’s extended family is huge, and family gatherings are filled with children and games. All of the cousins in both families save the “fun” activities for us when we come to visit. We go to the zoo as a family every year, play ball outdoors, and have board game tournaments. We can’t imagine our lives without our siblings and have always dreamed of having a large family ourselves. We cannot wait to have a new brother or sister for our son, Sam, and daughter, Isabel!
We are very close with our families. Our parents taught us that family is the most important thing; friends may come and go, but your family is forever. We make it a priority to talk with them every day and see them often. Every one of our family members has a deep respect for adoption and could not be more thrilled that we are adopting again!
From Us to You
Thank you for even just considering adoption for your child. We can only imagine what a difficult time this must be. It is no small thing to carry a baby to term and bring a child into this world. The gift of life is truly the greatest gift of all. There really aren’t words enough to express our respect and admiration for you, but we can begin by saying thank you.
We are high school sweethearts and have been married for nine years now; ever since we first met, we dreamed of becoming parents. We were devastated to learn we were unable to have biological children. But, we are ironically grateful for this experience, because we were forced to really evaluate our desire to be parents. We have put a lot of thought into the kind of parents we try to be. Now we can’t imagine building our family in any way besides adoption, which has already brought us our amazing children, Sam and Isabel.
We strive to build our family on the foundation of love, patience, kindness and generosity. We absolutely love being parents, and we can’t wait to provide our children with every opportunity for an excellent education and enriching activities such as sports, dance, science camp, music and art classes ?" or whatever unique interests a child develops! Our hope is to raise healthy, happy children in a home full of love and laughter, and that these children will grow up to lead successful and fulfilling lives. We cannot envision a better way to do this than through adoption.
Adoption has also played an important role in our extended families. Ashley’s grandfather and two cousins were adopted as infants, and her grandfather did not find out that he was adopted until he was a teenager. This was a difficult experience for him, and we feel strongly that a child should be told they were adopted from the very beginning. Every night, when we say bedtime prayers with Sam and Isabel, we say, "Thank you for Sam’s and Isabel’s birth families, especially their birth mothers, who gave us the greatest gift of all--Sam as our son, and Isabel as our daughter, through adoption. Please bless them and all families everywhere. Amen." Sam and Isabel are already starting to say these words themselves, which is so heartwarming and humbling.
It is a beautiful thing to be able to say, "Your birth mother loved you so much that she picked us to be your adoptive parents to raise you." We want our children to have a sense of pride in adoption, in their birth families, and in the choice that their birth parents made. We are absolutely committed to sending regular updates and pictures, as we already love doing for Sam’s and Isabel’s birth mothers. Please know that we would welcome any updates from you as well. We want the child to know as much about you as you are comfortable with.
We are an interracial couple with strong cultural roots, and as a result we are looking forward to adopting another child of a diverse racial heritage, especially since Sam and Isabel are both biracial. In addition, we are blessed to have a diverse extended family. Ashley’s brother-in-law Marc is also biracial and is another strong role model to our children. Our city has a diverse population with many ways to experience all cultures, including museums of African-American history and outdoor Latino festivals. We will always choose top schools with multicultural student bodies, and we will select dolls, toys and books that highlight the child’s race and ethnicity. We are teaching our children that we are all made up of many parts, and that this diversity makes us stronger and our souls richer.
Thank you for considering adoption and for reading our profile. We hope it gives you a sense of who we are: a friendly, easy-going couple who makes family our priority in life. We simply love being parents! We would love to get to know you and share with you this journey of adoption. We wish you peace and love in whatever decision you make.With Love,
Simon & Ashley
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