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Nate & Harper
Hi there! We are ecstatic to meet you! We hope that you enjoy learning more about us through our adoption profile! We are a fun-loving, Midwestern couple that cannot wait to share our lives with a little one. We are extremely grateful that you've taken time to view our information.
What it Means to be a Parent
We are in love with the idea of being parents. We would adore nothing more than to raise a child and have a family. We want to raise a child that will someday change the world: a child that will become a good friend, colleague, and community member. We plan to devote ourselves to growing as parents and providing a child with the best, most well rounded experiences possible. We cannot wait to share the love that we have for each other with a child. We want to make a child the center of our universe and include them in our day-to-day lives. We look forward to watching a child grow and learn. We look forward to celebrating achievements, empowering growth and promoting individuality. We both look forward to sharing our hobbies and passions with a child. We can’t wait to take family vacations, take photos together, celebrate milestones and form new traditions. It means the world to us to be able to complete our family through adoption and would be honored to have the opportunity to share our lives with a child.
Family and commitment are the utmost priorities in our lives. We value honesty, integrity and character. We work hard to make ourselves available to friends and family when they need support. We remain active and surround ourselves with individuals that encourage and uplift us. Truly, we are only a strong couple because of the strong support and love that we’ve received and continue to receive. We both appreciate and endeavor to work hard, though also work equally as hard to balance ourselves and make time to recharge. We strive to value the “small things” that make life so beautiful and precious.
We both enjoy volunteering our time at a local equestrian center. Harper takes riding lessons and works with several of the horses at the facility. Nate assists with the wagon-driving program, working with the draft horses that live at the facility. Additionally, we both enjoy attending draft horse shows around the country.
We also like to immerse ourselves in our city and the local culture. We try to take part in all of the fun events that happen around our metro area. We often visit the local farmer’s market, parks, local fairs, and music festivals. We are fortunate to live in a large metro area that has many free events that are family-friendly. We both enjoy riding our bikes and are fortunate to have exceptional bike trail system at our disposal. We also have several local pools and well-kept parks.
When at home, we are often reading, playing board games, cooking, working in the yard or relaxing and grilling on the deck. In the winter, we love to curl up by the fireplace and watch a movie. We hope to share all of these activities with a child, though we also hope to value the individual interests of our child, as well.
Our Extended Families
Nate comes from a very large family. All of his five siblings are married and have two or three children. A few of the siblings live in Nate's hometown and Nate's two sisters (and their families) live close to us. Nate's family has always been very close and when the group gets together, it is often difficult to tell whose children belong to whom. Everyone gets along well and everyone pitches in to help with tasks, chores, or watching children. All of Nate's siblings enjoy playing board games, grilling and relaxing together. His family always gets together for Thanksgiving and is the single day of the year when the entire family is together for a large, home-cooked meal.
Nate's entire family is excited about our plan for adoption and they have continued to ask questions along the way. They are very much looking forward to welcoming another child into the fold.
Harper comes from a smaller family, though the family is extremely close. Harper's sister and father live in Louisiana where Harper grew up. Harper and her family remain in close contact over the phone, Skype and other messaging platforms. We travel back to Louisiana at least once a year to see Harper's family. Harper is extremely close with her younger (and only) sister, who is married. Harper's family is extremely supportive of our plan to adopt and despite their distance, have offered to help us at a moment's notice.
Our House and Neighborhood
Despite living in the largest metro area in the state of Iowa, we live in a quiet western suburb that is known for its community feel and friendly faces. Our neighborhood is made up of a diverse population and we often see folks outside spending time with friends and neighbors. Everyone nearby takes great pride in their homes and works to ensure that the neighborhood is well-kept. While neighbors are not overly involved, we all work together to help one another when we can. Oftentimes, the first one outside after snowfall will shovel or snow blow our (albeit short) side of the street's sidewalk. Our street is very short, extremely quiet and has minimal traffic.
In the fall season you can hear the local high school marching band practicing on the football field nearby. On Friday nights you can hear the roar of the crowd as the announcer makes the play-by-play calls from the press box. In the summer, our community is bustling with fairs, festivals and concerts. Neighbors make deck sitting and porch-swinging a summer past time. In the spring, gardens are a flurry of activity as people work to plant their favorite annuals and vegetables.
We are only one block from access to lengthy bike trails that crisscross our metro area. Our local trails connect to towns and villages up to 150 miles away. We live in a state capital-city that has a small-town feel. We believe that Iowa is a perfect balance of urban and rural.
From Us to You
We want you to know that we worked hard to convey our intentions and experiences in this profile. We have done the process no justice and struggled at times to convey our feelings on paper, but we (by far) had the easiest time writing this note to you. This letter emotionally explains who we are and what we plan to give to a child. So, these are our vows and our promises. These are not just promises to a child, but our promises to you as part of our family.
We promise to love our child with every fiber of our being. We promise to show our child the world- a world that is beautiful and endless. We promise to share, share our love with all of those who seek to support our child. We promise to be honest. We promise to live life with integrity and character, setting a worthy example for our child. We promise to share in the responsibility of creating our child's future. We promise to provide every opportunity for our child to do things that he or she loves. We promise to support our child's interests and make sure that he or she never lacks confidence to try. We promise to get back up when we fall down. We promise to laugh and cry. We promise to let our hearts be happy and to be sad. We promise to hug and high-five. We promise to share the importance of family, partnership, and teamwork. We promise to show empathy and promote self-confidence. And last but not least, we promise to brag, brag about the amazing person that our child will become.
In closing, we vow to communicate. Not only with our child, with you and with each other. We promise to open our family to you. We promise to communicate with letters and pictures.
We have been married for eight years and we feel that these years have molded us and shaped us in ways that we never could have imagined. We have experienced losses and successes that have taught us to be thankful for every opportunity in front of us. We have amazing friends and family that support us and constantly provide us with motivation to be better. We believe in grace and plan to model the value of life's wins and losses. We believe in mindfulness and the value of life's "small things." We believe in never-ending love. We believe connecting with the community and loving others for who they are.
We hope that you consider us potential adoptive parents for your child. We hope that you value our promises, our beliefs and share in our goals. We would be honored, grateful and humbled to be chosen as adoptive parents for your child.
With warmest regards,
Nate & Harper
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