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Ashley & Yong
We are a loving, fun, and active family who are so excited to grow our family through adoption. Being parents to our son and the opportunity to welcome another child into our home is truly the best gift and privilege we can imagine. We will try our best to provide the most loving and nurturing home we possibly can and provide opportunities for our children to pursue their dreams.
Why We Chose Adoption
Growing up we both found the concept of adoption to be such an awe inspiring thing. As young adults we both have also come to have close friends and family who were adopted, and witnessed first hand how beautiful, complicated, and challenging adoption can be. This background lead both of us to want to explore expanding our family through adoption, as well as biologically, when the time was right to start our family.
Both coming from a family of 3 siblings, we felt this was a magic number. We also found the process of being pregnant with our son, Greyson, to be a magical, wondrous, and special experience, and we wanted to have that powerful experience again, with one more biological child, while beginning to pursue adoption for a third. Sadly our plan was not how life was to be for us.
We suffered the nearly unbearable loss of pregnancies on our journey to grow our family. Each one delivering a shattering blow to our hearts, but not our will to complete our family, nor the goal of finding that special new member of our family through pursuing adoption. It has accelerated our efforts to move forward with adoption, with the hope of welcoming another child into our home and providing a loving family. With the values we hold dear as a couple, family is family regardless of how we all got here.
What Makes Us Unique
It's safe to say each member of our family is very unique. Ashley is a versatile artist in the entertainment industry with an eclectic taste in music and a love of animation and film. While he starts off on the quieter side, once warmed, the silly side shared by his family comes through strong.
Yong is unique as well. She enjoys all types of music of the world, especially live music. Along with teaching high school art, Yong is a fine artist. Her clay sculptures and pottery give her a unique method to express herself in a beautiful, approachable, and compelling way. Yong is funny, outgoing, worldly, and a great ice breaker.
Greyson's favorite part of a movie is the end credits. He fast forwards to them, memorizes them, and writes his own ... scrolling the paper past his eyes while singing the end credits song. He is a lover of reading, listening to and making music, and creating any kind of visual art.
We all share in the love of the arts as well as being active as a family. We especially love being active outdoors and in nature. It's wonderful to be able to go on family bikes rides, hikes, swims, and runs together.
Our Cultural Heritage
When it comes to cultural heritage, we have a blended family. We are half Korean, and then a mix of American/Norwegian and English/Caribbean. This results in our family and traditions being broad, rich, and open. We have relatives spread throughout the globe, from Asia to Trinidad ... along with several throughout the Midwest. We enjoy exploring the foods of Trinidad, such as Roti and mango chutney, as well as their carnival traditions and Calypso. Korean culture and especially Korean food, is a big part of our lives, with weekend feasts that Yong's mom lovingly cooks for us and our extended family. It's been wonderful to see Greyson learning Korean nursery songs and other songs from Yong's mom. Greyson is also learning to read, write and speak the Korean language. All sides of our families share in the value of hard work and a thorough education ... but expression and health for the soul is also a pillar of our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home and neighborhood! It is located in a quiet suburb surrounded by nature, walking paths, beautiful lakes and parks. We enjoy running, walking or riding our bikes to the neighborhood parks and splash pad, library, and cafes. There are year-round family friendly activities, events, and attractions. Some of our favorites are going to the farmer's market to grab a loaf (sometimes two!) of piping hot spicy cheese bread and some just picked veggies/fruits, then finding a nice shady spot to picnic on the lawn of the Capitol. The art fairs, World Music Festival, and block parties are great, too!
Our home is a roomy three-story craftsman-style house with three bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms, and an unfinished basement where we have our art studio, workout area, and space for our son to ride his Jeep and run around in. We spend most of our time in the open kitchen-family-play room, often hanging out at Greyson's table for family meals and other activities. Music sessions often drift in from the adjacent dining-sitting-music room. Our large backyard is surrounded by flowers and trees, a small veggie garden, a deck, and a great swing set that our son loves and is SO excited to share with a younger brother or sister.
Our neighborhood has a number of young families with children of a wide range of ages that our son has over for play dates. We can't wait for a new brother or sister to join in all the fun!
Our Extended Families
We both come from families of five, with two siblings each. We believe it takes a village and feel very fortunate to have much of our extended family living close by.
Yong's mom relocated to be close to our son, and it's been a blessing to see the beautiful bond that they've created. She has afforded us the amazing gift of exposing him to a bilingual language and culture as well as caring for him part time while we are at work.
She also spoils us with her AMAZING home cooking, and a weekend family tradition of getting together with Yong's older brothers' family, at her home to share a meal... Our son loves being able to play and eat with his cousins. They are so excited to add another cousin to the family.
Ashley's family are regular visitors, living close by. Ashley's mom, dad, and sister come over most weekends to share a family dinner, watch a movie, and catch up, with Greyson's grandma often bringing along something special for him.
It's also a tradition to have the whole family get together for a meal out when Ashley's older brother and sister-in-law stay with us while visiting from the west coast. Our son loves spending time with family, and they would love to share these special times with another child we'd be lucky enough to welcome into our home.
From Us to You
Hi! Thank you for considering our family. We are so grateful for the chance to share more about us, how we arrived at this point, and the loving family we are hoping to grow if we are so blessed.
We have been married for nearly 6 years, and together for over 12 years. We have a wonderful son, Greyson Ever, who just turned 5 years old, and is so excited for a little sister or brother. We strive to provide the best environment for our son to encourage an active lifestyle, strong education, and creative thinking through expression. He truly loves learning, and is looking forward to helping teach a baby brother or sister. Family is the most important thing in our lives, and we both feel our family isn't complete yet. We have so much more love, caring, and attention to share.
Over the years we talked about different ways we could grow our family, and adoption always came up as something we were interested in. We've known friends and family who were adopted and have seen some of the challenges, but also the beauty of those choices. Each coming from families of 5, and growing up with 2 siblings, it seemed natural that we both hoped for the same. We tentatively planned to try for having two children biologically, and pursuing adoption for our 3rd. While we were fortunate enough to welcome our son into the world, we suffered many losses while trying to continue to grow our family biologically. These heartbreaking experiences lead us into the world of adoption a little earlier in our journey, but also brought us closer as a family.
With every class we take learning about the process of adoption, our son gets more excited and asks more questions. Greyson is already telling us about all the toys and baby gear he plans to share and pass onto his little brother or sister. Although we've shared how adoption works with him, he still asks us if the social worker is bringing his baby sister or brother on their next visit.
Our hearts grew so large when our son arrived. While we always knew we'd love and be devoted to our children, we were still overwhelmed with how deep and instant the connection was. Coming from a very diverse family and neighborhood, we just know that we will feel just as much unconditional love and devotion for our next child regardless of how they arrive in our arms and hearts. With adoption being such a beautiful process, and so many friends and family members supporting us, we are so excited to welcome a little one into our home, share their journey with them, and get to know their unique personality.
We can only imagine what it must be like to consider such a brave and selfless decision, but we hope you know that it is important for us that you would know the love our family would share, as well as getting to see their personalities peak through during the special moments of life. With our son, we had a private blog where we tried to capture such moments for family members who couldn't be with us, as well as for our son in the future. We could see this as a potential way to share these moments or sharing pictures and letters if you would be open to it.
Our family holds honesty and open-mindedness at a high value, so we want to be sure that if we are able to welcome a little one into our family through adoption, they understand their journey, while also knowing without a doubt that we will love and care for them the same way we do their older brother. For this reason we want to keep a baby book just like we did for their would be older brother, only we'd like to include their adoption story, too.
We want to thank you again for considering giving our family the chance to welcome your baby into our home, arms, family, and hearts. Regardless of your choice, we wish you the best through this challenging, but potentially beautiful time.
Ashley & Yong
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