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David & Erin
We're David and Erin and we are excited to introduce you to our family. Our home is filled with laughter, adventure and love! From our third date, we have actively been praying for and discussing what we feel is our calling to adopt. We are humbled and grateful that you would consider us to be parents to your child and would be honored to make this journey with you.
Our Promise to You
Our promise to you is to unconditionally love your child forever. We have already begun to pray for both of you for several months and find comfort in knowing that we will meet you one day soon. We also promise to never forget that you will love your child forever, as you are their first mother. Our future child will know of their special story and the unique role you play in their beginning. It is our hope that your child will know that they are loved every day by both of us as well as their extended family, including you.
We promise to give them a safe home from which they come to learn about themselves with a sense of pride and hope for the future. It is our greatest hope that they will learn what it means to live with an open heart for others and choose to be themselves without forgetting where they come from. We promise to fill the days with hugs, kisses, fresh baked cookies and child-like imagination. Although life will challenge them, we promise to always stand behind them with all the support we can come up with to catch them when they fall. Finally, we promise your child will understand how special they are, as well as how special you are for giving them the blessed life they will live.
As fellow introverts and outdoor enthusiasts, we love spending time together exploring nature with our dog, Scrappy. From hiking at local mountains to exploring a new city on foot, we love to be hands-on and find peace in our surroundings. David loves to spend time playing sports and Erin spent many spring and summer afternoons during their dating years watching him play on a church softball league with his childhood friends. Now, we both look forward to the day that David can coach a team with our children and Erin can provide support from the sideline.
When we aren’t outside playing or hiking, we can often be found reading, cooking or playing games together. Our favorite game to play together is Bananagrams and we look forward to the day when we will have a third team player to join by our side. Erin also spends a lot of time cooking for us as well as others. If there is ever an opportunity to provide someone with a warm home-cooked meal or fresh cookie, she jumps at the chance. One day, we hope our children will bring their friends over to share these experiences with us with along with their child-like excitement for life.
Our Dog, Scrappy
Anyone that has a conversation with us for more than 5 minutes likely has been introduced to our dog, Scrappy. Although technically we rescued him just 3 years ago, he has saved both of us, especially our spirits, on many occasions since then. From family vacations with him to the mountains to rainy days all curled up together on the couch, we are a tight unit. One of the greatest joys we have with him, however, is when we see him around little children. Although we like to think that we are his best friends, it is quite apparent to all that he feels a connection to any child he meets. He has developed such a closeness with our 2-year-old neighbor that she prays for him every night before bed and waddles down the driveway screaming his name every time she sees him. Although most happy to just lay by your side, we have no doubt that he will become the big loving brother to our future child and enjoy many days of running together in the backyard with them. Scrappy is such a source of joy in our lives and we know he will continue to be as we expand our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a two-story, four-bedroom house with a fenced in back yard and a great park just down the street! We are close enough to downtown to easily enjoy the city's attractions, but far enough outside to enjoy a slower pace of life. Our neighborhood is safe and family friendly with many young families surrounding us. We chose our home because we knew it would be a great place to raise a family.
From Spring to Fall, kids are often seen riding their bikes until the sun goes down and there are many families outside grilling and greeting each other from across their lawns. We enjoy living within the city, but also close to a small town suburb with a local farmers' market and activities. We both work nearby and spend many of our weekends walking the trails throughout the city, attending sporting events or enjoying dinner with friends and family. The mountains and beach are both within 2-3 hours of our home and are a wonderful retreat for us when we feel the need to escape the city life for some fresh air. In the winter, you can usually find us snuggled up with a good book or playing a board game as we enjoy a less busy pace of life.
Having both been raised here and choosing to call this city our home as adults, we are so excited to raise a child to have the same love of our hometown!
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have both of our families living within 20 minutes of us. Both families enjoy spending time together and making many wonderful memories! All our family and friends look forward to welcoming a new baby into our activities as well. We have many friends and church family members with children who play an important part in our lives as well.
David's sister and brother-in-law have a young daughter that brings so much joy to our family events. From apple picking to Sunday afternoon meals filled with laughter and story-telling, David's family enjoys being together. His mom is a preschool teacher and has a boundless heart for children. As a wonderful complement, David's dad enjoys building and playing with new toys for the grandchildren (including a water table and new swing this year!). We are so excited to bring a child into this wonderful dynamic.
Erin's dad and stepmother also live nearby and are eagerly anticipating their first grandchild. They are both retired and look forward to spending their time watching our child grow. Erin's younger sister just moved back home and is also one of Erin's best friends. We are sure there will be many memories made as we teach our child how to cook and play many of our family games together.
From Us to You
Hello! We are Erin and David, hopeful adoptive parents and best friends for the past 5 years. We have been together for about 5 years and are in our 3rd year of marriage together. Growing our family through adoption has always been a dream of ours and we’re excited to be on this journey.
As crazy as it sounds, Erin first began a discussion with David about her calling toward adoption on their third date as they hiked in the mountains of North Carolina. Fast forward through many wonderful years together, we are now at a place where we are ready to commit to turning those intentions into a reality. Adoption has always been our first choice as we planned to expand our family. We desire to be the kind of parents that our children can turn to in moments of celebration as well as those of sadness and fear. We have worked hard to establish an open relationship with one another and intend to continue to do so as we expand our family. As parents, we understand the responsibility to serve as role models as well as ensuring gratefulness and laughter are a part of every day. From the first day we are fortunate enough to meet our child, we hope to provide the kind of environment where they can feel free to explore and learn more about themselves with the stability of our relationship to always rely upon.
We are lucky to have two wonderful families that live close by and are enthusiastic about our journey toward adoption. Both of our parents and siblings live in the same city as us and are frequent visitors to our home as we host holidays or meals together. It is a joy-filled home that we know will only further grow in its capacity for love as we add a child and many memories together. David has already begun to prepare his “dad jokes” as well as nurture his affinity for cartoons to share with our future child. Erin is also excited to share her love of the outdoors as well as her passion for cooking and reading in the years to come.
We both feel fortunate to have found fulfillment in our professional careers. Erin served as a school counselor for 3 years before transitioning to her current role as a psychological assistant. She has a heart for working with children and families to build a supportive environment to ensure the child’s success. David is just as passionate about his role as a transportation engineer for our city government where he is able to directly impact the lives of citizens in our community by advocating for and implementing measures for their safety. We are both fortunate to work in environments that are conducive to flexible working hours as well. While Erin will take off time to spend with the baby during the first few months, we have already begun to plan for us both to organize our schedules afterward so that one of us can always be home with the child. As two eager parents, nothing excites us more than to be able to balance our passion for serving others and building our home with our child as well.
As we look toward these next steps of our adoption journey, we are grateful that you are considering us as the future parents for your child. Although we can only imagine how difficult this process must be for you, we want you to know just how strong and special you are to us. We promise to honor your wishes for your relationship with your child, but want you to know that we are open to sharing e-mails, photos, and phone calls as well as coordinating trips to visit you as we can.
Thank you for taking the time to read about us and the life we are so excited to share with our future child.
David & Erin
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