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David & Jennifer
We are so excited at the opportunity for our family to grow. Our household is filled with so much love, faith, laughter, and excitement, and we would be ecstatic to add a child to our family. Thank you for blessing us with your consideration. We have so much love to give and can't wait to expand our family with another adoption.
Our Leisure Time
We are very involved in our church. We lead small groups, teach bible studies and take every opportunity we can to serve. Dave is a part of the prayer and encouragement team and Jenn is a part of the music ministry team. She plays the guitar, sings, and plays piano.
As a family we like to go to a few sporting events a year, and we are very lucky that our city has four major sporting teams nearby. Jenn was an athlete in high school and college, and she still loves to play. She currently plays softball and flag football and Dave loves to play tennis.
We also love live concerts, theatre, the aquarium, culture and museums. The outdoors are also important to us and we live close to the beach and mountains so weekend trips are a great escape for us as a family.
We really enjoy spending time with family and friends doing all kinds of activities including game nights, cookouts, sports, or simply getting time together. We look forward to adding another child to our family so that we can make more memories and find new fun activities and adventures to share together.
Our Promise to You
We believe that being a parent means showing your child(ren) you love them unconditionally and making sure they know they are the most important thing in your life. Our job is to impart and nurture the most important values in them, such as kindness, compassion, respect, honesty, generosity, and responsibility. We want to teach them to be good critical and creative thinkers in a world that needs their good minds along with their good hearts. We want to help them find a place where what they care about in the world, what they are good at, and what they love come together in a path that suits them, not us.
This child along with Lydia, will always know he/she was adopted, and at the same time we want him/her to view it as we do...an absolute miracle. We will always try to answer any questions he/she may have, and also tell them how very much you love them. We will teach them that it was out of unconditional love that you chose what you believed would be a better life for him/her. We hope to learn about you, so we can tell your child what you enjoyed doing, where you live, and when the time comes maybe share about your upbringing, what you look like and even how your child looks like you. We will also explain how badly we wanted another baby and how God brought us specifically to you.
Education We will Provide
We intend to provide the education most matched each child's academic, social and emotional needs. This could be either public or private. We feel the most important thing will be to help develop the child's dreams and choosing a good educational match will help this happen. We also plan to continue to evaluate school choices as the child’s focus and scholastic interests develop. We have a local private school about a mile away and live among some of the best schools in our state. There are also charter schools and we also have Montessori school options which may be appropriate. We hope to take an active role in our child(ren)s education as we value it and believe it is an important part of our lives and development. We are also excited to watch as each child develops their own interests and desires and sending them on to the college that will best cultivate those dreams.
Our Extended Families
We both have wonderful and supportive extended families. Dave's mom lives about 15 minutes away and Jenn's family lives about 7 hours away. We both have siblings and there are a few nieces and nephews around as well. Both of our families know about our plan to adopt again and are very supportive and excited about the prospect of this new addition to our family.
We also have so many close friends in our church that we consider our "extended family." We enjoy having our friends and family members over for barbecues/dinners, game nights, sporting events, and other get-togethers.
We come from two totally different backgrounds which makes our family unique and fun. We have combined our different family traditions that we have grown up with and developed one that is unique and special for our own family. One special tradition we enjoy, is after church on Christmas Eve, gathering our family around the tree, after everyone has opened a new pair of pajamas reading Twas the Night Before Christmas together. We enjoy special events and traditions and look forward to making many more as our family continues to grow.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a three-story home with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two offices in a growing suburban neighborhood in North Carolina. Our neighborhood is filled with friendly neighbors, playgrounds, parks, swimming pools, soccer and baseball fields, and walking and biking trails. The schools and stores are all within a few miles as well. It is a wonderful place to live.
We are extremely fortunate to live in a diverse community with many families with children living around us. Our neighbors all have children and we regularly see each other as we are out on walks in the evening or at the playground.
We live just outside the city which affords us a great opportunity for lots of culture and museums, live sporting events with major sporting teams that are local, concerts and live theatre, and many great restaurants. We have many friends and family who live nearby as well so there is always something to do or someone to see.
From Us to You
We are David and Jennifer and we have been married for 4 1/2 years. We are overjoyed that you are considering us as adoptive parents and taking the time to get to know us. We are so excited to be expanding our family and are already praying for him/her daily.
Although we are excited, we imagine that this is the toughest choice you will ever have to make. We are so impressed by your strength and courage and we have the highest respect for you for making this decision. It takes an unbelievable love to consider adoption for your child. Even though we don't know each other we already have a lot in common with the desire to give your child the best life possible. We will do everything we can to provide for your child.
A little about us. As a couple we are very involved in our church where we lead a small group together, Jenn teaches a women's study and is part of the music ministry team, and Dave is on the prayer and encouragement team. Our faith is a big foundation to our lives and marriage. With that being said, like many couples, our story is infertility (we will spare you the details.) One thing we knew right away though, after we finished grieving we knew the option we wanted was adoption and no other treatment. We have an amazing daughter who we adopted a little over two years ago. She is such a joy and we want more than anything to give her a sibling. Because of our faith we understand adoption as being a beautiful portrait of God's love toward His children. As with our daughter, this child will always know their adoption story as we want him/her to be proud of it. We want your child to know and see that same beautiful portrait of love that you expressed through your adoption plan.
We live a well-balanced life, well as much as anyone can have. We know how to work, how to play and simply just have fun. The most important thing we do is make time for our family and each other. Time is something that can fly by, so we try hard to stop and capture the moments and make memories. We are looking forward to school plays, holidays, sports, family vacations, and one day giving your child a great college education. We look forward to sending you letters and pictures showing you how your child is growing and achieving in the world (especially because Jenn loves taking pictures so there will likely always be a camera at everything.)
We have been preparing for this new adoption journey already. We, along with so many of our friends and family can't wait to get to know this little one. Hearts are so full and ready to shower love and support, and ready to pitch in to be a part of this child's life.
We know that there are lots of parents that could be good parents for your child. What will make us great parents is that we want to be dedicated to not only providing a safe and happy home for your child, but we want to create one where your child will flourish. Our home will be fun. There will be laughter (there is already a lot of that.) We will seek out what your child wants to be and cultivate that in him/her and not what we want him/her to be. We will aim to instill in your child some of the values that are so important today of kindness, respect, humility, generosity, and faith. We know we are not perfect and will make many mistakes but one thing's for sure, you will not find two people who could love your child more than you!
Thank you for reading our letter and for considering us as the parents for your child. We hope you have a small glimpse of who we are and how honored we would be to welcome your child into our home and our family.
David & Jennifer
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