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Donnie & Tarsha
Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. It's our hope that something about us touches your heart as you view our profile and consider the miracle of adoption. Our lives will forever change in an amazing way if we are chosen to be your child's adoptive parents.
Our Leisure Time
Tarsha loves to read. Her favorite books are computer software related, fiction, and Christian books. She enjoys taking classes to learn new skills and enrich her life. She sews quite often and recently made a baby blanket for one of her co-workers. Tarsha enjoys staying healthy by working out at the gym, taking boxing lessons, and going for a morning or evening jog around the neighborhood. Additionally, she loves putting together jigsaw puzzles, horseback riding, and going skiing.
Donnie is his happiest when he is out in nature. His enjoyment of shopping at the farmer's market to his love for outdoor activities, comes from his Arkansas roots. He also likes to stay busy working on projects in and around the house, grilling, reading about history and current events, working out, and keeping up with various sports.
Some of our favorite things to do together are hiking at different parks in the area, kayaking, bowling, playing miniature golf, playing board games, going to amusement parks, travelling and sightseeing, and spending time with family and/or friends.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Donnie About Tarsha:
Tarsha is a wonderful wife and stepmom. She prioritizes her life so that she can always put our marriage and family first. She is a nurturer by nature and absolutely adores children. She is a kind-hearted person who goes out of her way to help others whenever possible. She is very passionate about everything she does, whether preparing for a race or providing a clean home for our family, she puts her whole heart into it. She is also an amazing cook! Give her a recipe and she will put a twist on it to make it more delicious than you could have ever imagined!
Tarsha About Donnie:
Donnie is a caring person; what I love about him is the little things he does that make me feel special. He is my biggest fan and supporter. When I decided that I wanted to run in my first race, he trained with me every day. He never stopped encouraging me especially during those days that my body ached so much that I didn't know how much more training I could endure. He is also an extraordinary father. When we were dating, one of the things that made me fall in love with him was seeing how great he is with his two children from a previous marriage. He is so patient, loving, and kind to them.
One advantage that we have in addressing cultural diversity is that we both come from different backgrounds. Tarsha is African-American and grew up in southern Virginia. Donnie is biracial, his mother is Native American and his father is Caucasian, and he grew up in southwest Arkansas. Both of our families and friends consists of people from multiple races who are open-minded and accepting of people from all backgrounds.
We believe that diversity and inclusion is very important and will teach our child about his or her ethnic, racial, and cultural background. We will provide our child with hands on opportunities to learn about and interact with others who share their racial and cultural background. Additionally, we are very fortunate to live close to Washington, D.C. where there are tons of ethnic museums, cultural events, and celebrations in which will teach our child about not only their own culture and heritage, but about others in the world.
Our Extended Families
Family and friends are tremendously important to us and are a large part of our life. We can count on them for anything. Between the two of us, we have a very large and diverse extended family. While most of Donnie's family lives farther away (Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas), Tarsha's relatives are located a few hours away in southern Virginia with several living only minutes away. In addition, many of Donnie's lifelong military friends are located nearby. Locally, we regularly visit or host our friends and family during weekend cookouts, to watch sporting events, or other gatherings.
We typically visit our family in southern Virginia on holidays or other special occasions such as New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and birthdays. All of these holidays typically involve a large meal at Tarsha's Aunt Vickie's house where everyone gathers for a day of laughter, children running around playing, and adults catching up. On Easter, Aunt Vickie organizes an Easter egg hunt for the family's kids. Also, we occasionally visit southern Virginia during the weekends to partake in the family's weekly tradition of board game night and family dinner. We believe that spending time with family and friends is instrumental to living life to the fullest. Our friends and family are very excited about the prospect of adding a new child to all of our lives and incorporating them into our family traditions.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful three-level home that consists of four bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a fully finished basement. Our home is in close proximity to parks/playgrounds, a pool, walking trails, a movie theater, tennis courts, soccer fields, recreational center, and multiple kid friendly restaurants. It is a wonderful community that is located right outside of Washington, D.C. So we are just a short ride away from all the culture the nation's capital has to offer with museums, monuments, and cultural centers. Many of the small towns in our area host family-friendly events such as Friday night live concerts, Fourth of July celebrations, and annual carnivals & festivals.
Our neighborhood has an interesting mix of middle-aged to young couples, children of all ages, and an assortment of ethnicities and races. We love the diversity and can't imagine living anywhere else. With the excitement of D.C. all around us, our little community is the best of both worlds: suburban friendliness and big city fun.
From Us to You
Hello! Thank you so much for reading our family profile! As we create this profile our hearts are pounding with excitement and emotion, mostly because we are so grateful that you have chosen to give your child life. We are humbled by your selfless attitude and the sacrificial decision you are making on behalf of your child. Our lives will forever change in an amazing way if we are chosen to be your child's adoptive parents.
We have been married for almost five years and our outlook on life is simple. We both feel that life is a beautiful, precious gift and we love to share every bit of it with each other, family, and friends. Our passion is traveling, sightseeing, and enjoying nature. In our travels we have visited the Cloud Gate and the Navy Pier in Chicago, Gettysburg and Valley Forge battlefields, the Liberty Bell, and LOVE park in Pennsylvania; the Antietam National Battlefield and Assateague Island in Maryland; the Alamo and Lady Bird Lake in Texas; the Louisville Slugger Museum in Kentucky; and El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, to name a few.
We are Christians with a strong belief in God. We try to live our lives to be good to others and appreciate all that we have and do. Our goal is to raise your child to always feel loved, nurtured, respected, and appreciated. For him or her to know God, through their eyes and their heart, and to know that they are always loved.
We are ecstatic about being new parents and realize that it would be challenging but also the most amazing and rewarding gift in life. As children, we were both blessed to be part of a loving home where family came first. Our families nurtured us, challenged us to grow, encouraged learning and education, and taught us values and morals. Through their love and guidance, they allowed us to grow into the people we are today. We want to give these gifts to your child; to guide your child to discover his or her talents and gifts in life; and to use those gifts to bless and encourage their generation.
From the day that your child is first placed in our arms we promise to:
• Love, love, and love your child unconditionally
• Fill their life with loving and supportive family and friends
• Provide a warm, happy, and secure home environment for them to grow and learn
• Provide a quality education and support the discovery of their unique talents
• Encourage them to follow their dreams, whatever those may be
• Teach them to be kind and have compassion for others
• Build their foundation on faith in God and Christian values
• Share the story of your courageous decision and the special way we became a family
If you are open to it, we also promise to communicate with you regularly via phone calls, emails/letters, and photos so that you will always feel connected to your child and know what's going on in his/her life.
Whatever you decide, may you find peace in making the right decision for you and your child.
Donnie & Tarsha
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