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Randy & Noreen
Faith and family comes first in our lives, and we are excited to be on this journey. Enjoying the challenges and rewards in life, we are looking forward to extending our love to a precious child. We consider parenting one of the highest callings and are humbled at the thought of providing a caring home for your child. Our prayers are with you in the decisions you have ahead. Thank you.
Adoption in Our Family
One of our nieces was adopted from China when she was two years old - she's now 14, and the adoption process has been advantageous for us in learning some of the ins/outs. Her becoming part of our family has impacted our lives in so many wonderful ways. Even as this is being written, we realize that our perspective of our niece really isn't any different from all our nieces, nephews, and other children in our lives. Although we have an increased interest in various cultures, we don't look at our niece from China as "the adopted niece from China;" she's just our niece, and we love her.
We also have many friends experienced in adoption - some adopting overseas, some through foster care. We have a great support network of those that have traveled this path before us, and we cannot wait to someday be able to share our own adoption story with them!
What Makes Us Unique
We are a married couple with no children, yet have poured out hearts into them. Having great relationships with our nieces/nephews, we connect with them when able; writing or calling those further away, while closer ones find us attending sports events, birthdays, and sharing their latest interests.
We're often involved with various children/youth programs at church. Many children from our church even took part in our wedding. Some shared Bible verses, and they all sang a song, with Randy and a friend leading! It was so fun having them be a part.
We've invested time, effort, and finances in almost 20 years of volunteering with Native American ministry in Arizona. Growing close enough to several families on the reservation allowed us the privilege of flying several of their children (one or two at a time) to stay with us over several summers.
Although we've enjoyed sharing our lives with countless children, we're anxious to have a child of our own with which to devote our time, attention, and love.
Our community allows us the opportunity to be part of countless events and activities covering a multitude of cultures. We are anxious to embrace our child's ethnicity, through festivals, art, music, food, books, and friends. Our block itself includes families from probably 5-6 ethnic groups, of which we try to engage with when possible. We love learning about and embracing other cultures and we cannot wait to share the world with a child!
We have enjoyed learning about Chinese culture as a result of a niece being adopted from China. Already being part of a multi-racial family, our extended family has been an amazing support to us as we have begun our own adoption journey. Everyone is so excited to meet the newest family member!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the Midwest, allowing us to enjoy all the seasons. While summer offers so much for activities/events, snowfall gives us a chance to work those shoveling muscles! Our neighborhood is diverse, and we're quite involved in engaging with those on our street, including heading up several block parties/events. There is a nearby rec center, and several parks in the area. We've taken part in the annual Turkey Trot 5K on occasion. Child activities are emphasized, from Easter egg hunts to Santa visits, crafts, sporting events, pool, etc. Our town's 4th of July celebration is a multi-day event, concluding with some of the best fireworks in the area.
With so many great neighbors, the unplanned conversations with parents or impromptu short play time with their kids is not unusual. Whether it's a movie night (in/out doors), BBQ, or s'mores by our fire pit, we try to take advantage of time with them whenever possible.
Our cozy home is always in process of improvement (Randy's skilled at remodeling), the favorite of Noreen's being her "green room," which she chose color coordination utilizing her design aptitude. Randy tries to take in some garage time whenever possible, either building or repairing something. Much time has been spent on our landscaping, including a nice walking path from the front sitting bench to the backyard deck and fire pit area. Noreen has done a wonderful job choosing plants/flowers to beautify our home. It's such a welcoming environment - we love it here!
Our Extended Families
Noreen's family members live fairly close. We get together often to celebrate birthdays and Holidays. We enjoy having Noreen's parents over for dinner, or meeting at a favorite restaurant. Noreen is one of three siblings (one brother, one sister), both married with one child. We enjoy having our niece or nephew overnight, which usually includes homemade pizza and games. They both like playing with our cat as well. We attend the kid's sporting events when possible. We have much support from Noreen's family in our journey, and they're looking forward to having an addition!
Randy has two sisters and two brothers, who each have children. Trips to Randy's folks (6-hour drive) are often adventurous, as living on 20 acres allows for plenty of outdoor activities and creativity. Visits being fewer than with Noreen's family, we really take advantage of them! We're a close family, and enjoy making memories with all the cousins, nieces, nephews, etc. Christmas finds us sledding down our favorite hill. Uncontrollable laughter is not uncommon at their home!
From Us to You
Considering adoption expresses your true heart in putting this little one's best interests above all else, whether you choose to raise this child or allow this privilege to a couple longing for a baby of their own. Thank you for your interest in us.
We dated for about five years before making the commitment to spend the rest of our lives together. We are a perfect example of opposites attracting! We continue to grow in our relationship, still learning new things about each other, even after being together for over 20 years. Our strengths help balance each other's weaknesses, which makes for a great marriage. Living well within our means, we have a comfortable home in a great community, with many anxious for us to add a little one to our family. Most of our activities are pretty simple; enjoying nature and being outdoors. Whether it's improving our landscaping, working of our vehicles, or going for a walk, the outdoors definitely is where we like to be. That being said, an occasional movie/snuggle night is appreciated as well. We can't wait to share this with our own child.
Even in our dating years, we discussed the desire to adopt. Having friends and family with adopted children only increased our interest in following that same path. Of course, we always assumed we'd have children, then add to our family through adoption. Well, after years of marriage and no pregnancy, we realized our initial "plan" would not come together as we had thought. We considered other paths, but adoption just seemed to be "right" for us.
Knowing how difficult this path has been for us, we cannot imagine what you may be experiencing yourself. We wonder; Are you nervous? How are you even feeling? Where do you live? Do you have a big family or maybe an only child? Maybe you're adopted? What are your dreams? There is just so much we wish we knew. But then, you may be questioning similar things of us.
What began as a desire for a child, has grown to anticipation of what our future relationship may be with a birth mom and her respective loved ones. Although we realize you may not want any contact with us, we are hopeful that we will not only be creating a loving forever home for your child, but also a foundation of love, support, and encouragement for YOU. While letters and pictures should be expected from us, we're open to more contact with you in the future, and we are willing to discuss exchanging emails, phone calls, and visits.
We are anxious (OK, and a little nervous too!) to see how God will work in our lives, as we desire to grow our family. We appreciate your time in learning just a little bit about us. Maybe we will become part of YOUR story?
Randy & Noreen
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