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Clay & Laura
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little through our profile. Being parents has been our greatest joy and the most amazing adventure. We are excited for our journey to add to our family - to share our laughter, our love, and our lives with another little one. We hope you find comfort in your decision, and would be happy to talk or answer any questions you may have.
Our Life Priorities
Family is the number one priority in our life. Laura is a stay-at-home mom in order to spend as much time as possible with our son - caring for him, teaching him, and showing him how much he means to us. She plans on continuing to be a stay-at-home mother until all of our children are in school to ensure that they all get the best care possible. We do not want to miss anything in their lives, and want to be there for them as much as possible in their developing years. Clay goes to work Monday through Friday but as soon as he comes home, we sit down together to have dinner as a family, have some play time, and then all take the dog for a walk.
Our weekends are completely focused on our family. We usually spend our weekends making big breakfasts, doing outdoor activities together, grilling in the evenings, or traveling to visit family. We are very close as a family unit and to our extended family. Family is our everything. We cannot wait to add a child to our family, to be able to share our love for the outdoors and delicious food with them, and to be able to experience all of the joys a child brings to the family.
We have come from different cultural backgrounds, had various experiences visiting other cultures and living in different parts of the country, and have found that we are very open to new ideas, traditions, perspectives, and cultures overall. If our child is a different race or ethnicity than us, or even comes from a different part of the country, we would like to be able to incorporate their cultural heritage into our daily lives through the books we read, the music we play, the movies and shows that we watch, the foods we eat, and even the people we see on a regular basis.
We think that it is important for them to be connected to their roots and to their heritage. We also would like to make sure that our child grows up surrounded by other people that look like him/her. Our neighborhood and community are diverse, many events that we go to have people from different cultural backgrounds, and, especially as our child grows up, we will seek out new opportunities and communities to ensure that he/she has children and adults who look like him/her to play with and to serve as role models. We want to make sure that our child knows not only our cultural heritage but their birth family's cultural heritage as well.
Education We will Provide
Education is very important to us - both formal and informal education. We hope to be able to send our children to private schools where they will be in smaller classroom settings, get one-on-one attention, and be able to develop their own interests and strengths, giving them the ability to flourish. We hope that our children will want to follow in our footsteps and go to college and then graduate school. We will encourage this by promoting education from an early age. We already encourage reading with our son, counting, learning letters, and colors, and as he and our future child grow, we will encourage their learning in other areas. Clay loves history, and Laura is better at math and science, so we complement one another by being able to provide expertise on different subjects. We also want them to learn about music, arts, sports, or any other subject that they show interest in. We visit the library at least once per week which we hope will provide a place for them to find resources and promote a love for books, the way we both love them. We hope to provide the best education possible to our children to ensure that they have every opportunity in life.
Our Extended Families
Both of our families are thrilled that we have begun our journey to add a child to our family! Our mothers were especially delighted to hear that there would be another grandbaby for them to love and spoil.
Although our families are spread out, we enjoy traveling for visits, hosting our families at our home, and meeting up with our families to vacation at various destinations. We see family members a few weekends each month. Laura's family enjoys vacationing at Disney World every couple of years, and whenever we see them, we always head out for some pizza! We enjoy going to sporting events together, local attractions like zoos and museums, or just heading out for a walk with our dogs. Recently, we all met up in Washington, D.C. to do some sight-seeing and take our son and nephew to the National Zoo.
Clay's family is only a couple of hours away. We enjoy playing board games together, going out to eat, especially for Korean BBQ or Mexican food, or cooking extravagant meals as a family. Clay's cousin has an upcoming wedding, so we have been busy planning parties, going to dress fittings, and ensuring that she feels special for her big day. It does not really matter what we are doing, we love spending time together with our families. We are all overjoyed to be adding a little one to our bunch!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a wonderful community in South Carolina. There is a local park just five minutes away where we go frequently to walk, feed the ducks, play at the playground, and even play tennis! We go to the local library weekly for story time and visit the children's museum for some learning and playing. Our downtown area has weekly family events during the summer, a splash park, local shops and restaurants, a farmer's market, and seasonal events for the rest of the year.
Our neighborhood consists of many young families and retirees who love to see the young children, and is a great place to go for walks. We walk after dinner every night, making it easy to get to know many of our neighbors. Our house is a newer home, with a screened in patio that serves as an outdoor toy/play area. This is one of the spaces that we spend the most time, as we love to play outside. We have a large fenced in yard that we enjoy playing in when it is not too hot, and a fenced in swimming pool for the times it is too hot! Our community is a great place to raise children, with a large group of stay-at-home moms, many family friendly events, and many younger children for our children to grow up with.
From Us to You
As we write this letter, we are imagining you and your baby, and the difficult decision that you face. Your love for your baby is shown through the thought and consideration that you are putting into this decision. As we embark on our adoption journey, we want to thank you for considering embarking on this journey with us. We hope sharing our story with you will help you in your decision making.
We met through Laura's brother, Ryan, who was Clay's college roommate. We did not meet until their graduation day where we only said a quick "hi." It wasn't until a couple of years later that we began dating. We began visiting each other on weekends, fell in love quickly, and married less than two years later. We were so blessed to find each other, and now, have been happily married for over four years.
We talked about having children before we were even married - it was something we could not imagine our lives without. We had felt a calling to adopt some day but did not know when that would be. We began adding to our family with a biological child. We were blessed with the birth of our son, William. Unfortunately, labor and delivery did not come easily, and Laura suffered from complications that has made it so that we are unable to conceive a child at this time. Instead of lingering on this, we have decided that it does not matter whether our child grows in Laura's belly, someone else's, or even in yours, we know that our hearts will be full of love for whatever child we are blessed with. Adoption had been in our hearts long before Laura suffered from complications, making the decision to adopt an easy one for us.
We feel like this is the perfect time to add to our family because we would love for our children to be close in age in order for them to play together, grow together, and be the best of friends, as we are with our own brothers. We already have love for a baby that we know is out there somewhere, even though we do not know where they are or when they will be born. We are beyond excited to be adding a child to our family - to have another baby to nurture, to cherish, to teach, to watch grow, and most of all, to LOVE!
We hope that the story of their adoption is one that our children will always know. We want it to be a normal part of their lives, and to understand that growing our family through adoption came from a place of love - the love of their birth mother wanting a better life for them, and the love we had for a baby we did not yet know. We wish to stay connected with you through letters, pictures, emails, phone calls, and eventually visits because our love extends beyond the child we do not know, we have love for you as his/her birth mother, as well. We do not just think of our future child; we think of you.
We are thrilled to be on the path to finding a baby to add to our family. We have so much love and laughter to share with another little one. We hope that you, or whomever chooses us to parent their child, finds peace and comfort in her decision knowing that we will be the mama and papa bear who will fiercely protect their child, the shoulder for their child to cry on, their child's biggest cheerleader in life, their teachers, their best friends, but mostly, their parents who love them unconditionally. We will provide them with a lifetime of the love, happiness, adventures, experiences, and opportunities.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our family. We wish you well in your decision making, and would be happy to talk more, answer questions, and build a relationship before baby is even born.
Clay & Laura
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