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Benjie & Amy

We believe adoption is a beautiful blessing and we are so excited to become parents. We are grateful that you are considering us as potential parents for your child. Our home is filled with love, kindness, and lots of laughter and we can't wait to share that with a child! We hope this introduction helps you find the right fit for you and your child.

About Us

Benjie
Amy
Job
Company Owner
Assistant Professor of Theology
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism
Ph.D. in History and theology
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Qualities We Admire in Each Other

On a Walk by the Harbor

For Benjie, Amy is about the smartest person he knows, but it's her faith and her courage that Benjie admires most. She is a female college professor working in a mostly male field. She was the first woman to get a Ph.D. in theology from her college. She has always been brave enough and feisty enough to do things that are a little bigger, a little louder or a little more ambitious than what might be expected. She has the courage to use her voice. And she uses it to draw attention to others who are overlooked or don't have as much of a voice. Amy's courage to do this comes from her faith that she was made to be who she is for a good reason. That strong faith gives her strength. Benjie has often needed it to give him strength too!

Amy loves Benjie's heart – he is kind and generous, empathetic and hopeful. He is warm and open about his life which makes him a trusted friend. He gives of himself for others and always makes Amy feel special and loved. She admires how he thinks deeply about big ideas and helps others understand and communicate difficult concepts. She is also always impressed by his ability to work through problems (at work or wherever else) and empower others to do the same. Amy loves spending time with Benjie; he is her best friend.

Our Leisure Time

Amy Loves Cooking

We enjoy everything from a quiet day at home reading to visiting Six Flags to get our roller coaster fix! Amy enjoys the creativity of cooking and baking (pies are her favorite things to make) and drawing and painting even though she doesn't get to do those things as much as she would like. Benjie is a musician who plays the piano and the guitar. We love playing cards and board games with friends, hiking, and going to the movies.

Benjie at the Piano

We really look forward to sharing our love for swimming, hiking, cooking, volunteering with our church in our community, reading, going to the zoo, teaching a child how to play baseball and tennis (and watching them learn other sports that we aren't as familiar with), going to plays, exploring places we've been but want to experience again with a child (places like Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Disney World, and Washington, D.C.), and exploring new places near and far. We're also excited to take up new activities and learning new things with a child, like learning how to plant and take care of a garden together and exploring our world in new ways through art and science.

Cultural Diversity

Amy With a Colleague

We understand that adopting a child of another race means that we can't be everything for the child. This means that we need to make sure there are lots of opportunities to connect with those who will share experiences with our child that we will have not have experienced ourselves. There will be lots of talking, lots of working through things that we don't understand about one another.

We recognize that we will be learning for our entire lives how to learn and listen well. We understand this learning process will involve us reading a lot and listening to others who can walk alongside us. We'll need to take an attitude of humility in order to do that. We will lean upon those in our community who can help us and make sure the child is regularly around those of a similar cultural background who can be mentors and friends in ways that we cannot because of that difference.

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Photos

At a Non-Profit Gala
At a Non-Profit Gala
Thanksgiving Fun
Thanksgiving Fun
Visiting the Star Wars Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art
Visiting the Star Wars Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art
At the Zoo With Our Nephew
At the Zoo With Our Nephew
Playing One of Our Favorite Board Games
Playing One of Our Favorite Board Games
Having Fun in Sedona, Arizona
Having Fun in Sedona, Arizona
Bike Tour of Downtown Boston With Benjie's Parents
Bike Tour of Downtown Boston With Benjie's Parents
In Arizona on Vacation
In Arizona on Vacation
Walking the Trails With Our Friend, Chris
Walking the Trails With Our Friend, Chris
Amy With Our Niece
Amy With Our Niece
Benjie Standing Next to the Writing Work He Did for an Exhibit at the Library
Benjie Standing Next to the Writing Work He Did for an Exhibit at the Library
Hiking in the Grand Canyon
Hiking in the Grand Canyon
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At a Non-Profit Gala
At a Non-Profit Gala
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Thanksgiving Fun
Thanksgiving Fun
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Visiting the Star Wars Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art
Visiting the Star Wars Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art
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At the Zoo With Our Nephew
At the Zoo With Our Nephew
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Playing One of Our Favorite Board Games
Playing One of Our Favorite Board Games
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Having Fun in Sedona, Arizona
Having Fun in Sedona, Arizona
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Bike Tour of Downtown Boston With Benjie's Parents
Bike Tour of Downtown Boston With Benjie's Parents
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In Arizona on Vacation
In Arizona on Vacation
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Walking the Trails With Our Friend, Chris
Walking the Trails With Our Friend, Chris
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Amy With Our Niece
Amy With Our Niece
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Benjie Standing Next to the Writing Work He Did for an Exhibit at the Library
Benjie Standing Next to the Writing Work He Did for an Exhibit at the Library
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Hiking in the Grand Canyon
Hiking in the Grand Canyon

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Living Room

We live in Massachusetts surrounded by historic sites, beaches, and tons of local events (festivals, arts, cultural, and sporting events) for families throughout the year. We currently live on a beautiful seminary campus with lots of families with kids of various ages and from many different backgrounds, trails for hiking, a playground right outside our door, and lots of room for community events. There's a community garden, big lawn areas to play frisbee golf, and have picnics. We live right down the street from Amy's college where we have access to a variety of sporting, music, and arts events throughout the year as well as a pool and lots of activities for families. We also live close to a beautiful library with lots of reading times and fun activities. We are very active in our church community that has a vibrant kids programs with vacation bible school every summer.

We have a cute apartment that has big windows and nice big bedrooms. Our favorite room is our living room - we like having friends come over to cook dinner and to play games. We moved to the area just a couple of years ago so we are in the process of looking for a home in the same area. We're taking our time to find just the right one. We love opening our home to family and friends and want more space to do it!

Our Extended Families

Benjie's Family

Benjie is the oldest of three siblings and is very close to his family even though they are a bit spread out. Benjie grew up moving around quite a bit. He even lived in England and Switzerland for a few years! His sister currently lives in the Chicago area and his brother, his wife, and two daughters live in Texas. When we get together as a whole family with Benjie's parents' home in Tulsa, OK or on the beach in Florida, it's always a blast. Benjie's family loves to spend time together playing games of all kinds, swimming in his parents' pool in the summer, going to fun arts activities (performances, museums, etc.) and traveling together.

Amy's Family

Amy is the oldest of four siblings and is also very close with her family. Amy's parents are building a new house in the Denver area and her two brothers both live in Denver (one is married with a son and a daughter and the other has a lovely girlfriend and two adorable dogs). Amy's sister goes to graduate school in Oregon but will eventually move back to Colorado. Most of Amy's extended family (lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins!) also live in Colorado. Amy's family is a lot of fun - they love spending time with one another laughing, eating, and playing games. They also travel together (Grand Canyon most recently).

Both families are delighted that we will be adopting and cannot wait to meet the newest member of our family!

From Us to You

Our names are Benjie and Amy and we are so grateful that you are considering us as potential parents for your child. Perhaps this whole process feels funny to you – it sure does to us! But we know that you have an important decision before you, and we hope this letter helps you get to know us a bit.

The two of us have been together almost 10 years now. We met through church friends – we like to joke that we were the only people in our group of friends who arrived anywhere on time, so we wound up hanging out a lot! The truth is it was our love for deep conversations and great stories that drew us together. We both love to learn, to discover new people and ideas – and to debate about our favorite movies and TV shows!

When we met, Amy was studying hard to become a college professor someday… and Benjie was playing piano at weddings every weekend, working hard to build his own small business. When we found out we couldn't have children on our own, it took some time for us to process that news. But then we realized the door was open to something else that would be just as beautiful: Adoption.

Living with us, your child would grow up as part of a tight and loving family that loves to laugh, play and invent silly songs and stories. But he or she would also have an important extended community, both through the Christian college where Amy works and through our close church family. For us, relationships like these are essential. We are close to our families on both sides and can't wait for your child to get to know his or her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins on family vacations and at the annual Christmas bash! But we also believe that in God's kingdom, family is bigger than just flesh and blood. That's one reason we've specifically chosen interracial adoption.

You might be nervous about this – we sure are! We are white, and we know that there is no way we can be everything your child needs. We know that we need to seek out people and communities where we will be in the minority. In Amy's job, she is surrounded by amazing students and colleagues of color every day. So we will be asking for lots of help! We know your child will need friends and adults that look like him or her and will need to be able to talk about shared experiences.

We know that this adoption choice means we will be learning for the rest of our lives, and that we will not do this perfectly. But we sure will try! Your child deserves all of this and more.

If you are willing, we hope we could come to consider you part of the "extended family" someday too. We would love to send letters and pictures on a regular basis, and to exchange emails, phone calls, and even visits as your child grows up if that's something you would like.

We are already praying for you, and for your child too! We hope this letter has been a help for you as you make this important decision, and we can't wait to see what beautiful story God might be writing next for all of us.

Benjie & Amy

Favorites

Benjie
Amy
Actor
Patrick Stewart
Idris Elba
Actress
Lilly Tomlin
Amy Adams
Animal
Penguin
Pandas
Author
CS Lewis
Brandon Sanderson
Book
CS Lewis, "Til We Have Faces"
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Cadbury Carmello
Cartoon
Muppet Babies
Star Wars Clone Wars
Childhood Memory
Being too excited to sleep the night before Christmas. It was awful and I loved it.
Going to the Nutcracker ballet with my grandmother every Christmas
Childhood Toy
Legos. I switched the hands and heads on the space guys to give them cooler costumes.
My stuffed animals
Children's Book
"One Fish, Two Fish" by Dr Suess
Chronicles of Narnia
City
Zurich, Switzerland. I lived there for 2 years in high school because of my dad's job.
London, England
Classic Movie
The Princess Bride
It's a Wonderful Life
Color
Blue
Any bright blue
Day of Week
Sunday
Sunday
Dessert
Chocolate Pie
A good apple pie with vanilla ice cream
Disney Movie
Beauty & the Beast
Tangled
Dream Car
Anything with heated seats and a good sound system. I'm not much into cars, but I love good music and a warm butt.
A red Tesla
Dream Job
Writer, speaker, entrepreneur & consultant. I'm working on it.
I'm in it! I've wanted to be a teacher since I was in first grade and now I teach college.
Dream Vacation
Japan. First half, exploring an ancient and very different culture. Second half, reading a book in the sun and listening to the ocean with nothing else to do.
Japan to see the cherry blossoms
Family Activity
Eating good food and telling stories
Traveling together and playing games
Flower / Plant
Trees. Lots of them!
Tulips
Food
Pizza (pepperoni & pineapple)
Enchiladas
Form of Exercise
Long walk if I have the time. Run on the elliptical machine at the gym if not.
Cycling
Fruit
Pineapple
Raspberries
Game
Chess
Pretty much any board game or fun card game. I play them a lot with my dad.
Hobby
Reading & video games
Cooking
Holiday
Christmas
Definitely Christmas
Holiday Song
Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
O Holy Night
Holiday Tradition
Hiding small presents around the house for a scavenger hunt. My grandparents did this with me and now we do it with kids in our family.
In our house we call it "tree gazing" when we sit with each other on the couch with cozy drinks and talk while listening to soft Christmas music and looking at the tree.
Ice Cream
Mint chocolate chip
Mint chocolate chip
Junk Food
Cheetos. Kind of hard not to eat the whole bag.
Jalepeno chips
Leisure Activity
Reading while drinking good coffee
Reading or walking depending on the weather
Magazine
Wired. I read it every month.
The Atlantic and Real Simple
Memory with a Child
In my 20s I was good friends with a couple that had 4 young kids. I used to go to their house several times a week to just hang around, help fold laundry or practice music for church. The kids were always with us and it was just like being part of the fam
I taught Sunday School for years and I loved making up games and songs.
Memory with Spouse
Before we were married, I went to visit Amy's family home for the first time. They had a trampoline in the backyard and we spent one evening lying on the trampoline just holding hands and looking up at the stars.
Traveling to England together and seeing Shakespeare performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company
Movie
Almost Famous. Because I am a writer and a musician and it's about both those things. Also because it's funny, sad and happy all at the same time.
Star Wars
Movie Munchie
Popcorn with vanilla coke
Popcorn and vanilla coke
Movie Quote
Almost anything from the Princess Bride. First one I thought of was "anybody want a peanut?"
There's some good in this world . . . and it's worth fighting for. - Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Movie Type
Action adventure. especially "Star Wars"
Sci-fi/fantasy or a good mystery thriller!
Musical
Les Miserables
I LOVE musicals! I loved Hamilton and Urinetown was incredible.
Musical Group
U2
Bastille
Nursery Rhyme
I'm a little teapot
As I was going to St Ives. It's fun to say!
Olympic Event
Ski jump
Ice skating
Personal Hero
My grandfather. He was kind, easygoing and generous, and one of the most humble people I've known.
Definitely my mom. She's so wise.
Play
The Boys Next Door, a play I acted in in high school about men with mental disabilities living together in a halfway house.
Hamlet - it really is stunning
Poet
TS Eliot. But I don't read a lot of poetry.
Langston Hughes and Rilke
Quality about my Spouse
Her faith. She has a confidence that God is with us and wants us, and that allows her to take risks and be bold and even get hurt.
His kind and loving heart
Quote
"If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else."
We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Restaurant
Any good quality Mexican restaurant
Wherever has good tacos!
Sandwich
Italian sub
I love a good grilled cheese!
Scripture
John 1 - "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory."
2 Corinthians 4:1-18, especially verses 16-18
Shopping Store
Barnes & Noble or any big bookstore
I love Target and Pier One
Song
"Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2
Either "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" by Stevie Wonder or Beyonce's "Run the World (Girls)." Both make me dance and lift my spirits!
Sport to Play
Squash, a racketball-like game that's big in England. But I haven't played it since high school.
Tennis
Sport to Watch
Football
Tennis
Sports Star
Serena Williams
Sports Team
I grew up cheering for Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Braves, so that's still my default.
I don't have one in particular that I follow but I like the Blackhawks and the Cubs
Subject in School
English/creative writing
Literature (but I also loved Physics)
Superhero
Batman. He is trying to take the dark parts of himself and use them for good.
Wonderwoman
Thing to Cook
My wife is the cook these days, with one exception: I make a pretty good omelet. I like mine with mushrooms and peppers and muenster cheese.
Tarts - sweet or savory
Time of Day
Around 3pm when I get my afternoon coffee
Right before the sun is about to set. The light is so beautiful!
Tradition
I love reciting the Lord's Prayer and singing the Doxology at church.
Picnics and a movie in the living room for Valentine's day
TV Show
Star Trek. It imagines a future in which humans can be better and more just than we are today, and that's really important.
Doctor Who, the Wire, Gilmore Girls
TV Show Character
Jed Bartlet, the president from the West Wing. He's a man of faith trying to do the right thing, but while dealing realistically with the flaws of the world and his own flaws too.
Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation
Type of Music
Melodic rock music
I like pretty much everything except country.
Vacation Spot
I grew up going to the beach every summer.
I like the mountains in the summer.
Video Game
The Legend of Zelda

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