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Martin & Katelyn
Hello. We are so excited that you are looking at our profile. We are a fun-loving couple whose home is full of warmth, stability, and laughter. We cannot wait to be parents and will provide your child with the opportunity to experience tons of love, support, enrichment, and adventure.
Our Leisure Time
We enjoy pursuing activities both inside and outdoors. When the weather is chilly, we are both avid readers and spend many evenings cuddled up in front of the fire place with our Kindles. Katelyn enjoys reading fiction and mysteries while Martin prefers historical fiction. During football season, we cheer on the Packers every Sunday and, about once a year, make it to Lambeau Field for a game. Finally, we relax by setting up a board game, choosing to challenge our friends to games of Pandemic, Dominion, and Scrabble.
When the weather is warm, we trail bike almost every weekend. We love to take our dogs to the dog park and, in the fall, we take multiple trips to the apple orchards near our home. Apples are Martin's favorite snack and they are so much better fresh from the tree.
Martin also likes to spend his free time building furniture like his father and grandfather did. He is currently working on a walnut dining room table. Katelyn enjoys meeting up with her girlfriends and sisters for lunch and shopping. She also loves to cook. In fact, she has over 100 cookbooks and regularly searches Pinterest for new and unusual recipes.
Katelyn was born and raised in Wisconsin. Martin was born in Denmark to an American mother and Danish father. When he was 7, Martin's family moved to the United States. While Martin is an American, his Danish cultural heritage is very important and we make sure that it is part of our daily lives. For example, during Christmas, we make a Danish goose in addition to Katelyn's family's tradition of New England clam chowder. On birthdays, we sing the Danish version of "Happy Birthday". We love that our household includes both American and Danish traditions.
If we adopt a child who has a different cultural background than ourselves, we will make sure that those traditions also become a part of our lives. For example, Martin is trilingual (speaking English, Danish, and German) and we would encourage and provide opportunities for our child to learn and utilize any language he or she chose. We would also fully support our child learning more about his or her heritage including participating in cultural activities and traveling to culturally relevant places.
We are both animal lovers. Katelyn grew up with cats and a dog and Martin grew up with two dogs. Katelyn already had two cats named Micah and Pig when she met Martin and while he had never lived with cats before, he quickly grew to love those two orange tabby cats. They are very spoiled and love to play with sparkle balls. They even have their own Christmas stockings.
After living together for a while, we decided the time was right to add a dog into our family and determined that a Bernese Mountain Dog was a perfect fit. They are a big, cuddly, low energy breed, and are wonderful with kids. In 2015, we brought home nine week old Kiva and we soon realized that she would be even happier with a companion to play with. In 2016, another Bernese Mountain Dog pup joined the family, this time a male named Cairo. Kiva and Cairo regularly travel with us.
All of our pets are wonderful with kids. The neighborhood kids even ask if Kiva and Cairo can come out and play with them. We cannot wait to watch our child snuggle up with Micah and Pig and play with Kiva and Cairo in the backyard.
Our Extended Families
We are so lucky to have incredibly supportive families. Martin is originally from Denmark and when his family came to the United States, they settled in Atlanta. His parents have now retired to southern Florida and his brother continues to live and work in Atlanta. When the winters get cold here in Wisconsin, it sure is nice to visit his family down south. Martin's family has many wonderful traditions. When Katelyn first met Martin's family, she was introduced to the Danish tradition of "smorrebrod", which is basically many small different types of sandwiches that the family enjoys over a period of several hours. We plan on doing the same with our child as soon as he or she is old enough.
Most of Katelyn's family is right here in Wisconsin. Katelyn is very close to her sisters who live a half hour away and an hour away respectively. She sees her sisters at least twice a month and Martin especially enjoys challenging Katelyn's sisters to a board game. Katelyn's dad also lives nearby and is a huge Packer fan (one of many things he has in common with Martin). When Katelyn's mom comes to visit from her home in South Carolina, the whole family gets together to make delicious dinners and talk late into the night.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a wonderful, mid-sized community right on Lake Michigan. Our home is only four minutes away from the lakeshore.
Our house has three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, an office, and an open concept kitchen/living room. We also have a large finished basement with a walk out, which will be perfect on those occasions when our child wants to play in the backyard. Part of our basement has a home theater and we plan to make the other section into a large playroom.
Our home is in a newer subdivision that is full of young families. The neighborhood kids are always playing together, whether they are sledding on the small hill in our backyard or catching frogs in the pond nearby. The neighborhood has an annual party on the 4th of July when the road in front of our house shuts down for games of four square, and at night all the families bring out lawn chairs to watch fireworks. It is an amazing place to live and our child will be able to enjoy lots of activities outdoors.
From Us to You
We thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us as a couple. We know that the choice in front of you is so challenging. Your goal is to find a perfect home for your baby and you are likely looking through pictures and brochures of countless couples. We also know that the decision you are facing is one that requires an immense amount of sacrifice, a sacrifice that most people cannot dream of. However, we can both assure you from the bottom of our hearts that if you choose us, your child will be loved unconditionally, your child will live in a stable and financially supportive environment, and your child will always know about the selfless decision you made when you decided that adoption was right for you and your baby.
We have been together since 2012 and have known right from the get go that we were a "forever" couple. We started talking about marriage that first year. Our first several years as a couple were filled with fun and adventure. We traveled to other countries, bought our first home together, and got first pup Kiva. Our wedding day was one of the happiest moments of our lives because it solidified us as a family. Of course, like many married couples, we assumed that pregnancy would happen quickly. Unfortunately, after years of trying and several infertility treatments, we learned we cannot have children biologically. However, our goal was not simply to get pregnant, but to be parents and love and cherish our baby. We know we can do that through adoption and we hope you will give us that opportunity.
We both come from wonderful families and everyone is excited about the addition to our family. Our parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins all know about our adoption journey and cannot wait for us to become parents. If you choose us, your child will not only be adopted into a loving and stable home, he or she will also have aunts and uncles and grandparents that cannot wait to dote on him or her. Your child will always have a support system that is much larger than our immediate family as we have numerous family members nearby.
Your child will always know about his or her birth story. We will share whatever details you are comfortable with us telling him or her while also respecting your privacy. We are happy to send letters and pictures so you can see your child grow, if you would like. We will also share with you in those letters the important milestones in your child's life so you see his or her development.
We know that the next few months will be very challenging for you. However, be assured that if you choose us to adopt your child, he or she will be provided with a warm loving home full of snuggly pets, travel opportunities, outdoor activities in all four seasons, a great extended family, and an excellent education. Most importantly however, we will love that baby with all our hearts.
Martin & Katelyn
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