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Greg & Jaime
Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile! We can't even imagine how hard this decision must be, but we are so grateful that you have! We are bursting with love to share and are so excited to add a little one to our family!
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has always been a part of Jaime's life. Her mom, aunt and two cousins were all adopted from Korea, so it has been a natural part of her family. Her mom grew up in a very small Iowa town where she and her sister were the only non-white children. She always talked about how that shaped her to be strong and be proud of who you are no matter what. Her mom was left as a newborn at an orphanage in Korea so there are absolutely no records of her past. We know how much it would mean to her to have just a little bit of information about her history. That's why we know how important it is for any child that comes in to our family to have that connection with any birth family he or she may have. We know the child will have questions as they grow up and we want to have as many answers as we can. We want to be open about adoption with the child and celebrate that it means there are just more people that love him or her!
Fun Facts About Us
1. We met during our freshman year of college and were engaged after four months of dating
2. Our kitchen floor is perfect for sliding around in our socks (which we often do while cooking meals)
3. Jaime has to make several dozen chocolate chip cookies at a time because friends and family always want her to send them
4. We are obsessed with corgis and have entered our dog, Perrin, in two local corgi races
5. Greg has played four instruments (piano, cello, euphonium, tuba)
6. We consider ourselves very silly and try to make each other laugh
7. Greg can watch and understand ANY sport
8. We have an extensive Disney movie collection
9. Greg can juggle
10. Jaime is half Korean
As an interracial couple addressing cultural diversity is something that we are equipped to deal with. At the same time we don't really focus on cultural differences. Every person is different even within the same culture. Also every person, no matter their cultural background, has the same potential and value as any other person.
We do believe that for minorities cultural origins can be more important and influential. We are thrilled to help our child explore those origins and figure out what they mean to them. We love learning about other cultures and viewpoints and are excited to assist our child in learning about their cultural origins.
Living in America, unfortunately there are still individuals with twisted viewpoints that see others that are different from themselves, as having less value. We will be honest with our child that there are people that think this way. However we will emphasize that this is wrong and that at times being different from everyone else provides value as that person can bring fresh viewpoints and experiences.
Our Extended Families
We feel so lucky that we live near both of our families! Greg's parents live about 2 hours away in the hometown he grew up in. Greg has two sisters. His oldest is married with 6 children! They moved to Florida a couple of years ago, but are making plans to move back to Iowa. When they do, they will live just blocks away from Greg's parents. There are 4 nieces and 2 nephews. We love spending time with them and seeing them grow in to their own personalities! Greg's younger sister currently lives a couple of hours away with her husband. It's hard to get everyone all together, but when we do its always filled with laughs and games.
We see Jaime's family more often. Her parents live only 30 minutes away in the hometown she grew up in. We have weekly Thursday night dinners and get together often to go to the zoo or local events in the area like the Iowa State Fair. Jaime has twin brothers who both live in towns an hour or so away. When we celebrate a holiday it is usually hosted at our house. There is always plenty of laughing and games going on whenever we get together. Everyone is so excited to welcome and love the child that becomes a part of our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb in the heart of Iowa. We have lived in our city for almost 10 years. We have access to a private pool (big and kiddie sizes both) and tennis and basketball courts. Our split foyer home is surrounded with walking and biking trails that have several small playgrounds along the paths to stop and play. There are children everywhere!
Our home is cozy. Our philosophy for decor is all about comfort and being functional versus always being "picture perfect." We have a 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath home. Our living room opens up to our dining room which is attached to Jaime's favorite room, the kitchen. Our living spaces are very open which is great for staying connected no matter where you are. The bedrooms are nestled together at the end of the hallway so we will always be close. Our furnished ground floor is where we access our attached garage and our back yard. It opens up to a large family room with a TV area and our piano. We live on a corner lot so our backyard is good size. We have a deck that is as long as our house where Greg enjoys grilling and we enjoy sitting out there in the evenings talking.
From Us to You
Hello, we are Greg and Jaime. We appreciate you taking the time to review our profile. We know you have a hard decision ahead of you and wish you luck in finding the right fit, whether that is us or another couple.
To tell you a little more about us, we met in college and got married two years later. We love spending time together and look forward to adding a child to our family. We enjoy spending time with our extended families and our friends, as well as with our dog, a 4-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. We enjoy sports, movies, board games, and reading.
We found out about a year ago that Greg was not able to father children. Initially this was disappointing news for us but it did not take us long to decide on our next step. We had already discussed adoption before finding out about Greg’s condition, so once we heard the news we knew it was what we were meant to do. We did not explore other options; we knew that adoption was the road that was meant for us.
We also believe that certain characteristics make us uniquely suited for adoption. Adoption has had a large impact in Jaime’s life. Her mom and aunt were both adopted from Korea. Jaime also has another aunt that adopted two girls. Jaime’s aunt that was adopted recently passed and left an inheritance for Jaime and her brothers. We thought it was very fitting for us to use that inheritance to help fund our own adoption.
We are very excited to become parents and to raise a child. One of the things that we are most excited about is just being involved in our child's interests. Greg has always been able to do a lot of things, from music, to sports, to academics, to drama, however he never stood out as exceptional at any one these things. He always wondered why that was but now believes that it's so he could be involved in the child's interests no matter what that may be. Whatever activities or interests our child may have we will be able to share in that with them and are very excited to do so. Sharing a hobby or activity with someone is one of the best ways to bond and grow close to that person. We plan to support them in whatever they choose to pursue. We can’t wait to help them pursue their passions, and be there alongside them as they grow.
Should we be selected, we are also excited to meet you, if that is something you desire. We look forward to getting to know you better and to confirm your trust in us. After the adoption we will be more than willing to continue to have a relationship with you if you chose. We will also be glad to provide updates and photos of your child, as well as in-person visits.
Again, we can’t thank you enough for considering entrusting us to be parents to your child. We wish you the best in your difficult decision and wish good health for you and your baby.
Greg & Jaime
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