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George & Amanda
We are a fun and active family ready to love a new child and sibling. We know that you will make the best choice for your child and wish you clarity in this big decision. You are clearly brave, and we are so grateful that you are considering adoption and considering our family for your child.
Why We Chose Adoption
Before we got married, we discussed our family plan extensively, which was to have three children. After Amanda gave birth to Madeleine and Elliott and had lingering complications, we debated whether or not we wanted to have the third child we always envisioned in our family. After soul searching, both individually and as a couple, we have both reached the conclusion that our family is not complete.
Every step in pursuing adoption brings us more peace as it has quickly become clear that adoption is the path our family is meant to take. We thought our older children would be good siblings, and, when we told them that we’re planning to adopt, their immediate outpouring of love confirmed our suspicion. Each day, we are more convinced - deep within - that we’ve made the right decision building our family through adoption. We hope that you can find that same peace in your decision.
We look forward to making adoption a part of our family’s story forever, connecting with the birth mother meant to join our family, and being able to welcome this child to our family.
We live an active, healthy, comfortable lifestyle, blending activities for the whole family with space for everybody to thrive individually. We believe in moderation and enjoyment of the little pleasures in life.
Our day-to-day is fairly simple and oriented around our family unit. During the academic year, Amanda takes the kids to school, manages the household, volunteers in the community while the kids are in school, and is home with the kids every afternoon. During the summer, Amanda and the kids spend their days exploring parks and seasonal activities, enjoying our backyard together, and meeting up with friends. George sets his own work hours so that he can be home pretty early. We end nearly every day together as a family: we eat dinner together, get the kids ready for bed together, and read stories before tucking the kids into bed with cuddles and kisses.
On weekends, we spend time being physically active, whether running, hiking, swimming, or checking out a local park. We often meet up with friends and take advantage of nearby events, like family concerts at the symphony, baseball games, and pumpkin patches.
We are privileged to be able to travel together as a family, whether to visit family or to explore new places. We love to share our adventurous spirits with our children, and one of our favorite places to do that is Hawaii, where we enjoy boogie boarding, paddleboarding, and snorkeling with the kids. We also enjoy hosting friends and family who visit from other parts of the country and across the world.
Madeleine & Elliott
Madeleine is a fun and spunky, caring and attentive little girl. She loves to take on physical challenges like the monkey bars, racing other kids on the playground, and learning to ski. She is often found playing “take a trip” or “restaurant,” caring for her babies (her dolls and stuffed animals), dressing up in old Halloween costumes, or drawing buildings and families on big pieces of paper. Though she is independent, Madeleine is the stereotypical protective big sister.
Elliott is hilarious and sensitive with strong opinions and plenty of words to share them. He loves books and has been known to hand one to any adult who dares sit down near him. If a book isn’t in his hands, then he is either playing with some form of car or truck or carrying around his beloved Mouse, to whom he is an excellent father. Elliott has quite a sense of humor for a preschooler, and his dramatic facial expressions sometimes make it hard to keep a straight face.
While Madeleine and Elliott share some interests with us, we also try to recognize their individual personalities. For example, Elliott loves vehicles, so Amanda sometimes takes Elliott on a bus downtown to grab a snack while watching a busy bus stop and post office truck depot. We make one-on-one time a reality on a regular basis to build individual relationships with us and a strong, healthy sibling relationship free of competition. We look forward to adding a third child and third personality to this mix.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our family lives in a wooded and equestrian-friendly suburban neighborhood, within walking distance to playgrounds, the local highly-rated elementary school, and a forested state park. The state park is the ideal place for trail running and taking family hikes. We are a 10-minute drive from most amenities, including a fitness facility that we all enjoy for its pool, workout facilities, play spaces, and family-oriented events like the Halloween party with bounce houses and face-painting.
When we chose our home, we wanted bedrooms for three children and a guest room for visiting family and friends. In addition to the five bedrooms, we have a spacious kitchen where we enjoy making meals together. The children have a stool that allows them to safely access the countertops and participate in washing, mixing, and the like. We eat dinner together in the kitchen nearly every night. We also spend a lot of time as a family in the den, which functions as both a play space for the family and a crafting space for Amanda to design and sew quilts and encourage the kids' creativity.
Perhaps our home's best feature is its outdoor space. Year around, we spend a lot of time playing and eating on the large deck. The children love climbing and pretending on the play structure, rolling down the small hills in the yard, climbing small trees, exploring big trees, and digging for earthworms. We love our home and neighborhood, and we can't wait to bring a new child home to enjoy them!
Our Extended Families
We are fortunate to have two families. Our biological families live in New Zealand (where George grew up) and rural Ohio (where Amanda grew up). We love traveling as a family to spend extended time with George's parents, brother and sister-in-law, and extended family. Amanda's mother regularly visits us and sometimes vacations with us. When we can't be with our families, we stay in touch through text messages and video chatting.
We've also developed a chosen family of our close friends who live nearby. These friends are part of our daily lives and are like aunts, uncles, and cousins to our kids. We have regular family dinners, game nights, and sleepovers. We go on adventures around town (sledding, pumpkin patch, ferry rides, beach days) and take vacations together. We love to celebrate holidays and cook for each other.
Our families, both by birth and by choice, were instantly delighted to learn that we're adding a new member to our family and cannot wait to welcome this child with loving arms.
From Us to You
Faced with a most difficult decision, you are showing your bravery and wisdom and the ultimate love for your child. We admire you for considering adoption. We are grateful for you and for your consideration of our family.
George grew up in New Zealand and spent his post-university years in London before settling in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Amanda grew up in rural Ohio and briefly lived in California before falling in love with western Washington's gentle green seasons. We now consider this our home.
Our shared story goes back more than a decade when we met on our daily bus commute. After a month of casual conversations, George got up the courage to ask Amanda for coffee, and we became a couple shortly after that. Three summers later, we got married in a small ceremony in a park overlooking Seattle, surrounded by our closest family and friends from around the globe.
The Pacific Northwest is where we choose to raise our family, which includes Madeleine and Elliott. We each have one brother and have long felt that we'd like our children to be part of a larger sibling group. In fact, when we found out that our son was on the way, we were relieved that he was a boy because we knew our third would always know he or she was wanted as an individual, regardless of gender. This has never been more true than now on our adoption journey: this child is wanted and loved.
As a family, we choose to live a simple but exciting life. George has a successful career in high tech, but he has established firm boundaries that mean he's home well before dinner every night of the week. Amanda takes the kids to Montessori School each morning and spends afternoons with them each day. During the summer, the kids are home with Amanda full time. We make it a priority to eat dinner together each night, and we often work together to prepare the meal. During the summer, Amanda and the kids visit the farmer's market each week to pick out tasty food. Our evenings are typically low-key, and the kids' days always end with bedtime stories and cuddles.
We live and model an active and healthy lifestyle. Both parents run and swim most weekends, often having the kids join for some part of it. When we have competitive events, the kids love to participate in short kid races and finish the race with us or cheer us on along the way. We regularly get out for family hikes on the forested trails near our house or spend time playing in our yard or at a local park. Throughout the year, we get together with friends and frequently to do seasonal activities like going to the pumpkin patch, sledding, or picking blueberries. We also love traveling as a family, whether it's to New Zealand to see family, to Hawaii to play on the beach, to Canada to ski/snowboard, or to a nearby town to support a member of the family competing in an event.
Many of the routines our family holds dear, like nightly family dinners and bedtime stories, have been in place for as long as we've had children in our home. We take joy in creating a stable home environment for our children to grow, have fun, make mistakes, learn, and grow into their full potential as individuals.
We chose adoption to complete our family after Amanda experienced pregnancy complications that make further pregnancies unlikely. We look forward to making a connection with the right person - not just the baby but you - to make our family complete. We look forward to sharing photos, letters, and emails about your child's life and bringing you peace of mind about your loving decision. We are always open to your questions and curiosities. We hope this letter and our profile will help you begin to know whether you are the best fit to complete our family.
George & Amanda
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