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Zach & Sarah
Our role as parents is one of the greatest privileges we have in this life. For us, being a great parent means modeling how to love and respect each other. It means showing our kids how to work hard, accept responsibility, forgive, and help others. We are so excited to see how our family will grow through adoption. We believe adoption is a blessing and hope that you will join us on this journey.
Adoption in Our Lives
We are not a family that always knew adoption was for us. We struggled with infertility for several years trying to start a family. In 2015, we began serving with a program through our church, which was the beginning of a powerful journey that allowed us to adopt our first child, Ian.
We met Ian when he was two weeks old and instantly fell in love with him. Ian's adoption was finalized shortly after his first birthday, and we cannot imagine life without him. Although we haven't had any contact with Ian's birth family, we are hopeful for that possibility in the future. We are saving pictures and letters for his birth mom to share the story of his life with her when she is ready.
God has planted the seeds of adoption in both of us, and we can't wait to share our love with another child. We feel incredibly blessed to have Ian in our lives and are very excited to be expanding our family though adoption again!
Our Leisure Time
We soak up every minute of time together as a family! Whether we are relaxing around our home, out and about in the community, on the road or in the air to find adventure, we love having fun and exploring together. We enjoy being active; going for bike rides, walks with our dogs, splashing in community pools, and chasing Ian around the park. We also look forward to pizza and a movie nights, snuggling on the couch, and curling up with a good book.
Just a quick two-hour drive from home brings us to Sarah's grandparent's lake house. Nestled in a quiet, country town on a small lake in Michigan, this is a perfect place for us to enjoy family time! The house holds countless childhood memories for Sarah, and allows our family to get away and unplug. We love heading to Michigan for weekend trips, and also look forward to apple fests in the fall, and extended family visits during the summer. Our days in Michigan are filled with water sports (tubing and skiing), boating, fishing, building sand castles, swimming, walks around the lake, and tons of yummy food (sledding and playing in the snow in the winter)! At night, we all sit around the table after dinner telling stories and playing board games and card games. Sometimes we have a bonfire on the beach and roast marshmallows, or bring a tent to sleep under the stars. We're so excited to make these memories with another child!
Our Life Priorities
As a family, our values guide our decisions every day: Love God, love people, use our gifts to help others, pursue our passions, celebrate life, and always remain faithful to our family and friends. We highly value family! We are eager to raise our children to live by these same values and to grow up to be thriving adults who can bring change to our world. We hope to instill in our children a desire to help and care for one another. We will always work hard to provide them opportunities to experience life to the fullest! We love to travel and explore this world as a family; going to our favorite destinations and finding new ones. We don't value things. It doesn't matter if we have the biggest TV, the coolest gadgets, or the fanciest car. What's important is the time we spend together as a family, laughing and growing together, and helping our world become a better place.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is a fun place to be! There is always something new and exciting happening; blanket forts in the family room, art projects at the dining room table, racetracks all around the house, digging up treasure in the sandbox, spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen.
We live two blocks away from a park which includes a playground, recreation facility, sand volleyball court, picnic area, pond and walking path. There's also a hill that's perfect for sledding in the winter. Our son Ian is the neighborhood celebrity as he cruises down the sidewalk in his power wheels truck and waves to everyone he sees.
We love our community. We live two blocks from the train station. A fun train ride allows us to take advantage of great activities like zoos, museums, and shows downtown while still enjoying a quaint community with wonderful neighborhoods. The elementary school is just three blocks away from our home, which means our neighborhood is filled with other young families just like ours.
Our Extended Families
Family is very important to us! We get together with our extended family and friends on a regular basis and cherish our time with them.
Our parents are eager to be involved in the lives of their grandchildren and take great interest in caring for them in a way only grandparents can.
Our siblings are also raising young families which gives us the fun privilege of coming together to share these experiences and for our children to play, grow, and learn with their cousins. Since much of our extended family lives nearby, we are fortunate to spend time together so often. Our children will have memories of holidays together, special visits and outings, and sleepovers with cousins and grandparents.
We also have close family out of state, with Zach's mom in Arizona, which means fun weekend trips to warm weather, especially when it's cold here! She is a flight attendant and loves coming to visit us, too, and sends postcards when she is flying for us to read together as a family.
Our family and friends are all so excited and supportive of our adoption plan. They cannot wait to be a part of the child's life, and look forward to a bundle of joy to spoil with lots of love, hugs and kisses!
From Us to You
We met during the summer of 2000 when we were in junior high school. Zach was living in Arizona at the time, and Sarah was in Illinois. Zach would fly to Illinois to visit his family every summer and during school breaks. He always made it a point to call Sarah, and at the very least, stop by for a quick visit. We stayed best friends for 10 years and started dating shortly after Zach joined the military as a Combat Medic and was stationed in Germany. We got engaged and were married at the court house just two weeks later, before Zach deployed to Afghanistan. We spent the first year of our marriage on opposite sides of the world. After Zach returned home from deployment, Sarah moved to Germany with him. Living together in Germany for almost two years gave us the incredible opportunity to travel to many different countries and experience many different cultures.
Zach recently graduated from nursing school. He is studying for his boards and looking for a job in emergency medicine. He is passionate about helping people and is able to work very well under pressure and the stress involved with trauma and urgent situations. Currently, Zach is working as a Security Supervisor. His second-shift position allows him the opportunity to spend his mornings and afternoons at home, or taking family trips to the library, park, or zoo.
Sarah is currently a stay-at-home mom to our son, Ian. She is also a nanny and watches two children in our home during the week. Sarah loves nannying and being able to utilize her teaching degree in this unique way to guide and encourage these children to learn, explore, and celebrate life. Sarah is also a Disney vacation planner. She works from home planning all the details to create dream vacations for families, and helps to create magical memories that last a lifetime. Our jobs allow us the opportunity to use our gifts on a daily basis and interact with people who we have the privilege to influence. As our family grows, we plan to adjust our roles so that we are fully present to care for the needs of our young children.
When we met our son Ian, it seemed our hearts grew twice their normal size. We were not even aware we could love someone so much! Being adoptive parents has given us greater joy than we could ever imagine. As we are hoping for our family to grow, adoption is the obvious answer. We are so excited to welcome a baby into our family again. We believe there is great value in the gift of siblings, and we look forward to nurturing that lifelong companionship!
We are anxiously awaiting the opportunity to grow our family, and are excited to provide your baby with a loving home and a big brother. We believe that having a sibling that is also adopted will be a benefit for our children as we celebrate each of their unique adoption stories. We know that having a big brother can give a child someone to play with, learn from, and look up to.
We delight in the role you will play, whatever you choose for that to be. You are significant to us and ALWAYS will be. We welcome your continued investment in your child's life. We are happy to send email updates with pictures and stories, as well as letters with keepsakes that mark milestones in your child's life. We are also open to making arrangements for visits when the time is right. We are eager to know you and happy to work together to maintain a healthy relationship. We make this commitment to you, that we will always speak highly of you and honor you with our words and actions. You have made a brave decision and we will always respect you for your choice. Our gratitude for your strength and selflessness will be evident in our home.
Zach & Sarah
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