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Tyler & Danielle
We have dreamt for so many years of enriching our lives through parenthood and we can't thank you enough for taking time to read our profile. Adoption is providing us with a priceless opportunity to expand our family, to share our love and to begin a journey that will forever connect us in an amazing and unique way.
What It Means to Become Parents
To be a parent means having our own family and passing on the values and love that was given to us by our parents. The parts of parenting that we expect to like most is helping them discover their own talents and gifts, while sharing our morals, quirks, and zest for life. We look forward to appreciating the little things and living in the moment. We look forward to sharing our love of Disney, Star Wars and other fandoms that complement our nerdy lifestyle. We look forward to family time, playing games, summer vacations, and making memories. We look forward to creating a home where the first priority is family and where everything else just gracefully falls into place.
While we are both Caucasian, some of our closest friends are bilingual and of different races, and we have been blessed to experience and learn about our cultural similarities and differences. If we were given the opportunity to raise a child of a different race, we would approach it in the same manner that we have with our friends. We would explore the rich traditions of their culture, seek out assistance or read material about differences that we may not know about and look forward to opportunities to celebrate their race. We are lucky to live near larger cities that host cultural events and festivals that allow for us to explore different cultures through food, dance, music and art.
Our Leisure Time
In our leisure time, we most enjoy spending time with each other and our family and friends. A usual evening for us consists of us spending time at home snuggling with each other on the couch, watching our favorite movies or TV shows, playing video games, or running around town, enjoying the community that we live in. Most weekends, we enjoy spending time with family and friends, whether that involves us taking a long weekend trip to visit our parents, getting together with friends to host a watch party for our favorite sporting event, enjoying a night of playing cards or board games, or enjoying the outdoors together. Lastly, whenever we get the chance, we really enjoying spending our time on longer vacations traveling, having new and exciting experiences, and really relaxing and enjoying our time. For us, that could mean traveling back to places we know we will enjoy, like Walt Disney World, visiting places to see family and friends that live further away, like Virginia, or setting out to experience a new location, like the mountains of Montana, the beaches of Alabama, or the culture and history of Washington D.C., Chicago, or San Antonio.
Our Family Traditions
With both of us being from larger extended families, family traditions have been a part of our life ever since we were little, and is something that we still embrace in our lives today.
Every year, regardless of our schedules, we always make a point to see our immediate families during the holidays, and whenever possible, try to make sure that we can be a part of our extended family get-togethers. It's important to us to always take advantage of the chance to spend time with our aunts, uncles, and cousins, in addition to our immediate family, because we grew up with them all being such an important and impactful part of our lives.
Tyler's extended family lives fairly close to each other, so during his holiday gatherings it is always a tradition for the godparents to give gifts to their godchildren. The role of the godparent has been a religious and family tradition that has enriched both of our lives and we want to continue this tradition with our child.
Additionally, we have continued the tradition of family vacations with both of our families, always trying to take a week every year, where we get to travel and go on an adventure with our parents and our siblings, like we did when we were kids. Sometimes, we may travel with Danielle's parents from Kansas to Virginia to spend the week with her siblings there, enjoying the natural beauty and history, or we may meet up with Tyler's family in Missouri and cram into a large van to carpool to places like Tennessee, Arkansas, or Mississippi, trying to see and do something new.
Our House and Neighborhood
When we chose to buy our first house and move into this community, it was mostly in part to the positive experiences Danielle has had as a teacher for the local school district. We quickly discovered the charm of living in a small town in Kansas that boasts only having one stop light, even though we are home to an older university and a huge annual arts & crafts festival. While this town is full of rich history, we also enjoy the amazing walking paths, swimming pool, visiting our local bakery, and being a short distance to larger towns that give us access to anything we need for a date night, trivia night with friends, or infinite shopping locations. We enjoy supporting our friends and their children through recreational opportunities, which has opened our eyes to how many young families are in our community.
Our house is considered a California split with 4 bedrooms, which gives us a great space for family gatherings, as well as room to bring in a little one. One of our favorite rooms in our house is our basement, the location of our game table and a hub for displaying our memorabilia from our travels and intense movie collection. We love hosting movie nights, watch parties for our favorite TV shows and sporting events, and sharing our love of cinema and sports while relaxing on the sectional couch.
Our Extended Families
While our parents come from very large families, we grew up in small Midwestern families. Tyler is the youngest with one older brother and Danielle is the middle child with an older sister and younger brother. Our parents don't live in the same city as us, but are close enough that we are able to see them 4 - 5 times throughout the year on short weekend trips. We look forward to our annual gatherings around the holidays and summer vacations. A beautiful tradition that our families share are a love for board games and playing cards. Family gatherings often consist of several great games of 10-point Pitch, Rummy, Phase 10, Dominoes and/or Settlers of Catan. Owning several decks of cards is a family staple. When we told our families that we were going to adopt a child, they were beyond excited. They can't wait to add a new family member into our energetic family gatherings!
From Us to You
Our names are Tyler and Danielle. Including all of our time dating and married combined, we have been together for over 14 years. Our time together has included buying our first home, working hard in our professions, investing in our relationship, and setting forth on our journey of starting a family of our own. While attempts to conceive on our own have been unsuccessful, we haven't given up on our dream to become parents. This is where your story and our story have come together.
Tyler has a Master of Architecture degree, and has worked at doing freelance residential architecture for over 10 years, working with builders to help families design and plan their dream homes. Additionally, he has worked for Walmart for over 17 years, and currently works in a role in facility management, where he enjoys getting to work with and supervise a wonderful team of associates, as well as getting the opportunity to help be a community partner, working with local schools and charitable organizations. In his free time, he enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and hanging out with friends.
Danielle has a Master of Arts in Education degree, and has taught high school math for over 11 years, getting to help develop and shape the minds of future generations. As a teacher, she has had the opportunity to be actively engaged with many school and community activities, including being a sponsor for student council, coaching junior high and club volleyball, helping with after school tutoring programs, and regularly helping with various other school activities, from being a school dance chaperone to being a bookkeeper at sporting events. One major perk of being a teacher is summers off where Danielle will be able to spend unlimited amounts of time with your child, going to the pool, taking in local events, visiting the library and enjoying walks around the neighborhood. She also can't wait to use her teaching skills at home to create an atmosphere that fosters an excitement for learning and provides a support system for future homework and struggles, especially in math. In her free time, she cantors and sings in the church choir, trains for half-marathons, and enjoys reading and participating in a book club.
The emotions that have brought us all to this point are very real. While we can't imagine what you are feeling at this moment, we can tell you that our journey to parenthood resulted in us experiencing some of the most difficult emotions that we have had to face together. The journey of bringing a life into this world can be a difficult one, and to experience loss through miscarriage, we were presented with a tough struggle between wanting to keep trying, but also wanting to shield ourselves from additional pain and hurt. Ultimately, we decided that the life changing adventure of becoming a parent and being able to raise a child was still a possibility through adoption, and recognize that this hinges on our paths intertwining.
This opportunity holds with it is some very large stakes that we take very seriously. We are excited about an open adoption, because it allows us to live out our dream of parenthood, while providing for a unique extended family that includes you. We can't wait to send pictures and letters that share with you all of the milestones, the birthdays, and the achievements that your child will have. We also feel that it is important that your child knows your history and how much we respect and appreciate you for making the decision that will have allowed us to be a part of their life.
We are very excited about having the opportunity to finally become parents and can't express enough to you our gratitude for you taking the time to find out more about us, who we are, where we have been, and the future that we could provide for your child.
Tyler & Danielle
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