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Drew & Amy
Thank you for viewing our profile and considering us as potential adoptive parents. We love our life together. We feel life is a grand adventure and would like to share our journey with a child. We look forward to loving a child and helping them discover their talents, to enjoy life, and teach them to be a good neighbor.
Our Leisure Time
We believe in working hard, but also believe that playing hard is equally as important in life! Whether it's summer or winter, we're always active. We enjoy taking our dogs, Arthur and Millie, on hikes all year round in the large park close to our home. In the summer we enjoy gardening, kayaking in the mountains an hour away from our home, riding our bikes to festivals downtown, and going to Pirates games. Breaking out the grill and having our friends over for an impromptu gathering is a regular summer occurrence. In the winter we like sledding with our friends and their kids and watching Steelers games. We have had the good fortune of traveling together across the United States and the Caribbean. Our favorite vacations include exploring big cities and learning about their history (Drew is a historian after all) and enjoying the local food. We also love to scuba dive, fish, or just relax on the beach. Drew is an avid reader, and Amy enjoys yoga. We are excited to share all these activities and more with a child.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Amy About Drew: Drew is my partner and best friend. He is my first call when I have something great to share or I need support. We encourage each other to be the best that we can be. We met working in community activism during my college years. His sense of humor, passion for helping others, and strong work ethic attracted me to him. It was evident that our love of life and shared values were a match! He is a devoted husband, son, and friend. I have no doubt that he'll be an incredible father.
Drew About Amy: I love Amy's passion and determination, her ability to successfully complete any task, but most of all how much fun she has in life. Throughout our journey, she has always been pushing me to succeed and to be a better person. She is always reminding me to appreciate every day and the large and the small moments that come with them. She is a natural leader and is the rock on which our family is built. She loves and cares for her family and friends deeply, and will be an amazing mother.
We are proud that our close friends and neighbors come from different races and cultures. We thoroughly enjoy participating in different cultural activities with our friends, such as the Hispanic celebration El Dia de Reyes (Epiphany) complete with a King cake and piñata for the kids. Drew is often part of cooking Mexican street tacos for gatherings. We have specifically sought out a neighborhood and faith community that is diverse. The student body of our local schools represents individuals from different races and nations. Many families in our church congregation have adopted children of races different than their own. Our congregation values hospitality as central to the Christian faith- "Our hearts and doors are open to all." This is at the center of our family's faith and values. It brings joy to our hearts when we imagine our child being baptized in a faith community focused on God's love.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love living in our community! It's a great place to raise a family with easy access to parks, year-round festivals, museums, a zoo, and great sports teams. We live in a diverse city neighborhood with a large urban park for hiking, running, and playing. We also live two blocks away from a water spray park that features swings, tennis courts, and a street hockey rink. Our home is also close to elementary and secondary schools.
We share our home with two, kid-friendly dogs, Arthur and Millie (litter-mates).They joined our family when they were six months old, and we take them around town with us and on vacation whenever we can.
Our home has three bedrooms, a lovely den or play area, and a fenced in backyard. With help from our friends, we renovated the kitchen and painted every wall in the house! Each summer we plant a vegetable garden in the yard. Amy really gets into decorating for Halloween and Christmas. Cars often drive past slowly just to show their kids our decorations. Arthur and Mille are usually decked out in costumes too!
Our Extended Families
Our families support us wholeheartedly in adoption. Drew's parents can't wait for another grandchild, and Amy's family is looking forward to their first niece or nephew!
We're close with our families, and whether it's getting together for the holidays or birthdays, going to Pirates Spring Training in Florida, or fishing in the ocean, we enjoy fun activities with our family all year. Amy is constantly texting pictures of whatever that day's adventure is, and Drew speaks on the phone to his family several times a week. Drew's mother is excited to read books to her grandchild at night through FaceTime. Drew's dad wants to teach his grandchild how to fish. Amy's family looks forward to sharing their love of nature and dogs.
At home, we have a strong network of close friends and neighbors with children that we get together with often to grill, make tacos, watch sports events, or celebrate each other's cultural activities. We help each other with home projects too. Our friends are an extension of our family.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to view our profile. We realize that you have a difficult decision to make. We hope that by learning more about us, it will give you peace as you consider adoption opportunities for your child.
We just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary and are very excited to expand our family through adoption. We first met working in community activism when Amy was in college and Drew had just graduated. Our desire for social justice, admiration of strong work ethic, and enjoyment of life attracted us to each other. We've lived in various parts of the country, in both urban and rural communities, before settling back in Pennsylvania.
Drew is a history professor at a Catholic university. He's happiest when he's teaching and mentoring students. Amy is in leadership for a national healthcare organization, knowing that she works in an industry that helps improve people's quality of life is very satisfying to her. We both currently have jobs that allow us to work from home several days a week.
We've tried to have children of our own for many years. When it became clear that we were not going to have children without extraordinary means, we eagerly opened our hearts to adoption. We've witnessed many couples in our community joyfully expand their family through adoption. We've openly discussed our desire to adopt with our families, friends, and work colleagues, receiving overwhelming support for our decision and blessings for a successful adoption.
We feel our role is to first and foremost love the child and we promise they will always be our priority. It is our responsibility to be good role-models and teach by example. We both have enjoyed formal education and will provide your child with educational opportunities that will support their individual gifts and talent, along with encouraging their freedom of expression and thought. We also believe that learning through experience is important for personal growth and development. We will teach your child the rewards of work and the joy of play. We will promise to provide them with a stable home and environment and give them every opportunity we can so that they are happy and healthy. With the overwhelming support of our family and friends, your child will be surrounded with love.
Family history is important to us. We're happy to share your history with your child. We are open to sharing updates through photos, letters, and emails. We will be open and honest with your child about their adoption. We admire the selfless decision that you have made for your child. You will always be spoken highly of in our house and we promise your child will know how much you love them.
Drew & Amy
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