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Drew & Amy
Thank you for viewing our profile and considering us as a potential adoptive family. We feel life is a grand adventure and have enjoyed every minute of being parents. We strive to provide a supportive environment that encourages curiosity and creativity. We are excited to have the opportunity to adopt another child and grow to a family of four!
Adoption in Our Lives
Over two years ago, adoption made our dream of a family a reality when our son joined our family! He fills our hearts with more love and joy than we could have ever imagined, but there is plenty of room in our hearts for even more. Watching him grow and develop into his own person is so rewarding, and we know he's going to be an amazing big brother. We are grateful to our son's birth mother and always speak of her with respect. We talk openly about adoption in our family, like reading a book we created for him that tells the story of his journey home. We are blessed to be surrounded by neighbors and friends who have also adopted, helping to make adoption another special way that families come together.
Our Leisure Time
We believe that working hard and playing hard are equally important! Whether it is summer or winter, we are always active as a family. We enjoy hiking in the park close to our home. In the summer, we enjoy swimming, kayaking, riding our bikes, and going to baseball games. Breaking out the grill, inflating toddler pools, and having our friends over is a typical summer day for our family! In the winter, we like playing in the snow, sledding, and watching football games with our friends. We've had the good fortune of traveling as a family – exploring big cities, enjoying food, and learning about the local history (Drew is a historian, after all). We also love to scuba dive, fish, and play on the beach. All that play is balanced with downtime like reading books, listening to music, and cooking. It has been so much fun sharing all of our favorite activities with our son and learning some new favorites from him, like learning all about construction trucks and how to do the Tooty-Ta dance.
Our Promise to You
We promise your child will be our priority. We feel our role is to first and foremost love the child. With that love, comes the responsibility of raising them to have personal integrity and be a good member of the community. We both grew up in Midwestern Christian families and strive to be good role models. We will create a warm environment that nurtures personal growth and development. We will teach your child the rewards of work and the joy of play. We promise to provide them with a stable home and give them every opportunity to be happy and healthy. We both have enjoyed formal education and will provide your child with educational opportunities that will support their individual gifts and talents, along with encouraging their freedom of expression and thought. We also believe that learning through experience and trial and error is of great value for personal development.
Our House and Neighborhood
We share our home with our son and two-kid-friendly dogs. We love living in our community! We live in a diverse city neighborhood that is inclusive and caring. It is a great place to raise a family. Within a few blocks from our home is a playground with a spray park, a fire station, and a large urban park with hiking trails. We have neighbors with chickens we visit and feed spinach to. We love taking walks in the neighborhood and strolling down what we like to call "Ladybug Lane" to see if our neighbors have added any more ladybugs along their sidewalk. What makes our neighborhood really special is the people. When we walk, we always talk with our neighbors to teach our son that he is part of the community. Several neighbors have become an extension of our own family. We all look out for each other.
Our home has four bedrooms, a playroom, and a fenced-in backyard. With help from our friends, we renovated the kitchen and painted every wall in the house. Drew enjoys planting a vegetable garden in the summer. Amy really gets into decorating the house for the holidays. Our fenced in backyard is a toddler wonderland with a sandbox, slides, Tonka trucks, and a soccer net.
Our Extended Families
Our families were over the moon when our son joined our lives through adoption. Drew's parents were excited for another grandchild, and Amy's family loves having their first nephew. We are close with our families, and whether it's getting together for the holidays or birthdays, we enjoy fun activities all year round. We are constantly texting pictures of that day's adventure and FaceTime every week. We are fortunate that Amy's sister lives just a few houses down from us. We are grateful that our son can have a special bond with his Aunt.
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 learning more about us will give you peace as you consider an adoptive family for your child.
We have been together for over 18 years and married for over 12 years. We first met working in community activism. Our desire for social justice, admiration for a strong work ethic, and enjoyment of life attracted us to each other. We've lived in various parts of the country before settling back down 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 people is very satisfying to her. Both of our jobs are flexible and we work from home often, allowing for a good work-life balance.
We tried to have children for many years unsuccessfully. We witnessed many couples in our community and church family joyfully expand their family through adoption, so we gladly opened our hearts to it. And so glad that we did! Adoption made our dream of a family a reality. Our son joined our family two years ago, and now we are so grateful for the opportunity to expand to a family of four.
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 talents, 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 our children the rewards of hard 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 to be happy and healthy. With the overwhelming support of our family and friends, your child will be surrounded by love.
Family history is very important to us. We're happy to share your history. 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 you have made for your child, and we promise you that you will always be spoken of highly in our house. Your child will know how much you love them.
Drew & Amy