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Kevin & Ashton
Adoption is such an amazing gift. We have always wanted to be parents and are so excited to start the journey to becoming a family of three through adoption! We have so much love in our hearts and can't wait to share that love with a son or daughter! We greatly respect you for the choice you are thinking about making for your child, and we are so humbled and honored that you are considering allowing us to finally fulfill our dream to become "Mommy" and "Daddy."
What It Means to Become Parents
To us, becoming parents is a way to grow the love we feel for one another by including a child in that love. We have talked about our desire for children since we started dating. Once we were married, we were so excited to start that part of our lives. Due to slowly learning of our inability to have children naturally, it has taken much longer than we initially expected. However, as painful as that process was, it really made us aware of just how much we do want children and how special a gift getting to add a child to our home will be for us. Our child, whenever he or she finally gets here, will be SO. LOVED.
We are so excited to simply share our everyday lives with a child - pancakes on Saturday morning, walks to the park, bath time, stories and lullabies in the rocking chair before bed. Children are so precious and getting to have a child of our own look up at us, so trusting, and call us "Mommy" and "Daddy" is the most amazing thing we can imagine.
Our Leisure Time
One of our favorite things is spending time together. As a result, most of our leisure time activities are done as a couple. Since we live so close, we like to spend time with our families - eating dinner, watching TV, playing games, etc. Also, our best friends are married with a baby, and we all like to get together regularly for board game nights.
Every Tuesday we get together with a group of our friends from high school at a restaurant to play live trivia. It's a fun chance to hang out, catch up, and learn some new fun facts. Occasionally we even do well enough to earn some prizes!
Since we were young children we have gone to the same church every Sunday morning and youth group every Sunday night. It has been so much fun to continue to be involved in the youth group - now as volunteer leaders. We really enjoy being able to establish relationships with the kids the same way the youth leaders invested in our own lives when we were youth.
In addition to participating in various activities and hanging out with friends and family, we enjoy just spending time together at home. We like to read, play video games, and play the piano and sing. We also enjoy cooking together. It's fun to try new recipes and eat dinner together every night. When the weather is nice, we also enjoy going on walks in the evening with our dog, Leah.
Cultural diversity is around all of us. Growing up, we both had Eastern European heritage. Every new year's Kevin's family would go to his grandma's and have a meal with traditional foods like kielbasa and sauerkraut, pierogies, etc. Ashton's great-grandma would also make traditional meals for family get-togethers.
As a part of recognizing different cultures we like to go to different heritage festivals that are hosted in the area each year. We have gone to Greek, Italian, Russian, German, Mexican, etc. festivals throughout the years. Our church also periodically hosts dinners with a speaker from different countries/cultures. They have introduced us to missionaries from other countries, learned about the countries other church members have taken mission trips to, and we have even heard stories about internationally adopted church members' birth countries. It has been fun and interesting to learn about the different cultures.
Growing up, Ashton's mom would also have "Around the World" meals. Each week on summer vacation we would choose a different country/culture to learn about and would end the week with a whole meal of traditional foods from that country. That is something that we think would be fun to implement in our own family, too!
By making different cultures noticeable and easily accessible, it lets children know that every culture is interesting and unique. It makes it easy to see that everyone is different, has their own unique background, and people enjoy celebrating those differences that make us interesting.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a small town in Ohio. Both of us grew up here and can't wait to introduce a child to our hometown. Every year we go to the Main Street Festival which blocks off part of Main Street to set up food carts and booths with games/vendors for a weekend. Each summer, a fair comes to town and is set up in the high school parking lot for a week. We love to go and always get our favorite funnel cake!
We are able to connect with many families at church since it's only a block away. Our best friends have a new baby, and Ashton's older sister has young children, so we are excited to introduce this new child and watch them grow up together!
The church hosts vacation bible school each year and also has a playground that we love to walk to and play at. There is also a park nearby with a track, playground, and a pond with lots of ducks. It's a fun community tradition to stop by and feed the ducks.We love to simply spend time at home as well. Our apartment is set back in a neighborhood off the main road. Our favorite part is that each unit has its own front door with a patio and garden. We enjoy planting flowers, fruits, and vegetables every year. We also love our huge front yard! There is a whole field where we have picnics and play with our dog, Leah.
Our Extended Families
Many people move away from where they grew up. However, we love our hometown and having our families close by. Both our parents live less than 10 minutes from us. All our grandparents and siblings (except Ashton's brother in Florida) live within 2 hours.
By living so close, we are able to get together with Kevin's parents every Sunday for lunch. Each Monday we go over to Ashton's parents' house for dinner with them and her younger sister. We also have best friends from childhood who, along with their infant son, live in town and get together with us regularly.
We are so excited to introduce a child to our family traditions. We go to church every Sunday. Each Christmas morning we get up and make homemade cinnamon rolls together before opening our presents. And every year for our birthdays we get to choose where to go out for a special dinner.
Our families are so excited to add another child! When we told them our plan to adopt a baby, they were so thrilled that we are moving on to this new stage in our life and can't wait to celebrate and love this new baby!
From Us to You
First of all, let us say how grateful we are that you are considering us as the potential "mommy" and "daddy" for your child. We have so much respect for you and the choice you are thinking about making. We believe that adoption is such an amazing way to allow a family to be created that otherwise would have been impossible.
To us, adoption, at its very core, is about love. This child will always know just how many people loved them in order to make the life they will know possible. We are so passionate about making sure that he or she will know about that love. Their first family loved them so much that they wanted to choose exactly the right parents to love and raise them, and we loved them so much that we wanted more than anything to become those parents. It will have been through all of that love that we were able to find one another and become a family.
From the time we got married in June of 2015, we have wanted nothing more than to have a child. Initially, we tried to get pregnant naturally, and when we couldn't, we tried progressively stronger fertility treatments. After several unsuccessful pregnancies and heartbreak, we realized that we were spending so much time and stress on trying to get pregnant, when what we really wanted was to have a baby. The whole point of trying to get pregnant was so that at the end we would have a child, and not being able to succeed was making us miserable. We came to the realization that Ashton being pregnant might not be the only way to make that happen. Then it hit us - adoption. A part of our family was out there somewhere looking for us. We just needed to be looking back so that we could find each other. That day, we started the process to grow our family through adoption, and we are so excited to meet our child's first mom and eventually our child. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and love for you as you are considering beginning that relationship with us.
We are thrilled at the idea of sharing our lives with a child. At the same time, we want to honor you as their first parent (the person who made our family possible) by sharing with you the person he or she grows into. We are committed to sending pictures and letters that will document the amazing life we build with them as a family.
In the meantime, we can't wait to begin supporting you throughout your pregnancy with phone calls, emails, and finally meeting in person before this amazing child is born. We want you to know that while we are absolutely enthralled with the idea of becoming parents, we are also here for YOU, and we want to support you in any way we can throughout our journey together.
We have begun praying for you even before we know who you are. Your strength and love and the choice you are considering is such a gift to us. We truly respect and care for you more than you could realize. You are already such an amazing part of our family's story, and we can't wait to get to know you and our future child, if you decide to choose us.
With love and respect,
Kevin & Ashton
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