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Josh & Layne
Thank you for getting to know us by viewing our profile! We are so excited to be taking the first steps toward becoming parents, and we truly appreciate your consideration. We have been very fortunate in life, and our greatest hope is to be able to share all of our many blessings with a child.
Our Leisure Time
A typical evening for us involves relaxing on the couch watching our favorite TV shows (Grey's Anatomy for Josh, mysteries and historical stories for Layne), laughing at our cats being silly while they play and chase each other around (then they jump up to join us and cuddle). We appreciate any time we get to just be together.
We also enjoy taking advantage of everything Chicago has to offer. You'll often find us at Blackhawks games in the winter and Cubs games in the summer. Layne loves theatre, so we see as many plays and musicals as we can. We recently saw the musical Aladdin, and it would have been a joy to be there with a child. Layne also keeps an eye on which exhibits are being featured at the art and history museums so she can take them in on her days off. We've been wanting to go to the aquarium and planetarium as well, and we would love to be able to share them and all of our excursions with a child.
Travel is another of our favorite pastimes. We've seen many wonderful places together, all over the country and in different parts of the world. We especially love ski trips in the Rocky Mountains or in Michigan, and we can't wait to be able to go as a family!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Layne About Josh: Josh is my favorite person, my best friend, and the love of my life. He can be silly, and he always makes me smile. He is intelligent and a problem solver, so he's able to make things better. He is responsible and dedicated to family and our home, and he has a strong work ethic- I'm proud of how well he does his job and the fact that everyone he works with values him. He has an affinity for children that I've seen when he's with our niece and nephews. He's definitely the "fun uncle," and he's good at giving guidance in a caring and thoughtful way. All of these qualities will make him a wonderful father.
Josh About Layne: Layne is also my favorite person, best friend, and the love of my life. Her caring and compassion show both at work and at home. I am so proud of her ability to help people at her job and to continue to help people outside of work. She allows people to be themselves, always finding the good in people. She has become the favorite aunt to our niece, giving loving advice and guidance which will carry over to when she is a mother. I know Layne will be an exceptional mother because of all of these and other qualities.
We have two sweet, funny cats named Fitzgerald (Fitz) and Hemingway (Hemmie). They have brought us joy since we adopted them from a local cat rescue in March of 2017, when they were both about a year old. Neither of us had ever had our own pets, so we were excited to be able to give them a home. They have been our first foray into being "parents," in that we've been able to see how well we work together in taking care of these little guys who depend on us. Having them around has made our house even happier. Hemmie is like a full grown kitten- he is curious and playful, and he loves being around people. He'll often flop over for belly rubs or nuzzle us until we pet him. Fitz is a little more shy, but his favorite place to hang out is on Josh's lap. They are also each other's good buddies, chasing each other around, grooming each other, and cuddling when they go to sleep. They are so goofy- we're constantly laughing at all their crazy antics. Fitz and Hemmie have been a wonderful addition to our family, and they will bring lots of happiness to a child as well!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live on a quiet, tree-lined street in Chicago. The blocks around us have many lovely historic houses, so strolling in the neighborhood is a pleasure. While our street is peaceful, we are still living in the city, and we can easily walk to the grocery store, library, church, yoga studio, and a number of shops and cafes. The best part about living here is being able to walk to Lake Michigan. We ride our bikes on the lakeshore trail, and Layne loves to take a book and a picnic lunch to one of her favorite spots on the water. We often see families playing ball and building sand castles on the beaches or splashing in the waves, and we can't wait to be one of them someday!
Our nextdoor neighbors have a sweet three-year-old girl (who enjoys making the sidewalk colorful with chalk drawings) and a new baby boy who would both love to have a playmate. Our neighborhood also has a strong family organization that plans events in our local park, like puppet shows, festivals, and movies where parents and children can meet and play. The library features story times and children's activities as well. There's also a special trick-or-treating event in the fall — we're so excited to help a little one with a costume and pumpkin carving!
Our Extended Families
We're lucky to have close, supportive, fun families. We're frequently with Layne's- her parents live two hours away on a lake in Michigan, and her brother, sister-in-law, niece, nephew, and grandparents are two hours away in Indiana. The lake house has been in Layne's family for generations. We love weekends there, boating, grilling, and relaxing. We can't wait to bring a new child- he or she can jump off the raft and swim with Layne, fish for bluegill with Josh, search for turtles in the sand with cousins, and be doted on by grandparents. We spend Christmas there also, in a snowy wonderland where the house turns into a festive holiday cottage, thanks to Layne's mom's talent for decorating.
Josh's parents and older brother live in Texas, and his younger brother, sister-in-law, and nephew live in Louisiana, so we don't see them often but are happy when we can. We have a special connection to this nephew, since we're his godparents. We enjoy Thanksgiving with Josh's family. His favorite tradition is cooking the turkey with his dad (and trying to top the stuffing they made last year). Josh also has fun fishing with his dad.
A child who joins our family will gain not just parents, but extended family who are all excited to welcome and spoil the new baby. We also know that a child who isn't biologically ours will be equally adored by everyone, since Layne's niece isn't her brother's child by birth, but is a cherished grandchild just the same.
From Us to You
We want to thank you for taking the time to view our profile. We can only imagine all that you are facing, and our hearts and prayers go out to you. We are grateful that you are even considering entrusting your child to us, since we are so hoping to become parents.
We have always known that we wanted a family, and we are at the perfect place in our lives to be able to provide a wonderful home. We are blessed with close, supportive, fun families, we have each other (which is the best thing to ever happen to either of us), we are able to own a house, and we have stable careers that have provided us with enough savings to be able to cut back on hours at work and spend valuable time at home with a child.
We know that we will be good parents because we both have the best parents imaginable, and we grew up with mothers and fathers who have provided, and continue to provide us, with excellent examples of what parents should be. We are so fortunate that the homes we grew up in endowed us with unconditional love and unwavering belief that we could achieve all our dreams. We cannot wait to pass these gifts, that our parents have given to us, on to our own child.
Our parents have also gifted us with amazing examples of how to live a life of commitment to each other as a married couple and to family. We have seen how parents always put their children first, before all else. We know the sacrifices parents make for their children. We have had, and will continue to have, the best guides ever in the journey of parenting, and because of them, we know we are ready for the great joy and responsibility ahead.
We are excited to start the next stage of our life. We have been together for the past 11 years, we've been married for 7 years, and we cannot imagine being without each other. Our relationship is the rock that gives us a foundation for everything else, and we are incredibly lucky to have each other. We can't wait to welcome a child into our loving and stable home.
There are many values that we hope to incorporate in raising a child. Education has been very important in our lives, so we will focus on providing quality schooling and will be there to help in any way we can. We believe that technology has become too central in children's lives, so we will emphasize books and toys that encourage imagination. We want to share our faith in God with a child. We'd like to provide exposure to different parts of the country and new experiences, because we want to encourage open-mindedness and inclusivity, acceptance and appreciation of those who are different, and compassion for those who are less fortunate. Perhaps most importantly, we will always be there for the child, with lots of quality time spent together in our home and with our extended families, all of us supporting and cheering on his or her endeavors.
We know that you will always be an important part of your child's life. We look forward to getting to know you and the story of your life and family history so we can share them with the child. We want him or her to be able to know and understand the parts of him/herself that can only come from you, and to know that you are a loving, brave, and selfless person who your child should be proud of. We will respect your privacy, if that is your desire, but we are happy to send pictures and letters if you wish, so you can share in your child's milestones and accomplishments. You would be giving us the greatest gift imaginable, so you will always be special to us and to the child, and we will always be grateful to you.
Josh & Layne
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