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Greg & Dialee
We admire your love and courage in considering adoption. We are thrilled that you are reviewing our profile and considering us to provide a loving home to your child. Adoption has touched our lives through friends, family and Greg having been gifted life through adoption. We vow to provide your child with unconditional love, endless support, guidance, and laughter. We wish you encouragement and love throughout your journey as you will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has impacted our family in the most personal way possible, in that Greg himself was given the gift of adoption by his birth mother when he was first born. He was showered with love by his adopting family, and we look forward to doing the same when we are chosen. Greg has always known that he was adopted, it was something his parents discussed with him from an early age. Adoption at that time was significantly different, as closed adoptions were the norm, so there wasn't as much information to share, but he knew that he was given the greatest gift by his birth mother, who loved him so much that she realized that she was not in a place where she could take care of him.
This is the same story that we would look to share with a child that we are able to bring into our lives, how the child's birth mother had such amazing strength and an unconditional love that she chose to put her child first and ensure they have the life she always imagined for them. They would see that, in our lives, we are surrounded by those that we consider to be family. Some of them we share blood with, but many of them we do not; blood doesn't make some family, love does.
What It Means to Become Parents
We both came from families that were very involved in all of our activities, from Greg's dad coaching his little league and soccer teams despite not knowing a ton about the sports, to Dialee's parents and grandparents not missing a single gymnastics competition or awards ceremony. This has definitely left its mark on us, and we firmly believe that is one of the most important things a parent can do, you have to be there and be present for your child.
We cannot wait to start forming memories with our child, whether it's something as simple as being there for bath time every night to taking vacations and introducing them to the wonders this world has to offer. Living in Florida, we want to take them to Disney World. This will give us the chance to see Disney through a child's eyes, as everything is new to them, and there is a touch of magic in everything there. But most of all, we are looking forward to everyday life with our child: changing diapers, teaching them to read, helping with homework, attending dance recitals... We are looking forward to being a part of every aspect of our child's life.
We are both very inquisitive and love learning about other cultures and points of view. Should we be placed with a child with a different ethnic background than ours, we would be extremely excited to begin learning about the child's cultural heritage and ensuring that they always have a sense of self. For instance, if the child was from a Latin background, we would look forward to learning Spanish and trying to keep the child connected to their heritage. We love trying new dishes in the kitchen and would welcome the opportunity to branch out and learn about another culture's cuisine. We would do everything we could to ensure that the child was able to retain a piece of that part of their life, while still making them a part of our everyday life.
Our Extended Families
We both are very close to each of our respective families. Greg's family lives in Cincinnati, but Dialee's family lives just 30 minutes away. We typically get together with Dialee's family at least once a month, and Dialee will frequently spend a Saturday hanging out with her sister and/or mom. When we get together with Dialee's family, we typically gather at our house and Greg will cook something or make something on his smoker. We have recently enjoyed playing a game called Heads Up, which is a great way to get the entire family involved! There aren't any kids in Dialee's family to this point, but they are thrilled about this wonderful addition!
While Greg's family does live 900 miles away, he talks to them at least on a weekly basis, and visits his parents multiple times a year. His parents vacation every year in Siesta Key, which is a short drive for us. We've developed a tradition of getting both families together on these occasions for a beach cookout, which is always a great time! Greg has spent a lot of time with his nephew, Zak, throughout his life. They have gone to dozens of college football and basketball games together over the past 12 years, which Greg has absolutely cherished. Even living so far away, they remain in close contact and text frequently. Greg's parents have been extremely supportive of the adoption plan, as they went through it themselves with both Greg and his sister.
Our House and Neighborhood
We have lived in Florida for close to three years now, and we live in a small, quiet gated community. The community is a diverse mix of families with young kids and some who are a bit older, but it's extremely family friendly. We see our neighbors going for bike rides with their kids and can truly envision doing the same with our future child. Our house was built in the last 20 years, and it has four bedrooms, an office, a pool and a game room (Greg's favorite part of the house!) In the game room, Greg has multiple TVs along with a lot of sports memorabilia, he loves watching football and basketball, and playing video games when a game isn't on.
Dialee takes a lot of pride in decorating our home and is very talented in making it look like a model home while still making it feel "homey". Greg does the yard work himself and enjoys mowing the lawn every weekend during the spring and summer, and taking care of the pool. That's right, we have a fantastic pool, which we can envision having pool parties with our child's friends. In addition, we belong to a country club where the child could learn to play tennis, partake in summer activities, and meet even more kids. We look forward to providing an enriching environment in which we can raise a ch
From Us to You
Hello, our names are Dialee and Greg. We met over 13 years ago through a mutual company we both worked for at that time and shortly after began dating and have been together ever since. We got married 9 years into our relationship, and would love to share our lives with a little bundle of joy.
We are thrilled that you are reviewing our profile and considering us to provide a loving home to your child. We're also feeling a bit of nerves, as I'm sure you are as well. We admire your love and courage in considering adoption as the most precious gift your child will receive. Adoption has touched our lives in many ways, whether it's through friends and family who have adopted, but especially in the fact that Greg himself was given the same gift of adoption when he was born.
We share a great partnership filled with honesty, love and trust in one another. Greg is compassionate, intelligent, patient, and the most level headed person one could hope to meet. Dialee is an incredibly driven, organized and independent woman, while also being loyal and protective towards those she cares about. Our personalities complement each other perfectly. We enjoy eating dinner together throughout the week with our most favorite being pizza Friday. During the weekends we enjoy going out to dinner, spending time with family, friends and our fur babies.
We live in a quiet, diverse neighborhood filled with wonderful neighbors and their children of all ages. The area lends itself to nearby parks, restaurants, shopping, beaches, and even a farm right down the street. It's such a nice combination of feeling tucked away while still being close to all of the various activities that Tampa Bay can offer. Our neighbors' children are always outside riding bikes, going for walks, and running around, and we can't wait to create those memories ourselves in the future.
Selecting the journey of adoption was a natural choice for us, as Greg was adopted and grew up knowing that it was part of his story. Knowing that his biological parents loved him so much that they wanted to offer him the best life possible was the biggest gift and blessing to him, and he remains thankful to this day. Dialee has always felt an indescribable feeling that adoption was her path to creating a family. This child will be the first grandchild and niece or nephew on Dialee's family's side, and second grandchild on Greg's family, so there will be an abundance of love bestowed on that child. We are both so excited to become parents, and our friends and family all joke with us that it's about time, since we've been together for over a decade. This child will become the absolute center of our world, with all the love and support that goes along with it.
We will always share with him/her how your story met the page where ours would begin. They will always know and understand how much you love them and the difficult decision you face. We are committed to working together to create the positive and healthy relationship you envision for him/her. If you would like, we would be more than happy to share updates on his/her growth through photos, letters, and emails.
If you were to select us as your child's adoptive parents, know that we would provide unconditional love, endless support, guidance, and laughter. We wish you encouragement and love throughout your journey as you will forever hold a special place in our hearts and family. We hope you feel we would provide the best home for your precious baby.
Greg & Dialee
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