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Andrew & Jennifer
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to get to know a little bit about us! We want express to you just how excited we are to become parents. We have so much love and laughter to share, and are ready to open our hearts, our home and our lives to a child. We look forward to learning more about you too, and all the hopes and dreams you have for your child's future.
Our Leisure Time
We believe that growing up doesn't mean you have to stop having fun! One of the things we bonded over when we first met was a shared love of comic books, video games, sci-fi, and superheroes, and in our leisure time we still enjoy sharing these geeky pursuits with each other. Some of our favorite memories are from trips we've taken to Disney World, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and San Diego Comic-Con. We can't wait to have a little one to share these kinds of fun adventures with. Most often though, our free time is spent simply enjoying each other's company, relaxing at home, watching TV, playing games, or doing projects around the house. Jennifer enjoys experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, taking art classes, and trying to do yoga. Andrew enjoys training in and learning about different martial arts, loves cuddling with our cat Smokey, and makes the best snickerdoodles on the block. On weekends when the weather is nice, we often go for walks at one of the many nearby parks. One of our favorites has train rides, a carousel, and even an ice cream parlor. After the park we might find a new local coffee shop or bakery to try. On Sunday mornings it's tradition to make a big breakfast together to enjoy at home in our pajamas. We love to relax and have fun, and are looking forward to having a little one to share our lives with.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Andrew About Jennifer: There are a number of things I love about Jennifer and being her husband. I have experienced and dealt with difficult relationships in the past, and am constantly grateful of the wonderful relationship I enjoy with Jennifer. Her approach to life is a positive, but measured one. While she looks at the bright side of things, she is never completely blindsided by difficulty or unexpected trouble. This, I believe, will be instrumental in her being a great mother. She will be able to love and enjoy her time with a child while, at the same time, take any difficult moments in stride. She is positive and pragmatic at the same time, which makes for a happy and constructive presence in our household. Motherhood will come naturally to her, and I can't wait to watch it blossom.
Jennifer About Andrew: Every day I am reminded in some way just how lucky I am to have such an amazing husband and partner in Andrew. I am constantly amazed at the strength of his character and his unwavering commitment to doing what is right. I admire the passion he has for his hobbies and interests, and the love and devotion he shows to his family and friends. Andrew puts others before himself, and always takes time to appreciate the small things in life. He really is proof that strong and sensitive are a great combination. Andrew is my superhero, and I know that he will be an amazing father.
We believe that a child benefits from knowing who they are and where they came from. Should you choose us to be parents to your child, we plan to be open and honest about their adoption story from the beginning, and to honor and celebrate the unique way in which they came to be part of our family. We want your child to know the enormous love you have for them in making this difficult decision, and we promise to share with them the appreciation and respect we have for you as their first family. We think that sharing children's books about adoption, and other unique ways that families are made, will be a great way to bond and open discussions in an age appropriate way. We also hope to connect with other families who have come together through adoption. We know that we may not have all the answers, but we will always do our best to support and encourage them to be confident and secure in who they are, knowing that they are loved by so many.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is a three-level townhouse in a cozy, tree-lined suburb, not far from Washington, D.C. Jennifer loves the big open kitchen which makes a great gathering place for friends and family. Just behind our backyard is a large grassy common area that's perfect for playing catch. Our neighborhood is quiet, safe, and family-friendly, with numerous playgrounds, swimming pools and parks scattered throughout. The elementary school is only a few blocks away, and many other families with young children live nearby. One of the many things we love about our community are all the wonderful family-focused events that take place throughout the year, like the annual Easter egg hunt, Halloween haunted house, summer ice cream socials, and dive-in movie nights at the neighborhood pool.
We love to spend time at home, reading out on the deck, sharing a meal at the kitchen table, or having friends over for game night. We also love living so close to our nation's capital, which is rich with culture and things to do year-round. Just a short drive or metro ride away we have access to some of the country's best museums, the National Zoo, music venues, sporting events, cultural activities, national parks, and more! Andrew grew up in the area and can't wait to share with a child some of his own favorite memories and activities from when he was little. We love living in such a diverse area, and know that it's the perfect place to raise a family.
Our Extended Families
We love spending time with our families, and many of our favorite traditions center around being together. Both of our families are extremely supportive of our plans to adopt, and look forward to welcoming a child with open arms.
Andrew's mom and sister live nearby. We enjoy having them over for dinner and movie nights, and celebrating special occasions together. Andrew credits his mom with many of the traditions we can't wait to share with a child, such as homemade cornbread for breakfast on Thanksgiving, baking gingerbread cookies at Christmas, and a lifelong love of books and reading. Andrew's mom loves quilting and crafting, and is already planning all the wonderful gifts she hopes to make for a future grandbaby.
Jennifer's family lives in Arizona, where Jennifer grew up. We enjoy taking vacations together, and look forward to spending Christmas with them every year. Jennifer's parents also have a cabin in the mountains that we love visiting with them for a chance to hike and enjoy nature. We adore spending as much time as possible with our niece, and even though we live in a different state, Jennifer's brother and sister-in-law make sure that we are part of her life through regular visits and video chats. Jennifer's parents are loving and devoted grandparents, who are so excited for another grandchild to dote on.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and learn a little bit about us! While it is impossible for us to know exactly what you are going through right now, we know that you want the best for your child, and we respect the love and courage it takes to consider adoption. We believe that whatever path you choose to take, it will be with your child's best interests at heart, and we are honored that you would consider us to be part of your journey as you face this difficult decision.
We began considering adoption after learning that it would be medically unsafe for Jennifer to carry a child, due to a genetic condition that could risk the health of both mother and baby if she were to become pregnant. While we grieved the loss of what might have been, we also know that there is more to family than genetics. We took the time to learn from the people in our lives who have been touched by adoption, both as parents and adoptees, and we truly believe that, while not an easy path, adoption can be a beautiful way to form new bonds between families, and is the right choice for us.
We are a fun-loving, down-to-earth couple who can't wait to be parents. We have been together for nine years, and married for four. Our relationship has always been filled with love and laughter, and we can't think of anything better than sharing our lives with a child. We love to be our silly, geeky selves, and look forward to sharing our favorite hobbies, traditions, passions and values with a child. We also appreciate and value diversity, and would encourage any child to explore their own activities and interests. We hope to teach them to be confident in who they are, and embrace the things that make them unique.
We are surrounded by a loving, supportive, diverse group of friends and family who can't wait to welcome a new child. Each time we visit with our niece we are reminded how excited she will be to meet her new cousin. Andrew's mom tells us about the baby books and quilts she is planning to make, and Jennifer's parents talk about how often they will be able to visit. We look forward to big family vacations, playdates with lifelong friends, laughter-filled holiday gatherings, and so many more happy memories to come. There will never be a moment where your child is not surrounded by unconditional love and support.
If you choose us to be parents to your child, we would love to share updates and pictures with you, so that you can see your child grow and thrive in a stable, loving home. We promise to always be open and honest with them about their adoption story, and ensure that your child knows how much we respect and admire your strength in making such a difficult decision out of love for them.
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We can't imagine a more difficult decision than the one you are facing, and we hope that we have the opportunity to build a lasting relationship with you that helps you feel confident in whatever choice you make. Should you choose us, we promise to always put your child first, offer them unwavering love and support, and be the best parents we can be. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us!
With love and respect,
Andrew & Jennifer
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