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Jared & Dianne
Thank you so much for taking the time to consider us as potential parents for your child. We have longed to have children and we are so excited to expand our family through the gift of adoption. We can only imagine how difficult this time is for you and we want you to know that we are praying for you though this journey.
Our Leisure Time
Living in the Pacific Northwest provides us with so many opportunities to explore. We love hiking and we have a annual camping trip with friends in the Olympic National Forest. Kayaking and paddle boarding are of our favorite things to do in the summer and with us having Lake Washington and Lake Union a couple minutes away it makes for an easy afternoon on the water. During the winter time we head up to Stevens Pass or Snoqualamie Pass for a day of tubing and/or snowboarding with friends. We love that Seattle really has all four season and we try and take advantage of every one.
Jared loves sports and when the weather is great he will get a bunch of friends together for a game of foot golf, extreme bocce, tennis, disc golf or a couple of hours at the driving range. Dianne is completely the opposite! She definitely loves the outdoors, but many times you'll find her crafting in side creating something new for a family/friend. Dianne has crocheted "ABC" blankets for most of the babies in our lives and she enjoys weaving large wall hangings and embossing new holiday cards to send out to friends/family.
We really enjoy entertaining and having all of our family and friends near makes it really easy to host dinners, game nights and movies nights. If we aren't entertaining or hanging without family and friends we really enjoy time together. Whether it is taking a walk around the city, snuggling up on the couch watching a movie or playing a board game. We enjoy each other's company the most and we are so excited to share our time with a new baby.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Dianne About Jared: I've had a crush on Jared since I was in 5th grade. Jared was in 6th and our classes were combined for P.E. we were playing a game of capture the bacon and when my number was called I realized that we were both running for the "bacon" of course he got to it first and ever since then I couldn't keep my eyes off of him. Sappy! I know! Jared is an amazing man. He has an amazing work ethic and a career that he loves. He has strong morals, great character and lives a life of integrity. Jared loves sports and the outdoors and is always up for adventures and exploring the world. He loves kids and has been a little league soccer coach to our nieces. I fell in love with is sense of humor, and to this day he still makes me laugh like crazy. He will be the most wonderful father to some very special child.
Jared About Dianne: I never believed in "love at first site" until I reconnect with Dianne when I was in college. After our very first "date" I knew immediately she was THE ONE. She was perfect. Beautiful inside and out and had an energy about her that I still can't get enough of to this day. From that day on we basically spent every day together now we've been married 14 years. They have been the best years of my life because I get to share it with someone I absolutely love and admire. Dianne has a magnetic personality. She can become someone's best friend in like 3.2 seconds. She has an amazingly positive outlook on life and is the most caring person I have ever met. Right now she is a volunteer nanny for four of our friends with babies. The lovingly call her the baby whisperer. The fact is, Dianne was born to be a mom and care for a family. I can't wait for to get that opportunity and privilege because I know she will be an amazing parent and role model.
Dianne's Adoption Story
My mother remarried when I was three years old to the only father I know. My Daddy, Richard. He adopted me shortly after they got married and I still have the blue ruffled and lace dress that I wore to the court room. I vaguely remember the judge asking me if I want this man to be my daddy and my response was, "He already my daddy."
I didn't know it then, but adoption has always been a part of my life. And what an amazing gift it has been. My dad was Caucasian and as a little kid I always thought that Richard was my biological father and that was that. As I got older, I started to realize that we were different, that we looked nothing alike and we had different skin tones, but I never felt different or out of place. He and his family, my family, were very amazing that way. They love every bit of me even though we didn't have the same DNA. Unfortunately, my father passed away in 2001. He was an amazing father and my best friend. I miss him every day.
We are excited to give that same unconditional love to our child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We both are in love with the Pacific Northwest. We might be a little biased but we think that summers in the Pacific Northwest are the most beautiful around. It may rain a little more than we like during the fall and the winter, but its also the reason why everything is so green and lush all year round. We live on the edge of the bustling city of Seattle in an urban community. Living so close to the city center we get to enjoy all the city living perks while also living on a quiet street. Our doors are always open to friends and family and we love it when they stop by. Our neighbors have become some our closest friend and we often get together for weeknight dinners, game nights or maybe just a walk around the neighborhood. Our friends would describe our home as a place of warmth, love and life. We decorate with the purpose of expressing our joys and interests. From books in nooks to jars of sand as reminder of where we've been to wall adorned with photos that act like stories of our family and friends. We live in a two level loft townhome with large living areas and plenty of space for dance parties with our nieces.
Living in this neighborhood, this community, provides so many amazing experiences for children and we are looking forward to easing ours in it as well. There are countless activities including children museums, many parks and the beautiful waterfront. Along with many opportunities within walking distance where our little one can experience musicals, plays, sporting events and all the holiday goodness.
There is always something to do in our community and we look forward to sharing our love of hiking, snowboarding, ferry riding, and exploring the Pacific Northwest with our child.
Our Extended Families
Family is so crazy important to us. We are so grateful to have both of our families live close by. It makes for fun holidays, yummy last minuet BBQ's, competitive game nights and fun times watching the Seattle Seahawks games.
Jared is one of four siblings that we refer to as the core four. They are incredibly close and often play extreme bocce for hours or get away for a weekend fishing trip along the Columbia River. Dianne is an only child on paper but she grew up with many cousins who felt like siblings. With her Mom being 1 of 16 children there were many cousins to keep Dianne company growing up.
Between the two of us we have many nieces and nephews that we love LOVE love spending time with. We often have some of the kiddos for weekend sleep overs and explore all the fun that Seattle and the surrounding areas have to offer. We just can't get enough of them and we love their little voices calling out "Uncle Super Cool" or "Aunt DiDi." We've made so many memories with our nieces and nephews and we are so excited to do the same with a child.
Both our families are so incredibly supportive and can't wait for this child to bless their lives and spoil them with lots of love and kisses.
From Us to You
We are beyond thankful that you have taken the time to read our profile and learn a little bit about us. We can imagine that this is a challenging time, full of emotions and tough decisions. We hope that this is the beginning of OUR story by bringing together two families and turning hardships into blessings.
About six years ago, we started our journey to have children and build a family. However, after many years of trying and seeking fertility help, we learned that we can’t have biological children. Although this was difficult to accept at the time, we eventually realized that God had a better plan for us all along. Dianne is a child of adoption and it finally clicked that we were meant to build our family the same way.
We admire and respect you for the consideration you are making for your child’s future. We welcome you and your child with open arms and want you to be included as much as you desire in your child’s growth and experiences.
Your child is a special gift and we will give him/her all the love we have. We will share our values of faith, diversity, openness, dedication, positivity, and love for one another. We will nurture their interests and passions. We will expose them to different places and cultures. We will surround them with a loving and supportive extended family. And we will always support their goals and dreams.
We are super excited about the future. After 10+ years of marriage, we are still madly in love. We have built a solid home and a strong financial foundation. We also recently sold one of our businesses so Dianne can be a full-time mother. We are ready!
Jared is Caucasian and Dianne is Filipino. Being an interracial couple has opened up our eyes to how amazing diversity is. All throughout our marriage we have had many opportunities educating each other on our cultural backgrounds. It has been pretty fun learning about Jared's southern family. They have taught Dianne many awesome things and one of her favorites is learning how to pronounce "Y'ALL" right and eat boiled peanuts. As for Jared, he has learned how to speak a little Tagalog and has enjoyed trying different Filipino foods.
We feel that our ethnic diversity has taught us to be open minded and accepting of all different cultures. We are truly excited to adopt a child and teach him/her about both of our cultures as well as integrate their culture into our daily lives. Our family and friends are very accepting and open minded and would love and welcome any addition.
We also have the support of an amazing group of friends and family. Both of our extended families are nearby, and we are extremely close with all of them. It makes us smile to know that our children will have doting grandparents, involved aunts/uncles, and many close cousins that they will grow up with.
We are honored, thrilled, and thankful for considering us as potential parents for your baby. We can appreciate how important it is to feel confident and at peace with a decision such as this. That is why we invite you to learn more about us! We’d be happy to connect in whatever way you are comfortable with.
Jared & Dianne
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