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Steffan & Trenae
To welcome a child into our home is the greatest gift we could ask for. Selecting us to be adoptive parents would mean your child is joining a joyful, energetic, supportive, caring and loving family! We're so grateful you've taken the time to consider us. We invite you to look further at the adventure we hope to give your child.
One of our favorite hobbies is to travel. We try our hardest to go on one "big" trip per year, but if that isn't possible we plan lots of little weekend getaways along the east coast. Each trip we plan we try and explore a completely new location because we both want to see the world and how different cultures live. We would share this passion of travel and thirst for understanding different cultures with our child from a very young age.
It is a dream of ours to live abroad at some point in our lives and to teach our child to be multi-lingual as Trenae has a basic understanding of French and Steffan has a basic understanding of Spanish.
We have two favorite places we have traveled in the past few years and both are vastly different. Banff in the Canadian Rockies was unlike anything we had ever seen. The mountains almost didn't look real along the crystal blue glacier waters of Lake Louise. Our favorite adventure there was riding horseback along the mountains and seeing all the wildlife. Our other favorite trip would have to be Antigua in the West Indies. The water was the bluest we have both ever seen. Our favorite adventure in Antigua was snorkeling off a catamaran and watching all the tropical fish swim by. We want our child to see the world through their eyes and be able to explore all the diversity it has to offer.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Steffan About Trenae: Trenae is soft spoken and always the calm to my storm. She is so gentle natured and truly looks for the good in everyone. She has taught me patience over the years, and constantly reminds me that life is too short to worry about the small stuff. She is not one that ever needs the spotlight and is always cheering me on from behind the scenes. I attribute most of my success in my career to her because she was always encouraging me to go after whatever I desired and that I could accomplish anything. This is one of the many qualities that I know will make her an amazing mother because she will be there along any bump or bruise throughout life telling them it's okay and they will get to where they want to go as long as they try. Trenae being a teacher at heart has equipped her with an amplified maternal instinct that will make any child fortunate to call him or her their mom.
Trenae About Steffan: Steffan and I have such a mutual love and respect for one another. It's so much of what made our friendship into a deep love for one another. I see in him such a drive and passion for life. He isn't afraid to go after what he dreams of. I admire his zest for life - he is the one who garners our passion for travel and keeps us constantly "adventuring". He also has a desire to take care of his family and make sure we are provided for. I love that he is so protective. I know he loves that I am so nurturing. I take my time to watch things grow and have a settling way about me. In a way, he and I balance each other out. He is strong when I need him to be, and I do the same for him. We share the qualities in this partnership that I know would make us great parents.
To Our Future Child:
Our Promise to You
When we made the decision to adopt, we knew we were making a lifetime commitment to be a couple who teaches, loves, and guides in the best way we know how. We are making a lifetime commitment to be your mom and dad. Our promise to you has many layers. We promise to provide you with a safe home, where you feel comfortable to explore the person you are, and the one you want to become and always know we are here to support you. We promise to teach you with the lessons we grew up with as kids and help shape you into a kind, caring, supportive, intelligent person. However, we also promise to let you learn for yourself and make your own decisions to shape your own world. Our promise to you is to help you when we can, but to also give you the tools necessary to help yourself become the person you are meant to become. Our promise to you is to be the best parents we can.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our four bedroom, two and one half bathroom home is nestled on about an acre in the back of the neighborhood. We love to spend time in our kitchen and breakfast nook cooking and baking together. In the summer we spend a lot of time on our deck and in our pool.
We live in a wonderful area that is very much geared towards raising a family. Each month we have an event called third Friday where the entire community gathers downtown to listen to live music and walk the brick walk way to view the artist's work. Every week locals get together to support farmers and bakers at our farmers market where you can buy veggies, meat, bread, and even flowers.
Our community is very much involved with activities on the water; everything from boating all the way to surfing and crabbing.
Our neighborhood has young families moving in bringing more life and activity to our cul-de-sac. After school and on weekends you can see the neighborhood kids riding bikes and parents taking walks with their strollers.
We have numerous places in the area for adventure, including: historical and national parks, the beach, the Chesapeake bay watershed, and multiple playgrounds.
Our Extended Families
Both of our families are very close and extremely happy to welcome a new child into their lives. When it comes to family gatherings, Trenae's family enjoys playing board games and has gotten Steffan's family on the bandwagon. Steffan's family is incredibly athletic, showcasing their talent on the soccer field as players and coaches. One big family tradition in Trenae's family is Thanksgiving, everyone from near and far comes home and it brings Trenae's cousins, who are like sisters, back together every year. The tradition doesn't end on Thursday; her family spends the weekend baking cookies by the hundreds. Steffan's family also gathers for Christmas cookie baking every year and is enthusiastic to welcome friends into this tradition.
One thing that makes our family unique is that as we grow older, we remain close and tradition-oriented. We still make holidays important and stress the value of getting together each year. This child would be continuing the tradition of having a close-knit bond with family, by joining our three nieces and one nephew.
Our families are both excited for this child. Annette, Trenae's mom, sends pictures of clothes, toys and decorations daily, while Terry, Steffan's mom, excitedly set up a nursery to help watch her new grandchildren.
From Us to You
To sit here and try and put into words the thoughts and emotions going through your head would be near impossible, so rather than trying to guess how you feel, we would love to hear it and be with you along the way. The truth is, this has been a long journey for us to get to you as well, but what we can tell you is that we have gotten stronger with each hardship. We would love nothing more than to welcome a baby into our home. In fact, this baby would be happily greeted by three loving, energetic puppy brothers and one puppy sister. The dogs get so excited at even the sound of a little one's voice.
We have been married for five years and been together for seven. We have endured more than most couples have in a lifetime, but what we have found is that the love and support that we provide one another is unbreakable. This same love would be further amplified for the love of a baby.
As parents, we cannot promise that we would be perfect, but the life we could provide a child would be full of unconditional love, emotional support, stability, and the opportunity to grow as an individual with guidance along the way. The decision that you are considering making is not an easy one, but know that we understand it's been made with love. We would be forever grateful for the opportunity to share in this gift of becoming parents.
As parents, we would each offer unique qualities that would balance one another. Trenae works from home as an English teacher for children in China and plans to be a stay-at-home mom to raise our child. The two qualities that will serve her well in motherhood are the level of patience that she approaches everything with and the nurturing ability she has with every individual. Steffan is incredibly driven and hardworking and provides a comfortable lifestyle for his family. He is known by family and friends as very energetic and funny, and thoroughly enjoys being active. He has always envisioned coaching whatever sport our child wants to participate in because he is so eager to be involved.
We have worked hard and prepared for being parents since the day we got married. We moved two years ago into a larger home with ample space for our child and family to grow. We made sure it had a nice fenced in yard to play with our dogs and swim in our pool in the summers. Another important item for us as future parents was to assure that we purchased a home in the best school district so that our child would have the best opportunity for a good education.
We know this is the right time to welcome a baby into our lives as we have so much love to give. Everything we do we imagine how complete we would feel with a child by our sides. Every vacation moving forward would have a whole new memory and impact on our lives. Family traditions would take on a whole new meaning and bring new life into our world. We would want nothing more than to provide you with glimpses into the life we want the baby to have through communication with you via letters and pictures to assure you that we have stayed true to our promise to you by continuing on the loving decision you are making.
Steffan & Trenae
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