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Nathan & Meghan
We were granted the most precious gift of adopting our son 5 years ago. The magnitude of this privilege is not lost on us. We are looking forward with hopeful anticipation to expand our family. We are incredibly grateful that you are taking the time to learn a little more about us.
Our Family Traditions
We grew up with very different family traditions but when we were married we had fun creating new ones and when we adopted our son, Durant, we had even more fun creating new traditions with him. One tradition we celebrate with Durant is his “gotcha day,” the day his adoption was finalized. We have always been open and honest with Durant about his adoption and we have decided, what better way to talk about adoption than by celebrating it. On Durant’s “gotcha day,” he is allowed to make all the decisions. He chooses what we do and what we eat. It is a really fun day we get to spend together!
Another tradition we have started is “25 days of giving.” We give back to people in our community, neighbors and family every day in December leading up to Christmas. This tradition has been our favorite and we have enjoyed watching it evolve as Durant gets older.
We believe that it is important to address cultural diversity and acceptance with our children, not only when parenting a child of a different ethnicity, but children of the same culture and race as well. We were both raised to respect and appreciate diversity, whether is it in regard to race and ethnicity, religious differences, gender differences or disabilities. We want to teach our children about his/her heritage and to be confident and proud of it. We feel blessed to have family members and many friends of different race and ethnicities. In addition to Meghan’s five adopted cousins from Ethiopia, she also has a cousin who is Japanese and lives in Japan.
We understand that parenting a child of a different race has its challenges. We have sought out resources and continue to learn about parenting a child of a different ethnicity. We believe that our community and extended family are great resources and an encouraging “voice of experience.” We keep our son involved in activities with other children of different ethnicities and continually introduce books with multicultural themes and messages. We plan to do the same with our new child as well. By teaching our children about their black heritage, we hope they will have an understanding of their own uniqueness, feel loved, self-confident and proud of their heritage.
Favorite Vacation Spot
We love spending time together as a family but most of all we love visiting our extended family. We don’t have one favorite vacation spot but we love traveling to the different states to visit our family. We are fortunate enough to be able to visit our family throughout the year. Every summer we take a family vacation to California to visit Meghan’s family. There Durant has so much fun helping his Papa around the ranch and doing “tractor work.” We all enjoy swimming in her parent’s pool but most of all spending time with her family. Also, we spend Christmas with Nathan’s father in Alabama. We have fun playing and spending time with Nathan’s dad, sister and nephews there.
Our Extended Families
We both have large extended families living all over the United States. We enjoy traveling to visit family as well as having family visit us. Durant loves to ride horses and swim at his Nonnie and Papa's house in California. When in California we always visit Meghan's siblings and recently we were honored to be a part of her brother's wedding.
Nathan's sister and family come to visit us a couple times a year. It is always fun to have our three nephews visit! Also, we enjoy spending time with Nathan's dad in Alabama. Recently, Nathan's dad came to visit and we all attended a NASCAR race together.
Even though our extended family does not live close we are able to see them often and we have a close group of friends in our community. We always enjoy getting all of our children together and frequently have fun BBQing together or attending each child's sports activities. We are truly fortunate to have a lot of family and friends, and everyone is excited for us to be adding to our family through adoption.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Virginia, between Washington DC and Richmond which gives us access to big cities while living in a small town. We are fortunate to live on five acres just outside of town. Our neighborhood is comprised of similar sized properties, which allows us to have neighbors but plenty of space to call our own. We own a quaint 3 bedroom home where we love to make memories. We have lots of room to play and enjoy our friends and family over for BBQ's and campfires.
We are grateful to live in a town that is very family friendly and provides tons of family activities. During the summer the parks hold events like the weekly Summer Picnic in the Park and movie nights for the family. Also, we love taking walks or riding our bikes along the canal path that goes through our town and along the river. Our town has an indoor sports arena where children and adults can enjoy every sport. Durant enjoys being a part of the young kids flag football league.
From Us to You
We are humbled and grateful for you taking the time to consider us as potential parents of your baby. We understand that the decisions you are making are difficult and we want you to know that as you make these tough decisions, we are lifting you up in prayer. Although our profile is only a small window through which to look into our lives, we hope that this will give you an idea of what we want to give your child as his or her parents. Thank you for allowing us to share a little about our family. We want you to get to know us for who we are and to trust you are making the right decision.
We are Nathan and Meghan. We met in 2007 and Meghan knew instantly that Nathan was the man she would marry someday. It took Nathan a little longer to come around, however it was not long after we began dating that we started discussing our ideas about marriage, the marriage relationship and the concept of family. We both share a deep faith in God and believe in the importance of keeping God at the center of marriage and family. Both of us knew that we wanted a big family. As we learned that we shared similar ideals of marriage and family, our love for each other grew rapidly. At the end of 2008 Nathan proposed and in 2009 we were married.
Nathan is laid-back and loves to joke around, yet he takes his job responsibilities as a husband, provider, and father very seriously. Nathan brings a playful energy to our family. Meghan knows how to take a joke and dishes a little teasing right back when she needs too. Meghan is the organizer and planner of our family. She is nurturing and caring and is always there to help out a friend or family member in need.
We want your child to know where they came from and to understand that not only their adoptive parents but their birthmother loves them unconditionally as well. We plan to be very open about our child’s adoption just as we have been with our son. We want your child to know of the love, strength and generosity you have shown in making this decision. We know that there are many great families for you to choose from and the choice is very difficult. We will love your child unconditionally and provide him/her with a safe loving environment.
Our desire is to be able to share our child’s milestones, accomplishments and success with you through letters and pictures if this is what you would like. We would love to have frequent communication with you (as you feel comfortable) via emails and phone calls. While giving you a little glimpse into our lives, it is our hope that in turn we will be able to get to know you through the adoption process as well.<,p>We are truly honored you have taken the time to learn about us. We hope this has helped you learn more about us as a family. We believe your decision of adoption is admirable and commendable. We will continue to pray for you and your decision and eventual choice of an adoptive family for your child.
Nathan & Meghan
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