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Brian & Brittany
We are ecstatic to grow our family through adoption. Brittany's mother was adopted, so we always knew in our hearts that we would continue the tradition. We have so much love and laughter to share as parents, and we believe that life is inevitably about making great memories. We are looking forward to seeing those experiences through the eyes of a child.
Our Leisure Time
Making time for our marriage and family is important to us. In addition to our faith, staying active together is part of our foundation for a healthy relationship. We are both fitness enthusiasts. Brian is an avid runner, who finds peace of mind when training for triathlons, and Brittany enjoys Orange Theory. Together we love riding our bikes on local trails. In the fall, we explore hiking trails at state parks with our parents.
It is tradition, on the weekends, to stroll to our favorite coffee shops, and read about the newest restaurants in the local magazines. We love trying new restaurants; however, we also enjoy hosting cookouts at home. Brittany is always searching Pinterest for new recipes before going to the farmer's market for local ingredients.
Brittany has also turned into the family entrepreneur. Her love for crafting started purely as a hobby as she made wreaths for friends and family as gifts throughout the year. In the blink of an eye, her hobby turned into a small business that sells home decor to people in the St. Louis area! When Brian is not riding bikes, or running, you can find him playing golf with his Dad, or reading a good book. He enjoys biographies, and he also prides himself on staying abreast of current events. We also have a blast getting cozy on the couch, building a fire in the fireplace, and turning on Netflix with a giant bowl of popcorn.
Adoption in Our Lives
From the moment we met, we were in total agreement that having a family was our top priority. Our intentions were to have our own biological children and pair them with our adopted children. After unsuccessfully attempting to have children on our own, we have learned that God has a different path for us. Our goal is to become parents, and we know adoption is a tradition that we want to continue, as Brittany’s mom is adopted herself.
We are inspired by positive adoption experiences from close friends and family. Our shared knowledge is a great source of support and guidance. We have longed for a child for several years, and we are confident, through adoption, we will be able to extend our love. We will protect and support our child with every fiber of our being.
Our Family Traditions
We have created many traditions in the six years we’ve been together. With each tradition, we have a “more the merrier” policy. Every summer we meet Brittany’s parents for a weekend on the boat at Lake Shelbyville. Brittany’s Mom always brings the best snacks to nibble on while we are on the lake. Additionally, a trip to Brian’s parent’s vacation house in Gulf Shores is scheduled for every summer. It is the ideal getaway for walks on the beach, golf, and shopping with the family.
With fall and winter, the traditions continue. Every year we host a neighborhood Christmas party at our house. Everyone on the street is close knit, so it creates a family-like atmosphere. We also make a special trip to Chicago every winter to see the Lincoln Zoo Lights. Each tradition is a blessing that is not taken for granted, and we can’t wait to share it all with a child.
Our Extended Families
We are both very fortunate to have been raised in close knit families. We learned that love and support is truly unconditional. Our parents have been married for over 35 years, and their strong relationships are a source of inspiration. Brittany’s parents are eagerly waiting to become first time grandparents and Brian’s parents are looking forward to welcoming another grandchild! They are waiting patiently with open arms and hearts for us to become parents.
Brian comes from a very large extended family with 13 cousins on both his mother's and father's side. His older sister is happily married with a son and daughter. We are grateful that everyone in Brian's family live within 30 minutes, so we get together every week to barbecue and play games. Ping pong tournaments are currently the game of choice! Living in close proximity allows us to attend Rylee's dance recitals, and watch Cael's soccer games.
Brittany grew up in a small community south of Chicago, and she is one of three children. Brittany has one younger, and one older brother. We live approximately four hours from Brittany's family, so we are able to visit on the holidays. We also like to connect at the lake during the summer. Brittany's family firmly believes that it takes a village to raise a child, and they will drop anything at a moment's notice to offer support.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a great little community in a large metropolitan area in the Midwest. The Science Center, History Museum, Zoo, and the Art Museum are a stone’s throw from our house. We can also walk to an incredible park, the largest park in the country for any large city.
Our neighborhood is a bit unique because there is a school located on our street. All of the kids walk to school every day, and there is never a dull moment on the playground. Children are everywhere, and all of the parents have a very close relationship. At any given time, you’ll see children running back and forth to friend’s house to play. Our neighborhood is truly a community; it’s not unusual to have an impromptu barbecue at someone’s house. We also have block parties with movie nights on a huge screen, and there are free festivals always taking place – all within a short walk. Halloween is also a special time on our street. 450 kids, from all different neighborhoods visit our street. We have strobe lights, smoke machines, and hay rides. It’s truly a blast!
Our recreation center has an indoor pool, a library, and a gym with basketball courts. It’s a short walk past the soccer fields to get there. Our home is a three bedroom Tudor style home. Brian takes pride in perfecting the outside of the house, while Brittany is always working to add a woman’s touch to the inside.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and learn more about us! First and foremost, we want to thank you for giving your child the gift of life, which we believe is truly a blessing. We are beyond grateful to be considered in raising, caring for, and loving your precious child. We understand this is one of the most difficult decisions you will ever consider, and we hope we can provide comfort and support throughout the process. We promise to give your baby the most wonderful life we possibly can if you were to choose us. We would be honored to be your child’s parents. Rest assured, we would protect and support them with every fiber in our being.
We have been together for six years, and can’t imagine it any other way. We love married life, and family is our number one priority. Brittany has wonderful flexibility with her job as a nanny and managing her craft business. She will scale back significantly to raise our child. Brian is fortunate to have a thriving career spearheading an ecommerce division for a product company. He is responsible for the marketing, product development, and operational teams. His company offers a great work/life balance. Equally as important, one of our greatest accomplishments is that we work together as a team at home.
We are grateful for our families. They picked us up when we have fallen down, and they have shaped who we are as people. Our parents believed that hard work builds character, and adversity only makes us stronger. We both held jobs at an early age, and we worked throughout college. Our parents offered their guidance, but they ultimately let us make our own decisions. Our parents are not only our parents, they are also best friends. We are fortunate that we had the opportunity to travel in our youth, and we fully intend introduce our child to new experiences and travel as a family. There is no substitute for creating memories and learning about different cultures.
Our faith is strong, and we participate in a church that is open and accepting. Brittany even helped with the Kid’s Zone at church. While we all come from different place, backgrounds, and have different life experiences, we all have the same commonality: our faith, willingness to be helpful, and to become better people.
From the start, we have always talked about having a family and raising children of our own. We believe God has chosen the path of adoption for us and we couldn’t be more thrilled. We have several friends who have adopted, and without exception, they have all shared that it was the best decision they have ever made. Brittany’s mother was adopted from Korea as an infant. Every single day she counts her blessings and feels a deep level of love and respect for the opportunities and stability that her parents provided to her.
If you decide to select us, our child would be familiar with their birth mother. We are certainly open to any level of communication by way of emails, phone calls, or letters with photos. We respect your decision, and we offer our support throughout the entire process. Thank you for letting us share our story with you.
With much love,
Brian & Brittany
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