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Pat & Jackie
We feel lucky to even be considered as parents for your child. Watching our children interact and grow up together has been such a blast and they make us laugh every day. We love exploring the world with them and showing them how to have fun every day. We dream of having a noisy house full of laughter and craziness and would love the opportunity to welcome your child into our home and family.
Why We Chose Adoption
From the very beginning of when we decided to start a family, we have openly discussed adoption as an option. We struggled with various fertility issues over the past 8 years, and were blessed with two children through fertility treatments, Amelia and Ian. Watching them interact and play together is the absolute greatest thing. They are best friends who spend their days laughing, dancing and playing together. Seeing their unique personalities and the gifts they bring to the world has been such a blast. They make us laugh and smile every single day and bring joy to so many of our friends and family. They both absolutely love spending time with other children and cannot wait for a new addition to the family.
We reached a point in our lives where we want to continue to grow our family, but we are no longer comfortable with the fertility options that are remaining. We have always wanted to pursue adoption, knowing what a wonderful gift it could be for our family. Adoption is the best path for us to continue to grow our family and we know we were meant to adopt a child. We have so much love to give and can provide and amazing family and home for a child. Adoption is an amazing gift that we feel fortunate to have as an option for us.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Jackie About Pat: Pat has endless patience and is willing to do whatever our family needs. He is a very active, involved parent. He loves making the kids feel special by taking them on dates to their favorite park and out for a snack. He is at the center of fun at any party or gathering, usually getting all the kids wound up over some new game or idea he has. He really embraces life and is always up for trying something new and encouraging the family to go on crazy adventures. He works hard in the office and at home and is devoted to our family. Friends have said if they turn out to be half the man and dad that Pat is, they will be in good shape and that is so true.
Pat About Jackie: Jackie can do anything she puts her mind to. She is one of the most determined individuals, and uses that strength to provide the best possible life for our family. She is incredibly caring and gifted in the way that she brings everyone together to create fun. Other children gravitate to Jackie and she always ensures that not only her children, but all others, have a great time. We joke she must have a kid magnet at the park. Jackie is the first person that people call when they need anything because they know she will be there for them and can provide support that a friend, cousin or child needs when going through difficult times.
Our Family Traditions
One of our favorite traditions that Pat has brought to our family is eating homemade pancakes with strawberries and ice cream on holidays and special events. This started as something Pat's Grandpa would do at Christmas, but because it is so good, we have extended to other special occasions throughout the year.
We also have decorations and activities that go along with almost all holidays. Pat's mom makes the kids' Halloween costumes every year and we decorate the house for all holidays, including homemade decorations throughout the year and small trees in each of the kid's bedrooms for Christmas.
We also take several trips annually with friends and family. We spend two weeks with Jackie's extended family (with 17 kids!) at the beach and at the mountains. We go boating with Pat's family in the summer and spend a weekend or two going to a cabin in Michigan that Pat and his brother went to growing up.
Jackie creates a family calendar each year for our parents and siblings with different pictures every day. It is a great way for our families to stay connected even when we are not in the same cities and the kids love to use the pictures to make presents for family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a family-friendly neighborhood in a large Midwestern city. We love our house and neighborhood. We live in the city so we have great access to the train, which our kids love, and can walk everywhere. The school is five blocks away and our daughter loves seeing her friends along our walk to school. We spend warm nights and weekends outside with neighborhood kids playing with chalk, bubbles and scooters. We can walk to many parks so we find ourselves spending lots of time outdoors. We love to take the kids on bike rides to the beach so we spend many sunny afternoons there in the summer. Our kids' favorite festival is just a few blocks away and they have face-painting, games and live music for dancing. We love exploring the city and trying new foods and adventures as a family. When it is nice, we often pack lunches, leave the house in the morning and spend all day venturing from the zoo to the park to a fun festival we came across.
Our house has four bedrooms, an open living room and kitchen, a basement full of toys with room for visitors and a big front porch and back deck where spend time with neighborhood families. In the winters, we spend lots of time inside playing games, having tea parties, watching movies and playing with trains. We have space for company and our kids love when our friends and family stay with us for long weekends.
Our Extended Families
We both come from big, noisy, fun families that are still a big part of our lives. While our families do not live nearby, we have friends and family visiting and staying with once or twice per month and we travel to visit both of our families several times a year. Pat's family is only a couple of hours away so they visit often. When they visit, his parents, brother and sister-in-law spend lots of time with our kids taking them ice skating, doing crafts and reading a ton of books. Pat's extended family lives in various lake towns and we often find ourselves out on boats in the summer, swimming in the lake and playing games. Jackie's parents visit often and our family usually spends four weeks a year at their house. She is close with her brother and sister-in-law and our kids absolutely love playing with their four cousins who are all close in age. They have sleepovers and spend every minute together when we are in town, playing and going on adventures. We are very close with Jackie's extended family. Her cousins have 30+ kids under the age of 10 and we get together all the time which has allowed the kids to become great friends.
From Us to You
We cannot imagine what a difficult decision you must be going through. We believe adoption is one of the most selfless acts and we will never be able to thank you enough or repay you for your kindness and bravery. You are giving us a gift that we cannot give ourselves. We feel so lucky to even have adoption as an option for growing our family. We've been married for nine years and have been through a ton together. We've had to make many big life decisions and choosing to adopt is one of those amazing decisions we've made together. We have spent many hours talking about how much we would love to add another child to our family and what a gift it would be to be able to adopt.
We have two awesome children at home, Amelia and Ian, who bring so much joy and laughter into our home. They make every day so much more enjoyable and entertaining. They are such a breath of fresh air in an otherwise busy, crazy world. Having them and watching them grow up has been such an fun adventure and seeing them interact together makes us know we will be giving them the greatest gift in a sibling.
We both work in the corporate world and value being positive role models for our children showing them they can be successful at work and have a great family life too. We want our children to get the most out of life while building a strong character and foundation. Being parents has been the most difficult and rewarding job and we know our actions and our relationship will play a key part in their lives in the future. Every day we try to show our children the values we want them to have and the people we want them to be through our behaviors and relationship.
As parents, our goal is to bring out the best in our children while raising them to be strong, independent, kind people. We have so much love and fun to give to your child. We love watching them learn and grow and experience all the things we loved to do growing up. Our kids help us cook and bake, we play tons of games, we read lots of books, we dance and laugh. We try to make the everyday parts of life a bit more fun whether by making crazy pancake shapes or playing neighborhood bingo on the walk to school. We really try to make most of every day we have together and try new adventures together as a family.
We know you are such an important part of our child's history and want you to know we welcome you as part of their future in any role you want to play. We are planning to be very open with their adoption story from birth so they have a sense of who they are and where they came from. We would love to be able to share more about your life and family and things you love. We welcome an open adoption and want to send pictures and updates so you can see your child grow and learn. We are open to updates, e-mails, phone calls or potential visits because we know that this will help you know you've made the best decision for your child and help our child know the amazing people who allowed them to be part of our family. We cannot wait to give them every opportunity in education, love, family time and life experiences.
From the bottom of our hearts we want to tell you that you are courageous, strong and selfless. The fact that you are considering us as a potential family for your child is amazing. We would be so humbled to be given the opportunity to welcome your child into our family with loving, open arms.
Pat & Jackie
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