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Aaron & Bonnie
Adoption has changed our lives forever. When we were blessed with our first child through adoption, we knew that this was in God's plan for us. We truly believe that adoption is a gift and if you choose us to be your child's parents we promise to share all our love with him or her. We greatly appreciate you considering us and we look forward to the journey that lies ahead.
Adoption in Our Lives
We have an adopted son. In Jan 2011 we started the adoption process and in May we had completed our home study and became active and knew it was now a waiting game. Within a few weeks of being active, we got an email from a potential birth mother. After many days of communicating, we finally met. A few weeks later she chose us to parent her child. At that time, she was 6 ½ months pregnant. Over the next months, we built a great relationship with her and Bonnie was able to attend a couple of doctor visits. In August 2011 our son, Matthew was born. It was an amazing day of spending time with his birth mom while she was laboring and then once he was born she allowed us in the room to meet him and then she allowed us to have some alone time with him. It was from that instant we fell in love and knew that this was in God's plan for us to be his parents. We continue to this day to have a great relationship with his birth mom and we have had a couple of visits with her and she has constant access to photos and videos even with us living far away. She is very important to us and she will always know how much she is loved and that because of her we have our wonderful son.
Our Leisure Time
Most of our leisure time is spent playing with our son, either out at the local playgrounds or just at home with his cars and Legos. We also love to watch movies together. When not at home we love to explore the area we are living in and other areas around us. Our son is also involved in sports so during that time we are always at his practices and games. We look forward to sharing these fun adventures with our next child and spending time with them and being apart of whatever activities they choose.
Bonnie loves to do photography and scrapbooking. She tries to keep a yearly scrapbook for our son, so he can look back and remember all the fun activities we did that year.
Aaron enjoys grilling, camping, golf, tennis, and most outdoor activities. Sometimes working on the car is a relaxing activity. Watching movies or playing video games is also entertaining.
As a couple, we enjoy going to dinner and movies when possible. We also love the water so anytime we can go snorkeling/scuba diving we are all in. We just try to enjoy each other's company and love making each other laugh.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Bonnie About Aaron: Aaron is my best friend and I love that no matter what we are going through in life he is always there for me. I love his joy in being a father and how much he loves our son. He is a great dad and just loves playing and teaching our son new things. Some of the fun things they do together is playing cars and building Legos. Aaron also helps Matthew with all the sports he likes to play, like soccer and basketball. I also love that he loves to help people and how much he loves his family.
Aaron About Bonnie: Bonnie has a great personality and makes friends where ever she goes. Her laugh and smile are two things that attracted me to her from the start and still inspire me today. She has a soft spot for the underdog and is always willing to listen to someone that needs a friend and does her best to help them with their problems which I respect greatly about her. She also spends her time volunteering at our son's school and with Army spouse groups when possible. She loves being a mother to Matthew. She is always teaching him right from wrong and loves to work with him to improve his reading and math skills. She is very encouraging to him in everything he does.
Our House and Neighborhood
We currently live on a military base in Naples, Italy. It is like a city within a city. There are lots of families that live here with children of all ages and races. We currently live in a two-bedroom home with 2 bathrooms, there is lots of space to play. We also have a nice patio to enjoy either playing or just enjoying the beautiful Italian weather. On the base, there is a central park area where they have lots of family festivals like for the 4th of July and Christmas. There is also a bowling alley and movie theater. We have several playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, and baseball and soccer fields. There is also a great community pool that has areas for babies and all ages to enjoy a nice day in the sun.
While we currently live in Naples, Italy. We also have a home back in North Carolina that will be our future home once Aaron is retired from the military. That home is a large two-story home with three bedrooms and there is a great loft area for a playroom. It is in a quiet neighborhood and we have a large yard to be able to run around and play. There are several playgrounds nearby and YMCA for community activities. This home is also near to our extended families, so once we return there our children will be able to spend more time with their grandparents and cousins.
Our Extended Families
With being a military family, our extended family becomes more than just our blood relatives. We have made many friends over the years who have becomes just like family. When we are home near family, we love just spending time together playing sports such as basketball, throwing frisbees, riding bikes, playing board games and eating. Meatloaf, chicken pot pie and burgers are always among the favorite dishes. During the holidays, we try very hard to spend time with both sides of our family. If we are all in town, we always celebrate birthdays or other special occasions together. In the summertime, Aaron's family has an annual beach trip where three generations of his family gather to relax and enjoy the chance to catch up and play together. It is a welcome reunion and breaks from our busy lives. We play in the sand, the ocean, and the swimming pools of the resort and have nightly BBQs and game nights. One thing that makes our family unique is that we all live in towns nearby one another and always have. Our parents and extended family of aunts, uncles, grandparents have always lived within hours of each other. This allows for a close bond and a lot of opportunities to gather together and make lasting memories. Our families are very supportive of our adoption plan, being that we were blessed with our first child by adoption. It would only be natural to have their blessing again.
From Us to You
We feel greatly blessed and honored that you took the time to learn more about us. We can only imagine how difficult of a decision this will be for you, but we admire your courage and love for wanting this child to have the best life possible.
We have been married since 2002 and even when we started dating we talked about children and knew that even if we had our own biological children we wanted to add to our family through adoption. We tried for several years to conceive naturally and even with fertility treatments but after time we knew that God had another plan for us. We then decided to take the step into adoption and we knew that this was the right path for us.
When our son Matthew entered our lives, we just knew this was a true blessing from God. Being his adoptive parents has given us the greatest joy and we know that because of his wonderful birth mother we have the honor of being his parents. When we decided it was time to add to our family we knew that adoption was again the right path for us and we are beyond excited to welcome another baby into our family. Matthew is very excited as well to become a big brother. We believe having a sibling who is also adopted will be a great benefit for both our children and we will celebrate each of them and honor their unique adoption stories. We look forward to seeing their bond as they grow up together and become great people in this world. They will always have this unique and special history connecting them in a special way.
Our lifestyle is unique in being a military family but that just adds more people to love our children. In the military community, you form bonds with many families from all the places you live. Also, each of our parents always come visit wherever we are living, and we always make sure to visit back home as often as possible. Family is very important to us and we always want our children to know how much they are loved. No matter where we are, either in the states near families or abroad with our military family and friends, this child will be surrounded by lots of love and support. No matter what we will always stay connected with you through pictures, emails, phone calls and video chat if you desire.
This child will always know about you and how much you love them and that you made this tough decision out of true love for them. We will always be open and honest with them about their adoption. We will teach them to love and always be honest and respectful. They will be given all the opportunities in their education or other adventures that they want to pursue. We promise to love them unconditionally forever and you will always be a very significant part of your child's life and our family.
Aaron & Bonnie
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