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Lauren & Amanda
We want to thank you for taking time to get to know us. The thought that we might have the opportunity to fulfill the hopes and dreams you have for your child's life is truly a blessing. We believe that whatever child becomes part of our family will be a miracle. Our chance to connect with you would never be by coincidence, but by answered prayers.
Adoption in Our Lives
Although adoption has not affected us both personally, it has affected Lauren. When Lauren was 14 years old, her best friend, Natalie, knew something was different in her body. Natalie was pretty scared and looked to Lauren for support. They went to the nearby Planned Parenthood where Natalie found out she was two months pregnant. At such a young age she was very scared and she wasn't sure what to do. She researched all the options and shared the news with her family. It was at that time she chose adoption. For Lauren, being able to be close to someone going through this taught her what a selfless act this truly is. The family Natalie chose were very involved and wanted an open adoption, just as she did. This proved to make the decision easier for her as time went on and she saw the love they had for her child. Natalie went on to finish high school and college. She is now happily married with three children. Being able to have this unique experience with Natalie taught Lauren so much about adoption, and how it can be a gift to everyone involved.
Our Leisure Time
There are lots of activities and passions that we both have. A lot of our leisure time is spent having fun with our friends and our family. Other things we love to do as a couple include hiking on different trails, kayaking, mountain biking at the local bike park, and playing with our nieces and nephew. We love traveling and recently went to Colorado where we zip-lined and went on a 26-mile bike ride down Pike's Peak! Amanda absolutely loves to fish and loves fishing with family, competing for who can catch the most. She also loves spending time in the garden growing vegetables. She finds joy in picking vegetables in the garden and either canning or cooking what she has grown. She also loves to help others. You can find her painting houses for a family in need or mowing for her great aunt in her free time. Lauren loves to run. She is passionate about competing in long distance races and has recently ran her first marathon. Of course Amanda cheered her on with t-shirts and signs she hand made. Lauren loves to play guitar, and can't wait to teach her child to start playing at a young age. She also loves to waterski, and learned to do this when she was 5. We love sports. We both played many sports growing up and love to play and watch sports to this day. We can never pass up getting our gloves out and playing catch in the yard.
The gift of adoption to us is not only the gift of a child but the gift of you as well. Who you are will be very meaningful in the way we raise our child. We plan to talk about our child's history and culture both openly and often. We plan to talk to our child about the story of them joining our family. We will make a photo album and even record for them in our own words their arrival. We want them to learn as much as they can about you and if your open to it, we want teach our child all about what an incredible person you are. We want them to understand that it is a wonderful thing to be unique. In our family we have learned to celebrate differences. Our friends and our family embrace the idea of two moms. Amanda's brother and wife have created an amazing family with their three kids being Caucasian and Mongolian. At family dinners our sister-in-law's family will create authentic Mongolian dishes. We love to celebrate their culture and learn about their history and traditions. We celebrate the unique qualities of family members as strengths. We plan to seek out events that celebrate our child's culture, read books that teach us about their background, and continue to foster relationships with people of different backgrounds and culture. Our promise is to support our child in the education they need and deserve to know about themselves. We want them to be proud of who they are and who you are.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a small town on the outskirts of a mid-sized city in Missouri. Amanda's entire family grew up in this area. In this town everyone knows everyone. Lauren enjoys going for runs where she can pass by houses with horses and cows and even the occasional roosters. Kids can ride their bikes and play without a ton of traffic. There are nearby bike parks and soccer fields that you can find packed with families on a daily basis. We normally ride our bikes or walk down to have dinner in the evenings with our family down the street or they come over to our house. We live in a cul-de-sac of recently built homes full of young families just a quarter mile away from the elementary school. We have always pictured walking our child to school in the morning, and envision them playing on the playground with kids after school. The middle school and high school are just a couple miles away. These are the same schools Amanda went to. Our house is a three bedroom home with a fenced in back yard. Our two dogs love playing in the backyard while we tend to our garden. Every summer we have a beautiful garden full of yummy vegetables. We also spend a lot of evenings grilling on our back deck and enjoying the evening. We love the peacefulness of our town, but also love that it is just a short 10 minute drive to the city if we want to go to one of our favorite restaurants with friends or see a movie.
Our Extended Families
We live just half a mile from Amanda's childhood home in the town she grew up and went to school in. Amanda's side of the family ranging from her parents, brother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephew, all live within a few miles of us, so we see each other almost every day. We have five nieces and one nephew and they are a huge part of our life and we spend a lot of time with them. Our house has become the holiday house. Every Christmas and Thanksgiving and any other holiday, our house is filled with our whole family. It has become a tradition. One of Amanda's brothers and his wife and three daughters live a few hours away. We see them very often and normally take turns visiting each other. Amanda and her two brothers grew up very close. Lauren's parents and brother live a few hours away as well. We spend almost every vacation with them. We normally spend time fishing or going to the beach. Being aunts to six nieces and nephews has been such an adventure. We love having all the kids at our house playing in the backyard for hours! We even taught our niece how to ride her bike in our cul-de-sac. Our families are so excited to add another member to our family! Building a family through adoption will be a true blessing to us and to our extended family.
From Us to You
Hi, We are Amanda and Lauren. We are married and have been together for nine years. As we try to put into words what it would mean to us to be blessed with a child, we want to start with thank you. You are bringing profound joy into this world. The fact that you are even considering adoption, tells us what a strong-willed person you are. Seeing that you love your child so much, you are willing to put their needs above your own shows what a selfless person you are. It takes a truly incredible soul to make this truly brave decision. We would love to see how those amazing traits that you possess would be naturally ingrained into your child. Please know, that just getting to know who we are is giving our family an answered blessing. We would be humbled and honored to call ourselves parents. Our heart and our prayers go out to you in this difficult time of your life. We want nothing more than to love and support you and the miracle within you.
We are not the typical family where you see a mom and dad, but what we are is a family of two moms that feel like we can raise a child with more love and support than any typical family might. We want to instill the same love and compassion into our child, and teach them to love all beings no matter their differences. We do understand what it is to be different, and with those differences we will create a bond with our child. We will help them understand how we have overcome differences and stood tall in the face of adversity, and come out on top. We want to teach that different is good. Being just like everyone else is boring, but if you embrace your uniqueness and stand proud of who you are you will be successful in this world. We think that instilling confidence in these differences will teach our child strength and overall happiness with who they are at their core.
To tell you a little about us, we will start with Amanda. Amanda grew up in the town we live in. We live a half of a mile from her childhood home where her mom still lives. Her entire extended family all live in the same town. To say they are close is an understatement. To Amanda, family is the most important thing in her life and she loves seeing them and spending time with them daily. Amanda grew up with two brothers and was very athletic. Her absolute favorite pastime is fishing, and she can't wait to have a child to spend time fishing with. Amanda currently works but as we introduce our child into our family, she will become a stay-at-home mom. We strongly believe that in the early years of our child's life, they should spend time growing with their parents.
Lauren grew up in Alabama with her mom, dad, and little brother. Much of her family's time was spent out on the lake skiing, fishing, and camping. She can't wait to spend time outdoors with her child. Her family now lives a few hours away, but we spend every vacation with them. When we are with them, you can constantly here laughter filling the air! Lauren is also very athletic and now is involved long distance running and loves to race from time to time. To Lauren education has always been one of the most important pieces of life. She tutored children for a long time, and can't wait to help with homework in the future. Education will be a key piece to how we parent.
Overall, we want you to know that we want to provide our child with an amazing life. We want them to know that you are a part of what makes their life incredible. We want them to embrace their own culture and heritage. We want them to understand the story of what led them to us, and how you loved them so much you put them before yourself. We want to share with you their life through pictures, letters, emails, and phone calls. We want to share with you events and milestones that we know will be important to you. We want to thank you for taking time to get to know us. We pray that somehow our lives can intertwine and we can form an everlasting relationship with you.
Lauren & Amanda
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