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Fritz & Jodie
Thank you for your amazing courage and selfless love; we are so grateful to share our story with you! We hope to give you great peace as you catch a glimpse of the vibrant threads that make our tight-knit family and marriage special. Please know we would love to welcome your precious child into our family and into our hearts. May you see a tapestry of love and strength that brings you comfort.
Our Leisure Time
We think of leisure time as doses of refreshment—times to recharge and return some joy back to others. For example, in spring through the autumn, our family and friends love our frequent outings on our pontoon boat, and sometimes we even enjoy weekly stays at various lakes or at the beach. We try to take a yearly family vacation and often rent a big vacation house and invite both our families to stay with us—those times are priceless! Every few years we even travel overseas; we love Hawaii, recently visited London, and are planning a trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights.
Back on the home front, we attend church, Jodie volunteers at a local animal shelter, and Fritz plays on a coed softball league. As we see the faces of our nieces and nephew light up as we attend their many school and sporting events, our lives do as well! We also treasure lively birthday celebrations with our families; play cards, board games, and video games; and enjoy movies and music. We enjoy hiking and riding ATVs through the mountains where Fritz grew up. On the weekends, you can often find us entertaining at our home with family and friends, where Fritz sometimes serves his legendary bread pudding. We simply cannot wait to incorporate a little one into all this fun—making every season of life even richer and more rewarding.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Fritz About Jodie: When I saw Jodie in the lunchroom at college, I said to myself, "I'm going to marry that girl!" I was instantly captivated, not just by her beautiful smile but by her compelling way of relating to others. I quickly discovered that she's not only kind and compassionate, but makes others feel at ease in any situation. Her love for children, family, and others truly sets her apart, and I know she will pour all that love and loyalty into a child—such an incredible mom she will be! Marrying my best friend has been truly amazing, and when we add a child to our family, I'll absolutely be living my dream, making them both feel cherished each and every day.
Jodie About Fritz: Fritz is not only smart mechanically—yes, he can fix anything and often does for others—but he's equally people-smart. By that, I mean he's a natural leader with a unique ability to motivate others and make them feel special. He's very dependable, easy going, and incredibly patient. Without a doubt, he's the best husband and best friend I could ever ask for, and I know he'll be the best father—building into a child's life not just great stability and security but great confidence and character as well. I know he'll be a fun, attentive, and loving dad—giving a child everything he or she needs and so much more. And as he nurtures this precious child, I'm so glad I'll get to see him putting his most amazing, hands-on "building skills" into action.
Our Life Priorities
Ever since we married, we not only focus on cherishing one another, ensuring a strong and vibrant marriage, but take great delight in emphasizing everything "family" as well. We seek to maintain close, loving relationships with our parents; our siblings and their spouses; our nieces and nephew; and many friends who've become like family to us. We focus on building deep relationships, not through giving material possessions, but through sharing life experiences—and being there for one another no matter what. For example, last spring we treated one of our nieces to a Taylor Swift concert as a special gift. That was a highlight for her and for us as well! We normally rent a big vacation house once a year and invite everyone in both our families to stay with us. It may sound remarkable, but everyone gets along really well—and the long-lasting memories are cherished by us all.
Now the hope of adding a child to this incredible picture brings us pure joy—it's a key priority and the deepest desire of our hearts. We've never given up on our long-held dream of becoming parents, giving a precious child the best hands-on love, security, and guidance ever needed. Trusting God, we will seek to instill a child with the same love of family, which also includes you (if desired), a treasured birth mom.
Our House and Neighborhood
Living in a beautiful area outside of Pittsburgh, we're so delighted our community places such importance on families. Priding itself on excellent schools, our neighborhood provides a swimming pool, several playgrounds, sports courts for tennis and basketball, a large pond, and many hiking trails—all within walking distance of our house.
Our backyard is a special place—with a deck where we often gather with friends and family to barbecue and watch fireworks. The kids love to catch the amazing number of fireflies that light up our backyard. Just behind our yard lies a wooded area and creek, where the many neighborhood kids love to play and build forts.
It's said that the family room is often the heart of the home, and for us, it truly is. It's where some of our best moments in life happen, surrounded by those we love. We also watch movies and Netflix in front of the fireplace, and during the holidays, it's where we decorate at least one of our three Christmas trees—all with different themes. Jodie loves to decorate for Christmas, a fun tradition we look forward to sharing with a child. We also enjoy our neighborhood's Halloween festivities, Christmas decorating contest, and 4th of July parade, just a few of the fun activities that add extra spark to our lives—sometimes literally!
Our Extended Families
We realize that a supportive and caring extended family can be quite rare—so we appreciate ours every day. In Jodie's family, she is the youngest child with two older brothers. Fritz is the oldest with two younger sisters and a younger brother. Together, we have four nieces and one nephew. We enjoy a close relationship with Jodie's mom who lives nearby, and with Fritz's parents as well. We enjoy trips with both our extended family; and have wonderful times playing board games with our nieces and nephew as well as cheering them on at their many school and sporting events, dance recitals, and choral concerts. We make it a priority to make as many of these as possible. Our extended families mean the world to us, and coming alongside them in both happy and hard times—brings even greater meaning to our lives.
With sincere humility, we also rejoice that the same loving support is returned to us as well. Yes, each of our family members couldn't be happier for us as we look forward to becoming parents through the gift of adoption. We know they'll become part of our vital support system—and as this child grows, those rich relationships will make a great impact, providing a lifetime of friendships, listening ears, holiday fun, and added life purpose. We cannot wait share our love with our child, pouring out the love—and soaking it in as well.
From Us to You
As we share the details of our story, a glimpse of our hearts, we realize your own longings and dreams may be lying just beneath the surface. In this brief space, we'd like to untie any knots of uncertainty for you—giving you a deep sense of peace—as we attempt to stitch for you a vivid picture of what life would be like for a precious child welcomed into our family.
We want to show you some vibrant hues, each representing a special area of your child's life. We hope you'll be able to carry this "rainbow of promise" with you, a lasting sign that we will stand firm in our deep devotion to your child and our commitment to you.
One of the first areas we hope you see is marked by an unbreakable red thread that runs through our lives—signifying a head-over-heels, unconditional love for each other and for your child—generous and steadfast. When we realized we couldn't have a child and fertility treatments saw no success, we couldn't stop thinking about all we would miss through parenthood. Yet, ever hopeful, we realized that being parents means so much more than experiencing a pregnancy, and we feel God has led us to adoption.
Now, we're praying for you, for all your hopes and dreams and your decision ahead. Yes, the color red also reminds us of God's love for us all, for you and your child. And through our faith in Him, we trust in His plan with thankful hearts. That includes our deep thanks for you—and how we promise to honor you in our family.
Like a true blue thread of commitment, we welcome future visits with you, an open relationship with lots of communication if you desire, and a promise to send frequent, ongoing updates and pictures. We promise to always uplift you and to give you a place of honor in our family.
We also lace this picture with emerald green—signifying the freedom and flexibility in our daily schedules to give this child optimal one-on-one nurturing time. Since we work together at an extremely family-friendly workplace, and our coworkers are literally family to us (yes, Fritz's brother and sister work there as well!), we have the freedom and even encouragement to work fewer hours and remotely from home, especially adapting our schedules to always make this child our first priority.
Weaving through this picture also includes a thread of sunshine yellow, illuminating a future filled with family and friendships; wonderful neighbors, including future playmates; a community of exemplary schools and love for learning; and a safe haven of growing in strength of character and empathy for others. We want to instill in this child the mindset that sometimes the difficulties we walk through in life can really be catalysts for something greater. And we want to encourage you in this as well, to let you know that a bright, hope-filled season lies ahead for you!
As Jodie's aunt and cousin were both adopted, and Fritz's cousin was adopted as well, we have wonderful, first-hand insight into the joy of adoption and all it entails. And we couldn't be more excited!
We hope this picture we've stitched here for you has provided a lasting testimony that we will keep our promises to you, wanting to support and encourage you always. May you see here a tapestry of love designed just for your child—tight-knit and vibrant; filled with warm embraces and tender daily moments, as well as big celebrations; always hoping, protecting, and lovingly guiding. We hope it has provided you with a rainbow of peace that you can trust, take with you, and hold onto forever.
With love always,
Fritz & Jodie
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