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Brad & Anna
Words cannot express all the love and emotions of the gift called adoption. We recognize the magnitude of the choice you are making. Entrusting your child to be raised by someone else requires incredible bravery, strength, honesty and, most of all, love for your child. We feel honored to be considered as adoptive parents. And if you so choose, we would love to take on this journey with you.
Our Family Traditions
Christmas and Thanksgiving are big within our families. The tables are filled with large amounts of food and the tree is always the center of our gatherings on Christmas morning. But what makes these holidays so joyous is the preparation leading up to them. There are many hours spent in the kitchen cooking with our families and playing reindeer games.
Fun times don't start and stop with these holidays. Fourth of July is always very eventful as well. Memorial Day is always spent by the pool, grilling and spending time with family. We also spend time at the beach with Brad's family every year and travel with Anna's family, a few times a year, often to Canton, TX, for Trade Days. We also love to visit places like New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Travel is very important to our family as this creates memories and opens our eyes to new experiences.
Birthdays within our family can never be too big. Presents, balloons, cake and candies fill the table on those special days when someone becomes a year older. Halloween is also a fun time. Carving pumpkins, dressing up and going door to door begging for candy is something even the grown-ups enjoy! We cannot wait to introduce a child to these family traditions.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Anna About Brad:
There are so many things I love about Brad and am thankful every day that God brought him into my life. The first thing I love about Brad is the way he loves his family. He loves us fiercely and would do anything to make sure we are happy and secure. I also admire Brad's honesty. Lastly, I admire the love Brad has for his daughter. Prior to meeting Brad, I prayed that God would bless me with someone who would be an amazing father. The first time I was able to see Brad interact with his daughter I could see what a wonderful father he was. I have absolutely no doubt he will be an exceptional daddy and also provide the most loving home a child could hope for.
Brad About Anna:
Anna is a beautiful, strong, independent woman. She never starts something she can’t finish. She’s loyal, affectionate and caring. She is always placing everyone else’s needs before her own. She loves to love and loves to laugh. Being positive is her trademark. Those are a few of the characteristics that made me fall in love with Anna; however, the icing for me is her love for God. She is an amazing Christian woman who has a strong foundation developed by her parents. And I know she will instill these same characteristics within her own child.
Why We Chose Adoption
A few years after we married we started trying for children to grow our family. After a year, with no luck of getting pregnant, we decided to seek help from a doctor. We tried fertility treatments and surgeries. The past few years have been a roller coaster of emotions. Anna wants a child more than anything in this world. Brad has his daughter, Lauren, and the love he has for her, as a father, is undying. Knowing that Lauren is his fills his soul with pride and joy. This is the same feeling he wants Anna to have for the rest of her life. And he knows Anna will make the perfect mother. She absolutely loves children and loves being a mother to Lauren but, she needs more. She needs a child that is hers… ours. And Brad wants so much to be able to give that to her, but he can't without the help of a birthmother. To love and raise a child together is a journey we are excited to take. It’s the next chapter in our lives and we are excited knowing there is a child out there that is ours, waiting for us. If you choose us, your child will be loved and cared for, unconditionally.
Our Extended Families
Anna has two older brothers and one older sister. Brad also has two older brothers. We both share a very similar upbringing. Both of our fathers are very hard workers and our mothers were stay-at-home moms during our school years. Brad's family lives 2 hours away and Anna's family lives just down the road.
We try to go see Brad's family as much as we can; however, they come see us often. Since Anna's family lives just down the road from us we tend to visit them almost daily. Anna's mother loves to cook and we have spent hours and hours around the dinner table as a family eating good food, playing board games and laughing until our bellies ache. And it's the same way when we go see Brad's family. Brad's mom is a wonderful cook as well and the dinner table is where we will always gather. You can always set Brad's dad apart from everyone else with his laugh - it's very unique.
We absolutely love taking family vacations. We usually go to the beach with Brad's family and New York or California with Anna's family. We love creating lifetime memories with our families. Both of our families are very excited about this adoption journey we are on. They absolutely cannot wait to have another grandchild they can spoil.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a big little town in Arkansas. It's more of a small town with the convenience of a bigger city. There are a lot of parks, splash pads, bike and hiking trails and the schools are absolutely amazing. Downtown is lined with unique shops and delicious restaurants. It is a great place to raise children. Our neighborhood has several community playgrounds, swimming pools and events where the children can get together and play. We have lots of children in our neighborhood that ride bikes or zoom around on their golf carts. It is a quiet neighborhood, and the police and fire department are very close by so safety is never a concern.
Our house was built in a cul-de-sac and is very safe for children to ride their bikes and play basketball. It is a 3 bedroom 2 bath house with a large fenced in back yard. We have two golden retrievers that love to chase balls and love on us. We love hanging out in the backyard during the summer grilling burgers, watching football and visiting with our friends and family. We also take great pride in our landscaping. We love doing yard work and planting flowers. We love living in this neighborhood and are praying for the opportunity to take a child on a bike ride to the park to watch them play.
From Us to You
How do we write a letter to two people we have never met, yet who have stolen our hearts? Words cannot contain all the love and emotions of the gift called adoption. We cannot begin to imagine what you must be feeling, thinking and experiencing during this time. Our hearts break with you as you face the task of making life-changing decisions for you and your child. We know that what could be the happiest day of our lives might very well be the hardest of yours. As you face this most difficult decision, please know that you are covered in prayer and love by two strangers who would be blessed to meet you and your little one.
We recognize the choice you're making is the most difficult choice a woman can make in her lifetime. Entrusting your child to be raised by someone else requires incredible bravery, strength, honesty, and, most of all, love for your child. We feel extremely honored to be considered as adoptive parents. And, if you so choose, we would be honored to be a part of this journey with you - through the tears and the joys. We promise to cherish and love your child with our hearts and soul and to provide a safe, happy home and a life with every opportunity possible. Please know we are praying for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy and will continue praying that God will fill you with peace in whatever decision you make for the rest of our lives.
We understand the need for you to keep up with how your child is doing throughout his or her life and the peace of mind this will provide your heart. We solemnly promise to send photos and letters to you every year if you wish to receive them. If you are open to more contact in the future, we both promise to provide this as well as we understand that without you this would not be possible. We will always love you for the gift you are giving us and we promise to always cherish your heart.
We met through a mutual friend in 2010 and married in 2013. Our lives have never been more filled with joy, happiness and love. Or so we thought. A child in our lives is missing that we can truly call our own. Having a child between us will fill that void that currently fills our hearts. We believe the battle of infertility has only made our love and bond with each other grow stronger as we leaned on each other more and more with the most difficult news we kept receiving. But, we never gave up on each other and we never will. We have always placed God first in our lives and believe He will deliver us a child that we can call ours, one day. Hopefully soon. If you are the one that will help make our dreams come true, we promise to never take you and your wishes of wanting to keep in touch with your child for granted; however, if your wishes are different than what we are willing to provide then we will respect your wishes as well.
We promise to give your child the best love and support a family can provide. We both have very large extended families who can't wait to have an addition to the family. Your child will have amazing grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins, who will be a constant in his or her life. There will be times we will not give your child what he or she wants but we will always give them what he or she needs. We are so much looking forward to having a child and we thank you so much for taking the time to read our story. And we pray you will consider taking this journey with us.
With the greatest love,
Brad & Anna
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