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Chad & Irma
We believe all children are a gift from God and can only imagine how challenging your decision must be. Thank you so much for taking the time to consider us as parents of your child. We are very excited to welcome them into our growing family. You will always be deeply respected in our home and your child will always know that your adoption decision was a selfless act of love.
What Made Us Who We Are Today
We believe who we are today reflects our environments and collective experiences in life. Growing up in the countryside of Guatemala, as one of 9 children, Irma grew up learning the values of family, a tight-knit community, hard work and humility. When she moved to the U.S. in her early 20's, she brought that upbringing with her. Even though she didn't learn to speak English growing up, when she came to the States she began taking community college classes to learn the language. After getting married, Irma went back to school and got her G.E.D., and then she pushed herself to complete a bachelor's degree in Finance with a double major in management. Even though she's not a "natural student" or a native English speaker, Irma's hard work ethic, positive attitude and belief in making the most of her opportunities are a great example of who she is today.
Chad has always been someone who is very motivated by his passions in life. No matter what interested him, he always set out to excel at it to his best potential. When he turned 20, Chad was diagnosed with cancer. He had to have surgery and chemotherapy, and during that time he was able to reflect deeply on what he wanted most out of life. Today he is cancer free and healthy and has been devoted to giving back through community service, becoming a cancer doctor and researcher. He has channeled his passions into being the best caregiver he can be, and to making discoveries that will help other cancer patients like he was helped.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Chad About Irma: Irma has the most magnetic and charming personality of anyone I have ever known. People are instantly drawn to her warmth, sincerity and fun-loving nature. She has a great sense of humor and she always enjoys laughing. I love how carefree she is and she never takes herself too seriously. I admire how much she loves people, how she always gives people the benefit of the doubt, and how quick she is to forgive and move on when people have hurt her. Irma is such a devoted mom, and has chosen to not work so that she can focus on raising our children instead. I am so grateful to be married to her, and that I get to see the amazing mom she has become.
Irma About Chad: I am blessed to be married to my best friend. Chad is loving, caring, a go-getter, an amazing father, and devoted husband. He has enriched my life in so many different ways. I love his passion for adventures, trying new things, and traveling to different places in the world. He is a great provider and a committed father who makes sure Mia and I have fun in life. I truly admire his giving and serving heart towards others. His self-motivation has played a huge role in making me believe you can do anything you want in life. Also, he has a playful and child-like heart, which is one of the things that made me fall in love with him.
Our Life Priorities
There are several things we try hard to prioritize in our lives. We both became Christians in our early 20s, and ever since then we have been devoted to making our relationship with God the most important priority in our lives. The result of this devotion is that it teaches us to prioritize loving, respecting and serving everyone we come in contact with, whether family, friends or anyone else in need. Our next biggest priority is for us to focus on our marriage and friendship, and to make sure we have enough quality time together to keep our relationship strong. We believe without our marriage being a strong foundation we will not be the best parents and examples to our children that we can be. Finally, our biggest priority is to be the best parents we can be to our children. It is extremely important to us that our children learn to love all kinds of people, to do good to all and to make the most of the opportunities they are given.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home and where we live in the east coast. We live on an acre lot with many tall pine trees in the backyard. We enjoy relaxing with hot chocolate at the firepit we built when it gets chilly, or on the back porch where we share many meals and have play time with Mia. Our house has 4 bedrooms and a large playroom for Mia to enjoy play dates with her friends. Mia loves going to her little kitchen and preparing "meals" for us. Speaking of meals, we love to entertain throughout the year. Every other week we host friends and neighbors to have dinner (potluck style) and discuss the bible. A growing tradition of ours is to host many people from all over the world for Thanksgiving. It is important to us that Mia gets to see us welcome people into our home and to share what we've been given.
Our neighborhood has a ton of children that play together. Because we're in a small neighborhood, everyone knows each other. Some of Mia's best friends are kids in the neighborhood, and they are constantly talking about playing together. We often go for a run and push Mia in the jogging stroller, and now she's learning to ride her bike. In the winter months we love taking her out with the neighbors after a snow to go sledding down the hills, and the best hill in the neighborhood happens to be right in front of our house.
Our Extended Families
We are extremely blessed to have loving and supportive families that are excited about our plans to adopt. Although Chad's father passed away in 2012, he had a close relationship with his dad. Chad looks forward to sharing with his children many important life lessons his dad taught him. Visiting Chad's family usually involves staying at his mom's ranch, where Mia Sofia gets to feed the chickens (and collect their eggs), visit Piper the cow, ride horses and pet the donkeys. Fortunately, Chad's two sisters and his 7-year-old niece both live near his mom, making it easy for everyone to see each other.
Irma is very lucky to have a really large family, nearly all of whom live in the same city. Being one of nine children, Irma also has a large extended family. Irma's parents are happily married after 52 years, and this year we took them on trip to the Dominican Republic with Mia Sofia. Every time we visit her family there is lots of energy, excitement, amazing Latin food and parties. One of our favorite traditions with Irma's family is to take all of the children, which requires many cars, to go ice skating and then to the movies.
We get to see both of our families several times a year, usually for celebrations (birthday parties, graduations, baby showers) and we alternate visiting families during the holidays. We are excited to share the diverse cultures, traditions and love that our families have with your child.
From Us to You
Hello! We are grateful that you are taking the time to read our profile. We hope this letter offers you a brief look into our story and how your child might fit into our lives.
Our names are Chad and Irma. We first met each other at church. Chad was captivated by Irma's natural beauty (he nicknamed her Poca, short for Pocahontas), charm and outgoing personality. Irma loved Chad's maturity, easy-going nature and determination to make something of himself. Their first date cost Chad $5, which consisted of him making fresh orange juice, quesadillas and showing Irma some of the salsa dance steps he was learning. We quickly became best friends, and we have since been married for almost 13 beautiful years.
We love children, and if we had it our way we would have a ton. However, fertility has been a challenge for us. But thank God, after 10 years of trying and lots of fertility treatments, we were blessed with a beautiful little mix of us, Mia Sofia. Mia (who Chad nicknamed MiSo) is a really sweet 3-year-old who manages to be a total tomboy and also girlie girl at the same time. She loves wrestling with her dad, being chased around the house, gymnastics, dressing up like a princess and she especially enjoys dancing. Mia is very excited to be a big sister, and we are thrilled that she'll learn the importance of sharing with others and looking after her younger sibling.
We are blessed to have large loving families who are completely supportive of our adoption plan. We value quality time with our families and try to spend as much time with them as possible. Our family times are full of laughter, fun, love and delicious meals! We also have long lasting friendships with local families that are excited for us to adopt. Our Christian faith is very important to us and we plan to share these values with a child. We would be eternally grateful to bring another child into our lives.
Should you choose us to parent your child, we promise to love them unconditionally. We will provide an environment in which your child feels completely safe and supported while having experiences that shape them as an individual. One of our greatest joys in life is getting to watch our daughter Mia grow into her own person, becoming a strong, confident and happy girl that is thriving. We very much want the same for your child, and we look forward to showing them the beautiful things this world has to offer.
We want you to know that we will always discuss adoption openly and honestly with your child and make it a natural part of our lives together. They will always know that your adoption decision was made out of love, and that you worked very hard to find them a good home. You will always have our complete respect and admiration.
We look forward to maintaining contact and sharing milestones and memories through letters, pictures, emails and texts if you so desire. It is important to us that you have peace about your decision and confidence knowing that your child is loved unconditionally.
We are so grateful to be considered and would be thrilled if you choose us as adoptive parents for your child. The appreciation and gratitude we will always have for you is impossible to convey with words. We are aware that parenting is a tremendous responsibility and are ready for this huge and exciting chapter of our lives! We would love the opportunity to get to know more about you. You will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers during this journey.
Chad & Irma
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