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Ian & Emily
We are an active, fun, loving couple who lives in Washington, D.C. - and visits our home in South Carolina regularly. We believe we can give a child a life overflowing in love and opportunities, rooted in the love, respect and joy that we have for one another. We are excited to adopt and grow our family.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
From Emily: Ian is a wonderful husband and he will be an incredible father. He is loving, thoughtful, and creative. He's also the smartest and most interesting person I know because he is always pushing himself to learn more about the world (he loves to watch science shows, read books, and learn all topics). And no matter what the situation, he always has the ability to make me laugh. He works hard and is an excellent provider, but also knows how to have fun. I'm so grateful he is my partner during all the twists and turns in life.
From Ian: Emily is an amazing wife - so smart, loving, and kind. She has a great gift for people and has many friends. Every time we walk around our neighborhood, she sees someone she knows, and they say hello. Emily is bold and creative and is always thinking of ways to do something nice for others. Her curiosity and sense of humor lead us into our best adventures. Emily is also one of the bravest and strongest people I know. No matter what, a child will always know that they can come to Emily to give them the confidence to follow their dreams.
Our Leisure Time
Fortunately, we share a lot of the same interests. We both love to spend time outdoors, we love to exercise, we love to read, and we love to learn new things.
The most relaxing thing we do is visit our beach house in South Carolina. We are about a five-minute walk from the beach and we both love to run or walk by the ocean, or sit and read a book on the beach, or play games on the sand.
When it comes to reading, Emily likes to read fiction novels - usually the most recent New York Times best sellers that are popular. Ian likes to read biography, history, and books about science and math.
We also both like to exercise to relax. Ian loves to run long distances, and Emily likes to swim, spin, and practice yoga.
We also like to learn new things and are very lucky to live a short walk from the museums in D.C. like the Smithsonian.
The weekends are our favorite time because they give us a chance to do all these things, relax, and enjoy each other's company.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Ever since we got married, we have a taken a road trip through places in the Western United States. Usually, we fly into one place, rent a car, drive from one small city to another, spend each night in a different place, and then fly out of another airport about five days later.
During these trips, we have traveled to Idaho, Montana, Iowa, South Dakota, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. When we are traveling, we usually try to minimize the driving and enjoy each city we are in. We usually schedule some sort of tour and enjoy the great outdoors - including biking and hiking. And we always make sure to check out some of the most interesting places were people gather or eat in each town.
These trips give us a chance to spend time together. It's amazing how important it is for us to get out of Washington and get a new perspective on life. We love America - and we love discovering it. We're excited for a child to join us on our trips because they are so much fun and such an incredible learning opportunity.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a safe, wonderful neighborhood in Washington, D.C. that is full of parks, playgrounds, museums, good schools, young families and other children. It's a fantastic place for children to grow up, meet new friends, play and learn in safety, and feel part of a great community.
In Washington, we have a two-bedroom condo in the middle of the city. Our favorite rooms are the kitchen and our living room because we love to cook dinner together and then watch interesting movies. We have wonderful neighbors and love to walk regularly to all the historic places in D.C.
We also have a three-bedroom second home in South Carolina on an island community full of beautiful nature and interesting wildlife (like deer and exotic coastal birds!).
We love to visit here once a month so we can ride bikes, swim in pools, and play games on the beach. Our favorite room here is the back porch because we love to sit outside and eat dinner and read books.
We love living in the city of Washington D.C. for most of the month and regularly enjoying the slower life on the beaches of South Carolina. It's truly the best of both worlds and both places will be so much fun for a child.
Our Extended Families
Family is precious to us - and they are the biggest blessings in our lives. Emily's family is in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida, and Ian's family (including his six brothers and sisters) are spread out between Massachusetts and North Carolina. We love to play games together, cook good food, explore, and celebrate holidays together.
Every Thanksgiving, we spend time with Emily's family - and always fry a turkey and enjoy Emily's mom's delicious sides. And every Fourth of July, we join Ian's family to celebrate his dad's birthday and enjoy swimming in the pool and cooking out. We have a lot of young nieces and nephews who attend all of these celebrations - and will be excited to have a new cousin! For Christmas, we travel to Emily's grandparents' house in the mountains of South Carolina and celebrate with extended family and cousins.
Our families are funny, kind, loving, wise, and encouraging. They are also excited about our plan to adopt and look forward to welcoming the child into our family. We love our families and are so grateful for their support and guidance.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to view our profile. We are so grateful for your interest in our story and in our lives. We are a loving, committed, married couple, ready to adopt and provide a child with a home full of love, safety, and opportunities.
We live and work in Washington, D.C. We met when we were in our late 20s and early 30s, after both establishing careers in public service. We looked for each other for a long time and were so happy when we finally found each other.
In some ways, we are different people who complement each other (Ian thinks like an engineer and Emily … doesn't. Emily loves to cook and Ian is better at cleaning up after cooking). But, when it comes to our love for each other and our commitment to one another, we are very much the same. We feel that we make an exceptional team.
After dating (including long distance!) for almost four years, we were married in October of 2013 and our marriage has been an incredible blessing. We share many interests that bring us closer together every day, including reading, exercising, traveling, and spending time with our friends and our big families. And we both love to laugh and bring joy to one another.
A few years after we got married, we also bought a house near the beach in South Carolina and we love visiting it. Having the opportunity to live in two distinct places -- a bustling city and a slower rural beach community - is the best of both worlds.
We would like to build a family. Ever since Emily was a teenager, she has known that she would not be able to get pregnant. As soon as she started dating Ian, she told him this. He responded, "We can always adopt!" (It brought tears to her eyes and joy to her heart).
So now, we are on our adoption journey. While we are not sure how long it will take, we do know that adoption will be such a tremendous blessing in our lives. We are so grateful for your brave decision to learn more about adoption and possibly help a family become parents.
When we are parents, we will work hard every day to ensure that our child knows that they are loved unconditionally and has been loved before they were born by both their birth family and us.
We will also ensure our child gets an excellent education because we know that education opens doors in life. We also believe that we have an important responsibility to teach the most important lessons in life at home, like being kind, honest, and strong. We also both have a strong faith in God and will make sure the child knows that God loves them and is walking with them throughout their entire lives.
We will make sure that the child knows their story and how your decision was the greatest act of love. We will be open and transparent and answer any questions he or she may have about their families and their history. If it is your wish, we will share information and pictures about the child's health and life as they grow.
We look forward to bringing a child home and welcoming them into our family. If you'd like to learn more about our lives, please make sure to view our video, our pictures and our favorites.
Ian & Emily
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