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Spencer & Ashleigh
We believe children are a gift from God, and are honored that you are taking a few minutes to read our profile! We love finding joy in the small things in life, and love spending time with family. We are blessed with a wonderful community and strive to teach our kids how to be kind, loyal friends. You are making a difficult decision, and you will be in our prayers.
Our Leisure Time
Our leisure time revolves around family fun and spending time with friends and extended family.
We love to garden every year, planting vegetables like tomatoes, zucchini, green beans, butternut squash, and more, as well as herbs like cilantro and basil. We try to make the early spring into a family event, digging in the dirt and planting seeds together. Our daughters love enjoying food that we have grown ourselves, and we look forward to sharing that with another child added to our family through adoption.
We love to play games together, watch movies, play outside at parks, go to the zoo, go to the pool or fountains in the summer, visit the mountains, make forts, and read library books together. We have an annual camping trip with extended family over Memorial Day weekend, and we have started a tradition to make a big fort to camp indoors together as a family right before a new school year begins. We love visiting an annual pumpkin patch that includes lots of slides, hay rides, apple cider, and pick your own pumpkin.
Finally, we love having dinners with our extended families and our friends. It is a regular part of our life, both planned and spontaneous meals together. We are blessed to have both our families close by, which makes our holidays extra full and wonderful! We are looking forward to sharing all of this and more with another child added to our family!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Ashleigh About Spencer: Spencer is the most patient person I have ever known. He is calm, loving, gentle, and kind. He can get along with anyone because he is a peace-maker. He also loves to make memories with our children. He makes time every day to play with them, take them to the playground, etc.. I love that he can make chores into a fun adventure for our kids, making a treasure map to guide each chore.
I love that Spencer jumps in to help around the house without being asked. He makes breakfast for the family most mornings, and does all of the handy-man maintenance. He is the person you can always count on to help you move, build a fence, or serve at an event.
I admire and respect his hard work at work and home. I admire his intelligence for math and science as well, and love having nerdy conversations with him.
Spencer About Ashleigh: I love that Ashleigh has deep friendships with people. She asks good questions, listens, and is a loyal friend. She is empathetic and desires to understand the feelings of others. I love that Ashleigh plans exciting events for our family to do together, such as camping indoors, attending an annual pumpkin patch, and visiting the zoo.
I admire and respect Ashleigh's ability to teach complex school subjects, such as physics and calculus, as well as her skill in American sign language. She loves teaching and strives to see her students succeed.
Our Cultural Heritage
Growing up, our families didn't emphasize our particular culture, but we celebrated different cultures. Spencer's family invited foreign exchange students to live with them and continues to invite many international students over for dinner on a regular basis. We celebrate different cultures by having family birthday parties where we will make the food from different countries. Because of this diversity, we have come to sing happy birthday in 4 to 5 languages. We live in a very culturally diverse area and we often interact with others from various cultures.
Ashleigh also had a foreign exchange student live with her family for a month in high school. The school that Ashleigh teaches at is very diverse, including a lot of international students. She also has some Native American heritage from her biological father, but did not learn much about it growing up. As an adult, her interest in that heritage has increased, and as a result, Ashleigh sees the importance in teaching an adopted child about his/her heritage. We understand how learning and celebrating different cultures is important.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our neighborhood is great! There is a community playground a few yards from our backyard. And there is a swimming pool and another playground at the end of our street, making it a short walk up the street during the summer to have fun at the pool. We also have a public library close by, and check out a lot of books and DVDs, like Magic School Bus.
We are very involved in community with our church, and our children enjoy Sunday school class and small group meals together with other kids.
Being not too far from Washington D.C., we are able to visit museums, the zoo, monuments, and the Cherry Blossom festival. Because we are in such a central location, we are able to be an hour or two from very varied activities - from city to farms and mountains!
We try to make a point to have less stuff and more fun! Therefore, inside our house, we keep an open living room so that we can sing and dance to music with our children. Our daughters favorite room is their playroom, which has a play kitchen, stuffed animals, ninja turtle action figure, cars, dolls, and so much more. We think this new child would love playing in the playroom too. One of our favorite family traditions is to decorate our house and Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving while blasting the Christmas music!
Our Extended Families
Spencer is the second oldest of six other siblings. Ashleigh is the oldest of a much younger brother and sister. Our extended families are tight-knit and we are blessed to have them live near us. We enjoy having large family dinners or birthday parties at least once a month with either Spencer's or Ashleigh's family. Spencer's family sings Happy Birthday in 4-5 languages at every birthday celebration! Spencer's family loves playing games - board games, football, soccer. Ashleigh's family loves good, grilled food and long conversations together. Ashleigh's Dad loves the mountains, and we are able to occasionally visit the beautiful Shenandoah mountains with him.
Our family has been touched by adoption. Ashleigh's step-dad adopted her at 9 years old. It has always been a special event for Ashleigh, as her dad was not obligated to adopt her when he married her mom, but he wanted to and chose to legally become her father. Four of Spencer's cousins were adopted as well - two from Russia and two domestically. We have seen first-hand the gift adoption is to all involved.
Your child would be gaining two loving, older sisters, doting grandparents, and lots of wonderful aunts and uncles. We are so thankful for the amount of love we are surrounded with on a daily basis and look forward to sharing that love with this child.
From Us to You
Hi! We are Spencer and Ashleigh. We are honored and humbled that you are taking time to read more about us. We admire your courage and love toward your child in trying to make this difficult decision for your baby's future.
We met in college and became close friends, then began dating in our senior year. We were married almost one year, after we graduated in 2010, in front of many family and friends. We have been married for over 7 ½ years now and the friendship and love in our marriage has only grown more year after year. We enjoy spending time together; continuing to learn more about each other and how we can love better. We are each other's best friend.
Spencer is a software engineer and Ashleigh is a teacher and loves to teach physics and calculus at the high school level. We were both homeschooled as children and enjoy learning new things and seeing our daughters learn and develop. We take a purposeful role in our children's education. We enjoy talking about science related things and watching sci-fi movies.
We have a deep desire to grow our family, but now through adoption. We have been blessed with two biological daughters, but Ashleigh's pregnancies were extremely difficult. Our daughters are the perfect picture of sisters. While they fight at times like any sisters might, we can see a bond growing between them and we often find them playing and laughing together. They are truly sisters. We believe that children are a gift and that we should love them and teach them to love others as well. We feel like our family is not yet complete and that our family is ready for another member.
While watching our daughters play, we often think about how much fun a new member of the family would have with two doting, big sisters. As we play duck, duck, goose, or board games as a family, we think how much more fun it would be with another child added to our family. This child would receive so much love and attention from us, big sisters, grandparents, and numerous aunts and uncles who live near us. Besides desiring to help this child receive a solid academic education, we hope we can help this child to reach his or her goals in life. Most of all, we desire to teach all our children how to be kind people, who care about others.
We believe that God has had a hand in bringing the two of us together and building our marriage and family. We are excited to see our family grow through adoption. We know the choice you are making is a difficult one, but we pray that you will have peace in your decision. Should you choose us, we look forward to getting to know you and hearing your story. As your child grows we will be open with them about their adoption and share with them how much you love them and the courage you have. We will share your child's growth and experiences with you by sending you pictures, videos, stories, and keepsakes, if desired.
Thank you again for taking time to learn about us. We want you to know that whatever you decide you are in our prayers.
Spencer & Ashleigh
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