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Ed & Barb
Hello and thank you for reading our profile. Before you read any further, we want you to know that if you give us the privilege of being parents to your child, we will give them a life full of laughter, adventure and unconditional love. We will cherish them every day and make sure they know how grateful we are to you for making it possible.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption is a big part of our family story. Barb's oldest siblings were adopted by her mother. When Barb's mom and dad met, her father was a single-father of two very small children. After they married, Barb's mom immediately adopted the children and they began their lives as a new family.
Our family was again touched by adoption when one of our cousins placed her second child for adoption. We saw how difficult it was for her to make the decision and how brave she was the day she placed her child in the excited adoptive parents' arms.
Additionally, one of our good friends adopted a daughter as a single parent. We are very close to them and spend many holidays and vacations together. Her daughter will play a big part in our child's life and has already asked to become the official babysitter when the time is right! She will also be able to provide insights and be a sounding board to our child as someone who was adopted herself.
Adoption has always been a wonderful and celebrated part of our family story. From Barb's oldest siblings, to our closest friend and to (hopefully) our own child.
Our Leisure Time
We love road tripping. There is nothing better than packing up the car and heading to our desired destination being able to stop and see all of the amazing sites along the way. Ed is a master of figuring out the best routes with the most interesting sites. One of our most favorite road trips is the one we took through Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota. We saw all the sites of Yellowstone Park, The Grand Tetons and Mount Rushmore. We can't wait to take our little one on adventures with us, and soon they will be part of the decision of where we travel to next.
We also love to go to baseball spring training. We have the same seats every year - right behind home plate. We spend the day eating hotdogs and popcorn while watching baseball in the warm sun of Arizona.
Ed loves watching sports -- from football to baseball to basketball to Formula One racing. He can't wait for a little one to join in the fun on Super Bowl Sunday or watch a game in the stands under the warm sun during spring training. Ed also has started running marathons and brings Barb along for races in Hawaii, New Orleans, Chicago (to name a few) - he can't wait to cross the finish line with a little fan waiting for him on the other side.
Barb loves cooking and hosting friends for dinner. On Christmas Eve the same friends come to our house - and we spend the day eating, drinking and playing games. During Fleet Weekend (air show), Barb surprises guests with not just dinner, but breakfast and lunch, too. To Barb, making the food that brings so many special people together is magical. She is so exited to have a helper in the kitchen to teach them all the secret recipes her mom and grandma passed on to her. Whether it is how to make the perfect spaghetti sauce, or how to whip up a quick batch of chocolate chip cookies, having a little chef to help, would be a dream come true.
If our child is a different race from us, they will feel right at home as so many of our family and friends are as well. Within our immediate family and friend circle, there is a mix of cousins that are white, Black, Filipino, Korean and American Indian. With that said, we do not take it lightly that there may be struggles. We are lucky to have Barb's sister, niece and close friend who also have children of a different race who can help guide us through any issues that may come up. We also are prepared to talk to a specialized adoption therapist if necessary, on how best to cope and get ahead of any issues. We will encourage our child to embrace their heritage – and as parents, we will as well. Diversity is something we celebrate every day and we are so lucky to live in a city and have such amazing family and friends that do as well.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the Bay Area in a city that is rich in diversity and culture. What we love about our city is that there is always something to do - Broadway plays, farmers markets, music festivals - and if we feel like getting out, we can easily jump in the car and within a few hours be at the beach, in the mountains or in wine country.
There isn't one room we love more in our home, we just love our home. The kitchen is the heart where Barb loves to cook. There is always something in the slow cooker or simmering on the stove. We love hosting dinner parties and usually have family or friends in once a month sitting around the dining room table laughing and talking. Our family TV room is all about cuddling on the couch - making popcorn and watching a good movie on Netflix. If there was one word we would use to describe our home it is "cocoon." A cocoon when you kick off your shoes, get comfy on the couch and wait for Barb to announce, "Dinner is ready!"
We live in a charming neighborhood that is known for its beautiful parks, cute corner markets and famous trolley cars. You name it - our city has it - swimming, soccer, baseball, basketball, gymnastics, dance, camps, art classes, yoga - the list goes on and on! What we love most about our neighborhood is its diversity. No family looks the same - one, two or same sex parents, white, black, Asian, Latino. Our community is a mixing pot of amazing people and we are blessed to be able to live in a city where its people are passionate, cultured and accepting to all.
Our Extended Families
We spend a lot of time with Barb's family, which consists of her mom, sisters, their spouses, nieces and nephews and Ed's mom. Family dinners are what we love to do and when we are all together - it gets loud! You will always find us around the kitchen island, eating, drinking, prepping the next course, discussing the latest hot topic, yelling at whatever sporting event happens to be on TV and scooping up one of the kids who happens to be running by for a quick squeeze. There is nothing better than the craziness of our family laughing, debating, playing and just being together.
We love to spend holidays with family. At Christmas there is a much-loved game of "White Elephant" gift exchange, on Easter we always have an Easter egg hunt and Thanksgiving is football and food all day. We can't wait to bring a new little person into the mix. If you allow us to adopt your baby, they will never be short on love, support, cousins to play with and endless auntie and uncle hugs and kisses.
From Us to You
Hi there - It feels a bit strange to write such a personal letter to someone we don't know. Probably just as strange as it feels for you to read a heartfelt letter from two complete strangers. But, as awkward as it may feel, it is the first step of making our biggest dream come true. So, here we go ...
First, thank you. By you taking the time to read this means we are just a little closer to becoming parents. But before we go any further, we bet you are wondering who we are, so let us tell you a bit about ourselves. The day we met; we both knew we had met our match. We challenge each other to be our best selves, support each other, make each other laugh (a lot!), are there for each other during the down time, the sad times and always for the good times. In short, we love each other deeply. We have been married for 15 years and feel so lucky to have found each other. We both work in the software industry and live in the Bay Area with our sweet kitty Addison. But there is a piece of our life that is missing. It is because of this; we are writing this letter to you.
We have worked very hard in our professional and personal lives to be able to provide a life for a child that is both financially secure and emotionally stable. We plan on being very active and hands-on parents. We can't wait for the first smile, the first step, the first day of school, packing lunches, family dinners, pictures with Santa Claus, Easter egg hunts, school plays, PTA meetings, soccer games (if they so choose), and all the little tiny things that make being a family so wonderful.
We both love to take family vacations and can't wait to take our little one along for the adventure. We look forward to taking family trips across the U.S. as well as Europe. We plan to show our child as much as possible exposing them to different cultures, countries and ideas. Some of our favorite places to visit include the rolling hills of Sonoma Wine Country, the sandy beaches of Hawaii and the beautiful museums of Paris. We can't wait to continue to explore this gorgeous world as a family.
Education is very important to us both and we will make sure we provide the very best. We want to be very active in school activities and will be those parents that bake the cupcakes, coach the sporting teams and volunteer for field trips. We also want to give our child the emotional support that they will need as they grow up. We take the responsibility of raising a child very seriously and we promise to teach them how to be loving, compassionate and accepting. We will teach them the value of hard work, how to be responsible and most importantly how to achieve their own hopes and dreams.
If you are open to it, we want to include you in our family's life, because you are part of our family. You will have given us this amazing gift. Without you, a family is not possible for us.
We realize that you have a big (and very hard) decision to make. A single letter may not provide enough information to help you decide. If you would like to learn more about us, we would be more than happy to exchange emails or even chat by phone.
We hope by capturing on paper what is in our hearts we have given you some insight into who we are as people, and who we will be as parents. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this letter. Even if you do not choose us, we wish you the very best - from one stranger to another.
Ed & Barb
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