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Tyler & Kristen
We don't know you, but we love you already. Our promise to you is that we will provide your child with a life full of happiness and laughter. We appreciate that you have taken the time to learn about us and we look forward to getting to know you. Thank you!
We enjoy cooking together and trying new recipes, taking walks in our neighborhood, exercising, playing tennis and doing home improvement projects. One of our favorite things is traveling - which could be either a day trip or a longer vacation where we explore the world around us - both in nature and wonderful cities.
Kristen loves music and grew up playing the piano, which she still does today. She will play at home, in church and even pre-recorded all of our wedding music. Tyler is a football fan and on a fall Sunday, you will probably find him cheering on our beloved Green Bay Packers. Tyler also enjoys watersports such as boating, kayaking and canoeing. Our family has a lakehouse where we take boat rides in the summer, and typically we will kayak and canoe a couple times each year too.
We are an active couple but equally enjoy a quiet night at home. We love watching movies and have a few regular TV shows that we watch together as well. In winter, you can find us curled up by the fireplace with a movie. We strive to create a healthy balance of an active lifestyle and quiet time at home, and are excited to include a child in all the activities we do today.
What it Means to be Parents
Being parents is about having a loving, happy and healthy family. It puts smiles on our faces and warms our hearts to think of all the special moments that are to come. We are filled with joy at the thought of watching and helping a child experience memories with both of us, extended family, friends, and the world around them. We're excited to hold them in our arms, see them take their first steps and say their first words. As they get a bit older, we are excited to see the world through their eyes - family vacations, involvement in sports or extra-curricular activities, and see them develop intellectually. We will educate them on adoption and role-play how they can respond to different scenarios or questions they may be asked about their adoption story.
Tyler will be such a loving father, interactive, supportive and will enjoy being able to be a big kid himself! Kristen will be very caring, loyal, fun and interactive as well. We both envision playing games and toys with the child as many special moments and memories can be made by interacting with something as simple as a board game or toys. Most of all, we are excited to grow our family with a child and share a special bond with them, while giving them unconditional love.
We will talk to our child about their adoption from a very young age so they are aware of their story and how they became a part of our family. Adoption will be discussed openly and honestly and we will answer any questions the child has. We want our child to feel extra special, knowing how greatly loved they are by both you and by us. We want the child to know that their birth mother is a courageous woman who made an incredible decision, and we are forever blessed, thankful, and grateful that she did. We want conversations focused on adoption to occur naturally. Additionally, we want to create a life book or scrapbook full of memories, thoughts and moments from you, us and the child. The scrapbook will include the child's adoption story from the very beginning which will include our profile and initial conversations with you.
Our Extended Families
Our families live within 30 minutes of our home so we see everyone regularly. We are with family for weekly dinners, holidays, birthdays, major milestones and accomplishments.
Kristen is an only child and her parents live about 15 minutes away, which makes dinners and activities convenient. Kristen enjoys going on shopping trips with her mom and both of her parents are helpful and are ready to step in when asked. Kristen's dad is very handy and can fix just about anything! We enjoy a yearly tradition of baking Christmas cookies with Kristen's family. Her parents are excited to meet their first grandchild.
Tyler's family includes his parents, younger brother (and wife and soon to be son), younger sister and grandparents. Tyler is extremely close to his grandparents and we enjoy visiting them at their lake home in summer, which is close to our home. His sister comes to our home weekly for a "dinner and movie night." Tyler's family is very supportive and they are excited to welcome a child to the family.
Our family and friends have been supportive of our decision to adopt and we have been very open about our adoption journey with them. Everyone we talk with is thrilled that we have chosen adoption as the way to build our family. This child will be loved and welcomed by all!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb outside of a large city, where we get to experience all four seasons and enjoy the special activities that each season brings. Recently our town was named one of the best places in the country to live!
Our home (4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms) is in a beautiful park-like neighborhood with plenty of space, both inside and outside, for children to play. Our half-acre yard has mature trees, a great patio for grilling outside and space for swing sets and yard games. We live in a very family-friendly subdivision: friendly neighbors and children, an annual picnic, holiday lights charity drive, and various walking trails throughout the subdivision.
Additionally, there's a large park across the street with a great playground, splash pad, sledding hill, and fields and courts for various sports. Our community has lots of walking and biking paths and hosts holiday parades, family-friendly festivals and music on Friday nights in summer! We love staking out a good spot for the parades and packing a picnic and blanket while we listen to music on Friday nights in summer. We also live close to lakes - our family has a cottage on a nearby lake and we love walking along Lake Michigan, which feels like our ocean.
From Us to You
You will always hold a special place in our hearts and lives as you gave us one of the biggest gifts we could have asked for. Your child will know who you are and we will share all the great things we know about you with them as they grow. We have already started creating a scrapbook that will help tell your child’s adoption journey and how your child found us through your bravery and dedication; this letter will be featured in the scrapbook as it marks the beginning of the child’s adoption story.
We met each other seven years ago around a campfire where we had an immediate connection. Our first dinner-date lasted over four hours because we never wanted the conversation to end. We have been married for three and a half years and are truly best friends who make each other better people. Our love continues to grow deeper and the way we work together as a team improves every year we are married.
One of the struggles we faced a couple years into our marriage was centered around fertility. We tried for a few years but were unable to get pregnant. We sought out the opinions of various specialists, and when we were told IVF was our only option, we decided we do not want to pursue that route. Quickly, our hearts opened for adoption, and we knew that the child we were meant to raise, was out there, we just had to find them. Overcoming fertility issues brought us closer together, but that’s not without saying that it was one of the most emotionally challenging times we had been through. The struggle we went through was worth it because there is joy in our hearts today and so much that we learned from our struggles.
We are excited to start new family traditions with a child and discover lots of family-oriented activities to do together each season. We envision family game and movie nights, lots of play time with mommy and daddy, going to the park, and cooking special weekend breakfasts. We also can’t wait to have a child share in some of the traditions we already have, including holiday parades, Easter egg hunts, family boat rides in the summer, picking pumpkins and apples, decorating Christmas trees, making Christmas cookies and celebrating Christmas with both sides of our family. The current traditions we have and the new ones we create as a family will have so much more added meaning and importance. We both come from families with strong values, morals, and family-oriented lifestyles, which are important characteristics that we want to be at the center of our own family.
We promise you that you will never be forgotten in your child’s life and your child will know your love for them. You are the most important part of the adoption story, as, without you, we wouldn’t have an adoption story to tell. You will always be loved by us and the child and we will happily send you photos and letters as your child grows. We want to meet you before you give birth, to get to know you and so you can ask us any questions you have and can feel comfortable with us.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for considering adoption and considering us to be the parents that raise your child. We have so much love to give and are so excited to start our family through adoption. This letter was emotional to write in the most positive way; it has brought happy tears to our eyes thinking of the moments to come. Always remember, that we are forever grateful for you and that because of you, God will have answered our deepest prayers.
Tyler & Kristen
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