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Darren & Ashley
Thank you so much for reading our profile! We want you to know how much we appreciate and respect you as you consider your options for your baby. We are so grateful to you for even considering us to be your child's parents, and we know you will make the best decision. We feel we have so much love to share and can't wait to begin the journey of parenthood!
What It Means to Become Parents
Being a parent means loving a child unconditionally and raising him or her to be a valuable member of his or her community. It means sacrificing your own desires for your child's needs and desires and putting your family first. It also means listening, understanding, and caring for your child, while also setting boundaries and helping the child learn right from wrong.
There are so many things that we are looking forward to about being parents that we can't even list them all! We think we will enjoy celebrating milestones with our child, such as first words, first steps, starting school, and graduating from kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. We look forward to spending time together in daily activities, especially family dinners and bedtime stories. We look forward to cuddling our baby at night and throughout the day, seeing a smiling child's face in the morning, hearing about our teenager's day, and welcoming our child home from college.
We think we will especially enjoy sharing special occasions, like Christmas mornings, Thanksgiving with family, and hunting for baskets on Easter mornings. We are excited to continue old traditions and create new ones with a child!
We are also looking forward to seeing our child play with our mini Aussiedoodle, Luna! She is the sweetest dog, and we know that she would love to have a kid in our home. We imagine them growing up together as best friends.
Our Leisure Time
Most of all, we enjoy spending time with each other, in whatever activity we are doing!
Together, we enjoy cooking and baking, playing with our mini Aussiedoodle, watching movies, reading, going to church activities, spending time with friends, and spending time with family. We both enjoy learning about other cultures through food and recipes, so we like to make meals that represent cultures other than our own. Regarding church activities, we are in a 20's and 30's class at church that we attend every Sunday morning.
Darren especially enjoys cooking and baking and is a recipe tester for Cooks Illustrated. The more complicated the recipe, the better! He also enjoys playing board games and has a growing collection. He is really looking forward to playing board games with a child someday.
Ashley really enjoys reading fashion blogs and going to women's Bible studies and book studies. As a professor of mathematics, she enjoys getting in touch with her creative side through fashion. She is an extrovert and enjoys learning the Bible with others. Of course, she enjoys talking about math whenever possible as well.
Friendship is important to us, so we try to make time to get together with new and old friends. Most of our friends have kids, and we really enjoy spending time with their kids when we get together! We look forward to taking our child with us someday and letting our kids play together.
Why We Chose Adoption
Ashley has wanted to adopt a child since she was in her mid-twenties. She vividly remembers hearing an announcement on the radio about adoption, and she felt a rush of excitement, like she knew she would adopt one day!
Darren has wanted to adopt a child since he was in high school.
We have supported two children in foreign countries since we were married, by donating financially and providing encouragement through letters and gifts. Ashley was supporting one of them even before then! Some day we hope to meet these two children in person.
We did try to get pregnant for about a year and a half, but discovered we have issues with infertility. Now we feel like it was God's plan was for us to build our family through adoption all along.
To us, adoption means loving a child unconditionally and providing the best life we can. We want to make sure the child we adopt knows how much we love him or her and also how much the birth parents love him or her! We also want our child to know how much we respect his or her birth parents, and that they wanted to give their child a wonderful life full of opportunities.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our house is a two-story brick Colonial-style house in a quiet, Ohio neighborhood. Our favorite room in the house is the kitchen, because it's open to the family room and has an island. We enjoy cooking, eating, and telling each other about our day there! On the first floor, we also have a living room and a dining room with Ashley's parents' old dining room table. There are four bedrooms upstairs including our bedroom, with a master bathroom and a hall/kid's bathroom.
One reason we chose this house is because it is in a good school district, since we think that education is really important. Several families in our neighborhood have children, and there are several parks and libraries and a swimming pool nearby that we can't wait to take a child to someday.
Ashley plans to stay home or work part-time after we adopt, and she hopes to take part in as many community activities for kids as she can during the day. For example, she looks forward to going to story hour at the library, participating in a group similar to MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) at a local church, taking a child to the Early Childhood Art Exploration class hosted by the Museum of Art, and taking a child to a children's science museum called COSI. We are also involved at a local church, so we envision taking a child to Sunday school there, and youth group when the child is older.
Our Extended Families
Both of our extended families are close-knit and excited for us to adopt!
Ashley has a twin sister who lives about five minutes from us. She and her husband are also hoping to adopt. We are excited that any child we adopt will have a cousin who was also adopted, and they can share that experience together.
Ashley's family loves eating healthy food together, playing card and board games, and going to the Ohio State fair every year. Ashley's parents retired early, so they are looking forward to being active grandparents. Her mom's favorite hobby is sewing, and her dad's favorite hobbies are reading theology books and building things. Darren admires Ashley's dad for his desire to serve his family and help others. They have been married for 38 years.
Darren has two brothers, and they have always been his best friends. They love playing games and laughing together! They all like playing card games like Hand and Foot, watching movies, and going out to eat. Ashley admires his family for their ability to have fun in any situation! His parents have been married for 43 years and look forward to retiring soon.
Darren's parents were so excited when they found out that we wanted to start a family that they bought us a children's book! They have told us several times that they are excited about our adoption plan. Ashley's parents are also excited for us to be adoptive parents. We are so thankful for all their support!
From Us to You
Thank you so much for looking at our profile! We are so excited to become parents and can't wait to share our love with a child! We are so grateful to you for considering us as you explore the possibility of making an adoption plan. We admire your strength, courage, and selfless love for your baby.
One of our greatest desires is that the child we adopt will know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, how much the birth parents love him or her and want a wonderful life for him or her. We would tell our child about you as early as possible, and continue throughout his or her life. We want your child to be aware of all the wonderful aspects of his or her personality and identity that came from you! We would make sure to communicate to our child how much we love and respect you and how special you are to us.
We would also want you to know for sure how loved your child is in our home. We would keep you updated by sending letters and pictures of your child often. We would love to meet in person, talk on the phone, and/or email with you before the birth. We would also love to be there when your baby is born, but that is your decision. We want to continue talking on the phone and via email as the child grows up, depending on your comfort level, and we hope to meet with you in person sometime in the first few years. We are also open to annual get-togethers, depending on how close we are geographically.
We met our freshman year in college and were friends for two years before we started dating. Four years later we got married! Since then, we have grown closer and closer and can't even imagine life without each other. Darren works as an engineering research professor, and Ashley currently works as a mathematics professor, but plans to stay home or work part-time when we become parents.
We live in a colonial-style, red brick house, with a fenced-in backyard and lots of trees. Our favorite room is our kitchen, because it is open and bright with an island, where we like to cook and bake together. It is also open to the family room. Our bedroom and three others are upstairs, so our child's room will be very close to our room. Our neighborhood is quiet, and there are several kids who live on our street. We say hi and wave to our neighbors when we walk Luna, our extremely cute and friendly mini Aussiedoodle puppy. Our school district is top-rated, which is important to us because we want our child to enjoy learning.
We eat dinner together every night and look forward to sharing family dinners with our child. We usually cook and eat at home, but enjoy eating out as well, especially Asian and Mexican food. We envision playing board games or reading books together after dinner when our child is a little older; and we look forward to weekly family movie nights, with popcorn and hot cocoa! We live near one of the country's best zoos, so we hope to take our child there often. We also look forward to taking our child on family vacations at the beach or Disney World!
We live near Ashley's sister and brother-in-law, who are adopting a baby. We hope the cousins will be great friends and enjoy growing up together! Ashley's parents live about an hour away in a big city, so we think they will visit often and will love being our child's grandparents. Darren's parents, two brothers, sister-in-law, nephew, and niece live farther away, but we make it a priority to see them. His parents live next to a farm and are very helpful in taking care of our nephew and niece, so we know they will also love being our child's grandparents also.
Thank you for taking the time to read about us. We admire your courage and respect your decision, and we are already praying for you and your baby!
Darren & Ashley
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