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Ben & Ashlee
We are so thankful that you are taking the time to review our profile. We have been married for over 5 years. We are a Christ-following, fun-loving, and family-oriented couple. We love each other deeply and cannot wait to share our unconditional love with a child! We know that you have difficult decisions to make, and we admire your bravery and selflessness during this time. We pray that you feel God's peace throughout your decision-making.
Our Leisure Time
In our leisure time, we enjoy spending time together. We love to have fun whether that is going to sporting events, church and school events, watching movies, going out to eat, and really anything that allows us to be together! Since we were both college athletes, sports have been a major part of each of our lives. As a result, we love to have any type of friendly competition from playing basketball to board games to silly, swimming pool games at Ashlee's parent's pool. Ben is a big kid at heart, so he can make even a boring day, fun! Besides spending time together, we love spending time with people we love. We are blessed to have family members who are extremely loving and fun. Also, we are fortunate to have many close friends who are also considered family. Most of our friends have children, so they look forward to another child being around to play with.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Ashlee About Ben: Ben consistently leads with integrity. Ben is the type of man who always does the right thing. No matter who Ben is around, he's always himself. He sticks to his values and treats everyone with respect. Ben's passion for connecting with his students and players is praiseworthy. Ben is humble and unselfish. He always does for others. He can make you smile even in your worst moment. Ben has incredible strength and is the rock for the family. He knows just what to do in any situation. Lastly, Ben is just a big kid at heart! He is a goofball. He has a way of making everyone around him feel comfortable.
Ben About Ashlee: Ashlee has such a big heart! She is always caring for others and is sensitive to their needs, going out of her way to help them. Ashlee has an incredible gift of connecting with children making them feel loved and important. She puts others before herself. She is a woman of character, thus is admired by her peers, students, and husband. Ashlee is extremely determined. Anything she puts her mind to, she achieves. This has served her well in life from playing division one basketball, overcoming extreme life situations, or working to become the teacher of the year in her building. However, the quality that best represents her is the way she loves Ben. She puts her whole heart into her marriage and loves unconditionally. She will be the same way with a child.
We think it is important to embrace and celebrate who you are. What makes us unique and different is beautiful. We especially saw this through sports. Since we both played sports at a competitive level, we had the opportunity to play and live with people of many different racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. Additionally, we have several friends who have adopted children that are a different race from them. We are so lucky to have been a part of many conversations and relationships that are helping us learn and grow in how we address cultural diversity. Ben has two cousins and Ashlee's sister's niece are African American. Also, our family and church embrace and love adoption and are eager to grow and learn themselves. If we have a child that looks different than we do, we recognize the importance of embracing heroes and seeking settings with people who look like our child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home! Our home is filled with pictures and things that are special to us. When people come into our house, they oftentimes comment on how cozy it feels. We are usually cooking in our kitchen, gathering with family and friends in our living room, or playing games in our large yard. Our house feels like a home.
In our neighborhood, we have a playground, walking trails, and a basketball court. We are near several parks, and we live in a terrific school district.
We love our little community, which is in a large metropolitan area in the Midwest. Last year, our city was ranked in the top ten cities for families in the U.S.! There is always a great parade for the 4th of July. During the parade, the streets are lined with people of all ages watching the high school marching band, fire department, old-fashioned cars, and more. We love watching how our community decorates for Christmas time. On Main Street, the brick streets are decorated with lights and wreaths. People dressed as Santa Clauses from every country walk the streets and pass out trading cards to kids. There are live reindeer, an ice-skating rink, hot cocoa, and carolers around the old-time shops and restaurants. We enjoy going on carriage rides and walking the streets with our family. Although we are in the suburbs, we are very close to the science center, history museum, and zoo, which is ranked in the world's top ten zoos!
Our Extended Families
Family is extremely important to both of us! Both of our parents have been married for over 32 years. We feel so blessed to have parents and extended family who have always been there for us. From every parent-teacher conference to every ball game, we have been surrounded by love our entire lives.
All of Ashlee's family lives nearby. We see Ashlee's family at least once a week whether we are swimming at Ashlee's parents' pool, watching Ben's football team play, or going out to eat, we are always laughing and having fun.
Although Ben's family lives out of town, we see them often. We love their visits, and we also enjoy traveling with them to Holden Beach.
Our parents are beyond thrilled to become grandparents. We are the oldest in our family, and they cannot wait to love and spoil a grandchild. We cannot wait to share our family traditions with a child from ice cream cake on birthdays to pick-up basketball games to Christmas on Main Street to new pajamas every Christmas Eve. Besides our parents, we both have younger sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents who are eager for us to have a child. Everyone is excited and supportive about our adoption plan and they cannot wait to be a part of our child's life!
From Us to You
Hello! Our names are Ben and Ashlee. We would first like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We think that it takes courage and love to make a decision on your baby's future.
We met almost 9 years ago in college. We met at a bible study for college athletes. Ben played football, and Ashlee played basketball. When we began dating, we quickly found out that we had a lot in common including a love for God, family, sports, and a desire to have children. We've been married for over five years. After getting jobs and completing our master's degrees, we were anxious to expand our family. Unfortunately, we were unable to get pregnant. However, we completely trust God's plan for us. We believe that we were always meant to adopt. We think adoption is a tremendous blessing. We have seen that blessing through several of our friends' experiences. Just like God has adopted us, it would be an honor to adopt ourselves.
We have seen God's hand in our marriage and our lives, and we cannot wait to see the child God provides for us. We are both teachers, so we know that we are fully capable and ready to love a child unconditionally. We both chose to work with children every day. We value the importance of education, and we cannot wait to instill a love for learning in our child. Ben teaches high school students and coaches football. Ashlee has experience teaching preschool through elementary school. She currently teaches fourth grade. Both of us truly love our students and are gifted at developing lasting relationships with them. Ashlee is very gifted at building self-confidence and improving self-worth in her students. Her students feel incredibly loved by her. Ashlee is a leader in her building and was even nominated as Teacher of the Year. Ben is the teacher that students feel comfortable going to when they are in crisis, are facing a tough decision, or simply just need a laugh. Ben has a gift of motivating his players and is a very animated coach. We both love what we do. We were born to teach, but teaching is also extremely conducive to family life. We both get summers and holidays off, which allows for family time. We both get home early enough to have dinners together every night.
We have an extremely loving marriage built on faith and family. Although we are young, we have experienced some adversity in our lives. Through any valley we have had, our marriage and faith in Jesus Christ have only gotten stronger. We think it is essential to model a loving marriage and faith to our future child.
One thing to know about us is that we are constantly surrounded by love. We feel beyond blessed to be supported by family members who are our biggest fans and support system. We have the type of family who will be at your side in a moment's notice whether it is to celebrate or comfort you on a bad day. Besides our family, we have a large, church family who we see weekly. We are a part of a life group, which is a weekly, bible study for young married couples. We meet at our friend's house, which is full of children, who range from four months old to six years old, for food and fellowship. It is so much fun going through life together! Additionally, we both work in amazing, close-knit school communities. We oftentimes socialize with our coworkers.
We cannot imagine the emotions that you have right now. We know the processing and decision-making you are doing takes a lot of serious thought. We have so much admiration for your bravery and the love you have for your child. Knowing this, we will share with you your child's growth and experiences through photos, letters, and emails. We will always be open and honest with a child in regards to adoption. We will make sure that your child knows how much you love them and how hard the decision was for you. We believe God's timing and plan is perfect.
With love and respect,
Ben & Ashlee
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