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Derek & Heather
We greatly admire your selfless act in considering an adoption plan for your child so they can have the best possible life opportunities. If you choose us to parent your child, be assured that their best interest in life will always and forever be our top priority and that we will always provide them the care and guidance they need, and most of all, unconditional love in the purest form.
We love to explore the outdoors every chance we get! Sometimes that is a bike ride or a hike out our front door or a long adventurous hike in the Italian Dolomites. Nature provides us with the greatest sense of peace and a sense of awe all within the same moment. This is our religion, our connection to a world and power greater than us. Outdoor therapy, through a long bike ride in Steamboat Springs (our 2nd home) or swishing down the mountain on skis, will always remain a constant in our lives. We cannot wait to share our passion with a child. This will provide us with a fresh new perspective in our amazing environment. We are so eager to teach our child how to ski, how to ride a bike, what nature can offer their soul and how positively it can affect their outlook on life. We also spend a lot of time exploring the state in our RV and know building memories such as roasting marshmallows and watching the sunset with child will be priceless.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Heather About Derek: I love that Derek has so much passion for life, from his leisure activities to his business. He sets goals, makes a plan and achieves them, but he's also so humble along the way, learning when to adjust his sails and when to forge on. But underneath all of this is a kind, loving, and generous man who will make an absolutely amazing father. I really cannot wait to see it all unfold!
Derek About Heather: Heather is one of the most thoughtful and caring people I've ever known. She always goes out of her way for the benefit of others. I love her focus, ambition, and drive to be the best she can be. Her love for her family, friends, husband and dreams to have a fulfilled life is inspirational. She loves spending time with our nephew and nieces and she always looks forward to the next time to play with them. She's an amazing cook and loves playing outdoors with our dogs, enjoying a hike, or biking and skiing the Colorado hills.
Just as we will discuss adoption with our child from the very beginning, we will also welcome and positively discuss our new culturally diverse family. We believe that, from day one, we are ALL part of this diversity, as a family. From very early on, we will look for opportunities to learn about and celebrate our child's culture, as a family. Initially, this can be as simple as introducing books, music, art and toys from cultures around the world. Ultimately, we want them to grow up educated and proud of where they came from and what makes them who they are! No matter the racial, cultural, or ethnic background of a child, we welcome them into our home and ensure that they are taught to celebrate every wonderful part our family. We also plan to celebrate the similarities our family shares, like a common interest in the outdoors or celebrating holiday traditions. Recognizing shared characteristics helps reinforce a sense of belonging among all family members.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a cul-de-sac and while the traffic is quiet, the kids playing outside our home in the summer is a cacophony of laughter. Our home is located at the base of the Front Range foothills providing us with endless outdoor adventures. Additionally, it seems like whichever direction we turn, there are friendly faces and a neighbor always willing to help us out, and vice versa.
We are minutes away from amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping but we also feel so remote because of the abundance of open space that surrounds us.
The holidays are a very special time of year for us, starting with Halloween when we become kids all over again. We fill the house with fun and spooky decorations and hand out candy and toys to all of the neighborhood kids. We spend Thanksgiving with Heather's family and the day after we put on our Christmas sweaters, elf hats, turn on the Christmas music to fill the house with holiday cheer.
Our Extended Families
We each have one sibling. Heather's sister lives about 20 minutes away from us and is a stay at home mom who CANNOT wait to be an integral part of our child's life. Derek has one sister whom he is very emotionally close to but they only get to see each other a few times a year. However, these times together are deeply treasured by everyone. Heather's retired parents live about 15 minutes away from us and we spend time with them a few times a week. Heather's dad is an avid hunter and her mom spends her time reading, catching up on her soap operas and being the most loving, generous and kind grandma to our nine year old nephew and of course to our four legged fur babies too! Derek's parents live out of state but he maintains constant, positive communication with them. We are both very close with our families and know as we bring a baby into our lives, they will shower our child with love, affection and unconditional support! They are all over the moon excited we have chosen adoption to bring a baby into our lives.
From Us to You
We are deeply grateful you've taken the time to learn more about us and consider us in your decision making process. You are taking such a courageous step and we honor your choice now and forever. Please know we will always and forever provide a safe, loving, stable, nurturing and compassionate life for your child. We both were raised by such loving, generous, encouraging families and we intend on providing the same life to your child.
We were married seven years ago and from that day we knew, at some point, we would become parents. We expected that journey would include biological children but after many years of trying, we realized and accepted that was not our intended path. As time went on, we took the time to grieve this and focus on building our marital foundation through respect, love, trust and lots of adventures together! When the void in our hearts and souls couldn't be filled with anything other than a child, we knew adoption was the journey meant for us.
We both share a passion for exploring and learning what the world has to offer right in our backyard but also well beyond our neighborhood. These shared experiences have brought us closer together and have taught us so many life lessons. It's these lessons built on kindness and love that we are eager to incorporate in our parenting style. It's not only the shared experiences that we have, but the experiences from our entire lives that we will bring to a child's life. We both had very positive, loving childhoods and were raised by supportive parents that encouraged us to become successful, goal oriented, hard working adults. Because of these relationships, our parents are still actively part of our lives and are extremely supportive of our adoption journey.
For a future child, we value education and teaching by example. By having our nephew and nieces around us throughout our relationship, we know first hand how much they learn by observation and experience. Our actions and words will reflect these values, creating an environment ripe for learning and growth.
Life presents us with so many different obstacles and learning experiences, while sometimes hard to understand, we both believe everything happens for a reason. And this reason was to bring you and your child into our lives. We are eager to get to know you and work together to maintain a healthy relationship so you can witness all of the amazing milestones your child will accomplish. We are open to sharing these experiences with you through photos, videos, and letters. We plan to speak about adoption very early in your child's life. We will ensure they know how much you love them for eternity. You will always play a positive and important role in all of our lives.
We have been looking forward to expanding our family for quite some time so there are no words to describe how elated we are to become parents! Again, thank you for learning more about us and considering us as parents for your beautiful baby. Your courage and strength will never be forgotten.
Derek & Heather
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