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Jonathan & Rhea
We believe that everything happens for a reason. We have always dreamed of having a big, fun-loving, happy family and we so much wish that your child can be a part of it. Our family is the center of our lives. We cherish every moment together and look forward to spreading our love to your child.
Our Promise to You
Here is what we promise you. We promise you that we will love your child with everything we have. Your child will fit into our life like they were one of ours. You can count on us to lead your child to live their best life—full of love, fulfillment, and fun. We believe that we were called to adopt and we believe that whatever child joins our family has joined us for a reason.
We are excited to be part of a journey that you started and invited us into. We promise that we will have an open line of communication and will be excited to share with you updates on your child's journey. We promise to be open with the child and explain that they are with us because of your massive love and selflessness for them.
Our goal in life is to raise children that are a unique blend of their own personalities and our beliefs, morals, and values. Our children's personalities will be distinct but we want to teach them the filter through which they will make decisions, respect others, and live their best life.
Fun Facts About Us
Rhea played collegiate volleyball.
Jonathan is a pilot and loves to fly.
We bought a school bus and converted it to a fun bus to take kids to different events. Most recently we took several families to a local Christmas light display. We had Christmas tree lights, chicken wings, and hay bales in the bus. It was awesome.
We built a human foosball court in our backyard. It is 8 on 8, 2 goals, and a scoreboard. It is a blast to play with family and friends.
We have a jumbo sized movie screen that we blow up in the driveway for Friday Fun Days in the cul-de-sac. All of the families congregate on movie night and hang out together. It is super fun!
We love going to Rhea's parent's lake house to hang out together as a family and practice our wake surfing (which still needs a lot of practice). Lake days always end up with a big family meal and rest up for the next day of fun.
We have two dogs. Penny is a 3 pound mini yorkie. She is 12 years old and has lots of tricks. Pepper is a 4 pound yorkie-poodle mix. She is 7 years old and really cute (but has less tricks). The kids love them and they are great additions to the family.
Rhea's father is from Puerto Rico. He, his 5 siblings, and his parents all migrated to the United States and ended up in Ohio. Rhea grew up with them and loved everything about her grandparents, aunts and uncles. It was the culture that was interesting, fun, and full of life. Rhea's mother's parents were apple farmers and their work ethic has been passed down from generation to generation.
We both lived in Spain during a semester in college where we picked up the language and soaked up some much needed culture. The similarities between Rhea's Puerto Rican experiences and our experiences in Spain was that the quality of life was excellent. The people were more interested in time with their family than spending an extra hour at work.
The people spent more time out of their home in the neighborhood restaurant or at the coffee shop on the corner. This notion of working to live versus living to work is something that we've adopted. We work hard but our focus is on our relationship and our relationships with our kids. We hope to further instill this into our family as it grows.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in North Carolina which has mountains, beaches, and cities within a short drive and we get to enjoy just enough of all the four seasons. Our city is great to live in. There are great restaurants and fun things to do with the kids within close proximity to the house. We don't have to venture far to have fun since our neighborhood is full of our friends and young kids.
We have a four bedroom house on the end of a cul-de-sac which is where the kids enjoy riding bikes, scooters, jumping on the trampoline, and playing on the swings. During the warmer months, we host movie night - but not just any movie night. We have an awesome outdoor movie theater that we setup. Everyone congregates there for the evening, has some pizza and popcorn, and watches the movie.
Our house is a happy place. It is bright inside with lots of windows. We enjoy dinner together almost every night around a small round table in the kitchen. The kitchen, dining room, living room, and playroom are all open and we usually end up playing chase or riding the scooters around the whole house. The music is almost always on and we enjoy the frequent visits of family and friends. All four bedrooms are upstairs.
They are cozy and comfortable and are aptly decorated with the art masterpieces of our four and two year olds.
Our Extended Families
Our family likes to have fun—lots of fun. Human foosball was our favorite group activity and human hungry hippos was a close second. We literally built a human foosball in our backyard. It takes 16 people to play and we had enough for three teams with just family members during Thanksgiving. It was awesome. This is a perfect example of how much we love and value time with our family.
These traditions are all focused around spending time together and making it fun for everyone. Jonathan's family comes into town from Boston and DC and Rhea's family is local so they don't have to travel far. We have both sets of grandparents, two great grandparents, 4 siblings with a total of 11 kids.
That doesn't count the 8 kids within two doors of our house which is on a cul-de-sac. We have fun. We enjoy—and really value—the relationship we have with our kids and the relationships they are forming with their extended family, cousins (some of which live three doors away), and friends. Your child will be loved, will have fun, and will have relationships that they will cherish forever.
From Us to You
Life is about relationships. We both have been blessed with great parents and have grown up in very supportive and loving families. And then?"we met. We are both independent but incredibly compatible. We have an unbreakable trust which is the foundation of our independence. It makes for an exceptionally strong friendship, team, and marriage. We love each other to the moon and back and we have an immense amount of love for our family. The nucleus of our lives is the relationships we have - friends and family alike.
Our kids benefit from our great relationships. We set the example and guide our kids to make sure their relationships with others are full of love and happiness. At the end of the day, that's all that matters. People want to love, be loved, and be happy. This is the context of our world and the world your child would be entering. We get so much joy from our family and we are so excited to see it grow. You will forever be part of our story. We will tend to your beloved child and make sure they grow and prosper in all facets of life. Just as God will have blessed us with your child, He will have also blessed the child with their own gifts. It is our honor to nurture the child's gifts so they can grow up and live their best life, make the most of every moment, and value the things that are important in life like the relationships that surround them.
Experiencing a new generation has been fascinating. Our children love each other, respect and love us, and respect and love their cousins and friends. They are starting where each of us once were - dependent on their parents and molding to be the product of their environment. Our environment. We recognize that you as your child's parent want the best possible environment any child can have and that is the most selfless thing you could ever do. Trust us when we say?"you can count on us. You can count on us to provide the environment that will be a launchpad for your child into a wonderful life.
This launchpad isn't just for us or your child. It is for you too. We are excited for you to have as much of a relationship with us as you want. After all, this will forever be your child and that is a beautiful part of the story. You can share in the happy times, the teaching times, the memories, and the accomplishments.
As we drive home from work, we get excited for the best welcome-home-hug ever. We turn into our quaint neighborhood, drive to the end of the cul-de-sac, and pull into the driveway of our two story brick house. It was built about 40 years ago and has the classic four bedroom layout upstairs, an office and playroom downstairs, and a living room and kitchen where we play with the train or bang on the pots and pans as we sing our favorite songs. We walk in and get tackled by our kids. The dogs are barking, the radio is on, and we are excited to get changed into our comfy clothes. We sit down to a warm meal, sing "god our father" and enjoy a nice meal together. After dinner we start bath time, jammies, and settle into one of the beds for a few books together. It is by far the best way to end each day.
Our number one goal is for you to be proud of the child you brought into this world. We also hope that you will be proud of the decision you made to provide the best possible environment for your child and that your child will be proud and grateful for you and the path you chose for them.You will forever be part of the team. God does everything for a reason and we hope that this is another blessing that only He can provide.
With Respect and Love,
Jonathan & Rhea
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