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Seth & Brittany
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. We already know that breathtaking moment for us will be when we meet our baby for the 1st time. Thank you for your willingness to read our profile and consider us as adoptive parents for your child. Adoption is truly a gift from God and we are excited to start this journey with you!
Adoption in Our Lives
When Brittany was in college her parents adopted her then, four year old, younger brother who has special needs. Her parents used "heart baby" as a way to explain his adoption story to him and this has been carried forward throughout their family. Fast forward several years ... the 2nd and 3rd "heart babies" joined the family when Brittany sister married a lovely man who was raising his two children alone after his wife passed away. Several more years later and "heart baby" #4 arrives when Brittany's sister and her husband adopted a newborn baby girl. This is when Brittany and Seth became godparents for the first time. Their god-daughter's arrival gave the family more "heart babies" than "belly babies!"
Seth was raised with several internationally adopted cousins and has had several friends who were blessed through the adoption of their children. Seth and Brittany have seen, throughout their lives, the miracle that is adoption and are overjoyed at the opportunity to start our family through this process. They love being aunt and uncle, Seth especially loves being called "Uncle Seff," but it would mean everything to be "Mom" and "Dad."
We have been described as the "easy to hang with" type of couple. Family and friends alike have told us that when they are around us everything just seems easier and a little bit more relaxed and stress free. We truly aim to cultivate a lifestyle that finds opportunities for adventure but also has a balance of rest and down time. When we are feeling active you will typically see us out at the family farm lending a hand on some project or playing with the kids, planning the next camping trip, setting up our hammocks at a riverfront park for a picnic, exploring a new part of town or restaurant, working on a home project of our own, or organizing a group get together. We love being outside and have found that our favorite seasons are spring, summer, and fall with winter being our "recovery" season where we spend more quality time home resting and coming up with new indoor activities other than the typical movie and game nights, with our newest favorite being "cook off war" with friends! We both enjoy learning new things, Seth is very much the reader in the family, with Brittany being more crafty. We recently started to test our musical talents, or lack thereof, and are learning the ukulele. It has been a dream of Brittany's to play the uke on the beach in Hawaii and given that is the next trip on the books, we figured we better start practicing!
We are proud that our now 3-year-old niece and goddaughter is ½ African American and have loved every second of learning more about her heritage. Brittany loves this so much that she went with Amelia for Amelia's 1st haircut and had the stylist teach Brittany how to do Amelia's hair. Brittany made sure to get all the recommended products for those beautiful kinky curly locks, what Amelia affectionately dubbed her "noodle-bug" hair.
Given how close we are as a family we have often been a part of the conversations about why she "looks" different than the rest of us and the response is always the same- God made us all different and that is what makes us beautiful, being unique and different is to be celebrated.
The church we attend celebrates diversity of all types and has a ministry focus of serving the local community to bridge the gap between people, providing a safe place to explore faith, and fight against prejudice. Our city is quite diverse (50% African American, 40% Caucasian, 10% Other) and has had a complex history of race relations. Several couples in the church have adopted biracial children and there is a large focus within the kids and young programs to discuss and celebrate diversity and culture heritage. Seth recently became a youth leader at the church and we are proud to be an active participant of a church community that is so open to celebrating diversity.
Our House and Neighborhood
We are so blessed to own our dream house, in our dream town, and to have Brittany's family within minutes of our home! Our neighborhood is the most sought after in our area, with several top grade schools. The neighborhood is comprised of mostly young families and couples, with kids living on every block. Our street stays busy, with more foot traffic than vehicles. It is common to see kids out playing games such as hockey and riding bikes, moms jogging with strollers, couples walking pets, and neighbors stopping by for a quick "hello!"
Our house is 4 floors, with a fully finished basement and bonus room play area upstairs. The basement is meticulously organized with our hiking/camping/climbing gear setup and ready for adventure at a moment's notice. The movie area is set up with enough room for 8 people, and that doesn't even count throwing pillows and blankets on the floor when all the kiddos are over! Upstairs we have 3 comfortable bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms, along with a kitchen, deck, living, dining and reading rooms. The kids' favorite spot of the house is the awesome bonus area upstairs, ready for fort-building and creative play!
With family close by, and a kid-friendly community, our life is overflowing with opportunities to create memories that last a lifetime. We so excited about the idea of taking our newest addition with us exploring new hiking trails, trying out a new local restaurant in the city, and experiencing farm life.
Our Extended Families
Brit comes from a close knit family with an older brother, older sister, and younger brother, all of whom live within minutes of our home. Seth's parents and younger sister live pretty far way so we don't get to see them often but, when we do, we make the most of the time together, cooking meals, playing games (we love Catch Phrase), trying new local restaurants, and planning the next family vacation. This year we are all planning to meet up in Hawaii (Brit's dream vacation!).
Our family is filled with children whom God has brought into our lives through many different avenues. In our immediate family there are 7 children, 4 of which came through adoption, which we love having over for sleepovers and cookouts in the back yard. One of the best things about our lives is that Seth works from home full time and Brittany has an adaptive work schedule that allows her to be home quite a bit of the time, so much so, that she often babysits our newest niece throughout the work week.
Loud, silly, busy, joyful are good adjectives to describe our family. We are all close and actively choose to be together so that all the children can grow up together. Our family (the kids especially) are just as excited about this adoption as we are and we are looking forward to them sharing in this journey with us!
From Us to You
A letter from our hearts,
We would like to express our deepest gratitude for you taking the time to get to know us a bit and consider us as the adoptive parents for your child. We know it is hard to get to know anyone by reading a profile, but we hope we can give you a glimpse into our life and who we are. We both have a strong sense of faith, a deep desire to live life to the fullest, and have a close knit community of family and friends. We are blessed to have Brittany's brother, sister, and their families as well as her parents and younger brother close enough to be a part of each other's daily lives. Seth's family is out of state but visits several times a year, which we know will be increasing as soon as their first grandchild arrives!
Our path through life has been filled with many joys as well as challenges. Seth has traveled the world, both for work and fun, climbing in Yosemite and Nepal, scuba diving in Israel, and seeing some of the most beautiful places on earth. Brittany has dedicated her life to her family and friends and has a passion for serving individuals with disabilities. She is always there when someone is in need, constantly seeking to meet people where they are in life. We met through a mutual friend in college, became instant friends, started dating shortly after, and were married in December of 2010… wow, it's hard to believe its been 8 years already! Just before our 2nd wedding anniversary, Brittany was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, one of the scariest things either of us had ever experienced. She fought it with fervor and grace, and we are happy to say she is now cancer free! Sometimes it takes the deepest valleys to help us appreciate the highest mountains. We were determined to not let cancer take away our dreams, as we have always wanted to have children of our own. But, that is one thing that cancer did take from us, it is just too risky for Brittany to carry a baby. We have always valued doing for others but are humbled in this experience because we know this is the one thing we need someone else to do for us. We can already envision our children exploring and playing with the "crazy cousin crew." We have a happy home and wonderful support system and feel we have much to offer. We are excited and looking forward to adjusting our life and adventures to include a little one!
Our relationship is built on openness, honesty, and integrity. We have found, with practice, that true love comes when we open our heart, sharing everything with our partner, living for the other person and trusting that they are living for you. We are determined to carry this forward with our child ... always making sure that they know who they are, where they came from, and how deeply we love them.
We want this child to always remember that their "first mama" loved them enough to choose to us to be "mom" and "dad." Life is full of twists and turns and sometimes it hurts, but a mother's choice to face the challenge and put her child's needs above her own by choosing the path of adoption, is amazing and should be recognized and celebrated. One of the most important things in childhood is to know where you came from so you can decide where you want to go. Our job as parents is to show this child how powerful and amazing their story is and the beauty that comes from being a unique creation.
We believe that people are more than just a sum of their experiences and that their uniqueness is what makes them beautiful. What we already know about you is that you are our hero for even considering supporting us on this incredible journey toward parenthood. We want to celebrate the incredible moments of parenthood with you, because you are a part of this story. We are excited to send you email updates with pictures and videos of precious moments along this journey and hopefully have letters from you as well that we can one day share! We feel indebted to you already in ways that words cannot express. We will always honor you as our child’s first mother and the one who made our dream possible.
Seth & Brittany
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