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Drew & Hannah
Adoption is a wonderful gift of love and we accept this love and this responsibility with the utmost respect. We share our thanks that you are reading our profile and considering us. We have so much love and joy in our hearts that we want to share with others. We hope you consider us for this journey that lies ahead of both of us. Thank you!
How Adoption has Affected Us
Hannah has had a very personal experience with adoption. Hannah’s mother was adopted as an infant. Her mother and grandparents have always been supportive of adoption and are open to talking about their own process. Growing up with an adopted mother was always the norm for Hannah and it instilled in her a love for adoption and what it stands for.
When Hannah and Drew met and were planning their future, Hannah had the conversation with Drew about adoption. We both agreed that even if we could biologically have children, we also wanted to adopt. Adoption is a wonderful adventure in which we are granted the opportunity to join another person in their pregnancy and birth journey. We view this as a gift and one that we take with great responsibility and love.
We have three delightful pets, two dogs and a hedgehog. Alby, the hedgehog came first. Although he is shy, he loves to cuddle into your lap and take a nap. We adopted Padme two weeks after we got married and she is practically perfect. She loves to cuddle but if you say the word "walk" in hearing distance she will immediately run to the door and be ready. Lastly, our Kenobi is the newest addition to the family. She loves to play fetch, especially with her frisbee and she has never met a person she didn't love. Our pets are our first step in becoming a family. They have showed us how to love and accept love in return. They have also taught us patience, especially Kenobi, who loves to push the boundaries. While we know that having a dog is VERY different from raising a child, we know they prepared us for our future family.
How We Met
We have been together for six wonderful years and married for two. We met in college through Hannah's best friend and roommate, Rachel, who was in pep-band with Drew. Drew's first question to Hannah was "Do you like Doctor Who?" When Hannah responded yes, Drew promptly ran down the hall in excitement, leaving Hannah standing in shock. Doctor Who is a British Science fiction show that has been on the air for 50 years. It’s almost like Drew could read Hannah’s mind since she has been watching this show since high school.
We have been together ever since that question. After we both graduated from college, we decided to get married and start a family. We moved to Omaha for Hannah's doctoral school, but we hope to one day move outside the city, and if Drew gets his way, have a herd of cows he can cuddle with. While we spend a lot of time outside, we also enjoy sitting on our couch and watching a movie or our favorite TV show, Doctor Who, with some popcorn and our puppies. We cannot wait to bring a child along with our adventures, out in the world or simply in the comfort of our home.
Our Extended Families
We are very close to our families. Drew's family lives nearby but Hannah's lives a few hours away. Although we come from different backgrounds, Drew from a small farming town and Hannah from the city, our families are very similar. Both of our families love to play board games; it is a tradition that we hope to continue with this child. Even if the game isn't meant to be competitive, Hannah can still find a way to make it so.
One of our most recent stories that we love to tell about our families is the story of how we told them all we were adopting. We told Hannah's family first. Since they do not live nearby, we had to call them. We wanted to see their reactions so we opted to FaceTime them. Hannah's parent's were incredibly excited, as this child would be their first grandchild. Hannah's mother and grandmother were especially happy because her mother was adopted. Adoption holds a special place within Hannah's family. After calling her other 4 siblings, we prepared to tell Drew's parents. Four Christmases ago, we gave Drew's dad a gift that said he could not open it until we said so. For four long years he waited and we finally told him to open the box. Inside was a sweatshirt that said "Blessed to be a grandpa" He and Drew's mom were so excited! Drew's dad cried tears of joy. They have been so supportive of us on this journey.
Our House and Neighborhood
We have both grown up in communities were adoption was a common thing and celebrated. Hannah has family friend's who have adopted 4 out of their 7 children and they have been very helpful through our own adoption journey. This child would have many children to play with in our neighborhood. We have friends right next door with young children and a baby as well as many families up the street with wonderful kids. Our neighborhood has many parks and we live a block away from a park, baseball field, and walking trail. We love the location of our house. It is just outside of the city center so it is close to the main attractions of our city but far enough away to be in a quiet neighborhood and close to open fields and farmland. We enjoy going into town for sporting events or to hang out with friends but we also enjoy staying in our neighborhood and going for walks with our dogs to the park or to the lake.
Our house is the just right size to start a family. We have three bedrooms, one which is already designated the nursery room. We also have a spacious basement, which Drew loves because it has all of our instruments as well as Drew's ping-pong table. The kitchen had just been redone and is an open concept to the living room, which would allow us to see the child at all times when they are playing.
From Us to You
First, we would like to thank you for considering us in joining you on this journey. We are proud and happy in the life we share together and want so much to grow our family. We are excited about our decision to adopt. For us the choice was an easy one, as we both grew up surrounded by adopted families. We believe it is a huge honor and privilege to become adoptive parents and we accept our responsibilities to you and your child with the utmost respect and commitment.
We have been married for 2 years and have been together for 6 years. Drew grew up in a small town on a farm with cows, pigs, ducks: the whole works. While he enjoys the city we are currently living in, one day he wants to have a farm of his own. Hannah grew up in quite the opposite environment, living in the suburbs. She too dreams of living in a more rural area and can’t wait to learn how to manage a farm and having a place for her future children and dogs to run and play.
Being close to our family is important to us and we are blessed that our families live within driving distance. This child would be the first grandchild in both of our families and they are beyond excited that we are choosing adoption as the way to grow our family.
Having a child has been a dream of ours since we first met. After thoughtful discussion, having this child become a part of our family through adoption became the path we desperately wanted. Knowing that there is a family out there who loves their child so much that they are willing to have another family become their parents is such a brave and wonderful thing.
We look forward to sharing our love of music and the outdoors with our future children. We cannot wait to take them on camping trips and the possibility of starting a family band. While sharing what we love is important to us, we cannot wait to see what their hobbies and likes grow up to be. Supporting and encouraging them to following these interests and dreams is something we believe is very important. Our parents and families have shown us encouragement to follow our loves and we hope to be able to do the same for our family.
We look forward to having open communication with you currently and in the future. We believe that it would be the best for the child if we maintained contact with you throughout his or her life. Being open about their adoption and who their birth parents are is vital for their growth and formation of their identity. We are more than willing to meet with you before the birth process and to continue communication through letters, emails, phone calls, and annual visits.
Thank you for your consideration of our family. The love you have for your child is boundless and we are so blessed to be part of this love.
With much love and hope,
Drew & Hannah
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