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Lindsay & Jamie
Hello! We are Jamie, Lindsay and Jaxx. We are so excited to continue to build our multiracial family through adoption. As a nontraditional family, we believe: 1) There are all kinds of versions of family and the one uniting factor is love. 2) Happiness depends on a compassionate and strong spirit. 3) Life is better when your community is diverse, and when you give back. 4) We are at our best when our family approaches the world as a team.
Our Son, Jaxx
Through American Adoptions, we adopted Jaxx in 2018, and being his parents has been our greatest privilege. Even at such a young age, he has developed his own little personality filled with strong opinions about food (he always wants more!), an interest in the bright colors associated with superheroes (so we decorated his nursery with multiracial superheroes), a love for his pets, and his own sense of humor. Since the very beginning of his life, Jaxx has had a special way of bringing happiness and joy to everyone he's around, and we can't wait to continue watching that unfold throughout his life. His giggles are contagious and he smiles at just about anything goofy--which he started to do at only a few months old! At day care, Jaxx is a social butterfly and thrives in an environment with other kids. He's going to love being a big brother and having a sibling at home he can interact and play with all the time.
Qualities We Admire in Each Other
Jamie about Lindsay: In my wedding vows to Lindsay, I promised to always embrace those pieces of Lindsay that makes her, her: Her silliness, which encourages kids and adults alike to have a sense of humor. Her courageousness, which sometimes means she's willing to explore the jungles of Panama after dark in an effort to help protect frogs. Her knowledge, which constantly blows me away; whether she's spouting out scientific facts about space from her time as a science writer at NASA or sharing her creative writing stories with me. And her optimism in all aspects of her life, which has been such a gift to watch be passed down to Jaxx.
Lindsay about Jamie: One of the things I love most about Jamie is her gentle and ferocious spirit. She has a fierce sense of justice both for individuals and marginalized communities. Jamie is the first to give up her seat on a crowded bus to an elderly person and she has no problem discussing issues related to race, sexuality and ethnicity. I hold my love for Jamie most dear, knowing that even in a society that doesn't always celebrate nontraditional families, I have a devoted partner who strives to make me happy, talks until a conflict is resolved, and is committed to approaching life as a team. Jamie is an exceptional cheerleader to Jaxx and it is my greatest joy to watch her as a loving parent.
What we value most in each other: We are both committed to celebrating diversity and combatting racism, xenophobia, homophobia and other forms of hate.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
Celebrating diversity is our top priority and our dream is to continue to build our multiracial family. We are committed to living in a diverse community. We pride ourselves on having a diverse group of friends who give us the opportunity to witness the challenges and rewards of identifying with multiple cultures and raising multicultural families.
We are excited to integrate our children’s cultural diversity—and other cultures—into their lives and ours. This includes incorporating books, music, movies and food that represents an array of cultures in our everyday routine. We are always looking for opportunities to go to different festivals, art fairs and other related community gatherings in our city and in big cities nearby.
However, we know that embracing another culture requires more than these efforts alone. We will ensure that our children learn about the brave individuals who have paved the way for equal rights—heroes who share their skin color or ethnic background. Just as important is for our children to get to know the community leaders who look like them and are making a difference every day locally. We've selected doctors and daycare provides for Jaxx who are people of color and will make sure our children are surrounded by diversity throughout their life. Most importantly, we want to inspire a sense of curiosity in our children about the world in general.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a spacious but cozy three-bedroom house full of books, toys, play areas for Jaxx, and photos of loved ones. It has been the perfect home to raise Jaxx and host family and friends. Jaxx's nursery is decorated with a diverse superhero theme, with bright colors, and we have another bedroom that we plan on turning into a second nursery with a safari/ animal theme. We have a fenced-in backyard with a sizable garden where we grow kale, cucumbers, lettuce and other veggies; flower beds and tomato beds; and often spend summer days grilling and picnicking in the backyard.
We love living in a diverse neighborhood. Our house is located in a peaceful area between two beautiful lakes, where we like to take Jaxx for walks. During the winter we explore the nature trails around us. We're fortunate to live within walking distance of a free zoo where Jaxx likes to hang out with the flamingoes and watch the giraffes. We're just blocks away from an arboretum, where Jaxx rides along on Jamie's back. We're also a mile walk from a farmer's market--a frequent favorite destination during the summer, especially for chocolate croissants and fresh flowers. We're within walking distance of the public library--a staple for the whole family a few times a month.
Our Extended Families
With just a 90-minute car ride away from Jamie’s dad's house, time with Jamie’s family varies from watching Jamie’s dad zoom around the racetrack in his race car to indulging in their favorite Chicago-style deep dish pizza (Lou Malnati's). Celebrating Christmas with Jamie's family includes a Christmas Eve hike with Jamie's aunt, uncle and cousins (and all the family dogs!) after sharing a meal. We also visit Jamie's aunt and uncle, who love spending time with Jaxx.
Lindsay's immediate family includes her mom Pam (Grandma Peaches to Jaxx), stepdad Al (Grandpa Apple) and younger sister Courtney (Aunt Berry). Pam and Al live about an hour away and come to visit with Jaxx regularly. Lindsay is especially close to Courtney, who loves music, is a social justice advocate, and loves being Jaxx's "cool aunt." We visit Lindsay's family frequently, often enjoying meals together at new restaurants, walking to the farmers' market or spending holidays watching movies, playing games, and cooking. Lindsay also has a great relationship with her 6-year-old niece Cassidy, (her half brother Jeremy's daughter), and her stepsister Meg and her four kids.
Our extended family has consistently given Jaxx unconditional love and support, celebrating him from the moment he was born. Our diverse group of friends, who we also consider family, have also embraced Jaxx and surrounded him with the same love they've always given us. We consider ourselves so lucky to have such tremendous loving support.
From Us to You
Just two weeks after our wedding, we packed up all of our earthly belongings, strapped our bikes to the back of our car, set our scrawny black cat and two spirited labs into the backseat, and made the 13-hour trek from our old home in Washington, D.C., to our new home in the Midwest. With our parents and siblings nearby, this was where we had dreamed about building our own family through adoption. So here we are, 870 miles, four years and one adored and beautiful adopted baby later, writing to you, a caring person whose own unique journey might now intersect with our own.
We met in Washington, D.C. through mutual friends in 2011 and were married on November 7, 2014, with our family and friends there to celebrate and support us. Before we even met, we had both decided we wanted to build our future family through adoption, specifically a multiracial family. This is one of many shared visions at the core of our relationship, in addition to our common values, which include compassion for all people, celebrating diversity and caring for nature.
We are both passionate environmental advocates (Jamie fights climate change and Lindsay helps save wildlife around the planet) and love spending time outdoors hiking, kayaking and gardening. Jamie is a triathlete and in 2016 became an Ironman finisher and Lindsay is a bookworm, often reading books about time travel, animals and cultures around the world.
We want our children to have a life full of love, opportunities and free of hardships and restraints. We envision a life for them where they attend a pre-school in our neighborhood whose mission is world peace and social justice, and where they have the opportunity to go to the college of their dreams. We want our children to have their own little library full of their favorite books, and to learn from a young age how to give back to their community through volunteer work. We envision a life where they can explore any opportunities they want, whether those are extracurricular activities in music, sports or academics, professional opportunities, or opportunities to travel.
We know that giving our children the best possible life doesn't just mean providing financially or making sure they have the opportunities to thrive. We want our child to understand his/her full story--and that story starts with your love. We would enjoy the chance to get to know you, to support you, and ensure that you are a part of our child's continuing story through an open adoption. This includes frequent updates with pictures and in whatever form you might prefer. We'll follow your lead with whatever regular contact you're comfortable with.
Most importantly, this child will grow up in a safe and loving home, full of opportunities to explore the world, a nurturing environment that celebrates his or her identity and in a home where he or she will know from the very start the loving, incredible role that you have played.
Lindsay & Jamie
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