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Luke & Lacey
We want to sincerely thank you for taking the time to get to know us! We are beyond excited to have our dreams of parenthood realized through adoption. Adoption is a wonderful gift that has deeply impacted our lives. We can't wait to bring a child into our close-knit family and share with them our unconditional love and blessings. We are looking forward to this next chapter of our lives as devoted parents.
With both of us being the youngest in our families, we are an easy-going, up for anything type of couple! We've developed a lifestyle that strikes a great balance between adventurous activities and restful downtime, with family time serving as the centerpiece. When we're up for adventure, we can be found exploring the area we live in, whether it be trying a new restaurant, shopping at a store we've never been to, hiking a trail at a local park, or attending one of the many festivals held in the city. We also enjoy visiting new places so each year we make it a priority to take a vacation to a somewhere we've never been before. We enjoy taking road trips with our dogs, seeing new sights and gaining new experiences. Many weekends we spend time visiting family to celebrate birthdays, holidays, support our nieces at sports events, or just simply be together. Both of our families have farms where we enjoy days filled with nature, fishing, outdoor activity, and cookouts. During warmer months we spend several weekends boating or camping with Lacey's family. Our downtime consists of quality time spent together at home with our dogs. We enjoy cooking, working in our gardens, crafting and home projects, evening neighborhood walks, reading, and relaxing on the couch to take in a movie or our favorite shows.
Our Individual Strengths
Lacey is a creative. Her mind works in a way that allows her to find the beauty in just about anything. She is also a maker and uses her creativity and hands-on skills to create whatever she sets her mind to, whether it be a flower arrangement, up-cycled furniture, a costume, craft project, or snow art. Lacey is also a nurturer. She has a deeply rooted sense of compassion that makes her a natural nurturer to children, animals and even plants.
Luke is very dependable and will always fulfill whatever obligation he commits to. He is also very supportive and will help in any way he can to make sure that you succeed. He loves to help people learn and grow. He is always willing to have fun and experience new things. He can go into a room of people he doesn't know and make a friend in just a few minutes, people are drawn to him.
Adoption in Our Family
Adoption has had a tremendous effect on our lives. Our family and our relationship would not exist if it weren't for adoption. Luke's mom, along with her biological brother and sister, were adopted by his grandparents as a sibling group when they were young children. If it wasn't for adoption, Luke's mom would have never met his dad, they would have never started a family, and Luke would not be here. Lacey has cousins that chose to grow their family through adoption. Her entire family was extremely supportive of their decision to adopt and the two children they adopted are loved and cherished members of the family. We have two couples that are our close friends who turned to adoption as the way to bring children into their family. One couple has adopted two boys from infancy and the other adopted a little girl from infancy. It has been wonderful to watch their journeys through adoption unfold from consideration to finalization and watch them grow as a family. Our friends have been a wonderful source of information and support to us on our adoption journey and we are beyond grateful for them. Adoption isn't just something that has affected our lives, it is something we believe in, trust in, and encourage.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live on a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood in a suburb of a large Missouri city. Our neighbors are diverse in both culture and age, ranging from retired couples to young families. Most afternoons in our neighborhood you will find children playing, families taking walks, biking, and spending time together outdoors. Our neighborhood hosts annual barbecues, Halloween hayrides, and other social events to help us grow as a community.
Our home is a modern ranch style house with grounds that include flower beds, a raised garden and mature trees. We have a backyard patio where we enjoy spending time dining, relaxing and unwinding around the fire pit while watching birds and squirrels at our feeders. Inside, our home has an open floor plan with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We spend a majority of our time in the living room and kitchen, where we both enjoy cooking and meal prep. Our living room has a wood burning fireplace and a wonderfully cozy atmosphere perfect for roasting marshmallows, sipping hot chocolate, and snuggling up on cold days!
We are proud to live in a community that is highly rated in both safety and education. Our school district is among the top in the state for academics and extracurricular activities. We are fortunate to live within minutes of wildlife and nature preserves, as well as many hiking and biking trails. Within a short drive we also have access to nationally recognized museums, parks, a zoo and professional sports stadiums.
Our Extended Families
We are fortunate to both have loving and supportive families who make time together a priority. All of our immediate family lives in Missouri and we are able to spend time with them on a regular basis. Luke is the youngest of four, having an older sister and two older brothers. Lacey is the youngest of three with two older brothers. We also have four nieces, one in high school and one in middle school on Luke's side of the family, and a toddler and infant on Lacey's side. We have close, thriving relationships with all members of our immediate family. We live just over an hour from both sets of parents, who reside in the same small town. We celebrate all holidays and birthdays with both sides of our family. This child would spend a lot of time being doted on and spoiled by loving and active grandparents, aunts and uncles and playing with cousins who will be close in age.
When we get together with Luke's side of the family we enjoy cooking meals together, taking road trips, playing cards and board games, and enjoying movies with Nana's famous popcorn. We also attend many sporting and school events to support our two oldest nieces. Time spent with Lacey's side of the family often takes place at the family farm where we spend a lot of time outdoors fishing, enjoying nature, and having bonfires. We also take family camping trips and enjoy boating on area lakes.
From Us to You
As we write this letter it's not easy to find the words to convey the respect and admiration we have for you as you consider an adoption plan for your child. We are filled with so many emotions, probably some of the same emotions you are currently feeling. Though our paths through the adoption process are quite different, our goal is the same: a loving and devoted family in which your child will grow and flourish. We thank you for taking the time to consider us as that family. If you were to give us the amazing gift of becoming parents, we will raise your child in an environment of safety, acceptance, and unconditional love.
We have been together for nearly 20 years. We met in a high school math class and began dating soon after. We both attended the same college and were married after graduation. Over the years we have matured and grown together and learned how to balance each other's strengths and weaknesses in life. Our love and devotion for one another has only grown stronger over time. As a couple, we are adventurous and fun-loving. Our dogs, Bosco, Ellsie and Oscar, are a big part of our lives and we all enjoy being outdoors going for walks, hiking, and exploring. We are well known for taking road trips with the dogs to places we have never been before. We love gaining new experiences and new perspectives in life. Much of our social time is spent visiting family or getting together with friends for brunch or dinner. Downtime at home is spent cooking meals together, working on projects, reading, and some lazy evenings curled up on the couch watching TV.
Early in our relationship, one aspect of life we connected on was the importance of family. We both come from close-knit families that make time together a priority. Family time often includes board and card games, movie nights, meals, fishing, camping, and vacations. Our parents will both be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries next year and we consider it a blessing to have such strong examples of marriage and parenting in our lives. We have now been married for 13 years and look forward to reaching the milestones our parents have together.
Becoming parents is a dream we have both had since we ourselves were children and it's something we have talked about since before we were married. We had always imagined that we would have both biological and adopted children to grow our family. You see, adoption holds a special place in our hearts because Luke's mom is adopted. We have witnessed first-hand what a precious gift adoption is and have seen the beautiful lives and families that blossom from it. After seven years of trying to have a child biologically, including failed IUI's, IVF, chemical pregnancies and miscarriage, it became clear that having children biologically would not be our path to parenthood. Our journey through infertility was longer and harder than we could have ever imagined, but it has only strengthened our relationship and our desire to grow our family. We have taken time to grieve our losses and are now putting our hopes and dreams into becoming parents through adoption.
We know that the adoption plan you are considering for your child is a decision you are making out of pure love and selflessness. We will always be open and honest with your child about their adoption and how much they are loved by their birth family. We commit to learning about you and understanding your journey to adoption. Not only do we want this child to know their background, we want you to know their progress. We hope to share letters, photos, emails, and phone calls to keep you updated on their life if that is something you desire. We are also open to the possibility of yearly visits.
We know you may be struggling to make a decision on your child's future. We have spent years struggling to become parents. We hope that from these struggles something incredibly beautiful will emerge: our family, built on the gift of adoption. We cannot wait to meet the beautiful child you have created.
Luke & Lacey
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