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Pete & Jamie
Thanks for taking time to read a bit about us! We've been anxious to start parenting almost since the moment we got married and we cannot wait to meet our first child! For years now, we've been dreaming about all of the things that we will get to do together as a family and our hope is that through these photos and words you'll get a glimpse of that.
What It Means to Become Parents
Parenting is a huge responsibility with so many daily tasks and requirements. We're not even sure of what all is entailed in that since we don't have kids yet. What we do know pretty well, though, is kids. Throughout all of our experience with kids, whether it's been through teaching, babysitting, or just spending time with friends and family, what always shines through is the unique way that God has made each child. We really look forward to getting to know the personalities of the little people in our home! The wonderful thing about kids is that they are comfortable being themselves and are so real and genuine, because they haven't learned to hide who they are in order to get approval from others, and we look forward to encouraging them to be exactly who God made them to be!
Our Leisure Time
One of our absolute favorite things to do is play games together - card games, board games, whatever is at hand, we'll enjoy! We also like watching movies and TV together, playing sports, and watching sports together. Pete loves football, golf, and basketball, while Jamie loves baseball, softball, and hockey. Sports are something we've both always been into - we love playing, but also cheering on our favorite teams in person and on TV. Jamie also enjoys music - she plays the guitar, as well as the piano. Pete enjoys a little bit of XBox as well as reading books. Both of us also enjoy cooking and you can often find us in the kitchen making dinner together. We're so excited and counting down the days to when we can share all these activities with a child!
Our Individual Strengths
Pete About Jamie: Jamie has an uncommon level of determination to do what is right. She has persevered through more hardship than almost anyone I know and has done what it takes to be an incredible person despite all of that. She loves her friends and family genuinely, with little regard for surface level discussions, because she wants to use her time with them to truly get to know what's going on with them. It's refreshing and challenging! She's as smart as they come, more modest than most, selflessly serves others, and loves to laugh. She makes me want to be a better person.
Jamie About Pete: Pete's name means "rock" and that's exactly what he is - a very steady, stable, and strong support no matter what is going on in life. He loves with a deep love, he is super smart, and he's extremely gifted with people. It's one of my greatest joys in life to watch him in his element of teaching young people, whether that's teenagers at church or his pre-school aged nieces and nephews at home. He's fun and easygoing, loves being goofy, and I cannot wait to parent together with him!
Our House and Neighborhood
We absolutely love our home and community! Everywhere you look, there's a beautiful view - from the farm fields across the street, to the beautiful lakes that surround us, to the wonderful rolling hills full of roaming cows. It's a breath-taking and relaxing place to live. Our house is spacious with plenty of room to play and for each child to have their own bedroom. The yard is gigantic and perfect for playing and running around! There are parks all over the area with a brand new one just down the road from us. We also love that the weather is gorgeous and while it's a small town, we can be at a pro football, basketball, or baseball game within 45 minutes! It's really the perfect backyard for playing catch, riding your bike, or just being outside all day; while the inside of our home is perfect for building blanket forts in the wide open basement, watching Sesame Street, or reading a book together!
Our Extended Families
Family is very important to us! We always look forward to our family time because we know we will laugh a lot, eat great food, and be surrounded by people who truly love us. Often times when we're together, we break out board games, yard games, or watch whatever sports happen to be on TV that day. We just love being together!
Grandparents on both sides are amazing with kids and can't wait for the chance to spoil more children with love and attention.
Our siblings are also very good with kids. We have 3 teachers and 1 volunteer tutor in the family, and most of them are already fantastic parents, as well. They are all very excited to add another niece or nephew to the family!
This child will absolutely love their extended family time and have a blast playing with their cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents! We truly consider our family to be our greatest assets.
From Us to You
We know that if you're reading this, you're probably in a very stressful season of life. Please know that we are praying for you. We have been for some time now. We've had our share of stresses and heartbreak too and hate that you are having to make such tough decisions right now. Hopefully reading a little bit about us has comforted you and let you know that we genuinely would love to be able to care for a child and make them a full member of our family.
We've been married for almost 8 years now and we've dreamt of having kids even while we were still dating. To us, there is nothing more fulfilling in life than to be in a loving family and that's what we are eager to provide. We laugh, cry, talk, sing, and dance together because we always say that we'd rather go through the worst of situations together than to have an easy life and be alone. Family is vitally important to us and even though there are plenty of hobbies and events we enjoy, our favorite place in the world is in the company of family.
There are so many things we look forward to as parents, but our main goal isn't to simply reap joy from our children. Our purpose in becoming parents is to raise children who are confident in who they are and prepare them for the challenges of adulthood. We know that they won't be in our home forever, so it's important to us that we make the most of the time that we have with them and make it abundantly clear that they are loved unconditionally and supported wholeheartedly. We want to be intentional about teaching our children to be aware of those around them and to have compassion for those that are suffering.
While that is our end goal, we also plan on enjoying our family time to the fullest. Our home is already filled with laughter and we don't plan on ever changing that. We will play catch in the yard, eat at the dinner table together every night, do homework together, go on fun vacations, celebrate holidays, and end each day with bedside prayer. It is our hope that our children will look back on their childhood as a magical time filled with happy memories.
We also want you to know that we will teach them that God loves them. We believe that each and every person is created by God and that He loves them just as they are. Of course, whether or not they believe that will be entirely their decision, but we hope that they will develop an understanding that they are loved by a gracious and faithful God who cared for them before they were ever born. That has been an undeniable truth in our lives and we wouldn't dream of hiding that from them.
Know that we will be honest and open about their adoption and that we will mention you as the person who God used to answer years' worth of prayers for us. To value life in even the most inconvenient of circumstances is courageous, loving, and selfless. How could we have anything but respect and admiration for such a person? That's what we hope to convey to them as they grow. For post-placement contact, we'd be happy to provide an in-person visit within 1-5 years of birth, as well as pictures, email updates, and/or phone calls. We're hoping to keep the majority of the long-term communication between the adults, if possible.
God bless you for caring for their life and trying to do what is best for them. We are grateful for you (even if you should choose another couple) and that will never change.
Pete & Jamie
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