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Nathan & Kendall
We feel so honored that you have taken the time to view our profile! As parents ourselves, we understand a small portion of the weight and difficulty of the decision ahead of you. As you read through our profile, we hope that it gives you a little insight into who we are and what makes our family special. We want to thank you for considering us to be in your life as adoptive parents to your child. We have always looked forward to growing our family through adoption and are overjoyed to be going on this adventure now.
Why We Chose Adoption
We always knew that we would adopt, even at a young age. When Kendall was only 16, she was told that it would be a miracle for her to ever get pregnant and carry the baby to term due to a devastating endometriosis and poly cystic ovary syndrome diagnosis. The topic of children became very important as Nathan and Kendall were dating. When Kendall discussed with Nathan the uncertainty of having biological children together, Nathan's response had her falling even more in love, "Then we will adopt. It doesn't matter to me if my children share my DNA or not, I will love them all the same." Many of our friends and family have been closely involved in adoption, as adoptive parents, birth mothers, and children of adoption. Through them we have viewed adoption as a beautiful and positive experience. Although adoption has always been in the outline of our family plan, each of the six miscarriages and failed pregnancies has come with heartache and pain. Though our hearts and spirits were pained we held hope knowing God had a plan for us and that this plan included adoption. The peace that we felt once we decided to begin the adoption process further confirmed our decision. We have so much love to give and can not wait to grow our family through adoption as we have always dreamed.
Cultural Diversity in Our Family
Our family is full of diversity. Kendall has two sister-in-laws that are from South America, a plethora of very close cousins from Mexico and multiple cousins that are Native American. On Nathan's side of the family we have two gorgeous nieces and nephews that are half African American. Our immediate family alone speaks Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin, German, Tswana and Tagalog fluently. Nathan speaks Romanian and Moldovan fluently along with small amounts of Russian. Kendall speaks a little Spanish and is currently learning Romanian. Our family is a melting pot of languages and cultures and we are so proud of it!
Our families not only accept diversity, but we celebrate it. We believe in embracing one another's uniqueness and if we are chosen to add a child of a different race to our family we will be overjoyed. We believe that the best way to handle diversity is to speak openly about it in our home. We believe some of the biggest responsibilities we have as parents is loving our children unconditionally, and most of all teaching them to love themselves and the skin they are in. We want our children to celebrate their differences, to embrace their race and to love themselves. We believe all of that starts at home and we can not wait to help our children begin building those foundations of self-love and self-confidence.
Fun Facts About Us:
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Colorado, just fifteen minutes from the gorgeous rocky mountains. Our house is in a quiet cul-de-sac. We have a four-bedroom home that we love. Kendall's favorite room in the house is our large sun room facing the backyard. The best feature of our home is our backyard. It is nearly half an acre of green grass and large apple trees. During the summer we spend most of our time in the backyard. We like to have barbecues and dinners outside on the patio. Also in our backyard we have a playset, equipped with two yellow swings and green slide. We also have a play house painted to match our home with pretty potted flowers out front. There is a fire pit that we have used for cul de sac s'mores parties. We are close to our neighbors, having a get together every few months. There are three other families in the neighborhood that have children. Our neighborhood is safe and tucked away from all busy streets. A majority of our neighbors are firemen, policemen and health professionals. Near to our house there is a lake we enjoy walking to and many beautiful parks. There is even a fun little kid-friendly water park within a five-minute drive. We absolutely love where we live and know that your child would love it as well.
Our Extended Families
We are very family oriented people. We are both from large families that we are close to, but we are closest to Kendall's family. Kendall has five siblings and 14 nieces and nephews who are so excited for another child to join our loud and loving family.
Since we all live far apart, we get together every year at our family ranch in Arizona for a week or two each summer. We play games, cook food, swim, ride horses and go on adventures together. We make it a point to do Christmas with Kendall's parents and at least one of Kendall's siblings every year. We spend most holidays with Kendall's aunt and uncle, as well as many of her cousins that live in the same town as us.
Your child would never want for a playmate as we have a son who is thrilled to have a little sibling, and 11 young cousins in the same town that we see nearly every week for family dinner!
Our family, extended and immediate, are full of laughter, love and kindness. We have discussed our adoption plan with all of our family and knew what the response would be, resounding excitement, love and support. They are so excited to meet this child and can't wait to surround him or her with love.
From Us to You
We are Nathan and Kendall and we are so excited that you have taken the time to read this letter and get to know us! We know this must be a very complex time in your life with many important upcoming decisions. We want you to know that we think you are so very brave and selfless to consider adoption and we hope to be supportive of your journey and desires for your little one. We would love to share a little bit about our own journey with you.
We have been married for eight years and have been together for nearly a decade. We met while Kendall was going to cosmetology school and Nathan was in the Marine Corps and starting college for an accounting degree. He likes to joke that accounting and taxes are just as exciting and high energy as being in the Marines. Although we now run an accounting business together, Kendall is still the family hair stylist and loves showing off her creativity in doing hair and make up. Halloween is Kendall's super bowl and is planned a full year ahead. We have grown so much together and are constantly surprised by how much we still learn about each other and how much our love for each other grows with each passing year. Our adventures together have been full of ups and downs but growing our family and raising our son, Maverick, has been our best adventure yet.
Having our son Maverick naturally was completely unexpected and one in a million. Kendall was told when she was young that she would not be able to have her own children. This is something we discussed at length before getting married and adoption has always been a known and exciting fact of how our family will grow. As we both have friends and family that were adopted or are birth parents, we believe that having open communication with the child's birth family is wonderful but we will respect whatever amount of communication you would like. We are open to exchanging letters, pictures, emails and having social media contact as well.
We love our current and future children so much! We want to show our children the wonder and joy that life has to offer. The ultimate goal is to raise healthy, happy, kind, well-adjusted individuals. We believe in giving 110% for our family. We are funny and loving people, who are always good for a laugh. We love to have fun and we work hard to make sure our kids will have a magical childhood. We are protective of those we love and we believe that love makes a family. We live by a multitude of family and friends with young children, so your little one would never be without a playmate, friendship or support.
We are an active family that enjoys traveling and seeing new sights. Our goal is to take at least one big trip per year with lots of camping and adventures sprinkled in. We are fortunate to have freedom and flexibility with our schedules which is helpful with the sometimes chaotic nature of parenting. We believe that being active is essential to life. If you chose to place your child with us, we would make sure that they are offered every opportunity to excel in sports, music, art, or whatever they chose. We believe in following your dreams and having the tools and support to do so.
It is a sense of pride for us that our house is a safe and peaceful place. We believe in open communication and having respect for one another. Our promise to you is that should you choose to place your child in our care, they will always have our undying respect, love and support. They will never go without and most importantly, they will never go a day without knowing how very loved they are.
With all of our thanks and love,
Nathan & Kendall
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