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Josh & Amanda
We are ready to start a family, and are thankful for the opportunity of adoption. We long for the experiences of parenthood: the love, laughter, and ability to teach. We appreciate you taking the time to view our profile, and hope you find us to be the perfect match!
What it Means to Become Parents
We understand the meaning of being a parent to be a source of love, guidance, support, and protection for a child. On the other hand, we also look at parenthood as an opportunity for ourselves to learn and grow. While we have three furry children that have introduced us to new challenges and feelings of love and concern, the upbringing of a child presents a completely different lifelong experience. To be able to look at a child and see the curiosity behind their eyes, to educate them, to teach respect, empathy and hard work, even the heartbreaking moments when their feelings are hurt, are all indescribable moments that we long to soon experience.
Upon placement, we have decided Amanda will continue working while Josh will resign in order to become a full-time stay-at-home dad. We believe the ability to be more hands-on during the early years of a child's life is important for bonding and early development.
Our Leisure Time
The majority of our free time is spent together in the evenings and weekends. We both work full-time jobs, but we do occasionally try to meet up for lunch during the day. In the mornings, we try to start our day with a short workout or walk outside (depending on the weather), and then we will make breakfast together.
In the evenings, we venture on new recipes for dinner, and then usually settle down by watching a movie, Netflix, or playing a board game or video game. We generally fall asleep reading to one another.
On the weekends, we enjoy taking our dogs to the local park year-round. In the summer, we will also even bring them fishing with us. We like to do a lot of home improvement projects as well as working on the landscaping. This past year we started a garden, and hope to expand it this coming spring.
We like learning and trying new things. We have ventured in making our own wine and cheese, as well as pickling the vegetables from our garden. We love to paint and make different arts & crafts. Josh is currently working on the Mario characters. We love anything that inspires a little creativity, and appreciate any skills that can make us more self-sufficient.
We also love to travel and see new sights and landmarks in the spring and summer months. We recently visited Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and look forward to exploring more of the Midwest.
Education We will Provide
Education is the one thing that was most valued and emphasized by both Amanda's and Josh's parents. We believe education is key to self-reliance, self-sufficiency, as well as the ability to become more well-rounded and adaptable. This value is something we plan to inspire in our own teachings with a child.
We believe it is important for the child to become a well-rounded individual and to have a variety of skill sets. We have a vast library, full of knowledge and adventure. We plan on reading to the child from day one, and hope to spark a love for the written word, as well as further a deep and rich imagination. We also have a variety of arts and crafts to promote creativity to include painting and clay sculpting. We both value trade craft, such as basic carpentry, home maintenance, gardening, and the culinary arts, as essential skills. Josh is partial to history, and hopes to impress an appreciation for past events as well as cause and effect. Amanda enjoys the math and sciences, and hopes to show how it can be applied in everyday life.
Our House and Neighborhood
We reside in a small suburban community in North Dakota. We own a split-level home with an acre and half land. Our favorite room is undecided between the kitchen and the family room. We enjoy cooking and trying new ventures (including wine making and cheese making). In our family room, we can relax by our fireplace while playing board games, doing puzzles, listening to records, and/or watching movies.
Our home is only a 10-minute drive to the community park where we take our dogs for a walk and fish off of the docks. There is also kayaking rentals available, a swimming beach, a small playground, and grills accessible for a family picnic.
There are many community events that unfold throughout the year to include the Fourth of July parade, the McQuaid's Charity Softball Tournament, Apple Fest, the North Dakota State Fair, NorskFest, and Medora musicals.
We have numerous parks and walking trails, as well as a waterpark, zoo, and community theatre.
Our Extended Families
Amanda was born in Vermont, where her parents and two older brothers reside.
Josh was born in Maine, where his parents still reside; however, his two brothers and two sisters are scattered up and down the east coast.
While we live a considerable distance from our family, we make an effort to visit during the holidays. We generally split Christmas and New Year's between Vermont and Maine. Maine's visit traditionally consists of three holiday dinners as Josh has a vast extended family. In Vermont, we usually have a close family gathering at Amanda's parent's house. When we are around our family and friends, we have barbecues, play board games or games outside such as badminton and cornhole, and we usually end the day gathered around a fire in the backyard.
Our family has been supportive throughout the adoption process, and are excited at the prospect of welcoming a new member.
From Us to You
We truly appreciate you taking the time to view our profile and consider us as adoptive parents. We have sat down numerous nights over the past several months trying to figure out how to best express and describe who we are to you. How do we truly introduce ourselves and provide you with a clear picture of who we are, who we would be as parents and what kind of life we can provide for the child? How do we write the love, care, education, and protection we would provide the child so that you can feel the genuineness of our words?
We can tell you we are truly invested. We have been married for eleven years and chose adoption after our own difficulties in conceiving. We struggled with infertility treatments and the additional emotions and stresses that came with it, but our marriage has never been stronger. We both came to the decision that we didn't need to be pregnant to begin a family, and looked to adoption to fulfill our dream of caring for a child. While the process has been sometimes overwhelming, it has enabled us to connect with you today, and while we are going through the process, we do recognize how difficult this decision may be for you.
We want you to know that if you choose to entrust us with your most beautiful gift, we are and will be truly dedicated to providing the best for your child in every possible way we can. We want to guide them as much as we are able to do so. In return, we are certain the child will be able to teach us a thing or two. We look forward to being there for every moment, every smile, every laugh, and every tear. We want to be able to show the child all the wonder and passion that the world has to offer. We will highly encourage education in all aspects, and can only hope that the child at the end of the day will find the one thing that they will value most and want to pursue. We hope to open as many doors as possible for their success.
We want all of the happiness in the world for the child, and we want you to be part of that happiness. You can expect letters and pictures on a regular basis, and we hope we can discuss the level of openness that will be most comfortable for all of us. We want the child to know their birth parents or birth mother, and how they made our dream possible.
Thank you for reading our profile and considering our family. We are thankful for the opportunity to share this experience. We truly cannot wait to hear from you.
Josh & Amanda
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