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Patrick & Claire
We know deep in our hearts that we want to continue building our family through adoption. While this can be an uncertain time, we want you to know that our hearts are full of love and admiration toward you. We have a happy, fun-loving household and can't wait to raise a child with unconditional love. Thank you for considering us. We can’t wait to learn more about you and your story.
Our lifestyle is extremely flexible. As a writer and novelist, Claire works from home. Patrick manages his own company, which means that he can set his own schedule and often works from home, too. We have built our lifestyle around having plenty of time to devote to family and friends. Because of the flexibility with our schedules, we’re able to take frequent trips throughout the year. Claire grew up near New York City and loves to visit friends in the Big Apple. We also love visiting her sister’s family in England (duh!). And we always look forward to our annual retreat to Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, where we unwind, swinging in hammocks, taking long walks by the shore, and reading great books.
In addition to travel, exercise is really important to us. We both workout at the same gym three times a week. Sam comes along too! We love to hike on the weekends and take long walks in our neighborhood. But more than work, travel or exercise—our life is ultimately centered on our faith. We are regular churchgoers and look to God as the source of our hope, joy and peace—even when things are hard. We’re grateful for the emotional and circumstantial flexibility God has given us; it is one of our great strengths.
Our Son, Sam
Sam is our fearless, funny and outgoing two-year-old son. He was born in Florida to a young woman who lovingly entrusted us to be his parents. From the very beginning, having an open adoption was important to us, so we are still in contact with Sam’s birth mom, as well as other members of his extended biological family. We are open with Sam about his adoption, and are lucky that some of his closest neighborhood buddies are also adopted.
Every day, Sam loves to play outside, take the dog on long walks, and read books. He also loves to sing, dance and play any sport he can— basketball, hockey and golf are his favorites. Sam loves when we visit his cousins, and he’s quick to jump in and play with friends in the neighborhood, too.
Sam is going to be the best big brother. He is so loving and compassionate to our dog, Winnie — we know that he will be just as gentle and kind to a new baby in our home. We can’t wait to see how he grows and matures as a brother, guiding the way for his future siblings.
Our Dream for this Child
When we think about the future, we see big smiles and lots of laughter and playfulness in a house full of love. We look forward to investing deeper into our community here in Tennessee, while exploring the world with children. We will continue fostering close relationships with our families, so our children will have cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents that will love him or her deeply.
We imagine growing our family through adoption again — so this child will also be a big brother or sister some day. We dream of attending sports games where our children are playing—perhaps even with one of us as a coach! We envision big family trips to the beach, scraped knees kissed and bandaged up, and the joy of a free childhood to play and explore and grow. And speaking of knees — we imagine that in the future, we will be on ours a lot, praying for guidance from God as we seek to provide.
Our Extended Families
We both come from very close families. Claire’s parents live in Georgia and her sisters’ families live in Texas and England. While they’re spread out geographically, they’re extremely tight as a family. She talks with her parents and sisters on the phone often and we take a lot of trips to visit our seven nieces and nephews. They would all love to have another family member to spoil! Every Christmas, we gather at Nana and Papa’s (Claire’s parents) for a big family extravaganza full of beach walks, a Christmas Eve dinner, and even a shrimp boil!
Luckily, Patrick’s parents and grandparents live just 15 minutes away here in Tennessee. We see them often for family dinners or to watch University of Tennessee football games. Patrick’s mom is a retired kindergarten teacher who loves leading projects and crafts for children. She has taught Sam many things, and can't wait to teach him how to read!
One thing that we love about our families is that they get along together so well. We spend every Thanksgiving with both sides of our family at our house, with a huge spread of food. When we’re all together, we love exercising, playing cards and watching movies. Our families are extremely excited about our plans to adopt again. They are praying for this process just as much as we are.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a diverse 120-year-old neighborhood very close to downtown. It's a front-porch neighborhood full of families with young kids who play outside together, use sidewalk chalk, and run down to the playground. We also are lucky to live so close to the exciting art, professional sports, and music.
Sam loves hanging out outside — our neighbors built a full size basketball court, so many of the neighbors show up after dinner to shoot around. We’re also able to walk to some of the city’s best restaurants and coffee shops and love being “regulars.” Most of all, we love our neighborhood’s quirky flair. Our neighborhood hosts an annual "Tomato Arts Festival" that combines a 5k race with a huge parade full of people, kids and dogs dressed in tomato costumes, led by the local high school marching band.
We also have an incredible church community. Patrick is involved in the weekly Men’s ministry and we both support a group of college-aged Young Life volunteers that come to our house regularly. We often play music on the record player, while we dance and laugh around the kitchen. We love our home—but even more, we love to share it with others.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little more about us! While we know this is a time that can feel very scary and uncertain, we want you to know that our hearts are full of love and admiration toward you. You are our hero, and this child will know that every single day of his or her life.
We started trying to have children in 2013. When the first year went by and we hadn’t gotten pregnant, we began to worry. We saw doctors that couldn’t explain what was “wrong.” We tried procedures that didn’t work. And several years ago, we got pregnant—but that little life only stayed with us for a few short weeks. We grieved, we prayed, and we began to dream about how God might choose to build our family, even if his plan was different than our own. In November 2017, we adopted our beautiful son Sam. He is the best thing that has ever happened to us, and we are so grateful that his birth mother chose us to be his parents.
We are excited to adopt again, and grow our family through adoption. In the last several years, we have grown both individually and as a couple. At 35, Patrick is one of the youngest and most successful employees at his company. He has grown into a man that other men in our city look up to, and seek out for advice. Claire's professional life has changed a lot, too. She recently published her first novel, and is working on her second book. Her flexible career allows her to be a stay-at-home mom, and that's a job that she loves more than anything! We love each other very much, and know that we have a very strong and stable marriage — which is the bedrock of good parenting.
We feel that God has equipped us to be parents, even if he hasn’t equipped our bodies to bear those children. We have space in our hearts, in our home, and in our daily routine to love another person. And we have space for you, too. We have been praying for you constantly, lifting you up to God to comfort and guide you on this road. We hope that this letter feels like a little street light along the way.
When we think about adopting another baby, we can’t stop smiling. In our home, this child will be loved and encouraged to grow. We look forward to singing songs, playing music, traveling the world and sharing our extended family with this baby. He or she will have a full life of adventure, exploration and variety of experience. And we promise to raise this little one to know and love Jesus. We look forward to sharing those memories and milestones with you through letters, photos and e-mails, if you’re open to that. We also want you to know that in our minds, adoption isn't a “second choice.” Though we tried having biological children first, we believe that experience prepared us to build our family this way. Also, it gives us joy to know that this child will have a sibling, Sam, who understands what it means to be adopted.
Life is a crazy, unpredictable adventure. If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. But we think it’s different than that. We think God cries with us when our plans fall apart, then he takes all those pieces and builds an even more beautiful picture. He takes our messy words and writes an even more beautiful story. We’re honored that you would consider allowing us to be a part of that masterpiece. Thank you, bless you, and we hope to hear from you soon!
Patrick & Claire
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