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Mike & Amanda
We are so thankful that you are taking time to read our profile. We have been ready and waiting to be parents for a long time and can't wait to begin our journey. Without adoption, that dream may never be realized and we are so grateful for that gift. We hope that you will consider us to be your child's parents.
Why We Chose Adoption
Adoption has always been a discussion for us, even before we were married. We hoped that our family would be made up of biological and adopted children. In the last three years, we have had three pregnancies and unfortunately, three miscarriages. We had fertility testing and also pursued fertility treatments, which were unsuccessful. After grieving these losses we began discussing adoption again. We spoke to a number of families in our church community who have adopted and realized that everyone's journey looks different. We believe that adoption is the path we are being led to in order to grow our family.
As adoptive parents, we want to be as open and honest with our child about how our family was created and include everyone in that story from the beginning. We hope to keep the lines of communication and connection open for both the benefit of the child and birth family. We want the child to know how much love is surrounding them from all families involved. We believe that by being open about our child's adoption story, the child can then have the ability to know where and who they came from and ask any questions they may form over time. The birth family can watch the child grow and develop and know they are happy and well-cared for. The birth parent(s) can also be confident that the child will always know who they are and how much they love them. We look forward to creating a bond with the birth family and extending our family to include them as well.
Our Leisure Time
We love being active when we're not working. With both of us working in education, we are fortunate that we get to spend holidays and summers off together. One of the things we love to do is travel. We usually take one big trip together every summer to somewhere that is new for both of us. Experiencing other cultures, new food and historic sites are our favorite things about travel.
Another thing we love to do in the summer is attend baseball games. We have always been big fans of our local team and we look forward to the games we get to see in person. Mike has always loved to kayak and we try to take our kayaks out on the local lake when the weather is nice.
We love how vibrant our city is. There are always so many things to do. We enjoy taking advantage of the zoo, science center, history museum and the art museum whenever we can. There are also countless numbers of festivals held in our city. One of our favorite traditions is Shakespeare in the Park. We take a picnic dinner down to the park and wait for the open air Shakespeare performance they put on each year. In the winter, we have made a tradition to go to as many of the Christmas light displays happening at various locations in the city between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We cannot wait until a child is part of these traditions!
We love to travel. We have a family agreement to take a big vacation every summer. We have been fortunate enough to be able to travel to Colombia, Greece, London, Toronto and Puerto Rico together. Our favorite vacation together was to London, England. We had so much fun finding our way around the city on the Underground and on double-decker buses. Our favorite highlights were seeing Windsor Castle, taking the Harry Potter Studio tour, seeing a play at Shakespeare's Globe theater, the British Museum, Tower Bridge and seeing Wicked at the theater. Another favorite pastime while traveling is to try all the local food we can. In London, we had many meals of fish and chips and English breakfasts in the famous pubs around the city and had high tea at a bakery around the corner from where we were staying. And although our destinations have been amazing, the thing we love most about travel is having concentrated, quality time together, making amazing memories and discovering new places, cultures and food together. We can't wait to share vacations with a child and continue making new memories together.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the suburbs of a large city in Missouri. There are many different types of people in all stages of life, including many families with children, who live in our neighborhood.
We love our home! We have three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a open kitchen/living room and a finished basement. Our home is cozy and inviting and is one of Amanda's favorite places to be. Amanda particularly loves the living room because it holds so many great memories. It is the place where we first said "I love you" and where Mike proposed. We are eager to continue making memories in our home.
Near our home are two neighborhood pools and a park. Amanda loves going to the pool in the summer. There are always families there playing with their kids, and we can't wait to be one of those families!
The elementary school is located in our neighborhood. We will be able to walk to school when the weather is nice.
Our community has many festivals aimed at families that we love attending every year. Our local community has a big Fourth of July celebration with games, rides, food and fireworks every year. Our city does an amazing job of having so many opportunities for family fun. We love going to the zoo, the art museum, the science center whenever we get a chance. We are looking forward to the day we can take a child to all our favorite places.
Our Extended Families
We are fortunate that both of our immediate families are local. We see our families often and get to spend quality time together.
Amanda's immediate family is made up of her mom and dad (Ruth and Rick), two sisters (Megan and Heather) and a brother-in-law (Megan's husband, Pedro). Our family can often be found sharing weekend family dinners at our favorite Mexican restaurant, El Maguey. We spend every holiday celebrating together. Amanda's favorite holiday tradition is Christmas Eve with her family. We have always celebrated Christmas Eve by spending the whole day together, playing games, baking, watching movies, attending Christmas Eve service together, then coming home for dinner and opening presents.
Mike's immediate family consists of his mom (Beverly), his dad and step-mom (Dave and Rose), his brother and sister-in-law (David and Gayla) and two step-brothers (Billy and Brian). Mike is close to his mom and dad and talks with them and sees them weekly. Mike, his dad and his brother enjoy the tradition of hunting together every November.
Both of our families are very supportive of our adoption plan. They have been eagerly awaiting the day we can expand our family with a child. We know that this child will be so loved and supported by everyone involved. We are so excited thinking about the day we can share our families and traditions with a child.
From Us to You
We first want to say thank you. Thank you for considering adoption for your child. We know and do not take lightly the tremendous amount of strength it takes to make this decision for your child. We also thank you for taking time to read and consider our profile.
We met online through a dating site. Mike was very open and honest in his opening email to Amanda, something that caught her attention right away. After our first couple dates, Amanda had family obligations that came up that would keep them apart for a couple weeks. Instead of being put off, Mike's response was "Family is important. Take all the time you need. I'll be here waiting when you come back." Amanda knew then, he was special. We got married almost four years ago on New Year's Eve in a small ceremony surrounded by our family and closest friends.
We began trying to have children right away. We struggled to get pregnant and then when we did, we suffered three miscarriages. We did not feel led to continue fertility treatments and through many prayers and conversations, we were led to follow our dream of adopting. We believe that there is no "one way" a family can be grown and adoption will be the way a child is welcomed into our family.
We both have a lot of experience caring for children through our professions. Mike has been a middle school math and history teacher for 20 years. Teaching and middle schoolers are his passion. He has been an advocate for his students in many ways and has been blessed to be able to share his love of learning with these children. Amanda has worked as a Paraprofessional in both elementary and preschool settings for almost 10 years. She works with students one on one who have special needs in a small classroom setting. These students have taught her that love needs no words and each of her "kids" hold a special place in her heart. Amanda plans to transition to a stay at home parent when a child enters our home, but she knows the lessons she has learned from these students will be invaluable in her role as a mom.
We are very excited to become parents. It is something that we have been praying for for a very long time. Both of our families, as well as our friends and church communities, are very supportive and excited for our adoption plan. We can't wait to bring a child into our family and continue all the traditions and values we have been brought up in. We are thankful that our church has a large community of families who have adopted or are fostering. Through this community we know we will have support and our future child will have many children to relate to because of the shared experience of adoption.
We will always be open about adoption with our future child. They will know that adoption is part of our family story from the very beginning. We want you to be a very important part of that story, however you choose to be. We want our child to know their birth parent, through letters. emails, photos or phone calls if that is what you desire. We want a child to know how much love has surrounded them from the very beginning.
Thanks you for allowing us to share our story with you. We know that this decision is not an easy one and we are humbled that you would consider us.
Mike & Amanda
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