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Jeff & Nick
After ten years together we are beyond thrilled to raise a child! We have created a warm and inviting home in our community surrounded by friends and family. We have have so much love and knowledge to share with a child and look forward to celebrating their every milestone. Thank you for considering us, and we look forward to embarking on this journey together.
What it Means to Become Parents
To us, being a parent means more than just managing diapers, feedings, and naps. It means being a part of someone's life through the good and the bad, and from infant to adult and beyond. It means being there to teach, guide, discipline, wonder, learn, and grow with them. It’s being there through cuts and scrapes, colds and heartbreaks, first days of school, and wedding days. Being there to watch a squishy little thing grow into an independent adult who is fully capable of taking care of themselves with their own family, career, friends, hopes and dreams, and future — ultimately transitioning from parent-child into friends/peers.
We are looking forward to both the big milestones and the little things. We are looking forward to the Tuesday night leftovers, weekend adventures to the park, birthday parties, and summer vacations. Nick is looking forward to teaching a child about garden worms and tomato plants, where green beans come from, and how to make a loaf of bread or an enchilada from scratch. Jeff is looking forward to showing them the stars, how to wire a circuit and plumb a house, chop wood and make a fire, and write a computer program. Most of all, we are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and observations about the world and nurturing our child's unique personality so they can blossom into their own person.
Nick loves to spend his leisure time in the workshop, garden, and kitchen. He takes tremendous joy in watching a seedling grow into a full sized vegetable, harvesting the fruits of his labor, and using the fresh produce to cook a full homemade meal. Nick is looking forward to playing in the garden with our child, teaching them how to start seeds, tend to the garden, to create homemade meals, and to preserve excess produce at the end of the garden season. He also can’t wait to show them woodworking and how to build everything from garden boxes and fences to framing and door trim.
Jeff volunteers as President of the local county historical society and as a city planning commissioner. He can’t wait to teach his child about the importance of civic responsibility and being a part of the local community. He loves working on the house and is excited to replace doors and remodel rooms with our child; teaching the skills of home improvement and being proud of making things better for the future. He also enjoys relaxing with board and video games and looks forward to the day he can play games with his child, and ultimately have that child teach him new games they have discovered.
What Made Us Who We Are today
Nick’s experiences with his family growing up have shaped his perspective on family, life, and overcoming challenges. Having spent many weekends in the woods with his father and uncle, he has a keen sense of direction and a cool, calm demeanor in almost any situation. His love of family gatherings and cooking for large groups has been shaped by his mother and grandmother's love of entertaining. His inquisitive nature, creativity, and eagerness to learn about the world around him have made him a lifelong learner and he loves to learn as much as he can about any topic and teach those around him.
Jeff has learned a lot about perseverance and hard work from his mother, who raised him and his brother after their father abruptly walked out the door when Jeff was six. She fostered his love of learning and did everything she could to give him good life experiences and an exceptional education. He learned to value both education and hard work, and looks forward to distilling those same values in his child.
Being gay, we have learned the value of being honest about who we are and who other people are and are not. We firmly believe that everyone deserves empathy and understanding, and everyone should have a place in this world. We will seek to instill that same value in our child, and will fight to make sure our child is loved and has a place in this world.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a mid-size town on the water in western Washington state. It is a vibrant and growing town with a rich history that we are excited to share with our child. We are surrounded by family homes, and most neighbors have children. We are a block away from the biggest park in the city, which has huge grass fields and a large newly-built playground. Families flock for the amenities, including farmers markets and numerous festivals. Many schools, libraries, and community centers are within walking distance of our home and the town regularly holds family-oriented events like downtown trick-or-treating, a blackberry festival, Fourth of July fireworks, and several parades.
We love our house. It’s a hundred years old with a fascinating history, and we have spent the last five years renovating it. There’s two bedrooms upstairs and a third on the main floor that Jeff currently uses as an office. The kitchen and living room are our two favorite rooms — Nick is often cooking while Jeff tends the wood stove, much to the enjoyment of Alex the cat. The front yard has grass with four apple trees and a big garden. The backyard has a deck that we love to sit on and talk, overlooking grass with some more garden space. We use the workshop in back for home and garden projects, and the basement has a root cellar for storing all the garden produce. We love decorating for the holidays and being a prominent part of the neighborhood.
Our Extended Families
We are fortunate to have a large family, and while we are spread all over the country, we very regularly meet up with each other. Just recently we’ve had several big family gatherings. On Jeff’s side, we met up at a beach in North Carolina with his mom, brother, sister-in-law, two nephews, aunt and uncle, and his four cousins with their six kids. We all got matching shirts with our family crest and had a blast making meals together, fishing, and hanging out on the beach, especially with the nephews. On Nick’s side, we spent Christmas together, and then six weeks later took a trip to Montana, with his parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles, sister, and brother-in-law. We skied, snowmobiled, shared homemade goods from our gardens, made traditional Christmas tamales, had fun taking a formal photo together, played games, and talked late into the night. Most summers we also meet up for the Fourth of July, hanging up a giant flag, enjoying a big barbeque, and taking part in the local parade.
Our child will have no shortage of love from this big family. They have all been absolutely thrilled to learn that we are adopting and can’t wait to be a big part of our child’s life.
From Us to You
Dear Mom - We know this must be a challenging, confusing, and emotionally draining time for you. We cannot imagine the choices you are facing and the mixture of emotions you must be experiencing, but we imagine they include fear and hopefulness, guilt and relief, loss and comfort, and many more. We want you to know we too have felt overwhelmed with emotions, and at times have also had doubts about this journey and the immense impact of the choices we are making, and have done a lot of soul-searching in making our decision to adopt. While much remains uncertain for all of us, we can promise beyond a shadow of a doubt that your child, our child, will have a loving home and a bright future.
We have known each other for over ten years, and married for six of those. We live in a vibrant town in the Pacific Northwest, in a house we bought six years ago and have worked hard since to turn into a cozy home. Five years ago we adopted a cat named Alex, who adores people ?" he greets every guest with nuzzles and purrs, follows us room-to-room, and greets us every morning with happy chirps. While Alex has brought much joy to our lives, we have both always wanted to be fathers, and cannot wait to raise a child and have every day be a new experience filled with joy.
Nick is an Engineer and manager at a facility just down the street ?" so close in fact he’s able to walk to work every day. Jeff has an even shorter commute as he is able to work remotely from home, and is an Astronomer and a director for a science project. Together we have a lot of flexibility and resources to be able spend much time at home with our child. We have so much to teach them, and can’t wait for the day they teach us. We both have large extended families that are all waiting to love this child and are so excited for them to arrive.
We promise to care for them, love them, discipline them, and ensure they have the best childhood we can provide, so that they are set on a path to become successful adults with their own lives. We promise to kiss boo boos, find lost dolls and blankets, read them bedtime stories, play pretend, take them on adventures, teach them how to dance, how to handle heartache, how to cook great meals, how to love, laugh, cry, learn, and do laundry.
We want you to know that we are proud of your strength, resolve, maturity, and most of all your determination. It takes a lot of humility and courage to go through what you are going through. We promise to ensure that your child will grow up knowing what a selfless thing you did for them to give them a better life full of love and limitless possibilities. We promise to send pictures and updates so you can see what a good life you’ve given your child, and to ensure at every age, they grow up knowing where they come from, and who their mother is. We’d love to visit you before the child is born, and work on how best to stay connected to establish a healthy relationship to ensure the best for them.
As part of deciding to adopt, we accepted that we can't help everyone in this world, but we are comforted in knowing that we can make a difference in the life of one child. We can make the world just a little bit brighter by making a home for someone who needs one. Someone who, through no fault of their own, was born into a less than ideal situation. We hope you'll allow us the opportunity to give your child that home, that opportunity, and allow us to complete our family.
Jeff & Nick
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