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Brant & Melissa
We believe adoption is an incredible act of love between biological and adoptive parents. We are so excited to become parents and look forward to the joys of having a child in our lives. Our hearts' passion is to have a family and we would feel so blessed if you chose us. We have a good home and a lot of hugs to give and can't wait to meet you!
We have a pretty typical lifestyle that includes working out, going to movies, and game nights with friends and family. Some of the highlights we enjoy most are neighborhood parties, family gatherings, and going up to the family cabin. The majority of our time outside of the home is spent walking dogs in the park. It’s a great time for us to discuss our day, the challenges we’ve had and get closer as a couple. It is also a wonderful way to enjoy the seasons and nature.
Since our home is a little older, we are also very excited about a few little DIY projects to spruce up the home. Lately we've been taking up carpets and refinishing the beautiful hardwood floors underneath! When we get away from the house, we like to go up to the family lake home. We love to go out for an afternoon on the lake either paddling around on our paddle boards or kayak, or just in the pontoon. Evenings are spent making a family dinner and sharing memories. We also usually try to get away to a new vacation spot at least once a year. We love experiencing new cultures, foods, traditions, and adventures!
Why We Chose Adoption
We would love to adopt a child so we can have a family of our own. We were unable to have a family on our own through fertility methods and a child has been something we have always hoped and longed for.
Once we were diagnosed with infertility, we tried various fertility treatments with no success. After four miscarriages, we let go of the biological connection and took time to mourn/grieve/move past our losses. New hope arose out of the thought of adopting and bringing a child into our home. We are very excited to adopt and grow our family.
As you can see, we are passionate about starting a family. Yes, we had difficulty with infertility, but we have come to terms with this and we want a child to love, help grow and be there for him or her every step of their development. We also want to give a child a warm, loving and accepting home and family.
We have both always grown up with dogs and today we have three fuzzy little furbabies: Apple, Maggie and Pebbles. Apple, is the oldest and smartest. When she was in her prime, we trained her to memorize the names of all her stuffed toys and she would bring each one to us. Since she's aged a bit, her hearing has gone and now spends her day lounging and getting cuddles. Maggie is the constant baby with a middle child mentality. She's stuck to Melissa like a shadow. Pebbles is the actual baby that is obsessed with Brant and leads the pack during walks. Maggie and Pebbles were adopted from a rescue and Apple was brought home as a puppy. They add a real spark to life, always providing entertainment, humor, and love. They are a big part of our lives and bring a lot of joy and laughter into the home. We feel so lucky to have them in our lives!
Our Extended Families
We both grew up in warm, loving, Christian homes with strong family traditions. Melissa's parents live a mile down the road and are over nearly every day to help walk the dogs. Melissa's sister, Kristina, will soon be living in our neighborhood as well. Melissa and her mother talk often and keep up with each other’s goings on. Melissa's father maintains a very active lifestyle and loves hunting, fishing, fixing cars, tractors and keeping up on the next cabin project. Speaking of the cabin, this has been a wonderful spot for the family to spend time together during the summer months.
Brant's parents live a couple hours away, but are always driving down to visit us or Brant's aunt, who lives nearby. Brant's mother is a retired daycare provider and looking forward to when we bring a child home to help care for him or her. Brant's father is a former truck driver and Vietnam Vet, who is constantly keeping us on our toes with his funny stories and quips. Brant's youngest brother and his wife live only an hour away with their two kids who will be wonderful playmates for a child. We all enjoy spending time together during family gatherings, which occur 4-5 times a year with the entire extended family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We recently purchased Melissa’s parent’s home. It’s a wonderful neighborhood full of caring neighbors who look out for each other and make it feel like a real community. Our neighbors love to say our neighborhood was made for families and play! Our home is on one park and across the street from another. Both have basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, and walking paths. Melissa has great memories growing up in the neighborhood that include bicycling around the parks with friends, playing on the playground, playing hide and go seek in the wooded areas, climbing trees, and even setting up forts.
One of our favorite spaces in our home is the formal dining room where many family dinners have been hosted. Melissa always remembers sharing many home cooked meals and apple pie with friends and family on special occasions. The room we will be spending the most of our time in as a family is the family/sun room. We will be found cozied up on our couches lounging as we watch a movie or just sitting and look out the large set of windows that overlook a huge park.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you about our family. We are Brant and Melissa and we are extremely grateful for the love that you have for your unborn child that you are considering an adoption plan. We recognize that this journey through adoption takes great courage and strength on your part. We are humbled that you would consider us for the privilege to adopt your baby whom we will love and treasure with all of our hearts as our own.
We met 14 years ago and have been married 12 of them. These years together have been memorable and fulfilling. We have known both joy, with the many blessings in our life, and sorrow that we have experienced through infertility and starting a family of our own. These experiences have helped us grow and become closer as a couple. We are now excited for the next chapter in our lives which includes growing our family. We also have a strong family network nearby.
We love life and we like to enjoy new experiences and travel to new places. We try to take a vacation to a new place every year and explore what that area has to offer. We like to be outside doing various recreational activities and spending time with our three dogs in nature. We live in a great community surrounded by parks, excellent schools and friendly neighbors.
Melissa is very passionate about music and she loves to sing. She likes the arts, being creative, DIY projects and playing the piano. Brant loves sports - both watching and playing them, doing various activities outside, and spending time with family. We also both like planning and completing new projects together. One project that comes to mind is a raised garden bed we built that was shaped like a maze. Melissa designed it on her computer, cut all the wood to the proper measurements and Brant helped her dig the posts and construct it. We had a great time building it and felt a lot of pride once we had completed it. These are special memories that we are excited to share with our child when they are old enough to help out.
We both look at adoption as an act of love. We want to thank you for considering us for this special honor. We hope to build a trusting relationship that is truly beneficial for the child and all those involved. In regards to our communication with you, we are open to calls and emails before the birth of the baby and placement. After the birth and placement, we are open to emails, calls and a visit within the first few years of the baby's life.
We are committed to giving our baby the best possible life. We strongly believe this includes knowing their birth parents and that they made a loving decision in placing them for adoption. It's important you know that we do not take this responsibility lightly. We want our child to know where they came from and for him or her to have a positive perspective on their adoption story.
We are both extremely excited to become parents and we want to share our lives, our hearts, and our family with that child. We want you to know that if you do choose us, we want to be partners of emotional support in that difficult choice, as we know it will affect everyone involved in this adoption process. We also want you to know that we will respect you and honor your decision throughout this challenging process. Again, thank you for considering us for this special honor.
Brant & Melissa