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Dave & Meghan
Our hearts are open and we can't wait to help this child dream big and lead them down a path to great things. We will always honor your courage and love. Your role in our journey will be cherished and will be one of the greatest blessings in our lives.
What It Means to Become Parents
Our biggest desire is to allow this child to dream, to find passion in life and to know love.
We talked on one of our first dates about where we saw ourselves in 5-10 years and we said we wanted to be parents. Though we have not yet achieved this dream, our journey with infertility (though hard) has actually helped us to more fully understand how much we want to be parents. For us, parenting means working together to teach this child about love, faith, kindness, and how to dream big. Parenting also means tradition and we look forward to sharing our Christmas, Thanksgiving, and summer vacation traditions with this child and starting new traditions together as a family.
We look forward to the little things, first days of school, homework and projects, Halloween costumes, first words and favorite foods and colors, and family vacations. We look forward to sharing a love of pets and nature with this child. Meghan can’t wait to share her favorite Harry Potter books and holiday baking traditions, Dave can’t wait to cheer this child on with sports or acting or singing and to take endless photos to share with you, and family and friends. We also can’t wait to see this child grow up surrounded by our family, many cousins, and the love of all who know this child. Parenting means love and sharing our love of family with this child.
Our Life Priorities
As parents we will prioritize showing this child how love, kindness, and faith help them achieve their dreams.
We prioritize family and our marriage along with time with our friends. We are both committed to each other and are lucky to have jobs and shared values that keep us focused on love, family, and friends. We value supporting each other’s dreams and our priority as parents will be the same, making sure this child is loved and supported as they pursue their hopes and dreams.
We also value family time, be it movie night with each other, game night on our deck, enjoying a favorite meal, vacation at the beach with nieces and nephews or sharing Thanksgiving meals with loved ones. We use our shared time to create new memories.
We value having jobs that allow us to give back to others and that celebrate our strengths. Dave loves that his job allows him to create photos that are memories of special moments. Meghan loves that she spends her days teaching about child and family development and that she sees college students at the beginning of their adult lives. We have jobs that allow us to prioritize family and becoming parents, Dave’s job allows him to be flexible with his hours and to work from home at times and Meghan’s job comes with built in breaks around holidays and summers along with a group of colleagues who value family time.
We plan to hang this quote in this child’s room as we feel it reflects how we will talk about adoption and this child: "We love you because the entire universe conspired to help us find you."
We will be honest and open with this child about how much love went into the child’s life: the love of the birth mother, the love we will always have for this child and for each other, and the love of all of the family and friends who have supported this child’s birth parents and who have supported us. We know that families come in many forms and are blessed to be surrounded by many friends near and far who have expanded their families through adoption.
Our goal is also to honor this child’s birth mother for her love and bravery which will change our lives, will allow us to achieve this special dream of being parents. We hope that this celebration of love and bravery will include open connection with the birth mother and other siblings and relatives so that this child can see all of this love and support that we will always emphasize.
Finally, it will always be important that we talk to this child about how we had so much love for the idea of being parents and that despite struggles with infertility, we always knew that our faith and love would guide us to achieve this dream.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a family-oriented suburb outside a city in Virginia. We have a great neighborhood with a community pool in walking distance of our house and a shared neighborhood field that hosts picnics, movie nights, and sledding parties. The elementary school is excellent and within walking distance of our house. There are playgrounds at the school and pool and also at a park that is a five minute drive from our house. There is also a library nearby. Since we are near the school and in a family oriented community there are many young families around.
We have a lot of great walking trails in the woods behind our house and a small lake that we walk around. Our deck looks out on these trails and lake!
Our house is two stories and has a basement, fenced-in backyard, and garage. We have three bedrooms, two full bathrooms near the bedrooms, an office/playroom, dining room and kitchen, and den. We love our den, where we spend time talking to each other about our days, planning our dreams for this child, and watching TV and movies. Our other favorite part of the house is our deck which is off of the den. The deck is big enough for game nights with friends, a small garden and is a great place for enjoying summer weather with music and good books.
Our Extended Families
We have been happily married since Jan 2014 and have always dreamed of being parents together. Our dream is to share our loving, stable, happy home with a child and to raise a child to be kind, generous, and confident. We want the child to always know what love is and how loved they are.
We are lucky to have a large supportive extended family, so many nieces and nephews who are waiting for a new cousin to grow up with. Our immediate family are in driving distance to us and we spend most holidays and summer vacations with family. We value time together sharing meals cooked together, going on hikes or exploring parks and beaches, seeing movies or talking about favorite books, sports teams, and family memories. We know it is a blessing to have family who prioritize time together.
Our family have been our biggest supporters for our adoption journey, we are lucky to be surrounded by Meghan’s parents (this child’s grandparents!), our siblings who can’t wait to be aunts and uncles to this child, and many young nieces and nephews who are growing up together and who are joyful, fun loving children (cousins who can’t wait for another cousin). We are blessed to have a family who is diverse and who celebrates diversity in many ways, this child will be loved for who they are and who they will become.
From Us to You
Thank you for considering us as parents for this child. Choosing us means making our dreams of being parents come true; becoming parents is the most life changing moment we can think of and we do not have words that would convey our gratitude and joy for this ultimate act of love and courage. We will always show you how being parents to this child brings joy to us every day, how much this child is loved by us and our family and friends, and how we teach this child about faith, love, bravery, and kindness. We will raise this child to be kind, generous, and loving and will do everything we can to create a happy, fun, and joyful childhood for this child.
We have been married since 2014 and we have known each other since 2012. We have been committed to becoming parents for a long time; on one of our first dates we spent time talking about family and our dreams of being parents. We realized after a few months of dating that we had the kind of love for each other that translated into wanting to be parents together and that we had a shared love for family and tradition. Infertility and miscarriages have made it hard to become parents so far but this journey has shown us that we are strong, we love each other enough to endure hard times, and that we truly do want to be parents. We have continued on this journey because we have faith that we are meant to be parents together. We can’t wait to share how this journey lead to this moment with you and this child; we know that this journey will allow us to show this child about strength, hope, and courage and how love makes us stronger.
We would welcome an open adoption and are open to sharing photos, e-mails, video calls, and yearly visits if that is something you would like. This child deserves to know you because your strength and decision to place this child with us should be celebrated. We will work with you to decide over time what communication is best. Open adoption is also important to us in case this child has or will have siblings as those are important relationships to support. Finally, we consider open adoption important for allowing this child to understand their family history and heritage so they can know more fully who they are.
Adoption is love and is an act of genuine courage and strength. We are honored to be a part of your journey and we hope that if you choose us you will know how you are now a part of our journey to parenthood. We have love in our hearts and in our home and we will do our best every day to make sure this child knows love and feels secure, cherished, and supported.
Although words don’t exist that could truly express the depths of our gratitude for choosing us, please know that our hearts would be full, our joy limitless, and our home complete. We will never forget you and your role in making us a mother and father.
With deepest gratitude and appreciation,
Dave & Meghan
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