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Tanner & Jenny
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. Parenthood has been our greatest joy and privilege, and we are so excited to add a baby to our family through adoption. We can't wait to see how our family is going to change and grow, and we appreciate your consideration.
Our Leisure Time
We enjoy spending as much time together as a family as possible. We love to vacation and try to use all possible vacation time from work to explore new places, as well as revisit old favorites. Whether it is big trips where we travel far away, or short road trips to get away for a day or two, we love leaving behind our regular routines to concentrate on being together and having fun.
When we aren't traveling, we enjoy playing outside, visiting local parks, going out to eat, watching TV and playing games. Our boys love when Tanner plays guitar and they can sing and dance along. We live in a very mild climate, so we're able to enjoy being outdoors year round. When it does rain, it's an exciting event so we always take time to jump in puddles! We also love to spend time with extended family whenever possible, either by visiting each other or by meeting up to vacation together.
Our Boys, Wyatt & Ben
We have two biological sons. Wyatt is six and Ben is four. They are different in many ways, and although they quibble like all siblings, their strengths complement one another and they are best friends. Wyatt is very social and is the life of the party. He loves to make people laugh and he has a positive and optimistic spirit. Ben is more cautious around new people and he usually spends time observing others before joining in. He is always thinking about the world and he constantly asks questions about everything. Both boys are musical and love to perform for us! The addition of a new sibling will be an adjustment for them, but we know they will both be wonderful, loving, and protective big brothers to a new baby. We can't wait to watch as they develop relationships with their new sibling, and teach him or her everything they know!
What it Means to be Parents
For us, being parents means knowing our children as individuals and honoring who they are. We want to nurture their interests and talents, and we want them to know that we love and support them no matter what. Being parents is usually really busy and fun, and it's sometimes hard as well. We often find ourselves talking about our boys after they've gone to bed, and reliving the triumphs and challenges of the day. We are always trying to meet our children exactly where they are as they grow and their needs change. As much as we've tried to teach our boys, we feel that we've learned a lot from them as well. It is such a joy for us to be able to experience the magic of childhood again through their eyes. We have learned that time moves so quickly with children and plan to savor each little moment with our third baby.
Our Extended Families
Jenny's parents live nearby and are very involved in our boys' lives. They always join us for holidays, birthdays, school events, and just hanging out for fun. We feel very lucky to see them often and our boys are very close to their Nana and Papa. Jenny's sister lives in Northern California with her husband and two small kids, and we love getting the cousins together as much as possible.
Tanner's parents live in Colorado and visit several times per year, as well as make weekly FaceTime calls to make sure they keep up with everything going on with the kids. Tanner has a brother in Colorado and one in Florida, and they are married with two children each. Our boys are younger than the cousins on Tanner's side, and they really look up to them and love spending time with them. Both of our families are so happy and excited to welcome another baby.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a wonderful town in Southern California. We have a culturally rich and diverse community, with many college-age students that bring a lot of vibrancy to the town. There are beautiful parks, as well as a Halloween festival, Christmas tree lighting with carolers and a visit from Santa, and a big Fourth of July carnival and parade. We also have outdoor concerts and movies in the summer.
We have many favorite neighborhood restaurants and are a short walk from a great ice cream shop. We live within an hour of mountains, snow, beaches, Disneyland, and a zoo, just to name a few highlights and we feel so lucky to spend our family time exploring our local region. Our house has 4 bedrooms and a nice grassy area in the backyard for playing. We're hoping to add a treehouse soon! We also have great neighbors and a cul-de-sac that's perfect for riding scooters and bikes.
From Us to You
We have thought about adding a child to our family through adoption for so long, it is amazing to imagine you finally reading our letter and considering us as parents for your baby. We know that this must be a difficult path for you to travel, and we are grateful that you're taking the time to learn about our family.
We met as carefree college students working at a children's summer camp in 2003 and we eventually got married in 2012. About a year later, we welcomed our first son, and then in 2015, our second son. Parenthood changed our lives completely, and our two boys instantly became our highest priority and greatest joy. After having our second child, we both had a feeling our family wasn't quite complete, and we took our time to carefully figure out how and when we would like to add a third child. We recently made an out-of-state move and found a community we love, and now we feel ready to take the next step. Adoption feels like the right path for us and we are thrilled to finally be on our way toward expanding our family.
Parenting has taught us the importance of honoring each child exactly as s/he is, and appreciating the characteristics that make him or her unique. More than anything we want our children to know that they are loved and supported, and to understand the importance of compassion and kindness. We are very lucky to be surrounded by supportive families that share our joy as our children grow, and will love our new child unconditionally just like we will.
Likewise, we plan on sharing photos and letters with you as the child grows, and speaking openly with our child about you and how s/he came to join our family. We know this will be such an important part of the child's story and we want to be sure to do what is best for him or her. We're also open to planning to visit one another when the time is right.
We are looking forward to many things once our third child joins us and completes our family. We can't wait to go on trips together, share holiday traditions, and experience new milestones. We also can't wait for the day-to-day journey with our child, learning about his or her personality and watching as s/he thrives. Jenny is so thankful that she'll be able to continue to be a stay-at-home parent while our children are young, and we're sure our new child will be just as thrilled when Tanner comes home from work each day as our boys are! We know Wyatt and Ben will be loving and nurturing big brothers, and we look forward to watching them form lifelong bonds with their new sibling.
Again, we thank you for letting us share with you about our family. We know this decision will not be easy for you, and we wish you the very best.
Tanner & Jenny