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Drew & Megan
Hello! Our names are Megan and Drew, and we are excited to have the opportunity to expand our family through adoption. We are currently a family of three, married since 2013, and have a four-year-old biological daughter named Grace. Shortly after the birth of our daughter, it became apparent that we would not be able to have another biological child. We both know in our hearts that adoption is the way our family is meant to grow. We really are a humble yet very fun family who loves to laugh together and who has a tremendous capacity to love and raise another child.
One way we have adventures that fit within our brand of family fun is by going on road trips in the summer months. We'll describe for you how that might look: We make a reservation at a hotel ahead of time in a town we likely haven't been before that's a couple hours away. We pack up our vehicle with overnight bags and a cooler with lunch and snacks. We bring along beach toys and some books and toys for kid entertainment while we drive. Drew drives, while Megan keeps Grace content and finds our route on a map. We typically set out early in the morning. Often we follow the shore of the Great Lakes on these road trips.
Along the way, we usually have no particular plan, and make frequent stops to stretch our legs and take in any local attractions, like petting zoos, beaches, and state parks. We like to find a nice park with a playground to eat our picnic lunch. Once we arrive at our destination, we spend a couple of days exploring the area by visiting interesting places like islands, lighthouses, historic sites, and restaurants. We always make sure the hotel we stay at has a pool, so that we can spend a good amount of time swimming too! This is such a simple, low-key type of adventure, but it makes great memories for us and is a great example of how we have truly enjoy each other's company. We can't wait to have these kinds of adventures with this child, and to see the delight on his or her face when we make a stop for an ice cream cone, time at a playground, or go swimming.
What it Means to Be Parents
To us, being parents means so many things. It means opening our hearts to this tiny, loveable baby who we will totally fall in love with. It also means being prepared, yet adaptable, to predict and meet that precious baby's needs and be the most loving family possible for that child. We are so eager and curious to get to know the child's personality, the sound of his or her cry, the touch of his or her tiny hand, and the music of his or her laugh.
Since the birth of our daughter, we have experienced the many joys and challenges of being parents. Some of the joys include that feeling of utter comfort when holding a sleeping infant, the look of relief on a toddler's face when you respond to their call in the middle of the night, and the simple joys of things like bathtime, a story at bedtime, and enjoying meals together. Some of the challenges that we are accustomed to are the sleepless nights, the fussy days, and the tears that come with teething. Even though these are everyday things, as a parent, they add up to more than the sum of their parts. Having a child rely and depend on you for their well-being and happiness is as much a source of joy to the parents as it is for the child. We will open our hearts to this child and form that special connection that parents share with their child. More than anything, being a parent means being able to love this child unconditionally and forever.
Our Leisure Time
We both have many interests and hobbies that we are excited to share with this child. We both love the outdoors and we enjoy gardening together, both in our large vegetable garden and flower garden. Drew further enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time in the woods near our home. He also has become a long-distance bicycler and finished his first 100-mile ride last summer. Drew's passion for the outdoors will be shared lovingly with this child throughout his or her life. Megan looks forward to going on nature walks with this child and pointing out all kinds of interesting insects and plants along the way. Her other interests include cooking, sewing, and other creative activities. She has sewn numerous baby items already, like bibs, snuggly blankets, and soft burp cloths. Megan also likes to play the piano once in awhile to relax. She will definitely encourage this child to pursue their creative side as they grow up. It will be so rewarding to see what kinds of interests that this child will have as they grow up, and what kinds of hobbies that we will be able to enjoy together.
Our Extended Families
Drew's parents, Kate and Larry, live about two hours away but are frequently able to visit for long weekends. We visit them as often as we can as well. They have tons of fun with Grace, and can hardly wait to have another grandchild to spoil!
Drew's brother and his wife also live about two hours away. This side of the family enjoys having big holiday gatherings with the rest of the extended family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, with lots of delicious food and holiday cheer. Megan's parents, Jan and Al, live only about ten minutes away from us, and we see them very often. They are so loving and helpful to our family, especially when it comes to spending time with Grace. We often get together either at our house or theirs to share a weekend meal. Megan's brother lives several states away, but we talk with him weekly. He loves to send Grace postcards and trinkets from his travels, and he is giddy with excitement about our adoption journey. Some of the fun things that Megan's side of the family likes to do together include playing a pick-up game of softball, going to the lake, and having cookouts.
Excited doesn't even begin to describe how our extended families feel about our family growing through adoption. Words that are more accurate are ecstatic, enthusiastic, thrilled, and elated! Every one of them is beyond thrilled at the thought of bonding with this child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a rural area of northeast Wisconsin near a small town. We are homeowners on a quiet rural road, surrounded by a mix of farmland and forests that is peaceful, beautiful, and a safe place for a child to grow up. A brand new swing set is in our backyard, near our large vegetable garden. We also grow many types of flowers and have a large trellis of grape vines. We also raise chickens and a few ducks. A small pond at the back of our property attracts geese, wild ducks, herons, deer, and other wildlife.
Our home is an older farmhouse that has been updated throughout the years. It has 3-plus bedrooms and ample space to expand our family. Our extra large kitchen really is the heart of our home, with lots of space to cook, talk, hang out, and do projects. Our county also has an event called "Breakfast on the Farm" every June. Megan's dad is in charge of recruiting helpers for the pancake-making crew for this event, and both Megan and Drew have volunteered to help with this over the years. This event features a hearty breakfast, farm tours, a petting zoo, live music, and lots of children's activities. We are excited to see which part of "Breakfast on the Farm" will be this child's favorite!
From Us to You
We have been together for eleven years, and married since 2013. One thing we feel it's very important that you know about us right away is that we love to laugh! We sincerely hope we have the chance to share a laugh or smile with you in the future.
Becoming parents to Grace really changed our lives, and it truly brings out each of our best traits. For example, Megan loves nothing more than being a mom. She loves caring for others and will absolutely cherish caring for our future child. Megan loves to make people feel at home when they visit our house. Drew is the ultimate protector and provider for our family. He makes sure our home is in proper working order and is extremely capable of repairing and building things. He loves to be a silly dad and can't wait to have another child to share giggles with. Since we are not first-time parents, we are fully prepared to parent a newborn, and are genuinely looking forward to it.
We try to be a humble couple who try to make the best of a situation, no matter how difficult. We both know first-hand that life is not always easy and certainly not always fair, but our reactions to those challenges are what make us who we are. Adoption may be considered one of life's greatest tests for everyone involved, but also possibly the most rewarding. You are incredibly strong for considering making an adoption plan, and we are humbled by your strength.
We are a family that works hard together but also plays hard together. Our brand of fun is uncomplicated and often found close to home. We are people who put in the effort to fix the things we have instead of buying new ones, if at all possible. We believe that helping others is our way of showing love to our community. As parents, we promise to set good examples to this child as to how to grow up as a caring, sincere, and responsible individual.
While neither of us has adopted family members, both of us has had friends throughout our lives who were adopted. Some of Megan's earliest childhood friends were adopted children in a transracial family who lived down the road from her. One of our dear friends was adopted from South Korea as a toddler. We promise to be a loving and secure family to a child of any race. We believe each person's uniqueness is meant to be embraced. We promise to absolutely love this child and provide him or her with every opportunity to be loved, comfortable and secure in the world. We realize we may not always have all the answers that this child will ask us over the years and there will be times that our transracial family may have to answer pointed questions. However, we will continually learn and adapt to be the supportive and loving parents that every child deserves. Our families and friends will embrace this child with open hearts and open arms along with us. You can trust us to be the ultimate advocates for this child throughout his or her life.
As this child grows up in our family, he or she will be encouraged and supported in any interest they may have. We will be parents who are actively involved in this child's activities and value every single moment of it. We encourage continued contact with you by text, email, phone, letters or photos as this child grows up. We hope that you find us approachable, and we will strive to be as sincere and responsive as possible. Here's something we really want to share with you: We say prayers with Grace every night at her bedtime. One thing we pray together is "God bless all the people we know and even the people we don't know." We have prayed that sentiment together since long before we pursued adoption, but those words are even more meaningful now. As someone we haven't met yet, you are the one we prayer for every night. Regardless of your decision for your child, you will always be in our prayers every night.
Drew & Megan
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