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Kevin & Stephanie
Thank you so much for considering us to be your child's adoptive parents. We hope that our profile can you give you even a tiny glimpse into how much love and respect we have for one another and the unconditional love we are ready and excited to give your child.
Our Leisure Time
On a typical weekend, we wake up and cook breakfast together as a family. Then we head over to our amazing gym right across the street. We love taking Taylor there while we work out because they have cool classes for the kids like dance, art, sports skills, and gymnastics.
Afterwards we might go to the movies or do something in Washington, D.C. We love to visit the memorials and museums. We'll see live shows like Paw Patrol, Marvel Superheroes, PBR Bull Riding, and Cirque du Soleil. We'll walk around festivals or do other fun family activities like bowling, ice skating, or apple picking.
Our friends group consists of young families with children from babies to Taylor's age. We often get together and do cookouts.
On Sundays we go to church where many of our friends and school friends go. They have an amazing children's worship service but we think Taylor especially loves the free donuts! Afterwards, we'll go to brunch at our favorite café, go grocery shopping for the week and then head home to cuddle on the couch as a family and watch a movie on Disney+.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Stephanie About Kevin: Aside from the fact that I still feel butterflies when I see him and he's successful at everything he puts his mind to, he makes me laugh all the time. He'll say a quote from a movie at the perfect moment or do a little jig in the kitchen that will leave me in hysterics. He is also incredibly loving. It's the little things like reaching for my hand while we walk or putting a blanket over me in the morning when he leaves for work. Kevin is fiercely devoted to his family. A couple years ago, Kevin was on a career trajectory that was taking him to the executive level. But he saw the high divorce rate and the time away from home the job required and he decided that that wasn't the life he wanted. He chose his family. He chose us.
Kevin About Stephanie: I love that I am married to my best friend. In addition to being the funniest person I know, she is beautiful, intelligent, honest, and a loving mother. She challenges me, supports me, and makes me want to be the best version of myself. Stephanie grew up all over the world, which has made her well-rounded and resilient. I'm amazed at how adaptable she is, overcoming each of life's challenges as they are thrown at her. I always have fun with her, and when I'm not with her, I miss her.
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Our House and Neighborhood
We truly love where we live. We live in a newly developed town in Virginia right outside of Washington, D.C. Our town is full of young families so there is plenty for kids to do. For us, since we have a son, we've gotten to know a lot of families because of his involvement with Little League baseball, basketball, and flag football. Many of these families we've known since Taylor was a tiny baby in tumbles class.
Our neighborhood is brand new so all the neighbors are pretty close. Our close friends are all our neighbors with children from babies to Taylor's age. We meet up outside to play, go to the neighborhood parks, or go swimming. Our neighborhood has a clubhouse, a pool, playgrounds, a dog park, basketball courts, and tennis courts.
Our personal favorite is that it has a path that connects our neighborhood to an outdoor plaza with stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. Every December, the plaza closes the streets and gives free carriage rides, hot cocoa, Santa pictures, and a fireworks show. We are also right across the street from a Lifetime gym, a middle school, and a high school.
We live in a three-story home with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms. Our house has an open floor plan with a kitchen that we instantly fell in love with. It has a humongous breakfast counter that Taylor sits at to do his homework or draw while we cook dinner or Stephanie bakes cookies.
Our Extended Families
We both feel truly blessed to have amazing families. Kevin's family is from the Indiana/Illinois area while Stephanie's family is from California. Kevin has a huge extended family that reunites every 4th of July. That is one of our favorite traditions. The town throws a spectacular fireworks show and it happens to be in his mother's backyard! Everyone shows up during the day and swims in the pool, plays ping pong, pool, cornhole, Left Right Center, and 31. When it gets close to show time, everyone grabs blankets and lays on the grass clapping and cheering while the fireworks show goes on. Stephanie's family has an amazing reunion every year as well. We all meet up in places like Las Vegas or Maui. We stay at different resorts and hang out at the pool all day every day and see musicals and other shows. We try different restaurants and do fun stuff like ziplining, go kart racing, bowling, and Bingo.
Kevin's sister has an adopted child and is currently fostering two children. His cousin has three adopted children! Stephanie's family is very diverse. They are Filipino, Pacific Islander, and Spanish. Her extended family members are Mexican, Lebanese, and Turkish, and Native American. Both families are loving, supportive, and excited about our adoption journey.
From Us to You
It's hard to write in words how we feel. Both you and us are at a pivotal time in our lives. You are probably pouring through so many profiles trying to find that connection that will give you a sign that they are the couple meant to raise your child. And we are so desperately trying to find the right words. Not to tell you what we think birth parents want to hear, but words that can depict what we're truly like, what type of parents we will be to this child, the type of home they will grow up in, and how much love we will shower him or her with.
When we met each other, we felt it in our bones that we were meant to be together. We took a chance and married after only five months of dating. That was 18 years ago! We knew we wanted a family. For eight long years, we prayed that God would bless us with a baby. Every Sunday, tears would pour down Stephanie's face while she pleaded with God to answer their prayers. After two rounds of IVF, we were blessed with our son, Taylor.
In 2018, Stephanie found out that she had a severe case of Endometriosis. One of her ovaries and fallopian tubes required removal. One year later it came back and her last ovary was removed along with any chance of another biological child. Because adoption was always something we had thought about, we felt it was the way we were meant to grow our family.
Stephanie feels incredibly lucky to be a first grade teacher at a small private school. She and Taylor go to school together. Sometimes they can eat lunch together. Our school is preschool-fifth grade with the plan of expanding into middle school. Her work is incredibly supportive of our adoption journey and knows that she will take time off to be with the baby. And when the baby is ready for preschool, we will be there. We will know the teachers in your child's life. Your child will be safe and receive a high-quality education.
Our promise to you is that your child will be loved beyond measure. As an infant, all cries will be answered. Food and shelter will be provided. Your child will be swaddled and held with care. As a toddler, your child will be taught to walk, to say please and thank you, and how to play with others. In school, your child will be taught how important school is and how to be a good person. As a teenager, your child will be taught to be more independent, to remain respectful to adults, to procure good quality friendships, and to value money earned through honest hard work. After high school, we will continue to be there for guidance. Love will always be there. Your child will travel the world to see beyond our borders and appreciate different cultures.
And throughout all of this, your child will know his or her adoption story. They will know that they were loved so much that they have two sets of parents- the ones that brought them into this world and the ones that raised them. Stories, letters, and pictures will be shared if that is what you feel comfortable with. Please know that your child will grow up knowing you loved him or her. You will not be forgotten. Your story is the genesis to our story.
Kevin & Stephanie