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Owen & Sam
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us in our profile! We are SO excited to begin the journey of growing our family through adoption. Our family is full of love, laughter, and kindness. We know that you have a difficult journey, and we hope you will consider us.
Qualities We Admire in Each Other
Sam About Owen: Owen is a truly kind and caring person. In every moment and situation, he is incredibly attentive to the needs of those around him. Sometimes this can mean checking in with a friend that was having a rough time to make sure they are okay. It can also mean that he will ask an elderly person at church if he can help them find a seat or pick up hymnals for them. I always admire how thoughtful he is towards others in these situations. His sense of caring doesn't mean he takes life too seriously, though. I love that Owen knows how to make others laugh, making jokes and setting up puns in the moment that has a way of brightening those around him.
Owen About Sam: Sam is the most caring, organized, and driven person I know. She can always tell how others are feeling and is ready with a listening ear. She is not afraid to speak her mind, but is careful to be honest without being abrasive. I tend to be less confrontational, so she complements me well. Sam is open and loving and has exhibited maternal inclinations for the decade I've known her, and I know she will be a terrific parent.
Our Leisure Time
We love to play board games and card games! It is something we do with both friends and family throughout the year. When we visit Owen's family, we have a tradition of playing euchre. When we visit Sam's family, we have a tradition of playing Phase Ten (which is frequently called "skip grandpa" by the younger grandkids). Some of our favorite games that we like to play include Pandemic and Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle. We find these cooperative games are a great way to interact with friends old and new, and at any age. Every month or two we attend a board game night hosted by some friends that live nearby, and we host our own board game nights throughout the year. Games are also a great way to connect with children and we often play board games or card games with our friends' children.
When we aren't too busy playing games with friends, we love to bake together. We enjoy decorating desserts in silly ways that make others laugh. It was especially fun putting faces on some homemade peanut butter cupcakes! Some of our favorite desserts to make are banana bread, zucchini chocolate cake, and chocolate chip cookies. We hope to share our passion for playing games and baking with future children in our lives.
Adoption in Our Family
Sam has two cousins who were adopted. Laura is Sam's age and Jenny is about the age of Sam's brother, Aaron. Both Laura and Jenny are a close part of the extended family. We attended Laura's wedding last January, where both her adoptive parents and birth parents were present! Sam's aunt and uncle, who adopted Laura and Jenny, have been very open about the adoption process. We have talked with them about what it means to adopt and the joys of raising a child through adoption.
Additionally, some good friends through church have two adopted children. They have helped us better understand adoption through many conversations and by example, raising children in a transracial family. Their son has a close relationship with his birth mother and his extended siblings, who the family goes out to visit regularly.
Our various experiences of family and friends caring for children through adoption show us how loving such families can be. More importantly, they show us how much a family can grow by adopting, with meaningful and ongoing connections between children, siblings, birth parents, and adoptive parents.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburban neighborhood in Wisconsin in the two-bedroom house we own. We have always intended the second bedroom to be a child's room, and we're really excited for that to happen! Our house is cozy in winter--we spend a lot of time on the couch in front of the fireplace, watching movies together while Sam works on craft projects. The adjoining dining area and kitchen also get a lot of use! Sam loves to cook and try new recipes (and make up new recipes), and Owen likes baking banana bread and cookies.
Our house is a short walk to a neighborhood park with a playground, swings, and a picnic area. We also like to walk just down the street to the public library, which helps us keep up our reading habit and also has an excellent children's section (complete with a castle!). Slightly further down the road is a large community park, indoor ice rink, baseball fields, and a large soccer complex. On Saturdays in the summer we can open our home's windows and hear cheers from the soccer fields! One park we're particularly excited to visit again has a splash pad, which is a really fun place to take kids on a hot summer day!
Our Extended Families
We are very close with our immediate family, visiting them several times throughout the year and calling to check in to check in at least once a week. Sam's parents live in Illinois and we have a tradition of visiting them at Thanksgiving when Sam's siblings, Aaron and Kitty, can also make it home. Sam's whole family is very musical. Her mother teaches piano, her father plays guitar and tuba, her brother Aaron is a professional violinist, and her sister sings and plays in a steel pan group at school. Whenever we visit Sam's family, the house is always full of music. Sam is particularly close with her younger sister, Kitty, who is finishing up her last year of school in Ohio. Although they don't see each other often, Sam and Kitty keep in touch frequently. Owen's family lives in Indiana and we visit them at least twice a year for Christmas and Easter. Owen's parents, both sets of grandparents, and his three sisters (Emily, Nola, and Lois) all live in Indiana making it a full and lovely trip when we visit. Owen is particularly close with his father and grandfather, with whom he jokes around and plays cribbage.
From Us to You
We are deeply grateful that you have taken the time to learn more about us. The choices you have to make in the near future are challenging, but we want you to know that we support your decisions. We will provide your child with a loving, stable, and nurturing home. We've seen firsthand how adoption can be a positive experience, with extended family and close friends who show us how close-knit and successful adoption can be. We are excited for the opportunity to love and raise an adopted child!
We met in our first year of college, becoming friends before we started dating. After graduation, we got jobs in different states but were committed to staying in the relationship even over long distances. For four years, Owen worked in Wisconsin, and Sam completed a teacher training program in Indiana. Maintaining a relationship long-distance taught us the importance of patience, understanding, and communication, which ultimately made us a stronger couple. We have now been married for over 3 1/2 years, living happily together in Wisconsin.
Sam works as a teaching assistant at a nearby university while she finishes up her Ph.D. in Education. She teaches a class for future elementary teachers on how to teach math. Sam loves supporting teachers in exploring their and their future students' potential. Her work in teaching and education has taught Sam the love of learning every person can have, with the right encouragement. The flexibility of her work, with classes taught in the evening, gives her plenty of opportunity to work from home and raise future children.
Owen is employed as a software developer, working on electronic medical records software. He works closely with his co-workers to make sure that doctors and nurses and the wider medical industry has the information they need to provide top-notch medical care. He works with a lot of people from a lot of different backgrounds, and even though work is busy he still makes a point to have fun.
For a future child, we value the importance of kindness, openness and understanding. We intend to show by actions and our words that they are loved and deserved to be loved. Our Christian background emphasizes love and peace, and we are committed to those being the foundation of our home life as well. We value kindness, curiosity, and openness, and we will pass those values on to the child.
We want to share with you your child's growth and joy throughout their life. Adoption will always be a clear and celebrated part of this child's life, making sure they know you love them. We are open to sharing photos, letters, and emails with you, and are also open to in-person visits. Adoption is a difficult decision for you, and we will make sure that you are reflected positively to your child.
Thank you so much for considering as the potential parents for your child! We have been excited to grow our family for a long time and will provide all the love, kindness, and support that a child needs.
Owen & Sam
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