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Chuck & Ilace
For years, we have longed to open our home to a child, and have prayed continuously about the gift of adoption. This must be a difficult time for you as you search for what is best for your child, and we are grateful that you are taking the time to consider us as parents. Our lives would be so blessed to open our hearts and our home, and be the family you are looking for.
Our Leisure Time
Our lives are filled with fun and activity. We just love being together in so many ways, and can't wait to share this joy as a family. We are eagerly looking forward to passing on the love we have for nature. Hiking through the woods in spring, swimming in a creek and building campfires in summer, swinging in a hammock under the colored leaves of fall, or sledding and building sculptures in the snow. It'll be such fun to introduce our child to the great outdoors.
We both grew up playing sports, which we continue to enjoy. Both of us were on our high school soccer teams, we played volleyball in our youth groups, and enjoy a good game of softball or basketball for fun. At home we like to play cards and board games with friends. And we enjoy hosting and having company over. Chuck plays the guitar, and likes to get us all singing in the evenings, and we love attending musical events and holiday festivals in town with our friends. We simply love life and love being active. This attitude will play an essential role in our family as our child grows and develops their own taste for music and leisure time activities.
We met each other in New York, but came from very different places, and our families have varied and distinct cultural backgrounds and experiences. Chuck grew up in England, and his parents are English and American, with his ancestral roots in France and Sweden. His parents made a point of introducing the children to a wide range of cultures. They often welcomed people into their home, sometimes for extended visits. Chuck remembers friends from Hungary, Germany, Norway, Taiwan, and Nigeria living with the family. Having a home that was open to these different cultures was a beautiful and important part of growing up. The food, singing, and dancing was amazing, and they loved each person who came.
Ilace's family is from Canada. She grew up on a farm in Manitoba. Their family can trace their heritage back through Russia, Eastern Europe and Austria. Ilace remembers her house always being open for people to drop in, or have a meal. Her parents are warm and kindhearted, always reaching out to invite visitors and make them feel welcome in their home. They especially reached out to the Native American families who lived nearby, and Ilace's Aunt and Uncle adopted a child from a local tribe. Now, the two of us host weekly dinners for students, many of whom are international. And we plan to continue the tradition of welcoming people from diverse cultural backgrounds into our home.
In looking forward to adoption, we decided to write a journal for our child. One of the first things we did at the start of this journey was to find just the right journal. We often take it to a special place where we love to spend time together and pray. It's a beautiful grassy bank overlooking a rushing stream where we go to hike and swim in summer. We have spent many wonderful moments there, writing down our thoughts, hopes, and dreams. We want to show our child how much they have been loved and prayed for, even before we ever knew them. It is here, at this beautiful place in nature, where we first decided to begin this journey.
Adoption will simply be part of our family story. We look forward to showing our journal, and this special place, to our child as they grow older. We will make a story book explaining how adoption has shaped all of our lives. It will be simple and down to earth because we believe that there is nothing strange about adoption. It is a beautiful gift, which we look forward to having as part of our lives, and it will be a privilege to share this with our child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a friendly residential neighborhood in Durham, North Carolina. Our house has two stories, three bedrooms, and a spacious finished attic for play space. We have a beautiful front porch and a fenced in yard out back with a small garden where we grow veggies and herbs. It's a great place for barbeques and campfires. One thing we love about our house is the open plan dining and living room area. There's plenty of natural light from the many windows, and the fireplace gives it a cozy feel. In the corner of the living room we have a toy box, and anytime families come over, the kids head right to the box. They know where it is, and they feel at home right away.
Duke's East Campus is just at the end of our street, so we often head over there to spend time or use the two mile walking loop around the campus. There are also some really beautiful parks nearby with swings and climbing frames, and two great daycare centers in walking distance from us. We have already been dreaming with our friends about play-dates with our children, and walks at the Eno River State Park, nearby. Durham is a vibrant and diverse city with all sorts of activities, parades, and festivals going on all the time. There are so many fun opportunities for children to enjoy. We can't wait to experience all these events as a family, and through the eyes of our child.
Our Extended Families
We both have fairly large families, and everyone's really excited and supportive as we look forward to adopting a child into our home. Our parent's live in neighboring states, about a day's drive away, so when we see them we use every minute! When we visit Chuck's parents in summer, we love to go hiking together in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. We visit them every Christmas as well, and we like to go sledding with Chuck's sisters' kids or play games if there's no snow. Our favorite part of Christmas there is the live nativity each year.
Visiting Ilace's family is always fun. They have a cute little house with her Mom's artwork on the walls, and a beautiful pond out back. Last time we visited, her sister, Jenn, with her one year old son, Kreed, came from Canada. It was the first time we'd seen him, and we had such a fun time reading, singing, and playing together. When the weather is nice, we like to take the nieces and nephews swimming. Sometimes we take a day trip together. Chuck enjoys fishing with Ilace's Dad, and Ilace loves to make a delicious picnic with her Mom. We play ball games with the kids and have a barbeque dinner with the whole family. Our extended family is very important to us and we love each one. We can hardly believe that one day we'll be able to share our own child with them and make many precious memories together.
From Us to You
Though we've never met you and don't know your name or your story, we have been praying for you and for your baby. We are deeply grateful and humbled that you are taking the time to learn more about us and are considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We cannot imagine how difficult this decision is for you. Our hearts go out to you who, as a Mom, are making this choice because you want the very best for your baby. You must be a very brave person. It takes a mother with a huge heart to consider adoption for her child and we know that it's the love you have for your baby that has set you on this path. We promise to always remind your baby how much you love and care for them.
There are simply no words to describe our deep hope and joy at the thought of welcoming your child into our family. We've thought about adoption a lot since our marriage, eleven and a half years ago. Even at the beginning of our life together, we often talked about and prayed for the many children who need a home. This instilled a deep longing in us to one day become adoptive parents. We've always loved children, and looked forward to raising our own family. However, in our first year of marriage we suffered a miscarriage and then struggled with infertility for many years. Later Ilace had to undergo a medical procedure which she desperately needed. This meant that we will never have our own biological children, which was one of the most painful things we've ever had to work through. Through prayer and many conversations, we rediscovered our desire for adoption. We were shown what an amazing gift adoption is and what a privilege it would be to welcome your child into our home.
Your child will be enveloped in love and welcomed by our extended family. We also have a wonderful and supportive neighborhood and community, and we have been surrounded by prayer and encouragement from everyone! Many of our friends have adopted children into their own families, and everyone is eagerly anticipating this little miracle becoming part of our lives. What we look forward to the most is re-living, and passing on our own childhood memories. We will be the proudest parents in the world, and just can't wait to hug and hold your child, to kiss their cheeks and tickle them. We'll change their diapers and give them warm bubble baths. And as they grow older we'll teach them the wonder and beauty of the great outdoors. How to catch their first fish, to make a fire and roast s'mores. How to be safe and care for nature, the plants and the animals. We'll play games, show them how to kick a goal, catch a baseball, and take them to their first basketball game. Most importantly we will teach them to love God, to show love and have a big heart for all people.
We know that you love your baby with all your heart! We promise to always make sure that they know how much you love them, and how much we respect and admire you. They will always know that adoption is part of our family story. And that you are an important part of that story. We will be delighted to continue this journey with you however you choose - through phone calls, emails, photos, and letters. We want them to know their background and where they come from, and this will always be a central part of their, and our lives as we raise them.
Our prayer is that you find the best parents for your child. Parents who will work to fulfill every dream you have for your child. Who will give them every opportunity possible, and who will care for, cherish, and love your child unconditionally. This is the love we promise to give, and we would be honored and humbled, and mostly overjoyed, if you choose us to be those parents. We know how important this is for you, and we are praying for you every day.
With all our love,
Chuck & Ilace
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