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Bjorn & Anne
After years of infertility, many prayers, and lots of conversations, we couldn't be more excited to grow our family through adoption. We are so thankful you've chosen to consider us as potential parents to your child, as you'd be giving us a gift our hearts are longing for. We admire your strength, understand that this is a difficult decision, and will be praying for you throughout this journey.
Our Leisure Time
Sports and activities have always been a big part of our lives. We both played sports in college, and still enjoy being active as much as possible. Bjorn loves a good pickup basketball, hockey, or football game, while Anne is a bit more likely to be hitting the running trail with a friend or our dog Millie. Most free nights or weekends, you’ll find us biking or cross-country skiing on the Gateway Trail, which runs right past our house. Our favorite way to cap an active day is with a date night out at one of our favorite local restaurants, or just a cozy night at home.
Another one of our favorite things is cooking up a good meal and having friends and family over to eat dinner, play games, and visit. We’ve connected with a lot of great families through our church, and enjoy hosting a small group Bible Study at our house on Monday evenings and volunteering with the high school youth group on Wednesdays. We both enjoyed having our parents volunteer as coaches for our teams growing up, and are excited to be active in our child’s activities as well!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Anne About Bjorn: Bjorn is kind, thoughtful, fun, funny, driven, active, detailed, and sensitive. He is a great leader and very personable. He is very easy to get along with, I haven’t met one person who hasn’t! People are attracted to him, and want to be like him. He leads by example and inspires me to become the best version of myself. I still feel like the luckiest waking up each morning knowing he’s mine!
Bjorn About Anne: I’m incredibly thankful for Anne, and there’s no one else I’d rather be on a team with! She’s strong, confident, independent, creative, hilarious, and super fun! She brings an excitement into every day, ordinary life that is contagious. She has a way of making anyone she’s with feel special by being genuinely interested in their lives and being 100% present when she’s with them. She’s my best friend, and I can’t wait for her to be a mom!
We believe that all people have immeasurable worth and are masterpieces created by God.
We are committed to being parents that recognize, celebrate, and advocate for our child’s cultural heritage. Our nursery is already starting to fill up with books and toys with characters representing many different cultural backgrounds.
Though it’s hard for us to understand or imagine, we know that individuals of certain racial and ethnic backgrounds face specific challenges that we may not be able to relate to based on our own personal experiences. As such, we are proactively surrounding ourselves with a diverse community of individuals who we, and our child, can learn from and walk through life with. We will work hard to make sure our child has positive examples in their lives of people who look like them, whether that’s friends in our community, church pastors, doctors, dentists, etc.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home and community! Living on a little hobby farm, just minutes outside a major metropolitan area, we feel like we’ve got the best of both worlds. We can hop on our bikes and head downtown to the playground at Teddy Bear Park, or explore nature right out our backdoor. We’ve got a huge yard, that’s perfect for running around and playing sports or tag. Our nieces and nephews are always looking forward to the next time they get to come to our home to play with the chickens, make maple syrup, or play wiffleball in the yard.
Our town was recently voted one of the best places to raise a family in Minnesota, and we live in a safe neighborhood where everyone stops and says hello as they drive past. The local school district is wonderful, and there is no shortage of parks nearby with kids running around playing baseball, soccer, and basketball. In the summer, we love heading downtown for “Summer Tuesdays” where they have great food, live music, and children’s movies playing on the lawn.
We are very involved in a local church that has kid’s programs on Wednesdays and Vacation Bible School each summer, where kids play games, sing songs, and learn Bible stories.
Our Extended Families
We are lucky to have close relationships with all of our extended family members, and they couldn’t be more excited about our decision to adopt!
Bjorn grew up with three brothers and one sister, all of whom are now married and live within 30 minutes. On his side, we’ve got five nephews and two nieces, with a couple more babies currently on the way. His folks also live close and are looking forward to spending lots of time with their future grandchild! Growing up with so many brothers, sports and competitions are always included in the family get togethers. Even now, family events aren’t complete without a basketball, football, or baseball game breaking out.
Anne’s family lives a bit farther away, but we always make it a priority to spend quality time with them throughout the year. She is the middle of 3 girls, who have now all married and our first niece on her side arrived in September. Anne’s family couldn’t be more excited to welcome a second little baby into the family. Our trips back to Anne’s hometown typically include family meals, playing lots of games, visiting our favorite ice cream and coffee shops, and spending time at the beach.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We want to acknowledge your kindness and bravery for considering adoption for your child. Although we cannot understand the depths of emotions you are going through, we believe your love for your child runs deep. We hope this letter gives you a better understanding of who we are, how we came to the decision of adoption, and how we hope to raise our family.
Our decision to adopt is so very exciting, but has not come without our own personal dealings with grief and loss. From the time we met and married in 2013, expanding our family through children was never a question. We’ve always envisioned ourselves becoming parents and raising children together, when the time felt right. We are fortunate, that our marriage from day one has been so much fun. We love doing life together, have many hobbies, and still wake up every morning saying to each other, “how did we get so lucky?!” Years ago, we felt ready and excited about having children, but then realized it was not happening easily for us. We faced a long season of disappointment, month after month, when becoming pregnant was not happening like we had hoped it would. Although we felt deep loss, we’ve always believed this wasn’t the end of our story. A big part of what helped us through our season of grief and our decision to adopt, has been our faith. Through our pain, we knew God never left us, He saw our broken hearts, and continued to give us hope that He had a great plan worth waiting for. Through prayer, counseling, and support of friends and family, we’ve worked through our grief and transitioned to absolute joy and celebration that we now get to pursue the sweet gift of adoption. We really do feel pure happiness and peace with our decision to adopt, and believe that our experience with pain and waiting has made us into better people, strengthened our marriage and faith, and will make us even better parents. We can’t wait!
Our hearts are both excited and humbled to pursue adoption. But while we are getting to experience excitement and anticipation, we understand this is an incredibly difficult time for you. We are humbled to think that there may be someone who would grow, love and birth their child, and choose us to raise and love him/her. What a tremendous gift. The gift of a child is something we will never be able to re-pay or even put adequate words around our deep gratitude. We hope to raise our child to love and honor you, just like we do. We will raise our child with honesty and openness, and promise to embrace their adoption story from the day they enter our lives. We would love our child to continue to have a relationship with you, and believe that would add great value and understanding to their life. If it’s something you’re open to, we’d be excited for our relationship to include letters, emails and texts with pictures, and visits.
Wherever you’re at on your journey, our hope and prayer is that you make the decision that you feel is best. Please understand that by no means do we want to convince you one way or another. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share a little bit about us. If you’d like to chat more, we’d absolutely love that.
Bjorn & Anne
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