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Joe & Megan
Adoption is a unique and extraordinary experience. Thank you for reading our profile as it is a small glimpse into our lives. We hope our story resonates with you as we know we can provide a happy, healthy life for your child. It would be an honor for you to choose us and help us complete our family.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our family owns a Teak tree plantation in rural Costa Rica. Teak is a tropical hardwood grown for its lumber. There is a family that lives on the plantation that guards and maintains the trees. Our family has owned the plantation for 15 years and we have developed a very strong bond with the family that lives there.
Having the opportunity to be immersed in rural Latin American culture has been a rewarding experience and we feel a part of the family when we are there. Experiencing the welcoming and simple life that they live has been life changing. When we are on the plantation we always eat meals together and get to experience authentic Costa Rican cuisine. There are no grocery stores anywhere nearby so most of the food is grown, produced and shared with neighbors that live in the area.
In addition to spending time at the tree plantation we have also had the opportunity to visit many of the beaches and rainforests in Costa Rica. To experience undeveloped beaches where the ocean is the temperature of bath water and walk through rainforests where plant and animal life is incredibility abundant is amazing. We have a deep desire to share our Costa Rican experiences with a child.
Our Pup, Wally
The love of a dog is unconditional. Wally, our English Bulldog, has taught us a lot about unconditional love. Every day he brings us joy. He's always there to greet us at the door and he loves to snuggle.
Joe grew up in a home with dogs. His family often reminisces about dogs they've had in the past. Joe was closest to an Australian Shepherd named Sydney, who slept in his bed every night.
Megan didn't have a dog growing up and always fantasized about one day having an English Bulldog. One year on her birthday, Joe surprised her with a dog tag and said, "It's time to go pick out a bulldog." We fell in love the first time we laid eyes on the little smoosh face. Wally was the runt of the litter and kept getting kicked out of the puppy pack. We knew that little dude was the one for us.
Since he came home he's truly been the love of our lives. He makes us laugh every day with his big personality. We taught him to skateboard when he was a puppy. The neighborhood kids ring the doorbell and ask if Wally can come out and play. It's pretty funny, he fits in just like one of them.
Wally is extremely intuitive. He knows when we're feeling down and he knows exactly what to do to lift us back up. More than just being man's best friend, he's an integral part of the family.
"Wanted. Chosen. Loved. Adopted." This quote resonated with both of us as we are preparing for adoption. We've put a lot of thought into what we will tell our child about his or her adoption. We think its important to be open and honest with the child and normalize their adoption story. This is their special story of how they came into this world. They are wanted by so many people. Us as their adopted parents, as well as, our extended families. Also, they are truly meant to be brought into this world and their birth mom knew that she wanted to give this child life. This is one wanted kid!
Chosen. We chose to adopt. It's not a second choice for us. We truly feel this need to adopt. As a birth parent you are choosing us because you want the best possible life for your child because they are so important. This choice will create a forever bond between all of us and the child.
This child will know that they are wanted and that choices were made because they are so incredibly loved by everyone. Each adoption story is unique but all of them come from a place of pure love. Every time they hear their story they will know and feel the love that we all have for them.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful community. Our neighborhood has many greenbelts with bike paths that go on for miles. There are hiking trails all around and there are several big parks with modern playgrounds and ball fields. The neighborhood association puts on many fun events for families to enjoy year round. Some of our favorite events to attend are the annual boat parade, movies in the park and free concerts.
We moved to Arizona two years ago and bought a two-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse. Our home is open and cozy and our favorite thing about it is all of the outdoor living spaces. There are two large upper decks and a back patio where we enjoy spending time. There are four swimming pools, nine tennis courts and a clubhouse within our housing complex.
Our neighbors are one of the best parts about our community. We live in a very tight-knit neighborhood. Since the weather is so great we see our neighbors daily, whether it be at the pool, tennis courts or just taking a walk outside. From the moment we moved here they welcomed us with open arms.
Our Extended Families
We both come from fairly large families. Joe grew up in a family with four boys, Megan's with five girls. All of our siblings are married and we have 11 nieces and nephews. We love our role as the cool aunt and uncle, but we're even more excited about the role of becoming Mom and Dad.
Our families are scattered across the country. However we're all very close and still see each other regularly. Megan is a flight attendant, therefore we have access to free flights. We enjoy traveling and especially when it's to visit family.
Joe's family has a vacation home in Vail, Colorado. It's become a tradition to meet up with his brother's family three times a year in Vail. In the winter we enjoy skiing and the summer we hike. Regardless of the time of year, we're a musical family. We get out the guitars and have a jam session. Over the years more family and friends have joined us on our Vail trips. Megan's family has been included into the fold too. Vail is a very special place for us to enjoy time together. Including a child in these gatherings will make it that much better.
Both of our families are incredibly enthusiastic and supportive of our adoption plan. This child already has an extensive group of people who love him or her and they can't wait to welcome the newest member of the family.
From Us to You
Life is beautiful and messy. Sometimes when they blend something extraordinary can happen. We think this is one of those times. We are Megan and Joe and feel incredibly privileged that you are reading our story. The fact that you're reading this letter means you're considering an adoption plan. Regardless of what direction you chose, you obviously care deeply about your baby.
We are adopting because we are all about living a full, authentic life. We have build solid a marriage, have stable careers and have developed connections with friends and family. However our deepest desire is to have a family of our own. Wisdom from life's ups and downs had us learning about ourselves and realizing that we want to share this life with a child. A gut feeling told us to start exploring adoption. We have so much love to share and we felt that this was going to be right path for us.
We met 12 years ago and have been married for seven. Joe has built an established home rental business and Megan is a flight attendant. We live in Arizona and we love the outdoors. We enjoy biking, playing tennis and golf but our favorite thing to do is hike with our English Bulldog, Wally. Wally is a big lover and he's going to be your baby's first best friend. We are vibrant, healthy people who want to proudly raise a child in a secure, loving home. We want to share all of the opportunities life has offered us. Both of our work schedules are very flexible and we plan to be very hands on parents.
We want to have an open relationship with you and understand that it takes a village to raise a child. We are committed to creating the best relationship possible between you, the child and ourselves. While it's impossible to tell what that will look like, we want your child to know who he/she is and where they came from. It's important for a human being's sense of self to know about their roots. You will always be the key to that and we look forward to sending emails and pictures and having open, meaningful communication depending on your comfort level.
We feel we'll be the right choice because this baby will have parents that care about his/her emotional and physical well being as much as you do. Our wish is to give a child the necessary resources and attention to reach their highest potential. We want to provide a welcoming and healthy home to grow up in. Our plan is to spend a great deal of quality time together as a family having fun, positive experiences. We want to instill strong moral values in our child and plan on being very supportive.
Both sides of our extended families are loving, caring and understanding and will welcome the child as their own into the family. This child will grow up with many cousins that are similar in age. All of our brothers and sisters are ready to take on the roll of aunt and uncle and our parents on both sides can't wait for another grandchild to spoil.
We know this in an incredibly difficult decision. Please know that your baby is going to be in great hands and so loved! Thank you for considering us as the adoptive parents!
With Love and Respect,
Joe & Megan