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Paul & Addie
We appreciate you taking the time to look at our profile! We acknowledge the bravery and selflessness that goes into making an adoption plan. We hope our profile can give you a glimpse into our lives and the life a child would have in our home. We are so excited to give our love and time to a little one and watch our family grow.
We love the life we have established and can't wait to raise children together. We both work in town meaning our commute is only about four minutes, or in Addie's case, some days the morning commute is just downstairs to the home office. These short commutes lend to spending a lot of quality time together every day. Fortunately, we both work for employers that put family first. The priority that our employers put on families will result in great flexibility for raising children. After work we have always felt eating supper together is important and will continue to do that as we grow our family. In our free time we enjoy taking walks with our dog, Rawling, or hosting family and friends when they come to town. We love living so close to our families and take any opportunity we can to cook a meal (especially when we can use fresh produce from our garden) and get everyone together to enjoy an evening of fun and laughter. We attend church every Sunday morning and find ourselves busy throughout the week taking in the different activities our community has to offer. We love to get out of town and travel a few times a year. Sharing our love for travel is something we look forward to while raising children. Overall we stay busy, but always make sure to have time for us through the week and can't wait to add youth activities to the calendar.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Addie About Paul: Paul is the type of man you're proud to know. He makes everyone smile with his contagious positivity and his charming personality. Paul takes advantage of every moment he can to make others feel loved and welcomed whether it be in our home, at work, or in the community. He is always ready with a helping hand and doesn't think twice when others ask for help. Paul doesn't do anything halfway and parenting will be no exception. His dependability is second to none and his patience, understanding, and cheesy jokes prove to me time and time again that he will make an amazing dad.
Paul About Addie: Addie loves to spend time with our family. Family is her priority, and she keeps them to the top of our list as often as possible. I admire how hard she works at maintaining relationships with those she cares about. Whether they be family, friends, or people she met once on a vacation, she maintains a very open dialogue with those she cares about, and I love that about her. I respect her work ethic, and how hard she focuses on her job, family, and other commitments in the community. I am ecstatic to do parenting with Addie and watch her take on a role as a mom.
We love and celebrate people of all different races, cultures, and backgrounds in our home. We have family that come from cultures different than our own and we have learned so much from them. Raising a child of a race/culture different than our own will come with challenges, but we are willing and able to put in the time to educate ourselves to be the most supportive parents we can be for this child. We want to raise a child to be proud of who they are regardless of their skin color, cultural background, or interests. We will encourage open and honest communication on the topics of race and culture so that the child knows they are supported. We will not belittle any feelings a child may have regarding race and we will do the work to help them feel secure and proud. We will never be able to fully understand what the child is going through regarding race issues, but we will be there to listen and to love and support them through their life.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is a three-bedroom home with an open concept for the living areas. As time goes on our favorite room in our home is quickly becoming the nursery. We love watching it fill with heartfelt gifts from our families including homemade blankets, lots of books, and family treasures from years past. The love and support our family has for our growing family is remarkable and the nursery we have prepared reminds us of that love and support every day. We can't wait for the snuggles and bedtime stories, from the bookshelves Paul and his dad made, that will fill this room in the future.
Our town is within an hour of a large city which allows us to enjoy the simple side of a small town while still enjoying the benefits of a big city. Our town hosts a lot of different events for families and encourages everyone to get out and spend time together. We have various restaurants, walking trails, parks, lakes, great schools, and places for entertainment. Our town has lots of young families as well as families touched by adoption. We love how friendly and welcoming our community is and all the resources our town works to bring to us. We are fortunate enough to live near the public elementary school which means we have playgrounds just a couple of houses away, our town has also approved the building of a large new park that will be walking distance from our home.
Our Extended Families
Family has always been our number one priority and we are so fortunate that we live close to the majority of our close and extended relatives. Our family is our loudest cheerleaders during the highs, and our most dependable support system during the lows.
We were both raised in families that valued hard work, but also liked to have a good time together. Paul has a younger brother, and Addie has an older sister and 5 younger siblings and step siblings. When we get together with our families we enjoy playing games, spending time outside, laughing around the supper table, and overall just being in the presence of one another. This child will be brought into a large loving family that can't wait to welcome him or her with open arms and fill the stands or the audience for whatever activities our children choose to pursue.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to look into this brief description of our life! We know you are here because of the love for your child, and we admire you for your strength through such a difficult decision. We can promise you that our home is full of love, stability, and understanding. Your child would be joining a family that can't wait to adore them and to share life's experiences with them.
We have been married since 2016. What started as a blossoming romance on a college campus has turned into a loving and happy marriage. We encourage each other to be better versions of ourselves and take pride in one another's accomplishments. We enjoy the simple things in life together and can't wait to enjoy those things with a child.
Our community is inclusive and embraces the idea of keeping young families local. This means our town works hard to be sure families and children have fun activities to do throughout the year. Many events in our town are geared towards making life for our youth as fun and positive as possible. In the summer you can cool off under a fireman's hose after a water balloon fight in the streets or watch the fireworks crackle overhead. In the fall you can collect more Halloween candy than you could ever eat at the local businesses, or catch the candy during the local parades. In the winter you can watch as downtown turns into a Hallmark movie and Santa comes to visit. Any time in between these events you can enjoy one of the various playgrounds or pools. We may be a smaller community, but our community works hard to ensure we have all we need right here. We can't wait to take off our volunteer caps and enjoy these events as parents in the future.
One of our favorite things to do together is pack our bags and hit the road. We love traveling near and far to see what else is out there. It's a big, beautiful world and we can't wait to experience that world and our travels through the eyes of a child. Every trip we take we always end up discussing future dreams of trips more catered to children. We can't wait for those dreams to be a reality.
While we value fun in our home, we also value hard work. Education is extremely important to us. Our community has public and parochial schools to choose from all of which provide an exceptional education. We have clubs and organizations in town that further this education into extracurriculars. We want our children to experience a quality education, but we also want them to feel free to explore their own interests and find their own passions. Our proximity to larger cities allows us to be able to take advantage of different organizations or camps that may not be offered locally.
We would love for this child to have a relationship with you. We feel an open adoption is a great way for a child to fully embrace who they are. We hope that the bond we have over loving this child will bring us closer to you and allow us to create an ideal open adoption for the child.
We are ready to devote our marriage and our time to growing our family and giving our love to a child. This opportunity is not something we take lightly and there are no words to describe the respect we have for you as you navigate this difficult decision.
With love and respect,
Paul & Addie