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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. Having a family is something we have always looked forward to and we know watching our family grow through adoption will be remarkable!
We enjoy a simple life finding any excuse to spend time together and making every task into something fun. We both work in town meaning our morning commute is only about four minutes, or in Addie's case, some days the morning commute is just downstairs to the home office. After work we have always felt eating supper together is important and will continue to do that as we grow our family. When we aren't working you can find us tending to the garden out back, sharing laughs with friends and family, or catching a local ball game. One of our favorite things to do in our free time is host family when they come to town. We love living so close to our families and take any opportunity we can to cook a meal and get everyone together to enjoy an evening. We attend church every Sunday morning and find ourselves busy throughout the week taking in the different activities our community has to offer. It is also important to us to get out of town and relax even if it's just to enjoy the porch at Paul's parent's home, cheer on our nephews and niece in their activities, fish at the family cabin with Addie's mom, or grab a bite to eat from the food truck Addie's dad owns. 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
We live in a small town in Nebraska. 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 home is a three-bedroom home with an open concept for the living areas. When weather permits, our favorite place to be is our fenced in backyard. We love to grill, garden, and host family gatherings under the nice shade our trees provide. During the colder months we enjoy spending time in our cozy basement watching movies, or cooking and baking together in the kitchen.
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.
Paul has a younger brother that lives in Iowa which is a short drive for us when we want to visit or when he wants to visit us.
Addie has an older sister, a younger brother, and a variety of step siblings. Addie's sister and her sister's family live in a town nearby and her brother lives in Texas.
We were both raised in families that valued hard work, but also liked to have a good time together. 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. We look forward to raising a child alongside his/her cousins with the support of those this child will be able to call aunt, uncle, grandma, and grandpa.
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 a home 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 for 3½ years. 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. We both loved our childhood and can't wait to raise a child and get to experience our childhood again through them.
Our community is inclusive and embraces the idea of keeping young families local. This means our community works hard to be sure families and children have fun activities to do throughout the year. The events and priorities 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.
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 a child to appreciate 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. At a minimum we will share letters, photos, and stories with you as this child grows. However, we hope that the bond we have over loving this child will also bring us closer and allow us to create an ideal open adoption for the child. The openness of the adoption is something we are willing to work with you on to find what works best for all involved with the best interest of the child in mind. The openness of our relationship may vary based on the age of the child and proximity in our locations. We feel if we can be open in our communication with one another we can work towards making choices we are all comfortable with that also puts this child first.
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.
Paul & Addie