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Jim & Dana
Becoming parents has been our greatest dream as a couple and we are beyond excited to be on this journey together. Adoption is very close to our hearts and something we always knew we wanted to pursue in order to grow our family. We have a home filled with so much love and laughter, and to be able to share that with your child would be our greatest blessing.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption is something that we feel is such a blessing to any family. Dana's mom was adopted when she was about 6 months old and Dana's uncle was adopted just a few years later as an infant as well. Dana's mom grew up knowing she was adopted as it was an open topic in their household in order to make sure they felt loved by not only her adopted family but her birth mother as well. We fully intend to share everything with our child as well to make sure that they know how many people love them and are a part of our special story as a family. We have seen firsthand how wonderful adoption is and are so thankful for the process that gave us Dana's family. Both of our families have several close friends who have also grown their families through adoption and it is something that everyone in our family is so supportive of. We know that adoption is one of the most difficult, selfless acts of love and are lucky to have the support of a loving family that was grown through adoption to bring a child into.
Adventure is definitely a word that we'd use to describe a key element of our relationship as a couple. Since we grew into adulthood together, we've been lucky enough to share so many adventures together that have shaped who we are today. One of our favorite ways we spend our time is by traveling, and we feel that it is one of the most enriching parts of life. Our travels have taken us around the U.S., but also around the world and have taught us so much about different cultures, to respect each other's differences, and to appreciate all of the blessings that we have.
Not only do we feel that it's important to appreciate and understand all that the world has to offer, but we feel that taking true quality time to spend as a family is so important and that traveling is a great way to dedicate time together. You don't always have to go far to find adventure, and we want to always be exploring new things, places, and activities to do as a family. We hope to teach our child to be curious and adventurous in life and look forward to being able to share with them some of our favorites places and also explore new ones as a family.
What Makes Us Unique
One of the most wonderful parts of our relationship as a couple is that we are high school sweethearts and have had the opportunity to watch each other truly grow into their own person over almost 15 years. We have grown up together in so many ways, and through that became each other's greatest cheerleaders in life. We have never lost the playful side of our relationship that makes us unique even though life has dramatically changed since we first met. While we have each helped shape the other into who they are today, we've also always allowed each other to be their own individual. We appreciate each other and our own differences and have an unconditional love and friendship. We know that each child is also different from one another and we look forward to seeing who they want to be in life and allowing them to find their own way while knowing that we are always behind them.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is a place that we absolutely love to be. We live in a wonderful suburb about 10 minutes outside of a larger city that we selected based on the family atmosphere that is evident everywhere you look. We live in one of the best school districts in the state and are in a very active community full of families that are always outside playing and enjoying the company of their neighbors. Even though we are in a suburb, there is a walking town with lots of coffee shops, restaurants, stores, and churches just up the street. We love to walk for coffee on a Saturday morning and can walk to our church for evening or weekend family activities that are going on. Our street is full of families and young kids and every year, our street has a block party where we cook out, play games, and watch the first home football game of the season outside.
Our home is one that is full of laughs and sees regular kitchen dance parties while we're even just making dinner. We have the house that our friends always gather in and we love hosting family or friends for a BBQ on the deck, game night, or for our annual Christmas party. We love our community and our home, and are so very excited to share it with a child and hear another laugh in our house or dancing of tiny feet on the kitchen floor.
Our Extended Families
Family is our most important priority and we are both lucky to have such supportive and loving families that can't wait to welcome another little one. Jim comes from a large family and has six half-brothers & sisters. Dana has two brothers and one sister. We love spending our free time with Dana's family that is nearby and regularly travel to see Jim's family that is out of state or travel to new places together to explore as a family. We have four amazing nieces that we adore and love to be silly and have fun with.
One of our favorite ways to spend our time is at Dana's family lake house that is about two hours away from home. Many of our summer weekends are spent with the family enjoying water sports, swimming, and spending quality time at the house. Our lake tradition has been a part of Dana's family traditions for several generations and we can't wait to take our child there to enjoy in all of the fun and laughs with their cousins and grandparents. Jim's parents are so excited to be first-time grandparents and Dana's can't wait to have a new grandchild to shower with love. The support of our family is everything to us and we know that this child will be cherished and loved beyond measure.
From Us to You
We are so grateful that you have taken the time to learn about us and consider us to be potential parents for your child. Your journey is one that we think about and pray about often and we can't imagine how difficult this decision is for you. We hope to provide comfort along the way in knowing more about our life as a family, our path to adoption and the deep love we hope to give a child one day.
We have been together for almost 15 years, and though we always wanted to have a family, we couldn't have imagined the difficulty we would face as we tried to do so. Since adoption was something that Dana grew up with in her family, it was something we discussed early on in our marriage before we tried to have biological children and we always wanted to have a child through adoption.
Several years of and many medical treatments later, it became very obvious that adoption was the path that we were meant to be on all along and was something we were so excited to pursue. Even though we faced hardships along the way, we are thankful for them. These hardships made us stronger as a couple and showed us that there was nothing else we wanted in life as much as a child and already we know that they will be the center of our world whenever we become parents. Everything we have tried and done up until this point was all out of love for our future child and we will continue to do whatever possible to give them the best life that we possibly can.
Our marriage is one that we are proud of and we are comforted in each other's support through every challenge and obstacle in life. Teamwork is the foundation of our relationship and we are truly best friends. We are so excited for a future child to be surrounded by the immense amount of love that is present in our home on a daily basis and know that the love of this child will be greater than we could ever imagine. We look forward to enjoying all of their firsts, teaching them about the world, and to know God and His love. The family and friends that we have surrounding us mean everything to us and our support system will always be there for this child no matter what.
While this journey is the happiest adventure we've ever been on, we know that the decision you are about to make may not be a happy one, but one that is so brave and selfless. We understand that you are making the most loving decision that a person can make. We don't take for granted this love that you have for your child and that love will always be well known within our household. Our hope is to have regular communication throughout the child's life through letters and photos and to grow our relationship as special parts of each other's family.
We truly can't wait for the day we can finally become parents and give our love to a child. We hope that you have been able to learn more about us, and we are excited to get to learn about you as well. We know you want the best for your child and we promise to be the best parents that you could ever want for them.
With Love & Gratitude,
Jim & Dana
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