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Andy & Sibyl
We believe the opportunity to adopt is a gift. We admire your courage as you read our profile. Since marriage we planned to grow our family and exploring adoption has been our focus. We know that you have many things to consider. Please know that in our home, we have an abundance of love and joy and want nothing more than to share all we have.
We believe that life should be a fun adventure. Even a day at home can be an adventure. When we bought our home, we quickly began the usual tasks of cleaning, fixing, and unpacking. Since the backyard was huge and a bit neglected, we put off raking leaves until the last weekend possible. Near the end of an exhausting weekend spent raking the seemingly endless field of leaves we discovered a flagstone path that had been buried for years under a thick mulch. Following the trail, we learned it led to a perfect area for a garden. The chore of raking would have been boring to most couples, but we came to love spending time working together to make our house a home. Before long our amateur interest in gardening resulted in a design that includes a dedicated garden area and tons of green space to entertain friends and family.
For adventures further from home, we often spend our weekends on road trips to visit friends or exploring one of Tennessee's hiking trails. We try to take 1-2 international trips a year. Prior to each trip we make an agenda to try and squeeze in as many of the culture experiences as time allows. We have even been so lucky to find friendly locals to show us things like how coffee beans are picked and how to make a cool local dish. Although our family trip to West Africa was postponed, Sibyl hopes that we will be able to reschedule soon so that Andy can see the village where Sibyl's dad was born and raised.
Education We will Provide
We believe access to a good education creates a strong foundation for a fulfilling and successful life. As immigrants to the US, Sibyl's parents worked hard and fought tirelessly to make sure Sibyl was able to have opportunities that they were denied. They made sure that Sibyl took advantage of those opportunities and always expressed their unshakeable belief that she would succeed at whatever she put her mind to. Today, Sibyl often participates in volunteer programs that work with at-risk youth to discuss the importance of education and is passionate about creating a positive academic environment.
Andy comes from a family of engineers and pharmacists and was raised to always be curious and challenge himself. Though we both have earned advanced degrees and share a strong appreciation for the value of a formal education, we also believe in the educational value of life experiences outside of the classroom. We embrace both and would offer both to this child. Likewise, we feel it is just as important to immerse ourselves in varied cultural experiences, learning to be open-minded, respectful, and appreciate people and situations different from our own. Exploring the country (and the world) while also visiting lifelong friends is an example of how we intend to create an environment of lifelong learning that stretches far beyond textbooks.
We believe that communication and openness are vital to the enduring success of our relationship. We carry this value into many of our relationships; work, friends, and family. We would want to share as much as you are comfortable allowing. We want children in their family to know and understand the importance of adoption and the magnitude of love that surrounds the process from every angle. It is important that a child understands the different ways a family can grow and find strength together. We would be open and honest with a child about adoption, the process, and the blessings that it presents. We have several close friends and family members that have adopted, are in the midst of the adoption process, or were adopted. We have and would continue to leverage their advice and guidance every step of the way. We are grateful for the opportunity adoption provides and seek not simply to embrace it, but instead to cherish it as part of God's plan for us and our dreams of raising a loving family together.
Our Extended Families
Sibyl has a few nieces/nephews under six and they love to play and entertain. We do a lot of arts and crafts, singing and dancing with them. During a recent visit we promised the kids that we would go to Legoland and although it poured all day we wrapped ourselves in rain gear and took them anyway because a little rain was not going to ruin our fun! We love games and puzzles and outdoor family activities. Recently while visiting Andy's family we tried our hands at Whirlyball and frisbee-golf for the first time.
Our families are quite unique. Sibyl's mother is from the Philippines and her father is from Ghana. Visiting her family is always packed with different types of food and tons of stories about every place in the world imaginable, especially West Africa and Asia. Andy's parents were high school sweethearts and love to share stories about how they met and grew up in their small town.
Our families are so excited and supportive of our decision, they all look forward to welcoming this child and showering them with love and affection. We are fortunate to have family within driving distance. We also have family around the country which creates a lot of opportunities for weekend visits and fun family getaways, especially when leisure travel feels right again.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in an amazing, family friendly community with an active community organization. This organization coordinates lots of events, such as an annual dragon parade and ice cream social, a weekly summer music concert series, and a December horse and buggy ride through the neighborhood to view holiday lights. Our block has a lot of children of various ages and they are very kind and welcoming, we get stopped regularly by kids who want to pet our little pup, Shelby. Our neighborhood schools are walking distance from our street. There is an adorable park with swings, slides, a cool, giant, sculpture mosaic of a dragon, plus tennis courts and basketball courts, and lots of green space for picnics and just lounging around.
We live in a historic neighborhood with adorable homes, just down the road from a top university. Our home is a lovely three-bedroom with four bathrooms, and room to expand. Our front yard has rose bushes lining the front porch. We have a huge backyard and a flagstone walking path that leads to the garden developing on the side of our home. Our favorite room is probably the screened in back porch. On a nice night we have dinner on the deck. When it rains, it's nice to sit on the deck with coffee, and pastries with the only sounds of nature around us.
From Us to You
We met at work in 2012 and quickly became friends, then best friends, then husband and wife. We have been married nearly four years and continue to grow as a couple. Throughout our 8 years we have been able to live in three cities, travel the country, and choose the city that we felt would be ideal to begin our family. Family has always been our top priority and that is something that will never change. When we decided to buy a house, we purposely chose a city between our immediate family on both sides because we knew as we sought to turn that house into a home and expand our family we would want our parents and siblings to be an integral part of raising a child.
When we began our home search last year we focused on diverse and safe neighborhoods, with strong school systems, and a strong sense of community. We walked through the neighborhood, the local schools, and the parks trying to get a sense of whether the neighborhood fit our values and our plan to grow our family. We bought our home because we knew, cliche as it might sound, this home was perfect. It offered everything we wanted: a wonderful home, a neighborhood full of families, children, friendly dogs and, most importantly, daily joy. Although we have lived here less than a year we have become friends with a number of families. Many of the children know us and love to come by to pet our dog and play with her curly tail.
The home and neighborhood are only a part of our lives. Within our home there is love, compassion for others, and a genuine belief that every single person deserves to be treated with respect. We work hard to ensure that we always step back and appreciate life. We know that we have been uniquely blessed and we do our best never to lose sight of it and the special responsibilities it places on us to give back.
Although we love to travel it is also important to take time and appreciate the little things closer to home. We have tried to provide a snapshot of our authentic selves so that you see who we are and can feel the love that radiates from our hearts.
We are so excited to grow our family. Since we were engaged we discussed adoption. We know that we are blessed and that when we have the opportunity we will share our lives, experiences, and blessings. We have had so much fun seeing the various milestones with our nieces and nephews, first steps, first words, successful potty training and even teaching ABCs and 123s. It would be an absolute dream come true to experience these first hand and to be part of a child's life, their development, successes, and growth.
As time passes, we are open to providing you with letters and pictures, if you desire. We would be happy to share your child's growth and experiences. Most importantly, please know that your child will be loved by us and our families. We are committed to ensuring a wonderful and practical education, but we believe no education is complete without exposure to the world through travel and the arts. Every single person has a gift and a talent to share with the world and we believe that this should be explored and nurtured. Your child will know their background and history, they will hear positive reflections of you, always. We know that you are facing a difficult decision and we hope you know how much we respect you and your journey.
We are so excited that you are taking the time to read our message and consider us. We thank you and hope you know that whatever decision you make we want the best for you and your child, now and always.
Andy & Sibyl
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