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Reid & Chelsea
We believe that adoption is the most sacred gift that can be given, and is only made possible by the most courageous, compassionate, and loving among us. We have so much love in our hearts and adventure in our future that we look forward to sharing with a little one! We feel honored that you've taken the time to explore our profile and hope that you'll consider us.
Adoption in Our Lives
In 2019 we became parents to our son, Bryson, through adoption. It has been the best thing that's ever happened to us! He's such a happy, intelligent, charismatic little man. He wins everyone over with his larger than life smile. Although he's just a youngster, we're all ready to embark on an adoption journey together ... as a party of three this time!
Bryson loves to laugh, jump, high-five, eat and snuggle. He's social, playful and makes the funniest facial expressions.
Both of us grew up in a family where we had siblings, and we would love for Bryson and our future child to share a childhood together. The closer in age, the better. Reid and his brother were only 16 months apart in age, and Chelsea and her sister were 3.5 years apart. Both of us agree that nothing can ever change the fact that your sibling is your first best friend. We also feel that it would be an amazing pillar of support for each of them to have someone within our nuclear family that's also adopted. Bryson will have his younger sibling's back, always!
Our Leisure Time
In our leisure time we enjoy going out on our pontoon boat, taking out our side-by-side, camping and enjoying casual backyard barbecues with family and friends.
Fortunately, we live in an area central to so many different things. We often enjoy jumping in the 72' Camaro and going for a cruise to take in some of the majestic scenery around us. Some nearby examples are lakes, forests, rivers, the ocean, and mountainous snow tops. It's not uncommon for us to drive an hour away just to enjoy a slice of pizza from one of our favorite mom-&-pop pizza parlors.
We also enjoy watching live baseball, including our godson's Little League games on Saturdays. Anytime that we travel, we try to visit a nearby MLB stadium to catch a game. We proudly root for the Giants, and for anyone playing against the Dodgers!
We also enjoy our time at home. We are often found working on our classic cars in the shop. Prior to becoming a police officer, Reid was an auto-mechanic. Chelsea has learned a lot from him and she's currently in the process of restoring her dad's 1956 Chevy Bel Air. With Reid being so mechanically inclined, you can also frequently find him doing home improvement projects while Chelsea and Bryson enjoy reading on the patio swing out back.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Reid About Chelsea: Chelsea is the strongest woman I know. She works hard in life to achieve everything she desires and is very focused. She has helped us grow as a couple and as a family. Chelsea loves children and they all love her. I have a video of my niece at about 6 months old laughing hysterically while Chelsea was holding her, that I will cherish forever. She is an amazing mother to our son and I cannot wait to see her love on another child we're blessed with. There is nothing Chelsea won't do for Bryson and it warms my heart to see her interact and love him.
Chelsea About Reid: There are so many admirable qualities in Reid. He is an honorable husband, a great friend, and a remarkable dad to our son. He is fiercely loyal and devoted to his family. When I see him with our son and our niece, it warms my heart in a way that is indescribable. He has such an instinctual way of interacting with children that are close to us, as well as in the community. He makes us all laugh, play, and remember that there's more to life than just the serious parts. These are just some of the qualities that make him such an amazing father, and I love sharing this experience with him!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a very safe community with a huge emphasis on outdoor fitness activities for all ages. It is saturated by 95 miles of bike trails that run along pastures, old train tracks, a river, and a local lake. Our home is about five minutes to the lake and river. Spring through fall there's always people on our waterways kayaking, boating, fishing, paddle boarding and spending time together. We live in a diverse city with focus on technology and natural environment. There are tons of restaurants, shops, entertainment options, historic museums etc. We're a 2.5-hour drive time to the ocean or South Lake Tahoe; a perfect blend of nature's beauty.
We live in a tight-knit suburban neighborhood on a dead-end street. We have neighbors that know and talk with one another regularly. Our house is a single story home with four bedrooms and two baths. Our home is decorated in calm ocean tones and accent decor. Our particular neighborhood consists of properties around the half-acre size. Every Halloween a group of 25+ children get together and trick or treat all in one giant group (with parents in tow of course!).
Family activities are always going on. Some examples are our street fairs in old town, free family concerts in the outdoor shopping amphitheater, our annual rodeo, the city zoo, 'First Responders in the Community' events, the city aquatic center and sports complex, and there are 46 developed parks in the city totaling 261 acres.
Our Extended Families
With family being THE most important thing to us, the pursuit of adoption has brought a whole new level of excitement to all our family members. The outpouring of support we've received has been unbelievable.
With both sets of our parents living only 20 minutes away (and within two miles of each other), we spend a lot of time with them. Summers are filled with making memories on our pontoon boat, barbecuing, camping, and birthday parties. Thanksgiving is spent at our home with both sides of the family together celebrating. Christmas is filled with traditions of hot cocoa on a six-hour neighborhood hop to look at Christmas lights, a large group cutting down trees together, early morning gifts and delicious monkey bread at Reid's parents' house, and Christmas evening dinner at our home with Chelsea's family.
With eager Grammy's and Papa's waiting for another grand baby to babysit, our niece excited to have another cousin, Auntie's excited to spoil another little bundle-of-joy, and most of all Bryson waiting for a sibling to share a home with, we cannot wait to share all of our traditions as we grow our family through adoption.
From Us to You
Thank you kindly for taking the time to learn more about us. As impossible as it is for us to know what you're going through, I hope that you know how much we admire your courage and strength in the noble decision to explore adoption.
Our profile already gives you some basic information on our home, neighborhood, hobbies and family. In addition, it's important for you to know how stable our relationship is. We've known each other for 18 years, have been a couple for nine, and married for four. As a couple we've endured years of infertility treatments, the loss of a very close family member, and have shared in SO many joyous events. Life can be sour sometimes, and on the other hand it can be very sweet ... but no matter what, we are steadfast partners that love one another deeply. With our own life lessons, life has taught us the importance of instilling resilience in a child.
Bringing another child into our home is just the tip of the iceburg. We truly have a village of support surrounding us. Luckily, we have friends that are as much a piece of our family, as our biological family members. A child entrusted to us would not be put into daycare during work hours but would spend time with Grammy and Papa (Reid's parents). Just like with our son, our second child will not only be loved in a safe place while we work but would also learn so much! They go on educational field trips, get silly with the Super-Soakers in the summer, bake treats for every celebration, and do so many hands-on crafts! All of our close friends have young children ranging from age 3 weeks to 12 years, and they cannot wait to have another little friend to play with.
We dream of the day of having our family of four playing board games, playing cornhole, going bowling, mini-golfing, and having separate 1-on-1 simultaneous mom/dad days together. We want to teach our kids how to play Connect 4, "War" the card game, Battleship, checkers and Go-Fish together. We want our children to support each others interests, encourage personal growth, stand up for one another, and challenge each another.
We are very excited to share our everyday joys with another child. Our life together is not just about the big moments and grand vacations. We enjoy all of those, but we also sincerely appreciate the little things in life. The moments of water balloon fights in the backyard, daring someone to try chocolate syrup on their mashed potatoes, counting how many times you skip a rock across the lake and racing Power Wheels on the driveway out back are just as important.
Always striving to be the best versions of ourselves is something that we do on a regular basis and having children adds to our purpose in doing so. Being a parent isn't just a teaching experience, but a learning experience for us. We will always strive to learn more and improve each and every day. Continuing to see the world through a child's unique and unfiltered perspective brings us so much happiness.
As adoptive parents we would be obliged to send letters, pictures and emails sharing updates as milestones are reached, if it is your wish. We are fully invested in ensuring that a child knows about his or her history and where they came from. He or she will know how brave and selfless of a person you are. They will be reassured that this was a decision made from pure love. It is imperative that you know how much YOU matter to us too.
It is our promise to you, that we can and will provide unconditional love, stability, positive influence and a very bright future to your baby if given the chance. As we anxiously await the chance to grow our family, if you are interested in meeting and learning more about us, we welcome the opportunity.
With warm regards,
Reid & Chelsea