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Benj & Meg
We know how beautiful adoption can be. Our own families have been part of adoptions from all sides, as adopted children, adoptive parents, and birth parents. We and our children are so excited to grow our family. We know that adoption can be a blessing to all involved and so appreciate you for taking the time to learn more about us!
We both always hoped to have a large family, and some would say we've done that already! However, we feel strongly that a fifth child is waiting to join our family, and that adoption is the right way to complete our circle.
A little about our four children so far: Soren loves books, Legos, soccer, and runs with his dad. He plays cello, is very social and loves seeing his school and church friends. Vera is a creative spirit; she is always drawing, building and dancing. She is learning violin and ballet. Orissa is our little butterfly — gentle and sweet. She loves ballet classes and just began cello lessons. Lois is full of life and exploration. She is snuggly and sweet; quick to come with hugs and kisses if anyone gets hurt.
We all love to read. Every room in our house has books. We also love music. Benj plays cello and Meg plays piano. Meg has studied art (and still takes weekly painting lessons when she can), and the kids have followed her by turning our dining room into an art room, full of all sorts of creations. Meg also quilts a special blanket for each of our children.
Benj loves the outdoors. He's rarely happier then when hiking up a mountain peak, and we have plenty around where we live! He runs every day but Sunday and our older children are starting to join him on runs, hikes, and camping trips. We're excited to share these parts of our life with all of our children!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Meg About Benj: Benj is the most honest person I know. He is honest to the truths of life, to himself, and to all he encounters. He is thoughtful and comes to answers and conclusions in life after thinking deeply and prayerfully. Then he never goes back on a decision once he has made it and knows it is right. He is committed and ever so loyal. His whole life is our family. Benj gives everything he has to me and our children. All his time is spent with us or for us. He is a devoted father. He loves children and they bring him his greatest joys.
Benj About Meg: Meg is a loving nurturer at her core. She took care of those around her long before she had children, from taking a semester off of school to stay with her grieving grandmother after her grandfather died to being a shoulder for friends to cry on when they needed it. Being a mother has brought out that trait in her even more clearly; her thoughts and prayers and actions are all directed to the blessing of her children and family. One exceptional gift of Meg's is the ability to forgive both quickly and thoroughly; when she has been hurt she is able to move on and repair both her own heart and a relationship.
Adoption & Diversity in Our Family
Adoption is already a very special part of our family. Meg's youngest sister was adopted from China when she was 11 months old. She is very close to us. Meg also has four cousins who are adopted, and two more cousins who have adopted their children. As a teen, one of Meg's siblings became a birth parent and Meg's biological nephew was placed for adoption. We have been able to connect with him over time - we even vacationed in Yosemite together last summer!
Our families value diversity. Meg's family has added diversity by adoption of her sister and multiple cousins from five different cultural, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Benj's family grew up in eight countries, and he and each of his siblings and parents gained close friends from every corner of the world. Not surprisingly, three of his siblings have formed multi-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-ethnic families of their own through marriage. We are all one family and love what each member of the family adds from their own background.
We value heritage and culture, and whichever background this child comes to us from, we will joyfully add their heritage and cultural background to the family, starting with books, music, art, stories, and through ensuring time and relationships with friends and family of similar background. We are fortunate to live in a community - including neighborhood, school, and church - which values diversity of all forms and will support our expanded family in whichever way it comes.
Our House and Neighborhood
We are fortunate to live in Washington State in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We are nature lovers, and we love where we live, overlooking a gorgeous lake with an open sky stretching out to the Cascade Mountains. The kids are always playing in the yard, and we often take walks as a family around the corner to a beautiful forest trail leading to waterfalls and evergreens, ripe for imagination play.
Our home has plenty of space for kids to run around inside too. We have large open play areas on both levels - we've even set up a playground in our basement! The upstairs common area with a balcony opening out from it is our favorite area. The whole family is there together every day, cooking, playing games, reading, or just watching the lake and the mountains. The (excellent) local elementary school is a quick walk around the corner. It is an incredibly diverse school with over 28 languages spoken. The playground at the school opens into a grove of evergreen trees where school kids run and play. Several families with young kids live on our street and ride bikes and play together.
Our Extended Families
We were both raised in loving homes with large families - extra-large in Benj's case! He is one of 10 children while Meg is one of five. Benj's family is spread out across the country and stays in close touch by phone, video chat, and constant group messaging. His entire family gets together every other summer to rent out a big ranch in the mountains for a week; the cousins have the time of their lives. Meg's family all live in the Western U.S. and travel to see each other many times a year, including cabin trips and camping - they share a love of the outdoors! In between visits we FaceTime with grandparents at least weekly and play games with them online. They are a very important part of our children's lives and keep a close connection.
Both of our families are very excited for a child to join the family through adoption. Meg's family has been built through multiple generations of adoption. Benj's family is extremely supportive, from grandparents through siblings and cousins; this child will be the star of our next reunion!
From Us to You
Hello from our family to you! We are Benj and Meg. If you are looking for a home where your child will be surrounded by love from all sides - parents, siblings, cousins - we hope you will keep reading. We honor your motherhood of your child and want you to be a part of his or her life, and of our life.
We have been married for nine years and counting, and each year has (truly) been better than the last. Our children are such a blessing; they are our life, and our daily joy. However, we know that family is not yet complete. Meg's pregnancies became increasingly medically complicated and finally dangerous. We knew that Lois would be our last biological child, but both longed for one more. Within the first week after Lois's birth we talked about adoption. This was a very natural way for us to think about growing our family. We know there is one more waiting to join our family, and we know that adoption is the right way to complete our circle. We know how wonderful it is to have siblings to turn to for support, advice, friendship, and love throughout life. We are excited to meet this little spirit who will bless our family's life, and we are committed to fully blessing his or her life.
You will be a part of our everyday language, as an extended family member in our lives. We want to welcome you with open arms as a part of our family to whichever level you are comfortable with over time. We hope this child will know you, see you, and understand their connection to you as they grow. You will be a key link to this child's self identity and self confidence. Our family will honor you as the giver of the gift of this hoped-for and prayed-for child.
We want to share the success of our child with you and for you to cheer them on. We understand that while this child is young, they won't fully understand the role you played in their life, but you will be spoken of! They will know their unique and beautiful story of coming to our family.
We would welcome visits and an open line of communication with you. However, we also want to be sensitive to your privacy and your life, to your needs for space and healing, and we will take your direction on the level of openness you desire.
We want you to know of the love we already feel for this child. We have cried for them in the night as we wait for them to arrive. We are committed parents who value the individuality of our children. We have learned that each child is unique. They all feel love in different ways, and we are constantly working on how to show love to them in their own special way, to help them be confident that we love them and are here for them. We feel the same already towards this dear child coming to us through adoption. We also feel love towards you and pray for you with all our hearts.
Benj & Meg
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