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Connor & Emily
We are overwhelmed with excitement as we anticipate the day another child joins our family! This is something we have awaited for years, and we can't wait to grow our family by adoption. We admire and respect you for considering adoption and viewing our profile. We look forward to watching a child grow, laugh, and learn in our community and alongside our two girls!
What it Means to be Parents
We believe being parents is one of the most important ways to contribute to the next generation. We choose to raise our current two children primarily ourselves. While daycare is necessary for many families, we are blessed to also get the help of a nanny about one day per week. Character traits that we try to instill into our children are respect for self, respect for peers, and respect for authority. We also focus on teaching our children obedience and good listening skills. Most of these behaviors are taught through playing and interacting with each other, in a fun and positive manner. It is a joy of ours when we go out for a meal and the server or other customers complement our children on how well-behaved they are!
It is one of our greatest joys to be able to watch our children grow and reach milestones – whether it’s learning how to smile for the first time, say 'Dada' and 'Mama', crawl, walk, and run. Each child is unique in how they learn to talk and develop (like when our first called a blanket her "cuddle" because we would always have a blanket when we cuddled together, and our second child first referred to food as “Nom Noms”). We love watching them figure out the world by exploring, questioning, and interacting. The best sound in the whole world is a child's giggles!
Our Life Priorities
Our number one priority is living a life that honors God. We attend church on a weekly basis with all of us attending whenever possible, though Emily occasionally misses due to work. We encourage our children to have this as their number one priority in life, regardless of what hobbies or career they will choose to follow.
Our next priority is family. We spend as much time together as possible when we are not at work. We enjoy doing activities that involve all members of our family together when possible. We sit down at the table for meals, pray together, and then enjoy our meal together with all members seated at the table, uninterrupted by cell phones or television. Family being a priority also would involve spending time with our extended family as well as you, the birth mother.
Relationships are also important to us. Our relationship as a husband and wife is important, as this is the foundation of our home. Next, our relationship with each of our children is important and each is different in its own way. We also value relationships with our friends and enjoy nurturing our children's relationships with their friends as well.
Given that we are open to welcoming a child of any race or race combination into our home, we are prepared to and look forward to learning more about a child's race once he or she joins our family. This would include reading of history, past traditions, current traditions, styles and trends, and language (if applicable, to the best of our ability). We would do our best to incorporate these things into our family's life.
We live two hours from a major city that offers lots of cultural diversity as well as specific events/festivals for various cultures, so we do plan to look into these to celebrate this child’s heritage. We realize that knowing about one’s background is an important part of his or her sense of belonging. If this child has a cultural background of another country, we would also like to plan at least one trip to his or her country of origin during later childhood or early teen years. This would reinforce to the child, ourselves, and our other children some of the things that are most important to his or her heritage.
Our Extended Families
Connor was raised with one sister, Emily has four siblings, and all our parents are living. We are remarkably close to both sides of our family, and thankfully, both sides live within 30 minutes of each other though they are both a few hours from where we live. We see extended family once a month either with them traveling to us or us traveling to where they live, which allows us to see both sides of the family.
Emily's family likes to watch the cousins play together, as there are many young children. We like to swing outside, blow bubbles, and make homemade ice cream. Connor's family enjoys time together playing cards and board games, playing pool, and swimming. Both sides of the family like to cook large meals for all to enjoy -- there is always plenty of good food to go around! We also enjoy planning trips with both sides of our families, whether it is shopping, going to theme parks, eating at unique restaurants, or anything else that allows us to connect. For the last few years, we have been able to go to Silver Dollar City with extended family to see the extravagant light displays at Christmas time.
Our extended family already includes three adopted children and is extremely excited about welcoming your child into our family as well! Our families cannot wait to meet this child and to watch him or her grow, laugh, and play.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a quiet, safe, friendly neighborhood in Kansas. It is one with many young families with small children. We enjoy talking with the neighbors while going on walks or bicycle rides. There is a trail nearby that we frequently include in our walks. Our home is a five-bedroom two-story house with living room upstairs that is open to the kitchen. There is a large family room and playroom downstairs where we often have a bounce house blown up, a playhouse with a toy kitchen, and a pretend grocery store. We have a spacious fenced-in backyard with two newly planted apple trees and a vegetable garden.
Our house is just blocks away from the largest of our city's parks, which includes a splash pad during summer months; we go here often! There are over 10 parks in town as well as a water park complete with a children's play area and many slides for the older kids. One of our favorite places to visit is the zoo, which also has a playground area where we enjoy stopping on our trips there. We also frequent the YMCA, where our oldest currently takes gymnastics and swim lessons.
From Us to You
We feel fortunate that you are reading about us and getting to know us, as best as possible, on paper. We know your decision has not been an easy one, and we admire you for making the hard choice that it is. We are already praying for you and the life of the little one inside of you. We will continue to pray for you throughout your life, as we acknowledge that this is a decision that will go with you for a lifetime.
As this child grows in our home, regardless of circumstances, they will hear nothing but respect from us regarding you and the decision you made. We look forward to our continued relationship with you by exchange of photos and letters or emails, at minimum. We are also open to and welcoming of a visit within the first few years of the child's life and multiple additional visits (up to once per year) as the child grows if you share this interest. In the same way, this child will always know of you and their adoption story. This will, in no way, be hidden from them.
Our desire to adopt is one that we each had individually, long before we even knew each other. We met at our church while we were attending two separate colleges. We have now been together for 13 years, married for almost 10 years. Our family has lived in 4 different cities in 2 states with these relocations for educational moves. We are now settled into our beautiful home in Kansas where we will continue to raise our family.
One of our greatest joys in life is being parents and watching our children learn and grow. One of our favorite memories of each other is when Emily first had the pleasure of announcing our first pregnancy to Connor using Legos, one of Connor's favorite childhood toys. Adding to our joy of parenting is how well Rachel has adjusted to having Melody around (age 1). She is an amazing big sister to her, and we are certain both girls will be excellent big sisters to your child, too. Our home is filled with laughter and giggles from our two girls, and we cannot wait to learn the sound of giggles from this child as well.
A typical week in our home starts with church on Sunday morning, which also represents the first priority in our home. It is our intent to raise our family with God at the center of our lives. Emily works as an Emergency Medicine Physician an average of 3-4 days per week, and Connor works as a Paramedic an average of one day a week. We both love our jobs, taking care of people often in a time of desperation, pain, and great physical and emotional needs. Throughout the week, we take our oldest to her various activities, which are each allowing her to discover her interests and develop balance in life even at an early age. The rest of the week is spent actively pursuing how we can spend time together as a family, enjoying each other's company, and discovering the world together. Some of our favorite places to go include the zoo, the water park, community events, the library, and the park. We conclude each day with reading bedtime stories and praying together as a family.
We have prepared our hearts, our home, our extended families, and our friends for whatever child God has already prepared for us to raise. We have received nothing but support from our friends and family. We have so much love, affection, and energy reserved just for this child. We hope that you, too, can see how incredibly excited we are about welcoming a child into our home and that you can share that excitement with us!
With Sincere Gratitude,
Connor & Emily
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