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Michael & Amanda
Adoption has been such a blessing to our life already and we are honored that you are considering us to be your child’s parents. We have a home full of love and laughter that we cannot wait to share. We are excited for the opportunities that lie ahead of us if we are given the gift to call your child our own.
Our Adoption Story
In 2012, we had two biological children and God stirred both our hearts to expand our family through adoption. We were extremely blessed to bring our daughter, Grace, home from Africa 14 months later. Grace has taught our family so much and is such a blessing to everyone around her.
Grace has known from the beginning that she is adopted and loves to look through her photo album of the pictures we have from her time before she joined our family. We try to incorporate her story and adoption discussion into our everyday life whenever possible. We also work to include people in our lives who resemble her - she loves to have her hair done by our pastor’s daughter who is adopted from Haiti.
Now, we are once again feeling called to adopt. We believe God is telling us it is time to grow and provide a loving family for another child. We know how adoption has blessed our whole family and can’t wait to expand our family again!
Rowan, our oldest child at 14, is an outgoing, amazing teenager. She has a huge heart and loves to serve and help. She loves to curl her hair or roll around in the mud! She is known everywhere we go as the baby whisperer, as you’ll always find her rocking a baby to sleep. She plays basketball and enjoys reading and fishing. She is a great big sister to her siblings - helping Grace bake and decorate cupcakes and building LEGO creations with Aidan.
Aidan, our 11-year-old, is more on the quiet side, yet all boy! He plays hard all day then crashes at night. He loves to play soccer, ride his bike, have Nerf wars, go fishing, and play video games. Then he comes inside and is the first to give a hug or steal a snuggle. He is the protector of both his sisters. He might pick on them but everybody else better leave them alone!
Grace is our 7-year-old. She might be the youngest but definitely has the biggest personality. She loves to sing and dance and has a smile that lights up the room. She enjoys music of any kind (and makes up her own), soccer, swimming, and reading. She also likes to help her daddy cook! Grace loves to do anything that allows her to spend time with her older siblings.
As an already multi-racial family, we understand the value of cultural diversity and intentionally put our children in lots of scenarios to experience it. We attend a diverse church, a diverse homeschool Co-op, and have a circle of friends that represent many different races, cultures, and heritages. We attempt to have open and ongoing discussions about the historical events that have happened in our world, as well as current events happening right now in the world and where we live. We are teaching our children to be open-minded and to appreciate differences in culture. We encourage the children to research and ask questions when they see or experience situations they don’t understand, not to judge, but to learn and grow. We have attended an African church service for our daughter who was born in Africa, we try to have her hair done by a Haitian friend whenever possible, and we watch and read documentaries about life where she was born. We have also attended other cultural festivals and try to make sure our children see and understand the world.
Our Extended Families
Amanda has two older sisters who she does many activities with, including a scrapbook weekend each winter, running a 5k annually, Black Friday shopping, zoo trips, and so much more. We have three nephews, one niece and a great niece on Amanda’s side of the family. We all gather at Amanda’s parents’ house once a month to celebrate all the birthdays for that month, and we also get together for Easter, Mother’s & Father's Days, Thanksgiving dinner (the day after), Christmas, and many other random get togethers during the year.
Michael is an only child but grew up with a set of cousins from each side of his parents family that he enjoyed spending time with. Our family spends Thanksgiving with his aunt and her extended family every year. We also spend at least one weekend a month staying at Michael’s mom's house where we go to the local lake to fish and the park to see the animals.
Everyone in our extended family is very excited about our new adoption journey and have been very supportive of our first adoption; throwing us a baby shower, buying adoption books, and praying for us.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is cozy and lived in. Many pictures of our family are found in each room along with craft projects and drawings the kids have made. We love the openness of our house allowing us to cook dinner in the kitchen while watching the kids playing in the den. We spend a lot of our time in the kitchen, sitting around the table eating dinner, and in the den where we love to watch movies, play board games, or have Nerf wars.
Another favorite room in the house in our bonus room upstairs. Since we homeschool, we have used this room to set up a school area for each child around the edges of the room and the middle of the room is open for wrestling matches and fort building. The kids have spent many nights sleeping under sheet tents with flashlights.
We live in a wonderful community with great neighbors who have kids of all ages and races. We have many fun activities such as, an annual egg hunt with a visit from the Easter Bunny, a Santa drive by parade, trunk-or-treat at Halloween, dive in movie nights at the pool during the summer, and the most fun of all, water wars with the local firefighters followed by a cookout! The kids love throwing water balloons at the firemen while trying to avoid their spray!
From Us to You
Our family counts adoption as a miracle. With three children of our own, the youngest of which we adopted directly from Africa, we have come to understand the unique responsibilities and blessings of adoption. Growing together as a multi-racial family already, we’re humbled and thankful that you are considering our family as a home for your child.
Married in 2003, our family has been blessed with children since 2006. We adopted our youngest in 2012 when she was 6 months old and have since wanted to adopt again. Amanda currently homeschools our 3 kids, a decision that was prayed over and made way before COVID-19 made it a popular option. Amanda is also a registered nurse and works selectively at a children’s clinic. Michael manages a local manufacturing operation. Our personalities are quite different but complementary, and we’ve built a great marriage upon working towards common goals while valuing one another’s differences.
We felt strongly that God has called our family to international/interracial adoption and our two biological children have been enthralled with adoption since we first discussed the idea with them in 2011. They immediately fell in love with their new baby sister in 2012 and all three were literally jumping with excitement when we told them of our plans to adopt again. We attend church with several families that have completed interracial adoption journeys, and our children have developed a very special bond.
Learning is a priority in our home, and in addition to home school curriculum our children also participate in a Christian home school “Co-Op” program which resembles a traditional school setting one day per week. Our kids love to read and trips to the library are a weekly highlight. We have worked hard to expose them to a wide array of learning opportunities and allow them to determine their own interests. We’ve also worked hard to shape their views and morals, and we’ve challenged them to love others regardless of race, color, or creed.
Our family loves to have fun together. Life is rarely boring because as parents we are very invested in the kids’ activities and spend a lot of practice and game time at ball fields and gyms. They are each involved in diverse activities ranging from league basketball and soccer to fishing and hiking. On a given day, any of the three could be found cooking with Michael in the kitchen, working on a craft with Amanda, pestering a sibling, or simply enjoying a quiet moment and entertaining themselves. They spend a lot of time outdoors including at our community swimming pool and they each have lots of friends from Co-Op, sports teams, the neighborhood, and our Church.
We love to travel and have had great family vacations including beach getaways, Disney World, historical museums, and camping. We have a great circle of friends and a really strong support network around us. We regularly visit with grandparents and extended family, including lots of birthday celebrations, anniversaries, and holidays. We’d love the chance to celebrate another “Gotcha Day” as we do with our youngest - an annual celebration of the day we were first allowed to hold her in our arms and take her home with us.
We feel honored that you are considering us as potential parents for your child. We promise to send letters and pictures to you so you can join us with the joy of watching “our” child grow. We are excited to provide a safe and loving home. We will give them our very best.
Michael & Amanda