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Brad & Arielle
Thank you for taking time to view our profile and considering us. We are overjoyed to be growing our family through adoption! We have so much love to give and want our children to enjoy every moment of their childhood. We want to give them every foundation to find their passions that fuel them so they can thrive and grow into successful and productive adults in society. We appreciate the difficult decisions you are making and applaud your strength and courage.
Why We Chose Adoption
We have always envisioned a large family. The fertility difficulties we have had were not expected. While it was difficult to accept the loss of potentially never having another biological child it was not a hard decision to move on from fertility tests and treatments. We are both more excited about being parents to any child than we are worried about the genetics of the child. Adoption had been a topic of conversation even prior to our struggles with infertility. The child will always know their true roots of where they came from. Their baby books and scrap books will highlight their life story. We both feel it is in the child's best interest to have no secrets as they grow.
One of our greatest joys of parenting thus far has been to watch Olivia discover what she loves. Growing and nurturing Olivia's passions from singing and playing on the piano to playing make believe with her toys, we have loved every moment. We have so much love to give and cannot wait to reach each milestone with our next child. We are excited to grow our family through adoption and for Olivia to be a big sister!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Brad is patient and takes an active and equal role in the parenting in the household. Because of this Olivia gets the best of both of her parents. He shares his passions with Olivia on a daily basis. His passions include Legos, working out, video games, bug/rock collecting and cooking. Olivia loves building Legos with him, bringing new rocks or bugs home and mimicking his workout exercises. Every year we purchase caterpillars to watch go through their life stages into butterflies then get to set them free. He really tries to include Olivia in all facets of daily life.
Arielle loves being a mother. She is constantly building something new for Olivia, baking an amazing cake for her birthday, sewing a birthday or Halloween costume, making felt books/toys, you name it! She recently made a slow close toy box and large Barbie house for Olivia. Arielle is a kid at heart and can't help but provide Olivia with the best and happiest childhood possible. She includes her in all her daily activities. Whether that be something as boring as cleaning house to jumping in muddy puddles in the rain outside, Arielle finds a way to make it fun.
We both love watching each other parent and we learn from each other on a daily basis. We love being parents and strive to be the best we can be for Olivia and our future children.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
We have two favorite vacation destinations! The first is Arielle's parents' house in a small North Dakota town on a large lake. We spend ample time here enjoying the outdoors, fishing and various water activities. It always seems to be the perfect temperature in the summer with just the right amount of breeze. Arielle's family also really enjoys games thus we play a lot of cards (pinochle is a family favorite) and board games. Olivia enjoys Grandma's house immensely as there is never a shortage of things to do whether indoor or outdoor. Our second, favorite destination, is Brad's parents' cabin in the mountains in Wyoming. We love being able to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday living to enjoy some peace and quiet with no cell phone reception. We spend time hiking, exploring, making fairy gardens in the trees with Olivia, sitting around the campfire, fishing and eating good food. We also enjoy star gazing at night as the stars seem so much brighter and close in the mountains. A good afternoon thunderstorm is also a delight.
While these are our favorite locations we also like to pick somewhere new to travel to and explore every year. This year we are headed to Yellowstone National Park for Olivia's first visit!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in scenic Montana in a young family friendly and growing neighborhood on the edge of town. We see wildlife from our back door and there are numerous nature paths or hiking trails within walking distance or a short drive for our adventurous souls. There are numerous young children in the neighborhood, thus our daughter Olivia is never short on playdates. There are many parks, a pool and a splash park within a short drive, which we frequent often.
We have a beautiful home with a large backyard. It is one of Olivia's favorite places to be as there is a playhouse built by Brad, a sandbox, a slide with a small pool, a swing set, a campfire and a strawberry patch to snack on.
We live in a growing city with a strong economy. Many fun events from a corn maze in the fall with a pumpkin patch , to Christmas sleigh rides, summer fair, and parades there is always something fun to do for every holiday. We are fortunate to live close to Yellowstone National Park and two mountain ranges. The mountains provide us with many outdoor activities and stargazing opportunities.
Our Extended Families
Arielle grew up in a very tight knit family with two very supportive and engaged parents. She has 5 brothers and sisters, all of which are now married and have families! Olivia currently has 11 cousins. Arielle's siblings have always been her best friends. Arielle's parents live on a large lake in North Dakota thus it is a frequent family destination. When her family gets together they enjoy water activities, fishing, games (especially pinochle) and good food. Most of Arielle's family lives within a short driving distance thus we get to see them often for many different occasions. Arielle's family makes it a point to have large get-togethers with everyone at least once a year, usually around a holiday. There is never a dull moment at these family get-togethers.
Brad's parents live a few hours from us. They are close to retirement and plan to move closer to enjoy more time with their grandchildren. They make frequent trips to see us. Brad has one sister whom lives very close in a nearby mountain town. Brad's parents own land and a cabin in the mountains. This is a fun destination for our family. We spend quality time with Brad's family, away from our busy lives and cell phone reception. Get-togethers with Brad's family often involves projects as Grandpa loves DIY projects.
Both of our families are equally excited for us to grow our family through adoption!
From Us to You
We are a happily married couple of 8 years. We are parents to a 4-year-old, Olivia! We both came from very loving families with active and engaged parents. As such, we feel we have been blessed with a good parenting foundation. In addition, we both have very supportive siblings who are there for us in any time of need. We both have stable and successful careers that we love and enjoy. Both of our jobs require a lot of communication and time with the general public but we are introverts at heart. We love to be home with family on our time off and do not spend a lot of time going out and about unless it is for an event we love (fairs, pumpkin patch, zoo, parades, sleigh rides, sports, etc.). We both have differing parenting styles but they complement each other very well. We have found that what works for mom, doesn't work for dad and vice versa thus we have been able to make changes as needed to become better parents.
We have always wanted to be parents and have struggled with the fact that becoming parents has not been an easy road due to fertility issues. Olivia is truly a miracle baby and we are so grateful for her. We thought we would have multiple children at this point in our lives but that was not God's plan for us and we have had to accept this. We feel everything happens for a reason and that our struggles have led us to the gift of adoption. We know we can provide a loving, safe and excellent home. We have loved every second of raising our daughter and want nothing more than the opportunity to raise additional children. Every new milestone seems to be more exciting than the last. The joy we get from parenting and watching our daughter grow is indescribable. Family is so important to the both of us, we cannot express that enough. Our siblings are our best friends and we want that for Olivia as well.
We are humbled that you are considering us as the adoptive parents of your baby. Know that we do not take the decision to adopt lightly. We would not be going through with the adoption process if we did not feel absolutely certain that we could provide the abundance of love necessary to provide the best home and life possible for this child. We want the opportunities for our children to be endless so they can find and explore their passions. We will ensure our adopted child knows their roots and their story will never be a secret. We want this to be an open adoption and are happy to share pictures and updates via email or mail. We are open to discussing additional forms of contact if you so choose.
We appreciate your courage and applaud your strength. We wish you well in making this decision and support you.
Brad & Arielle