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John & Heidi
As parents we hope to raise confident and kind children. Each child in our family will feel safe to explore the world and their interests as they grow up. Though we would love it if our children loved dance and baseball just like us, we know that children need space to discover what they love for themselves. Along the way we will treasure each moment and try to have as much fun as possible.
What it Means to Be Parents
Being parents is the most rewarding part of our lives. A parent takes on many roles at the same time. A parent is a caretaker that loves unconditionally and puts the child’s needs before their own. A parent is a teacher to coach on literally everything- from how to crawl, to walk, to run; how to read and write; and how to learn the differences between right and wrong. We are role models and providers.
We are counselors that give advice and hear problems. We are playmates that partake in the joy of childhood imagination as well as disciplinarians that set boundaries and expectations. We are consistent, but also adaptable because each day brings its own joy, experiences, and challenges to help guide our daughter to overcome. The day is never dull and the duty is never done.
How We Met
Our story started at the University of Illinois during our last year before graduation. Right away we hit it off mostly because of our shared humor. Our first date actually ended up being a barn dance at an off-campus location. We often say it felt like starting out as kids because we traveled to the dance on a school bus with butterflies in our stomachs sitting next to our crushes. Nineteen years later we still feel those butterflies.
In 2014 we were blessed to become parents for the first time with our daughter, Lily. Parenting has become the most challenging, yet rewarding time of our lives. We have so much more love to give and know that adoption is the best way to complete our family.
What Made Us Who we are Today
John was born and raised in Southern Illinois next to St. Louis. He is a huge fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and baseball in general, and tries to catch at least a few games each year. He met Heidi at the University of Illinois, and later moved to the exotic and faraway land of Wisconsin, where he went to law school at UW Madison. John enjoys cooking and eating, although he is way better at one than the other. Aside from sitting in traffic, he spends his time reading, poorly shooting pool, watching Netflix movies, hanging out with friends, and playing blocks and dress up dance party with his daughter Lily. Heidi was raised in the Good Ole’ Land of Lincoln, Springfield, IL. Growing up in a small city is what initially made Madison so attractive when looking for a job after graduation. Luckily John agreed and they moved here in 2003. That’s when Heidi started her forever career in healthcare software. Heidi is very passionate about the opportunities every day to improve healthcare quality and access across the country and world. Ever since Heidi was a young girl she loved dance. Performing, teaching, learning new styles, you name it. John has always supported Heidi's love of dance and even joined her in The Nutcracker one year. She secretly knows he had a ton of fun, though he won’t admit it.
Our Extended Families
Both of us grew up in a family with one other sibling in Southern Illinois. John’s sister now lives on the East Coast, while Heidi’s brother recently moved back closer to home from Florida. Heidi's parents live somewhat close by in Springfield, Illinois, and we visit with them many times each year. John's parents live in North Carolina near Asheville.
Heidi’s brother has three sons, so getting the whole family together is quite a crazy time. However, family time is an important time for us. We try to get together with our parents and siblings at least a few times a year if not more. Our parents visit often and are very supportive of us as parents ourselves.
Because all of our family lives outside of Wisconsin we have become very close to many of our friends. We know we can always count on them for a laugh and for support when needed. We love that we have friends we can rely on if we ever need anything.
Our House and Neighborhood
We fell in love with “Hometown, USA” Verona, which is just outside of the state capital and the home of the University of Wisconsin. We live very close to the swimming beach at fireman’s park, and enjoy going to the excellent public library, riding the extensive bike trails, as well as visiting the children's museum. We are also fairly close to the elementary school, which is a Chinese language immersion program.
We built a four-bedroom home in a new neighborhood adjacent to the city park and playground. Our playroom is the perfect place to build a fort, play a board game, and read a book. Our neighborhood was recently developed and is full of young families and children. When Lily plays at the park we frequently meet new neighbors and friends for her to play with. Our dog Bella especially enjoys walking the trail on the field and barking at the ducks on the pond.
From Us to You
We are John and Heidi, a devoted, loving couple who have been together for almost 20 years.
We live in a wonderful home in a small town outside Madison, Wisconsin. Our house is next door to the city park, where we play basketball, swing at the playground, and stroll by the pond. Our neighborhood was recently built, and is full of young families with kids playing outside. Our dog, Bella, has lots of people to meet and a never-ending supply of geese to bark at.
In 2014 we were blessed to become parents for the first time with our daughter, Lily. Lily is a fun six-year old who loves to sing and dance. She “plays” guitar and drums and will practice the loudest lullabies you will ever hear. Lily attends the nearby Chinese language immersion school, where she is learning lots of new words everyday (although it can be hard to tell whether she is playing jokes by making up words sometimes). Lily loves babies and often pretends her stuffed animals are her baby sister. Lily definitely wants a sibling to talk in Chinese with and take in her rocket ship to Jupiter.
Though we do not know each other quite yet, we are sure you are strong and have a lot of love for your child. We will continue to show your child that kind of fierce love and strength as they grow up. After placement with us, we will send letters and pictures to share your child's journey and all the important milestones.
Thank you for considering our family. We are excited about the opportunity to provide a loving home for your child. We look forward to learning about you and would love the chance to answer your questions and share more about us.
John & Heidi