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Brian & Sarah
Hello there! We hope this profile helps you decide if we would be a good match! We promise to unconditionally love, nurture, and support your child. Their life with us would involve plenty of laughter, goofing off, dance parties, and heartfelt conversations. You are thinking of doing the most selfless thing a mother could do. We promise to honor this and will make sure your child knows you made this sacrifice out of selfless love.
Qualities We Admire in Each Other
Sarah About Brian: Brian has many amazing qualities. He is so goofy (dad-jokes coming in hot), and he makes me laugh every single day. Brian listens to my thoughts/feelings, makes me feel safe and loved, recognizes when I am upset or stressed, and knows just how to make me feel better. When I need him, he is always there, and gives the warmest hugs. Brian has worked tirelessly to be the best husband/future father...financially, emotionally, and physically. It is largely because of this motivation/drive that I will be able to afford to stay home with kiddos. He patiently deals with whatever life throws at him, and his strength/steadiness makes weathering the storms so much easier. His kindness is demonstrated in the way he treats others, and I trust him completely.
Brian About Sarah: Sarah is dedicated and devoted. If something needs to be done, she will drop everything and commit time to do it. Strengthening her relationships is always on the top of her list. By encouraging me to communicate my thoughts and feelings on a regular basis, and setting up time with family and friends, she ensures she is staying connected. Another quality I admire is her commitment to health and wellness for us as a family. Lastly, you can see her devotion to our future family in her actions. Between completing all of our house projects, educating herself on every choice, and working tirelessly to prepare our lives for this next chapter, I am so appreciative.
Despite how fulfilling these passions are, we long for the days when we can share them with a child!
Our Family Traditions
Growing up, our lives were full of traditions. From lighting "the Christmas candle" which signified the start of the holidays, to making ornaments, gathering with extended family, carving pumpkins, and visiting fall farms, many of these traditions are still celebrated. July 4th involves us all buying fireworks and creating our own firework show. Brian's' family has a special birthday dinner plate. Memorial Day and Labor Day are just excuses for family cook-outs. September kicks off Sarah's favorite season, and the following months will be chock full of parties as well as game/crafting/cooking days. In October Brian's parents host a Homecoming party with all of their college friends and families. Thanksgiving is Sarah's favorite holiday, and typically we both take time off to be with family. December involves Christmas festivals, events, and parades. Christmas Eve Mass followed by French meat pies is a huge tradition in Brian's family, and Christmas is his favorite holiday. Christmas onesies and the infamous Christmas outfit competition are fun recent additions, and Christmas puzzle wars may be the current favorite. Lastly, New Year's involves us all gathering to make predictions for the next year. We all write lists that we seal in an envelope until the next year. We then open them to see who made the most accurate predictions. As you can see, traditions are a huge part of our lives, and we cannot wait to create even more as a family of three.
Our Extended Families
Family is EVERYTHING. Throughout our lives, family gatherings were made a priority by both sets of parents, and this is definitely a value we both maintain. As a married couple, we often merge our families for a legendary "game night." These get-togethers are basically an excuse to spend time with everyone, potluck, have deep conversations, laugh, and play group games. At some point in the evening we are probably making a fool of ourselves, sitting in a circle, or yelling encouragement to a team member.
Sarah is the oldest of four, and yearly traditions were a big part of her life. August through December are the most celebrated months for her entire family, and are chock full of house decorating parties, seasonal cooking, crafts, shopping, and local events (festivals, a tree lighting ceremony and more). These festivities are even merrier with more children involved, and we cannot wait to make more memories and new traditions.
Brian and his younger brother have 14 older cousins, and as you can imagine, this makes extended family parties very entertaining. Despite many of them living three hours away, we still see them several times a year, and family Christmases are never missed. Their yearly gift exchange is eagerly awaited by all, and Santa often comes to visit!
Our family and friends are thrilled that we will be adding more members to the clan through adoption, and cannot wait to shower these newcomers with unconditional love and support.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our cozy home is nestled in the middle of a forest in a family-friendly Michigan town. It has four bedrooms/bathrooms, over 3,000 square feet of space for kiddos to frolic, and two large areas that we hope to transform into play rooms. We are excited to host more gatherings, and look forward to reading storybooks cuddled up next to one of our brick fireplaces. Our lot is large, with a fenced backyard for playing tag and sports with plenty of privacy. We even have a tree house! In our back woods we like to roast marshmallows over bonfires in our fire pit. We also look forward to putting up playground equipment, and Brian cannot wait for the basketball hoop.
The subdivision we live on is peaceful, and there is a park with trails and a playground a mile away. Biking, scooters, and roller skating are a must! One of the largest parks in the nation (1,400 acres), is 15 minute jaunt away and our neighboring city hosts many community events and festivals. One of our favorite elements is that within 30 minutes we can be sun-bathing on the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan! We also are a short drive from many of our loved ones.
From Us to You
We cannot even begin to imagine the emotions you must be experiencing at this time. The love that you have for this child is unmistakable, and is not something that we will ever take for granted. Thank you for taking the time to explore this glimpse into our life, and we hope that we have been able to adequately communicate the boundless love and blessed life we want to share. We understand that this decision may be the hardest one you have ever contemplated making, and that it will probably take time to process. Please do not hesitate to reach out for more information about us or from us. We would love to talk to you and get to know you better so that you can hopefully find clarity in either direction. We applaud and stand behind whichever direction you choose to take.
Our love story started on, none other than Match.com! Within an hour of meeting each other we knew this was something special. Because we were established in our lives and knew what we wanted when it came to a relationship, our relationship moved rather quickly. We said "I love you," a month later and we got engaged 6 months later. We were married on October 27, 2018, and it was truly THE BEST day of our life to that point. July 2020 we will have been together for 3 years. We are so grateful for each other, and the trials of life up to this point have further strengthened our marriage. We work as a team, and know that we can weather anything that comes our way. We both make our relationship a priority, strive to put the other person's needs before our own, and make a point to communicate our feelings. Laughter, "I love yous", hugs, and corny jokes are just a few of the common themes in our day to day life.
With us this child will be inspired to dream, will be encouraged to embrace and respect themselves, will be taught that they can achieve their goals with hard work and dedication, and will be influenced to cultivate strong morals and beliefs. We will love them unconditionally and will surround them with friends and family who will do the same. We will do our best to provide for them emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We will strive to encourage education, teach by example, and will work hard to prepare them for their future. We will foster traditions and will create new memories. We will promote healthy living by involving them in an active lifestyle. Our goal is to devote our time and energy to them, and they will be our top priority.
We will make sure they comprehend the deep love that you have for them, and will ensure that they know who you are and what your story is. In turn, we will do our best to respect your wishes, and will listen to your questions, concerns, needs, and desires for this child. We understand that open adoption contact will ebb and flow from month to month and year to year, and that our lives will be extremely busy at times. That being said, we hope to foster a healthy/strong relationship between you and this child if that is what you desire. Likewise, we hope to communicate with you in whatever capacity and however often you prefer, while keeping the emotional needs/health of the child in mind. Emails, phone/video calls, social media updates, letters, and texts are definitely ways we would love to connect with you. We also are more than happy to send physical photos in addition to digital/text photos. Depending on your location, we may also be open to visits more frequent than every five years.
Thank you for taking the time to go over our profile. We hope that you find peace in whatever is your decision, and that it is made clear to you which direction you should go. We only wish you the best.
Brian & Sarah
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