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Aidan & Andy
We cannot wait to be parents! We have an enormous amount of love to give, and would be honored if you chose us to raise your child. Thank you so much for even reading our profile. We are incredibly excited to have a family of our own. We hope you consider us and we are thrilled to continue our adoption journey.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption is very important to our family as Andy's brother Matt was adopted from Korea. His parents tried to conceive for a decade and eventually decided to adopt Matt. Shortly after Matt arrived, Andy's mom realized she was pregnant! Since Andy's parents used adoption to complete their family, adoption was always the route we wanted to take for our family. And because Andy's brother is adopted, we understand how special the gift of adoption is.
Andy's parents did a great job exposing Matt to his cultural heritage--they enrolled Andy and Matt in Korean martial arts as kids, took them to Korean fairs, and made regular trips to Korean markets. We want to do the same thing for our child. We want to expose them to their own cultural heritage and teach them pride in their background.
We will celebrate cultural diversity in our home. We want our child to feel a clear connection to their roots, and will actively work to expose them to many different cultures, including their own. Our city has a different ethnic festival each weekend in the summer, and we plan to attend those as a fun way to introduce them to new people, food, ways of thinking, and more.
If the child is a different race than we are, we plan to do everything we can to connect them with their heritage--even doing subtle things, like cooking food or listening to music from their culture. Whatever we can do to show them the importance of learning about, and taking pride in their heritage. We strongly believe in the importance of diversity to raising a child free from discrimination. We intend to teach our child to respect and honor cultural diversity in all that they do.
What Makes Us Unique
We're unique because, as a gay couple, we always knew we'd adopt. Our options are limited to have the family that we've been dreaming of, but we know we'll make great parents. Adoption was always our first choice, and we are so excited to be that much closer to meeting our child.
Another thing that makes us unique is that we love to experience new cultures and expand our horizons--together we've travelled to 10+ countries, and we speak four languages. We can't wait to continue exploring the world, and bringing our child along for the ride.
We also both believe in the importance of volunteer work and being an active member of our community. We've volunteered separately and together for various causes that we believe in, such as racial equality, and attended polital demonstrations to help fight against injustice. That's the type of civic engagement we want our child to grow up experiencing.
Our Extended Families
Our families are incredibly supportive of our adoption journey. Andy's family lives one hour away and Aidan's lives two hours away, so we are able to visit both families often.
Recently, Aidan's mom, sister, and niece stayed for a weekend. It was so relaxing! We spent our time at the beach/park five minutes from our house. We enjoyed swimming, taking our niece to the playground, drawing with sidewalk chalk, and playing with our dogs in the backyard. For his visiting family, Aidan made his great-grandma's 100-year-old sugar cookie recipe. Him and his sister ate those cookies all the time growing up, and he wanted to recreate that memory for her. That's one of the things Andy admires most about Aidan: His thoughtful and kind nature.
We recently went camping with Andy's parents, brother, sister-in-law, and our other niece. Seeing her swim for one of the first times was also such a treat. We like to play lawn games like Kubb with our family, grill out, and go camping. At Christmas, we have a German "pickle hunt" tradition. We hide a glass pickle ornament in the tree, and the first one to find it gets a special prize! Our families are just as excited as we are to meet this child and include him or her in all of our fun!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in an amazing diverse suburb in Wisconsin. Our house is a three bed, two bath colonial five minutes from Lake Michigan with a giant backyard that we treasure. Our favorite room is the living room, with our wood-burning fireplace and giant picture window. But we love our backyard, with Andy's vegetable garden and Aidan's flowers. We have landscaping all over our yard to help attract insects and contribute to the local ecosystem. On summer nights, monarch butterflies float by while fireflies start shining in the distance. It's so peaceful!
Our village is also very family-friendly. Kids play in the street here, and traffic is slow. Almost all the houses around us have kids under 10, so we're excited that our child will have a neighborhood filled with friendly kids to play with! We also have two beautiful parks within one mile, as well as a community swimming pool and the lake. In the summer, we have a great farmer's market down the street, and our neighborhood throws a block party for families complete with food and a kids' bouncy house! This sense of community was so important for us to raise a family in.
From Us to You
We are incredibly grateful that you are reading this letter. We can't imagine how difficult this decision must be for you. But we promise that, if you choose us, we will give your child a loving, stable, joyous home. There's nothing we want more than this.
We have wanted children for years. As a gay couple, our options are limited. Since Andy has an adopted brother from Korea, we always knew we'd turn to adoption, but the process has been hard. We've experienced numerous setbacks, both due to COVID and due to discrimination from agencies that refuse to work with gay couples. But this whole process has taught us to stay strong and persevere. We've grown even closer as a couple, overcoming our obstacles and conquering our setbacks together. We've never been more ready for this.
We've been together for 6+ years, and married for 1. Andy works at a wine subscription start-up managing their newsletter and blogs. Aidan works at a transport logistics firm, doing crazy complicated math to help semi-trucks get to where they need to go faster. Our first date was pretty disastrous. But Andy must have made a good impression, because Aidan asked for a second date. For the second date, we watched our city's fourth of July fireworks. We kissed for the first time when the grand finale fireworks were going off. Corny, but true.
We're both very active, but Aidan especially so. He loves to run, and runs a few miles every day through our tree-lined neighborhood. We have a large yard filled with flowers that Aidan maintains and in the summer, the yard is blazing with color. Andy gardens, too, but he handles our vegetable garden. He grows tons of veggies then cooks them for dinner. Andy loves to read, learn new languages, and tutors local kids in Spanish. We both enjoy exploring the outdoors. We live about five minutes from Lake Michigan, and we love to walk the forest trails that lead down to secluded beaches. The views are beautiful!
We're lucky to have an extended network of family nearby. Almost every weekend we're doing something with family, whether that's cooking out with Andy's parents at their house, or visiting Aidan's family. Because Aidan's family arrived in America from Germany/Holland after World War II, they still have lots of customs they honor and traditional food they make. Andy has a very large extended family--every Christmas about 50 of them get together to exchange gifts, play silly games, and eat too much food. We both have nieces who are under two years old, and their smiles are infectious.
If you would choose us, we would honor whatever contact you prefer. Emails, phone calls, future visits--all are welcomed by us. That also includes sending pictures and keeping you updated on your child's milestones. No matter what, we'd always be open and honest with your child about where they came from. We'd ensure that your child knows how much you love them and how difficult this was for you. You will always be respected and regarded highly as giving us the ultimate gift. We would never forget how you helped us complete our family.
If you want to learn more about us, we're happy to send more information or even meet in person. We are just humble and thankful to be considered. We cannot say this enough: thank you so much for allowing us to share our story with you.
Aidan & Andy
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