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Bryan & Michelle
Hey there! We're so honored that you're reading our profile as you explore opportunities for you and your baby. We're a fun-loving duo that have dreamed of building our family for years. The desire we have to support and encourage a growing, learning little one is only missing a beautiful child with which to explore this world. We appreciate your consideration and are excited to start this journey with you!
Our Cultural Heritage
We both grew up immersed in unique cultures. It's one of the things that brought us together when we first met. When Bryan's parents followed their calling to share Christ with people in China, Bryan spent nearly a decade living in the northeast China province of Liaoning. His family enrolled him in local schools to make friends and learn about the culture. To this day, they still celebrate the Lunar New Year, come together to make authentic Chinese foods, and even make jokes with each other in Mandarin.
Michelle grew up along the US-Mexico border, and her love for Latin culture grew with her. Her best friends taught her about the traditions behind celebrations like Dia de los Muertos and quinceañeras, and gave her a special appreciation for large Latin family gatherings.
We both appreciate our American upbringings, and that they are colored even brighter by the cultures we were blessed to grow up in. Our love for learning about other peoples is a driving factor in how we live our lives - we seek out new experiences to better appreciate how diverse the world can be. We cannot wait to explore our child's cultural roots as they learn and grow. We will seek every opportunity to connect them with their heritage and teach them to embrace the beauty of their history.
Our Family Traditions
In our house Friday mornings are always Taco Friday mornings! No matter how busy our day will be we take some time to make tacos together from scratch. Bryan chops the veggies like jalapenos, onions, guacamole and avocados. Michelle mans the stove top and gets the bacon and eggs going. We love to catch up and get excited about our plans for the upcoming weekend.
During the holidays, we do a lot of typical holiday festivities together along with family and friends. We always share Thanksgiving with Bryan's family. During Christmas, Michelle loves to decorate the house and put up the Christmas tree with her mom. We also love driving nearby neighborhoods and looking at all the Christmas lights to see who's put up the best display. Christmas Eve is special in our home; we each pick out one gift for the other to open early. These aren't typically big gifts, but they're meaningful and they keep Bryan from digging around under the tree and shaking everything to guess what he got!
Over the summer months we love to go tubing on the river. When the Texas heat is the hottest, it's great to spend hours floating down the river hanging out with all of our friends. Texas summer wouldn't be the same without this tradition.
Adoption in Our Family
Adoption has been a part of both of our lives in close personal relationships. Michelle has two cousins through adoption; one on each side of her family. She has a close friendship with her oldest cousin Ryan, who was adopted into her family as an infant. Though Ryan's adoption was closed, he was able to locate his birth mother during his twenties and they talk often.
Michelle's youngest cousin Bo was also adopted through domestic infant adoption 8 years ago. His parents chose to have an open relationship with his birth family. Bo's parents have been a great source of support and information for us as we start the adoption process.
Bryan's childhood best friend Ben has adopted two children - Colin and Mae. They are the cutest kids! We talk to Ben and his family often and even visit them in Illinois when we're able to. They've been a huge help when we have questions about navigating relationships with birth families.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home sits near a quiet cul-de-sac in the middle of our neighborhood. Each home here is on an acre and it's a very friendly, peaceful place to live just outside of town. Our neighbors are friends and wave when they drive by, and people are always out walking or riding by on their bicycles. Kids of all ages live in our neighborhood too - we see them riding bikes, jumping on trampolines or swimming in their backyards. The school buses pick up kids just two houses up the street.
We moved into our home just over a year ago. We chose to live here because of the beautiful views of the Texas Hill Country. We love taking our dogs on our neighborhood trail and sometimes we come across wildlife like armadillos, deer and rabbits. Our neighborhood is also next to a large park that you can see from our backyard. The park has trails for horseback riding, a playground and splash pads for kids.
The neighborhood hosts many activities; like a monthly game night, poker nights for the dads, and events for major holidays. Since many people have been working from home during the pandemic, our neighborhood scheduled local food trucks to visit during the week. There have been trucks serving breakfast tacos, Asian-Mexican fusion, pizza, snow cones and more. It's been a great reason to hang out with our neighbors a couple times a month to eat great food and make sure everyone is doing well.
Our Extended Families
Bryan is from a large family. He's the oldest with two younger brothers and a younger sister. Michelle grew up as an only child. Our different upbringings blend well, providing perspective from both large and small families.
Michelle's family are in Texas and her parents live nearby. Michelle and her mom are close and work out weekly - they enjoy exercise and use the time to catch up with each other. Michelle loves to cook, so we have a tradition of inviting our friends and family over for meals during the holidays. Every year Michelle and her mom host a "Cookie-a-thon" afternoon before Christmas where friends bake, decorate cookies and share their favorite recipes.
Bryan's family is a bit more spread out, but we still see most of them regularly. His parents and sister live in Texas so we see them every few months. His parents love to travel and stop by every time they're passing through town. His sister's son just celebrated his first birthday, and we gave him a push bike so he can cause mayhem zooming around their house!
Bryan started learning how to fly paramotors this spring, and since then both his and Michelle's dad have started lessons too! Michelle's dad is learning how to fly on a three wheeled trike and Bryan's dad has been learning how to take off and land just by running. Bryan's looking forward to cruising around the sky with both of them soon.
From Us to You
It's an understatement to say we're honored that you're considering us to parent your child. We recognize how challenging it is to make these hard decisions about what's best for you and your baby. Adoption is a uniquely beautiful option, and many of our close friends and family have been touched by it. We see how special these relationships can be. We've also seen firsthand how tough, raw, and uncertain this process is, and despite that we know we're ready to walk this path with you.
To share some background about us, our love for each other started when we were in college: Bryan was the fun-loving guy that knew all the great places around town for food and fun. Michelle on the other hand was out hiking or riding horses at any opportunity. We are best friends who will be celebrating 10 years of awesome marriage this winter. Our love is a partnership, and we support each other in every new adventure that comes our way. For years we've dreamed of having a curious, adventurous, maybe even slightly mischievous child running through our home. While infertility delayed this for us, we have never thought of adoption as a second choice. We sought adoption instead of fertility treatments because we believe that where you come from doesn't really matter - what does matter is that you're here!
Currently, Bryan leads a team of software engineers at a video game company. Michelle is a scientist searching for better therapies for breast cancer patients. Most of our free time is spent outdoors - Bryan loves all things that fly, so he's often flying remote control planes, paramotors, and even real airplanes during his spare time. Michelle loves nature, and can be found gardening or on a hiking trail on any given weekend. Whether it's for work or for fun, we have a passion for science and technology, travel and the environment. We are excited to share our world with a child, and look forward to learning and loving the passions that our child has too!
We know that family grows from an unconditional love that brings people together, and we cannot wait to show our child what this means firsthand. We have so much love and joy, a dash of goofiness, and tons of encouragement to share with our child. We look forward to exploring this world with them. As the child grows up we hope to instill some of our values like honesty, hard work, and education through experiences. We will encourage our child to chase their dreams, working hard to accomplish their aspirations.
We firmly believe adoption isn't just a relationship between adoptive parents and a baby. Our relationship with you, and your relationship with our child, are so important for everyone involved. Our child will know just how wonderful, courageous and selfless you are, and how much love you have for them. They will always be encouraged to ask questions about their history and seek those answers from you when possible. At the very least, we will share updates and photos, but are open to building healthy relationships for everyone involved.
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We know that difficult decisions lie ahead as you build a parenting plan, and we truly admire your courage and strength. We hope learning more about us will provide peace of mind as you weigh these choices for your child. We always welcome a call or visit during this process to learn more about each other.
All our Best,
Bryan & Michelle
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