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Wade & Amy
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us! We are lovingly seeking a child to join our growing family of 1 daughter and 4 dogs. We've always wanted a second child and felt that another spirit to love would complete our family. Our daughter, Kaia, has been asking for a sibling for years. We're excited to share our hearts, home, and love with a child in need.
Our Leisure Time
Leisure time in our household is almost always spent together. While Amy and Kaia enjoy dance, and Wade enjoys racquetball, the family goes hiking, watches movies, walks their four dogs, and plays games together. We try to engage in activities that everyone can participate in and enjoy. New things are always encouraged. Wade likes to say, "Be brave enough to be bad at something new." We're an experience-driven family, so seeking out new adventures is one of our greatest pastimes. When we're not doing activities, we enjoy spending time with our extended families. Amy has a big extended family, with 9 nieces and nephews across her 3 other siblings. There's always a chance for games or family meals.
Often times we travel to Wade's mother's house in the countryside for hiking, horseback riding, or just enjoying her 4 dogs. Occasionally, we will pile in the car and go to the indoor shooting range where Wade works to practice our firearms handling and safety. Once everybody's social batteries are spent, we retire to some personal time with Netflix, video games, reading, or dog snuggling.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our favorite vacation spot is the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Amy and Wade both come from a family of hikers, particularly Wade. Wade was asleep in a backpack kid carrier from his earliest days as an infant, being carried up mountains by mom or dad in the Pennsylvania wilderness. Wade, Amy, Kaia, and many of their friends have gone, together, on multiple trips to New Hampshire to hike the White Mountains. No snakes and few ticks, a relatively mild summer climate, and New Hampshire's incredible beauty, all serve for a wonderful vacation spot.
We usually rent an AirBNB in North Conway, a pleasant little tourist town with cute gift shops and tasty food. We enjoy the small downtown and playground, as well as the publicly accessible "splash pad" for the kids on hotter summer days. We've been there enough to have established favorites but can still find all kinds of new adventures. We will continue to go there for many years to come and inspire our children with the love of travel, adventure, hiking, and the outdoors.
Our Dreams for this Child
Our dreams for our children are that they will be happy and secure in who they are and who God made them to be. We want our children to be rooted in their intrinsic value as creatures made in God's image; His standard-bearers. Throughout life, people face adversity, sadness, and pain. These are unavoidable truths. We want our children equipped and prepared to deal with these challenges. How might we accomplish this? By loving them. By being *there*, present, each day, to provide care, instruction, and structure. By reading the Bible to them, and firmly rooting their personage in Jesus.
We want our children to be successful, but not solely in earthly ways. We want them to have rich relationships, give generously, live adventurously, be open-minded, open-handed, and walk with open hearts. It is our dream to see our children happy with their own existence, confident in their place in creation, and loving in their walk through life.
Our Extended Families
Amy has a large family. We love spending time together. Probably one of our most fun memories recently was our outdoor picnic in December. With new COVID restrictions, we couldn't have more than 10 people inside at a time, and when there are 23 in your family, that doesn't work. We all bundled up, huddled around a fire pit, and enjoyed a December day outdoors. It was unique and fun.
Much of Amy's family lives nearby. We enjoy playing card games and board games together, spending holidays together, and sharing meals together. Our favorite is the birthday meal Amy's mom cooks: home-made Korean food.
While Wade's family is considerably smaller, his mom lives about 30 minutes from us. We enjoy going up to her house to hike, ride horses, play with dogs, and play games. Wade's mom often comes to visit us as well to spend time with our daughter and with us. We enjoy time with her whenever we can get it.
Both of our families are excited for us to welcome another child into our family. Everyone cannot wait for a new family member to join the bunch. From the moment we told them we hope to adopt, both sides of the family have been behind us 100%.
Our House and Neighborhood
While no annual events are held outside of Halloween, we have local families that Kaia is friends with. The local parents communicate with each other about their children and can be counted on to help keep children safe. The children in the neighborhood come from a large age span, and there will be young children available to make friends with.
Our home is spacious and has 3 fully finished floors. The basement is an entertainment space, with a bathroom, computer, game table, and big screen TV. Our main floor features faux hardwood floors, a sitting area, bathroom, kitchen, and dining area spread across an open floor plan. It's a comfortable, open area for socializing, eating, and gaming.
The upstairs is smaller, featuring 2 bedrooms and the third full bathroom. Kaia's bedroom is the smaller, and Amy & Wade's is the master, with a walk-in closet.
We have 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and plenty of play space. We especially love the big screen TV in the basement for movies. We have multiple parks within walking distance. There are playgrounds, public pools, and plenty of space to run and play. The community provides adequate space for running, walking, and biking.
From Us to You
We thank you for taking the time to consider us as your baby's adoptive parents. We can't begin to imagine how difficult this decision is for you. We know you will make the best decision for you and your baby.
We have been married for over 11 years and together for over 14. We were high school sweethearts, so to speak. Amy was in her senior year of high school when she met Wade, in his sophomore year at college. Early in our relationship, we talked about wanting multiple children. We were blessed with a biological child 8 years ago and knew we wanted more. Adoption has always been something we discussed, as we didn't know if biological children would be possible, due to Amy’s health. We are incredibly thankful to have the opportunity to welcome another child into our home. Our daughter, Kaia, is extremely excited to have a sibling.
We will always make sure your child knows who you are. We will show them pictures of you and tell them just how amazing you are. We will explain that you made your decision out of pure love for this child. Recognizing a child’s need for love and stability is the core of great parenting.
In regards to communication with you both before and after the birth of the baby, we are open to exchanging photos and letters. We also would happily exchange emails, texts and phone calls with you, as you are comfortable. You will have the opportunity to have a relationship with your child. We firmly believe it is important for the child, your child, to know you and how much you love them.
We look forward to a relationship with you as well. We want to know who you are, family traditions you find important, and anything else you want to share with us that will aid us in shaping your child’s identity. Understand that your child, placed in our home, will be loved, valued, and respected. We have a big family that has room in many hearts to spare. Our child, Kaia, was raised by our tribe. She is strong, smart, independent, and growing into a fine young lady. With us, your child can expect adventure, peace, safety, and encouragement.
Jesus is a central part of our family. We have a loving church family that supports us and our friends have healthy, daily relationships with Jesus. We see God move in our lives and pray for His continued guidance and blessing. Your child will be raised in this manner, as an image-bearer of God. Your child will find their infinite value in the love of Jesus Christ.
We cannot predict the future or guarantee smooth sailing. No one can. What we can promise is that your child will always have a home, filled with love provided by a compassionate family that only seeks to shape them into the person God meant for them to be. To be present, to listen, and to support them in their endeavors, whether that’s building sandcastles, falling in love for the first time, or heading off to college. The most important thing we can provide as parents is our love and presence in your child’s life for all time.
Wade & Amy