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Greg & Heather
We are so excited that you have chosen to read our profile! We have a strong marriage, excited families and friends, family experience with adoption, and an abundance of love to give. Hopefully our profile will give you a peek into our lives and help you imagine the life we could give to a child. We are grateful to be considered and look forward to the road ahead.
We strongly believe that all children benefit from growing up in a diverse community. Exposure to different people is an important step toward becoming accepting and culturally sensitive members of society, and we are glad to live in an area where this will be part of our child's life.
One of our passions is travel; we have visited over a dozen U.S. states and 25 countries across three continents. We enjoy immersing ourselves in other cultures to better understand what makes each unique and see the world through the eyes of people different from us. Together with our child, we will explore the states and countries that are part of their family history to learn about and appreciate their heritage. It is important to us that our child maintains a strong connection with their cultural identity. If you're up to it, we want to include you in this process of discovery!
If our child is of a different race than us it is very important that he or she has access to both adult role models and friends of the same race. Representation matters to us. In addition, we want to be involved in that community so we can be parents that are knowledgeable about, and can prepare them for, the challenges they will face as they grow up in America.
Our Leisure Time
Music is one of Greg's favorite activities, and it has been a creative outlet for him for as long as he can remember. He enjoyed playing the trombone in front of 100,000+ member crowds in his university marching band, and he loved performing all across the country to support his team and excite its fans. These days Greg is a member of a local concert band that puts on charity events for our community. In the summers the band plays free patriotic concerts for veterans, and each Christmas the band provides holiday music as kids with life threatening illnesses board airplanes for a "flight" to the North Pole to see Santa at the airport. Seeing the sick children is heartbreaking, but watching their little faces light up when their favorite song begins is a highlight of every year. Our home is filled with music; Greg works hard to improve upon his skills and learn new instruments, and he is so excited to share his love of music with our future child!
Heather has a variety of hobbies that she pursues in her free time. In the summer she grows food for the family in her gardens. There is nothing like a BLT featuring Heather's freshly picked Michigan tomatoes and lettuce! In addition, she loves going for walks in the park behind our house with Greg and the dogs, and she can't wait for the day when they include a little one in a stroller.
Adoption in Our Family
Greg has cousins who were adopted as babies. His aunt and uncle waited for years on adoption lists, and then suddenly the stars aligned and they ended up with three kids all the same age from three different families. It was like raising triplets! His family never treated them differently; they were loved and accepted exactly like all of the other kids in the family. This reassures us that our future child will have the same overwhelmingly positive experience with their extended family as Greg's cousins. Now that his cousins are adults, they can provide us with an important insight into the questions adopted kids may have and the unique challenges they may face. They will also be uncles and an aunt that our child can turn to when they need advice from someone who has walked in their shoes.
Heather's family also has had wonderful experiences with adoption. Her cousin has a young son who joined their family through adoption, and Heather's sister and her husband are pursuing adoption like we are. Though we are doing as much research as we can to become supportive adoptive parents, we know that there is no substitute for the bond formed by a shared life experience. We are thrilled that our child will grow up with cousins who are also adopted, especially one that is likely to be very close in age, and hope that they become lifelong friends.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the perfect small town home for raising a family. It is a four bedroom house on a quiet street with plenty of land for a future swing set and sandbox. Our home is filled with love and music, and our backyard has an in ground swimming pool surrounded by a paver patio, Heather's garden and flower beds, and shaded by mature trees. We can't wait for summer days spent splashing in the pool!
Our yard backs up to a huge park where we can walk right in and enjoy miles of paths, playgrounds, and a waterpark. Young families pushing strollers and children's soccer games are common, as is the sound of happy children on the playgrounds and bike paths. The whole community gathers here for the annual Fourth of July fireworks show, and on summer weekends we enjoy sitting on a blanket while they show movies under the stars. Every October our town puts on an Apple Festival where we look forward to the street fair with crafts, live music, a parade, carnival rides, and of course fresh candy apples and elephant ears.
We live just outside one of Michigan's premier college towns where Greg works. While we love our small hometown, we also enjoy the art, music, sports, and culture of the city. Heather can't wait to take our child to see the dinosaurs at the natural history museum, and Greg looks forward to sharing his excitement at college football games!
Our Extended Families
Family is a cornerstone of our lives, and spending time with extended family is something we are excited to experience with a child. Every summer we get together with Heather's parents, siblings, and their families for vacations at her parents' lake house in Michigan. We enjoy big family breakfasts, days spent on the boat (or for the brave, towed behind Papa Arlin's boat on an inner tube!), and evenings of card games and camp fires. Her parents escape the cold at their home in Florida, so visits to the beach and Disney World are sure to be a highlight of our child's winters.
We live in the same town as most of Greg's family. His parents and siblings all live nearby, so we come together often for family meals, game nights, and pool parties. It is nice having his parents five minutes from our home; having helping hands nearby will be so useful with a young child. His grandparents and several aunts, uncles, and cousins live in our area as well, so it is not unusual to have 30+ family members at one of Greg's grandparents' legendary Thanksgiving dinners!
We both grew up in large extended families with many cousins close in age. Our families are going through a baby boom—five children under the age of two, three pregnancies, and Heather's sister and her husband also pursuing adoption—so we are thrilled that our child will also grow up like we did with many cousins their age!
From Us to You
We cannot imagine the difficulty of the decision you face, and we are so grateful that you are considering us as adoptive parents for your child. While we don't know you yet, we do know that by considering adoption you must be a courageous, kind, and selfless person, and if you choose us we will be eternally grateful for the gift you have given our family.
We hope that the other sections in our profile have helped you get to know us, our extended families, and our community. This will be our tenth year together, and we have been married since 2013. Our marriage is one of love, respect, and support. Together we have tackled graduate school and career changes. We bought our house, renovated it together, and made it our home. We experienced the joy of bringing home little puppies to join the family, and we have supported each other through the heartbreak of infertility and pregnancy loss. Though our struggles with infertility have been devastating, we prefer to focus on the positive: we have never been more certain that our marriage is strong and built to last. We are so excited to be pursuing adoption. We are certain that our troubles thus far will end up being a blessing in disguise, and we have faith that our dreams of adding to our family will come true.
Our promise to our child is that they will grow up with an overabundance of love in a strong and stable family. We have a loving, respectful, and healthy marriage they can model their own relationships after when they grow older. They will grow up with two actively involved parents. Because we have both advanced in our careers, we have an income that allowed us to scale back our work hours; with both of us working reduced schedules we will almost always have at least one of us home with our child. Meals together as a family, homework help at the kitchen table, and splashing in our backyard pool together are all in our child's future. Over time we look forward to watching them discover their talents and interests, and we will support and encourage their personal growth to become the best version of themselves. Whether that means becoming an artist or an anesthesiologist, a musician or a mathematician, a scientist or a sports star... we just want them to be happy and have a fulfilling life. We will build their self-confidence, encourage them to pursue their dreams, and give them every opportunity to be successful and live the life they have chosen.
Our promise to you if you choose us to parent your child is to devote our lives to loving, supporting, and encouraging them. Your child will grow up knowing they were adopted—that it is a wonderful part of their story that makes them special. We will tell them you chose us to be their parents because you love them and knew we would give them the life you want them to have. We understand that you may worry or have doubts about adoption and the decision you make, and that you may continue to worry in the future. Please remember: you are, and will always be, an important person in our whole family's lives, and nothing can ever change that. You will always be our child's first mother. We will give you updates and send pictures and photo albums, and if you're up to it we would also like to keep in touch on the phone and do visits. We know that both you and our child may have questions about each other and a desire to learn more. We want everyone to have ample opportunities to get those questions answered and develop a good relationship. If that level of contact isn't something you are seeking we will understand of course. We will speak well of you on your behalf and always portray you in the best light.
Thank you so much for considering us as you make this very important and difficult decision. Please reach out if there is anything more you would like to know about us!
Greg & Heather