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Eric & Amy
We have an abundance of love to share and are overjoyed with the idea of growing a family through adoption. It would be a privilege and a dream come true to welcome a child into our lives and provide all of the unconditional love, support and stability they deserve. We cannot begin to understand what a difficult decision you have ahead. We admire your strength and genuinely appreciate you taking the time to consider us.
We enjoy living a very active lifestyle. Amy has always been an avid runner and Eric a cyclist. Whenever possible you will find us out running or biking on one of the expansive recreational paths in our community, or hiking on one of the many nature trails in the area.
Traveling is also one of our passions. In addition to making frequent trips out east to spend quality time with our family, or making the short 90-minute trek down to Chicago for a weekend getaway, we plan at least one vacation a year. Most recently we enjoyed a memorable eight-day vacation visiting the Big Island and Maui in Hawaii. Our vacations are often a mix of rest and relaxation (usually by a beach), active recreation like hiking and biking, and enjoying the local culture and cuisine.
Above all, the thing we value the most is spending quality time together. By far the thing we both most look forward to each day is coming together in the evening and enjoying a meal together. No matter how busy our day, this is something that we prioritize. In the summer months, you will most often find us grilling and eating out on our patio.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Eric About Amy: The Love of my Life (Amy) has been a constant companion for me since the day our burgeoning friendship transitioned from one of mutual respect and admiration to love. And, I have been in awe of the love and respect that she has shown me since we met. Like many of the things that bind us together, the love and respect that we hold for family has solidified our relationship too. If it weren't for the empathic embrace and admiration that we hold for the others in our lives we wouldn't be where we are. It's that magic, that I've been able to meet someone as beautiful as she who respects the loved ones in my life as much as I do hers, that brings a smile to my soul every day. She is my rock, my soulmate, and my love.
Amy About Eric: There are so many things I love about Eric. He has an extraordinary work ethic. He is deeply committed to our family. He is very attentive to those he holds close. You can count on the fact that Eric will be there for you no matter what ... in the good times and the not so good. He is very even keeled and brings a sense of calm to any situation. When Eric is by your side you feel a sense of comfort knowing that no matter what, everything will be OK. He is my best friend and I truly cannot imagine life without him in it.
Culture and diversity are extremely important to both of us. We both grew up in middle class, suburban, Americana, and were exposed to different ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. One constant throughout those experiences, was our greater sense of community, and the cultural diversity it brought. We do not take any of those experiences for granted. We have had the privilege to meet many different people from varying backgrounds, all of whom have enriched our lives in some way.
As we both continued our education and employment, we sought out increasing opportunities to broaden our cultural-horizon by travelling abroad. Each with the spirit of turning those experiences inward, and bringing them back home to family. Where once our elders looked to their community as only an extension of their immediate neighborhood, we were blessed to be able to embrace our friends and family from as close to home to across the nation, and even the world.
With this outlook ingrained in our soul, we would be deeply saddened if either of us did not embrace the color of life and the heritage of our world. It's something which we look to promote. We look forward to its expression of love through the diversity of our lives and the lives of children. As parents we will commit ourselves to raising a child who embraces each individual's uniqueness, and treats others with the respect and empathy they deserve.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is in an extraordinarily family friendly suburban community. Within a ten-minute walk in any direction we have access to excellent schools, an expansive park system, community pool, beautiful nature trails through the woods, and a vibrant downtown area with many shops and restaurants. We like to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, so having access to sidewalks and recreation paths was something that was extremely important to us when looking for a home. You will often find us out walking, running or biking in the evening or on the weekends. We are also very fortunate to be a short five-minute walk from Eric's parents.
Our home has a large fenced in back yard. When our young nieces and nephews come to visit they enjoy running around kicking a ball, or drawing with chalk in our driveway. There are many young families that live on our block and there are constantly children running from yard to yard playing.
We are just 15 minutes outside a culturally diverse mid-sized Midwestern city with access to many museums and parks, including a large lakefront area. There are always festivals and other family friendly activities to take advantage of, particularly in the summer months. Some of our favorite activities include having a picnic and listening to live jazz music by the lake (where we met!), and attending the annual Irish festival with Eric's parents.
Our Extended Families
Family is extremely important to both of us and one of the things that bonded us as a couple from the start. Eric is the oldest of three and has a sister and brother, and Amy has a younger brother. We are fortunate to live just a few blocks away from Eric's parents so there will be easy access to Gramma and Grampa! Eric's sister and her two children also live in the same community. We enjoy gathering for regular family dinners and just being present in one another's lives. Eric particularly enjoys sharing his love of mountain biking with our nephew Zion. Eric's brother, sister-in-law and their two young boys live in North Carolina. Coincidently Amy's brother, sister-in-law, and their two young girls live just 15 minutes away. Amy's dad (affectionately known as Beebo by his grandchildren) also lives in the same community. We take trips down to North Carolina several times a year to spend time with our families. Last Christmas we were able to gather as a combined family and Amy enjoyed decorating Christmas cookies with the kids. Amy's originally from Vermont and has a large extended that still lives there. We enjoy traveling to Vermont at least once a year and look forward to introducing our child to that beautiful part of the country and our loving extended family, including great grandma (Mimi) and great grandpa (Gramp). Our families are very supportive and are thrilled about the idea of us growing our family through adoption!
From Us to You
We are genuinely humbled and so appreciative that you have taken the time to consider us. We hope that this letter allows you the opportunity to get to know us a bit better. We cannot begin to understand what a difficult decision you have ahead of you. The actions you are taking demonstrate the deep commitment and love that you have for your child. We respect you and are in awe of your courage and strength.
After graduating from college, we both took time to establish our careers and really discover ourselves as individuals. Amy focused on her career as an accountant, studying to become a Certified Public Accountant and working her way to a leadership position at a large public company. Eric focused on the operations and management of the family's glass business.
We met in 2013 through mutual friends after Amy re-located from Vermont to Wisconsin for work. One thing that bonded us, nearly immediately, was our mutual love and appreciation for our families. We feel so fortunate that we both come from very close knit, loving, and supportive families who helped to cultivate us. As our relationship grew more serious, we began to discuss our deep desire to have a family.
We were married in 2016 and have committed ourselves from that point onward to achieve our goal of welcoming a child into our home. We did try to conceive for several years, including going through multiple rounds of IVF and other fertility treatments. While we were unsuccessful in getting pregnant, we have never lost sight of our dream of adding a child to our family. We will be very honest, this journey has not been easy. It's one that has been filled with a lot of emotion, heartache and disappointment. But, after a lot of grieving and self-reflection, we came to the realization that our dream is not to conceive a child, but rather to be bestowed with the gift of parenting. As we began to explore adoption as a way to expand our family, it truly felt very natural, and the absolute right option for us. While we are not deeply religious individuals, we do have a tremendous amount of faith. That faith is what carried us through the last several years, and that which we strongly believe has led us to quite purposefully be where we are today. We are elated with the thought of being able to share our lives with a child, and believe that adoption is a beautiful way to grow a family. We are excited to experience this together with you, in whatever capacity you are comfortable with and desire.
As parents, we will strive to raise a child who embodies the core values with which we live by…. including kindness, respect, empathy, patience, and above all love. We will do this through not only sharing our passion for travel, but also ensuring that daily life experiences like daycare, school or other activities provide exposure to the diverse community that we live in. We look forward to sharing all of life's simple pleasures...going on a walk, reading a bedtime story, or even just sharing family dinner.
We are fully aware there will be challenges from time to time. But what we can promise is that a child living in our home will ALWAYS know how much they are loved and supported. Not just by us, but by our entire extended family.
We believe openness and honesty are the cornerstone of any successful relationship. We intend to be very open with a child about his or her birth story, and how they came to be part of our family. You are the star of that story and it is our commitment to you, that your child will always know how much you loved him or her. And, what a brave and selfless decision you made. We look forward to sharing your child's growth through photos, written updates, and visits, if you desire.
We thank you for considering us. It would be the greatest honor of our lives to become parents and raise a child. We have yet to find words that can properly describe what this would mean to us. This has been a dream of ours for a very long time. We cannot wait for the opportunity to bring a child into our home!
Eric & Amy