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Zach & Whitney
We are so thankful that you are taking a moment to learn about us. Our family has already been blessed and created through adoption and we believe that our family isn't yet complete, so we are venturing out again. We can't wait to share our love with another child and are also eager to get to know you and support you. We are honored that you are checking us out.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has already blessed our lives in the most wonderful way through our two daughters, Crosbee and Israel. Looking back, meeting our first daughter (through adoption) was a day none can compare to. Her small hands and feet and her cute first sneeze. Then, meeting our second daughter (through adoption also) and watching our oldest daughter look through the nursery window at her little sister is another memorable moment. We are so thankful to Crosbee and Israel's birth mothers for giving us the opportunity to be parents. We love them and keep in contact with them through email, letters and pictures. We enjoy hearing from them as well, about their day-to-day life and we look forward to getting to know you, too.
Adopting our daughters has been a positive experience on every level. As a couple, we have fallen more in love with one another as we've seen each other in action as a parent. Making sacrifices and caring for Crosbee and Israel has deepened our relationship. On a spiritual level, we better understand how God views and treats us, with unconditional love and forgiveness and a constant desire to give and to see us thrive.
We are so proud of our story and have had the opportunity to share it with those around us and be thankful of how these two beautiful girls became a part of our family. Looking forward, to the next beautiful baby God brings to our loving family, we will experience another unforgettable moment. Even though we feel deep and unconditional love for Crosbee and Israel, we know there is room in our hearts for another journey.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our family's favorite vacation spot is Indialantic Beach, FL. It is not an extremely touristy place and is just 20 minutes south of Cocoa Beach and a short drive to Disney. We stay in a little "mom and pop" type of motel that has Old Florida style with southern charm and hospitality. It is a very short walk to the quiet beach where sea turtles lay their eggs and dolphins can be seen in the distance. We love to sit on the beach for hours digging in the sand making sand castles, watching the sand crabs run and hide from us or chasing the waves back into the sea and watching the seagulls dive for fish. There is a small zoo nearby where our daughters like to visit and they can feed giraffes and learn how to train a goat.
Some days, we'll head to the more touristy area of Cocoa Beach and watch the surfers from the pier while we eat some freshly caught seafood.
We've recently added a visit to Disney to this vacation spot as we head back home from the beach. After a relaxing time on the beach, there's nothing better than seeing our daughter's eyes light up as they see their favorite Disney princesses. Hearing them squeal with delight as they ride the Seven Dwarves Mine Train or squealing in fright at the Haunted Mansion is wonderful. Taking them to Disney for the first time was an extra bonus to our usual beach trip that our family has grown to love.
Our Family Traditions
Some traditions in our family are by holiday and season, and others are weekly in practice. Each summer we travel to Melbourne Beach in Florida for a vacation of swimming and relaxation. Each Christmas Eve we read "The Night Before Christmas," wear brand new pajamas and then the next morning we open presents and read Luke chapter 2 out of the Bible. In the summer, Whit and the girls pick strawberries and make homemade strawberry jam. In the fall, we head to a local apple orchard and pumpkin patch. But it is our weekly traditions that make us a family. Each Sunday morning we attend church together. Each Wednesday, we go on a walk by a pond near our home and feed the geese and fish and catch up as a family. On Friday's, we pop popcorn, watch a family movie together and have a slumber party. On Saturdays, we head to the soccer fields to cheer on our daughters while they play and often venture out into our local farmer's market. We enjoy our little holiday, seasonal and weekly traditions and the girls are always looking to add new traditions for our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in beautiful Michigan, "the Great Lakes State." Within our community, we enjoy many state parks for hiking and local pools for swimming. There is also fishing, kayaking, and ice sports. During the summer, we head to the local farmers market and in the fall, the apple orchard.
The neighborhood we live in is filled with younger families like us with children. Our girls are outside daily playing, riding bikes and selling lemonade with their neighborhood friends. There are block parties and cookouts in the summer with our neighbors. In the winter, the neighborhood families take the kids to the local hill for snow sledding. We live 5 houses down from the elementary school that our girls attend and we walk them to school. Even without organized events, we'd be thankful to live on our street because of the friendliness, generosity and hospitality of our neighbors.
Our home has four bedrooms and a finished basement where we hang out, play games and watch movies together. We have a kitchen, which is large enough to host our families around the holidays and our friends who we gather with regularly. Whit is a good cook and enjoys hosting people over at our home. We also have a fenced in yard that is often filled with kids on the trampoline, playing soccer or our dog guarding it from the squirrels. Whit enjoys having a vegetable garden in the backyard and watching it grow. Whit used to be an interior designer and has decorated our home with unique furniture finds from garage sales.
Our Extended Families
We are both the eldest siblings in our family. Both of our families live in different states than us (Whit's in Illinois and Zach's in Ohio), but everyone in our extended family is excited because more grandchildren is what they dream about. We visit our families as often as we can and they also visit us. Zach's father was also a pastor but died in 2013 from cancer. Zach's mom is a retired teacher but still substitute teaches. Zach has a sister, who is a stay-at-home mom, and a brother, who works in catering . Whit's dad is a chiropractor and her mom works for an orthodontist. Whit has a sister, who is a stay-at-home mom and two brothers. One brother works at a college with online learning and another is in the military. We are close with our families despite our distance from them.
Our family traditions have grown into simple ones. We go on walks in the evenings. We eat dinner together around the table and have dance parties. When the holidays roll around, we visit our families and enjoy those family traditions: parade watching on Thanksgiving, candlelight Christmas Eve services, and opening one gift on Christmas Eve.
Being away from extended family, we have immersed ourselves in close friendships. It is these people who are our daily family. We are a fun-loving people who enjoy being the funny ones in the room. At the same time, due to our strong upbringing and our current values, we try to be the rock for our friends and we take those relationships seriously.
From Us to You
We are so elated and overwhelmed beyond words to be writing this letter to you. We have been praying for you for months. Our parents on both sides have been praying for you. And our close friends have been praying for you. We are extremely honored that you are taking the time to get to know us further and to possibly generate the greatest act of love possible, the gift of life for us. We know already you are an incredibly special person to consider adoption for your baby.
Our names are Zach and Whitney, and we've been married fourteen years now. We met in New York City while Whitney was visiting and Zach was living there, and a year later we were married. Zach is a preacher and Whitney is a stay-at-home mom for the two daughters we are blessed to have. Both daughters are infant adoptions and we are so proud of their story in becoming part of our family. We live in the beautiful state of Michigan and have a home full of love, laughter and activity.
Our family is more than ready to add a third child to our family. Our youngest daughter, Izzy, is eager to be an older sibling as she is such a caretaker already to all of her dolls. Our oldest daughter, Crosbee, is an admirable leader and will also be a great example for another sibling.
When a baby enters our life, Zach will continue to work in the church, but due to having a supportive team to lead and a very flexible atmosphere, he won't miss out on things due to work. Whitney plans on staying home to provide constant love when a baby arrives.
We just want to give a special baby love and a great life, and this is why adoption has been a natural choice for us to grow our family! We know God will bless us with the exact, extremely happy little angel and will use a brave and loving birth mom to do so. We will intentionally plan to impart the level of kindness and generosity you already have into our child as we speak highly of our daughters' birth moms.
We are part of a large church home that will play a key role in the nurturing and maturing of the baby. With friends and family supporting us, the village that will help raise this child to the potential they can be will be numerous.
Whatever the occasion may be, we do it with love and sincerity. We thank God for giving us one another, a couple who takes pride in having fun, sacrificing for the other, and providing an environment that includes encouraging feedback and giving. We promise to give our new baby a strong foundation of safety, trust, security, love, and laughter no matter what the world throws at us.
We welcome you with open arms and will support a genuine, loving relationship with you throughout the years at your desire and pace. We know this profile is just a glimpse into our lives, so we look forward to the possibility of speaking with you, meeting you and to get to know each other more. We wish you all the best and pray for peace in your heart in this decision.
With much love already,
Zach & Whitney