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Luke & Christy
Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents, you must have good taste:) We are beyond excited to start a family, and we have more than enough love to go around. We aren't perfect, but we will do everything in our power to ensure that your child has a life filled with joy, meaning, excitement and love.
Our Leisure Time
We love to spend a weekend afternoon walking around the downtown area peeking into stores and picking up groceries at the Asian market. We have traveled to Thailand and we love cooking Thai food together. One of our favorite things to do at the market is to pick out something that we've never tried before. We've found new favorites this way!
We love to watch movies and will have marathon weekends to re-watch favorite trilogies like Star Wars and Karate Kid.
We love to take our dog, Wally, out for nature hikes and let him run free. One of Christy's hobbies is miniatures and she is the middle of completing a fairy house made from items found in nature. She often comes home from hikes with pockets-full of pinecones, stones, bark, and little tidbits picked up on the trail.
Luke is a classical pianist and is working on a musical recording with his fellow musician friends. He also cycles and completed 1,000 miles this past summer as a fundraiser for #BLM and the NAACP.
We both love to learn new things and explore new places. We strive to make a happy balance of work hard and play harder.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
Embracing our child's culture is very important to us. We will talk with them about cultures and race to increase their confidence and empower them to be comfortable in any situation. Reading children's books to them at an early age and going to multicultural events are at the top of our list. We will educate ourselves and join parent groups to help us so we can better help our child become their best self. We are blessed to live in an integrated neighborhood with many children of different ethnicities. Our school district is also culturally diverse and we will be active volunteers at their school to show our support of their education. Our extended families are bicultural and we have many ethnic friends of various races. We know that we have their support and guidance in helping to make our child feel welcome in our family. Working to address culture will always be in our minds and will always be evolving as our child grows. With compassion and understanding, we will do whatever it takes to give them the support and love they need.
How We Met
The story of how we met is one of our favorite stories to tell. We were both living in a small town in Iowa for many years without ever crossing paths. Fate finally brought us together when Christy started her dream of opening a bakery with her close friend. In the first year that the bakery was open, we worked with a local gallery to create a monthly event with art, food, and live music. The musician that was usually hired to perform had a change of plans, so he arranged for Luke to take his place. When Luke walked in I (Christy) knew in that instant that he was the one, and (finding out later) so did he. He started coming into the bakery almost daily and we got to know each other quickly. When he asked what the decorating inspiration was for the bakery, Christy told him about a little coffee shop she loved from her time in college, and that she wanted her bakery to have the same laid-back feeling. Turns out, he was one of the bakers at that coffee shop! We soon discovered that we went to the same college in Arizona, at the same time, and that we studied in the same building! Christy was studying art on the third floor, and Luke's music classes were on the first floor. We never met or interacted, I guess we weren't ready for each other yet. Lots of little details kept being discovered and we both knew that fate had finally stepped in. We've been together for almost eight years and married for two. Every day, we laugh together and share each other's joys and passions.
Our House and Neighborhood
We both share a love of old homes that have character and are in need of a little TLC. We moved to our new house about six months ago and Christy has been busy decorating while Luke has been remodeling or painting nearly every room. Moving during a pandemic certainly wasn't planned, but we made the best of the situation and it proved to be a great project for us to tackle together. Our house is two-story with big rooms and lots of space. Our backyard has plenty of room for a swing set and basketball hoop.
Our home would not be complete without our pets. Our cats, Murphy and Josie, are both playful and loving. Murphy is the ultimate lover. If he could snuggle all day, every day - he would! Josie loves to play and run around the house at warp speed chasing her toys. She is our adventurer! Our dog, Wally, is a Border Collie and Lab mix. He has a loving, playful, and loyal personality.
We live in Des Moines, Iowa which has a small town feeling in big city living. We are three blocks from a large, historic park that has a big playground, wading pools, and a carousel. Our neighborhood is quite diverse with families of all ethnicities. There are many children in our neighborhood who all love to ride their bikes around the block. We are minutes from downtown where we like to stroll through farmer's markets, museums, beautiful parks, and unique shops.
Our Extended Families
Our extended families are scattered all across the United States and although we don't see them as often as we'd like, we always stay in touch through social media and video calls. Our families all know how to enjoy life and never take each other's love for granted. Our families are very supportive of our adoption plan and cannot wait to welcome a child with open arms and lots of hugs and kisses.
Luke's family is the closest to us and we see them all throughout the year. Luke comes from a highly talented family of musicians where nearly everyone plays an instrument extremely well. His father, who is now passed, was an esteemed jazz musician and arranger. Luke's mother lives in Spokane and we road-trip to her house every year for Christmas. It's a family tradition to sing Christmas carols around the piano and after enjoying a big family dinner. Our trip to Spokane wouldn't be complete hiking through trails in the snow.
Christy grew up in Phoenix where most of her family still lives. It's always a good, and loud, time when we go to visit. Her father is a retired Optometrist who now lives in Michigan on a quaint little lake. Most of Christy's family are teachers with her mother being a retired school librarian. With summers off from school, we would all take vacations together. One summer we stayed in Estes Park, Colorado and Christy went horse-back riding for the first time.
From Us to You
We wish we could just sit and chat with you, but this letter will have to do for now.
The decisions you are about to make will likely be some of the hardest that you will make in your entire life. We want you to know that you are in our thoughts and hearts. Our hope is that you can get a little look at what kind of family your child may grow up in, what we love to do, and how much we will love and care for him or her. We plan to raise our child with an understanding and appreciation for you and the sacrifice you are making for them.
This child will be loved beyond words by us, by our families, by our friends, and he or she will always know the great love you have for them as well. They will grow up in a loving home, filled with laughter, learning, and fun. An appreciation for the Arts through music, art, and world cultures will be instilled in our child through our love of traveling and learning. Summers at the lake with family and cousins and winters in the snow will be family traditions that will follow them throughout their lives as well. We will teach them to develop a strong work ethic with a happy balance of lazy Saturday mornings. We will raise him or her with unconditional love, provide an environment where they can grow up to be a great person who is open-minded and open-hearted. The opportunity to shape and guide them as they grow and develop is both humbling and exciting.
We have been married for two years and together for eight. What we love most of each other is that we don't have to pretend to be anything other than who we are. We know that we can never be perfect. Parenting will bring challenges that we can only imagine at this point. We are however, as prepared as two people can be and we will always do our best to provide a safe, nurturing, and loving home. We are blessed with a large extended family that will be source of guidance for us as well. We will give everything we have to ensure that he or she has every opportunity and the best future possible. We will always stand by them, pushing our capacity to love beyond limit. This is our promise to you.
One thing you can be sure of, is that there will never be a shortage of pictures, if you wish! We are happy to send email updates and letters with stories to keep you updated on your child's life. We are also happy to arrange visits when the time is right. We are so excited to become parents and welcome a child into our home and family. We hope that you will be able to see the love we have we have for each other, our families, and our future child.
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us and for considering us as you make the difficult decision of who will parent your child. We're honored to have your consideration to be the ones to give your precious baby a wonderful life. You can be rest assured that your child will have a safe and loving home to grow up in with us.
Luke & Christy