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Joe & Kathy
Hello! Thank you for reading our profile and for considering adoption. We admire your courage and sacrifice so much. It is very important to us that you are loved and well cared for in this journey. We hope we will have the opportunity to create a loving, respectful relationship with you within your comfort level, and we would be so honored to welcome your child into our family.
What Makes Us Unique
We are unique in that we have four children and a large, 13-year age gap between our oldest child and our youngest child. This makes us unique in that we are very experienced parents that offer a patient, loving family environment where children thrive.
Sophia is a high school sophomore that enjoys being a big sister and role model to her younger siblings. She excels at school and enjoys many hobbies such as playing volleyball, soccer, watersports, downhill skiing and running. Nadia is an 8th grader that enjoys spending time with family and friends, excels at school and sports, and loves baking and writing. Gabe is a 6th grader that enjoys family time, playing outside, school, sports and many other activities. Sylvia is a 2-year old-little girl that loves to play and read books. We celebrate each child's unique personality and help them discover their interests and life's passions. They are allowed to be kids, be goofy, play outside, be loud and messy, and also learn age-appropriate responsibilities as they grow.
We have always had the desire in our hearts to expand our family through adoption. Our older three children are wonderful, loving older siblings and great role models. The large age gap has been such a blessing for us and has been a joy to watch the older three kids interact with their little sister. We would love the opportunity to be blessed with another child through adoption. We all pray daily for you and your child and even though we don't know you, we already love you all. Your child would be enfolded into the warm embrace of our family and he or she would be cherished and loved.
We live very active, healthy lifestyles that are centered on family and faith. We like being active members of our church, volunteering in our community, attending all of our children's school events and activities, and spending time with our family and friends. We enjoy nature and getting to watch the seasonal changes on our lake, things such as: spectacular sunsets and rainbows, migrating ducks and swans, the annual chirps of spring peepers and visits from our favorite turtle, that we named "Rex," that lays its eggs in our yard every year. In the warm months, we enjoy water sports and boating, going to the beach or sand dunes, watching outdoor movies, playing basketball or yard games, camping in a tent by the lake to watch the stars, walking to lighthouses, or spending an afternoon at a local playground. In the colder months, we enjoy football tailgating, winter sports such as cross country skiing and downhill skiing, sledding, ice skating on our ice rink, and hot cocoa piled high with marshmallows and sprinkles. Kathy enjoys cooking and baking with the kids and trying new recipes. We also like going for walks or bike rides around our neighborhood and hikes at our local state park, attending the many fun, family friendly community events offered in our town such as an annual summer outdoor concert series and we really enjoy traveling as a family. We love the white sand beaches of Florida, theme parks, and big city experiences in places such as Chicago.
We feel that cultural diversity is something to celebrate and embrace, and believe in raising our children to love all peoples and learn about role models from all cultures. We have toys, books, and movies that represent people of many diverse races and ethnicities. We have a nephew that is biracial that we absolutely adore. We have tough conversations about racism and being antiracist in our actions and words and supporting and standing against racism of all forms. Many of our children's heroes and cultural idols are of diverse races such as gymnastics legend Simone Biles, NBA star Tracy McGrady, baseball legend Jackie Robinson, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winner Karthik Nemmani. We travel and take our children to diverse cities, museums, and monuments so they can learn about other cultures, people, languages and food. All of our kids have taken many years of Spanish to broaden their cultural horizons. One of our most impactful museum trips was visiting the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. We model behavior that is inclusive and demonstrates that all people are treated with love and respect without exceptions. We will celebrate your child's ethnicity and culture and are committed to teaching him/her about it. We will welcome becoming a more diverse family and embrace it in our family, extended family, and community.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our town is a fantastic place to raise a family. We live in a two-story house, on a large inland lake, in a wonderful community that offers great schools, Lake Michigan beaches, lighthouses, sand dunes, a splash pad, a children's museum, multiple playgrounds, a library, a beautiful state park with miles of nature trails, and a vibrant downtown. Throughout the year, the downtown offers beach bonfires, a 4th of July parade, a Santa parade, a New Year's Eve ball drop, movies in the park, art fairs, 5K runs, and special Friday night activities for families with bounce houses, pony rides, and more!
We enjoy that our house is in a safe neighborhood, nestled on a lake, surrounded by both nature and neighbors. In addition, we are just a short 10 minute drive to town. Our house is spacious with an open kitchen/dining room area, five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and a guest apartment over the garage for out of town family visitors. We have a large family room/TV room with many books, toys, and games and a living room with a breathtaking view of the lake, a piano, and fireplace. We have a first floor master bedroom and baby nursery that is adjacent. The upstairs includes our other children's rooms and a loft/library/TV area. Our yard has plenty of room to play with a trampoline, a playset, a basketball hoop, and a long paved driveway that is perfect for learning how to ride a bike.
Our Extended Families
We both have great relationships with our families.
Joe is the oldest in his family and has a sister, that is married with two children, and a brother, "Uncle G," who loves goofing around with the kids. Joe spent some wonderful summers with his maternal grandparents growing up. His grandma lives nearby, along with his aunt and uncle. We have a fun Christmas morning tradition of hosting a large family breakfast where pajamas are welcome attire! Joe is very close with his maternal aunts and uncles' families, of which three of five of them are adopted. They have an annual winter "Olympics" weekend filled with lighthearted games and activities for all ages.
Kathy is the youngest of four children and has two older brothers and an older sister. She has a lot of nieces and nephews that she adores. Kathy's parent's host a yearly 4th of July party that involves boating activities, great food, a boat parade, a kickball game, fantastic fireworks over their lake, and s'mores over their bon fire. We are fortunate to have loving parents and family that enjoy spending time with us and are only a few hours away.
We are also blessed to have a close-knit group of friends locally. Both our families and friends are thrilled with the idea of adoption and would welcome your child with open arms! Your child would be raised not only with the love of four siblings, but also with endless love from extended family and friends.
From Us to You
Thank you for reading our profile and considering us for your child's adoptive family. Expanding our family through adoption has always called to us in our hearts. Faith and family are the biggest priorities in our lives. We have always hoped for the opportunity to help birth parents choose life for their child and provide their child with many opportunities and a loving home where their child could flourish. We know that our family is not complete and there is another baby out there waiting for us to love.
We have been married for 20 years and together for almost 27 years. We met going haunted housing with friends in high school. When one car left without the entire group, we ended up riding in the same car and then the rest is history. We became friends, went to the same college a year apart, and even won one of the same need-based scholarships! In a sense, we have grown up together and have faced all of life's joys and hardships with each other by our side. We have worked hard and put ourselves through college, Master's Physician Assistant program, and medical school/residency/fellowship. We have gained success through hard work and determination that we do not take for granted and hope to teach our children the importance of hard work, perseverance and helping others. Life has hardships and we have experienced many over the years, such as a devastating pregnancy loss early in our marriage, but instead of tearing us down, it has only strengthened our love for each other, enriched our love for children, and made us a more resilient couple.
Our children are our greatest joy and your child would be wrapped up into that same joy. All of our children are so thrilled about the possibility of adding to our family through adoption. At times, they have been so excited that they told us that they couldn't sleep at night. Our extended family and friends are also so eager to shower your child with endless love and affection.
We have so many fun family traditions, especially at the holidays, and can't wait to share them with another little one. It would be a privilege to be your child's family and to experience many more years of Christmas celebrations, Easter Egg hunts, "snuggle movies" on the couch, and "snuggly" bedtime books. We are also looking forward to sharing yearly vacations and perhaps some of these travels could even be to visit you.
Your child's adoption story would always include you and your love for your child. We would be happy to share pictures, emails, letters, text messages and photos with you and are open to whatever level of openness makes you feel most comfortable. We hope that we will become extended family to each other and that your child's adoption story will be a source of great joy and pride for you. We understand this must be a very difficult journey and even though we cannot possibly comprehend all the emotions you are going through, we want you to know that you and your child will be loved unconditionally.
We want you to know that your child will be raised to know that all people are created equal, all people are valuable and we have zero tolerance for discrimination. We will love your child unconditionally, stand up for your child when needed, standby your child when they need support, and teach him or her to grow into a kind, compassionate, and responsible adult.
Thank you for considering adoption and taking the time to learn about our family. We are excited about the opportunity to expand our family and we understand that while this may be a time of joyful anticipation for us, it could potentially be a time of many mixed emotions for you. We want to reassure you that we will love your child as one of our own, honor your wishes of openness in our relationship with you, and will adore your child forever.
Joe & Kathy