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Kristin & Laura
Hi! Thank you for looking at our profile. We are so excited to become parents and adoption is our chosen way to do that. After 13 years together and 5 years of marriage, we're ready to start a family. We have so much love to give and cannot wait to share that with a child. We are so appreciative that you're considering us as your child's family.
Our Leisure Time
We are a family that always has music on in the background. We love listening to music at home or in the car, but also enjoy going to see live music. Kristin likes to think she can sing even though that couldn't be further from the truth. We've been to a couple of festivals throughout the years and are now lucky to live in an area with plenty of music venues.
We try to stay active. Laura grew up playing soccer and would love to continue that with a child. We got into indoor rock climbing a few years ago and built a bouldering wall in our garage last year. It's a fun activity we can do together and it's a great workout. We also have a weight lifting set in our garage. Otherwise, we both enjoy getting outside whether that's walking, hiking, gardening or other outdoor house projects. We love to travel and most often travel to the NC Mountains. We like to take advantage of the hiking and lakes in that area.
In terms of indoor activities, we both enjoy cooking and baking, playing games, puzzles and watching movies. Laura is the more creative of the two of us and occasionally draws and paints. Kristin is an avid reader and reads at least a book a week. She hopes to instill that same love of reading in a child.
What it Means to be a Parent
To us, being a good parent means providing a safe, stable environment, providing unconditional love and support and helping a child to be the best person they can be. We both make family our first priority and think it's important to be present for a child, to show up for their big and small moments. We're looking forward to spending time with them, making their interests our interests and attending all of their athletic games or dance recitals and going on field trips. It is our goal that this child will never, ever question whether they are loved, supported and wanted. We plan to tell them every day but more importantly, to show them.
We are both most looking forward to the everyday moments of having a child. We cannot wait to tuck them in at night, read them stories and take them to the park. We can't wait to see them with their grandparents or playing with their cousins. We are, of course, also looking forward to the bigger moments like first steps and first days of school. We are excited to see the person that they become and hope to help them develop into kind, responsible adults. Both of us are still very close to our families and had great childhoods. We want the same for this child.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Kristin about Laura: There's so much I love about Laura. When Laura and I first got together, I was drawn to her independence, confidence and strength. She can be a private person when you first get to know her, but she's a sensitive person with a huge heart. She doesn't cry a lot but a movie where an animal dies is a sure-fire way to get the tears going. I admire that Laura always goes to bat for the people she loves. She is protective of those that are closest to her and I know that she'll make sure that your child has the best life possible. I love that she can be silly, enjoys Disney movies and loves sugar more than anyone I've ever met. She loves people with her whole heart. Any child would be lucky to have her as their mom.
Laura about Kristin: Kristin has a very calming presence and has a way of making me feel safe. She is loyal and dependable (she was actually voted 'most dependable' in high school) which makes her a great wife and friend. She also has a sense of adventure and love for trying new things. She is always up for new places, cultural experiences and new foods. I love that Kristin is laidback, positive and loving. She has a caretaker personality and that makes her a natural with kids. I love watching her interact with our nephews and know she'll be a great parent.
Our Extended Families
Family is very important to us and we are fortunate to have family within driving distance. Laura's twin lives in the immediate area with her children and everyone else is within a few hours. This child will have two sets of grandparents, great grandparents, three aunts, three uncles and five cousins. They will be surrounded by love and support at every turn. Laura’s grandfather is “tickled pink” about our plan to adopt and our sisters are already stocking up on baby stuff. They're very excited about our adoption plan and cannot wait to welcome another child into the family. We try to see both of our families often. Kristin's family enjoys being active, games, the NC mountains and all types of food. We have competitive cornhole tournaments in the summer and backgammon tournaments in the winter. We like to vacation at the lake and enjoy walking and hiking in the mountains. Kristin's dad is a big music buff so music is always on in the background and we have been to several concerts and festivals as a family.
Laura's family enjoys traveling, trips to the beach, grilling out and anything with sugar. Laura's parents have a beach house in South Carolina which we can't wait to bring a child to. We've been to the Keys and to Hawaii with Laura's family in recent years. We look forward to bringing a child along on our travels!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a mid-sized city in North Carolina. We went to college in this area and ended up moving back because it's such a great area to raise a family. There are great K-12 schools, museums, libraries and outdoor gardens and parks. There are plenty of family-friendly events happening throughout the year. We particularly enjoy the farmers markets, science museum, restaurant offerings and outdoor concert venues. Our neighborhood is a safe, suburban neighborhood with tons of kids. There are several playgrounds and parks, tennis and basketball courts, hiking trails and two swimming pools. We're very excited at the prospect of taking a child to the park right around the block and to the pools in the summer.
We bought our home four and a half years ago. We fell in love with our home on first sight and put in an offer that same day. We live in an open floor plan home with three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The kitchen, dining area and living room are all downstairs. The bedrooms are all upstairs and the plan is for one of those to be this child's bedroom. Our favorite part of the house is the kitchen which has a great big island. It's a great area for cooking and entertaining people. We also have a fenced-in backyard that is perfect for a child to run around in.
From Us to You
We are so very grateful that you are considering us as prospective parents. We know that this must be an incredibly difficult decision you're making and hope that you have people in your life supporting you along the way. We hope that you're able to see from our profile and video, that we're a loving, stable couple who is so very excited at the possibility of a child. We have always known we would adopt in order to grow our family and are excited to meet you and your child. We can promise that if you choose to move forward with us, your child will be well cared for and surrounded by so much love.
We have known each other since we were ten years old. We were in the same friend group in middle and high school but didn't start dating until thirteen years ago. Now, we cannot imagine our lives without the other. We are best friends at the end of the day. We got married five years ago surrounded by friends and family and we both agree that our wedding day was the best day of our lives. Since we first started dating, we've always talked about children and known that adoption is the route we wanted to go. This is our first choice and we are overjoyed at the possibility of a little one joining our family.
Laura is a child at heart in some ways. She loves a good Disney movie and is always eager to play with our nephews and their toys. She's also very nurturing and empathetic. She works primarily with cancer patients so connecting with others from different backgrounds and being empathetic to their situations is a huge part of her job.
Kristin is a natural caretaker. She is usually the one her friends call when they need someone to be there for them or a babysitter. She is known for being loyal, dependable and kind-hearted. She works with college-aged students in an advising and counseling capacity.
While we both work full-time, our top priority is family. Luckily, our schedules are pretty flexible and accommodating. We make an effort to eat dinner together every night, plan regular trips together and make Sunday our "family day." We both enjoy being active and getting outdoors. But, both of us are more than ready to cuddle up on the couch at the end of the day with a movie or a book. Our house is filled with books and puzzles and we hope to instill a love of reading in a child.
We are both very excited to become parents. We enjoy our time with our nephews and are now ready to expand our own family. We have so much love to give. Our goal is that this child will never question whether they are loved or supported, they will always know. They will also always know where they came from and we will honor your role in their lives every day. We promise to stay in touch with you and send letters and pictures as long as that's something you want. We are also open to phone calls and e-mails! We want this child to know who you are and know that you made an incredibly brave decision in their best interest, not because they weren't wanted.
Thank you again for considering us. We cannot wait to meet you!
Kristin & Laura