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George & Luke
Thank you for taking the time to visit our profile and consider us as potential parents to your child. Over our past 13 years together, we have built a wonderful life full of love laughter, and adventure - and if chosen, we would be honored and humbled to welcome your child into our family and share that love. We are so excited to begin this journey with you!
Our Life Priorities
Family has always been the most important thing in our lives and is one of the biggest reasons that we fell in love. We both grew up with strong family values instilled in us at a young age by our parents – those values guide our lives today. We also see our friends as a part of our family. They are a strong support network for us and we know we can rely on them for anything. We care as deeply for them as our own relatives. We know that friends will be like family to our child as well - our child will be so loved and supported, surrounded by joy (and lots of attention!).
Aside from family and friends - being healthy and active is also a top priority in our lives. We love to work out together, go on long walks with our dogs around our neighborhood, and have recently discovered a love for tennis. George has played tennis his whole life and has been teaching Luke over the past few years. We have taken lessons together, playing at least a few times a week - it's a really great way to stay active and spend time together.
We also love to seek out and experience new things. We are big travelers and love to spend time meticulously planning trips and discovering new parts of the world together.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Luke About George: George knows how to deeply connect with and listen to people. He is an extremely empathetic person and cares deeply about others' emotions. He is so gentle and treats everyone around him with genuine kindness. I love that George feels so deeply and he treats others with gentle kindness because of that.
George is comfortable with himself and can find happiness in anything that he is doing. He doesn't seek more than what he has, and, because of that, George is grounded, secure and present. He cherishes today, and doesn't dwell on what "could have been." George makes you feel like you're the only one in the room with him – he makes me feel cherished and deeply appreciated.
I love that George knows what he loves and doesn't let anything else influence that. Whether it be his new musical theater show obsession or his next music playlist curation, he finds incredible joy in the little things and loves to share that joy with others.
George About Luke: Luke is the most driven man I've ever met. There is nothing that he has set his mind to that he has not achieved. When he comes across a topic he is unfamiliar with, he finds joy in researching, learning, and sharing this new knowledge with his friends and family. He is not afraid of hard work and I find that so admirable.
Luke is also a very caring and generous man. He is a self-sacrificing person who would do anything for his family. He was raised with strong morals and a sense of right and wrong, and it shows in his life choices.
He is also a goofball at heart. Nothing is better than when Luke makes me belly-laugh.
Our Family Traditions
Christmas in our house is a big event and one of our favorite times of the year. We lovingly call all of our Christmas festivities the "12 days of family" and constantly find ourselves surrounded by family and friends for the entire month of December. The season kicks off with a trip to the tree farm. On the way to the farm, we always stop for an early breakfast with Luke's family. All of us cram into a few booths in a restaurant and enjoy time together before we start the tree search. After breakfast we head up to the same farm we've been visiting for years, where we trudge through fields to cut down the "perfect tree." Usually, the day ends when our toes are too cold to keep searching and those trees that weren't so perfect at the start of the day begin to look better and better. We love to take our tree home and spend the night getting it set up in our living room and decorating it. As we put up the ornaments we always put on a few of our favorite Christmas movies. We can't wait to share this tradition, and all the rest of the Christmas traditions we love, with our child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a small, historic neighborhood right outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. What we love most about the neighborhood are the people – our community is filled with diverse, interesting families who we consider some of our very best friends. The neighborhood has a great, close-knit feel despite being close to the "big city." Our neighborhood is very safe and is located near many parks, hiking trails, restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, and much more.
Our neighborhood has a very active community board that Luke sits on. The mission of the board is to plan events and functions that bring the people that live in the community together. Events like light-up night around the holidays, Easter egg hunts in the spring, progressive dinners and trick or treating– all make our neighborhood unique and a wonderful place to raise a family.
Our house is an older home that was built in the early 1900s. We love living in a home that has so much history and character. We have been slowly renovating and updating the house to make it feel updated and comfortable, while maintaining the beautiful character and details that the original owners put in the home so many years ago. We have a large, fenced-in back yard where our dogs love to run and chase squirrels. While we love the privacy it brings, we also love opening it up to our friends and neighbors and enjoying and hosting neighborhood get-togethers.
Our home is conveniently located to our families as well. Luke's parents and brother and sister-in-law live about twenty minutes north while George's family lives a quick 2-hour drive away – and our house is big enough for everyone to stay when they come to visit (which they do quite often!)
Our Extended Families
Growing up, our parents instilled in us a sense of strong family values and the importance of putting family first. We feel that this upbringing has shaped us into the family men that we see in ourselves and each other today.
George is the oldest of three siblings. Growing up, his sister and brother were always his very best friends – he served as best man to his brother and 'man of honor' to his sister in their respective weddings. The eight of us (including his siblings, their spouses, and his parents) have a very close relationship. We travel together, cook together, and spend quality time sharing stories, laughing, and enjoying each other's company. His parents still live in the house in which he was raised – about two hours from where we live today.
Luke is from a huge and very close family as well. He is one of 20 cousins on his dad's side and one of six on his mom's side. Nearly all of his cousins still live in or around the city we live in today and we hang out often. Growing up, his cousins were like siblings – they were always together.
Luke has one brother and we have grown extremely close to his family: him, his wife and their three children. When we first became uncles, we were so excited to be an active part of our niece and nephews' lives. We are always doing fun things with them, including movie nights, zoo trips and theater outings. We consider it a true blessing to experience life through their eyes.
From Us to You
We want to let you know how truly honored, thankful, and excited we are that you are considering us as potential adoptive parents to your child. We understand that this is an extremely difficult and selfless decision to make, and we are inspired and humbled to be part of your journey.
We are Luke and George and both of us have always known that we wanted to be parents, even before we began dating 13 years ago. We both were brought up in close, strong family units and, from a very early age, were taught to make our families values the top priority in our lives. Family has (and will) always come first and we are so excited to instill those values in our child and share the love of our close-knit families with them. It is because of our upbringings that we knew very early in our relationship that we wanted to be dads. We have always known what we wanted in our lives and the "vision" we had for the future; it was one of the reasons our relationship worked so well from the start and was part of the many things that made us fall in love with each other.
We met our freshman year of college and bonded over our love for theater and singing. We remained friends until our senior year when we began "officially" dating. As we neared our college graduation, we decided to start one of the most exciting adventures of our life: moving to New York City! We had both been drawn to the electric energy and overflow of culture that you find in that city. We have such amazing memories of our time living in NYC; we enjoyed the adventure, our tiny apartment and the group of amazing people that became lifelong friends. Ultimately, the one thing that brought us back to Pittsburgh was the relationships we have with our families and the desire to be in a city that was a little slower ?" a place we could settle down a bit and eventually start a family.
We have loved being in Pittsburgh over the past 11 years. We have lived in two different homes, both of which we've spent a lot of time renovating and making "perfect" for us. Along the way we adopted our two "dog children" and have made some incredible friends. We feel so fortunate to have the life that we have built together but we know that the one thing that is missing is a child.
We are so excited and so ready to become parents. We are keen on seeing each other morph into the incredible fathers we know we will be: Luke with his hard-working, driven spirit who loves to learn new things, and George with his kind and steady personality who will create a nurturing and loving environment for our child. We recognize how lucky we are to have both been surrounded by supportive, loving families our entire lives. We are eager and thrilled to share that love and family with our child. Our parents are also enthusiastic about becoming grandparents to our child - our niece and nephews can't wait to have cousins to play with. Our child will always be surrounded by love and will experience the world while feeling supported in everything that they do.
We are also excited to get to know you - we want you to be part of our lives as a family. We hope to build a strong relationship with you so that your child will always know how much love went into this decision. We want to integrate your relationship with your child into our family-unit for the entirety of your child's life. We hope to do this at your pace, and with your guidance and lead - creating a relationship that you want and feel comfortable with. As a same-sex couple, your child will have two dads - but you will always be the only mom and we think that is a wonderful thing.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile. We hope that you have connected to our story. We understand how important this decision is for you, and we are so grateful that you have taken some time to consider us as potential parents for your child. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
George & Luke