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Jonathan & Carrie
We feel so thankful to be able to grow our family through the miracle of adoption. We both chose professions where we work with children every day, and we are looking forward to sharing our lives with our own children. We know that you are looking for a family who will unconditionally love and care for your child. We would love to hear from you if you feel we could be that family for your child.
Our Promise to You
We promise to love our children with all of our hearts. We promise to protect them, while giving them the confidence to be independent and strong. We promise to share the joy of family and friendships that will allow them to know that they belong to a community full of people who love them and would to anything for them. We promise to help them discover the world and follow their dreams. We promise to comfort them and let them know that they are unconditionally loved every day. We promise to keep them healthy and teach them healthy habits. We promise to teach them all that we can in order to give them the wisdom and knowledge to make their own choices as they grow up. We also want to make some promises to you personally. We promise to keep you in our family's life and share the excitement and joy along the way. We promise to hold you in high regard in our family and when we talk about you, which will be often. Most of all, we promise to express the gratitude we feel to you and never forget the brave, selfless, and loving gift that you have given to our family.
Our Family Traditions
Our family has developed many traditions over the years, and we have added some of our own. On Christmas Eve, we exchange the gifts that are for each other, and we open our gifts from Santa Clause on Christmas morning after church. Santa also leaves us one gift at the foot of our bed to open when we first wake up. Every year on the anniversary of our engagement, Jonathan informally re-proposes to Carrie, as a romantic gesture. Jonathan creates an old-fashioned newspaper for Carrie every year on her birthday, which recaps all of the major events of the year ("New Baby Coming Soon!"). Carrie makes silly signs with inside jokes, pictures, and memes for Jonathan on his birthday and posts them up around the house so he can read them and laugh when he wakes up. We take care of each other when we are sick by making each other food and tea, taking each other to the doctor, and taking care of all the house chores until the other person is healthy again. We like to have movie nights in our PJs and eat popcorn with hot sauce. We go to church on Saturday evenings and afterward, we all go out for a family dinner. We like to take Sunday walks by beach or to the pier near our house and get waffles for breakfast at a place near the water.
Fun Facts About Us:
Our House and Neighborhood
Our three-story, two-bedroom townhome has two large bedrooms, two and half bathrooms, and a basement that is used for creating art and music. We are located just blocks from the ocean, and we walk to the beach often. There is a major pier there with plenty of activities, games, water parks, restaurants, and amazing views of the sea life and islands. Besides the beach, we have health food stores, a pharmacy, other shops, and Carrie's family that are within short walking distance. The neighboring beach cities often hold family events that have games, activities, food, holiday fireworks, concerts, and other attractions that local children enjoy.
Our neighborhood in general is very family friendly and residential. It is quiet, safe, and most of the neighbors know and chat with each other. There are many young children in our neighborhood who are often seeing riding their bicycles, going to local parks, playing with each other outside, walking with their parents, and playing sports at the local athletic fields.
Our home has two balconies and an enclosed patio. One balcony has a view of the ocean and gets plenty of sunlight. The sunsets from here are beautiful and colorful. We also have a few hummingbirds that visit our feeder. They have gotten used to us and often sit with us while we relax there. The enclosed patio also gets sunlight, has shade from a large green tree, and is the perfect outdoor play space for a baby when the weather is nice.
Our Extended Families
Our family is full of life and love! We are all very creative and have many interests that will provide lots of joy and learning opportunities for the child who joins us. Carrie's family lives 5 minutes from us. We see them regularly. We all like attending sporting events, going to museums, riding bikes, visiting amusement parks, fishing, having Sunday family dinners, going to church, and traveling as a family. Carrie's siblings are very creative and love writing and creating music. We always enjoy our time with them. They are loving and supportive and have been happily helping us throughout the adoption process. They are looking forward to helping us to care for and love the new baby, and they have been planning all kinds of fun things we can all do together!
Jonathan's family has also been helping us as we go through the adoption process and are looking forward to having a new little person to cuddle, love, and care for. Most of Jonathan's family lives further away, but we travel to see them and talk with them regularly. Part of Jonathan's family lives 1.5 hours away from our home. They have young kids who are creative, intelligent, and kind. Jonathan's family enjoys traveling, eating large family dinners with time for conversations and jokes afterward, playing music, attending special events for members of the family, taking care of each other, watching movies together, cooking together and for each other, and participating in several outdoor sports and activities.
From Us to You
Since we started the adoption process, and even before that, we have been thinking about and praying for the child who will come to live with us and praying that the right person will choose us as the adoptive parents for their child. We found each other and fell in love through what we believe was fate, and we know that the birth mother of the child who is meant to join our loving young family is going to find us in much the same way. We believe that only you can know in your heart when you have found the family you want to care for and love your child in a special and unconditional way.
The decision you are considering is not only selfless and brave, but also beautiful and hopeful. You are making a choice that will bring so much happiness to our family as we share our love with your child. We also believe that the gift of life and love that you are giving will create a chain reaction made up of infinite possibilities for goodness and kindness to grow in the world as your child goes along their path and positively impacts the lives of others around them. We will accept your gift humbly, with unending gratitude, and with a deep admiration for you. From the very beginning, we will tell your child about the wonderful person who gave birth to them and share the incredible story of your unending love for them. Along our journey, we will send you pictures and letters that allow your child and our family to remain connected to you, so you can share in the joy of seeing them grow and flourish.
We have been happily married for over five years and together for ten, after being friends first. We have grown closer and closer together as we have built our family life and formed a stable, warm, loving home. We enjoy spending our free time with each other and share many interests and passions, which we look forward to sharing with the child who joins our family.
We have helped many families along the way, through our jobs and personally. Because we both work with young children and families every day, we are constantly reminded of the joy and wholeness that children bring to a home. Our greatest desire is to be able to share our loving home and family with a child. We want to give them the nurturing support they need to discover their own gifts, talents, hopes, and dreams. We want them to feel loved, safe, happy, secure, and confident as they grow up and learn about what the world has to offer them and what they are able to bring to the world.
Our families are both thrilled at the thought of our bringing home a little one, and they are looking forward to playing with, caring for, and loving them just as much as we are. Our friends, especially those whom were adopted themselves, are also going to want to shower them with attention and affection. We will all hold you in the highest regard and be forever grateful to you for your brave and selfless choice. Our families and we are proud and excited to be a part of the miracle of adoption with you. We look forward to hearing from you and getting to know more about you, including your passions, plans, hopes, and dreams.
Jonathan & Carrie
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