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Craig & Anna
It is an honor for you to consider us as adoptive parents. We are an adventurous, warm, open-minded couple bursting with love for each other and our daughter and we are excited to share our love and happy home with a new baby! We would be overjoyed if you choose us and hope our profile will give you the information you need to make a decision that is right for your child.
Adoption in Our Lives
Long before we ever got married, we talked about having kids. It was something that we never questioned but we also knew that we wanted to spend our first few years together traveling and navigating life as a young couple. After three years of marriage we decided we wanted to start a family. But after several years of trying and a lot of heartache we decided adoption was how we wanted to build our family. We desperately wanted to be parents and knew we had so much love to offer a little baby.
In October 2017 our daughter Hazel was born and our world changed forever. She is the light of our lives. She brings so much joy, fun and love to everyone who meets her and we are so thankful to be her parents. We are also so lucky to have Hazel's birth family in our lives. We have a great relationship and value them as part of our extended family. We see them a few times a year and regularly share photos of what we we've been up to. We feel fortunate to have what we have: a loving relationship, an amazing daughter, wonderful family, a nice home, and two happy dogs. We would be overjoyed to add another child to our family and give Hazel a sibling. We can't wait to start adventuring and creating memories as a family of four.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Craig About Anna: Anna is very calm, kind and nurturing. She can be soft-spoken and enjoys spending time with small groups of friends hanging out at home or going on outings with the family. Anna also has a goofy side that no doubt leaves Craig and Hazel rolling their eyes some days. Anna loves being a mom. She is always thinking up new activities or projects to try with Hazel. They usually end up making a huge mess and having a lot of fun along the way. Anna has a weakness for baked goods but tries to sneak in some veggies to make healthy versions of her favorites (shhh- don't tell Hazel). She loves taking Hazel to story time, music class and teaching her new things like sign language. She cannot wait to be a mother of two.
Anna About Craig: Craig is such a friendly person and is so open and welcoming. He is a very energetic person who loves to exercise and be active. Craig also has a strong love of learning and is always reading a new book. His goal is to have a full library in our house someday. Craig has become a pretty amazing cook and is constantly trying new recipes. Craig is a very involved dad who is super fun and patient. He loves giving Hazel new experiences and teaching her new things. They can spend hours in the yard playing with the dogs or rolling around on the floor playing with toys together. Craig is so excited to have two little ones running around.
We live a very active and adventurous lifestyle with our daughter and two dogs. Craig is a high school social studies teacher and Anna is a stay-at-home mom. This means we have all summer off (and many breaks throughout the year) to go on adventures and make lasting memories together.
Living in the mountains of Colorado we are fortunate enough to have access to many different outdoor activities. We love going on multi-night camping trips with Hazel and our two dogs. Hazel has really grown to love anything outdoors and what kid doesn't like playing in the dirt and skipping stones in the stream? We love that these trips give us time to explore new places and connect as a family. We also enjoy hikes, rock-climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding, cross country skiing and playing with our two dogs. On the weekends we like to spend Saturday mornings downtown walking around the farmer's market buying fresh produce that we use to cook dinner together. We frequently attend summer concerts in the park where we bring a picnic, listen to live music and watch Hazel dance around. We also enjoy playing tennis on the town courts or having friends and family over to play board games or BBQ in the backyard while the kids play and swing.
Our passion for travel has taken us through Italy, Vietnam and Central America plus countless road trips around the United States. As the kids grow we hope to expose them to the travel bug as well!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a quiet, adorable little neighborhood in Southwest Colorado. We love our town -- not too big, not too small. It has just the right amount of amenities but there is no traffic and has a friendly small town feel. It is located close to the mountains and not far from the warmer desert climate which makes it perfect for our active, outdoorsy lifestyle. Right around the corner from our house is a brand new community recreation center with a beautiful pool/splash pad where Hazel loves to swim. One of the things we enjoy most in our little community are the free summer concerts at the town park. We bring a picnic, listen to live music and the kids can play and dance. We feel really happy and content in our community and know that this child will feel connected and loved here.
Our home is cozy and welcoming. It has a large backyard with lots of privacy and shady trees including a big apple tree that may have started Hazel's apple addiction and inspired one of her first words. We spend a lot of time in our yard pushing Hazel in the swing, playing with the dogs, or gardening. If it's too cold, the living room floor is covered with toys or we are making a mess in the open kitchen. There are 3 bedrooms with the nursery right across the hall from our room. It's common for a number of kids to be riding bikes and squealing with laughter up and down our street.
Our Extended Families
important part of our lives and we get together as much as possible. We are very close to Anna's parents and see her mom (Gigi) and dad (Poppy) weekly as they live within an hour's drive of us. We take every opportunity to meet them for hikes, BBQ's, camping trips and lake swims. Anna's dad is a legendary storyteller so we like to cozy up and listen to him talk about the many adventures he's experienced. Gigi is always up for anything and loves to tag along on most of our outings but also loves just playing in the dirt with Hazel. We also have an amazing relationship with Craig's parents and two younger siblings plus both sets of grandparents. Craig's brother is a radiology resident with a hilarious sense of humor and always has us laughing. Craig's sister is a nurse and wonderful mother to our nephew Owen. Even though we live in different states, we make a point to visit often and always enjoy our time together. It's common for the entire extended family, including Anna's mom to gather for big Christmas celebrations or time around the pool in the summer. Craig's mom (Lollie) is a wonderful cook and loves preparing large family dinners or spending time in the kitchen with her grandkids. Craig's Dad (Papa) loves riding his bike or challenging someone to a game of ping pong in the game room. Everyone is excited to have another kiddo join the fun.
From Us to You
Hi! Our names are Craig and Anna. We are honored and grateful that you are taking the time to read our profile and learn more about us as a family. We empathize with the difficulty of this courageous and selfless decision you are making. Our hope is that you find comfort knowing that our love know no bounds for your child. We want you to know, from the bottom of our hearts, that your child will be genuinely loved and accepted into our family with open arms.
In 2017 we adopted our daughter Hazel when her loving and selfless birth mother chose us to be her parents. We have a wonderful relationship with many members of Hazel's biological family and we truly feel that one of the most pleasant surprises we've encountered throughout Hazel's adoption journey has been the introduction of her birth family into our lives. We are so happy to know that as Hazel grows up she will be surrounded by love and adoration from so many family members. We are over-the-moon excited to welcome another child into our family and love them unconditionally.
Our relationship of 10 years is stable, healthy and loving. We are each other's best friends and can talk about anything. Honesty and mutual respect are the most important aspects of our marriage and in our daily life. We have a true partnership and we are committed to working everyday to ensure that our bond continues to strengthen. Our relationship is the foundation that our household and family is built upon and we work very deliberately to express affection for one another in front of Hazel so that she can learn first-hand what a loving connection looks like. Because family is the most important aspect of our lives, we want to surround our kids with wonderful memories of extended family as well. The amount of love and support between our two families goes beyond words and is one of the things we are most thankful for. None of our holidays and summer vacations will ever be dull -- cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and great-grandparents will always be a beautiful staple in our children's lives and an added layer of support as they grow and develop.
We just want you to know that we are kind and loving people with a lot to offer a child. We look forward to the simple things in life such as teaching them to ride a bike, reading bedtime stories, the first day of kindergarten, or comforting them when they are sick. Your child will have a warm and happy home with healthy meals, laughter and plenty of awesome adventures as they grow up. We hope to provide them with an insatiable love of learning, unique opportunities, and a stable support system to guide them through life's ups and downs.
We feel that it is important for your child to have a very clear understanding of their story and identity. Family history, both biological and adoptive, are a huge part of who they are and should be celebrated from day one in the baby's life. An integral part of that story will involve us expressing the respect and admiration that we have for you and your most selfless decision to give your baby the life you want for them. We would be happy to send updates and pictures so you can watch your baby grow or have visits occasionally. Our wish is that your child will understand someday that you loved them so much that you made the most compassionate decision possible on their behalf. We also hope you know the indescribable joy we would feel if chosen to be his/her parents.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little better.
With gratitude, humbleness and respect,
Craig & Anna
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