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Steve & Sarah
Hello, thank you for taking the time to look at our profile! We have been dreaming of growing our family for some time, and are so excited to add more of the love and laughter that another child will bring to our home. Know that we will be praying for you while you consider your options.
Family Dreams for this Child
Having both grown up in large families, both of us always dreamed of having a large family ourselves. Before we got married, we thought we might wait several years prior to bringing children into our family, but our anticipation (and big empty house!) called us to start trying to conceive within just a few months of our wedding. Until then, both of our lives could be considered pretty boring.
However, we discovered in our difficulty over time to get pregnant that if we were going to have a large family we needed to expand our thinking and open our hearts to other options. This is when Steve first suggested the call to adoption. Adoption wasn't something that was normal in our life prior to this first spark, but we dove in head first doing tons of research, and in a few short months were an active family.
When we brought our son Joshua home he changed our lives and opened our hearts and minds to the capacity for love we had been given in our journey to become parents. Our dream for our family is to continue to fill our lives and home with more love and children, and to be an example to other families of how stepping out of our "cookie cutter" box only opens the doors to more joy and opportunities for a deeper family connection than just biology can bring.
Our Leisure Time
In our leisure time we try to spend as much time as possible with our family and friends. We have a lot of friends with children around Joshua's age and who live nearby. They are almost always willing to meet up at one of our homes for a fun play date, an adventure at town, or even a simple dinner. On weekends when we have no other plans, we might travel to the farm to visit Steve's family or meet up with good friends of ours to visit a park or restaurant.
We spend a lot of weekends at home doing projects around our house and working in our yard or garden. We try to leave plenty of time for play as well, whether it be pushing our son Joshua on our swing set, playing with his wiffle ball set, or just racing around the yard. We tend to spend our time working together -- Joshua will "help" Steve in his shop working with his own kids tool set, or will play with his shovels in the flowerbeds while Sarah works. We also love to grill out on the weekends, or relax on our screened-in porch or watch movies as a family.
How We Met
We both attended college at an engineering school, where Sarah majored in Chemical Engineering and Steve majored in Electrical Engineering. Both of us attended the same church and we knew each other by sight but had never formally met. Through mutual friends we finally met at a Christmas party our senior year and discovered that we had lived two buildings apart for several years and somehow managed to never cross paths!
After that first meeting, we stayed casual friends for several months until finally Sarah agreed to go to dinner with Steve one evening, and from there our relationship just clicked. Both of us were nervous to begin a relationship so close to graduation, but we took a chance on each other and continued dating after college, overcoming a long-distance relationship due to the location of the jobs we acquired. After two years of long-distance, Steve proposed and exactly one year later, we got married in Sarah's hometown. Steve was able to find a new job shortly before our wedding in our current hometown and we bought our home in the country about 15 miles from Sarah's parents.
Our Extended Families
We both come from large, close families. Sarah has a total of 19 first cousins, while Steve has a total of 30 first cousins, so a large extended family is what we have grown up loving and have always intended to have of our own.
Sarah's parents and all of her grandparents live within ten miles of us, so we enjoy lots of family time! Most Sunday mornings we go out to our favorite breakfast restaurant after church with Sarah's parents to catch up on our week while enjoying the best country breakfast and coffee in town.Steve's parents, brother and sister, and their families all still live in the area where Steve grew up. We find this to be an easy five hour drive and we typically visit them about once a month, as well as on all holidays.
Steve's family lives on a farm raising cattle and row crops, and we love that when we get to visit we get to experience the farm life as well as watching Joshua play with his cousins! We all enjoy playing games so most weekend visits usually involve a game or two of Pitch and lots of laughs. Between the two of our families we currently have 6 nephews and 1 niece! We love being godparents to several of them and watching all the cousins play as they grow up together.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Missouri about 10 miles outside of a town in a beautiful area! Steve grew up on a farm and Sarah grew up in a small neighborhood, so we compromised when we purchased our home on a large four acre lot. We have several neighbors close by, some of which are good friends that have small children of their own. We also live in a smaller school district that is incredibly family-oriented, and enjoy going to watch some of Sarah's cousins compete in the small town baseball and basketball games.
Every summer, the small town nearby hosts a festival to raise money for a member of the community in need. It's a great excuse for the neighbors and community to get together, and Sarah and Joshua enjoy sitting in the yard to watch Steve and the other tractors drive by in the tractor parade that takes place earlier in the day.
Our house is almost 20 years old and we've spent a lot of time putting love into it! It is our favorite color - blue - and it has been a blast doing the small projects that make it our own. We have three bedrooms and hope to someday finish the basement to add another bedroom and a play/family room. The past several years we have been expanding our garden, and in the summer we have plenty of family time outside taking care of it and bringing in fresh veggies to enjoy when we grill out.
From Us to You
Thank you for letting us share a little bit about our family with you! We do not know your situation, but we do know that you are strong and brave for considering adoption, and we know that you do so out of great love for your child. We realize that you have many choices and decisions that are incredible to make and we are praying for you and your baby daily for strength and peace.
We met in our senior year of college, and have been married for almost five years after dating for three. We spent the first three years of our relationship in separate cities and this brought us closer together as we had to learn to communicate well very early in our relationship! We both grew up in Missouri, which is also where we met, so we have never been far from strong family support and a large number of good friends in our community.
We realized early in our journey of starting a family that the path we had imagined for growing our family was not the same one God had in mind! After praying and dreaming of what our lives would look like for several months, we realized that adoption was something we were being called to. We joyfully accepted that call and just a few short months later we brought our son, Joshua, home. We truly believe that God knew a long time before we did that Joshua was made to be our son, and he has brought our lives so much joy! We still feel the desire and calling to continue to grow our family and pray that we will have the blessing of bringing more children into our home.
Between the two of us, we balance each other out. Sarah has always had a plan and an organized way of accomplishing that plan. Steve tends to stay lower key and be the steady force that helps us adapt to whatever life throws at us. We approach life and parenthood as a team. We try to live life as free and active as possible to play and laugh and experience life to its fullest with our son and his future siblings. We are so excited to grow our family and create new memories and traditions.
Our favorite part of being parents is all of the little memories we make that become big--teaching our children to play catch, taking them around the family farm, watching them with their grandparents, going camping, or watching movies as a family. These special moments are what make up a childhood. We were both blessed to have such great childhoods, and we feel even more blessed to be able to experience them as parents.
As we raise our children we plan to talk about their adoption with them early and often. We want them to grow up knowing the love, maturity, and selflessness their birth parents possessed in order to make such a life changing decision as adoption. We are also more than happy to be able to share letters and pictures through written contact or emails as they reach all of life's milestones.
We are humbled and thankful for your consideration of our family and want you to know that we intend to love your child and provide for them the life you would want for them to have, surrounded by a large loving family and joyfully accepting them into our lives and community.
With warm regards,
Steve & Sarah
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