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Tom & Abbey
We are so honored that you would consider getting to know us better. As you read through this profile, we hope that it tells you the basics of who we are. We are extremely thankful and excited to start the adoption process. We have always looked forward to starting our family through adoption and are thrilled to move forward with that plan today.
In our home, differences are celebrated. Our families are full of wonderfully different, unique, stubborn, funny, loving, God-fearing people. Abbey's mom has a saying, "If we all were the same, what a boring world it would be."
Valuing these differences is at the heart of what really makes us a family and is the foundation for how our friends have come into our lives. We love each other as people, as individuals. We cannot wait to raise a child in that kind of environment; an environment that will support our child for who they truly are and love them because of what makes them unique.
If we are blessed with an adoption opportunity for a child of a different ethnicity, they will be loved for who they are with their heritage incorporated into our life.
Our Leisure Time
We love spending time together and with the people in our life whom we love. How we spend time changes as the seasons do. In the spring, we love to work on our garden and plan out that summer's projects. We usually invite our nieces and nephews to the local butterfly house, where we work to find each child's favorite type of butterfly (this year it was the big blue ones and the little orange ones).
In the summer, we grill out with friends and go camping on the weekends. There is usually a road trip or two where Harper gets to come along and sleep in the backseat.
In the fall, we go to football games and long walks in the woods to see the trees change colors. Our city also has a large arts festival every fall where we enjoy walking the streets of downtown and exploring the incredible sculptures, paintings, and murals created by people from all over the world.
Despite the snow in the winter, we still get out for hikes but we, admittedly, watch a few more movies and enjoy trying new recipes in the warmth of our own home.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Tom's grandparents built a cabin with the help of his entire family in the early 1990's. It is tucked away in a small neighborhood near the water. It has been the spot where his family comes together almost every Fourth of July since it was built, random weekends throughout the summer and fall, and for us, every New Year's Eve since we met. It has a homey kitchen, plenty of room for sleeping bags to be unrolled when the whole family comes, no cable or internet, and a big stone fireplace. Trips to the cabin are full of long walks, home-cooked meals, games, and peaceful rest. It is one of our favorite places. We are so excited to take a child there and build memories of playing in the lake for the first time, giggling upstairs with their cousins and finishing puzzles by the fire.
Our House and Neighborhood
We have always loved living in Michigan and have built a strong and loving community around us here.
Our home has four bedrooms, our favorite being the upstairs bedrooms overlooking our backyard. The backyard has a big deck where we spend most of our time in the summer and fall. When looking out the upstairs window, you can see our planter fence with flowers starting to bloom in the spring and the big maple tree with leaves that turn yellow in the fall.
Many nights we take a walk around the neighborhood after dinner with our dog, Harper. We have a few parks and a nature trail nearby that we often will walk through on the weekends.
Our home is quite close to the "downtown" and we enjoy walking the river trail, exploring the countless festivals and events, and visiting the museums and galleries throughout the city. We are also just a few miles away from the children's museum and the zoo and we look forward to exploring all this and more with our new family member.
Our Extended Families
We grew up in Midwestern towns, where family comes first. This common value has held true in our lives and we have become who we are today because of the love and support of our relatives. Most of our family lives within a few hours of our home, meaning that we get to see our many nieces, nephews, and siblings regularly. We are no strangers to road trips. We often make the drive for birthday parties, family barbecues, baptisms, or impromptu backyard camping with the kids. Over the years, our separate family traditions have started to merge and holidays are often celebrated together as one big family. It is this sense of welcoming and openness that makes us so excited to raise a child with the help and support of our family as a whole.
Not only are we blessed with an incredible immediate family; we have found and created an equally important family through friendship. At each phase of life, we have found exceptional, caring, and kind individuals whom we have come to know and love as family. We have been blessed through these relationships in our lives and can't believe the support and excitement that has been offered to us by each of these families as we start this adoption process. We are humbled at the opportunity to raise a child and excited to know that they will experience the same love and support that we have through these relationships.
From Us to You
As excited as we are to adopt, we wouldn't even begin to think that we understand the emotions you are experiencing as you start down the adoption path with this child. Thank you for taking this step to get to know us better and trust that we are excited to get to know you and even more excited to love this child.
We met in college and dated for two and half years before we got engaged. We married young and have grown together as individuals and as partners. Throughout our 10 years together there have been so many changes in each aspect of our lives, including family, friends, personal, and work. We have met and loved 13 nieces and nephews. Together we play games, go camping, work on house projects, and spend lazy Sunday afternoons watching TV on the couch. We have made friends who we often spend time with playing board games, trying new restaurants, or babysitting their children so they can have a date night. We welcomed Harper, our golden retriever, into our family and he continues to bring us joy every day. He is the most lovable dog, who always grabs a toy to greet us at the door every time we come home. We bought a home that we are excited to call our own. We've put a lot of time and love into this house and enjoy each year's projects, including growing our veggie garden from seeds this spring and adding a nursery for our future child this past fall. We graduated from medical school and are working as resident doctors. At work, we meet all kinds of people who are usually experiencing one of the worst days of their lives, either due to broken bones, cancer, infection, or an unexpected diagnosis. We never know what our day will bring when we are in the hospital, and that has created a unique appreciation of life and a focus on kindness and understanding for all those we meet.
It is that kindness and understanding that grounds all of the relationships in our life and it is what we to guarantee to you. We don't know what kind of relationship you are looking for with us and this child, but we are excited to have you be a part of our lives in whatever way feels right to you. We know that our relationship with you will probably grow and change over time and that's OK too. You are important in our lives and we have been praying for you and this baby. What you are doing is hard, and brave, and you are the strongest among us. You will always be talked about with respect and honor in our home - as you already have been when we talk about adoption with our friends and family. We plan to send photos and updates to you often as this child grows and are open to more involvement depending on your preferences.
We want you, most of all, to know that we will love this child, every day, no matter what. We are open to and excited for the opportunity to adopt a child with any ethnicity. This child comes with a background and a heritage that is different than ours and we love that. There are always going to be challenges in parenting that we can't expect and we would be lying if we told you we have it all figured out. We may not have the perfect answers for when our child asks about adoption or why they don't look like us, but we promise that we will always be honest and loving. This child's heritage will be highlighted and we want this child to feel proud of who they are and how they came to be the best part of our family.
Thank you for reading this and taking the time to get to know us. You are such a strong woman and we would be honored to be in your life and have your support as we raise this child. Know that we are thinking of you and sending you all the positive thoughts we have.
Wishing you all the best,
Tom & Abbey
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