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Dave & Stephanie
'Ohana means family, not just by blood but by community. We thank you for choosing to look at our profile. Our 'Ohana has so much love to offer to your child. We know that this is not an easy choice for you and we want you to feel support and caring from us. We truly appreciate you and the path you are on.
What Makes Us Unique
We would describe ourselves as peanut butter and jelly. Why, you ask? Both peanut butter and jelly are excellent on their own, but when put together make an amazing sandwich. That is what we are — we both have excellent qualities on our own, but when we are together, the combination of us is a perfect pairing.
We were friends first and that friendship developed into the loving relationship we have today. We have many traits in common, such as our caring for one another, our love of movies, our caring for other people and our desire to build a family. We bring out the best in each other. Dave has a way of always being able to make people laugh and that is one of the things that Stephanie loves most about him. Dave says that Stephanie is so caring that she would do whatever she can to help others. We also share an interest in tattoos. We both enjoy the option of carrying our artwork with us, and we both have tattoos that reflect our personalities.
Our Leisure Time
During our leisure time, we enjoy spending time with our dog Ninja, hiking, going to the beach, and going to movies. We generally go to two or three movies a month and enjoy the Marvel Universe. Dave's favorite genre of movie is comedy and Stephanie enjoys a good rom-com.
During most weekends we enjoy taking Ninja to the nearby beaches where we can all run around, and play in the sand and ocean water. Ninja lives to swim and we enjoy letting her do that.
During the fall and winter months of the year, we enjoy taking Ninja on hikes and discovering new trails to explore.
We also like going to tattoo conventions. We have attended conventions in Hawaii three years in a row, as well as a few in Connecticut when we lived there.
The biggest thing we enjoy doing together is just being together. We have been married for 13 years and really truly enjoy spending time with each other and, of course, Ninja!
Our Dog, Ninja
Our dog, Ninja, is a very important part of our lives. We knew we wanted to rescue a dog and just happened to stop by an adoption event near our home. We knew the moment we held her that she was meant to be a part of our family. Ninja has traveled with us all over the United States. She loves car rides and being able to spend as much time with us as possible. We know Ninja will be an awesome big sister someday. She loves to lick faces and clean up food crumbs. Ninja is a member of our family, not just a pet to us. She is treated like family and even gets her own plate for special occasions or holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. We take daily walks with her which is not only great for her to get out and about but it gives us time to reconnect each day.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the heart of a military community, surrounded by large trees and big open fields.
We live in a single-family home that has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, a spacious yet cozy living room, a large kitchen with plenty of counter space for Stephanie to bake, and a small fenced-in yard. We really love the home we are in and look forward to spending quiet evenings at home with our dog and future children.
Our neighborhood has a large community center, pool, basketball courts and a fitness room. There are small playgrounds spread out throughout the neighborhood that have slides and swings for the children.
Being that we live in a military community that is not on a base, we are able to meet people from all over the world. There is a large range of children in the neighborhood and it is incredibly family friendly. There is even a group of dads that volunteer to teach young children soccer.
Our community hosts events throughout the year. In the recent past they offered a party with the Easter Bunny along with an egg hunt. They also do movies on the lawn and bring in a large screen and project family movies during the summer. The community usually does two carnivals or fairs during the year where they have activities for the kids, local food trucks and raffles for the adults.
Our Extended Families
We are very close with our extended family, and the family is very supportive of our decision to adopt. We feel very fortunate to have such amazing family members.
When we get together with family it is always a fun-filled time. Most times is it for game nights where we play board games or word games like Apples to Apples. Dave's family is also very active in sports, so our family attends the games of our nieces and nephews. Thanksgiving is a big tradition in Stephanie's family and her family travels from all over the world to spend the weekend together.
Our family is unique because of the amount of love and support they offer to all the family. If there is anything we need, our families are always there to help. Something else that makes us unique is that even if we can't be at an event, our family always invites the other side. For example, if Stephanie's mom is having a cook-out at her house, she will invite Dave's family to attend.
Since we are in Hawaii and our families are in Ohio, we use social media to keep in contact as much as possible. Stephanie is in contact with her mom and sister on a daily basis. Dave's dad writes a weekly letter that keeps us up-to-date on the family's happenings.
From Us to You
Perhaps one day, they'll understand all the sacrifice she gladly made out of love for them. -John Mark Green
In our eyes, the path you are on is one that is not only scary, but a hard decision to make. This quote spoke to us because we want you to know that your child will always know what you did for them, if you decide to choose us. We are glad you have chosen to look at our profile and we hope we can get to know you along the way.
We, Dave and Stephanie, met in 2002 while we were both working at an amusement park. We were friends for about six months before we started dating. We both knew from the beginning that our relationship was something special. Dave joined the United States Navy in 2003 and we were married in 2005. We have been through multiple deployments and have moved roughly every 3-5 years. We enjoy being able to explore new places and going on new adventures. We hope to be able to bring a child along on our next adventure.
When we got married we knew we didn't want to start a family right away, but always knew we wanted to have children. We have always enjoyed spending time with our friends children as well as with our nieces and nephews. We knew pregnancy would be difficult because Stephanie is a Type 1 Diabetic and doctors told us we shouldn't have kids. We knew we needed to try, and we did. When it got to the point where we went to see a fertility specialist, they told us they would not do the testing because they didn't want Stephanie to get pregnant. Our biological journey stopped there. We knew we still wanted children and adoption has always been in our hearts as a way to grow our family. We have a lot of love in our hearts to give to a child.
We know you have a lot to think about and may still be unsure about your plans. We are OK with that. We want you to know we are open to your concerns and we promise to: Always keep you as updated as you would like to be, whether it be by phone, email or letters, always with pictures if you like. To always love this child and give them the best we can in every aspect of life. To always make sure that the child knows not only that we love them, but that you love them and that you wanted to do the best for them. To make sure they know their own adoption story and feel comfortable asking questions. We promise to teach them as much as we can about life, love and a lot of fun things along the way. We know that it may be difficult for us to travel, but we will do our best to make travel possible if you would like to get together along the way.
We are ready to grow our family and we hope that you and your child would like to join our 'Ohana. Being that we live in Hawaii, that term is something that means a lot to us. We feel that adoption is an amazing way to form a strong 'Ohana. Because 'Ohana means family. But it doesn't mean family by blood. Being in the military we have stretched our 'Ohana across the world and we hope to add you as part of our family.
It can be hard for us to express all the feelings we have for you and we are sure that you have an abundance of feelings as well. We hope that we can help in any way possible. Thank you for considering us.
Dave & Stephanie
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