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Nathan & Leighann
Adopting our son has been the most amazing, joyful, humbling experience of our lives and we are so grateful to get to be his parents. Our home is filled with love, laughter, adventure, and learning. We'd love nothing more than to grow our family again through the gift of adoption. We are in awe of your bravery and selflessness as you contemplate this difficult decision. Thanks for getting to know us!
Why We Chose Adoption
When we started trying to build a family, it didn't go as easily as we would have hoped. We struggled with infertility and tried many different medical approaches and, over the years, had multiple miscarriages.
In our final attempt, Leighann was able to get pregnant but due to serious complications in the pregnancy was forced to deliver early. Sadly, our son Dax passed away after four days in the NICU. While this was incredibly difficult and painful, there were also moments of immense joy that reinforced that our desire to build a family was the right path for us. Once we learned that it was no longer safe for Leighann to be pregnant, adoption was the obvious next step.
We adopted our son, Logan, in 2017 and have a wonderful open adoption with his birth mother. Words can't describe how blessed we feel to have been given the gift of Logan and the opportunity to be his parents. He brings so much joy to our lives that we have no doubts that adoption is the right path to complete our family with one more child.
Our Leisure Time
In our free time, we love to get outdoors as much as possible. Our motto is there's no such thing as bad weather if you have the right gear! We enjoy hiking the trails and mountains nearby, kayaking in the lakes, and swimming. One of our favorite parts about the area we live is how many trails are kid-friendly.
We also try to take advantage of all of the unique local experiences that our area offers. Every spring, we visit the tulip festival and take in the stunning view of rows and rows of tulips. In the fall, we head to our favorite pumpkin patch to pick our pumpkins, walk the corn maze, and check out the petting zoo.
Travelling is a huge part of our lives and we take several trips per year. Last year we visited Leighann's parents in Florida to warm up in February, spent Thanksgiving in Texas with Nathan's extended family, and visited Disney World in December.
We can't wait to share these experiences with another child!
We've talked to our son early and often about his adoption story and plan to do the same with another child. Ideally, we don't want them to ever remember not knowing about their adoption. We regularly include stories about adoption when reading to Logan and have connected with other families in the area who have adopted. Adoption is something to be celebrated and the child will know about all the people in their life that love them!
We live in a diverse area where it is not unusual for families to be created through non-traditional avenues. We want a child to feel proud to tell their story and be confident and informed about how they came to join our family. They will encounter many other kids who each have a unique story about their life and family, and our hope is that our child understands how special their story is.
It's also important to us that the child knows of their birth mother and how much love and courage went into the decision to make an adoption plan. We think that children can't have too many people who love them and we want them to be reminded every day of how loved they are.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a subdivision in a suburb of Seattle. We absolutely love living in the Pacific Northwest and taking advantage of all the outdoor activities that it offers. Some of our favorite activities include hiking the mountain trails and kayaking in the lakes and visiting the many local farmer's markets.
Every year we try to visit as many of the annual festivals and events in the region as we can. The Tulip Festival in Mount Vernon, and the Lavender Festival in Sequim are two of our favorites. Every Fall, we head to the local pumpkin patch and get lost in their corn maze with our friends and their children.
Our home was built in early 2000s and has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in a quiet, walkable subdivision. Our community has many parks, trails, and lots of growing families. We live across the street from one of the community parks and we spend time at it nearly every day. The park has been a great place to meet other parents and children in the neighborhood. The community is in a fantastic school district, and all the children in the neighborhood will go to the same schools together. We love seeing all the children and their families in the community enjoying themselves and believe it's a wonderful place for a child to grow up.
Our Extended Families
We love spending time and taking trips with our extended families!
Nathan's family is from New Hampshire and he's the youngest of three. His family loves spending time at the beach, apple picking, and having breakfast at a local restaurant that makes fresh maple syrup from their maple trees on site.
Leighann has no siblings but a huge extended family that she's close with. Her family has two lake houses next door to each other in Michigan where they spend their summers. Logan loves taking boat rides around the lake and splashing in the kiddie pool. We also enjoy cookouts, bonfires, playing lawn games, and enjoying the stunning sunsets. We can't wait to share these summer trips with another child!
Living far away from family has reinforced that family is the most important thing to both of us. We both come from loving families that would be thrilled to welcome another child. For us, family has never been dictated by DNA. Our families are the people who make us feel comforted, who we can count on in difficult times, who we share traditions with, and most importantly who we love unconditionally.
From Us to You
Hi, we are Nathan and Leighann and we appreciate your strength and courage to be considering adoption for your child. We won't presume to understand what you must be feeling right now, but we hope this letter can give you a glimpse into our life and the future we hope to share with a child.
We met in college and immediately hit it off due to our shared sense of humor, interests, and values. We've been married for 11 years, together for 15 and we're best friends. Both of us grew up with happily married parents who modeled what a healthy, loving relationship should look like. It's important to us for a child to see what a true partnership looks like both in the good times and when life throws challenges our way.
Shortly after we got married, we decided to try to start a family. We struggled with infertility and some very difficult losses before learning that Leighann cannot safely be pregnant. In 2017, we adopted our son Logan and it's been such a blessing to get to be his parents. Since becoming parents, our love for each other has grown stronger than ever and we are very excited to adopt again to complete our family. We have so much love to give a child and don't believe a family is defined by genetics!
Families can be built in many different ways, each of them special and worth celebrating. We believe it's important for a child to know their adoption story and we look forward to sharing and celebrating it with them. We want them to know how much love went into the decision to choose adoption and we want them to feel proud of their story. Our families are so excited for a new member to join the family.
Both of us have diverse families and are excited to merge our cultures and traditions with those from the child's heritage. Our neighborhood and school district are full of families that are different races, nationalities, and religions and many families have formed in non-traditional ways. We look forward to a child experiencing not only our cultures and traditions, but their own and those of our friends and neighbors.
Education is also very important to both of us. We chose a home in a top-rated school district because we believe an education can provide a child with the opportunity to pursue their dreams and unlock their curiosity. We love to read stories before bedtime and look forward to helping with school projects and being involved with school events.
Even though we work hard, we always have time for fun. The area where we live has tons of family-friendly activities like festivals, museums, and endless outdoor activities. Every season we look forward to our favorites and make a point to seek out new adventures as well. When we travel, we like to explore both cities and get out into nature, visit tourist spots and seek out hidden local finds. Logan is already a seasoned traveler and we can't wait to start sharing these experiences with another child!
We love having fun, but we take the responsibility of parenthood very seriously. We want to raise our children to be happy, healthy, kind, confident, and curious about the world around them. We would look forward to sending you pictures and letters so you could see your child growing and thriving. If you're open to it, we think annual visits would be great as well.
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and consider us as parents for your precious child. We wish you peace and clarity as you consider your options. We would be honored to welcome your child into our family. You have our respect and admiration no matter what you choose.
Nathan & Leighann
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