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Bobbie & Jordy
We appreciate you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. Children have always been at the center of our lives and we look forward to sharing our love with our own child. We share in so many wonderful experiences with our siblings, parents, nieces and nephews and our child will be loved by all. Your decision requires much strength and courage and we appreciate the gift that you are providing to a family.
What It Means to Become Parents
There is nothing sweeter than seeing the love between our siblings and their children and the joy that radiates from them when they talk to us on the phone about them or when we watch them cheer on their kids from the sidelines. It's safe to say that we feel that same joy, almost as if they were own children, and we feel so lucky to have shared in so many memories with them. To us, becoming parents is our chance to surround a child of our own with all of the love that we share with our families and with each other. It would be such an incredible gift and we would undoubtedly savor every moment, whether big or small, and provide unconditional love. We have had so many diverse experiences as teachers, caretakers, coaches, and aunt and uncle and we can't wait to share some of these same experiences with our own family. One of the biggest lessons we instill in all of the youth that we meet is to see the good in everyone. We are excited to teach our own child this same lesson and to watch him or her grow to love and care about others around him or her.
Our Leisure Time
A lot of our leisure time is spent enjoying time with our families. We are often traveling to watch them participate in sporting events or other activities or hosting them at our home. We love spending time with them going out on the river, going to the movies, or frequenting parks around the area. Each summer, our nieces and nephews host a talent show in which they work together to plan, organize and showcase their unique talents. Each one participates in some way and we look forward to seeing another member of the family participate!
When we are not with our family, we enjoy attending sporting events, which are numerous in our city! In the winter, we love going to basketball and volleyball games, and a lot of summer is spent watching baseball. We look forward to sharing our love of sports with a child!
Jordy is also an avid runner and participates in several races around the area. She also frequents the local library in search of new books for both herself and to share with her students! Bobbie is a basketball and football referee. Together, we love to travel to different cities around the country and still have many places we would like to see! Some of our stops so far have been to Memphis, New Orleans, Phoenix, New York City, Dallas, Denver and Boston.
Our careers as educators afford us the opportunity to work with children from all different cultural backgrounds. One thing that takes priority in both of our classrooms is getting to know our students and learning about their families, languages, religions, and cultural practices. Each year in the classroom, we are able to acquire new and deeper understandings of cultural diversity with our students as the teachers. With their lead, we seek out books, videos, music, art, and guest speakers that highlight the cultures in our classrooms so that the students can learn from each other. As members of a diverse community, we frequent places and events where people from all different backgrounds can be found. Diverse groups of children play at our neighborhood playgrounds, the local Farmers Market attracts people from all backgrounds, and our schools are attended by students speaking many different languages. We know that learning about the cultures of others is an on-going process and we will continue to learn with a child in our family. We will seek out knowledge of the child's cultural background, whether in our community or from the child's birth family. We want nothing more than for the child to develop a deep knowledge of his or her cultural practices and to know that they will be a part of our values as a family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love the community we live in. Our home is located in a diverse suburb of a large urban city in Wisconsin. The city provides many opportunities to be active in our community. Some of our favorite things to do include attending festivals, sporting events or the farmers market. We also enjoy utilizing the numerous biking, running, and hiking trails that are nestled along the nearby lakes and forests. When nieces and nephews come to visit, one of our favorite places to visit is the Children's Museum. Spanning three floors, the kids love participating in art projects, building with blocks and train tracks, climbing on play structures, and working with live animals and plants on the rooftop! Our neighborhood is made up of a wide range of families including those with young children who are frequently playing at the park, enjoying the nearby splash pad, or biking around the neighborhood. At home, we love spending time in the kitchen trying new recipes and baking healthy treats. We also spend time playing with our dog in the backyard and having fires on nice summer nights. One of our favorite rooms is in the basement where we watch movies together, play board games, or gather with friends to watch sporting events. Our home and community keep us busy and active. As a family, we look forward to sharing in all of the opportunities for learning, recreation, and relaxation that surround us.
Our Extended Families
Almost every weekend, you can find us at a baseball field, soccer game, track meet or hosting any number of our 19 nieces and nephews! Whether it be watching them participate in their favorite activities, attending birthday parties or going out on the river, much of our free time is spent with our family. Both of us are one of five children and we have always been grounded in the importance of family connections and traditions. Growing up, both of our families were active members of the Boys and Girls Club. Many members of both families played sports, attended after-school programs, and even worked at the club. These experiences connected our families not only to each other, but also to the importance of community and serving youth. Now, as adults, it is exciting for us to see the next generation of our family become active members of the club as members of sports teams, music and dance classes, and after-school programs. We even celebrate Christmas at the club - with many of us shooting hoops, playing pool or playing Just Dance! Just as we have always been supportive of our family, they are eager to share in our journey towards becoming parents. This child will have so many caring aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents who will openly welcome him or her and share in many memorable moments to come!
From Us to You
We appreciate you taking time to learn more about us and our families. The decision you are making is undoubtedly difficult and we admire you for your courage. But, we want you to know that we will go to any length to provide a loving and nurturing home for your child.
Children have always been at the center of our lives. Whether it be the students in our classroom, the players on our teams, or our own nieces and nephews, we have made some incredible memories with so many kids! We are beyond ready to start our own family and share some of these same experiences with our own children. After realizing that it would be difficult to add to our family naturally, we immediately opened our hearts and minds to welcoming a child through adoption. We are so excited to continue along this journey towards growing our family and to whole-heartedly share in the love of raising a child.
One word that describes the kind of relationship we have is together. Growing up, we played sports on the same teams and formed a strong friendship. After we started dating in high school, we quickly developed a relationship in which we shared in one another's passions, challenges, and successes, learning from each other with every new experience. After 13 years of being together, 8 of those married, we still have the desire and excitement to share in each life challenge and every small moment together. We have supported each other through challenging college and post-grad courses, new professional opportunities, training for marathons, and everyday moments, like cooking, babysitting, cheering on our favorite sports teams, and caring for our puppy, Lilah! The strength and support we have found in each other will only become more amplified as we journey along this new path towards becoming parents.
Another passion that we share and experience together is our work as educators. We both highly value the relationships that we form with our students and take a lot of time to get to know our students' cultures, families, and interests. Our goal is to create a classroom in which the students and teachers learn from one another, just as much as we are teaching them. As parents, we would incorporate some of these same principals in getting to know our child's culture and family traditions. We would provide them with as much information as you would desire so that the child can develop a sense of pride in knowing where he or she comes from. We hope to make your traditions and culture as much a part of our family as our own.
We realize how difficult a decision this is for you and we cannot express enough how much we admire your strength and courage. Please know that your child would be welcome with openness into our family and would be surrounded by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Our families have provided us with so much support in our lives together and are beyond excited to welcome a new child into the family. We know that many of the special moments that our child experiences, such as first steps, first day of school, birthdays, sporting events, and vacations will be shared with the caring members of our family. We also want you to share in these experiences and we will send photos, videos, letters, and emails so that you can watch your child grow. We want our child to know how much he or she is loved by all members of our family and yours so that he or she can develop a positive sense of self-identity and belonging.
We humbly appreciate that you are considering us as potential parents for your child. We have been so eager to grow our family and will be devoted to creating an open, loving, and supportive home. Our lives together have prepared us to become parents and your strength and courage has allowed this to become a possibility.
With love and happiness,
Bobbie & Jordy
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