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Jeff & Sara
We believe adoption is an incredible gift, given by strong, courageous and loving individuals. We're honored that you are reading our profile. We work hard to create a family grounded in faith, love, communication and fun - and are looking forward to being active parents. Choosing us to be your child's parents is a blessing we will always honor and respect.
We LOVE to travel. Since early on in our relationship, we have made it a priority to see and experience other parts of the country and the world. We enjoy trying different foods, hiking in nature, taking in another culture, dancing, (though Jeff admittedly has two left feet) meeting new people and stepping outside of our day-to-day. In the past several years we've had the opportunity to take in the festivities of the Winter Carnival in Quebec, Canada, during the heart of winter. We've floated down the Seine and gotten lost in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France; swam with turtles and hiked a volcano in Hawaii; and road-tripped down the California coastline stopping along the way to talk with sea lions.
We want our child to feel wonder, learn, and join us in our love for exploring. To that end, we plan to show our child the world, not just in a textbook, but through experiences. We plan to take family road trips to see much of the continental United States, including mountains, beaches and national parks. We look forward to providing our children with memories of family vacations, plane rides, and amusement parks. We will also provide our children with the opportunity to participate in school trips and mission trips, should they wish to go.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Jeff About Sara: Sara is one of the most genuine, honest, loving people I've ever met. She unites family and friends, always wanting to bring people together and have everyone feel welcome. I admire Sara's gift of being able to connect with people. She can naturally get our 6-year-old niece and 2-year-old nephew talking about their days as they build a pillow fort. Her ability to listen and allow you to feel seen is extraordinary.
Smart, reliable, fun, and witty, Sara is the person you want by your side whether in the middle of a crisis or walking along the beach. We've had both crisis and calm in our time together and I could not ask for a better partner to do life with. She is the type of person that lights you up inside just by being there. Sara is an amazing wife and aunt; I have no doubt she will also be an outstanding mom.
Sara About Jeff: Jeff has a strong, calm and loving presence and is someone you can always rely on to be there and be helpful. He is brilliant, never shies away from a challenge, and is an amazing teammate. When a problem arises, he will focus and quietly work at it until he has discovered a solution. I admire that Jeff has the heart of a teacher, and once he has solved a problem, he will take the time to help others and share what he has discovered. I love watching how much our nieces and nephew enjoy spending time with Uncle Jeff. Whether it's reading, playing t-ball, playdough, or doing puzzles our nieces and nephew seek out Jeff to join in the fun.
Our lifestyle as fairly organized and routine. We work Monday through Friday, go to church on Saturday or Sunday, and get together with family and friends on a regular basis. Our daily routine involves waking up early, so we have time to pray, care for Waffles (our dog), eat breakfast, and get ready for the day without being rushed. In the evenings we enjoy catching up about our day, eat dinner together, and spend some time watching TV, reading, or playing games before bed.
On the weekends we enjoy going out to breakfast or making pancakes at home, before going out on a hike at one of the many local parks. We live in a suburb of a Midwestern city and enjoy seeing different musicals that come to town, as well as attending baseball and hockey games. Several times a year we road trip to visit Jeff's family, who live on a farm to enjoy the beautiful scenery and catching up with loved ones.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb known as the "City of Parks" in a quiet subdivision on a cul-de-sac. Every house in our neighborhood backs to woods, so we share our yards with several families of deer. Our street is very kid friendly with a wide variety of ages living on the street. Many of the kids meet in their front yards after school to ride bikes around the cul-de-sac or play basketball at one of their houses. It's a very friendly neighborhood that goes all out with holiday decorations. It's very common that while taking a walk we stumble into a driveway conversation with several neighbors while their kids are playing across multiple yards.
Sara's parents live in our neighborhood and have an awesome swimming pool. During the summer we often walk to their house for cookouts and swimming with the family.
We live close enough to the high school to hear the roar of the football fans on Friday nights in the fall, and there are multiple parks nearby with exceptionally maintained playgrounds. There is a nature reserve less than a mile away with a network of hiking trails and a horse stable. We have a community center with an indoor and an outdoor waterpark. There is a lake nearby where Jeff likes to kayak, which is next to a soccer complex hosting club teams for all ages.
We certainly have plenty of things to do as a family nearby, not to mention the opportunities available throughout the greater metropolitan area!
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have a very supportive family. Sara's parents divorced when she was young, but both remarried. The two sets live in our same city and are fantastic grandparents to our nieces and nephews. We enjoy Sunday evening dinners at Sara's mom's house, which is especially fun during the summer months when Sara's stepdad grills while the family plays in the pool before eating dinner outside. Sara's dad loves science and her stepmom is a retired teacher, so we go with them to new exhibits that come to town. Recently we went to see the Apollo 11 capsule and enjoyed an afternoon of learning together. Jeff's parents live on a farm about five hours away. When we visit, they usually make a giant meal, then we all go on a walk down the lane or in a field (weather permitting) before coming back to the dining room table to play games.
Jeff has one younger sister who is engaged to be married this year. She teaches kindergarten in a small town in Wisconsin. Sara's sister lives less than 5 minutes away from us with her husband and our niece (6) and nephew (2). We are regularly at each other's houses throughout the week. Another sister lives three hours away with her husband, our niece (2) and they are due to have another baby this spring! Sara's younger brother lives in Denver. After college he helped run a youth camp up in the mountains and became an avid snowboarder.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking time to learn about us. We came to the decision to adopt through a lot of prayer, conversations, reflection, and study. It is not something we take lightly, and we appreciate your consideration. Above all else, we promise to provide your child a life filled with love, where they are safe in a stable household, proud of who they are, and provided with opportunities to learn and thrive.
We met in college and were married the fall following graduation in 2011. When we got married, we decided to focus on gaining stability before growing our family. In the last 8 years we supported each other through new jobs, going back to school for our MBAs on nights and weekends, renovating our first house, and even raising and training multiple puppies to become support dogs.
Now we both work in IT, which affords us flexible schedules and the ability to work from home several days per week. Currently we are at a point where we have good balance in our professional careers, have secured in demand skill sets, settled into a home that is well set up for kids, and have established deep bonds with family and friends.
We lead a full life that we want to share with children and expand our family. We tried to have biological children for several years but learned we are unable to conceive. After prayer and many conversations, we know that our family will come together at the right time and in the perfect way. We've learned so much about adoption, through our research in this process, but also through our friends and family who have been birth mothers and adoptive families.
It is with eager hearts that we look forward to learning about, caring for, protecting, encouraging, and bonding with our kiddos as we become a family. In our home we will speak highly of you, the amazing gift of adoption, and the courageous and loving way our family started. We will encourage and help them explore their cultural heritage. We want our child to know how much they are loved, by all of us. They will know that there was a plan for them before they were born and where they come from. Adoption will be discussed, we will answer questions, and celebrate the perfect way we became a family. Jeff indisputably takes the best photos at family events, so if desired, we will pass on photos and emails so that you can share in their growth and milestones.
As our child grows, we want them to experience the wonder of possibility. We value education, both in classroom and out. In the past several years we've been blessed to be able to travel extensively together. We want to share those experiences with our child, where they can learn about the world in a tangible way. At home they will learn respect, compassion for others, kindness, integrity, empathy, the value of communication, work ethic, and Christian morals. We will inspire them to try new things, encourage them to develop their strengths, and support them as they become healthy, vibrant citizens of the world.
Thank you for considering us to be parents for your child. We hope to meet you and want to work together to build a healthy relationship. In our family your child will experience Saturday morning pancakes, the adoration of a silly hound dog named Waffles, musicals, baseball, family gatherings with ridiculous made up games, pool parties, cookouts, trips, hiking, Christmas trees, book time before bed, puzzles, Harry Potter, pillow forts and undeniable love. We recognize how difficult this decision is and are humbled to be an option for your consideration. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jeff & Sara
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