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Jordan & Nathan
Thank you for considering us to care for your child through adoption. We would truly be honored to adopt, love, and make them a part of our family. We know this is a difficult decision and want you to know that we support you in your journey. If you choose us, your child will be loved and embraced fully by us, our extended family, and our community.
Our Family Traditions
We love to host our friends and throw parties. Over the years, we have established a few events that have become traditions with our group of friends. Every October we host a Murder Mystery party. We have a ton of fun picking a theme, and then planning costumes, food, and decorations to coordinate. We've had a "haunted house" theme, a fairytale theme, and a monster theme. It's been fun over the years to watch our friend's children also start to get involved! Some other parties we typically host are a Valentine's day party and a start of summer cookout.
In early December, we get really into decorating for Christmas. We make a whole day out of going to select a real Christmas tree, getting the Christmas decorations out of the basement, hanging lights and stockings (one for each of us and the pets!), and then trimming the tree with the sentimental ornaments we got for our first real Christmas together after we graduated college. We then cap it all off with a special dinner that Jordan prepares.
A small, but important tradition that we started on our honeymoon is collecting a piece of art on every vacation. We like to select something created by a local artist, or something that represents the location really well. We then get it custom framed and hang it up to remember the trip. At this point, our front entryway is mostly just prints collected from National Parks.
Our Leisure Time
Both of us enjoy home improvement and renovations. Our home has been a labor of love over the past four years. Together we have learned how to build walls, put up drywall, replace toilets, tile floors, run electrical, and install faucets. It's been a great learning adventure and we're excited for your child to see the home we have created.
We also both like to garden and have been steadily building out our garden beds, with Jordan focusing on vegetables and Nathan focusing on flowers. This year we are planning on putting in a least two more raised beds for vegetables and are starting our own seedlings in our basement.
When we're not working around the house, we love to travel. Currently, we're working our way through visiting America's great national parks — our favorite so far has been Yellowstone, and our most recent was Rocky Mountain. We also like to travel with friends. Sometimes that means tubing down a river in Missouri with our best friend from college, backpacking across Europe with our brother and sister-in-law, or visiting Disney World with our extended family.
Jordan is always trying to learn a new skill from bread making to knitting or growing mushrooms. Nathan enjoys reading anything he can get his hands on, but secretly has a soft spot for a good fantasy series. We also spend a lot of time playing with our dogs. They love cuddles and taking walks to the park.
Our Cultural Heritage
Culture is a strong part of any child's identity. We can't be the only people in our child's life developing their sense of identity especially if they are of a different race. We intend on surrounding our child with role models and mentors to help them develop their understanding of themselves. We are lucky to live in a diverse neighborhood where they will see many different cultures, races, and walks of life.
For our future child, we will intentionally incorporate aspects of their culture into our lives. Through the books we read at storytime, the movies we watch together as a family, or the events we attend together, it is important to us that the child is able to see themselves and for them to learn about their culture. We will have open and honest conversations with the child about their lived experience at all times.
Our House and Neighborhood
We have been living in our neighborhood in an urban city in Nebraska for about ten years. Five years ago, we purchased a historic craftsman bungalow on our dream block but it needed a lot of work. We have fully renovated it while also teaching ourselves a ton of new construction skills. Some of our favorite projects have been refinishing the original hardwood floors and adding a bedroom and bathroom to the second floor. We couldn't be prouder of the home that we built together!
Our house is decorated with art from our friends and art we have collected from our travels. In the past few years, we've added raised garden beds and love growing some of our own food.
Our neighborhood is one of the most diverse in our city. We are within walking distance to some of the best Panaderias in the city. Any given summer night, you can find the neighborhood kids playing in our shared backyards. After a few years of lackluster trick-or-treater turn out, our block organized and put together a Halloween block party which has turned into a wonderful annual event — we're in charge of the bonfire and s'mores station!
Our home is just blocks from a large historic city park. We frequently take walks through the wooded area, and can't wait for a little one to take advantage of the pool and playground.
Our Extended Families
Jordan has a close relationship with his parents who live in a small town close to the city we live in. We actually can't say "Grandma and Grandpa" in the house because our dogs get really excited! Jordan's family loves to travel together, and even got a chance to be on Family Feud! Unfortunately, we lost our first game but had a blast traveling to Atlanta.
Even though they live a few hours away, Nathan has a very supportive extended family that we see frequently, between us visiting them and them visiting us. And the visits would only increase after adding a new member to the family! They all live in a small rural community where everyone is just a few miles from each other. Nathan's mom is one of five sisters and they are all really close. Our favorite family tradition is Family Fun Weekend. Each summer, Nathan's aunt hosts our made-up family holiday, where the tradition is that there are no traditions! We plan new fun activities each year — in the past, we've rented a giant inflatable jump house, made a giant slip and slide, and had an epic water balloon fight! We also spend almost every New Year's Eve with Nathan's mom and his aunts and cousins working on crafts.
From Us to You
First of all, we want to thank you for considering us to care for your child. We can't imagine the weight of the decision you have to make. We know that is likely to be one of, if not the hardest decision, that you will ever have to make. And even though we haven't met you yet, we feel for you and want to be here for you to support you through this journey. At the same time, we are so excited about this opportunity to provide a wonderful life for your child.
We know that this is a big decision for you and we want to assure you that we are open to and encourage any communication you would like so that you are comfortable in your choice and have any information you need.
We have been together for just over ten years, married for almost five, and our relationship is as strong as it has ever been. Ever since the early days of our relationship, we have been interested in having a family together, and have been taking the necessary steps to prepare ourselves for this point in time.
We have raised four pets together — two friendly outgoing cats, Sasha and Phineas, and two sweet loving cuddly dogs Sullivan (Boston terrier mix) and Banks (full Boston terrier) that bring such joy to our family. We have also purchased two homes — our first small condo, and now our perfect home for us with room to grow the family. We're excited to take on this new opportunity and start the next phase of our lives as fathers.
We will provide a stable and secure life for your child. Our strong, time-tested relationship will provide a dependable and nurturing environment for your child that will provide them with self-confidence and self-worth. More than anything, we know that we will love them, support them, and help them to learn and grow into their best selves.
Our extended family, our network of friends, and our community are all just as excited and supportive of us adding another member to our family as we are. Jordan's parents are close by and his mom is already committed to helping watch the child while we are working. Nathan's extended family is very close and we make frequent visits to see each other. Our circle of friends already has children and we're excited for play dates and the kids growing up together. We know that we have trusted people in our lives that will help us care for and love this child as much as possible.
A relationship with you will be an important part of the child's life. As a same-sex gay couple, we are excited for the special place that you will always have in your child's life as their mother. You will always be a part of your child's identity and we want you to have the opportunity to stay in contact with them, and with our family, through an open adoption.
Should you choose us, we will send letters and photos to mark important milestones and achievements in their life. We would love the opportunity to exchange phone calls, video calls, and emails to give you a look at the more mundane day-to-day life of your child. In the future, we're excited to make arrangements for visits so that the child is able to spend time and get to know you, and other members of your family.
Our family, our home, and we are ready to welcome a child into our lives. Thank you for your consideration, we hope to hear from you soon.
Jordan & Nathan