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Martin & Maggie
We are truly humbled that you are taking the time to read our profile and learn more about our family. What a privilege it would be to be chosen to raise and love your child as our own! We acknowledge that while we are thrilled to be progressing along this journey, it may be a difficult path for you. Please know you have our prayers and support while you navigate these tough decisions.
What it Means to be a Parent
Being a parent has been the most wonderful, precious gift we've ever received. To say that it has been a joy is an understatement. Parenthood is something that we always wanted for ourselves and for each other.
There was a period of time when we thought it may never happen, and the profound grief that comes with that realization is indescribable. We feel that going through the struggle of infertility, while horrible at the time, has had the positive effect of making us better parents. We don't take anything for granted. Even the not so fun parts of parenting are reasons to rejoice, because we are so grateful for the opportunity to experience them in the first place.
It's truly amazing to watch a tiny, helpless human grow into a walking, talking, learning child with their own interests, opinions, and often, hilarious thoughts. We have loved nothing more than to watch our son grow and we yearn to do it again. Every child is different, and we will encourage their individuality. We're excited to learn our new child's personality, likes/dislikes, and natural talents. We hope to provide both our children with opportunities that will let them discover what it is that they love, and find fulfilling in life. Our goal is to raise kind, confident, happy, and resilient children.
How We Met
We are high school sweethearts! We didn't start dating until the end of senior year when we already knew we would be going to different colleges. We were friends through out high school and even went to a couple dances together "just as friends". As we closed in on graduation, our relationship grew into something more.
What we thought would be a fun summer romance turned into a lifetime! We dated long distance throughout college, which was not always easy, but it made our visits and summers together all that more wonderful. After college, we both returned to our hometown and worked for a couple of years before Maggie returned to graduate school (but by that time we were old pros at long distance relationships). We celebrated our 10 year dating anniversary the week before we got married. We have been together for over half our lives and will be celebrating 10 years of marriage, and 20 years together this spring!
How Adoption has Affected Us
Adoption has had a huge affect on our life. Martin was adopted as a newborn, along with his younger brother. He grew up constantly being told his adoption story and with an understanding of what a courageous act of love it was. He understands his birth parents decision and is extremely grateful for the opportunities being adopted have given him. Martin's parents were always open about the adoption process, and what a blessing it was to them, as they couldn't have children naturally. They all lived out on daily basis, the joy and opportunity that can result from adopting, and we hope to do the same.
When we ran into our own infertility issues - it was an easy decision for us to look into adoption as a way grow our family. Maggie has always had a deep respect for Martin's adoption and the way his parents read him books and talked openly about it from a very young age. Martin looks forward to sharing his same life experience with our new child and hopes to be a source of understanding and reassurance. We both hope to model Martin's parents' open communication, positivity, and appreciation to our child. We can't wait to bring a similar joyful experience to our own family and friends!
Our Extended Families
We are lucky to have a large family who live nearby and that we get to see quite often. Our house has become the gathering spot for holiday celebrations, watching big sports games, and general get togethers. We love that our children will grow up with this special group of people. They are all so excited about our plan to adopt!
Sadly, Martin's mother passed away last year and it has been a huge loss for the entire family. We know she would have been so excited about our new child and is smiling down from above! Martin's father comes over for dinner weekly. When we visit him, Kevin loves to pick songs and dance to the authentic jukebox in his condo. Martin's brother lives in Washington DC. He comes home almost monthly and we are also very thankful for FaceTime! Martin is also extremely close with his cousins who are spread throughout the southeast. We enjoy seeing them every year during Christmas and an annual summer vacation.
Maggie's parents, aunt and uncle, and both her younger brothers also live in town. Kevin loves to spend the night at Mimi and Pops house and make pancakes for breakfast. Mimi always has a new book and Pops loves to sneak him treats that he doesn't get at home! Kevin loves to play with his aunts, uncles and, baby cousin. We see them all frequently, but still look forward to game nights, lake weekends and our annual beach trip every year.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a traditional, brick house with 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Our favorite spot is the covered patio overlooking our fenced in backyard and playset. It's wonderful for grilling out with friends and family, having other kids over to play, or just sitting outside with a good book. We also have a great view of the city skyline!
We have the most wonderful neighbors and have enjoyed becoming especially close with the other families in our cul-de-sac. There are frequent get togethers, especially when the weather is nice and everyone seems to congregate outside. They all know of our plan to adopt a baby and can't wait to take he or she under their wing as they have our entire family.
We frequently take walks around the neighborhood and just a couple blocks away is a park with a playground and hiking trails. There are numerous other parks within just a couple miles where there are all sorts of kids recreational teams and activities. Kevin had a blast participating in his first soccer season! During the summer, we especially love to go to the pool and look forward to all the activities we can take advantage of as our children get older, including tennis and golf.
Beyond our neighborhood, our city has just about anything you could possibly imagine. Whether it's a trip to the zoo, aquarium, or one of the many museums, there's always something fun to do!
From Us to You
We are overwhelmed at the thought of you considering us to become your child's parents. What an incredible gift you are willing to give someone! We know that your road is not an easy one and is filled with many hard, maybe even gut wrenching, decisions. We are praying for you to be led down the right path, and granted peace of mind.
It is very similar to what we have prayed for ourselves over the past several years. Infertility, despite a burning desire to be parents, has been our struggle. It was a long, heart-breaking journey, but one that has ultimately resulted in such joy. First, through the birth of our son Kevin, and now with complete anticipation and excitement as we wait to adopt a child.
We will celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary this coming spring and dated for 10 years before that, starting as high school sweethearts. In our nearly 20 years together, we know each other inside and out and love each other completely as we are. We make a great team and will provide a solid foundation for your child to grow and thrive in a loving, stable environment.
We both worked very hard to get where we are in life, and have jobs that provide us with great flexibility for a balanced family life. Maggie is a nurse anesthetist, but works in an outpatient setting where there are no nights, weekends, or holidays. She loves her shorter days and having one day off every week! Martin is a financial advisor who can set his own schedule and work from home if needed. Both of our places of work are less than 10 minutes from our house. We're thankful to not have long commutes and enjoy having more time at home and with each other.
Your child will benefit from our previous parental experience, the help of a wonderful extended family who lives nearby, and the opportunities of a great education and life experiences. We also believe they will benefit from Martin's own adoption story. To have a parent that understands what it feels like to be adopted on a personal level will be invaluable as your child gets older. Most of all, your child will grow up with the most wonderful big brother! Kevin will set a great example for his sibling and cannot wait to have a little brother or sister. We each grew up with siblings and value our relationships with them, both as children and as adults. One of the things we look forward to most is watching their relationship grow and how they will have a companion for life in each other.
We hope to keep an open line of communication with you and want you to remain in your child's life as much as you both are comfortable with. We are happy to send periodic updates and pictures, and can discuss visits both before and/or after, should you desire. We are very sensitive to the intense mental, physical, and emotional sacrifice you are making and hope to make the process as easy as possible for you. Whatever means of communication you feel is right for you at any given time is what we will do our best to provide. We ultimately just want to do what's best for you and your child.
We hope you find some comfort and clarity in learning a little more about us. Please know that you can trust us to raise your child to the absolute best of our ability. They will be loved beyond measure and certainly grow up knowing about the generous love you have for them as well. Your child will know as early as possible about their adoption story and it will be a positive and happy one! For without you, our family will not grow into the family we hope it to become. We will be forever grateful.
Thank you for letting us share our story with you.
Martin & Maggie