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Lewis & Tessa
Hello! It is an honor and privilege that you are considering our family to love and care for the precious child you are bringing into this world. We cannot imagine the amount of bravery it takes to consider this decision and, even though we have not met, we have so much respect for you. We cannot wait to become parents and promise to give this child a life full of love, joy, and fulfillment.
What It Means to Become Parents
We often talk about how we will be as parents. We're excited for snuggles, kisses, and lots of love. We realize there will be challenges and difficult moments along the way, but there is nothing we desire more than to raise a child. We currently do not have children and realize that our experiences up to this point are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to parenting 24/7. It's a huge responsibility that we are taking very seriously. We'll be responsible for a small human who depends on us for everything. Our daily decisions will impact his or her life and we intend to put our whole heart and mind into it.
When we imagine us as parents, we think about giving selfless, unconditional love. We think about teaching our child how to be kind, responsible, and true to him or herself. We imagine helping with school projects and homework, and on the weekend having a blast doing a variety of activities as a family. When we do things as a couple now, we absolutely imagine including our child and growing excited about how complete it will feel.
Fun Facts About Us
Our Pup, Weller
Currently, our only child is our dog, Weller. He is a six-year-old Weimaraner that is the most fun pet we could have imagined. He is very much "family" in every sense of the word. We got Weller before we were even engaged and caring for him as a puppy was a true test to our relationship as we were living together for the first time. There were potty accidents, sleepless nights, and some poor furniture that he managed to conquer. Through it all, we survived and have grown to love our boy more and more each day. He is full of energy and requires daily exercise, which keeps us active. As he's gotten older, the three of us have gotten even more attached and it's hard when we have to leave him behind. We both work from home currently, so he has gotten used to having us around all day. We know Weller will be a great big brother to his sibling and look forward to lots of playtime and cuddling!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in North Carolina. It's a great place to live because we can go to the beach or the mountains and the weather is nice. We live in a great community that has many children of all ages. In fact, when we bought our house, our neighbor told us that every person who has moved into our house has had a baby shortly after. It's the perfect neighborhood for kids and has two pools, two playgrounds, a few large parks, and numerous sidewalks perfect for walking.
We've lived in our house for a year and a half and have made some great friends, some of which have children. One of the unique aspects of our neighborhood is that there is a social committee, who plans year-round events and activities like pool parties, park get-togethers, Halloween activities, etc. This past Christmas, Santa Claus made an appearance on a firetruck and made the kids' entire day!
We love our home. Tessa calls it a "Gone with the Wind" house because it has a wraparound porch. It's full of Southern charm and so cozy. We have five bedrooms (two of which are doubling as an office and exercise room). We have the perfect space for a nursery. Our favorite spaces to spend time are the kitchen and living room. There is nothing better than cooking a meal and relaxing on the couch after a long day.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have amazing families who are supporting us in our plans to adopt. While our families do not live in our city, they are within driving distance and we see each other as much as possible. Our parents are nearing retirement and cannot wait to travel more to see us, especially when a grandchild is in the picture!
Both sets of parents have decades of marriage to prove their love for each other. Tessa has one younger sister, and she and our brother-in-law have two little girls that we are absolutely in love with. Lewis has one younger brother, and we love spending time with him when we're together. We also have numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins that we see at holidays.
We have A LOT of fun together. We love to take vacations (especially to the beach), cook, laugh and play with our nieces. Every time we see our nieces, there is a new game or hot toy we have to learn about to stay "cool" :)
Our parents instilled similar values in us as we grew into adults - Mutual respect, kindness, faith, perseverance, and hard work come to top of mind. These values have stayed with us through the years and we value those things in each other. We hope to pass these along to our child one day.
From Us to You
We want to thank you for getting to know us and our story. Regardless of if you select us to parent your child or not, we are in awe of you. We recognize the sacrifice, kindness, and love in the decision you are considering making.
We take this responsibility seriously and are preparing our hearts, minds, and home to welcome a baby into our lives. We did not commit to this responsibility without months of research, prayer, and conversations with each other about what parenting means to both of us. There are days when the waiting seems long, but we are enjoying our time together before our world changes (for the better!). We are so happy being a married couple with our fur baby, but we know there is something missing. We can't wait for the opportunity to wake up every day and have the ability to give everything we have to making a child's life as good as possible. Having a child will not only give us the ability to make their life better, but it will exponentially increase the quality of our life. We have so much love to give and we cannot wait to share that with a child as parents.
If you choose us, we will love this child with everything we have. We will do our best to stay positive when we're exhausted or having a bad day. We will try and be patient when things don't go the way we want them too. We'll look for the beauty in every experience. We'll laugh at the funny things this child says and appreciate their unique personality. We will make memories and have fun in everyday life. We will go on adventures together and try things we've never done before. We'll teach life lessons and math lessons, while learning ourselves about being the best parents possible. We look forward to helping this child to pursue their interests and be able to do as much as possible that they enjoy. We cannot wait to let this child grow and flourish into a wonderful adult one day. We'll make sure this child is loved, cared for, and told how incredible they are each and every day.
We would welcome an open adoption with you if that is something you would like. As our child grows and begins to learn he or she was adopted, we want to be transparent and open in telling his or her story. We want to share with them that while we are "mom and dad," there is a brave, beautiful, and selfless woman who brought us together. We want to share with them all that we learn about you, so they can appreciate where they began. How amazing is it that perfect strangers can be tied together by a child? We think it will be a beautiful story to tell and can't wait to tell it to our little girl or boy some day. We realize it may be challenging, but it's more than worth it.
This is our promise to you: We won't be perfect parents. But will be the best parents we can be. We will provide this child the best possible life we can provide. There is no doubt our home will be filled with love and acceptance, every day our baby wakes up in the morning until they go to sleep at night.
If you choose us, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We love you.
Lewis & Tessa