Hello! There is so much we want to say and yet, we fear there are not enough words to convey exactly how we feel. We don’t understand the monumental decision you are facing or understand the pain that you must feel as you look at prospective families. For your pain, we are truly sorry and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers always. We hope that learning about us and knowing what our plans are, will help ease your mind. First and foremost, please know that from this moment forward, you are family to us. We say this without fear or hesitation. We will respect the boundaries you’d like to set with us, and we will never pressure you for anything more than you want to give. If it’s emails or phone calls you want, then we’ll make sure it’s what you get, but your involvement with us is entirely up to you, because as far as we are concerned, we want you to be with us every step of the way, from birthday parties to Christmas celebrations. We have always envisioned you as part of our family. With three dogs, our household can be quite chaotic, but in a completely loving and good way. We’re still not sure how we ended up with three dogs, but we wouldn’t change them for the world. Lilah is our energetic Border Collie that loves to run, play ball and make new friends. We have a large fence in our backyard, but when she was a puppy, she snuck through it and unbeknownst to us, she had made her way down the block, jumped into the back of an open van and was hanging out with the children. The mom had no idea she was there until she stopped the van to get the kids out and there was a dog sitting there! Snickers is our Australian Shepherd that likes to show off and pose for photos. She is the little diva of the bunch because she loves dressing up in puppy clothes. Chuck is our Australian Shepherd/Hound mix that is happiest wherever his people are…. or wherever there’s a comfortable spot for him to sleep! His favorite activity as of late is to sneak past Adam, hide in the house and then make Adam chase him. He gets so happy when he believes he’s outsmarting Adam! All three have been to puppy school, know their commands and are very well behaved. Our dogs bring us a lot of joy and they are an integral part of our family. Max and Oreo are our two cats that pretty much run the house. Max is approximately 14 years old and had a bit of an intimidating appearance because he’s just a large cat. The dogs tend to defer to him and stay out of his way. Oreo likes to have fun with the dogs and is usually running around with them. Some days, she will slip into Lilah’s kennel with her and just hang out! Some of things we like to do together are board games, such as Scrabble or Monopoly and card games like Uno or Phase 10. We have a large selection of games and to us, spending a Friday or Saturday night beating each other at games, is the best kind of fun. It’s probably the only time we ever become competitive with one another, though Amanda is the reigning Scrabble champ! We also love plays and musicals, so attending local dinner theater is always a great time. We like to visit zoos and aquariums and we always try to hit the Denver Zoo at least once a year. This past year we decided to challenge ourselves and try new things, so for Adam’s birthday, we took kayaking lessons. Adam did quite well at mastering the kayak, but Amanda spent a lot of time spinning in circles because she kept getting the stroke technique wrong. It was a lot of fun and taking more lessons is in our future. In truth, we just like spending time together, no matter what the adventure is, so we’re always open to trying new things that the other may be interested in. Day trips and family vacations are always something that we look forward to. We will often pick somewhere local that we haven’t been to before and make a day of it. Exploring little towns or hiking somewhere to see waterfalls. The Poudre Canyon is one of our favorite areas to explore locally. Amanda loves the water, so water is always incorporated into the hikes we take. We also take family vacations every year with Adam’s family. This involves all of us getting together and picking a location to spend a week together. Last year we went to Omaha and spent time at the zoo, various art galleries and hanging out at the hotel pool. It’s a chance for us all to relax and just have fun together. This year, they will be visiting us to get a taste for the local area during Frontier Days. They are very much looking forward to it. Faith is a strong part of our marriage, so we do attend weekly mass on Sunday at the local Catholic Church. We try to participate in events and have a regular tradition of participating in the Shoebox Christmas Project and Adopt a Family. We are also strong supporters of the Clean Water Project. We attend mass at mid-morning and then usually head to lunch afterwards. This is a habit we would like to keep going for our child as well. One of the things that drew us to this church was the fact that it was so family orientated and child friendly and we very much envision our child going with us. We always knew that we would have a family that included children. In the beginning, we just assumed it would happen on its own with time, but was not the case for us. When we started looking at the options, adoption just jumped right out at us and the immediate response was “yes”. We didn’t need to take time to think about it because it honestly felt like the right decision to us. Since we’ve come to that realization, it’s been nothing but non-stop excitement. From the prospect of meeting you, to welcoming home our baby, to planning that 1st birthday party, we are thrilled and cannot wait to experience it all. We want the trips to the zoo and lazy Saturday mornings at home, maybe playing in the backyard or taking him or her to their first hands on museum. Adoption to us, is a gift not to be taken lightly, so we will do everything in our power to make sure we are the best parents we can be. We have very differing personalities, but we feel that’s what makes us strong. We each excel in different areas and together, we make a well-rounded, strong couple. Because of that, we know that there are certain things we want for our child’s future. We understand each child is different and has different needs, so we want to expose him or her to everything we can and let them choose which paths they follow, while providing guidance, understanding and nurturing. Whatever our child decides, we will be there to support him or her every step of the way and make sure they have everything they need to succeed. This is just a little bit about our family. We realize it’s a lot to take in and yet, it’s not nearly enough to get to know the family you might choose to be part of. Please feel free to ask any questions you have and we’ll do our best to answer them. Whatever path you choose, whether it’s adoption or to parent your baby, please know that we appreciate you taking the time to read about us and regardless, we wish nothing but the best for you. Adam & Amanda
Facts About Our Family
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|Pets:||Lilah - Border CollieSnickers - Australian ShepherdChuck - Hound/Australian ShepherdMax & Oreo - Indoor only cats|
More About Adam
Adam is the guy that loves to solve problems and engineer new ways to do things. He has a fascination with weather, which explains his degree in Meteorology. Adam’s “claim to fame” was having his research published in a national journal of meteorology and appearing on the Discovery Channel television show “Storm Chasers”! His love of weather has transitioned into a career in air quality. To relax, Adam enjoys fishing and gardening. He loves to grow things and he has a large garden in the back yard. He even has a banana tree! He can spend hours out in his garden nurturing his plants. Adam likes to have fun and just laugh, so he often encourages this in others as well. If he can make another human being laugh or smile, that always makes his day. Adam loves hiking. If he could hike every weekend, he would! He loves to explore new areas “off the beaten path” and is at home in the mountains. His goal in life is to visit and explore every national park in the U.S. Adam also enjoys visiting museums and loves to learn new things, especially in the areas of science and history. Family is very important to Adam. He loves spending time with family and friends, no matter what the activity. Adam is light hearted and the guy that always looks for positivity, no matter the situation. He loves to have fun with family and friends and always makes sure that everyone is having a good time, full of laughter. He embraces life to the fullest and his enthusiasm for life, is captivating. One of my favorite memories of him, that truly captures him and who he is, was Thanksgiving a few years ago. I just happen to come out of the bedroom and he had no idea I was there, but there he was, belting out the lyrics to the “It’s Thanksgiving” song by Rebecca Black, wearing my kitchen apron, singing into a spatula and bopping around the kitchen, with all the puppies surrounding him and dancing around with him! He can draw even the toughest person into his happiness and embraces them fully. I am constantly amazed at how he can always see the good and optimism in any situation. I know, without a doubt, that this quality is going to make him an amazing Dad to our child one day. Adam is also my rock and the person that keeps me grounded through stability. It doesn’t matter what the issue is, I know I can always go to him and he’ll be there to help with solutions, just dropping whatever he’s doing and focusing on me. When I was working on my undergraduate degree, one of the required courses was Statistics, which I am horrible at. Adam spent weeks tutoring me every night, never once getting frustrated at my lack of understanding, but just continually being patient until I understood the material and could do problems on my own. He had his own work tasks to complete, but he dropped it and worked around his schedule to help me. That’s just the kind of guy he is. He is generous, kind and giving, in a way that is rare in today’s world. The brightness he brings is addicting and he, makes me want to always strive to be a better person.
More About Amanda
Amanda tends to have a quieter personality, until you really get to know her. She’s more introverted, but anyone who knows her can tell you there are certain things she is incredibly passionate about: cooking/baking, animals and books. She loves spending time in the kitchen to craft new recipes and she’s fantastic at it, but she is incredibly messy. If you’ve ever seen the Muppets, there’s a character called the Swedish Chef that basically throws food everywhere. That’s Amanda in a nutshell. The last time she made chocolate chip cookies, there was cookie dough stuck to the ceiling! Books are a great love of hers, whether it’s reading something modern like Harry Potter or more classic like Anne of Green Gables, books have always been a part of her life from a young age. Most people don’t know that she is also a Disney fanatic, owns most of the movies on dvd and can sign along with most of them as well. Amanda has a degree in psychology and that coupled with her quieter, more empathetic nature, has made her excel in her job in which she works with people who have sustained injuries at work. She is also working on her Master’s degree in Emergency & Disaster Management and is planning to graduate in August 2018. Amanda is the type of person that shows how much she cares through her every day actions. She likes to be organized and plan, because to her, that’s taking care of her family. There are some days I don’t know how she manages everything and in the amount of time it takes me to complete a task, she can have the list completed! Amanda is a full-time student, works full time and still takes the time to cook dinner every night, spend quality time with all of us, including her fur-kids and never complains if there’s an extra task that needs to be done, like an extra load of laundry because of a sick animal. She rolls with everything and nothing really seems to frazzle her. Amanda goes out of her to be supportive and involved. Working in Air Quality, my office celebrates Earth Day and we had a contest for the best themed dessert. Cooking and baking are not my strong point, but Amanda put aside her school work for an afternoon and set out to make me the best dessert she could come up with. She ended up making an actual Earth cake, complete with the inner cores and the outside had an actual map of the globe on it. It was amazing and it was a huge hit at the office. She didn’t have to do it, but she chose to because it was important to me. That’s the type of person she is. Amanda is kind, generous and empathetic, which translates over to her animals as well. In our house, animals are treated like members of the family. They have birthday celebrations, Easter baskets, and stockings at Christmas. When I am out of town, it is a tradition for Amanda to take the dogs to get chicken nuggets and French fries! She’s even managed to find their favorite preferences and has them ranked! (McDonald’s for the win!) She cares very deeply about her fur-babies and I know this will translate into how she cares about her future child.