Nickname: Zak and Amy

Married Since: 2008

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We are so thankful for your heart and the courage you have to consider an adoption plan for your child, and promise to tell your child that your decision was based on the deepest possible love.

Zakary and Amy

from Tennessee

Zak

Ancestry: English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Senior Trader

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Travel, Reading, Exercising

Amy

Ancestry: Irish, Mixed

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Yoga, Travel, Reading, Crafts

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Zak

Book
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Family Activity
Game night
Food
A really good hamburger
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Movie
Good Will Hunting
Subject in School
Math
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
TV Show
The Office
Vacation Spot
Beach
Scripture
"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." Proverbs 16:9

Amy

Book
The Hypnotist's Love Story by Liane Moriarty
Family Activity
Going on trips
Food
Tacos
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
About Time
Subject in School
English
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
TV Show
Friends
Vacation Spot
Ireland
Scripture
"Let your light shine before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven." Matthew 5:16
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From Us to You

Dear Friend,

First off, we wish you could know how much we want to reach out right now to give you a big hug and tell you how loved you are. We have a deep respect for you and the decision you are making for your child. It is truly the most selfless act of love. It’s so hard to communicate everything we want to say to you in a short letter, but we want to give you an opportunity to get to know our family and have a glimpse of what life would be like for your child in our family.

We are high school sweethearts who have been married since 2008. We’ve had a heart for adoption since before we were married and are thankful for the opportunity to be pursuing it now. We have a preschooler son, Estes, and a young daughter, Olive, and live in a beautiful part of Tennessee.

With us, your child would have a stable, loving, encouraging home filled with fun and laughter. They would get a dad who is always there for them, a mom that loves them more than life itself, and a big brother and sister to be best friends with. With Amy as a full-time stay-at-home mom, there are endless hours of fort building, craft making, outdoor exploring, book reading, and cuddling.

Your child would also have a giant extended family to do life with: doting grandparents, cute cousins, and the most fun uncles and aunts around. We have a group of close friends from church with young kids that we spend lots of time with too. It’s not uncommon to have a house full of people sharing a meal, with children running everywhere. Our whole crew loves and supports us completely and are all thrilled to bring another child into the fold.

We love to travel and plan to take our children all over the world. We want them to learn about other cultures and see how people live in different parts of the world. We also want to celebrate your child’s heritage and help them understand where they came from.

If you choose us, your child will grow up in an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and family. We believe God created your child for a specific reason and has a big plan for their life. We will spend our lives helping them find their passion and fulfill that plan.

Love,
Zak, Amy, Estes, & Olive

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We’ve been thinking and praying about adoption since before we were married. We believe God put this desire in us because there are a special baby and a special mother, whose paths are meant to join with ours. We believe that children are the greatest gift of all. We’ve been blessed with two biological children and would be honored to be able to grow our family through adoption.

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About Amy, by Zak

The first time I saw Amy was across the room in high school Chemistry class, and I knew immediately she had to be mine. I made a sign to get her attention, and we spoke briefly. A year later we started dating, and the rest is history. Amy is a very kind and warm person. She has been the best partner to have throughout the last 12 years. Amy is extremely smart. She worked as a financial analyst after college for several years and was excelling in her career with several promotions until our son was born. The moment she held him in her arms she knew that her true calling was to stay at home and raise our children. Being a mother has made her even more beautiful inside and out, and I know her heart has so much love to give to our next child.

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About Zak, by Amy

I fell in love with Zak’s fun, spunky personality and handsome face way back in high school. He had long swoopy hair and a skateboard and made me feel like the most special person in the world when he passed me notes in the hall. He’s since ditched the hair and skateboard, but his loving heart has only grown. Zak is the best husband and father I know. He does housework, diapers, baths, and bedtime all with a smile. He puts me and our children before himself in every way, sacrificing to make sure we have what we need. Zak is always up for an adventure, and life is never boring with him. I consider myself extremely lucky to be married to my best friend.

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Lifestyle

Our daily life centers around our family. A typical day for Amy and the kids includes lots of playtime with trains and cars, drawing, painting, crafts, walks in the neighborhood, meeting up with friends for playdates, riding scooters, and trips to the library and playground. We have passes to the local zoo and aquarium and visit both frequently. Zak works most of the time from home and pops in and out throughout the day to join in the fun.  Weekends often include trips to visit our extended family and mini adventures. We live an active lifestyle and enjoy hiking and exercising but balance that out by being foodies who binge watch Netflix after the kids go to bed. We think sunshine and a clear, blue sky work wonders on the soul, and we try to be outside as much as we can.

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Home & Neighborhood

Our home sits on a quiet, private lot in a lovely neighborhood nestled into the trees. It’s a family-friendly, extremely safe area near our extended family. It feels secluded but is just a couple of minutes from the heart of town. We enjoying visiting the nearby library, parks, and walking trails as a family and can envision how special that will be to share with a new baby. We love our open floor plan that lets us be together while we’re preparing dinner or hanging out in the living room. We love cooking and entertaining, and the house is often full of friends and family. There is a large playroom perfect for the kids to spend time building, drawing, imagining, and pretending. All are welcome in our home and we often get the wonderful compliment that our home is peaceful and inviting. It doesn’t hurt that we love to feed people! We have an open cubby in the mudroom, a room full of toys, and a stool at the kitchen bar waiting for your child to make our home complete.

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Our Families & Friends

Our families are the most important thing in the world to us, and we love to spend time together. Both sets of our parents have fully embraced their grandparent status and love our kids more than we ever imagined possible. Trips to Nona and Papa’s and Gi and Pop Pop’s house are very special to our kids. They always come back a little bit rotten. We both come from large families that get together often to celebrate birthdays, holidays, or random Saturdays. We love cooking, eating, and having game nights together after all the kids go to bed.

We have a close group of friends with kids with young kids and are thankful to get to do life with them. Several of Amy’s close friends are stay-at-home moms too, and they have a strong support system and community.

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Traditions

Friday nights are movie nights at our house. We cook dinner at home all week, but on Fridays, we splurge with Mexican food or pizza and pick out a fun new movie or an old favorite to watch together. Sometimes we even picnic on the living room floor, which our kids love. Every summer we vacation to the beach as a family, sometimes with our extended family or a group of friends too. Fall marks the beginning of lots of seasonal traditions for us. We pick apples at an orchard in the mountains, take hayrides at a nearby pumpkin patch, and enjoy watching the leaves change colors on our daily drives. We have a huge Thanksgiving celebration with our families followed by crazy Black Friday shopping. On our way home from Thanksgiving, we stop at a local tree farm and pick out our Christmas tree. It’s always so special to bring the tree home on top of the car then decorate it together at home. We open one present on Christmas Eve and the rest from Santa on Christmas morning.

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Cultural Diversity

We appreciate diversity and will teach our children the beauty and value of our differences. We’ve started early with children’s books featuring kids of all colors and cultures as the main characters. As they grow up, we will have important conversations about race in America and the privilege our biological children have been born into. Our love for travel and visiting different cities or parts of the world will help instill respect and admiration for all different types of people and lifestyles. If your child is a different race than us, we commit to connecting them with lots of people who share their background so they never feel alone or unrepresented.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to always pray over you and speak kindly of you in our home. We are so thankful for your heart and the courage you have to consider an adoption plan for your child, and promise to tell your child that your decision was based on the deepest possible love. We will respect the level of communication and relationship you desire. We will love your child with our whole hearts, support them through every phase of life, and always be there for them.

Message Zakary and Amy

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Zakary and Amy

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!