Married Since: 2008

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

Should you choose us to raise your baby, they will always know about you, your strength, your bravery, and that your choice was made out of the deepest love that you have for them.

“Love is unselfishly choosing for another’s highest good.” – C.S.

Andy and Amy

from Ohio

Andy

Ancestry: Austrian, Polish

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: SSA Manager

Education: BA

Hobbies: Hiking, Camping, Softball, Cooking

Amy

Ancestry: Spanish, English

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist

Education: MA

Hobbies: TaeKwonDo, Reading, Hiking, Home Improvement

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

Favorites

Andy

Animal
Tiger
Book
"John Adams" by David McCullough
Color
Green
Family Activity
Family dinner conversations
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Walking the dogs
Subject in School
History
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Vacation Spot
The beach
Quote
"You are always one choice away from changing your life."

Amy

Animal
Elephant
Book
"Where the Sidewalk Ends" by Shel Silverstein
Color
Purple
Family activity
Kayaking in the summer and sledding in the winter
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Reading
Subject in School
Science
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Vacation Spot
Disney World
Quote
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." - J.K. Rowling
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We are grateful that you are taking the time to learn more about us. It is our hope that you are able to get to know about the kind of life we will provide for your child if you decide to choose our family. No matter the circumstances that have led you here, considering adoption shows the true love that you have for your baby.

We have two beautiful children at home, Elliott and Charlotte, but our path to adoption began with our youngest son, Everett, who was stillborn a few years ago. Since losing Everett we have had the desire to expand our family, but this time through the gift of adoption. We feel that we are meant to grow our family through adoption, not to replace our son, but rather to provide a loving family for a baby who will already be part of the world. Elliott and Charlotte are longing for a younger sibling. Elliott shares a special bond with our nephew and has a picture of the two of them as the background on his iPod. He deeply wants the chance to be a big brother again. Charlotte is so excited about being a big sister that she is making us save all of her and Elliott’s baby clothes for the new baby.

In our home, your baby will be safe, nurtured, and given unconditional love. They will be raised with a big brother and a big sister who will adore them and a large extended family and group of close friends who will welcome them with open arms, no matter their race or gender. If you choose us to raise your baby we promise to give them the opportunity to explore every aspect of themselves, including honoring their race and culture. We have many people in our lives of different races and cultures who will be there to help guide us and be a support for your baby.

As a family we share lots of adventures including big family vacations, smaller day and weekend trips, going to baseball, football and basketball games, kayaking, hiking, and celebrating holidays and special events with our friends and extended family. We will give your baby the chance to explore their interests whether it’s team sports, dance, martial arts, swimming, art, music, or anything else they can dream of. We promise to always do our best to help them take the path they feel is right for them. If they cannot find a path that fits, then we will help them create their own.

We have a large extended family on both sides. Amy’s parents and brother live close by, so we get together quite often. Grandma, Amy’s mom, cares for our children several days a week while we work. Andy’s mom, Grandma Gigi volunteers at a therapy horse farm, and our children love going down and seeing the horses. We like to take family trips to Florida to visit Andy’s dad and step-mom, Grammy and Pap. When we are there, our days are filled with fishing, boating, swimming, and enjoying time with family around a fire. Our “Friend Family”, as Charlotte calls them, includes close friends from our neighborhood, from college, and from high school or earlier. Our families are very close and it has been so much fun watching our children grow up together. Everyone is so excited to welcome your child into this wonderful circle of love.

Thank you for considering us as you go through this difficult decision. Should you choose us to raise your baby, they will always know about you, your strength, your bravery, and that your choice was made out of the deepest love that you have for them. Your gift of adoption will be received with more joy and gratitude than words could ever express and we will make sure that your baby’s life will be filled with experiences, opportunities, laughter, and love.

With Love,
Andy and Amy

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We have always dreamed of a big family. We have two beautiful children and always wanted more! Our third pregnancy ended with our youngest being stillborn. This loss was devastating for us and our children. Despite this we still feel the desire to grow our family but this time we feel called to adopt. We believe we are meant to complete our family by giving a loving home to a baby who is already part of the world.

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About Amy, by Andy

I had not ever dated anyone so beautiful, smart, driven, or that challenged me to be the best I could be. Amy has always put my needs ahead of hers; whether I want her to or not. I had never been loved by anyone as strongly as Amy and it was a strange feeling to me at first. Being a child of divorce, you feel loved but at times it takes on a sense of both parents assuming that you are getting the love you need from the other parent. This was the strongest feeling of being loved or wanted that I have ever experienced; it was (and is still sometimes) foreign to me. That love that I feel from her is clearly and heavily expressed to our children. Words will not ever describe the depth that Amy loves her children; she has thoroughly planned out the resources and methods of support that we will devote to our children throughout their lives. I have known so many wonderful mothers, but I do not know any that put their needs so far above her own on such a consistent basis. I am always reminding Amy that she needs to plan out as much self-care as she can because she puts so much of her time and energy into her children, family, friends, and of course me. I am proud of Amy; not only because every time we go out in the community everyone knows who she is (because of where she works) but also because of the resilience she has from the trauma that she and our family has been through.

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About Andy, by Amy

When we first met and began dating I fell in love with Andy’s sense of humor right from the beginning.  He was always able to make everyone around him laugh and right away I knew that I wanted him in my life.  We have been together for 15 years and in that time I have watched him become an amazing husband and father.  Andy is so patient with Elliott and Charlotte, always taking the time to show or teach them things.  Even when we are driving he will point out things we pass that they might find interesting.  He always welcomes “help” from the kids with daily activities such as cooking or working in the yard.  It is amazing how he will always slow down to allow them to complete some tasks and teach them what he is doing.  Andy always encourages me to keep up with the things that I love to do and makes sure that I take care of myself, which I might otherwise not take the time for.  Andy is the strongest man I know.  The amount of support and care he has given to me and our children through our darkest times is immeasurable. When I met Andy at the age of 20 I could not have predicted everything that we would experience but I could not imagine a better partner to go through this life with than him.

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Our Personalities

After being together for 17 years we can definitely say that our personalities complement each other perfectly! Amy is more outgoing and loves to keep busy and Andy is more introverted and loves quiet nights at home, but we both definitely have a good mix of both. This leads to a perfect balance in our home, making sure our kids have fun adventures but also having time to stay home and spend relaxing time together as a family.

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Our Lifestyle

We live a fun and active lifestyle! We love getting together with our friends and families as often as we can. We are always up for trying new things. We love outdoor activities! As a family, we love to go kayaking in the summer and this year Elliott and Charlotte got their own kayaks! In the winter we go sledding as much as we can. We also enjoy quiet nights at home playing board games or cuddling up with the kids on the couch with popcorn and a movie. Most of all we just love creating memories together as a family.

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Our Careers

We have both been called to professions that allow us to help others.  Amy is a speech-language pathologist working for our home school district and feels like she has the best career in the world.  Working in the schools allows her to help any child who needs it regardless of insurance or other factors that can limit parents from being able to get outside services. Andy works for the country board of developmental disabilities where he manages social workers and helps to make sure adults with disabilities get the services they need.

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Home & Neighborhood

Our home and neighborhood is an amazing place for our kids to grow up in. There are lots of families and children that we have developed close friendships with over the years. We have a fenced-in backyard with a swing set and a trampoline that the kids love to play on. In front of our home, we have a basketball hoop where we like to shoot hoops or play a family game of “HORSE”. Our community and school district are very diverse with families and students from all races and ethnicities. While our town is small, we live less than 15 minutes away from a large city with lots of restaurants, places to shop and fun activities for the kids, making it truly the best of both worlds! If you drive a little further we are about an hour away from a big city which is filled with fun things to do including multiple museums, a beautiful zoo, concerts and shows, as well as professional sports teams. We love going up and visiting the zoo or going to games to cheer on our teams!

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

Your child’s race, if different than our own, will be respected and valued. We will ensure they are exposed to their culture and strive for them to never feel like an outsider, or that they have to hide their true self to be accepted. One of Amy’s best friends is black and she is a constant in our lives, having been friends since 6th grade. On Amy’s side, we also have strong ties to the Spanish American community. Andy has 2 cousins who were adopted from Ecuador who he grew up with. His aunt even took his cousins on a trip back to Ecuador to meet one of his cousin’s birth mothers.  We promise that your baby will be loved and accepted by our entire family for who they are, no matter their race.

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Our Families & Friends

We have a large extended family on both sides. Amy’s parents, Grandma and Pop-Pop, have been married for over 40 years. They and Amy’s brother live very close, allowing us to get together often. Grandma has always provided care for our children several days per week while we work during the week, allowing our children to form close bonds with her. Andy’s mom, Grandma Gigi volunteers at a therapy horse farm, and our children love going down and seeing the horses. Andy’s dad and step-mom, Grammy and Pap, live part of the year in West Virginia and part in Florida. We always try to coordinate with Andy’s siblings so the whole family can go to Gammy and Pap’s at the same time (almost 20 of us in total!). When we are there, our days are filled with fishing, boating, swimming, and enjoying time with family around a fire. We also have many close friends who we love like family (Charlotte refers to them as our “Friend Family”) which includes friends from our neighborhood, from college, and from high school or earlier. Amy and her closest friends have known each other since middle school. Our families are very close and it has been so much fun watching our children grow up together.  They are so excited to welcome your child into this wonderful circle of love.

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Family Traditions

We have kept many of our childhood traditions going as well as creating some new ones as a family! Amy’s paternal grandparents were both born in Spain and that side of the family has tried to continue some of their traditions, including having a celebration on Christmas Eve. This includes traditional Spanish foods, which we love but honestly, it takes some convincing to get our kids to try! On Andy’s side, we rotate each year which sibling hosts the family for Christmas. This includes his parents, brother, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. We do a white elephant gift exchange and it is always hilarious!

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What We Will Teach

We teach our children to love and treat all others with respect. Elliott says he will teach his new little brother or sister “everything that we forget” and how to draw and to play video games. He is so funny and wants to teach them all of his best jokes. Charlotte says she will teach her baby brother or sister to “care about everyone”, how to play basketball and how to swim like her.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to love and cherish your baby with all of our hearts.  We will do everything we can to protect them and support them in becoming whoever they are meant to be. With us, your baby will get to experience the blessing of having two older siblings! They will be blessed with a big brother and a big sister to love and grow with and form that lifelong bond.

Message Andy 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 Andy 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!