Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We are an easy-going fun-loving couple who believe in living life with the same philosophy as our dogs. Be loyal. Be yourself. Play every day. Love unconditionally. And enjoy the ride!

John and Amy

from Minnesota

John

Ancestry: German, Irish, Scottish, French

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Pharmacist

Education: Pharm D.

Hobbies: Gardening, Watching Minnesota sports, Playing trumpet, Listening to music, Reading, Walking dogs, Playing Pickleball, Watching Movies, Hiking, Traveling

Amy

Ancestry: English, German, French

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Health & Wellness Coach

Education: MA

Hobbies: Salsa dancing, Playing games, Exercising, Laughter Yoga, Crafts, Walking dogs, Playing Pickleball, Watching movies, Hiking, Traveling

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Native American, Hispanic, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

John

Color
Blue
Family Activity
Eating cake at birthday parties
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Gardening
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Sport
Baseball
Thing to Cook
Apple crisp
TV Show
Breaking Bad
Music
Alternative
Vacation Spot
Ireland

Amy

Color
Blue
Family Activity
Playing games
Food
Tacos
Hobby
Salsa dancing
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Gymnastics
Thing to Cook
Tacos
TV Show
Friends
Music
Pop & Sister Act
Vacation Spot
Anyplace warm
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

Hello from Minnesota! We are Amy and John. We are an easy-going fun-loving couple who are excited to grow our family through adoption. We enjoy many hobbies together, such as gardening, pickleball, walking our dogs, watching movies, playing games, and traveling. We are ready and eager for our next adventure together as parents!

Thank you for considering adoption. Your courage gives us the chance to fulfill our dream of being parents. After going through the heartbreak of several failed infertility treatments, we realized having biological children may not be in the cards for us. This is when we chose to adopt, and it feels right. We believe this may be what God had planned for us all along. We have so much to offer as parents, and so much love to give to your child. We will love and accept your child, unconditionally. Choosing adoption takes one of the deepest levels of love, and we will make sure your child always knows how much you love them too.

We can’t wait to share our life with your child. We have two quirky dogs, Bella and Marlo. They will welcome your child with open paws. We love living in Minnesota, and are fortunate to have our family close by. They are incredibly supportive and excited for us to adopt! We see our family often to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and do fun activities. Your child will have plenty of kids to play with as we have ten amazing nieces and nephews that keep us busy and entertained.

Minnesota’s four distinct seasons bring variety to our life year-round. In the summer we love to be outdoors grilling out, playing pickleball, and gardening. This is prime season to feed John’s passion for music with community concerts and festivals. We also take a camping trip every summer with family where the kids have fun swimming and Amy gets to show off her expert s’more making skills. In the fall we love going for long walks with the dogs, taking road trips to see the colorful fall foliage, relaxing around the house, having fires in our backyard, and going to the apple orchard to eat apples right off the tree! Minnesota winters bring on the magic of the holidays with beautiful snowfalls (and snowmen and snowball fights!), drives around the city to look at Christmas lights, cheering on the Minnesota Vikings, and cozy nights snuggling on the couch by the fireplace eating popcorn and watching movies. We also love playing games and winter is a great time of year to have game nights! Spring is the start of baseball season, and we love our Minnesota Twins! We can’t wait to take your child to a game. We also love to travel and try to take a couple vacations every year. We’re excited to have adventures with your child and help them learn about other cultures, including their own.

There is so much we want to teach your child. Your child will learn to be resilient and adaptable through the ups and downs of life. They will learn the value of kindness, honesty, and responsibility (yes, they will have to do chores!). Your child will know how much they are loved by family, friends, community, and God. They will know the value of education and be engaged in a good school system. They will know how to take care of themselves by eating healthy and exercising, and they will have access to excellent healthcare where we both work. They will learn the importance of a good work ethic, but will be encouraged to laugh and play often (Amy loves dancing, making up songs, and being silly!). We will instill confidence in your child and teach them to be humble despite the abundance of opportunity they will have in their life.

That’s us in a nutshell. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us, and for considering us to be your baby’s family. We are happy to answer any questions you have. We would love to get to know you, too. Whatever decision you make for you and your baby, we wish you both well.

Amy and John

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About Amy

Amy is very kind, honest, and trusting of others. She has an amazing ability to let most negative things just roll right off of her. She is a very patient person, especially with me. Amy loves salsa dancing, eating tacos, playing games and being silly. Amy even leads a laughter group at work where she gets to make up silly games and actions to encourage laughter and good breathing techniques. At work, she coaches clients through changes they want to make in their lives. She is adored by our ten nieces and nephews. They call her “Triple A” for Awesome Aunt Amy! She has the qualities to make an awesome Mom, too. Amy grew up being very athletic as a gymnast, and still likes to be physically active. She can still do a cartwheel and a front flip! But towards the end of the night, she absolutely needs to be snuggling on the couch under her favorite blanket with our shih tzu. Amy does have trouble reading a map, so that might be one of the few reasons she still keeps me around. And amazingly, she is a very safe driver, having never received a ticket in her life! I love her deeply and am excited that my best friend is on this journey of becoming parents with me.  She will be such a loving mom to your child.

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About John

John is quite a stellar human being and I am incredibly grateful to have him as my best friend and partner in life. He will be such a good Dad and I can’t wait to see him in this role. He has a passion for music, news, and Minnesota baseball (our radio is usually on and rotates between these three things). He enjoys his job as a Pharmacist, and has contributed to this field in a variety of ways. He cares about the environment and loves to grow flowers, fruits, and vegetables in our garden. He has a great sense of humor, and makes me laugh often with his creative ability to use words and ideas in an amusing way. He makes it a priority to spend quality time with me, and I appreciate the care and attention he provides for our two dogs as well. I can always count on him to follow through on what he says he will do. He is generous and compassionate, especially when it comes to human rights, social justice, and helping those that are less fortunate. He is incredibly thoughtful and still writes handwritten thank you notes. He is very patient and an excellent teacher. He is open minded, willing to listen to others’ perspectives, and not afraid to try new things. He is the reason for many of the adventures we have had! He will be such an amazing dad to your child.

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Our Families

We are fortunate to have most of our extended family living nearby. They are incredibly supportive and excited for us to adopt! We both come from a family of five (Amy has two brothers and John has two sisters) and have a large extended family. We have ten amazing and active nieces and nephews, ranging from the ages of 3-15 years old. We see our family often to celebrate birthdays, holidays, and do fun activities. Cake is almost always involved and messy faces full of icing are highly encouraged! Our families would love to have another birthday to celebrate and will welcome our newest family member with open arms and lots of love! Amy’s mom has already bought toys, books, clothes (and made blankets!), all reserved just for our little one. Beyond our family, we have an amazing support system that includes co-workers, neighbors, our church community, and several close friends. They will all welcome our child with enthusiasm and will support us in any way they can. We feel truly blessed!

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Our Traditions

One of our favorite traditions as a couple is a Valentine’s Day movie night. John gets to pick out a scary movie and Amy gets to pick out a sappy love story. Since Amy hates scary movies and John hates romantic movies, this is a unique way to show our love for each other. We love watching movies and can’t wait to snuggle up on the couch and watch movies with your little one.

Another fun tradition we started as a couple is to go out for ice cream after voting. We wear our “I voted” stickers with pride as we enjoy our tasty treat. This guarantees we get ice cream at least two times a year 🙂 We can definitely see your child enjoying sticker and ice cream day!

Our favorite holiday tradition is driving around town looking at Christmas lights. We can’t wait to load your child and the dogs into the car, stop for a cup of hot chocolate, turn on the Christmas music, and hit all the hot spots. We also like to decorate our house in lights for other families to enjoy. We would love to let your child help and then watch the excitement on their face with the final reveal! We look forward to beef stew and candlelight for Christmas dinner, singing Christmas songs together, and hearing them laugh as they do scavenger hunts to find presents hidden around the house. Plus the first person to find the pickle ornament on the tree gets a bonus gift! How fun it will be to watch your child hunt for the pickle and see the joy on their face when they find it!

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Our Home

We own a two-story home in a cul-de-sac neighborhood. Our purple door gives our front porch a bit of character. Our home has three bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and an attached garage. We recently remodeled our kitchen and first floor to make it more modern. We also enjoy our basement family room, which has a fireplace, big screen television, and lots of seating for family get-togethers, game nights, and movie nights. We really love our big backyard and can see our future children playing back there and helping in our garden. We converted an old sandbox into a small vegetable garden where we usually grow green beans, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and something different from the previous year. We also planted a new raspberry bush! We also have a flower garden in the front of our house and under a crabapple tree. Our neighborhood is getting more diverse in terms of race, which we feel is a good thing. There are many younger families on our cul-de-sac and our sidewalk is very busy with bikes and tricycles and little kids running up and down having their own adventures. We often have kids playing in our yard, enjoying our swing set, or drawing chalk on our driveway. We have dreams of our child doing the same and look forward to the doorbell ringing with neighbor kids asking if they can come out to play. We enjoy making connections with our neighbors when we are out in our yard or walking our dogs. We think it would be fun to start having block parties like Amy had in her neighborhood growing up for everyone to get together.

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Our Dogs

We have two quirky dogs that give us a lot of joy in life. Our shih tzu, Bella, is 13.5 years old, but she acts like she is half her age. She weighs 10 pounds, is hypo-allergenic, and doesn’t have any teeth. We call her “Grumpy Grandma” because her underbite makes her look like she is frowning, but she is the biggest sweetie. She loves to be around babies, and is an excellent snuggler. Bella has been with Amy since she was a tiny puppy. Our wheaten terrier, Marlo, is 7.5 years old and weighs 30 pounds. She is also hypo-allergenic. We adopted Marlo from a dog rescue in Iowa 2 years ago. She had been through a really tough time before we adopted her and we are happy to be able to provide her with the loving home that she needed. She passed her beginner dog training class and we think it would be fun to do dog agility with her in the future! Bella and Marlo both enjoy their daily walks, getting treats, and being near us. We are definitely dog people and see ourselves always having a dog in our family.

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Our Lifestyle

Our daily life will change with the addition of our little one and we look forward to all the joys and challenges that come with raising a child! Our down to earth personalities, financial stability, and playful spirits influence our lifestyle. Although our child will have all the toys and material possessions they need, we find much higher value in sharing experiences with each other. We strive for a healthy blend of experiences that engage and honor the variety of emotions that life brings. Quiet time and relaxation is just as important as being active! We can’t wait to create memories with our child. We imagine taking them on fun adventures, traveling and exploring places near and far. But most importantly we will be spending quality time together with them at home and in our community. Our daily life tends to follow a consistent and stable routine. Initially we will bond with our baby through nighttime feedings, walks in the stroller with the dogs, nap time, play time, diaper changes, baby snuggles, and time spent soothing their cries. As our child grows we will develop wake up and bedtime routines, socialize with cousins and neighborhood kids, attend activities at church and in the community, and read lots of books. We will explore new ways to play such as games, blanket forts, toys, sports, music and dancing, digging in the dirt, and drawing art with sidewalk chalk. While we are at work our child will have a stable daycare that we trust to provide additional nourishment and enrichment. Eventually they will start school, develop homework habits, make new friends, begin to help with chores, and get involved with things they find interesting at school, church, and in the community. We can’t wait to show up and support them with whatever they choose to pursue. Quality time together at home with family dinner and leisure time will always remain important. No matter what our life brings, our child will always be our biggest priority. There will be natural ups and downs in their life and we will be their anchor, loving and encouraging them through it all!

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About Us

We have been together for 11 years and married for 5. We met at a mutual friend’s housewarming party, where we made a connection talking about dogs and bingo. Amy sent John a casual Facebook message (or if John is telling the story, she Facebook stalked him) and the rest is history! Our first date was at a Minnesota Twins game where Amy pretended to be a fan of baseball in order to spend time with her potential future love. It didn’t take long for her to take a liking to both! We became best friends and fell in love. We are committed to each other through the ups and downs of life (and there have been many of both). Our personalities and strengths balance each other out well and we communicate openly. We work well together as a team, sharing household, pet, and life responsibilities. We are proud to have financial security in our life, and a resilient, playful relationship. We enjoy many hobbies together, such as gardening, pickleball, walking the dogs, watching movies, playing games, and traveling. We are ready and eager for our next adventure together as parents!

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Our Vacations and Leisure time

We always look forward to our vacations! Every year we rent a place at a campground for a week in the summer with Amy’s family. Usually one or two cabins will hold everyone. During the day we have fun together swimming, hiking, and doing other campground activities. In the evening we get together for a big supper at one of the cabins and then gather around the campfire for s’mores! We also started a yearly tradition with just the two of us of taking a hiking trip to the Minnesota North Shore. We enjoy getting out to do some hiking in the state parks, and we recently started a list with the goal of going to visit all 66 of the state parks in Minnesota! In addition, we usually end up taking a larger trip every other year. Most recently, we’ve had some fun adventures in Ireland and Mexico!

When we aren’t dreaming of our next vacation, we enjoy our hobbies. Some of our favorite hobbies we do together are playing pickleball, watching Netflix, and playing card games. Cribbage is usually our go to after dinner game. Individually, John loves to spend time in the garden and Amy loves getting together with the local salsa dancing community.

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

After going through the heartbreak of several failed infertility treatments, we realized having biological children may not be in the cards for us. This is when we chose to adopt and it feels right. We believe this may be what God had planned for us all along. We have so much to offer as parents, and so much love to give to your child. We will love and accept your child, unconditionally. Choosing adoption takes one of the deepest levels of love, and we will make sure your child always knows how much you love them, too.

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Cultural Diversity

Everyone is curious about where their ancestors came from in order to help themselves build their own story. We will help and encourage your child to explore their racial and cultural background through whatever means possible. Although our family tree has Caucasian roots, it is becoming more diverse as we have many cousins who have married someone of a different race. We are honored to have celebrated traditional Korean and Chinese Cambodian weddings, as well as a Quinceañera together with our extended family. We live in a community and neighborhood that is continually becoming more diverse, which has given us the opportunity to expand our social circle. We work in a large teaching hospital and work with many people of different races and sexual orientation. Our employer also offers classes, courses, and talks on race, ethnicity, cultural, and sexual identity differences. We try to take advantage of these offerings to improve our knowledge around inclusivity and unconscious bias. We also attend a Christian church that is fully welcoming to all and has a large LGBTQ membership. One of our pastors is from Liberia and is holding twice monthly meetings where we learn about Africa. We love to learn about other cultures through our friends and travels, and enjoy participating in our community’s cultural festivals and events.

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Our Faith

We have been a member at our new church for two years and attend regularly. John will be one of the church council members in 2021. Through church, we have met a few other families who have adopted children. We think it would be fun to get together with these families for different activities, to support each other, and help our kids know that they aren’t the only ones who have been adopted. Our church has a Christian foundation. It is considered progressive as they encourage a questioning attitude and welcome diversity of thought. Our church welcomes, celebrates, and affirms people of all race, nationality, religious affiliation, age, marital status, gender identity, economic status, sexual orientation, and mental or physical ability. Our church takes the bible seriously but not always literally. Our church advocates for social justice and provides many opportunities to build community. Our current activities at church include attending services, participating in a weekly bible study, helping with various fundraising activities, and assisting with a yearly clean up inside the church. The church has many activities for children that look like a lot of fun.

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Our Promise to You

Above all, we promise to love your child unconditionally and to always have their best interest in mind. We will be open and honest in making an adoption plan together with you and we promise to keep our word in following through with that plan. We will respect whatever decision you make about the amount of openness you feel is best for you and your child. We would love to have an inviting relationship as your child grows up, with opportunities for us all to get to know each other through sharing stories, pictures, and visits. If timing allows, we would like to begin this relationship even before the child is born. If you have something specific that you would like us to tell your child or to give to them, we would be happy to do so. We will make sure your child always knows how much you love them.

Message John 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 John 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!