Amanda & John
Amanda & John
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: Traditional Couple
State we live in: LA
Dear Expectant Mother,
We would like to begin this letter by saying you are amazing! We won’t pretend to know your circumstances or what you might be feeling, but as parents ourselves, we do know that this is a very unselfish and loving decision that you are making as you choose an adoptive family to love your baby unconditionally. You are a hero in our book! This has to be a difficult and emotional time for you. We know that this decision will affect everyone involved for a lifetime, so please rest assured that we would let your baby know throughout his or her life how much we appreciate and respect you and how grateful we will always be for your decision to allow us to expand our family. We take lots of pictures, and depending on what type of adoption you choose, we would be so excited to share pictures so you can see your baby grow.
We can’t wait to dance in the kitchen or play hide and go seek throughout the house. We can’t wait to dress this child in Wranglers and cowboy boots and watch him or her chase chickens in the mud. We can’t wait to teach him or her to ride a horse or show an animal at a 4-H show. We can’t wait to share the responsibility of picking fresh vegetables from the garden or feeding all our animals together. We can’t wait to snuggle on the couch and watch a movie together. Last but not least, we can’t wait to hear the laughter ring throughout our house. Sometimes when we hear our kids laughing together, we just stop and listen. We can’t wait to hear a third one join in the laughter.
We met in college during the spring of 1998. As soon as we heard each other's VERY different accents, we knew we were meant to be together. Amanda was a country girl who fell in love with, John, a Cajun. We married in the summer of 2002 and have two children; our daughter is 15 and our son is 12. We have always known we wanted to adopt. John works for our family-owned business that has been in his family for over 30 years, and Amanda has always been a stay-at-home mom and worked from home. Our personalities are different but make us a perfect fit together. We can’t sleep if the other isn’t right by our side, and we don’t go to bed without telling each other, “I love you!”
We live on 32 acres in a small, close-knit town of about 4,000 people, but we’re only 15 or 20 minutes from the city. We think we’re pretty blessed to have the best of both worlds: small-town closeness and big-city conveniences. We are animal lovers and have a horse, a donkey, three cows, a pig, three ducks, some chickens, and four dogs that think they are human. Needless to say, we love our little farm life. On our land, we have our home, a cabin, and a big shop where we love to hang out with friends and family, whether to cook out or watch sports. We have a pond that we love to sit around and fish. We enjoy everything our property has to offer, including riding our ATVs through the woods!
Our Extended Family
It’s been said that Amanda is goofy, cool, and a nerd. But she’s proud of it. She loves to cut up with family and friends by trying to perform the latest dance moves, speaking the latest slang, or just saying goofy things to make people laugh. John is the same way although a little less outgoing, but he has his moments when he is a little “extra.” We love to BBQ, fish, work on our farm, take part in 4-H, listen to music, dance in the house or yard, and spend time with friends and family.
Our extended family is just as goofy and fun. It’s not unusual for Amanda’s mom to enter our home on any given holiday singing at the top of her lungs or throwing Mardi Gras beads in the house during Mardi Gras season. It is not uncommon to call Amanda’s mom, MawMaw, at 9 p.m. to pick up ice cream and bring it over to the house. John’s family is just as loving and crazy. His dad sings “Jingle Bells” to the kids on their birthdays, has a nickname for everyone, and is always making jokes. MiMere, John’s mom is a wonderful Cajun cook, and we eat a family dinner together every Tuesday. Both sides of our family are close and really get along great together.
What Led Us To Adoption
We have always wanted a large family. We have been blessed with two children but have always felt as if our family wasn’t complete. After having our son, Amanda had a tubal and a surgical procedure that prohibited her from having more children. We have always discussed adding another child to our family through adoption because we have friends who have adopted; the connection they have with both the child and the birth mother is beautiful. We want to fill that empty spot in our family with a baby with whom we can share our lives and all of the love and opportunities we have to offer.