Trent + Amy
First of all, we respect the love you have for your child. Your selfless action is truly admirable, especially in what must be very difficult circumstances for you. Always know that you will remain in our prayers, and that your child will know the heartfelt respect we have for you.
We actually met via a dating service and instantly hit it off. Our second date was a dinner date that lasted four hours because we never ran out of subjects to talk about. Dating was a mix of dinner/movie dates, meeting each other's family and friends, and just hanging out. Our most unique date was about 10 months into our relationship, when we flew to Disney World to meet up with Trent's brother and his family. Trent proposed after one year of dating, and we were married less than one year later; we've been happily married for over 9 years now. We'd describe our relationship as one built on love, friendship, and faith.
We got married later in life because it took us a while to find the right person (and we both feel lucky that we met the right person), and we both always had the desire to have a family of our own. We both come from families where adoption is present. Trent's nephew is adopted, and Amy's older brother was adopted by her father when her parents were married. So adoption seems like a natural option for us, and we're excited about adopting a child of our own.
After a diverse career that has seen Trent work in the sports industry, in media, and in health care, he always had the urge to follow in many of his family member's footsteps and teach. He's happily in his second year of teaching high school and loving it. Trent has always enjoyed school - he earned two master's degrees after college - and is committed to helping kids learn. He's looking forward to reading to his child, and to answering the dozens of questions he'll get. In his spare time, Trent enjoys reading, cooking, keeping up with his favorite sports teams, and even playing the occasional video game (it'll be fun to see how long it takes his child to beat him in a Playstation game). He also helps lead Bible studies for his church group; even though he's a lifelong Christian, he still seems to always find something new in the Bible.
After starting her career as a teacher, Amy decided to move out of the classroom and into the field of standardized testing. She works in the education field, and has been with her current company for over 14 years. Amy was raised in the church, and her faith is a very important part of her life. She attended a religious college in Minnesota, which she has fond memories of. And she's very active in her church groups today. She comes from a family of bowlers - in fact, she essentially learned to bowl as soon as she learned to walk. No matter where she's lived, she's been in a bowling league for decades, and she's been a regular competitor at the national women's tournament since 2004.
We're fortunate to have a very nice, large house with ample space for our child to play in and around. Our backyard opens up to a golf course, so there's no shortage of grass and hills in the immediate area. Our house is on a long cul-de-sac, so it's quiet. And given the climate in our part of Texas, we're able to be outside almost year-round. Our community is relatively new because families continue to move to this area, and lots of new houses and schools are being built. We live in a safe neighborhood that contains a mixture of families and a few retirees, and a diversity of racial backgrounds. Our housing community has a large swimming pool, playground, and tennis courts. We have lots of parks in our part of town, and there are new sports fields/sports complexes under construction as more youth sports leagues continue to form.
What We Enjoy
We both love to travel to see new sights, experience new cultures, meet new people, etc. We've traveled all across the country since getting married - from Alaska and Hawaii to Florida and Pennsylvania. We've traveled internationally to Europe, Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, and several Caribbean islands. We look forward to sharing all those experiences with our child. We both love going to sports events and watching them on TV. And now we enjoy playing fantasy football together - Trent has been in the same league since high school, and when they had a vacancy a few years ago, Amy joined, and now she's hooked. In actual sports, we both enjoy walking for exercise. Amy, as previously noted, is an active bowler. Trent aims to get back into golf - with the stray golf balls we find from the adjacent golf course, he has no shortage of golf balls to use! We're both active readers who always seem to be in the midst of a good book. And we both like to pass time by playing games - whether puzzle books or tablet/computer games.
The child we adopt will be our first child, and we're planning to document our child's life with a traditional baby book. Things like baby's first step, baby's first word, a lock of hair, etc. All the fun things we can document, we will do. It's a great keepsake for our child (we both have our own baby books), and will no doubt bring us all many great memories. We don't have any pets right now, but ironically we both had Springer Spaniels as pets while growing up. We could easily see adding a dog to our family if it benefits our child. We already have a fenced-in backyard, and we both like walking for exercise, so we could easily accommodate a dog.
Thank you for taking time to learn about us. We want you to know that raising a child is a responsibility that we will take very seriously. We therefore want to make four promises to you: 1. We promise to raise our child in the church and in a Christian household. 2. We promise unconditional love for our child and to make sure their needs are met. 3. We promise to do our part to educate our child and to provide the best possible educational opportunities. 4. We promise that we will remain committed faithfully to each other as we raise our child together.
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