Thank you for taking the time to look at our story. We are Andy, Amy, and Tristan and are hoping to grow our family through adoption. We want to share with you a little bit about us and what our hopes are for our future. If you would like to learn a little more about us, you can find our adoption profile book at:
We met in college 14 years ago and have been inseparable ever since! We both grew up in Colorado and are surrounded by a supportive network of family, friends, and neighbors. We have a dog, Niko, chickens, and a fish who are all a part of our family as well!
We live in a house across from a park and love to play with Tristan there often. We’ve both been drawn to people from all walks of life. When we chose where to live, it was important to us to be located in a diverse community. Andy grew up with diversity in his family, and Amy always immersed herself with friends from all over the world – with different ethnicities, backgrounds, religions, views, and cultures. It was a keystone to both of our childhoods and something that helped shape who we are today. It is important to us that our children also grow up with a respect and love for all people. It is so much easier to see the connections we all have, instead of the differences, if we are only open to it. We strongly believe in approaching every individual with an open heart and open mind and love to see Tristan already starting to do the same with his group of friends from different ethnicities and backgrounds at school.
I grew up in Broomfield with my parents, Peter and Charlene, brother, Jeff, and our dog, Shadow. I grew up in a fairly small family, but grew up close with my two cousins and grandparents. Jeff and his wife, Deb, have a little girl, Makenzie, who is adorable. We see each other a few times per year and Skype often with them.
Family bike rides, hikes, and camping trips nurtured my love of nature. I have always wanted to help kids, which led me to my career path in counseling. I love doing photography, and being outside – hiking, camping, kayaking, climbing, gardening – you name it!
I grew up in Colorado Springs with my parents, Randy and Linda, sister, Amber, and our dog, Lacey. My sister and I have always been close, and I can’t wait for our future child and Tristan to share the bond of having a sibling. My sister and her husband, Woodson, have 2 kids, William and Hailey. They are Tristan’s best friends, and he plays with them often. I have a large, and loving extended family. I love animals, all things outdoorsy, playing my viola, playing the piano, doing art, and traveling. I am a civil engineer and have been with the same consulting company for 12 years.
Tristan is a spunky, sweet boy who always keeps us on our toes. Like us, he loves the outdoors and can be found outside on the swings, even in the middle of winter. We read lots of books, go to the zoo, go to the museum, and do a number of other activities together. He is always laughing and loves to cuddle. He is so excited to have a baby sister or brother and talks about it to everyone!
We started down the path for a second child in 2013 and have talked openly to Tristan about a sibling this entire time. He talks about his future sister or brother to everyone he meets (yes – everyone) and is very excited for her/him to join our family. He talks about tickling the baby, showing her/him to his friends, celebrating his birthday with his new baby sister/brother, helping with diapers, and how much he will love her/him. Your child will find a fulfilling life, filled with love and joy from the three of us. Tristan will be a great big brother and will love your child with a bond that only siblings can share. I can picture them laughing and playing together, being each other’s shoulder to cry on, and supporting each other throughout their entire lives.
Our journey to grow our family has been one of sorrow and hope. We mourn the loss of our first baby from the ectopic pregnancy, Tristan’s twin, and 11 heart-wrenching invitro miscarriages. Through all of that darkness and grief, however, we have seen a light, a glimmer of hope – first with Tristan, and now with our future child. We cannot imagine what your journey has been like, but we can only hope that the darkness of your grief and sorrow can be lessened in the light of hope.
We are a family of 4 in our hearts. Your child will find a home with two loving parents, a brother who already loves this child so much that she/he is already a part of our family in his mind, a lot of animal friends, and a loving and supportive group of family and friends.
We cannot wait to meet you and learn your story. We want to learn about who you are, what your story is, what you are passionate about, what you love. It’s strange to think that we haven’t met you yet – you, who will so monumentally change our lives. We wonder at the decision that lies before you. We grieve for this choice in front of you, a choice that will forever change your life, a choice that will forever change our lives. This can’t be an easy decision, but we want to assure you that your child will always have a loving and supportive family with us.
We also hope for an open relationship with you – one where your child grows up knowing you and knowing the sacrifices you made for him/her. Adoption is about so much more than the child. We envision our lives with both our future child and you. You are an integral piece of our family, and we will forever love you and cherish the difficult choice you have made that allowed our family to grow. Adoption is bitter sweet. It is happiness, and it is grief. It is love, and it is sacrifice. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to expand our family to include our future child, and you. We are so excited to meet you and embrace our future together.
With much love,
Andy, Amy, and Tristan