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Amy and Butch

We are Amy & Butch from Austin, Texas!

Hello and thank you! We want to thank you for having the courage, strength and love in your heart to choose the path of adoption. Doing what you are doing requires a special character and selflessness. We appreciate you taking the time to read our story and hope you’ll get a sense of who we are and how much love and support we have to share.

Family is extremely important to us and, although we are unable to have biological children, we are overjoyed with excitement to adopt. We both share an incredible love of children and have always wanted to pass our family values on to a child. Adoption feels natural to us because Butch was adopted. Raising a child will allow us to reciprocate the wonderful upbringing that he experienced and allow him to share his unique experiences of being adopted.

Our Story So Far: We first met through a mutual friend but we didn’t quite click romantically at the time. It is true what they say, “timing is everything!” A year later our paths crossed again via an online dating site and this time there was an immediate connection. We were so smitten with each other that we had four dates in the first week and have been virtually inseparable ever since.  Our personalities complement each other. Butch has a wonderful sense of humor and a real genuineness while Amy is enthusiastic, driven, and adventurous. We can be playful and silly together and like to talk about anything and everything. Our relationship is based on open communication, honesty, mutual respect, and the deep love we share for one another.

 

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Meet Butch

About Butch, Written by Amy: Butch is my best friend and my favorite person on the planet. He makes me laugh every day, brings me balance and gives me unconditional love. I really appreciate his calm support and easygoing nature plus he’s just plain fun to be around. Butch has a strong sense of loyalty, friendship and commitment to family. I admire him for giving of his time and energy to help others. Whether it is doing handyman jobs at his Dad’s house, babysitting for his best friend or volunteering with Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Butch is always generous with his time. He is happy and very rarely complains. Whether he’s hanging out with one of his close friends or chatting it up with a stranger in the check-out line, Butch is a genius when it comes to building relationships. He is calm, kind, and sincere and people instantly trust and confide in him. He is truly a good man and I know he’ll be a great father!

About Butch, Written by Butch: I grew up in a small town on the Texas coast. My neighborhood was filled with rowdy boys and we spent a lot of time together getting into “trouble,” playing sports and games. I have fond memories of backyard volleyball games, fishing trips and hanging out at the neighborhood pool. I get a kick out of telling stories and making people laugh. I am an amateur stand-up comedian and enjoy going to open mic nights. I like being handy around the house and love firing up the grill and cooking for friends and family. I’m also an avid sports fan and enjoy wake boarding, snowboarding, hiking and camping. I take a lot of pride in everything I do, whether it’s my job, or things around the house. My favorite thing in the world is being Amy’s husband, and building our life together.

Butch’s Career: I have always worked in sales, which 10 years ago led me to being a real estate agent. I take great pride in helping families and individuals find the property of their dreams and make an investment in their financial future. Being a realtor gives me great deal of freedom in my schedule which will allow me to be a hands-on dad.

 

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Meet Amy

About Amy, Written by Butch: Amy gives me support and encouragement while always letting me to be myself. She is constantly on the move, has a smile that lights up the room and a vivacious laugh. Although she is sweet and tender, Amy is also a very strong and resourceful woman. She has an adventurous spirit and challenges us to do new things, from trying with a different recipe to finding a new place for a weekend road trip. She is the driving force in our relationship/family, and without a doubt her love is unconditional, and never ending. I know she will be an amazing mom.

About Amy, Written by Amy: I grew up in a small town in Alabama with one older brother, two loving parents and a big extended family. After college I wanted to experience the big city life, so I moved to San Francisco and then to Los Angeles, Calif. But ultimately, I was drawn to Texas and have been extremely blessed to have developed a close-knit group of friends and to have met Butch here in Austin. I like being a social planner and coordinating group activities like wine tours, birthday parties, concerts and family gatherings. I believe it is important to work hard and play harder; to love big and care deeply; to save money and plan ahead; and be a good wife and reliable friend. I hope to pass to my child: confidence, independence, a respect for others and a rich appetite for life.

Amy’s Career: As far back as high school, I have been interested in marketing and advertising. It’s no surprise that I got a degree in communications and pursed a career in advertising. I totally geek out over smart, strategic TV commercials and think it is super cool when I see an ad that I created appear in a magazine or newspaper. I take pride in my career and enjoy having a creative outlet, being productive and contributing to a company’s success. Luckily, my company allows me to work from home regularly so I can spend more time with my family.

 

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Our Family and Hobbies

We are lucky that both of our immediate families are a huge part of our lives. We have been close with many of our friends for nearly 20 years so they are like our second family and we can call on them any time for anything. Our families and friends are over-the-moon with excitement to be a part of this child’s life.

Amy’s Family: My parents have been married for 49 years! They are my role models for demonstrating how to be respectful and caring life partners, as well as loving and fair parents. I have an older brother Hank, who has been married to Jennifer for 20 years. They have two kids, Nicole and JC and live in Birmingham, Ala. My parents have retired to Panama City Beach, Fla. and we enjoy visiting them at the beach on vacations during the summer and over the Christmas holidays.

Butch’s Family: Before my mother passed away three years ago, my parents had been married for 52 years. I’m especially close with my dad, who we visit in Richwood, Texas, almost every month. My brother Ken (who was also adopted) lives with his wife Laura and two daughters, Brianna and Remedy, in Houston, Texas. My side of the family is huge with almost 30 first and second cousins. We enjoy getting together for big family meals at my Aunt Pat’s house.

 

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Our Home and Promises to Your Child

Our Home: We live in a family-oriented suburb of Austin, Texas. It feels like a small town and has top rated schools. We own a three bedroom house on a quiet street with friendly and ethnically diverse neighbors. We have a great backyard for playing, a hammock for relaxing, and big patio for cookouts. Within walking distance of our house, there is the elementary school, and a large park with a recreation center that has a community pool and basketball gym.

Sadie is our 1-year-old golden retriever: She enjoys her daily walks where we meet up with neighbors and their dogs. She’s is totally obsessed with fetching the tennis ball and seems to have an endless supply of energy. Each day, we look forward to her waking us with nudges from her wet nose and greeting us at the door after work. She’s sweet and gentle with kids and brings so much joy into our lives!

Our Promise to Your Child: Provide unconditional love in a stable, safe and loving home. Surround them with family and friends who are supportive, nurturing and kind. Promote individuality and self-esteem. Spend countless hours of playtime, provide tons of giggles and snuggles, and boundless tenderness. Expose them to education, new experiences, nature and travel. Instill the joy of family traditions and giving back to the community. Encourage and develop their talents such as sports, music, art, etc. We want you to know that if we are fortunate enough to be chosen, and if you desire, we will embrace you as a part in our lives. We support your child knowing who you are and that the adoption was an act of love on the part of both birth and adoptive parents.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know a little bit about our lives, hopes, and dreams as you consider making an adoption plan. We know the choices you have to make are not easy, and we wish you strength, comfort and peace of mind as you make the decision that’s best for you and your baby.

 

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