Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

817-922-6000
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Wyatt + Amanda

First let us say thank you! Thank you for considering adoption as an option for you and your baby. Thank you for considering us as potential adoptive parents for your baby. While we can never fully understand the difficult decision you are contemplating, please know that we truly admire your bravery and courage in taking this step to learn more about us. We want you to know that if you choose to pursue an adoption plan with us, we will provide a loving home full of laughter. We will also provide them with every opportunity to succeed in life. Please know that whichever path you choose, we want to wish you and your baby the best and know that God has a plan for everyone. We hope our profile is able to show you the love, support and nurturing that we can promise to provide. We can not wait to meet you and learn more about your life!

Our Story

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We are one of the growing number of couples who met online. I, Amanda, was about to shut down my page when this quirky guy sent a message and insisted that we talk. While part of me was hesitant at first, my gut told me that I should give him a chance, and I have to admit, he looked rather cute in his picture. From the beginning, our relationship was rather different. I met his parents on the first date where we went to sports bar and grill so that we could watch a baseball game. We were both so nervous! We ordered wings to share. I was trying to eat carefully, but as I got caught up into looking at Wyatt, I missed my mouth and got ranch dressing on my shirt. Thankfully, at the same time he dropped a wing onto his shirt. We looked at each other and we both had a good laugh! After that first date, we knew we wanted to be together forever. While we knew very quickly that we were a match made in heaven, we dated for over a year before Wyatt proposed on our one year dating anniversary. We are going on almost 6 years of marriage!

Why Adoption?

Even when we were dating, we knew that we wanted to grow our family through adoption. Early in our marriage, we tried to conceive naturally but were faced with infertility issues. I, Amanda, suffer from PCOS so we turned to my doctor for help. After failing to conceive with their assistance, we took a step back to pray about our next steps. We felt God leading us back to our early conversations of adoption. We prayed, talked to our priest, and most importantly, talked with each other about pursuing adoption. It was then that we decided that we were ready to begin the journey to grow our family in whatever way God had planned for us. Wyatt's best friend and his wife adopted through Gladney seven years ago, so we spoke with them about our decision to adopt and ultimately decided to visit Gladney. Once we walked through the doors, we felt at home and at peace.

Meet Amanda

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I would describe myself as a compassionate, intuitive, and empathetic person. I have taught high school for over 11 years and absolutely love helping students reach their highest potential. I try to attend as many school events as I can throughout the school year to support my students and bring family and friends along too. My favorite family event has to be the Fall Musical that is always geared towards families. Every year I take our niece and nephew that live nearby to see it, and they enjoy seeing the show put on by the 'big kids'. While I love teaching, I enjoy the perks of having a summer break! I love laying by the pool with a good book and having a carefree schedule that allows me to take my nieces and nephews to the park, zoo, or museum. I cannot wait for when we have a little one that we can spend countless summer days going on adventures. I also love to read and write short stories for fun! While it's hard to believe, I can be quite introverted and reserved. Once I get to know a person, I am able to open up and become more comfortable. One of my favorite songs is "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flats. I usually kick off every summer by re-reading the Harry Potter series and still cry when Dobby dies. A serious fact about me is that I care about my loved ones deeply and will do anything for them. I still call my mom every day on my way home from school to tell her how my day went.

Meet Wyatt

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I am a big kid at heart! I love watching movies, listening to music, and playing the trumpet and guitar. I work for a large retail company as an assistant store manager and enjoy helping people of all walks of life find a product that works for them. Family is very important to me, and I try to spend as much time not only with Amanda, but all of our family. Amanda and I like scheduling outings that include something new and exciting and sometimes out of the box. There was once that I convinced Amanda to take a road trip to the Dr. Pepper Museum. It was a lot of fun and a unique way to spend the day! We are a practicing Roman Catholic family and go to church regularly. I am very active in the community, with our church and I am a part of a volunteer organization. It is so important to me to give back! My favorite song is Heaven Beside You by Alice and Chains. This was one of the first few songs I learned to play on the guitar. Something serious is that I am very involved in the Free Masons. We are a fraternity for taking good men and making them better men. How I got involved in the Mason's was that I was involved in the youth organization growing up. It's called DeMolay. We learned how to dress, tie a tie, parliament procedure, how to make a budget, planning events. Being involved in the Free Mason's has made me a better son to my parents, a better husband to my wife and a better man within the community.

Our Happy Place

We live in a 2 story townhouse in a gated community. Our neighbors all come from various backgrounds and are ethnically diverse. We have a large patio where we like to drink coffee, and sometimes have a meal, enjoying the view. There are a couple of parks near us that have walking trails and play areas that we frequent with our niece and nephew who live nearby. We are also minutes away from many educational and recreational facilities that host events throughout the year. We have 2 cats. Diamond, our Siamese, loves attention, cuddles and will have full conversations with you! Edward is a Maine coon mix and he's our "teenager". Sometimes he likes to keep to himself, but eventually he will come around for cuddles and playtime.

Amanda's Family

My family is quite large but very close. I am the only girl with three brothers. I have a sister-in-law and another soon to be sister-in-law. We have six nieces and nephews. My parents have been happily married for over 39 years and still live in the house that I grew up in. While my parents, and two of my brothers, still live in my hometown a few hours away, my other brother and his family live nearby and we see them quite frequently. The kiddos know that when we babysit, Auntie Amanda always comes prepared with a new art activity or game to try out. While the rest of our family doesn't live nearby, we make visits to see our family quite often and they make the trip to see us.

Wyatt's Family

My family is very close. I have one brother, a sister in law, and one nephew. My parents have been married for 44 wonderful years! They still live in the house that I grew up in. My brother and I have always been very close and even though he lives 3 hours away, that has not changed our very close relationship. We make an effort to talk on the phone daily, but sometimes due to our schedules, that doesn't happen. Family is so very important to us and we have great support from all of our family as we pursue growing our family through adoption.

Goodbye For Now

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Since our time here is over, we want to end by sharing a few final thoughts with you! If you choose to pursue an adoption plan with us, we promise to provide your child a life with unconditional love and support. We vow to always be there to pick them up when they feel down and to teach them to love the Lord with all their heart. We will provide a loving home where they will have the freedom to discover who they are and who they can be. We hold education very high in our home, and we promise to foster a love of learning. Your child will always know their story and how you love them so much. Thank you for allowing us to share a glimpse of our lives with you. We are honored, and we can't wait to meet you!

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