State: North Carolina
Years together: 20+
Pet(s): One cat (Izzy) One dog (Winnie)
Children in Home: One (niece - 22 yrs. old)
We are Cameron and Amanda Snipes. We have been married for 18 years and currently live in North Carolina. We are young at heart. We love to laugh. We love being together. More than anything, we want to share our love with children. Though we have not been able to conceive on our own, we are certain in our decision to adopt. We just bought our forever home with more than enough room to grow our family!
Cameron was born in Burlington, NC, and has lived in this area his entire life, along with his family. He graduated from Campbell University with bachelor's degree in journalism and is currently in his 18th year with his company in Raleigh, NC, as an associate editor and the director of research and logistics. He loves to write and is a talented artist. He also loves sports. He is full of laughter and loves to share that gift with everyone around him.
I was born in New Bern, NC, on a road where my entire family lived (aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, etc). I loved being able to walk from place to place and spend time with them. My dad's job took us to Chapel Hill and then to the Graham/Burlington area, where I graduated from Alamance Community College with an associate's degree in computer programming. I've been with my company for the past 15 years, and I currently work for the network support team. I love anything crafty, Disney, singing at the top of my lungs (in the car, of course) and photography.
We met while we were working at a local grocery store. We were young. I was 16, and Cameron was 17. Cameron used to pick on me (a lot) because I didn't know the fruits and vegetables when customers would bring them in my line (come on, admit it, there are some strange fruits and veggies out there y'all). We worked together for a while before we actually went out. (We won't even go into the first date story...LOL!) The rest, as they say, is history. He made me laugh...a lot...and he still does. A few years later Cameron proposed at his parents' house on New Year's Eve. We were both still in college and decided to wait until we were finished to get married in November of 2000. We've been together more than half our lives and are stronger than ever in all areas of our lives. I'm thankful to have grown up with him by my side. I can't imagine going through life without him.
About five years ago, we started our own photography business, called Candidly Captured. It started as just a hobby – something I did for friends when they needed some pictures. Cameron has now joined in on the fun and brings a whole new perspective to things. We now spend some of our weekends shooting beautiful weddings and portraits.
As you can see, we're extremely loyal and devoted in all areas of our lives. We believe strongly in commitment, and promise to be a firm foundation and source of unconditional love for your child.
Cameron is an only child (so yes, he's a little spoiled). Growing up, his home was full of love and laughter. His family is absolutely wonderful. I could not have married into a more loving family. His parents showed God's love every day in raising what would turn out to be a wonderful man (ok, so I'm a little biased)! I am so thankful for their influence in his life. Every year, we go on a beach vacation with the whole family (parents, grandparents, aunts and close friends). We absolutely love spending time with everyone and look forward to this each year! His family would tell you he's hilarious. He's always joking around and making everyone laugh.
I am the youngest (and also a little spoiled). My sister is seven years older than me and is married with two children (though we claim them too). Randall is 23 and Kelsi, 22. They are absolutely amazing and we are so thankful to have been so involved in their lives. We began taking them on vacations when they were 8 and 9 years old. Together we've visited Busch Gardens, Carowinds, the beach, the mountains, Disney World, Universal Studios and New York City (and likely more that I can't remember right now). I am thankful to have an amazingly supportive family who has always stood by me to ensure I had everything I needed to succeed in life.
Our niece currently lives with us (when she's not away at school in Boone, NC). She brings such joy into our home. She's great with children and I know she'll be wonderful to her new little cousin(s). Our families are overjoyed at the possibility of us adopting.
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Profession: Associate Editor/Director of Research & Logistics
Hobbies: Golf, tennis, painting, writing, making people laugh
Favorites: Sports, the beach, relaxing, Jeopardy, the Redskins (don't hold this against us)
Education: Associate's Degree
Profession: Vendor Management, IT Network Services
Hobbies: Reading, photography, singing (not always well), watching movies, anything crafty
Favorites: Cheesecake, vacations, sappy movies (yes, I'm that girl), the mountains, shopping
Age: Birth to 2 years of age
Gender: No preference
Multiple Children: Twins and triplets
Race/Ethnicity: No preference
Special Needs: Open to discussion, mild or medically treatable
We began trying to have our own children after our fifth year of marriage. We thought it was the perfect time to introduce a new member to the family and were so excited. We figured it would just take a few months and we would be pregnant! We were quickly reminded that as much as we planned and prepared, we are not the ones in control. After several years of trying, we realized that maybe something was wrong. We went to a fertility clinic to begin the process of getting checked out. While we were both told there was nothing stopping us from conceiving, we started recommended fertility treatments and did everything we were told to do with the same expectation that we had when we first started trying. Sometimes things don't work out like you expect. Once again, God reminded us that He was in control. Two years after starting treatments we decided it was time to stop for a while. Lo and behold, we got pregnant! We were beside ourselves with absolute joy!
Eight weeks into our pregnancy, things began to happen that made us realize something was wrong. I went to the doctor and was told that I was having a miscarriage. I couldn't believe my ears. I felt like everything was crashing around me. A few days later, I was rushed to the emergency room and underwent emergency surgery for what ended up being an ectopic pregnancy that had ruptured. I was in a very dangerous situation and spent a week in the hospital (on the maternity floor no less...another blow to my ego). As a result of the rupture, I lost the right fallopian tube. After getting released from the doctor to start trying again, we did exactly that. We don't know why God has not allowed us to have our own children, however, (after a few years of growing in faith) we accept that He, in fact, is truly in control and knows what's best for us. Even as a little girl, I always said I was going to adopt one and have one. Well, we'll just leave it in God's very capable hands to determine if that is the right thing for us and if we are the best fit for your sweet child. We can only imagine the emotion that you're feeling with this decision and thank you for considering us. We know that we have so much love to share and are so excited for the opportunity of this blessing! Please know that they will always be unconditionally loved and supported throughout their life. We are praying for you.