We're Peter & Jessica & we'd like to thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope this will serve as the beginning of a beautiful and eternal connection with you.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us, and for considering us to be your child's adoptive parents. We hope this will serve as the beginning of a beautiful and eternal connection with you. While we can't know what it's like to be in your shoes, we want you to know that we love and respect you for the journey that you are on and the decision that you are making. The selfless act you are offering in giving your child to a family that is so longing for one is the greatest gift anyone can give. In entrusting us with this gift, we vow to honor it by providing your child with a loving, nurturing, safe, and supportive family. We know its impossible to demonstrate to you here the abundance of love we have to give your child and how much we have to offer as parents, but we hope that this small window into our lives and who we are will spark a connection for you and you will consider blessing us with the miracle of calling your baby our child!
Engagement - Peter proposed to Jessica in 2007 on a beautiful October day in Jessica's hometown. While walking through the swirling fall leaves, hot chocolates in hand, Jessica embraced Peter and as she did so, Peter dropped down on one knee. He recited a quotation from one of Jessica's favorite books and asked for her hand in marriage.
Marriage - We got married in 2008 on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, surrounded by friends and family. Our favorite part of the wedding was running through a tunnel of sparklers our guests held up to a boat that whisked us away to our Honeymoon suite while a band played our favorite song.
Military - We were an active duty military family for seven years. We were stationed in Florida and Italy. Through deployments, we strengthened our marriage by keeping strong lines of communication open and focusing on the positives. Our favorite part of being in the military was living overseas and traveling the world.
Life after the military - We returned to the United States in 2014 to be close to family, complete our graduate educations, and grow our careers. We love visiting friends and family across the United States and have enjoyed preparing our lives for children.
Things We Love About One Another
Peter About Jess:
Jessica is kind, loving, and has a great sense of humor. She is very generous with her time and energy and works hard to make everyone feel happy and safe. She has helped raise our dog, Oliver, making sure his cares and concerns are always lovingly attended to and that he has a healthy and active life to look forward to all the time. Jessica is the smartest, funniest, most caring person I know and I could not be happier to have her in my life.
Jessica, who I sometimes call Jess, loves nature and learning about the world around her. She'll make sure our child has daily opportunities to play, grow, and explore! I love the way Jessica makes me feel because she likes to give lots of hugs and make me feel like I am the most special person in the world. I know that is the feeling she will give our child every single day.
Jess About Peter:
Peter is kind, loving, and has a wonderful sense of humor--he's kept me smiling and laughing since the day I met him (over ten years ago)! Peter is selfless, caring, and devoted; he will do anything to help support, protect, nurture and care for those he loves. Peter is also enthusiastic about life and the hardest worker I have ever met; he gives 150% to everything he does. With Peter, I feel like no mountain is too high, no river too wide--every obstacle is surmountable and every dream reachable.
One of the many things that made me fall deeply in love with Peter was seeing how nurturing, caring, and loving he was with his younger brothers and cousins (who are much younger than him). I saw what an amazing father Peter would be in these moments and knew that I wanted my children to have this amazing man as their dad. Peter also helps me be my best self by pointing out my strengths, encouraging me, and believing in me; he is my greatest cheerleader and supporter. As a father, I know that Peter will focus on our children's strengths, encouraging and supporting them in reaching for and realizing their dreams, just as he's done for me.
More About Us
Jess is a couples and family counselor
She's had years of training in child development and child psychology
She went to graduate school to become a PhD
Fun Facts About Jess:
Jessica loves succulent plants
Jessica is an animal lover and has rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted-out 5 dogs with Peter's help
Jessica is a certified U.S. Rowing coach and a rower
Jessica has a very beautiful singing voice
Peter was in the Navy for 7 years and deployed 5 times all over the world
Peter earned his MBA after the Navy and works in Banking
Fun Facts About Peter:
Peter visited over 30 countries and 5 of 7 continents while he was in the Navy
Peter's first job was working at a gas station
Peter was on the sailing team at his college
Peter is known among our friends for his talent in bringing people together
Oliver is our 9 year old lab/shepherd mix. We adopted him from the Humane Society in Florida when he was four months old. Since then, Oliver has been by our side wherever we go. He's lived on two continents, and traveled all over the U.S. and Italy. He is always ready to get in the car and go with us wherever our next destination is! His favorite toys are tennis balls, frisbees, and squeeky toys. Oliver has many friends and enjoys being social. One of his best friends currently is our 9 month old human neighbor, Beatrice, whom he loves giving kisses to when he sees her.
1. Service to Others
- Peter joined the military to help keep people safe and help others in need
- Jessica became a counselor to help families in crisis heal and to help foster love and understanding
- We plan to foster the values of respect, dignity, social justice, and the value of all people in our children in part through volunteering and service to others in our community
- We love learning and believe that education is the door to opportunity and following one's dreams
- Providing the next generation with a very strong education is a value we hold and we look forward to giving our family the highest quality education that is best for each child
- Whatever their interests and strengths, we will provide each of our children with every educational and learning opportunity available to develop and grow so that they can reach their dreams
- We grew up learning different languages, and this helps us meet and learn from people from all over the world, and gain diverse perspectives
- Peter speaks English, Japanese, and Italian and Jessica speaks English, Italian, and Spanish
- With us, your child will have the opportunity to learn these languages and others as we travel and explore the world together as a family
- Listening to music from many genres, cultures, and traditions fuels our imagination and creativity and helps us express ourselves
- We can't wait to sing, dance, and be in shows that your child imagines and creates!
- We love learning about new places, cultures, and people and making friends all over the world
- We have traveled the world to learn about other people and cultures and gain experience that gives us perspective on our own place in the world
- We can't wait to travel across the US and to other countries with our children and watch them learn while exploring their world
Our family and friends are from all over these days; Texas, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, California, Ireland, and Spain to name a few! We try to make lots of time throughout the year to be with our loved ones because they bring so much joy to our life. Our children will grow up surrounded by family and friends that love and care for them and make them feel like they are part of a wonderful, diverse, and dynamic family!
Like you, there are so many things we want for our children:
For them to learn, travel, and make friends
For them to always feel safe, supported, and loved
For them to enjoy life and be themselves
And in raising them, we feel it's important to:
Always make them feel loved, accepted, and secure no matter what
Set clear rules and expectations
Provide consistent guidance and feedback
Model positive behavior and demonstrate examples of patience, love, humility, and hard work in all of life's pursuits
Your gift of adoption is Gods miracle to us and we plan to honor this gift everyday by raising them with love, support, kindness, and compassion. Our child will always know that they were given by their birth mother out of an abundance of love and received by us with hearts that are forever full of gratitude. From the beginning, they will know they are adopted, and we will keep you updated on their growth and development. We plan to incorporate your heritage and culture into our new family traditions so that your child will always be connected to you and their background. As your baby grows, we want you to know that we are also excited and hopeful for your journey and the next chapter of your life, as you take your next steps and go after what will bring you happiness and joy. Thank you once again for this opportunity. We want to leave you with some words on adoption that have touched our hearts and speak to the hope we have for our journey through adoption and into parenthood:
When love takes you in, everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart
When love takes you home and says you belong here
The loneliness ends and a new life begins
- Steven Curtis Chapman
You are so lovely child
My heart, my dreams, my hopes
Are all for you
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