Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. Although we don't know the circumstances that brought you here, we do know how it feels to be a parent who wants the best for their child. Sometimes trying to figure out what that is the hardest possible thing. You are a mother. One full of strength, courage, faith, and love to consider adoption as a possible path for you and your child. We know your child will be so much of you. He or she may have your contagious laugh, your funny facial expressions, or maybe even your stubbornness. If you choose an adoption plan, we want to share these similarities with your child, so he or she knows all the amazing things that came from their amazing mother.
We don't want to change one thing about your child, we only want to be a consistent support, source of love, and a guide for your child's future. We hope for the chance to get to know you some day. We greatly admire this leap of faith you are considering taking with us and we want to make you proud. We can't make it less painful, but we can promise to be open, to listen and be supportive, and to love your baby.
We hope these words and pictures give you some sense of who we are, what we value, and who we would be as possible parents to your child.
Our story started in a computer lab at the office where we both worked in 2003. Adam remembers vividly the first time we met. He was working at a computer and Jen came and sat at the computer next to him. His first thought was "oh my gosh, the cutest girl here just sat down next to me." Jen said, "Hi, you're Adam, right?" Adam's crush started at that moment and never stopped. It wasn't until years later however that Adam and Jen would start dating. That was because not too long after first meeting, Adam moved to DC for a few years for work and Jen took a year off to volunteer teach in Belize. After we both moved back and again were working together, we became friends and before long realized just how strong our friendship was. We bonded over our love of the outdoors, technology, and travel. We became even closer from our shared values and beliefs. We were best friends. Our first date was hearing a Beatles Tribute band. It was perfect. Two years later while visiting Nicaragua, Adam proposed with a $5 ring from a local market and Jen happily said yes. The ring just once again proved how well Adam knew Jen. About 10 months later, we were married in the presence of God and our wonderful family and friends. It was our perfect nerdy love story, starting in a computer lab.
Why We Want To Adopt
Our most favorite thing in the world and what makes us happiest is our family. So, our sincerest and most genuine of wishes is to grow our family and share our love, joy, and blessings. We struggled with infertility, but we knew that would not be the end of our narrative. Adoption was not a new thing to us. Several of Adam's cousins adopted and from our conversations with them, we felt a new sense of hope, a new path, and a new journey ahead of us. Through adoption, we could grow our family by welcoming a child, loving a child, and by supporting a child. We only wish for the opportunity to do so by pursuing adoption.
"Jen is an incredibly caring and thoughtful person, with an infectious smile and laugh. For as long as I've known her, she has been a light in any room she has been in. People are drawn to her. Jen is funny and has a great sense of humor, but also a seriousness and passion for causes important to her. I have always admired how important volunteering is to her, including the work she has done for homeless initiatives and immigrant support. Jen is one of the most selfless individuals I have ever met and is always willing to give her time to others. Faith and family are also some of the most important things to Jen. She is at her happiest doing things together as a family, whether it's our small family or our large extended family, whom we are lucky to have so close to us."
Jen is caring, determined, and funny.
"Adam is the perfect combination of strong and confident while still being gentle and loving. Our son is also very loving and "huggy " and I attribute most of that to Adam. Adam is also extremely hard-working, smart and 100% dedicated to his family. He's willing to make sacrifices for those he loves, and he goes out of his way to do kind things. He is also a huge help at home and with our son. He is completely hands-on, and no job is too hard or messy (and boy has there been some mess). Adam is unconditionally supportive and supports all of my goals and dreams, no matter how wacky they are. He keeps me grounded and is the perfect complement of stable, thoughtful, and pragmatic. Adam also takes his role of provider very seriously, yet he has no expectations that I fulfill a traditional "woman" role, even though I have decided to do so. It's important to him that he work hard in his job and be successful for our family. I am forever grateful to him for the time this has given to me to stay home with our son and hopefully future children."
Adam is safe, cuddly, committed and in his own words... totally radical.
We have a three-year-old named Jack. He loves trains, trucks, cars and basically anything with wheels. We have train tracks and "Jack-made" roads (from cardboard, paper, magazines, anything flat) all over the house! Jack loves to weed, pretend to mow the lawn, and use his leaf blower. He also loves shoveling the snow and he always says he's doing "big work". Jack is a big helper at home, baking and cooking dinner with Mom and sweeping and shoveling with Dad. Jack loves to talk and he loves playing with other kids! Jack is also crazy about his extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins), loving any opportunity he gets to play with his cousins.
Jack loves to go to our nearby parks, he enjoys playing in the creek, ziplines, and our forest area! We ride our bikes there, or take his wagon, or we just walk but being outside always brings him so much happiness!
Our home is our sanctuary, it's safe, it's comfortable, and there is love flowing through. We have pictures of our family, our travels, and homemade artwork on the walls. We have a cozy living room with a fireplace, where we spend a lot of our time together, but we also spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking together. We have five bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a basement that has been turned into a full pillow fort area. We live in a wonderful neighborhood with great neighbors and lots of kids around. We also have a neighborhood pool and a fishing lake. We also live within walking distance to an elementary, middle and high school. Our favorite place in our home is the back porch/yard where we love to play, read books, look for bugs, play in the sprinkler, water our plants or to just hang out. At night, it's lite up with twinkle lights and we enjoy sitting out there together. Our town is a wonderful place to raise kids, as Jen knows first-hand since she was raised here.
Promises That We Intend To Keep
Since our time here has come to an end, we want to share a few promises we intend to keep if you were to choose us to parent your child.
I, Jen, promise that as a woman I will strive to be a courageous example like yourself.
I, Adam, promise that as a man I will strive to be as strong as you.
I, Jen, promise that as a mother, I promise to strive to be as selfless as you.
I, Adam, promise that as a father I will strive to be as gentle as you.
Together, we as parents to your child promise to give all we can to raise a happy, healthy, educated, and confident child. We promise to recognize and promote how this child sees and understands their likeness to you.
As a family, we promise a stable, supportive, safe, and positive environment. We promise love, happiness, and adventure, showing and teaching this child about the world!
We are forever grateful for you even considering us. We are praying for you and know that whatever you decide, your child will be loved.
with great love ,
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