Gladney Center for Adoption

6300 John Ryan Drive Fort Worth, TX 76132.

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Jarrett + Laurice

We cannot even begin to describe the gratitude that we have for you. We feel blessed, inspired, and thankful for the courage you have shown to create an adoption plan for your son or daughter. We feel humbled that you are considering your baby to join our family, and we know you will choose the perfect family for your little one.

Hey Expectant Parent,

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We cannot even begin to describe the gratitude that we have for you. We feel blessed, inspired, and thankful for the courage you have shown to create an adoption plan for your son or daughter. We feel humbled that you are considering your baby to join our family, and we know you will choose the perfect family for your little one. We cannot even pretend to imagine the emotions that you have regarding the adoption plan that you have created, but we will honor you as a momma in your child's life. By your child joining our family, we will respect you, teach them about you, and celebrate the connection in our lives, forever. We admire your decision and the love that you have already shown to your baby. We will raise, encourage, and nurture your child through their life. Our family motto is 'celebrating sunset to sunset' and we choose to do this with all of the child's dreams and accomplishments. We look forward to the relationship that our family will have, which includes you. There are no words that express the appreciation we have for your decision of creating an adoption plan, and we hope this profile offers a glimpse into our lives, and the love we have to offer to a child. We love you and your child.

This Is Our Story

We met at the young age of 9 years old, at our local elementary school and attended the same church (which we still attend today). We soon became friends through the many school and church events that we attended; summer camps, 50's night at school, and school carnivals. Timing never worked out on the two of us liking each other at the same time and we didn't want to ruin our friendship, so we remained friends the majority of our childhood. Senior year of high school, Jarrett finally asked Laurice on a date to prom. We still laugh that it took Jarrett 9 years to ask Laurice out.

Afraid that it might be awkward at prom as a couple, we decided to go see a movie as our first date, Monsters verses Aliens. During the movie, Jarrett reached for Laurice's hand, and both realized it was more than just a high school crush. Through prom, graduation events, finals, and graduation we grew deeper and deeper in love. Jarrett wrote Laurice a letter for graduation about their memories and ended by stating he loved her. Laurice argues that although Jarrett wrote 'I love you' first, she said 'I love you' first.

After high school, we both attended small colleges in Texas where we saw each other once a month. The summer before senior year of college, Jarrett proposed to Laurice with a scavenger hunt, ending with an engagement party with our friends and family. After graduation from college, we moved back to our hometown and married in December of 2013. We feel the best thing about our relationship is how we communicate and love each other. Jarrett is always willing to help redo something that Laurice wants, while Laurice loves tagging along to car shows and music events with Jarrett.

Why We're Adopting

Laurice felt called to adoption since the age of 11. When dreaming about her family, she dreamt of growing her family through adoption more than pregnancy. Although we always wanted to adopt, we felt adoption was our way to grow our family after struggling with infertility. Shortly after, God surprised us with a pregnancy in May of 2019. On February 5, 2020, we gave birth to our daughter born still, Addison. After the death of our daughter, we continued to feel God calling us to grow our family through adoption. While we feel excited to purse a calling that has been placed upon our lives and in our marriage, we know that this cannot be an easy decision for you to decide who to join lives with forever.

Meet Jarrett By Laurice

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Jarrett is the absolute best! He is loyal, gentle, and willing to try anything. Jarrett has the most giving, kind, and genuine heart. He is ready to be a daddy based on his dad joke references, the way he cares for his students and family, and how he interacts with those around him. Jarrett handles any challenge head on and calmly. He is a lover of music, and especially loves helping with our church's worship team by assisting in the background. My favorite thing about Jarrett is the way that he makes me laugh even if I have had a difficult day and how he assists with my wild projects.

Meet Laurice By Jarrett

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Laurice is an amazing woman! She loves to help in any way she can, always give 100% to her work, and is supportive of her family and friends. Laurice is the best wife I could ask for, always there for me and pushes me to try new things and experience new things as we travel and continue our story. I know Laurice will be an amazing mom because of her loving attitude, warm smiles, and caring heart. She is always willing to lend an ear to help solve problems and lend a hand to get things done. My favorite activity with Laurice is our time spent cooking together.

About Pets

Cleo is the most affectionate, 7 year old dog who loves to cuddle. She knows how to use her facial expressions to get what she wants; including belly rubs from workmen, Laurice, Jarrett, stranger on the street, or literally anyone. Her favorite hiding spot is in the pillows of our bed. If she was a person, her job would be a professional supervisor as she stands on the patio table when outside watching over her domain (aka the backyard).

Charlie is our 5 year old total boy dog. He loves to take walks around our neighborhood, chasing his friends at the neighborhood dog park, or guarding the backyard from squirrels. He can often be found hiding under a bed. If he were a person, his job would be a runner. He loves to stand on the ledge in the back yard or sneak food when we are cooking.

Your Home

We live on a cul-de-sac street with lots of children waiting for another playmate. Our home sits near the end of the street with only a few homes and cars. In the spring, we have lots of blooming flowers. Our favorite plant is our budding Little Gem Magnolia tree in the backyard. We love sitting outside at the patio table or Adirondack bench that Jarrett built for Laurice. In the winter, you will find us roasting marshmallow in our fire pit. Jarrett likes his golden brown, while Laurice likes her marshmallows blackened and crispy.

We have discovered that we love painting our home in different shades of blue as our living room wall, laundry room, and nursery are all blue/teal colors. Our favorite upgrade we made to our house is our headboard we built on Valentines Day of 2016. We also loved decorating our nursery with all things bright and installing the alphabet wall. We bought all the letters in Canton while camping. Jarrett's favorite home decoration is a giant 6 ft wreath that hangs above our garage at Christmas. Laurice's favorite home decoration would be her front door wreath collection that she made to match each holiday or smiling yard pumpkin that adorns the yard in the fall. Our neighborhood has a local pool complete with a mushroom fountain and alligator float, many different parks, and lots of exciting family events. Some of our favorites include the 4th of July Firework display, Halloween Trick-or-Treating, and walking on our local trails.

Hobbies & Adventures

We love to try anything once. On a Saturday, we can be found working on a home project, being outdoors, and getting lost in an adventure. We love to travel, whether it be just across town, across the state, or on the other side of the world. Some of our favorite trips include ziplining on our honeymoon in Cozumel, assisting with baseball camp in England, camping in Canton, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling in Colorado and wizarding in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. During hockey season, you can find us cheering on the Dallas Stars, unless they are playing against the Nashville Predators, which is Laurice's favorite. We go to any zoo that we may encounter, and especially love visiting the giraffe and otter exhibits. We live by our family motto of 'celebrating sunset to sunset' by doing everything with a smile and enjoying life to the fullest. We live without fear, because we know that God already knows what our life will look like.

Our Families

We have the best support system around, just waiting to love a child into the family. Laurice's parents are ecstatic to become Lolli and Pops, while Jarrett's parents are enthusiastic to be Nana and Grandpa. Both of our siblings and their wives are so excited to spoil their little niece or nephew. A little one in our family will be blessed to have 4 Uncle/Aunts, 4 Grandparents, and 5 Great Grandparents. Laurice's family prefers college football, while Jarrett's family likes hockey season. Our families love to do things together such as traveling, golfing, and game nights. Our family's favorite games are Mexican Train or Settlers of Catan. We are grateful that both sets of parents live within an hour of us, so we get to spend weekends and holidays together. Our family is welcoming and embracing to anyone in their lives. We know that anyone who joins our family will be an instant family member and will mesh perfectly. By having a child placed into our home, we not only gain a child, but we gain you as a family member.

Traditions

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We feel traditions are some of our best memories in our relationship and childhood. We want a child to look back on their childhood and remember all the wonderful memories and traditions. During the Christmas season, we always watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas with hot chocolate (Jarrett) and hot tea (Laurice) with a roaring fire. We buy all our Christmas gifts on Black Friday, so that we can enjoy the Christmas season without stress. On Christmas Eve, we eat Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas with Santa's favorite cookie after our Christmas Eve service at church. In the Summertime, we spend at least a week in the mountain town, Ruidoso, at Laurice's grandparents' vacation home. We love to go explore, hike, relax, and enjoy all things mountain life.

When at home, we try to go on a family walk every evening to talk about our day, and hope to have a kid in a stroller or walking beside us. We also cook as a family, complete with dogs waiting for us to drop any food, that we consider a nightly tradition of our family. On holidays, we can often be found having lunch with Laurice's family, and dinner at Jarrett's parents' house. With our child, we hope to establish the tradition of going to the zoo, taking a family vacation every year, and volunteering in the community. When our child is school age, we will attend every school event or performance they have. We can look forward to making more traditions in our family. If your child joins our family, we hope we can incorporate some of your family traditions into our lives to honor you.

Our Promise

We want you to know that we are praying for you, as you and your child possibly join our family. As parents, we will encourage our child to reach their potential and purse their dreams. We know that a child in our home will feel the love and desires to accomplish anything. We will meet each child on their level so they can bloom into their own unique individual. We will cherish the dirty diapers, partake in fort building, and laugh at family game nights. We will choose to raise our family in our Christian faith. We look forward to doing the everyday things with our child, but especially look forward to going on a family road trips through California, to our favorite mountain town, Ruidoso, and exploring in Disney World. Thank you for the opportunity to know us a little bit better.

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