David and Janet
Hi, we are David & Janet from San Diego, California! Thank you for checking out our profile. We have always dreamed of having multiple children and are thankful for the ability to adopt. We hope to give you a glimpse into our life so you can see who we are and learn all about our family. Thank you for your courage in choosing adoption and giving us the chance to be a family of 5!
A Few Fun Facts:
- We live in California, but are Texans at heart
- We grew up in the same hometown
- We were married at home, in our backyard
- We adopted Haylee in 2016 and JP in 2017
- We are a military family, Go Navy!
- We love to be outdoors
- We both have wonderful, loving families
- We have the sweetest dogs, Jake & Rooster
About Us, Told by Janet
We met in Texas, during high school, but were just friends through college. When David started training to join the Navy, I would join him for long runs and we began seeing more of each other.
We took things slow and finally started dating a few years later, ha! We just loved spending time together and knew we had a good match in each other.
On October 15, 2011, our world was turned upside-down. David had a parachuting accident and suffered a spinal cord injury. Our hearts were broken as we wondered what our future would look like.
After difficult years and fighting to find joy through it all, we realized the accident was a gift, a new beginning. We wanted to celebrate this and make it a new anniversary. David and I on October 15, 2013 and have loved every second of being husband and wife.
We now see the hardest thing in our life as the biggest blessing we have received. We learned that though difficulties will come, it will turn out better than we can imagine or plan- nothing happens by accident.
Those “better than we could imagine” moments came when we adopted our daughter, Haylee Kay in 2016 and our son, John Paul James in 2017. They are the light of our lives and we feel so blessed to have been chosen to be their parents.
Our Careers, Told by David
Janet obtained a Bachelors in Marketing from Texas A&M University and worked for several years in real estate. I joined the Navy after high school and became a Navy SEAL. After my parachuting accident, I was medically retired in 2013.
In 2014, we started managing a non-profit physical therapy clinic for people with neuro injuries. I have been a patient at this facility since my accident, so it means a lot to me to have the opportunity to give back. Janet and I love working together and it gives us the freedom to work from home. This allows us both to be home with kids too!
About David, Told by Janet
David is a true man’s man. He grew up with a Navy SEAL as a dad and then chose the same profession for himself. David excelled as a soldier, enjoys being challenged, and is truly the strongest man I know. He values faith in God and honesty above all else.
I love that he is a risk taker and not afraid to try anything and will do so with a smile on his face! David has fun in just about everything he does. I am constantly laughing with him, even doing the most routine tasks. He is also a hilarious storyteller, but you will just have to experience that in person!
David also has a soft spot, which might be my favorite quality. He cares deeply for those he loves and always puts others first. He is the one friends call in an emergency and will be there anytime. He has an amazing way of encouraging others that is gentle, yet speaks the truth.
David is an amazing dad and both kids light up when they see him… He is very involved and is hoping they will love sports as much as he does. He loves watching them grow and teaching them. We may end up with a few guitar players thanks to his talents!
David is our biggest encourager, a wonderful leader to our family and can’t wait to be a dad again!
About Janet, Told by David
Janet is truly one of a kind. She is passionate, loving, and adventurous. She is a perfect blend of serious and goofball. Janet invests herself in impacting people’s lives. Whether it is the work she does now helping the nonprofit or being a big sister to under privileged kids while in college, Janet just wants to bring love to others.
Janet seems quiet at first but is actually very adventurous. She is constantly looking to get outside whether it is playing with the dogs or swimming in the ocean. She enjoys traveling and eating new foods (especially food involving chocolate). She is constantly pushing me to try new things.
Most importantly, Janet impresses me on a daily basis with her undying faith in God. She has stood with me through the hardest time in my life and kept reminding me that God has a perfect plan for us. Janet has handled adversity in her short life that most people never will. She has shown a calmness under pressure and the courage to tell the truth as opposed to what people just want to hear. She has made me a better person through her example alone.
As a mom, Janet is always playing and trying to show Haylee & JP how fun it is to explore the world around them. She combines fun activities with learning like swimming, counting, colors, and reading. They love all the fun things Janet does with them. Janet is a natural at being a mom and makes everyday fun and exciting for her kiddos. She will be an amazing mom of three!
Our Family and Home
Meet Haylee and John Paul
Haylee turned 4 in September and has an easy going, joyful spirit. She loves swimming and anything to do with the water! Haylee is a wonderful big sister and loves to help mom!
John Paul (JP) turned 3 in November and is an amazing combination of sweet and wild! JP loves books and all things cars, trucks and planes. He is always looking out for others and is excited to be a big brother.
Haylee & JP each have unique and beautiful adoption stories. Haylee was born in Washington and JP in Kentucky. We are thankful to know and love their birth families!
David and I were close in age to our siblings growing up and would love to provide the same opportunity for our children. It made for many fun adventures and a close bond that we still have today.
Meet Our Family
We are fortunate to have a great relationship with both our families. We joke that our most difficult decision is how to split our time because they both just want to be together!
David’s family lives here in San Diego and we love having them close! His parents, Mike and Beth, have been married for 36 years and he has one younger brother, John Paul. David’s family are his best friends and support. His parents taught him to love God above all else and to never give up in the face of adversity.
Janet’s family is a bit spread out, but do an amazing job of visiting several times each year! Her parents, Carol and Dale have been married 40 years and she has two older sisters, Beth and Stacy. Beth is married to Tony and they have three children, Cole, Cate and Emma. Stacy is married to Gerrod and they have a daughter, Chesnee. Janet’s parents taught her the importance of family, working hard, and honesty.
Our Home is in a quiet neighborhood of San Diego that has access to great schools and parks. We are only a few miles from the beach and close to Mission Bay Park. Our backyard overlooks a beautiful canyon and has a large yard that will be fun for kids as they get older.
We are blessed with great neighbor kids who can often be found playing in our backyard, which is one of Janet’s favorite things! We all love being outdoors or in the water and our location allows us to do that year round.
We also have two sweet dogs, Jake and Rooster. Haylee loves playing with them and “training them” aka giving them her snacks! David takes them into work too. The patients love to see them and they brighten everyone’s day.
At home, we often have friends and family over for dinner or game night. We love that our home is a favorite spot for friends and family alike.
Our Community is something we are very thankful for daily. David is medically retired from the Navy and our family has access to military benefits, such as, healthcare, college grants, and base access for pools, recreation, sports, and more. This is a huge benefit for a growing family and we are thankful for the support the Navy has given us.
We are also very involved with our local church and believe it is important for children to grow up surrounded by a loving community that supports parents and children.
Several of our close friends have children the same age as Haylee and JP. It is so much fun to watch them all grow and learn together!
We promise to love your child unconditionally, to always encourage their dreams, and guide them as they grow. We promise to create an environment where they have access to education and opportunities to pursue their interests. We promise to surround them with the love of family and friends. We promise that your child will know their adoption story, the love you have for them, and the beautiful story that brought us together.
We thank you for considering us to raise your child and helping us complete our family. Words could barely express our gratitude for giving us the opportunity to be parents of three little blessings!
David, Janet, Haylee & JP
We Promise to Teach Them:
- To Love and Know God
- To Be Humble
- To Treat Everyone Equally with Respect
- To Be Creative and Adventurous
- To Have Courage and Strength
- To Work Hard and Never Give Up