Hi, I'm Jeanette
Hi, I’m Jeanette. Thanks for visiting my page. As I write this, I’m thinking about you and how it might feel to be making an adoption plan, sifting through sites and profiles.
It’s hard to know what information will help you make what must be a difficult decision, so those of us hoping to adopt a child tell you about ourselves, our hobbies and histories, and hope something clicks.
So why pick me? It may be a feeling you get from a picture or something about my experience or outlook – an overall sense that I can provide the kind of home and upbringing you would want for your child. Maybe you’ll like that I’m independent and love to play ice hockey. Or that I own my own business and work from home.
Maybe you’ll never be able to explain it exactly. I have always wanted to have children and sometimes I have trouble explaining it exactly. It’s just something I have always felt deep in my heart.
I love spending time with little ones and moved from Colorado to Maryland to be closer to my niece and nephews as they are growing up. (You’ll meet my niece in a note in my profile book.) I feel like things are more joyful, funnier, just better with kids around. And I want to open my heart and home to a little one of my own.
A Little Bit About Me
I am a curious and active person but have also been described as calm or laid back. I’m usually game to try something new and have a lot of different interests. I love team sports and play on a hockey team and also love reading and writing stories. My Sunday mornings consist of pajamas and the crossword puzzle with a hot cup of coffee.
Making stuff: I knit and crochet and recently learned how to do amigurumi – making little crochet animals. Can’t wait to make a whole collection for my little one. I like to bake, too – funny things like baking-show challenges and fancy things like croissants – and bread! You can see my latest cookie creation in the pics below.
I used to play school when I was a kid – my mom bought a real grade book for me and I took attendance of my stuffed animals – and I brought that interest in education into my work.
Whether training volunteers or working with students, I love teaching and learning. I used to be a classroom teacher and, now, I have my own company creating materials that make learning fun for kids in grades K-12: lessons, articles, and activities. And, my schedule is flexible and I work from home!
A Warm, Funny, Loving Home
The best part of my home are the two little (well, not so little anymore!) kitties that share it with me. They arrived when they were 5 weeks old and have grown up into the most amazing cats.
Oliver (aka Ollie) plays hide-and-seek behind any curtain and loves to “surf” on giant pieces of cardboard; Tibbin (aka Tibby) plays fetch with balled up paper and is an expert at sitting up and begging for treats.
I live in a cute community, across the street from an elementary school and playground and down the street from a coffee shop and library. I love the library and look forward to walking there with my child someday. Speaking of reading, there are several spots at home to curl up with a good book…or play a game or do homework!
Life Lessons I’ll Pass Along to My Kid
• You can fall down in front of your whole class while turning in a test and be alright (true story). Embarrassment is temporary.
• It is okay to be a beginner – everyone is at some point. I have taken snowboarding and cello lessons as an adult.
• People often like you most for the things you think are weird about yourself. Also: everyone is weird.
Friends & Family
I live just about a mile from my brother and his family. My niece and two nephews are awesome and I love going to their games, recitals, graduations…and just hanging out. My friends are my extended family. We get together for game nights, dinners, hikes, and heart-to-hearts. Lots of them have kids and several are adoptive parents.
Of course, I think my friends and family are amazing, but it might be important for you to hear from the people who know me best…specifically, what they think about me being a parent.
My aunt would be a good mom because she is the most loving, enthusiastic, easy to talk to person that I know. I can talk to my aunt about anything. She has always been there for me from supporting me in school and soccer to having sleepovers. I love spending the night at my aunt’s house. ~ My niece, Clare
Jeanette is going to be an incredible mom. Our son loves her, as do we, because of her kind and generous spirit, her boundless joyful energy, and her openness to life’s adventures. We wish everyone could be so fortunate as to have her in their lives. ~Friends and parents of Sam (3 years old), Marla & Sadie
Jeanette is a unique mix: creative, funny, and very very thoughtful. She is nurturing and incredibly strong and connects so easily with kids and animals. My daughter absolutely LOVES her in a way I have rarely seen. ~ My friend since elementary school, Courtney
Just A Few More Things...
One of the things I learned from teaching is that every kid is awesome in their own way. I adored the straight A student who did all her homework, the kid who could never remember to even bring a pencil, the shy kid, and the class clown. I know that I will love and cherish the child that I am fortunate enough to adopt, and I honestly feel like I can’t even imagine how much, yet.
One final thought, I imagine reading adoption profiles is like looking at social media – all the best moments. But everyone faces challenges and any child will have his or her own hurdles. I am here for that, too, with love, support, guidance, a boost, and a safe place to land.
Thanks for finding out a little bit about me. There are a lot of wonderful people out there hoping to be parents and I know one of these profiles will speak to you. I hope it’s mine and, if it is, I’d love to have a chance chat. I wish for peace and happiness for you.