Jeff & Jennifer
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONSIDERING US TO BE ADOPTIVE PARENTS FOR YOUR CHILD. We cannot begin to express how much admiration we have for you for making this selfless choice. Your choice is a true gift and is allowing us to realize our dream of family. After several attempts at fertility, we have learned that families are made in different ways. Our way is through adoption. This must be one of life’s “big decisions”; we respect and are in awe of your strength! We are hopeful that your decision will give you great peace and confidence knowing there is a family ready to care for, provide for, and love your baby.
We met in 7th grade so have known each other for 23 years! We were friends before we dated. Many hours were spent on the phone helping each other with homework. Jeff needed help with English, and I would have failed math without him. We dated for three years in high school and then reconnected after college. I used to picture us getting married and having a family. We have now been married for ten years. We share very similar values, life goals and dreams which places us on the same page, so big decisions are never too big.
Over the last few years we have tried to take a vacation or at least a short weekend getaway once a year. We have been to Washington D.C., New York, Las Vegas, and Cabo San Lucas. This summer, we went to Legoland and Hawaii. Weekends are spent getting outside, exercising, being with family with an occasional trip to the zoo mixed in.
OUR MOST IMPORTANT GOAL HAS BEEN TO HAVE A FAMILY. Five years ago, we were blessed to adopt our first child, Heidi. We believe she was a true gift from God. We had a great experience; all of the details that would keep us from falling asleep at night, just had a way of working themselves out.
Jeff and I both grew up with siblings and would love our household to have more little people’s voices in it.
By Jeff- Jen is the best friend and wife a guy could ask for. And after seeing her with our daughter Heidi, I think she is the best mom a kid could ask for as well. She has a way with words that makes me laugh but also gets her point across. Jen thinks she is casual and laid-back, but in reality, she is a planner. She makes lists and needs a schedule, which helps our life run smoothly. JEN HAS A MASTER’S DEGREE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY AND WORKS PART TIME AS A THERAPIST, ONLY FIVE MINUTES FROM HOME. She loves her part time work schedule! On her days off, she and Heidi get to spend time together and play. She is compassionate, sincere, and an amazing mom. Jen is a fitness nut. She played tennis in college and now enjoys running and pilates for a good work out. Jen’s focus is her family; she works hard to teach her daughter life’s lessons and tries to be the best mom she can be.
By Jen- I knew from when we were in high school, that I wanted to marry someone like Jeff. Little did I know, it would actually be he I married. He is such a family man and we are his number one priority. He doesn’t let his job or anything else influence the way he acts when he gets home at the end of the day. He is level headed and takes the time to learn both sides before making a decision, whereas, I just want to get it done and let emotion decide for me. I have already seen him be a good parent. Heidi makes him smile and he can easily make her do the same. He enjoys spending time with her. I can leave for the afternoon and he will be able to keep her busy by having her “help him” with the lawn and dinner.
JEFF IS HILARIOUS, WITTY, AND MAKES EVERYONE AROUND HIM LAUGH. He has his CPA license and works as a project manager for a successful construction company. He grew up playing sports and is now an avid golfer. Jeff seems to be good at everything, especially at being a dad. It is heartwarming to see him make his daughter laugh. In addition to spending family time, Jeff enjoys getting together with friends or watching sports on TV.
Family & Home
We live in a 2 story home that backs up to a golf course. WE HAVE A PLAY ROOM DOWNSTAIRS AND 2 EXTRA ROOMS UPSTAIRS, 1 THAT HAS A CRIB READY FOR A BABY. The backyard is open and quiet, except for when the lawn is being mowed. We can hear frogs and ducks in the water as well as see hummingbirds who visit the surrounding flowers daily. We enter our neighborhood through a gate, so we feel good about how safe it is. There is a small play area, great pool, and children who are playing in the street until dinner is called.
HEIDI IS OUR DAUGHTER WHO WE WERE BLESSED TO ADOPT FIVE YEARS AGO. She is growing into a “big girl” really fast and will be starting kindergarten in the fall. She loves to play make believe and read books as well as go to gymnastics and dance. Her favorite place to be is outside. She can spend hours at the beach, in the pool, or just hanging out with the kids in the neighborhood. It is fun to see Heidi interact with her young cousins and friends and we would love for her to be able to share her life with a brother or sister.
Meet Our Family
We are so blessed to have both of our families living in the same town. We spend a lot of time together for dinners, parties, and the pool. Jen’s dad loves to cook and we are always willing to sample what he has prepared. Jen’s mom is a retired kindergarten teacher who loves little children and never misses an opportunity to play, hold, or read to her grandchildren. Jeff’s parents are also retired. Jeff’s dad plays golf regularly and is always working on a house project. His mom enjoys crafts, gardening and taking pictures of everyone who will let her, especially her grandchildren. Jeff has two older sisters; Jen has two younger sisters and a brother. In all, we have six nieces and nephews that we get to see for Christmas, birthdays, holidays, and any other time we want to get together.
Say hello to Otto- Otto is our nine year-old Labrador retriever. We got him as a puppy and immediately fell in love with his color and short tail. Even though he is getting older, he continues to be full of energy. We often find him chewing our couch pillows or trying to grab things off the counter to eat. HE IS OUR 75 POUND LAP DOG AND WE LOVE HIM!
- WE WILL PROVIDE A SAFE, SECURE, LOVING HOME
- WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO INSTILL SELF CONFIDENCE AND STRONG VALUES
- WE WILL TEACH, LISTEN, AND ENCOURAGE
- WE WILL CREATE HAPPY MEMORIES
- WE WILL PLAY!
- WE WILL GIVE HUGS, KISSES, AND SAY I LOVE YOU
- WE WILL LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY AND WHOLE HEARTEDLY
- MOST OF ALL, WE WILL EXPLAIN HOW LUCKY WE ARE TO HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH SUCH A SPECIAL GIFT
Thank you! Jen, Jeff & Heidi