Adoptive Family Joe and Jenn
As we sit here writing this letter, we are overwhelmed with emotions. The road to parenthood has been a long journey for us, with no shortage of unexpected bumps and tears. While we know how it feels to be on this side of the adoption process, we cannot imagine the emotion and energy it takes to be on yours. As you move forward with deciding what's best for you and your child, we hope that you'll consider making us a part of your plan.

Our story began in 2004, when we met at our summer job lifeguarding for a local pool company in New Jersey. We dated for several years and were married in 2010 in a small ceremony with 30 of our favorite people on the beach. Over the last 14 years, our love for one another has deepened and we've learned that we can count on each other no matter what life presents. We've experienced cross-country moves, deployments, family health scares and infertility, and through it all we've embraced these challenges as an unwavering team. Having been together for so long means we know how to comfort each other, how to solve problems together, and most importantly, how to make each other laugh in difficult times. We have the unconditional love and commitment necessary to give a child a stable and warm home to grow up in.

Although much of our family profile has a serious tone, we are generally very silly, fun-loving people. We play pranks on each other, make sarcastic jokes, and have entire conversations using only movie quotes. We talk to our dogs as if they can understand us and leave notes for each other on the fridge to have a great day. We lose track of time watching episodes of Brooklyn Nine Nine while snuggling our dogs on the couch. We book last minute vacations and take spontaneous road trips without any sort of plan other than to have fun. We try to do our best to make the most of what life has to offer and we're ready for the next chapter to begin as parents.

We can't wait to bring a child into our home and into our hearts. We can't wait to paint their face on Halloween and take them trick-or-treating. We can't wait to listen to them learn to play a musical instrument and then watch them nail their recital solo. We can't wait to watch them decorate a Christmas tree for the very first time and leave out cookies for Santa and his reindeer. Most importantly, we can't wait for the day-to-day routine of being responsible for a tiny human. We can't wait to pack school lunches, eat family dinners, and read bedtime stories. We can't wait for carpools to soccer practice and ballet lessons and to review homework assignments. We can't wait to create a home for a child that fosters a zest for life, a curiosity for the world, and a passion for learning.

If you decide to pursue adoption and you decide to choose us, we are open to sharing your child's growth and experiences through photos, letters, emails, and visits. We will always be open and honest with your child regarding their adoption and their family heritage. We will make sure your child knows they are loved beyond words and we will always speak fondly and respectfully of the selfless gift you've given our family. We are eager to get to know you and welcome your continued investment in your child's life.

With love,

Joe and Jenn

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