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Randy & Jessica
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We are so grateful for the opportunity to pursue adoption to grow our family, and we know we would be great parents. We would be honored to be chosen as adoptive parents, and we promise to provide a safe and loving home for your child for the rest of our lives.
What It Means to Become Parents
The opportunity to be parents would mean the world to us. We believe parents are responsible for keeping their families safe and protected, showing love and kindness, guiding and teaching, serving as a confidant and a resource, providing support through difficult life events, and creating opportunities for success and happiness. We are looking forward to every aspect of parenthood, from the hard times to the best times.
We are most looking forward to getting to know the personalities of our children and their likes and interests. We can't wait to have another person to laugh, talk, and play with in our home. We are looking forward to finding out even the simplest things as the child grows, like their favorite color and favorite fruit. We can't wait to see their favorite activities, so we can support those and provide opportunities for the child to have fun and learn. We love to laugh, have fun, and see the world, and we can't wait to share that with our children.
While we will share all of these things with our children, our children will also help us grow. We know being parents will bring more love and purpose into our lives and will make every day fuller and more meaningful.
Our Leisure Time
We spend our leisure time golfing, cooking, hanging out with family and friends, and relaxing on our comfy couch in our living room. Randy loves to golf and we belong to a local country club where he plays often with friends and family. The club has a pool and swim team, holds junior golf events, and hosts holiday events for children such as Easter egg hunts and gingerbread making. We look forward sharing golf and these fun experiences with our children.
Jessica loves to cook, both inside in our kitchen, and outside in our backyard which has a patio with a Big Green Egg smoker and a fire pit. She cooks dinner most weeknights and tries specialty dishes on the weekends such as grilled pizzas, barbecue, and Randy's favorite - smoked chicken wings! Some of Jessica's favorite childhood memories are cooking and baking with her mom, and she can't wait to do the same with her children.
Our family members all live nearby, and so we see them on a weekly basis. We grill out, watch sports games, and relax together. We are looking forward to our children spending time with their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins on a regular basis.
On any given night, you will find us relaxing or watching TV on our big comfy couch in our living room with our best friend, a hound dog named Saylor who Randy adopted 14 years ago. We can't wait to welcome children into this comfy and cozy space.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
We are lucky to live within driving distance of the coast, and we spend two weeks each summer on big family vacations to local beaches. Vacation with Randy's extended family is loud and fun, with over 15 people in a big ocean-front house with a pool, including kids ranging in age from 3 to 13. We spend all day at the beach or the pool, and then gather together for big family dinners and evenings on the deck as the sun goes down.
Jessica's extended family is a bit smaller and quieter, but plenty of fun, including family card games and puzzles, golf outings, relaxing time at the beach, and ice cream (our favorite!) in the evenings.
We also love scenic drives, like the Pacific Coast Highway, which we have driven all the way from Mexico to Canada, and we have a goal of seeing every national park in the US. Our favorites so far include Glacier in Montana and 'the Big Five' in Utah. We love to travel and site-see, and can't wait to share these experiences and adventures with our children.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a beautiful, family-friendly neighborhood in Virginia. We bought our house three years ago with the intention of raising a family here. Our neighbors include children of all ages - families ride bikes in the evening and play out in their yards during the afternoons. There is a neighborhood park with a big swing set and a slide just around the corner from our house. The best elementary school in the county (and one of the best in the state) is within walking distance.
Our home is two stories with four bedrooms and a big fenced-in back yard. We spend most of our time in the living room. We have a big cozy couch that we curl up on together with our dog, a beagle-hound mix named Saylor (who is adopted!). On the weekends, we take walks around the neighborhood, relax on the deck, and grill out in the back yard, or have fires in the fire pit.
We belong to a neighborhood pool complex with two full size pools, water slides, a separate pool with diving boards, a playground area, and tennis courts. We also belong to a nearby country club with a beautiful golf course on the river. The country club has many families with children and hosts day camps in the summer, gingerbread house making, Easter egg hunts, and lots of other children's activities.
We can't wait to raise a child in our beautiful home!
Our Extended Families
We are so fortunate that both of our families live in the same city as we do and that we all see each other on a weekly basis. Both of our parents are thrilled that we have chosen to expand our family through adoption and cannot wait to shower another grandchild with love.
We spend holidays all together and take big family trips to the beach together every year. Our families love to watch sports and grill out together, and everyone is always laughing and joking.
Our family has a little something for everyone. Randy's family is big - he has three brothers and one sister, lots of nephews, and one niece. Gatherings are loud and fun and everyone wants to be the center of attention. There is always someone to hang out with and always lots of activities happening. Jessica has one sister and one nephew and family events are quieter, but no less fun. Jessica's parents host 'grandma grandpa camp' every summer for her nephew, which includes baking desserts, hiking day trips, peach picking, and baseball games.
Both families would be thrilled to welcome another child into our traditions and family events.
From Us to You
We know this is a difficult decision for you, and we thank you for even considering us. To choose us as parents for your child would be giving us the greatest gift that we could ever receive.
Our journey to parenthood has not been easy. In 2019, Jessica was diagnosed with a medical condition that left her unable to carry children of her own and for a time period we thought our dreams of having a family would be unobtainable. Learning that adoption was an option for us helped us through some of the darkest times because we knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel. To have this opportunity of adopting to grow our family means everything to us.
We were raised in tight-knit, loving families with whom we remain very close. We truly understand the value of family and we cannot wait to start our own. We look forward to watching our child grow and learn, getting to know their personality, finding out their interests and talents, teaching them about the world, and sharing experiences with them.
We have been married for five years and love to laugh and be silly together. We are also loving and loyal people, and we want to share laughter and love with our future child. Together, we are strong team and we lean on and support each other through everything. We have faced some of life's hardest moments together, and it has made our bond stronger. We would approach parenting with the same team mindset that we have approached everything, and we know this would make us great parents.
We are excited not only about how we can support and provide for your child, but for all of the ways this child will make our lives more complete. This child will fill our lives with that love, purpose, and meaning that can only be found in hearts of parents. We will teach our child everything we know and show them everything in the world we can, but we also know that this child will teach us more about ourselves than we could ever imagine. Becoming parents will help us grow more as people and as a family than we could otherwise achieve.
Being a parent is a great opportunity, but also bears great responsibility. We know being parents will be difficult at times, but we are 100% committed to give this child safety, security, and every opportunity for success. We will embrace the hard work and the challenges that come with raising a child. We want you to know every decision we make from this day forward will be in the best interest of this child.
We understand the benefits of open adoption for both you and the child, and we are committed to creating an open environment, including sending update letters and photos. We hope you will choose us, and we look forward to getting to know you and sharing milestones and successes with you on a regular basis throughout this journey.
Randy & Jessica