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Jacob & Jenna

Adoption has been a lifelong desire for us. Our parenting is full of love and fun. We can hardly wait to bring another child into our family and provide that for them too. It takes incredible courage to birth a child and then select an adoptive family for them - thank you for considering ours. We're committed to an open adoption and the spirit of openness. We hope you consider us for the good journey ahead!

About Us

Jacob
Jenna
Job
University Engineering Instructor
Stay-at-Home Mom
Education
Master's Degree in Civil Engineering
Bachelor's Degrees in Nursing & Psychology
Children
Levi, Abigail
Relationship
Legally Married

What It Means to Be Parents

Family Time at a Friend's Wedding

Parenting is a blast and doing it as a team is even better – we love it every day. We most enjoy seeing the world through our kids' eyes and joining in their excitement in everything. Snuggling might be a close second. We genuinely enjoy helping and coaching our kids as they learn and grow.

Being loving, excellent parents is a huge part of how we know and enjoy God. We are not ultimately in control of our children's lives and God loves them even more than we do. We firmly believe we're raising future adults, not grown up children. As parents we seek to be authoritative, giving freedom to our children within boundaries. Since we want our kids to learn to solve problems, there's a lot of fun and exploratory learning.

As parents we want to live out the values we teach. We live with authenticity as we interact with others and communicate our feelings, which we hope will support our children in being their whole selves and being able to communicate their feelings too. We live with humility to admit when we make mistakes and ask for forgiveness. We value learning from mistakes and giving grace, reassurance of love, and forgiveness too. We model perseverance to keep trying and get better when something is hard. We pour love into our children with lots of hugs and kisses, speaking words of value and acceptance over them, dreaming special futures with them, and actively helping to fulfill these dreams with them.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Over the Napali Coast on Our Anniversary Trip

Jacob About Jenna: Before we were married I knew Jenna was the most honest, joyous, confident, passionate, fun, and committed young lady I would ever meet. She was great at communicating, leading people, helping children, serving sacrificially, and her cooking was delicious too. Since we've been married I've seen even more of her attributes of willingness to try new things, commitment to her friends, purposeful raising of our children, and persevering and growing through uncomfortable and difficult times.

She is welcoming and authentic with all people, amazing at having conversations, super helpful when I am talking through my ideas or problems, focused and dedicated to whatever she sets her mind to, imaginative and idealistic, creative and artistic, and extremely self-reflective and desiring personal growth. Every day she wakes up and puts her best foot forward to love me well and love our children so well. I am blessed beyond words to have her as a wife and mother of our children!

Jenna About Jacob: I always said growing up that I hoped my love story would start by being best friends with a guy and one day finding out I was in love with him. My dream came true with Jacob, who I have now known for over half my life. As a young high schooler I saw remarkable qualities in him that made me proud to be his friend and completely at ease to be myself around him. Now 10 years into marriage, he still has a strength of character and lives his faith and values unlike any man I've known.

He is a remarkably gifted leader, problem-solver, and communicator who is wise, purposeful, and compassionate. Everyone knows how crazy he is about me, how thrilled he is to be a dad every day, and how much excitement he has for life. He is incredibly fun to be around with a sense of humor that can entertain a whole room of people with his wit and infectious laugh. He's the best and I'm honored to do life alongside him!

Cultural Diversity

We are enthusiastic and hopeful about adopting a child of a different race, and so are our families and close friends! We recognize that many forms of racism can impact a transracially adopted child, but hope this will be less going forward as the world continues sharing conversations about racial reconciliation. We want to always listen, learn, and grow from others who have different experiences in life.

If raising a child of a different race, we will commit as a family to embrace their heritage and initiate honest conversations about race throughout our lives. We are aware that transracial adoption requires more attentive parenting, with empathy to imagine how a child feels, seeking relationships with role models and mentors of our child's race and cultural heritage, and learning skills of proper hair and skin care. We will wholeheartedly welcome the value and unique experience of a transracial adoption.

We anticipate that our lives will change if we become a multi-racial family as we become more aware of discrimination in the world. We will actively acknowledge racism and initiate conversations about race to help all of our children be prepared to cope and respond to racism. We have good friends of different races and cultures in our church, family friends, and neighborhood that are willing to help us as we go. We will press into the process of learning from friends and building new friendships as mentors to us in multi-racial parenting.

Photos

The Kids Always Pick our Family Costumes for Halloween
The Kids Always Pick our Family Costumes for Halloween
Weekend Getaway
Weekend Getaway
Baking Time With Mommy
Baking Time With Mommy
No Dad Is More Fun at the Pool Than Jacob
No Dad Is More Fun at the Pool Than Jacob
Family Vacation to Nearby Mountains
Family Vacation to Nearby Mountains
Our Dog, Asta, Is So Gentle & Patient With Kids
Our Dog, Asta, Is So Gentle & Patient With Kids
We Love Finding Kid-Friendly Hikes!
We Love Finding Kid-Friendly Hikes!
Football & Game Days are a Family Tradition
Football & Game Days are a Family Tradition
Nothing Like a Magical Snow Day
Nothing Like a Magical Snow Day
A Day on the Water
A Day on the Water
Together at a Favorite Park
Together at a Favorite Park
Fall Fun in Our Backyard
Fall Fun in Our Backyard
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The Kids Always Pick our Family Costumes for Halloween
The Kids Always Pick our Family Costumes for Halloween
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Weekend Getaway
Weekend Getaway
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Baking Time With Mommy
Baking Time With Mommy
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No Dad Is More Fun at the Pool Than Jacob
No Dad Is More Fun at the Pool Than Jacob
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Family Vacation to Nearby Mountains
Family Vacation to Nearby Mountains
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Our Dog, Asta, Is So Gentle & Patient With Kids
Our Dog, Asta, Is So Gentle & Patient With Kids
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We Love Finding Kid-Friendly Hikes!
We Love Finding Kid-Friendly Hikes!
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Football & Game Days are a Family Tradition
Football & Game Days are a Family Tradition
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Nothing Like a Magical Snow Day
Nothing Like a Magical Snow Day
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A Day on the Water
A Day on the Water
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Together at a Favorite Park
Together at a Favorite Park
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Fall Fun in Our Backyard
Fall Fun in Our Backyard

Our Extended Families

Jenna's Family

Our parents and siblings live near each other in Texas and everyone is completely thrilled to welcome a new child into our family! Jenna is the oldest of five siblings with two sisters and two brothers, and Jacob is the oldest of three brothers. Our families became good friends during our high school years. So we grew up around each other's parents and siblings and have very close relationships with each other's family. When gathered together there is a lot of laughter, lively conversation, inside jokes, and delicious food.

Jacob's Family

Jenna's parents "Grandpa" and "GiGi" have a beautiful backyard pool we love to relax in as an extended family year-round. As a family we enjoy cooking together and playing card games late into the night.

Jacob's parents "PaPa" and "Mellie" live on 10 acres of forest where we ride 4-wheelers, watch wildlife, and fish. We love to take PaPa's boat out on the nearby lake, act out hilarious plays in costume with the kids, and enjoy the outdoor activities of the large camp and retreat center where Jacob's parents work.

The past decade of Jacob's active duty military service has also allowed us to build deep friendships-like-family in all the places we've lived. Our extended families, close friends, and church community are all eagerly anticipating the arrival of this child to share life with them, support and encourage them, and love them deeply as they grow.

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home

We live in Maryland near a small city on the Chesapeake Bay. Our neighborhood has a waterfront park, two beaches where we take our beach chairs to watch boats, eat picnics and play in the sand. Our neighborhood is full of families and kids and our son's elementary school is a 10-minute walk from our driveway.

A Spring Picnic in Our Backyard

We have a four bedroom/three bath house, with a basement that is a complete playroom with a full-size trampoline, small climbing wall, and movie watching area. In our large backyard, Jacob designed and built a treehouse with a rope swing and a stone fire pit area. We like to roast marshmallows with friends there or pitch our tent and let the kids camp overnight with us in the yard. In the winter we have sledding races down our hill, and in the warmer months the flowerbeds are full of veggies and specialty cut flowers Jenna grows from seed. One of our favorite parts of our house is the screened porch where we drink coffee, watch wildlife, and overlook the backyard.

Our city is culturally diverse, full of phenomenal parks and public libraries, and has a large YMCA that we frequent for family workouts, swimming, rock climbing, and sports lessons. We are a short drive from a metropolitan city with Smithsonian museums, historical sites, a large zoo, and a metro system the kids love to ride with us.

From Us to You

We don't yet know your name and face but you've been in our hearts and prayers for a long time. We're joyfully awaiting the day we meet, also knowing there has been an incredible weight for you that brought you here to read our words. We already admire the person you are to pursue a hopeful and happy outcome through something so hard. We're in awe of the deep love you have to consider adoption.

Our story together began in high school when our families became friends. We grew up around each other's siblings and parents, developing deep relationships with them before marriage was on the horizon. Our families and upbringing made us who we are today. Both our parents have been married for nearly 40 years and have continued to grow in love and commitment to each other. As parents and grandparents, they've passed on a strong faith and devotion to marriage and family.

We married right out of college almost 10 years ago and Jacob joined the military to serve as a Navy Civil Engineer. So far we've lived in California, Hawaii, Texas, and Maryland. This gave us connections all over the country and grew our appreciation for different walks of life. As a couple, we have been shaped by our time in the military, although we plan to leave active duty soon to stay settled in either Maryland or in Texas near family. The past decade of the Navy has made us stronger as a couple as we have faced deployment, moves, and lived away from extended family. Leaving active duty will allow us to put down roots in one place, but we will be forever grateful for the deep, lifelong friendships we have formed throughout our moving.

Our journey to adoption has been stirring in our hearts and prayers for years and we began actively pursuing it in early 2021. Adoption was something we each had on our hearts as early as our teen years and was a mutual dream that brought us together as a couple. As we had the desire to grow our family again, we felt drawn towards adoption since our pregnancies and miscarriage were very challenging. We both have several siblings and love the fun of a larger family. In coming years we hope to become a foster family and would welcome future adoptions through that. We still feel our family is incomplete and we're eager to meet and forever love our third child through this adoption!

We're committed to the spirit of openness with you. We want you to have an open line of communication with us and your child for life. We would love for you to be a valuable part of their life into adulthood and we commit to send pictures and letters, plan phone calls, and hopefully conduct visits through the years.

We promise that you will be spoken of often with admiration in our family. Our home and extended family will always be a place you are welcomed into and cherished for your courage and love. We want you to be known and loved by all of our children and we will receive you with open arms as a friend and family member.

Even now we are praying for you. We're asking God to surround you with his peace and give you direction as you make one of the most difficult decisions of your life. We're beyond excited and doing everything we can to prepare to welcome a beautiful new life into our home. Levi and Abigail are waiting for their baby sibling with incredible excitement. We look forward to sharing joy with you over this child and creating a beautiful, loving relationship with you.

With love,

Jacob & Jenna

Favorites

Jacob
Jenna
Actor
Tom Hanks
Steve Carrell
Actress
Nicole Kidman
Amy Poehler
Animal
Black bear
Dogs
Author
C.S. Lewis
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Book
Leading at a Higher Level by Ken Blanchard
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Candy Bar
Twix
Almond Joy
Cartoon
Bluey
Bluey
Childhood Memory
Family vacations
Thanksgiving with family at grandparents' ranch
Childhood Toy
LEGOs
Breyer horses
Children's Book
Your Baby's First Word Will Be DADA by Jimmy Fallon
The Big Red Bard by Margaret Wise Brown
City
Washington, D.C.
Kailua, Hawaii
Classic Movie
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life
Color
Blue
Blue
Day of Week
Friday
Saturday
Dessert
Ice cream
Ice cream / creme brulee / cheesecake
Disney Movie
Monsters, Inc.
Monsters Inc.
Dream Car
4-door Jeep Wrangler 4X4 in Sting Gray color
Toyota 4Runner in Lunar Rock color
Dream Job
CEO of mid-sized business that makes a positive impact in the world
Hobby farmer of animals and flowers
Dream Vacation
Backpacking excursion through the mountains
Norway for dog sledding and the Aurora Borealis
Family Activity
Swimming
Going to fun playgrounds
Flower / Plant
Plumerias or gardenias
Dahlias, grown by me :)
Food
Popcorn
Chips and queso
Form of Exercise
Lifting
Weights
Fruit
Blueberries
Cara cara oranges
Game
Castles of Burgundy
Carcassonne
Hobby
Woodworking
Gardening
Holiday
Christmas!!!
Christmas!!!
Holiday Song
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Holiday Tradition
Christmas morning
Getting the family Christmas tree
Ice Cream
Blue Bell - homemade vanilla
Blue Bell - homemade vanilla or coffee flavor
Junk Food
Snyder's honey mustard & onion pretzel pieces
Chick-Fil-A waffle fries
Leisure Activity
Any activity outdoors with family
Being in the outdoors with family
Magazine
The Atlantic
Memory with a Child
Family vacations
Family vacations!
Memory with Spouse
Traveling together
All of our travels together
Movie
The Princess Bride
The Sound of Music
Movie Munchie
Popcorn, cooked on the stove
Any gummy candy
Movie Quote
Anything from The Princess Bride
"You and me, me and you, both of us together" - Mike Wazowski from Monsters, Inc.
Movie Type
Classic
Comedy
Musical
Hamilton
Hamilton and Les Miserables
Musical Group
Mumford and Sons
Rend Collective
Nursery Rhyme
This Little Piggy
I See the Moon
Olympic Event
Gymnastics
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
My dad
My husband
Play
Cyrano de Bergerac
Much Ado About Nothing
Poet
Dr. Suess
A.A. Milne
Quality about my Spouse
Thoughtfulness, perseverance, growth mindset
Strength, wisdom, adaptability
Quote
It's not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King Jr
Restaurant
Chick-Fil-A
Mad Taco (in Texas)
Sandwich
The Original from Schlotzsky's
Schlotzsky's Original (also in Texas)
Scripture
John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
Psalm 16:11 "You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore."
Shopping Store
REI
Home Depot or anywhere for garden plants
Song
Hundred Miles by Judah & the Lion
Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
Sport to Play
Golf
Disc golf
Sport to Watch
Football
Football
Sports Star
Von Miller (attended Texas A&M same time as me)
Simone Biles
Sports Team
Texas A&M Aggies
Texas A&M Aggies
Subject in School
History
Art
Superhero
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Steak Fajitas
Homemade tortillas
Time of Day
Sunset
Tradition
Family reunions with Dad's gumbo
Texas A&M gamedays
TV Show
The Office
Parks and Rec
TV Show Character
Andy Dwyer (Parks and Rec)
Leslie Knope (Parks and Rec)
Type of Music
Folk Rock / Worship / Dance Pop / R&B
Pop / R&B / Worship / Folk
Vacation Spot
Hawaii or any place with mountains
Lanikai Beach, Hawaii and national parks
Video Game
Star Wars Battlefront
Mario Kart

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