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Casey & Jenna
A warm hello, and thank you for taking the time to view our profile! We are so grateful that you are considering us as potential parents for your child. We feel very fortunate and excited to be on this path to expanding our family and will strive to always make the child our #1 priority. Please know that we understand this road is filled with many emotions and difficult decisions for you and we applaud your strength and bravery.
What It Means to Become Parents
Ever since we excitedly committed to spend the rest of our lives together, having a family was a concrete part of our plan, so being parents definitely means a lot to us. It is a dream that we can't wait to come true. We are very excited to have the opportunity to raise a child together. We look forward to everything and know there will be highs and lows. We certainly can't wait for birthday celebrations, holidays, vacations, school dances, and all the other fun stuff. But even more so, we feel that deep satisfaction will come from helping to guide the child to becoming their own unique person, being a shoulder to cry on, and providing unconditional love through all of life's ups and downs. As parents we will strive to provide a loving and nurturing home complete with learning, laughs, and healthy boundaries. We feel confident that our strong relationship and life experiences have prepared us well for the journey of parenthood. Our ultimate goal is to parent in a way that allows the child to grow into a happy, healthy, well-adjusted adult.
We aim to live a lifestyle of balance. We both have full-time jobs but also prioritize making time for family, hobbies, exercise, travel, and everything in between!
We enjoy daily walks with our dog, cooking meals together, and finding a good show to binge watch every so often. Some nights we might meet family or friends for dinner, go to the pool when the weather is nice, or go to a baseball game. Other nights are slower paced and we enjoy reading or listening to podcasts, sitting outside on our deck, and watching Jeopardy.
We both find ourselves happiest by exercising our minds and bodies, maintaining a comfortable and clean home, and also finding a good amount of time for leisure and making memories.
Education We Will Provide
Education is very important to us. We both believe that a quality education opens up endless possibilities. We plan to begin introducing the child to language and learning early on through play, books, and other enjoyable learning activities. We hope to make learning fun and are lucky to have many opportunities to do this close to our home. There is a science center, a zoo, an aquarium, various museums (art, history, sports), botanical gardens, and theaters within 30 minutes of our house. We hope that if we expose the child to a large variety of fun and educational experiences, they will gain confidence to try new things and learn what they are passionate about. Also, Jenna is a Speech-Language Pathologist trained in childhood language development and other related areas. She worked in a middle school for several years and we are confident that her knowledge will be beneficial in helping the child learn and grow. The school district we live in is rated very highly and one of the reasons we chose to live where we do. After high-school, we will support the child in whatever path they choose, whether it be college, trade school, entrepreneurship, or another option. We are optimistic that the educational background, experiences, and up-bringing we intend to provide for the child will set them up for a life of fulfillment and success.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a great, family friendly suburb located about 15 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Despite close proximity to the city, we have multiple parks, trails, and pools within 10 minutes of our home. We frequently visit these nearby attractions with our dog, Sophia, and look forward to bringing a little one along!
Our community hosts many events throughout the year, such as a summer concert series, various runs and walks for charity, Community Days, an Easter egg hunt, Fall Festival, and Christmas tree lighting. We love this area and truly feel it offers the best of both worlds in terms of the culture and diversity of a city combined with the community-closeness and safety of a suburb.
We live on a low-traffic street in a neighborhood full of families with children of all ages. We moved into our home in 2022 and often discuss how excited we are to create memories here with a family of our own. The house itself has an open layout on the main floor with space for a child to play and four bedrooms upstairs. We recently fenced in the yard and love the added safety this provides.
We believe that our community, school district, and home are all especially conducive to providing a child with a great place to learn, grow, have fun, and flourish!
Our Extended Families
We both come from close Italian families and have fond memories of being raised with similar household traditions. One being, of course, Sunday dinners with family! Since each of our families live nearby, we are still able to get together often to share good conversations, laughs, and delicious food just like we always have. It's a privilege to be able to see and enjoy our families regularly. From big occasions like family vacations, to more casual times like game nights, trying new local restaurants, or attending sporting events, we always have a great time as a family.
The holidays are especially fun in our family! One tradition everyone looks forward to is our Christmas Eve "grab bag" at Aunt Kim's house. Everyone brings a different gift card, they all go into a bag, and we take turns reaching in to pick one. The catch is, each person gets to decide if they are going to keep the card they chose, or steal someone else's. It always turns into a loud and hilarious time.
Our parents, siblings, and extended family are all extremely supportive and excited about our adoption journey. They ask for regular updates and truly can't wait to welcome a new member to the family. Along with us, the child's future grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins (and pets!), are all so ready to embrace them with loving and open arms.
From Us to You
We are so thankful that you have taken the time to consider us and allow us to share a little bit about ourselves with you. Please know that we realize you are going through a trying time faced with many difficult decisions and we truly admire your courage.
We met while both working at a nursing home in 2015. Our relationship developed quickly, with each of us knowing we were in love but not wanting to admit it so early on. We enjoyed each other's company, we laughed a lot, we confided in each other, we took trips, we completed home projects together, we had each other's back (and always will); it just worked. Our families connected effortlessly as well. There was no doubt we both wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and we made it official on July 22, 2017. It really was the best day with the exception of one hiccup. While playing basketball with his groomsmen on the morning of the wedding, Casey broke his leg! After getting x-rays and a partial cast, he managed to get ready and make it to the wedding with time to spare. A bit of a rocky start to the day, but we didn't miss a beat. We were married and went on to dance the night away (Casey on crutches) with our family and friends in one of the most fun and memorable nights of our lives. We tell you that story because it's a testament to how we bring out the best in each other no matter what. Casey refused to let anything ruin the day, making sure nothing had to change due to the accident. And Jenna handled the situation with grace and kindness, focusing first on Casey's wellbeing and not letting the situation bring her down.
Soon after we were married, we began trying to have children but had no idea the challenges we were going to encounter. When fertility treatments resulted in multiple miscarriages, we realized that was not going to be our path to parenthood. The decision to put that chapter behind us took much thought and consideration. But to us, the most important thing has always been having a family together, regardless of our path to get there, and we are so excited to be on this adoption journey. While we admit there were sad times along the way, we aren't bitter about those experiences. Instead, we feel lucky to have those years as a family of just two (plus our beloved dog). We truly love our life together and have taken time to make irreplaceable memories, but we are so excited and eager to add a child to our family.
That brings us to now, writing you this letter. You are important to us and always will be. From our perspective, you are considering us to receive a priceless gift. You will be always be reflected positively in our home. We have put our hearts and souls into growing our family and take this responsibility very seriously. We will be open with your child about their history and be supportive in their pursuit of finding out who they are. We will gladly send pictures and updates via letters and/or e-mails. We are also open to discussing video chats and/or visits if you choose. We hope to work together to maintain a healthy relationship over the years to come.
We are excited to provide your baby with a nurturing and stable home. They will grow up being loved beyond measure by us and our families. They will always be protected and supported. We are lucky to have family and friends to lean into for advice, guidance, and assistance when needed. This support system will extend to your child. While we know you are faced with a tremendous decision, we hope what we have shared may possibly bring you some comfort in knowing your child will be forever loved.
With sincere gratitude,
Casey & Jenna
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