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William & Jenny
To us, the opportunity to become parents is the greatest gift of our lives. We have struggled to make that a reality, but we know we were called to adopt. As we work through this process as adoptive parents, we keep our hearts open to birth parents who consider us. We are filled with gratitude for those who consider us in that process. Thank you for viewing our profile; it means the world to us.
What It Means to Become Parents
It is a tremendous responsibility to become parents, but we feel ready for it!
We think we will enjoy teaching the most, since our parents taught us so much about life and the world around us. We will definitely enjoy sharing our lives with a child, and getting to be part of their life as an individual, as well. Learning about this child who we love so much as they learn about themself, too, seems like a beautiful thing to experience.
We know that parenthood is sometimes the most challenging thing in life, but we also know that it can completely change a person forever. We have so much love to give, and we know we are supposed to be parents. We believe that God has equipped us to be parents, and that he put the desire for children in our hearts. We trust that he has a plan for the future of our family.
Our Leisure Time
We are adventure lovers, and we often spend our leisure time learning a new skill or trying something new. We recently spent Valentine's Day learning to make pottery, pour homemade candles, and making latte foam art. We like to invest in our friends' hobbies so we've played pickleball, learned how to play frisbee golf, tried line dancing, attended art festivals, and more. We love playing escape rooms just the two of us, since we have different styles of puzzle solving and it usually leads us to success. William excels in the math and sciences and Jenny's strength is in the creative arts, so we work well as a team in life and in games!
We love to see movies together, and we have unlimited passes at our local theater because we see every movie we can. When we have leisure time we make the best of it- we just started beekeeping as a hobby and we have come to love and appreciate bees so much through the process.
We are lifelong learners- we love to learn something new every day. We're not afraid of failures-we've had plenty of those, but are big believers that we can do anything we set our minds to.
We cook and bake, we love to garden, and we have our own sweet hens that lay eggs in a coop in the yard. We pack our leisure times with joy and excitement and look forward to the opportunity of sharing those joys with a child.
We are extremely privileged to have friends, neighbors, and family from many different backgrounds in our day-to-day lives to exemplify cultures and diversity we don't have within our house. We believe in striving to create a community that does justice to the ethnic and cultural diversity of the child, even if that means sacrificing our communities we are part of prior to adoption in order to give the child access to their own cultural experiences. From church groups, to classrooms, to school clubs, to extracurriculars, we will be conscious of choosing groups that exemplify the child's race, ethnicity, and culture. Not only will the child learn about their culture but we will take every opportunity to learn ourselves in order to better support the child. We will encourage the child to understand and accept their identity and will go out of our way to find friends, educators, and role models for our child to look to when seeking information and experiences regarding their culture.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a lovely neighborhood in North Florida with lots of friendly neighbors and get-togethers. Everyone knows everyone, and they are always lending a helping hand whether you are putting up Christmas lights or need someone to water your plants while you are out of town. We have many growing families here with newborns and toddlers who would love more friends to play with, as well as many young couples starting families like we are.
We live in a cottage-style home with two large bedrooms and two bathrooms. Our favorite room is the one we are making into our nursery! We have a fenced in backyard with a full vegetable garden, and a corner lot so plenty of room for sidewalk chalk art. We have a great room with a big TV for movie nights, and a dining nook for family dinners.
There are many parks in the area from nature parks to jungle gyms, public swimming pools, and we are a very short distance from the science, history, and art museums. There is even a butterfly garden at the science museum. Nearby there are fields for youth intramural sports and other after school activities.
Our Extended Families
We love spending time with friends and family from monthly board game nights with friends to soccer at the park with extended family and pool volleyball games with siblings. Most of our family live a 4-5 hour drive from us, but we make an effort to visit regularly. We have a great community of friends in our area since we have lived here for 7 years.
We travel the furthest for William's grandparents. It is well worth the trek to visit them, celebrate holidays, and play dominos. We always try to spend Christmas Eve at their house since we have a Cuban tradition of roasting pork and celebrating Noche Buena. The first time Jenny attended she didn't speak much Spanish, so she participated in the dominoes game, beating the reigning champion, Mima!
Our family is very unique, and very special to us. Jenny has many siblings who all have very different jobs, skills, and hobbies, but share their interests with each other through their friendships. A rocket scientist, a nurse, a personal trainer, an energy trader, a physical therapist, and a jeweler- their mom encouraged them to pursue their unique talents. William's the only Doctor in his family, let alone a doctor of pharmacy, and a first generation American.
Our families value our differences, and the fact that we are more than family, we choose to be each other's friends. They are thrilled we are pursuing adoption, and look forward to another strong and unique individual joining our family.
From Us to You
We are Jenny and William and we'd like to start by thanking you for the time you are taking to consider our application. We can't imagine what this adoption process looks like from the other side, but are sure it is not easy. The love you have for your child that compels you to consider adoption is so selfless and courageous and we admire you more than you know.
It takes an incredibly strong person to make decisions for a child's benefit, even when it could bring pain and sadness into a person's own life. That kind of sacrifice is made from the unconditional love of a parent, and it is incredibly powerful and admirable.
We are not parents yet. We have no previous children, but we feel the power of that parental love growing in us as we pursue this road to adoption. We are married, and are going on five years that we've been together. We are genuine soulmates. We both weren't looking for love but it sat across the table in a college dorm kitchen anyway. Any child we adopt will never doubt their parents are soulmates.
We knew when we first dated that growing our family would require adoption. Jenny has a kidney transplant and the medications she takes to keep it healthy don't allow her to sustain a pregnancy. We are both in good health; her transplant is healthy and was due to an injury when she was 16. We know genetics are not what makes a family, so we have always counted on adoption.
We love to garden and cook, and we have a full herb and vegetable garden to prove it. It is a shared passion our grandparents passed on to us.
William is a pharmacist in the local hospital and he works to ensure patients are treated with care and sent home with the proper medications to successfully heal from their illnesses and injuries. Jenny stays home to tend to the garden and sews clothes and makes jewelry in her free time. She has an Etsy store for her completed projects.
If given the opportunity to adopt a child we are more than willing to share photos and write letters to update the birth parents as the child grows. We understand that our family is not possible without your help, and would never try to permanently exclude you from sharing in the joys of the child's growth and achievements. If being updated is emotionally difficult, we also understand if you do not wish to have contact, but would like to give our email addresses in case you were ever to change your mind.
It would be the honor of our lives to be chosen to adopt your child, and we want to thank you for taking the time to read this and hear about our story.
We wish you all the best in this process, and most importantly that you find the right home for your child, and that you feel safe and loved by those parents.
With extreme gratitude and respect,
William & Jenny
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