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Gary & Jen

We believe adoption is a journey that God has led us to, and we're so appreciative of you for taking the time to look at our profile. We're excited to give our love to a child and to raise that child to know the Lord. We're very excited about becoming parents and can't wait to fall in love with a beautiful baby. We will be honored if you choose us to be your child's parents.

About Us

Gary
Jen
Job
Engineering Technician
Director of a Homeschool Education Business
Education
Associate's Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology
Master's Degree in Environmental Education; Biology
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

A Day at the Beach

Jen: I enjoy reading well-written books, especially historical fiction. I have a lot of story ideas and am writing a novel that I hope to get published. I like visiting places that I’ve never been to before. Since getting married, Gary and I have gone to Atlanta, Savannah, and numerous parks and nature centers. Through the classes I took at college and through a job at a nature center, I learned a lot about the local environment. Because of this, I like to take nature walks and identify the different plants and animals along the trails. During my free time, I also like to play songs on the keyboard and sing. I sew gift bags during the Christmas season, and I’m making a quilt. Some other activities I enjoy are baking, planning meals, and decorating our house.

Gary: I really enjoy spending time with Jen. It doesn’t really matter what we do as long as we’re together. I like going to garage sales, the beach, and scenic places. I also like going to historic sites. One activity I would like to do again is stand-up paddle boarding because we were able to see manatees and dolphins up close. Sometimes I enjoy going to the archery range, and I also like playing the guitar.

Fun Facts About Us:

Scottish Dancing

  • Jen competed in Scottish dancing competitions in the Unites States and Canada when she was growing up because her parents were in a Scottish bagpipe band.
  • Gary likes finding old books, and he owns one that was autographed by Ulysses S. Grant.
  • When Jen was a child, her family traveled to Myrtle Beach, SC, for vacation almost every year, and she loved visiting the beach.
  • When Gary was in high school, he volunteered for four years at a marine life center and got to see sea turtles everyday.
  • Jen enjoys languages and has learned at least a little bit of Spanish, French, Norwegian, Italian, and Russian.
  • A few years ago, Gary ran his first 5K with no training and won 4th place in his age group.
  • Jen traveled to Greece and Uganda with a performing arts team, and she went to Norway for a couple of weeks on her own to explore the country.
  • This year, Gary ran up 203 steps in the Ponce de Leon lighthouse.
  • When Jen lived in Ohio, she had the opportunity to live and work in a national park.
  • Gary hopes to own a property with a lot of land someday where our family can spend a lot of time outside.
  • Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

    Our Life Priorities

    Having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is by far the highest of all priorities. We worship him through going to church, reading the Bible, and praying. We attend church regularly and participate in church activities. We pray about big decisions, and praying about adoption is what eventually led us to decide that we were going to try to adopt a baby.

    Another priority for us is having great relationships with family and friends. It’s also important to us to work hard, to be ambitious, and to enjoy our careers. It would be our joy to lead and teach a child in all of these things and to see that child grow up to become a strong, confident person who has good self-esteem and a humble attitude, and who’s willing to serve others and to help people in need.

    Video

    Photos

    At a Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit Children
    At a Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit Children
    Enjoying a Walk on the Beach
    Enjoying a Walk on the Beach
    Metal Detecting
    Metal Detecting
    Taking Our Dog, Bella, for a Walk
    Taking Our Dog, Bella, for a Walk
    Gary Playing Guitar
    Gary Playing Guitar
    Jen Loves to Read!
    Jen Loves to Read!
    In the Garden
    In the Garden
    Merry Christmas!
    Merry Christmas!
    Daytona Speedway
    Daytona Speedway
    Fun at a Museum
    Fun at a Museum
    Jen & Bella
    Jen & Bella
    Gary Bicycling With Bella
    Gary Bicycling With Bella
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    At a Dinner Fundraiser to Benefit Children
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    Enjoying a Walk on the Beach
    Enjoying a Walk on the Beach
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    Metal Detecting
    Metal Detecting
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    Taking Our Dog, Bella, for a Walk
    Taking Our Dog, Bella, for a Walk
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    Gary Playing Guitar
    Gary Playing Guitar
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    Jen Loves to Read!
    Jen Loves to Read!
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    In the Garden
    In the Garden
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    Merry Christmas!
    Merry Christmas!
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    Daytona Speedway
    Daytona Speedway
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    Fun at a Museum
    Fun at a Museum
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    Jen & Bella
    Jen & Bella
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    Gary Bicycling With Bella
    Gary Bicycling With Bella

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We live in Florida, about 30 minutes from the beach. Our home is on a quiet cul-de-sac in a small neighborhood, and we’ve lived there for about four years. We have a four-bedroom house with a room set aside to be a nursery and play area. We turned our living room into a music room, where we have a piano, keyboard, and guitars. We spend a lot of time in the family room talking and playing with our pets, and we also like to take walks and bike rides around the neighborhood.

    Our community supports families through various activities. Our church has a large children’s ministry, and local nature centers host children and family activities, such as marine life touch tanks and art classes. There is a big park with trails, a playground, and soccer fields only five minutes from our house. We also live near a community swimming pool. Our town and neighboring cities put on Independence Day fireworks and Christmas parades every year.

    We live near good friends who have young children. We enjoy going to parks and playgrounds with them.

    Our Extended Families

    Jen & Her Mom

    Jen’s parents and younger brother live in Ohio. Jen’s parents stay with us for a month every winter, and we take tours of historical sites, go out to eat to celebrate birthdays, and put together puzzles. Jen is close to her brother and talks to him on the phone every week. She enjoys seeing him during her trips to Ohio, which usually happen a couple of times each year.

    Jen’s dad has six brothers and sisters, giving her a large extended family. Every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, they get together for a Christmas party where they exchange gifts and eat a lot of food. Many of Jen’s cousins bring their children to the party.

    At a Family Wedding

    Gary’s mom lives in Florida near the beach, and we go out to eat with her once a week. His adult son, Remington, is in college, and he stays with us during breaks. Remington is majoring in computer science. Although he doesn’t know yet where he’ll work after he graduates, he hopes to get a job near us. He enjoys playing video games, and he has a great sense of humor. He’s excited about having a sibling.

    Gary has two older sisters who live in Colorado and Tennessee. One of his sisters adopted two children from overseas. One of these children is now in the Navy and the other is in college.

    When we were children, both of our families hid Easter eggs for us to find and took us trick-or-treating on Halloween. We look forward to sharing these traditions with a child.

    Our family members have supported us throughout this adoption journey, and they’re excited to see us become parents together and welcome a child into the family.

    From Us to You

    We’ve been praying for you every day. Although we don’t know your exact circumstances, we know that life can be tough. We have been praying that God would help you, protect you, and guide you so you will feel loved and secure. Even though we’ve never met, we care about you, and maybe someday we will meet and become friends. If we adopt your baby, we’re always going to be praying for you, and we will teach your child that you are loved by God and so are they. If you have the opportunity to listen to it, we have a song dedication to you. It’s called “No Longer Slaves” by Jonathan David, and it’s all about being a child of God.

    We met nine years ago at church and started dating soon after that. Early in our relationship, we both felt that we had met the right person to marry, and we have now been married for seven years. We are committed to staying together whether our life circumstances are easy or difficult. There is a lot of peace in our home, so it would be a wonderful place for a child to find a lot of love.

    Jen grew up in Ohio and is close to her parents, brother, and extended family who live there. Her family is supportive of our decision to adopt. They get together on holidays and birthdays, and there are almost always children present at the gatherings. Gary’s mom and son, who is in college, live near us. They are excited about the idea of a baby joining our family.

    Although we currently live in Florida, we hope that in the future our child will be able to grow up playing with other children in the family. We have many friends with young children that our child could play with. We also have a small dog and a cat, so our child will have furry friends to play with, too.

    We live in a four-bedroom house about thirty minutes from the beach. We both enjoy being outdoors, and we’re looking forward to taking a child on hiking trails, on bicycle rides, going to children’s activities at local nature centers, and going to the beach. We’re also hoping to share our interests in music with a child. We have a piano, keyboard, and guitars in our music room. We also have a room set aside to be a nursery and play area.

    We feel strongly that it’s important for Jen to stay home with our child for the first five years until they start kindergarten. We want to be the main influence in shaping our child’s development, and we want our child to gain a sense of security in having a stable home.

    We would welcome keeping in touch with you. We’re looking forward to sending letters and pictures to you so you can follow your child’s journey through life. We’re also open to exchanging emails, talking on the phone, and getting together for visits.

    We promise to always give our love and support to your child. We know that this time in your life might be very difficult for many reasons, and we hope that our assurances that we will care for your child will help to give you peace of mind and heart.

    Gary & Jen

    Favorites

    Gary
    Jen
    Actor
    Jackie Chan
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Actress
    Kiera Knightley
    Reese Witherspoon
    Animal
    Birds
    Dog
    Author
    William Clark Russell
    L. M. Montgomery
    Book
    The Bible
    The Bible
    Candy Bar
    Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
    Almond Joy
    Cartoon
    The Hobbit
    Finding Nemo
    Childhood Memory
    Camping 7 days in the Colorado Rockies/going to the Bahamas
    Christmas with family
    Childhood Toy
    Model airplanes
    American Girl doll
    Children's Book
    The Hungry Caterpillar
    City
    St. Augustine
    Washington, D.C.
    Classic Movie
    Star Wars
    Gone With the Wind
    Color
    Blue
    Day of Week
    Saturday
    Saturday
    Dessert
    Chocolate cake
    Black Tie Mousse Cake at Olive Garden
    Disney Movie
    Toy Story
    The Little Mermaid
    Dream Car
    1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, 429 Cobra Jet
    Red Corvette
    Dream Job
    Farmer
    Fiction writer
    Dream Vacation
    Grand Canyon
    Australia
    Family Activity
    Going to the Beach
    Playing With Our Dog
    Flower / Plant
    Bonsai trees
    Daffodil
    Food
    Mexican
    Indian
    Form of Exercise
    Bicycling
    Walking the dog
    Fruit
    Strawberries
    Mango
    Game
    Hide and go seek
    Hobby
    Metal Detecting
    Baking
    Holiday
    Christmas
    Christmas
    Holiday Song
    He Has Come For Us by Meredith Andrews
    Light of the World by Lauren Daigle
    Holiday Tradition
    On Christmas Eve, reading the story of Jesus's birth
    Mass on Christmas Eve
    Ice Cream
    Peppermint
    Chocolate peanut butter
    Junk Food
    Brownies
    Leisure Activity
    Movies
    Reading fiction
    Magazine
    Southern Living
    Memory with a Child
    Playing with my younger brother
    Memory with Spouse
    Watching dolphins
    Going to the beach together
    Movie
    Indiana Jones
    The Twilight Series
    Movie Munchie
    Popcorn
    Snowcaps
    Movie Quote
    "Purple's cool."
    "I kissed Bella. Then she broke her hand punching my face. Total misunderstanding."
    Movie Type
    Action
    Romance
    Musical Group
    Hillsong
    Kari Jobe
    Olympic Event
    Swimming
    Figure skating
    Personal Hero
    Chuck Norris
    Katie Davis of Amazima Ministries
    Poet
    William Shakespeare
    Quality about my Spouse
    Faith
    Kindness
    Quote
    Trust in the Lord at all times
    All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
    Restaurant
    Olive Garden
    Sandwich
    Philly cheesesteak
    Scripture
    Matthew 11:28
    Today is born for you in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord.
    Shopping Store
    Amazon
    Song
    Good Good Father
    Find You On My Knees by Kari Jobe
    Sport to Watch
    Nascar
    Soccer
    Sports Star
    David Beckham
    Sports Team
    Massillon Tigers (high school)
    Subject in School
    Science
    Science
    Superhero
    She-Ra
    Thing to Cook
    Pancakes
    Time of Day
    5:00 pm
    Before sunrise
    Tradition
    Sleep in on Saturdays
    Decorating the Christmas tree
    TV Show
    Star Trek
    When Calls the Heart
    TV Show Character
    Data
    Type of Music
    Christian
    Christian and country
    Vacation Spot
    The beach

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