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Jay & Tiffany
Children are a precious gift, and we look forward to the incredible gift of a child that someone else carried for us. Parenting brings us so much joy, and we can't wait to complete our family with a third child. We believe a parent's greatest duty is to help their children develop into successful, independent adults. We hope you'll consider granting us the gift of sharing in that duty for your child.
Our Leisure Time
We love to laugh and play as a family and with close friends. We enjoy arranging board game nights, play dates, and vacations with other families we're close with.
We enjoy throwing large parties as a couple, and our annual “murder mystery” costume parties are always a hit. Tiffany spends weeks doing the planning--assigning everyone their role and picking out the perfect decorations. Jay plans the menu, and spends the whole day prepping a themed feast for our guests.After the kids go to bed, you’ll often find either of us reading books or working at our computers. Jay enjoys unwinding with video games, and Tiffany often spends evenings volunteering--she’s on the board of directors for a local charity that houses and assists pregnant women and new mothers who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Our Family Traditions
We love creating new family traditions, whether weekly, yearly, or at major milestones!
Every week, we have breakfast for dinner on Sunday nights. We also publish a weekly family blog with photos and stories highlighting the fun we’ve had with our kids for the week. If you’re open to it, we’d love for you to subscribe and follow your child’s life from week to week.
For all of our kids’ first year, we take a photo every month in the same place and with the same outfit--it’s fun to see them get bigger and bigger over that first year! We also keep a detailed baby book with first year milestones: first steps, first teeth, first words. And the first spring after each child’s birth, we plant a young tree on our property that will grow up as they do.
We have a favorite vacation spot--Disney World! We have a timeshare there, so we’ll make a tradition of returning at least every 2 years.Finally, we have a lot of holiday traditions that come around just once a year! At Christmas, we cook traditional Welsh Cakes for breakfast and a Christmas goose for lunch with Grammy and Grampy. We throw a big Halloween party for kids, and make a big deal out of Easter week--including one night where our kids get to have ice cream for dinner. We also throw big birthday parties every year.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
We love the variety that exists in the world, and love to experience the ways that people all around the world live, celebrate, eat, and play. Although there’s tremendous variation, we’re also always reminded that people all over the world are very much alike: everyone wants safety and success for their families, everyone enjoys good food, everyone loves laughter and the company of friends. We hope to expose our children to the diversity present in the world so they can choose for themselves a way of living that brings them the most joy, even if it’s different from what the two of us have chosen.
We intend to send all of our children to a bilingual school, so they become fluent in another language from an early age. The school we’ve selected is diverse in the backgrounds of its students, and includes students from a variety of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.We also love to travel, and like to alternate between “lazy” vacations (beaches and sun) and “cultural” vacations: visiting new cities and seeing museums, parks, landmarks, and local culture and cuisine. So far we’ve only taken the kids to cities around North America, but when they’re ready for long flights across an ocean, we plan to take them all across the world.
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our home in Colorado, and hope never to move again. We’ve found an amazing neighborhood just a minute outside the city where Jay works, but with a very rural feel: the lots are large (we have more than 2 acres) and many of our neighbors keep horses or livestock--goats, yaks, and llamas! Our children love to walk down the street to visit the goats. Our spacious home backs to a gorgeous view of the Rocky Mountains, and many hiking and biking trails run along the edges of the neighborhood. In addition to the mountains, we have a “beach” within walking distance--a local reservoir lake with swimmable beaches, water sports, and jogging trails.Our home is larger than we really need, but we love to use the extra space to entertain: we host large theme parties, open our doors to all comers at Thanksgiving, and love hosting board game nights in our basement. The basement also features a giant children’s play room with a puppet theatre and a closet full of dress-up clothes. One of our family traditions--and a thing that makes this home special to us--is that we plant a young tree for each of our children in the first spring after their birth. Caitlyn’s weeping willow and Wesley’s linden tree are the most precious landmarks on our property, and we look forward to watching these trees grow up as our children do.
Our Extended Families
Tiffany is an only child, but her mom (“Grammy”) lives nearby and visits often. Both of our kids love having Grammy and Grampy watch them while we have date nights out. Grammy will be retiring later this year so she can spend more time with our kids and her schnauzers. We try to always spend Christmas morning at home, and Grammy and Grampy come up for Christmas lunch (Jay roasts a goose--a Christmas tradition!) and spend the afternoon with us.
Jay has two siblings, and our kids love their aunts and uncles and their two cousins. Although we live quite far apart, we have close relationships with all of them, and make it a point to get together every year or two. We’ve met up at Uncle Grant’s place in Kansas City, in the Caribbean, at Disney in Florida, and are planning a group trip to Hawaii in the next few years. Jay’s mom, Grandma Carolyn, also visits at least once a year, and loves to knit sweaters and blankets for the kids.
From Us to You
Our lives and our family are so full of joy. We’re so thrilled to be embarking on this journey to complete our family. Adoption is an overwhelming gift to us. We’re thinking of you and praying for you, and hope that we may be the right adoptive family for your child.
We got married in 2007, and have grown increasingly close throughout our marriage. Early in our marriage, we decided that we wanted 3 children. We were thrilled to start our family with our daughter in 2013, and added our son shortly after in 2015. However, Tiffany had some complications with her pregnancy and labor the second time around, and we decided that a third biological child wasn’t how we wanted to complete our family. We both have adoptions in our extended families, and quickly agreed that it was the right answer for our family.
We’ve already found our rhythm as parents, and are ready for the arrival of another child. We have a large play room in our basement full of books and toys for imaginative play. Tiffany doesn’t work outside the home, so the play room sees use almost every day--although she also gets out with the kids multiple times a week for visits to the zoo, parks, or playdates. Jay works as a software engineer, but is always home in plenty of time to cook dinner and spend the evening with the family.
Some of our family’s core values are joy, education, and compassion. Our home is always full of laughter and new experiences, and you can rest assured that your child will spend countless hours giggling and playing not only with us and their big sister and brother, but also our two lovable miniature schnauzers. We raise our children to be independent and capable, and their education extends way beyond “school skills.” We teach them how to cope with their emotions, and life skills that will make them successful. (Right now, this means potty training and putting on shoes and coats without help, but some day we’ll be teaching them to cook and manage their finances.) Above all, we want to raise children who love their family and their world. We want our children to always feel compassion for others, and not to lose sight of the blessings all around them.
We know that placing your child with the right adoptive family is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. We want to provide you with lots of opportunities to see how your child is growing up in our family, so you can be at peace knowing you made the right decision. We will definitely send letters and pictures, but we’re open to a much closer level of contact if you’re comfortable with it--phone calls, video chat, and in-person meetings. We also keep a family blog that we update weekly with pictures and stories of our children, and would be happy for you to follow it. We know this contact is important for you to remain comfortable with your decision, but we also think our child would benefit from an understanding of their origin.
Parenting is the most important--and most challenging--calling of our lives. If you examine the rest of our profile, we hope you’ll find that we’re the family you’ve been dreaming of for your child. We adore our children, and are longing for a third to complete our own dreams. We’ll always look on your child as a special, miraculous gift.Warmly,
Jay & Tiffany
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