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Jeff & Martina
We have so much love to share and we are extremely grateful that you're taking the time to learn more about our family. We may be on different paths on this journey but we are all here to provide a wonderful life for your child. We can promise that they will be loved and cared for in a happy home full of laughter and family.
What It Means to Be Parents
We are parents to an amazing 4-year-old girl, so we’ve already had our lives completely change forever for the better. When we envision our future, however, we see it as a larger family with kids playing and growing up together. We both grew up with two siblings and as adults, they (and their spouses) are some of our best friends. We have an empty feeling right now that our family is not yet complete. We look forward to sharing our lives with another child and want our daughter to be able to have a sibling to also share her love with.The thing we like the most about being parents is the pure and simple joy that a child brings to our lives. Everyone has tough times and stressful days, but a child’s innocence and unconditional love has a magical way of just making everything right. We both strive everyday to make sure our daughter is happy/healthy/safe and we can’t wait to share the same love/joy with our new family member. There are a lot of amazing things about being parents, but the way they look you in the eyes every morning and when you tuck them in at night is all we need to keep working as hard as we can to give them the best life possible.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
We have been in love for 18 amazing years. There is a mutual respect we have for one another and we still have the same passion for each other that we did when we fell in love. We both have a great sense of humor and we try not to take life too seriously. We certainly have serious aspects of our life, like the safety/well-being of our daughter, our careers, etc, but being able to “go with the flow” with what life throws at us has helped us remain balanced and constant partners.
Jeff About Martina: Martina is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. It sounds cliche, but it’s true. She stole my heart almost half a lifetime ago and she still makes me smile. She has a bubbly personality, a passion for all living creatures and a zest for life. Her qualities that I admire are endless, but just when I thought I couldn’t love another human being anymore, in came our daughter and my loving wife became a super mom.
Martina About Jeff: Jeff is forever endearing and would give you the shirt off his back. He is wonderfully loyal and fully committed to everyone in his life. He has the ability to make friends every where he goes while still making each person in his life feel special. He is truly an amazing parent with patience, love, and values guiding his parenting decisions.
Life is an adventure. We are both capable of sitting still and soaking up the everyday joys that we have, but we also don’t wait for life to come to us. We seek adventure.We both individually pursued drastic career changes at different points in our lives and we were both there to support each other, encouraging each other to chase our dreams. As nice as our life was in the Midwest in our late 20’s with two decent jobs, our first house, a dog and a support network of family/friends, we both became anxious to see what else this giant world had to offer and we collectively decided we needed a change of scenery. It wasn’t easy, but 9 years later, we’re grateful that we were able to successfully begin a new chapter in our lives in sunny Florida. Even with the beaches nearby, we’re constantly exploring new places, traveling to fun destinations and constantly visiting Disney World, which really seems to be the most magical place on earth with all the family fun we have!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a typical suburb/residential neighborhood that is equipped with everything our children could ask for right within walking distance.
Our home has three bedrooms, a large outdoor lanai with a swimming pool and a yard for playing/gardening. We fell in love with our house because of the open feel with the large windows and doors that allow in the sunlight from the lanai and courtyard.
Our neighborhood has two large playgrounds within a 10-minute walk, including basketball and tennis courts. Our neighborhood has a big social event for every holiday that is capped off with a huge 4th of July party.
We walk to our local bagel shop every weekend and once per month, there’s a large farmer’s market that we walk to with our little red radio flyer wagon so we can wheel home all of the fresh goodies.
We’re also members at a neighborhood country club that is about a mile from our house. We love the community pool, swimming lessons, golf, dinner and meeting new friends.Some of our closest friends live just around the corner and they have twin 4-year-old girls that are our daughter’s best friends. We are really lucky to have a great group of friends that all have children so we do a lot of weekend pool parties and cookouts at each other’s houses.
Our Extended Families
We are both blessed with two siblings each that we grew up with and all of them are happily married with a total of five children in the next generation of what would be first cousins for your child to grow up with. We have five loving grandparents that are also eager to spoil another little one.
We live in warm weather, so we are a popular home to visit during the colder months, as most of our immediate families live in the Midwest and Northeast. Our parents enjoy extended visits each year to spend time with us and our daughter and our siblings make an annual trip to stay with us and visit Disney World. We make multiple trips every year to visit our families and on Christmas, Jeff’s parents host over 40 extended family members for a traditional gift exchange. Board games are a popular activity when we’re all together and as our children are growing older, we’re enjoying playing sports with them and going to the beach. Every single family member we have has been extremely supportive and excited about us adopting and we’re very grateful for their support.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to consider us as parents to your child. There is an incredible range of emotions going on for all of us and we will do our best to show in this letter the true love in our heart for your child.
As excited as we are for this opportunity, we want to be equally supportive about what you must be going through. We don’t know you yet, but we know you must love this child deeply and want to give them the best life possible. You have our commitment that your child will be unconditionally loved and that we will do everything in our power to protect them and provide them with the very best life. We will keep you updated with letters and pictures to provide you reassurance that your child is happy, safe and loved.
We have been together for 18 years, married for almost 13 years, and we have a 4 year old daughter. We’re a very happy family that enjoys life’s simple moments, as much as the adventurous ones. We met in college and have never looked back. Both of our extended families immediately welcomed us and after 5 years of dating, we got married and went on one of the craziest honeymoons possible. We were in Jamaica and we got stuck in a category 5 hurricane. We laugh about it now, but it truly was a very quick test of how strong our relationship was as we huddled in our hotel bathroom barricaded in furniture/pillows, waiting out the storm. Metaphorically speaking, we survived the storm and, as the sun came back out and the locals rejoiced in the streets, we knew we had a bright future ahead of us.
We both worked really hard in our early adult lives to be successful and stable and to own a nice home. However, after realizing her career path wasn’t going to be truly fulfilling, Martina left her job as a scientist to follow her passion for animals. She volunteered at an animal shelter and worked her way into the zoo and was rewarded with her dream job as a zookeeper. Martina is now a manager in the education department at the zoo where our daughter attends a unique and outstanding preschool. Jeff was happy to support her in following her dream and it was a good thing, because she returned the favor a few years later. After we moved our lives to Florida, Jeff left his job to start his own business. He always wanted to own his own business and although it came with its own set of challenges, it was as rewarding/flexible/fun as he hoped it would be. Martina not only supported him, she gave him that nudge he needed to take the chance. Work does not define us, but we’re both extremely grateful that we are happy in that aspect of our lives. Overall, our careers have helped us realize that we have the ability to create our own happiness and can march to the beat of our own drum.
Our home life is filled with a lot of adventure and fun but we also enjoy simply relaxing and spend a lot of downtime with our friends and their kids. We have annual passes to Disney World, which is our second home. We also frequent our neighborhood country club to socialize, swim and eat. Martina is an incredible cook and we love exploring new places to eat. We travel a lot by taking long weekend trips to nearby Florida spots/beaches, as well as at least 1 big vacation somewhere new each year.We can’t wait to share our life’s experiences and more importantly our hearts with your child. It would be a blessing and an honor if you chose us. Thank you again for taking the time to learn more about us.
Jeff & Martina
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