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J.T. & Becky
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us by viewing our profile. We are a musical, family focused couple with one son, two dogs, and two birds. Some of our family and friends have been blessed to adopt a child and we are excited to add to our family through the gift of adoption as well. With our love and guidance, we hope to fulfill the dreams you have for your baby.
Our biggest priority in life is providing a stable, loving, and Christian upbringing for our son. We strive every day to make sure he feels loved, understood, and safe. "I love you!" is a frequently heard phrase in our home. We attend church regularly so that our son will know the love and goodness of God. J.T. feels that financial stability is also an important priority in our lives. Becky handles all our finances and makes sure that we live comfortably within our means and can still travel occasionally. Another top priority in our lives is spending time with family and friends to let them know we love and care for them. There is truth in the saying, "Every day is a gift." We try to appreciate every moment spent with those we care about.
Our priorities will remain the same for your child should you choose us as parents. Letting them know they are loved and safe will be our main concern. Being teachers, we have seen many children struggle due to the lack of a good home environment. We know how important it is to provide children with a structured and loving home life. As parents we hope to give our children a childhood full of happy memories just like our parents gave us.
Education We Will Provide
Being public school music teachers, education is extremely important to us. Becky's cousin runs a very successful Preschool program that we will hopefully be able to enroll the baby in when they are 3 years old. After Preschool, they will be enrolled in the local school system where we both teach. Becky teaches general music to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. J.T. teaches instrumental music (band) to grades 6th through 12th. So between the two of us, they will always have one of us as a teacher at their school building. When our son Wyatt was diagnosed with Autism, he was placed in our local Special Education system. We have been very involved with Wyatt's education due to his special needs. We have never missed his education planning meetings and we stay in almost daily contact with his teachers since they are also our co-workers. We will be just as committed to the education needs of the child who is placed with us. We will make every effort to support their needs and talents as they grow in our school district and later go on to college. We look forward to watching them discover their own unique gifts and strengths through the wonderful academic, fine arts, and athletic programs offered in our schools and communities.
How Adoption Has Affected Us
We have been fortunate to experience the blessing of adoption in our extended family. Becky's cousin Jennifer adopted her two children from the country of Guatemala. Jennifer was in a horrific car accident when she was 21 years old that left her paralyzed from the chest down. She worked hard to build her life back up after this setback and once she felt her life was headed in a good direction, she decided to choose adoption to become a mom. Jennifer chose international adoption and we were all thrilled when she announced that she would be adopting a baby girl from Guatemala that she named Bailey. While waiting for Bailey to come home, our family was always anxious to get the latest pictures and details about this special girl. A few years later, Jennifer adopted her son Nathan from Guatemala and we again looked forward to every update about him. Nathan's birth mother eventually had two more children who were adopted by a family in a nearby state. Jennifer keeps in contact with them and they get together occasionally so that Nathan can know his siblings.
Without the blessing of adoption, our family would be missing these two beautiful kids. Adoption gave Jennifer a beautiful gift, the opportunity to be a Mom! Jennifer's cousin Shane adopted a baby girl through American Adoptions two years ago. We loved hearing their inspiring and successful adoption story. We look forward to having adoption bless us as it has these two wonderful families.
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have the encouraging, loving extended family that we share. Both of our families have watched us struggle with miscarriages and infertility, and are very supportive of our adoption plan.
J.T.'s parents, Jim and Bonnie, or 'Grammy and Poppa' as they like to be called, are devoted grandparents to our son and are always glad to help us when needed. We are lucky to have them live just a few minutes from us. They love taking our son Wyatt to McDonald's when he is spending time with them. J.T. has one sister, Susan, who is married with two young children.
Becky was raised in a large, close extended family. Her parents, Bob and Robin, still live in the home her dad built in 1978. Grandma Robin is the ultimate "spoiler" of the grandkids and PawPaw Bob likes to share his love of music, hunting, and fishing with them. Becky's oldest brother, Ryan, is married with two awesome sons, Garrett and Drake. Our nephews are Wyatt's best friends. Each Sunday we look forward to going to church and lunch with our nephews and Becky's Mom. Becky's twin brother, Rustin and his wife Ashley just became first-time parents to our sweet nephew Easton. Becky's family has a large reunion every few years. The family bluegrass band plays at the reunion and we enjoy catching up with her many cousins and seeing all the kids make memories.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a rural community in beautiful Southern Illinois. The community is lucky to have a spacious family park with playgrounds, a pond, athletic fields, and a community pool. The park hosts a spectacular Halloween trick-or-treating event that we enjoy taking our son to. Our town has a large festival every spring with a parade, carnival, and live concerts to celebrate the Italian heritage of our community.
We have lived in our quaint three-bedroom home for 16 years. Becky has lovingly landscaped our yard with many bushes, trees, flowers, and plants. Our basement family room is where J.T. enjoys relaxing and playing video games on his Playstation 4. Becky enjoys being in the kitchen baking goodies for family events or sitting in the main living room, cross-stitching with our Scottie dogs in her lap. Wyatt likes playing his Wii or creating race tracks for his Hot Wheel collection in the main living room. We have a lovely bedroom with a large window waiting to become a nursery for your baby should you choose our family.
Our quiet neighborhood is full of many friendly families, a few have young children. When the weather is nice, we like to visit with our neighbors while our kids ride bikes or play basketball. During the Christmas season our neighborhood is full of beautifully decorated homes and yards. J.T. always hangs lights on the house and landscaping to make our home shine at Christmastime.
From Us to You
"No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish, will come true." - Cinderella
We are J.T. and Becky. Twenty-two years ago, we met in college while both of us were earning our degrees in Music Education. We married in 2001 and currently work together as music teachers in our local school district. After several years of infertility struggles, we were overjoyed to discover Becky was pregnant with our son Wyatt. Wyatt is now a funny, sweet pre-teen boy. When he was four years old, Wyatt was diagnosed with Autism. We are proud to say Wyatt is thriving and continuously progressing with the help of his amazing doctors, teachers, therapists, family, and friends. Every day we give our best effort to be good, loving, and strong parents for Wyatt.
Although we have heard the lyrics to the Cinderella song quoted above many times, the words had a new meaning for us after we experienced miscarriage. After many years, we thought our prayers for a second child had been answered, but Becky suffered a miscarriage and we lost our son Todd in 2013. Our hearts grieved immensely. Another miscarriage a year later made us feel as if our dreams of having another child would never come true. When we decided that adoption was the path meant for our family, we instantly felt a sense of peace. Now we feel our wish will come true. We are in awe of the strength and love you have for your baby. We feel these song lyrics could reflect your journey as well. We know your heart will grieve after your child is born and you bravely place them in the care of others. But we know you also have a dream for your child. We know your wish is for them to have love, support, and opportunities. Through contact with you; such as letters, pictures, and e-mails; we will continue to share with you the dream that you fulfilled for your child and our family. We will gratefully share with you all the special events and even day-to-day moments your child will have as they grow.
We can promise to give your child a life full of love, music, pets, travel, and laughter! Our life is about music! From singing loud in the car to playing instruments at school, home, and church; your child will be surrounded by music. However, if their interests are in other activities we will support them all the way. We look forward to watching them become their own unique self and to see if they share the same talents as you and your family.
In our home, your child will be raised with a love for animals. We have two Scottish terrier dogs, Nessie and Teddie, and two parakeets, Fred and Blue. We love our pets! They provide us with love, laughter and comfort each day. As teachers, we have the ability to travel every summer. We enjoy visiting Disney World or taking a Disney Cruise Line vacation every 3-4 years. Other years we travel the roads by car to experience the attractions in other states. We look forward to making many vacation memories with your child should you choose us.
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers daily. During our prayers, we ask God to help you and hold you during and after this emotional experience of adoption. We recently celebrated Mother's Day which caused us to reflect even more on the strong, loving, courageous person you are. When visiting our families that day we talked about how someday we will have a birth mother to be thankful for not just on Mother's Day, but every day. If you select our family for your baby, we will never take for granted the trust and faith you have placed in us.
We pray that your heart and mind find peace as you search for the family that will give your child the opportunities you wish for them. May God bless you, comfort you, and guide you through your journey.
With love and admiration,
J.T. & Becky
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