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Jadon & Brittany

Thank you for taking the time to view our profile and get to know a little about us. We are looking forward to getting to know you, too! We are a fun couple who enjoy traveling, spending time together, and relaxing with board games or a good book. We feel so blessed to have the opportunity to grow our family through adoption, and we are excited to share our joy for life with a child.

About Us

Jadon
Brittany
Job
Materials Manager
Part-time Adjunct Professor & Part-time Librarian
Education
Bachelor's Degree in English
Master's Degree in English/Education
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Addressing Cultural Diversity

Volunteering in Ghana- Jadon Was There, Too! He's Taking the Picture.

This is something we have thought a lot about since we are a White couple, but open to adopting a child from any race. We plan to acknowledge our differences - we will never say that we are "color blind" - but we will also make it clear that any differences in looks do not change that we are a family.

Brittany has been following some blogs of adoptive mothers in transracial adoptions, and that has helped us get an idea of challenges and joys that we would come up against in that circumstance. One idea that we read & really liked was the idea of the child having a mentor, someone of his or her own race and ethnicity, who can help them understand better what it means to look how they do in our world.

Our local community has quite a few transracial adoptive families, and we hope to become involved in groups that they are a part of, too.

We also think that you could play a big role in this aspect of addressing our possible diversity. Being in communication with you is so important to us. You can give the child their own personal, biological & social backgrounds to help them better understand who they are and where they came from.

We plan to be our child's champion, and that means standing up for them & fighting for their rights and inclusion, no matter who they are or what they look like.

Why We Chose Adoption

We Love Celebrating Fall in the Midwest!

Brittany has wanted to adopt ever since she was a child, so when we got married, we knew this was a way we would grow our family eventually.

About three years ago, we decided we were ready to start a family, and slowly realized this was not something we could do naturally. After moving back to the United States in 2016, we started talking to doctors, and we decided that rather than do IVF, we would pursue adoption sooner than we had originally planned.

We truly believe that love is what makes a family. To us there is no difference between biological children and adopted children when it comes to the way they will be loved and cared for. Having a child is so important to us, and we know that we will build a loving, joyful family for any child.

This is something we've been thinking & praying about for a long time, and we are so excited to grow our family this way.

Discussing Adoption

Everyone Loves Story Time!

We never want the child’s adoption to be a secret from him or her. This is something we want to talk about openly & honestly from the very beginning. We have lists of great books to read with young adopted children to help them understand, and we have those ready for when they will be helpful tools.

We also think the semi-open communication aspect of the adoption will help with this as well. We want the child to be part of the communication with you as soon as they can, if you are comfortable with that. You are someone we will forever value in our family, and the child will be aware of that from the very beginning.

Finally, we plan on adoption being something we can continually celebrate as a family, however that ends up looking, with traditions, favorite books, parties, etc.

We want to be open and honest from the beginning so that your child will always know their story.

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Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
We Love Cooking Together!
We Love Cooking Together!
Brittany & The Cast of Our Church's Christmas Play
Brittany & The Cast of Our Church's Christmas Play
Playing Catchphrase with His Czech Students Was One of Jadon's Favorite Lessons
Playing Catchphrase with His Czech Students Was One of Jadon's Favorite Lessons
Brittany's Family All Together After Church
Brittany's Family All Together After Church
Camping in Pennsylvania!
Camping in Pennsylvania!
Cheering on the Chicago Cubs with Friends & family!
Cheering on the Chicago Cubs with Friends & family!
Visiting a Famous Library in Rhode Island
Visiting a Famous Library in Rhode Island
We Love Spending Time with Our Friends & Their Kids!
We Love Spending Time with Our Friends & Their Kids!
Visiting Where They Filmed The Sound of Music in Austria!
Visiting Where They Filmed The Sound of Music in Austria!
Jadon Enjoying a Christmas Present!
Jadon Enjoying a Christmas Present!
Jadon Was a Groomsman in His Best Friend's Wedding
Jadon Was a Groomsman in His Best Friend's Wedding
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Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!
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We Love Cooking Together!
We Love Cooking Together!
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Brittany & The Cast of Our Church's Christmas Play
Brittany & The Cast of Our Church's Christmas Play
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Playing Catchphrase with His Czech Students Was One of Jadon's Favorite Lessons
Playing Catchphrase with His Czech Students Was One of Jadon's Favorite Lessons
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Brittany's Family All Together After Church
Brittany's Family All Together After Church
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Camping in Pennsylvania!
Camping in Pennsylvania!
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Cheering on the Chicago Cubs with Friends & family!
Cheering on the Chicago Cubs with Friends & family!
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Visiting a Famous Library in Rhode Island
Visiting a Famous Library in Rhode Island
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We Love Spending Time with Our Friends & Their Kids!
We Love Spending Time with Our Friends & Their Kids!
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Visiting Where They Filmed The Sound of Music in Austria!
Visiting Where They Filmed The Sound of Music in Austria!
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Jadon Enjoying a Christmas Present!
Jadon Enjoying a Christmas Present!
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Jadon Was a Groomsman in His Best Friend's Wedding
Jadon Was a Groomsman in His Best Friend's Wedding

Our Extended Families

Jadon's Family All Together for Summer Vacation

We are blessed to have extended families who are large parts of our lives and who are very supportive.

We live close to Brittany's family, and we see them every Sunday at church and usually go out to lunch all together after.

Jadon's family does not live nearby, but we usually take road trips to visit them multiple times a year, and they do the same to visit us.

When we are with our families, we enjoy just relaxing together: playing board games, putting together Legos, eating meals, and just being in each others' company.

On Vacation with Brittany's Family in Oregon

Recently we were able to go on a vacation with Jadon's family, and though we had a lot of big "official" plans, one of the best days was when we just had time to play together in the pool and try out the bumper boats!

Brittany's family also enjoys traveling, and we recently went on a trip where we all drove around together in a huge Chevy Tahoe experiencing the tourist spots of the area.

Both sides of our family are supportive of the idea of adoption; Brittany's mom is especially excited about the prospect of being a first-time grandmother. Jadon's brother and his wife have recently taken children in through the foster care system, and we love to see how our family is growing. A child would be a wonderful, much loved addition to our family!

Our House and Neighborhood

Home Sweet Home!

We live in a town of about 25,000 people in Illinois. This is the area where Brittany grew up and is not far from where her family still lives. We live in a diverse area only an hour’s drive from downtown Chicago, and we enjoy being close to the big city, which we visit a couple times a month, while also having the comfort and safety of living somewhere “small town.”

Our Sweet and Friendly Dog, Bo!

We have recently bought our first home – it has five bedrooms and a large living & dining room area where we do most of our socializing and hanging out. We have a large backyard with a swing set, and we are walking distance from two parks. We live there with our dog, Bo, who is a very friendly 3 year old Swiss Mountain Dog mix. We are so looking forward to growing into this new home. Our home & surrounding community is a safe, quiet place for children to play and socialize together.

There are many activities in our area aimed at children and families with children. We have multiple fairs and festivals in our county each season as well as great children's reading programs at the local libraries and movie nights in the park. Our church also has small but active Sunday School & Vacation Bible School programs, where Brittany likes to volunteer. We have a great children's museum just a few minutes from our house, a community theater program specifically for kids, & dozens of park district activities year round for kids & families.

We are really looking forward to bringing a child into our community & being a larger part of it ourselves, too!

From Us to You

Hello! Thank you so much for taking some time to learn about us. We are looking forward to learn more about you, too! We cannot imagine how difficult this decision must be for you, and we are impressed by your bravery and your love for your child.

A little about us: we met at university in 2009 where we were both English majors, and we have now been married for 5 years. We began dating on a 24 hour bus ride from Burkina Faso to Ghana in West Africa, and we have tried to keep that level of adventure in our lives ever since! From 2014-2016 we lived & worked overseas in Prague, Czech Republic where we did a lot of traveling, and we continue to travel around the US now that we're back home. We think traveling is important for everyone, including children, so this will definitely continue to be a part of our lives once we have a child.

Jadon currently works as a materials management technician at a local hospital. He is in charge of receiving all the supplies that come into the hospital each day and then delivering them. He enjoys a job that keeps him so active & lets him get to know people. He also enjoys video games, creative writing, reading, & board games.

Brittany has two part time jobs right now: an adjunct English professor at a Christian liberal arts university and a librarian at a local public library. She has been teaching in some capacity for 8 years now and loves it! She enjoys working with older students because she can take them for coffee or meet them for lunch. It's fun to have students who can become friends. She also loves reading, so working at the library is a lot of fun for her, too.

We are so excited to become parents! We want you to know that we will provide your baby with a safe, stable home with two parents who love each other and a supportive extended family. Our Christian faith is a large part of our lives, and we will raise a child in that faith and with those values and morals, with the understanding that all people are worthy of love. Education is also extremely important to us, and we plan to work hard to make sure your child gets the best education they can and are able to pursue whatever interests they have.

We also want you to know that we already value you, and we are excited for the role you will play in our family. The significance of what you are giving our family will never be forgotten or downplayed. Your baby will always know your name and where they came from, and we promise to always honor your role in our family and speak of you as someone who we highly value. We are looking forward to sending you letters & pictures throughout your child's life, and when he or she is old enough, we would love for your child to be part of that communication as well, if you are comfortable with that. We would also be open to phone calls and emails in the future. Above all, we want you to know your child and your child to know you.

We know the decision ahead of you is difficult, and you will be in our prayers as you go through this journey. We will forever be thankful for the gift you are giving our family.

Sincerely,

Jadon & Brittany

Favorites

Jadon
Brittany
Actor
Chris Pine
Actress
Charlize Theron
Animal
Dogs & Pandas
Author
J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling
Book
The Lord of the Rings
"A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline L'Engle
Cartoon
Avatar: The Last Airbender
Winnie the Pooh
Childhood Memory
When my family took a road trip from Kansas City to San Diego
Family vacations to Disney World & to Maine
Childhood Toy
Legos
Giant Barbie House
Children's Book
"The Prydain Chronicles" by Lloyd Alexander
The "Peter Rabbit" books by Beatrix Potter
City
Prague, Czech Republic
Color
Blue
Blue & Purple
Day of Week
The Weekend
Dessert
Fresh Chocolate Cake
Brownies
Disney Movie
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Job
Famous Author
Anything That Pays You To Travel
Dream Vacation
All-Inclusive Resort
Disney Cruise or All-Inclusive Resort
Family Activity
Playing Board Games
Playing Board Games
Food
Deep Dish Pizza
Mac & Cheese and Olive Garden Salads
Form of Exercise
Playing Sports with Friends
Going on Walks
Fruit
Strawberries
Oranges
Game
Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Trivial Pursuit
Hobby
Playing Video Games
Coffee Dates with Friends
Holiday
Christmas (really the whole holiday season)
Christmas
Holiday Song
Silent Night by Mannheim Steamroller
O Holy Night
Holiday Tradition
Candlelight Christmas Eve Service
Opening Stockings on Christmas Eve
Ice Cream
Cold Stone's Chocolate Devotion
Vanilla with Peanut Butter Swirls
Junk Food
Pizza
Salt and Vinegar Chips
Leisure Activity
Reading & Playing Games with stories or adventures
Reading & Watching TV
Memory with a Child
Nerf Gun Competitions with my Nephew
Reading books with my niece by candlelight, just for fun
Memory with Spouse
All our traveling
Our relaxing Honeymoon in Antigua
Movie
The Last Samurai
About Time
Movie Munchie
Buttery Popcorn
Nachos
Movie Type
Sci-Fi
Musical
Wicked
In the Heights & The Sound of Music
Musical Group
One Republic
Olympic Event
Slopestyle (Winter)
Gymnastics & Ice Skating
Play
The Importance of Being Ernest
Poet
ee cummings
Quality about my Spouse
Kindness & Generosity
Kindness & Patience
Quote
"A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for." -- John A. Shedd
"Hope is the thing with feathers--that perches in the soul--and sings the tunes without the words--and never stops--at all--" -Emily Dickinson
Restaurant
Olive Garden
Olive Garden
Sandwich
BBQ Chicken
Cheeseburger
Scripture
Job 38:35
Isaiah 41:13
Shopping Store
Barnes & Noble
Target
Song
"Brave" by Sara Bareilles
Sport to Play
Soccer
Sport to Watch
Hockey
Hockey and Tennis
Sports Star
Venus Williams
Sports Team
Chicago Blackhawks
Chicago Blackhawks
Subject in School
Astronomy or English
English
Superhero
Batman
Thor
TV Show
Bones
Bones
TV Show Character
Appa from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Jim & Pam from The Office
Type of Music
Instrumental Soundtracks
Vacation Spot
Sandals, Antigua
Small towns in the US & the Austrian Alps
Video Game
Knights of the Old Republic
Mario Party

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