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Jake & Kristen

We truly appreciate that you are taking the time to read our profile and get a glimpse into what life would be like in our home! Family has always been the most important part of our lives and we are thrilled to have a chance to start our family through adoption. Our home is filled with so much love and laughter and we are excited to share that unconditional love with a child.

About Us

Jake
Kristen
Job
IT Analyst
Director of Children's Ministries
Education
Bachelor's Degree in Management of Information Systems and Business Management
Bachelor's Degree in Education
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Our Adventures

Driving Down Highway 1 in California

We believe that life is an adventure and we don't want to miss out on what the world has to offer! Whether we are planning an adventure close to home or a vacation across the country, we are always looking for ways to explore the world.

We have several national parks near us with awesome hiking trails and campgrounds. We love to climb boulders, hike mountains, canoe down the river, and go bike riding on nearby trails.

We love to travel! Our goal is to see as much of the world as we can. Every year, we go to the beach with all 22 members of Kristen's family. It is a week of relaxation that the whole family looks forward to each year! We have gone to Cozumel and the Bahamas, Nashville (which is one of our favorite cities), Baltimore, Washington D.C., many amusement parks (we love rollercoasters), and our most recent trip was to California! We explored San Francisco, drove down the coast of California and hiked the Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. We are excited for our upcoming dream vacation to Italy!

While Jake was serving our country, he had the opportunity to see some amazing places like Malaysia, Dubai, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Hawaii!

We believe in living life to the fullest with no regrets, so we find amazing deals online and that always determines our next spontaneous adventure!

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Date Night

Kristen About Jake: Jake is the most loving, calm, and hilarious guy I know. He is willing to drop whatever he is doing to help someone in need, and we're not quite sure what his family would do without having him around. He has given me the greatest love story and I am truly blessed to be his wife. I swear he wakes up every day and plans out ways to make me laugh! He always puts God first and then his family. I love and respect him more than anyone else in the world and I can't wait to watch him become a dad.

Jake About Kristen: I've known Kristen since we were kids and she has always been a sweet girl with a loving heart. Kristen is gentle, kind hearted, and fun - her laugh is hilarious. She's also persistent & never, ever gives up on something important to her. Her greatest gift is her heart for children. The way she connects with kids is just incredible with her bubbly personality and big smile. Her career has been focused on teaching kids and helping them grow and I'm so excited to see what she's capable of as a mom!

Our Life Priorities

Our three main priorities in life are our faith, family, and friends.

We both grew up in strong Christian homes and we are involved in our church. We attend a nondenominational church where Kristen is the Children's Director. She has an amazing team of volunteers and works with kids every single weekend. Jake is on Kristen's ministry team and helps with all of her events. He recently dressed up as the Hulk for the their summer camp and danced his heart out to help the kids have an amazing experience.

Our philosophy on family is simple: You never turn your back on family. We love our families hard. We believe these are the people God intended for us to lean on at all times and we are thankful for wonderful families. We are excited to finally be able to have a family of our own! Having children is something our hearts have desired for such a long time and we can't wait to grow our family through adoption.

Our friends stick by us through the good and the bad times. We love to open up our home to have fellowship with our friends and their families. Relationships are extremely important to us and we treasure the lifelong friends that we have made.

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Photos

With Our Pup, Chewie
With Our Pup, Chewie
Jake Loves to Play Basketball
Jake Loves to Play Basketball
Leading VBS at Our Church
Leading VBS at Our Church
Sharing a Dance
Sharing a Dance
Hiking in the Hollywood Hills
Hiking in the Hollywood Hills
Our Nieces & Nephews Can't Wait to Add Another Cousin to the Group!
Our Nieces & Nephews Can't Wait to Add Another Cousin to the Group!
Celebrating Our Anniversary!
Celebrating Our Anniversary!
Hanging Out at the Pier
Hanging Out at the Pier
Family Hug!
Family Hug!
Tubing at the River
Tubing at the River
Celebrating Easter
Celebrating Easter
Exploring the Baltimore Harbor
Exploring the Baltimore Harbor
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With Our Pup, Chewie
With Our Pup, Chewie
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Jake Loves to Play Basketball
Jake Loves to Play Basketball
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Leading VBS at Our Church
Leading VBS at Our Church
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Sharing a Dance
Sharing a Dance
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Hiking in the Hollywood Hills
Hiking in the Hollywood Hills
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Our Nieces & Nephews Can't Wait to Add Another Cousin to the Group!
Our Nieces & Nephews Can't Wait to Add Another Cousin to the Group!
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Celebrating Our Anniversary!
Celebrating Our Anniversary!
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Hanging Out at the Pier
Hanging Out at the Pier
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Family Hug!
Family Hug!
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Tubing at the River
Tubing at the River
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Celebrating Easter
Celebrating Easter
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Exploring the Baltimore Harbor
Exploring the Baltimore Harbor

Our House and Neighborhood

Welcome to Our Home

We reside in a suburban Pennsylvania town where we have the privilege of having all 4 seasons! We live in an adorable ranch house, surrounded by neighbors of all ages. Our goal has always been to make our house a home; a place where people feel safe, comfortable, and welcomed. We have 3 bedrooms, an awesome porch, and a large game room which is our favorite spot in the house to relax. We love entertaining our families and our friends as much as possible.

We have lived in the same town since we were both toddlers. We live in a close knit community with our families nearby! Our town has holiday parades and a yearly carnival. We live 30 minutes from the city where we love to attend different arts festivals, summer concerts on the streets, ride our tandem bicycle downtown, go to amusement parks, the zoo, museums, and attend baseball and football games. Kristen also plans all of the children's events at our church, so our child would definitely be a big part of the church community with hundreds of other kids!

Our town is small but still has some great kid-friendly areas! There are 3 parks within walking distance of our house and several larger outdoor parks close by where we love to walk our puppy.

Our Extended Families

Christmas With Kristen's Family

When we got married, we chose to live as close to family as possible. Both of our families are huge and full of more love than we could ever imagine. We live within 10 minutes of both sets of parents. We have 9 nieces and nephews who are extremely excited to add another cousin to their group!

Kristen's family is 100% Italian and they love her moms homemade Italian meals! We have family gatherings a couple times per month where all the adults and kids get together and catch up on their weeks. Every summer, all 22 members of the family rent a beach house in Myrtle Beach. It is one of our favorite times of the year!

Jake's Family

Jake's family loves to play outside and they are always having family gatherings! Jake's family has a few dozen acres where his parents and grandparents have built houses. We love playing volleyball, corn hole, and having bonfires on the property. One of our favorite pastimes is playing cards with Pap and Grandma on Saturday nights!

When we told our families that we were adopting, they were extremely excited and supportive. They are thrilled for us to finally achieve our dream of becoming parents. There is an unbreakable bond in both of our families and we have always dreamed of adding children to the mix. Any child would be truly blessed to be a part of this loud and crazy crew!

From Us to You

We want to start off by saying that we truly admire you for your bravery. You have made a courageous decision and we will always respect you for your choice. We can't imagine what you are going through, but we are thankful you are reading this letter and considering us to raise your child. We are thankful to be a part of your journey.

We want to share with you a little bit about our story! We met when we were in elementary school. We attended the same school and church. We were in the same friend group in high school, but the light bulb didn't go off that we should be together until Jake's high school graduation. We started dating in June of 2007. Jake enlisted in the United States Navy for 4 years and he left for boot camp just 3 months after we started dating. The moment Jake got there, he called Kristen and told her she was going to be his wife. We never gave up on each other. Distance was difficult, but we were so excited for our future together. It was worth the wait. Jake finished his time in the Navy in 2011. Kristen graduated from college and we got married in June of 2012!

Currently, Jake is an IT Analyst at a global pharmaceutical company. After Jake finished his time serving in the military, he worked at the family car dealership and got his degree in Management of Information Systems and Business. Jake is hard working and loved at work and home. He is active and loves to find fun things to do as soon as he gets off work. When we hang out with family, he is always playing with our 9 nieces and nephews. He says they are more fun than adults! He is the coolest uncle and he will be a phenomenal father.

Kristen graduated from a liberal arts college in 2012 and received her degree in Elementary and Special Education. After she graduated, she taught 1st and 2nd grade for 4 years before becoming the Children's Director at a nondenominational church nearby. We had been attending that church for a few years before Kristen started working there, but we knew it was the right move and a perfect job for her to be a dedicated mom. Kristen has worked with children her whole life and her face lights up when she is teaching kids. It has always been her passion and she will be an incredible mother. Kristen's job is very flexible, which means that she is able to put our child's needs first. She has the flexibility to work from home some days and our families are really close by to watch our child while we are at work! Our moms have already chosen the days they want to babysit!

The one thing missing in our home is a child. We have so much love to give and our hearts desire is to share the love we've been given with a child. We promise to give them as much love as possible. We will do our best to raise them well and help them know right from wrong. We will be a support system for them. We are a team. Our infertility battle made us lose so much hope, but you have shown us a glimmer of hope again. We thank you for getting us excited for the opportunity of becoming parents. You are helping our dreams come true.

After the hospital, we don't want you to be a stranger! You are an important part of our lives. We would love to exchange emails and have phone conversations from time to time. We want to send you pictures, stories, and keepsakes that mark milestones in your child's life. We are also open to the idea of visits when the time is right. We are excited to meet you and happy to work together to maintain a healthy relationship. We will always speak highly of you and your child will know how much they are loved because of your selflessness and courage. From the bottom of our hearts, we humbly thank you for considering us as parents.

Warmest Regards,

Jake & Kristen

Favorites

Jake
Kristen
Actor
Harrison Ford
Bradley Cooper
Actress
Margot Robbie
Sandra Bullock
Animal
Bald Eagle
Dolphin
Author
Ken Follett
Book
Fall of Giants
The Bible
Candy Bar
Fast Break
Take 5
Cartoon
Looney Tunes
Rugrats
Childhood Memory
Getting a quad for Christmas
Our family trip to Disney World when I was 5! I loved all the Disney Princesses as a kid.
Childhood Toy
Legos
Mr. Bucket
Children's Book
Oh The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
City
San Diego
Nashville
Classic Movie
The Three Amigos
It's a Wonderful Life
Color
Black
Teal
Day of Week
Friday
Friday
Dessert
Pumpkin Pie
Cheesecake
Disney Movie
The Goofy Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
Porsche 911
Lexus RX
Dream Job
Fighter Pilot
Being a Mom
Dream Vacation
Dubai
Tour of Italy
Family Activity
Cards with my grandparents
Playing Volleyball
Flower / Plant
Pine Tree
Roses
Food
My mom's tacos
Filet Mignon
Form of Exercise
Going to the gym
Workout DVD's or walking my dog
Fruit
Honey Crisp Apples
Bananas
Game
Risk
Bananagrams
Hobby
Buying/Selling Cars
Bargain Shopping
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving
Holiday Song
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Dominic the Donkey
Holiday Tradition
Our family Christmas comedy roast
Italian 7 fish dinner on Christmas Eve
Ice Cream
Chocolate Peanut Butter
Mint Chocolate Chip
Junk Food
Snyder's Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzel Bits
Cheeze-Its
Leisure Activity
Video Games with Friends
Swimming (really... just laying out by the pool)
Magazine
Car & Driver
People
Memory with a Child
Teaching my niece how to boogie board
Teaching my class of 1st graders my 4th year of teaching. They were a special group of kids!
Memory with Spouse
Exploring San Francisco
Driving down Highway 1 in California
Movie
The Patriot
The Blind Side
Movie Munchie
Watermelon Sour Patch Kids
Popcorn
Movie Quote
"Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!" Monty Python
"Even miracles take a little time" - Cinderella
Movie Type
Action/Thriller
Romantic Comedies
Musical
Wicked
Musical Group
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Band Perry
Nursery Rhyme
Good Morning, Mr. Zip Zip Zip
Five Little Monkeys
Olympic Event
Ski Jump
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
My pap
My Mom
Play
"Wonder of the World"
Poet
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
Her Kindness
Sense of Humor
Quote
"Never, never, never give up." Winston Churchill
"Be the change you want to see in the world."
Restaurant
Primanti Brothers
Rock Bottom
Sandwich
Primanti Bros. Salami & Egg
Turkey Club
Scripture
Philippians 4:6
Jeremiah 29:11
Shopping Store
H&M
TJ Maxx
Song
Give it Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
Sport to Play
Basketball / Cornhole
Volleyball
Sport to Watch
Football
Volleyball
Sports Star
Hines Ward
Troy Polamalu
Sports Team
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Subject in School
History
Math
Superhero
Captain America
Captain America
Thing to Cook
Anything on the Grill
Lasagna
Time of Day
Idk, this is a weird question
Evening
Tradition
Labor Day Camping With My Family
Yearly Family Vacation to Myrtle Beach
TV Show
The Office
Boy Meets World
TV Show Character
Jim in "The Office"
Mr. Feeny!
Type of Music
Alternative Rock
Acoustic
Vacation Spot
A spot that is All - Inclusive & on the beach!
The Caribbean
Video Game
Battlefield 1
PacMan

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