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Jeff & Jessica
We believe in the joy and love of family and in a home full of laughter and warmth. We believe in hugs and making up silly songs and tickle fights and blowing kisses and pajama days and always saying, "I love you." We believe adoption is the most beautiful gift and we feel truly blessed to be on this journey. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us as you determine the best fit for your child.
Why We Chose Adoption
We have a son, Jameson, who is sweet, smart and enjoys all the things boys his age like such as Minecraft and Wimpy Kid books. Jameson has a heart for animals and adores little kids. When he was in Pre-K, Jameson made a craft project shaped like a rainbow. Each color of the rainbow told something about the child — favorite food, number of people in their family, pets' names, etc. One color was for "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Other kids said ninja, or princess, or teacher. Jameson said "big brother."
We've wanted to expand our family for several years. After having Jameson, we, like so many others, thought we would wait a few years and have a second child. We did not have issues getting pregnant with Jameson and never thought that there would be any delay in adding another child to our family. But after two years of trying without success, Jessica talked to her doctor. After many tests and procedures, we started infertility medication and, eventually, conceived. We were thrilled! Unfortunately, we lost the pregnancy in the second month. Jessica felt strongly that she could not go through that loss again. We talked extensively about adoption for several weeks, making certain both of our hearts were on the same path. And here we are. On a journey we did not predict, but one we both believe was meant to be!
Our Leisure Time
As a family, we enjoy swimming, going to amusement parks, spending time with friends, playing board games, and hanging out on our deck.
After a lifetime of 10-pin bowling, Jeff switched to duckpin bowling and bowls in a league every Sunday evening. He enjoys a specific board game called Diplomacy. Twice a year, Jeff travels to a Diplomacy tournament where 40 or so like-minded people gather to play the game. He also organizes a semi-regular, low stakes poker game with all the various "dad friends" he has made through Jameson. Jeff is an avid hockey fan and is part of a group with NHL season tickets, taking in at least eight games each season. This past spring, Jeff was an assistant coach to Jameson's basketball team and enjoyed teaching the kids.
Jessica is a crafter, specializing in paper art and working with sea glass. She coordinates a Mom's Night Out group of about 15 moms, planning events including dinners and art classes. Jessica loves animals and has spent many years volunteering for an animal shelter and working on trapping feral cats, getting them medical attention, including spay/neuter, and returning them to their communities. Jessica has been a room mom at the elementary school for the past two years and creates photobooks for the class each year which parents can purchase. She also volunteered to be in charge of the school year book. Jessica's favorite leisure activity is drinking coffee while reading a book on the porch swing.
We will tell our child their adoption story starting from an early age. We've already discussed making their story a part of the bedtime routine, complete with a photobook which Jessica likes to make. We found a quote that speaks to this journey, "I may not have given you the gift of life, but life gave me the gift of you." Jessica plans on creating artwork using this quote for the baby's room.
We will emphasize that adoption was a choice that their birth parents weighed heavily and that we have nothing but respect and admiration for that decision. We look forward to an open adoption and hope to establish a lasting relationship with the birth parents, understanding that every situation is unique.
The child will know that Jeff's dad was adopted and will know his story as well. We will let the child know that all of our family and friends were supportive of our decision to adopt and were excited to welcome another baby into our family and circle of friends. Jessica's parents have a wall of family photos ranging from their great-grandparents to their grandchildren. They've kept a spot open for their new grandchild's photo and can't wait to fill it.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a diverse neighborhood in Maryland. Though we are in a suburb of a major city, our community has a small-town feel. We often see friends at the local fountain where kids (and adults) can cool off on a hot day and listen to a musician while enjoying ice cream. Our community has annual parades and fireworks and festivals and we also enjoy the weekly farmers' market. We live close to our elementary school, and have our choice of several parks and playgrounds. The neighborhood also has a community pool which we visit as often as possible - another place where we frequently meet up with friends. Our neighborhood is full of kids of all ages, though still somehow manages to be quiet. We also have a very pet-friendly community and our home is on the dog walkers' route. Like many homes in our neighborhood, we have beautiful flowering trees in both the back and front yards. Springtime makes our neighborhood picture perfect. We love our house, particularly the basement as it has become the hangout spot for our friends and their children and we play games, host events, and enjoy the space as well. We also love our family room, especially in the winter when we can enjoy the warmth and comfort of a fire in the fireplace.
Our Extended Families
We are lucky to have family nearby that we see frequently. Jeff's parents, as well as Jeff's brother and his family, live within an hour from us. Though Jessica's sister and brother and their families live in New York and Colorado, her parents are just over an hour away. We visit family often and realize how special that is. Both of our families played board games when we were kids and we continue to do this when grandparents or cousins visit. Jessica likes to say that her family is full of "talkers" and talking is truly their favorite activity, particularly Jessica and her sister. Jessica's dad has a silly side to him that makes for lots of laughter with the grandkids. Jeff's parents enjoy having everyone over for meals and to celebrate birthdays. Thanksgiving is at their home, and Jessica's parents are always invited as well. Since having Jameson, we've hosted Christmas morning and brunch. Jessica's parents attend Christmas Eve services with us and are there for the Christmas morning excitement. Jeff's parents arrive early morning and we all have brunch once the gift giving is over. We like to say that we are "weird" for one specific reason - we all like each other. So much so that both sets of grandparents, our family, and Jeff's brother and his family have taken summer vacations together for the past five years. We stay together in a big house on the beach, read, play games, put puzzles together, swim, and hunt for sea glass.
From Us to You
"I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.
For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn't give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you."
This quote perfectly expresses how we feel about adoption and the journey to having another child join our family. A dream come true. Love that is deep and real. A gift. And you are the giver of that precious gift to our family. There is no way to truly express our gratitude and admiration to you. For now, we will simply say, "Thank you." Thank you for your courage and strength. Thank you for making an impossible decision for the sake of your child. Thank you for caring and loving your child. Thank you for taking the time to consider our family to be an extension of your family. Thank you.
We are Jessica and Jeff. We've been together for 13 years and married for 10 of those, though it doesn't seem like it. Time certainly does fly, particularly when you're with someone who lifts you up and is good for your soul. Our relationship is all about laughter and spending time together and having fun - even if that fun is just making mac & cheese or reading books by the fireplace. We have very different, but complimentary personalities. If we were back in middle school at a dance, Jeff would be standing by the wall inspecting his feet and Jessica would be doing the running man in the middle of the dance floor. But it works for us on every level. We have a great marriage and we just genuinely like each other!
In 2010, we welcomed our son, Jameson, into this world. He is the spitting image of Jeff with the personality of Jessica. He is the joy in our day and we thank God for giving us this silly, kind, smart, caring, cute, goofy child with awesome dance moves and an incredible imagination. We spend a lot of time together as a family, making memories both at home and while traveling. We love playing games, going to the local parks or the pool, making up obstacle courses, staying in pajamas all day, and laughing.
We love each other and the life we have together. But there is still something missing - we know adoption is how we are to find that missing piece to our family. We will love this child with our whole hearts.
We believe in the importance of an open adoption and want to pursue whatever degree of openness is most comfortable for you. We will share photos and send letters or emails updating you on the little things and the big things. We are open to phone calls and visits as well and hope to foster a lasting relationship with you. The more people who love this child, the better!
Our unwavering promise to you is that we will love your child, your gift, with all that we have. We already do. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us.
Jeff & Jessica
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