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Robert & Jennifer
Hello and welcome to a view of our family. We are a loving couple with an energetic toddler, excited to bring the skills and experiences we learned to another child while offering love, comfort, adventure, and security. We really appreciate you reading through our information and getting to know us a bit better and hope that it makes you feel more comfortable in the difficult decisions that are ahead of you.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has already impacted our lives in the most wonderful way. We adopted a beautiful, healthy, smart baby boy in 2015 from a birth mom we felt an instant connection to. We traveled through the night to Kentucky to meet him in the hospital, and fell in love with him immediately. We have a picture of his birth mom, her parents, and his biological sister in his room. We had an incredible adoption experience with our son and we cannot wait to add to our family through adoption again.
Every child's birth story is unique and their own, and we look forward to sharing this child's birth story with them, as we have done with our son, Robbie. Each night we tell Robbie that his biological mom was the mom who grew him in her tummy, and loved him so much that she found us to be his family. We also have an album containing these pictures, as well as more recent ones from his birth family that we add to as we receive updates from them. Robbie has this album in his room and we go through it with him often. We think it's very important for a child's identity to be as open as possible about the love their birth mom and even extended family have for them, and will do the same for this child. We want to assure our child not only of our love for them, but of your love for them, and your desire for them to have the best childhood possible.
Our Leisure Time
Robert is a hobby enthusiast, and enjoys learning new hobbies whenever the opportunity strikes. Robert has practiced karate since he was 15, and is currently a 5th degree black belt. He teaches karate, and attends training sessions across the country. In addition to karate, Robert enjoys photography. When we first met, Robert was photographing weddings; he got started the year before when he agreed to shoot his sister's wedding. Jennifer assisted Robert with several weddings and now photography is a shared passion.
Jennifer loves to read mysteries and novels, and one of Robert's first gifts to Jennifer was a nook e-reader so she could read all the books she wanted (without adding more physical books to her collection!). Jennifer volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters, and visits her 6th grade "little sister" for lunch weekly, where they read, play games, and enjoy girl talk. Jennifer also enjoys going to the YMCA for cycle, aerobics and yoga classes.
We have a shared love of being outside, and in the summer, we are at the lake on our boat almost every weekend. We also love to travel, and have recently traveled to Granby, Colorado, Minot, North Dakota, New Haven, Connecticut, and St. Augustine, Florida. We also spend lots of time with family, where the cousins get to play.
Our Life Priorities
Our family is our main priority, both immediate and extended. We are very blessed that both our extended families live nearby, and with both families so close, there is nowhere else we would rather live. Our son has grown up very close to his cousins, now 3 boys and 2 girls. Our families have supported us and helped us balance our home and work responsibilities. We are very fortunate that Robert's mom watches our son during the day while we work, so we are able to focus on work during the day with the peace of mind that he is well cared for. We've been able to be present for many important moments in our families' lives. Jennifer was with her youngest sister for the birth of her son, and a few months later traveled to North Dakota to be with another sister for the birth of her daughter. Robert's family often rotates homes to work on different home improvement projects his parents, brothers or sister have going on. We are lucky to know that if we ever need something, we have a strong family support system in place.
Our House and Neighborhood
We grew up in our town, and although we love traveling to new cities, we haven't found a city we would rather live in. We live in a metropolitan city in Kansas with over 125 miles of bicycle trails and routes, and 107 parks! Kansas is among the top 10 "sunniest" states in the country, with more sunny days than Florida, which is great for us as we are often working on projects or just enjoying the outdoors. We have 36 museums, 20 live theaters, and 35 art galleries in our town that we look forward to introducing to a future child. We enjoy visiting the zoo and museums with our son and extended family.
We enjoy exploring the walking paths in our neighborhood and playing at the neighborhood playground and pool with our neighbors. We also like going to the local nature center and walking the trails and observing the wildlife. In the summer, we spend our weekends at the lake playing on our boat and swimming.
We own a 5 bedroom, 3 bathroom house with a dedicated room just waiting to be a nursery. We love the open floor plan that allows us to feel united as a family whether we are cooking dinner or having family time. We have close, loving neighbors with lots of children in all age ranges. We can't wait to welcome another child to our family!
Our Extended Families
Robert's siblings and their spouses get together regularly with their parents in the house they grew up in for dinner and a friendly game of whist (card game). Robert is the oldest of four siblings; Sarah, and twins Charles and Jason. When we first met, we spent family days playing games. However, now we spend family day playing with the 5 kids.
Jennifer's parents live just a 30 minute car ride away. Jennifer's grandparents set a strong tradition of family and she has many happy memories growing up close to them. Jennifer has two younger siblings, Rachel and Christine. Rachel is a military spouse and has lived all over the world. She currently lives far away but we make frequent road trips to visit, and just returned back from a trip to support them through the birth of their first child. Christine lives nearby with husband, Jesus, and her son, Mateo. Jennifer grew up playing card games with her grandparents, a tradition we have carried on with our family nights playing Apples to Apples, Hand and Foot, Yahtzee, and other fun games.
Both of our families are supportive of our journey to grow our family through adoption. We are excited to welcome another child to our family and introduce them to their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins!
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our profile and consider adoption for your baby. We appreciate how difficult this decision must be for you, and know that you are trying to make the best decision possible for your child.
We want to assure you that if you were to select us to provide a home to your baby, we would provide them a warm and loving home, and give them love, comfort and security. We will instill a great sense of morals in your child and help shape them into a mature young adult who will be successful in the world. Both of our families live near with young children as well so there will be cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents to help show the importance of family as well as children their age to play with.
We first began to try to expand our family by working with a fertility specialist to try to get pregnant. As we worked through this process, we came to realize there was another way to grow our family, and after much thought and careful consideration, we decided to pursue adoption. Our families were very supportive of us throughout our journey to grow our family, and offered so much support throughout the process. We had faith that the right child was out there waiting for us, and in 2015, we adopted our son. Since then, we have delighted in watching him grow and love him more and more each day. We can't wait to adopt again and experience this love and adventure as we expand our family once more.
We were married in 2009, after dating for two years. We were surprised and intrigued to learn the adoption process is much like the process in which we met on e-harmony; where each side is able to specify what they are looking for in a match. We really feel this process allowed us to be really honest in what we were looking for in a partner, and we couldn't be happier together. We understand you are looking for certain things for your baby, and we hope that we have provided you enough information to feel you know us and the kind of home we will provide.
We are so excited to open the new chapter of our lives together with a child. We love the day to day of being a family, from getting up at night with them and changing diapers to helping them with homework. We can't wait to take our baby on vacations - from camping at the lake to traveling to Louisiana to visit Robert's dad's family, or even to Florida to visit Robert's mom's family. Robert's family took a car trip to a new state every year when he was a child, and he is excited to share that tradition with our future child. It is amazing how much there is to see and learn in this world and we look forward to showing our future child how the many secrets we have discovered, as well as finding new adventures!
We know that you are doing what you can to assure the wellbeing of your baby, and we promise to send letters and pictures to you so you can see how loved your baby is and how well they are doing. We promise to send these updates so you can see the child mature into the amazing young adult we both know they will be.
Thank you again for taking the time to learn more about us. We know if you were to select us to provide a home to your baby, we will love the child as our own while respecting that the child has an amazing story of true love and compassion from their birth.
Robert & Jennifer
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