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Brad & Jen
Thank you for viewing our profile and taking the time to get to know us! We hope through this glimpse into our lives you can see how much love we have for each other and just how much love and support we want to give a child. As you will see in our profile, adoption holds a personal place in our hearts and we are so excited to grow as a family.
Adoption in Our Lives
Jen was born in Seoul, Korea and lived her first six months in an orphanage until she was adopted. As Jen grew up she realized how much of a difficult, but very loving decision her birth parents made to create an adoption plan. When she looks at the photo of herself in the orphanage, she realizes how lucky she was. All the babies look healthy, well fed, and cared for. She feels very fortunate to have been given such a good start while her adoptive parents were waiting for her to come into their lives.
Since the beginning of our marriage we have discussed adoption as a great way to grow our family. Because adoption is so personal to us as a family, we've always known this is the direction we want to go. Two years ago we were blessed with the adoption of our son, Ryan. We are very happy we have an open relationship with his birth parents and really enjoy sharing our weekly texts with updates, pictures, and videos. It's amazing to be able to have a relationship with his birth parents and to be able to share this special bond with them.
We are so excited to make this journey again and give a child as many great opportunities and unforgettable life experiences as we can!
Our Leisure Time
A couple of Jen's favorite hobbies are cooking and baking, which is a huge plus for Brad! Jen has always looked forward to when she and a child could bake and make special treats together. It is often that we find Ryan in the kitchen helping. When Jen's not in the kitchen she enjoys doing crafts, shopping, or browsing Pinterest for a new recipe to try.
In Brad's spare time he enjoys golfing or hitting balls at the driving range. He is looking forward to someday buying children's clubs and sharing his love of the game. He also follows sports in general -- his favorites being college football, college basketball, and the NFL. Brad is also an avid reader and is most interested in history or historical fiction.
As a family, we enjoy trips to the zoo (mostly to feed the goats!), trips to the farmstead, picking fresh fruit from the orchards in the spring and summer, and trying out as many parks and playgrounds as we can find.
One of our favorite things to do is travel. We love to learn about new cities, try new foods, and experience new places. We enjoy photography and always try to document our trips. Some of our photos hang in our home and remind us of favorite places, beautiful sunrises, or exciting encounters with animals. We love sharing these things with our son and can't wait to make more memories together as our family grows.
Our Promise to You
Our promise to you is that we will always hold you in high regard. We promise to help a child realize the depth of your love while you consider what likely is one of the most difficult decisions of your life. We will speak of the child's own adoption story with them early and often.
Our promise to you is that we will never take your decision to place a child with us lightly. We are fully committed to being loving, attentive and involved parents. It is important to us that we do our best to raise kind, thoughtful, happy individuals.
Our promise to you is to share pictures, letters, texts, videos, updates and all those "firsts" with you! (Depending on your comfort level). We have loved sharing our joy in watching our son grow with his birth family. We can truly say since adopting our son we think of his birth family almost every day and are so thankful that they trusted us enough to parent him. We share such a special bond with them and look forward to having another relationship with another birth family.
Our most important promise to you is simply this: a child placed with us will never have a shortage of love.
Our House and Neighborhood
We built our house in 2011. While building, we kept in mind starting our family here. We have an open floor plan and four bedrooms with plenty of space to entertain friends and family. Our favorite room is probably the playroom. It is filled with books and a reading nook, toys , and crafts. Our backyard is spacious and fenced in with room to add a swing set when a child gets a little bigger.
We live in Kansas in a suburb of a large metropolitan area. We chose to live here because it is a safe area and has top-notch schools. We are fortunate to have great neighbors. There are many kids - in just our cul-de-sac alone there are eight children! Our subdivision has a pool (complete with a kiddie pool!), a playground area, and many walking trails with plenty of green space. The neighborhood plans several annual events -- a Fourth of July parade, a movie at the pool, Christmas caroling, etc. We enjoy spending time with neighbors and watching our kids play together.
Since we're in a suburb of a large city, there are many family activities nearby. We have three major league sports teams to cheer on, we have a large farmer's market to stroll through, and we even have a big zoo! There is also a farmstead complete with a petting zoo, pony rides, and a botanical garden. There are plenty of family-friendly things to see and do all within driving distance!
Our Extended Families
We love spending time with our family and we feel fortunate most live within driving distance. Brad has one brother and we enjoy watching sports with him and spending time together on the weekend. Jen has a brother and small nephew in Virginia so we have to keep in touch via phone calls and texting, but enjoy seeing each other whenever we're in the same city. Jen's other brother and nieces live nearby and we love visiting with them as well!
A couple of our favorite traditions are Father's Day and Thanksgiving. For Father's Day both families meet at our house and the guys spend the afternoon golfing and the girls go shopping. Afterward, we have a big family-style dinner at our home. Thanksgiving is another special time of the year and both of our families gather at our home to celebrate the season. There is delicious food and lots of pies! It's a fun filled day spending time with our loved ones, watching football or even playing a rousing game of Catch Phrase.
Our family has already been touched by adoption as Jen was adopted as an infant. We have always spoken of adoption as our choice to grow as a family. Almost two years ago we adopted our son, Ryan, and both sides of our family have loved watching him grow. Both of our families are supportive of our desire to adopt a child and cannot wait to spoil a little one with lots of love!
From Us to You
Hello, we are Brad and Jen! We are filled with so many emotions as we write this letter, so we can only imagine your own feelings as you contemplate what is best for you and your baby. Please know we are so grateful that you are taking the time to read our letter and view this profile of our lives as you consider us to potentially parent your child.
We have been together for fourteen years and this spring we will be celebrating our twelfth wedding anniversary. We hit it off on our very first date at a little Italian restaurant -- fast forward fourteen plus years and we are still best friends and each other's biggest advocate. We have spent our years together exploring new cities, trying new restaurants, spending time with family and friends, pursuing hobbies, spending time with our pups, and raising our son.
Jen is a labor and delivery nurse and loves what she does. She is naturally comfortable caring for newborns. Her favorite part of the job, in addition to helping women through labor, is holding those babies! Brad works as a computer programmer and enjoys writing software for the trading desk of a large financial investment company. Jen works the night shift and is considered PTOC, which means she is able to pick how much, how often, and when she works. She works an average of seven times a month. Brad works normal daytime hours. Because our schedules are different, we are able to have more time at home with a child and also more time together as a family.
Our promise to you is to love your child whole-heartedly and unconditionally. Adoption is our first choice in building our family, as it already has a special place in our hearts. When Jen was an infant she was adopted from Korea. We also were able to adopt our son nearly two years ago. We have been able to see firsthand just how awesome adoption is. We couldn't be more excited to continue to grow our family through adoption!
Please know that we are fully committed to communicating openly and honestly about your child's adoption story and the love you have for him or her. A child will always know how lucky they are to have two families that love them and want only the best for them. Our desire is to share pictures, letters, emails, texts, and phone calls to celebrate and commemorate those "firsts", milestones, and any other special, fun, or significant things that happen during their life -- depending on your level of comfort.
Our home has always been filled with respect, honesty, humor, patience, and love. We promise to always be there to support, love, and guide a child as they follow their dreams. Our goal is to educate a child and help shape him or her into a kind, caring, well-rounded, confident, and happy individual. We are looking forward to adding to our family and having another person to love! Our son's zest for life, energy, and sweet personality will make him such a fun big brother! We are excited to continue our family tradition of "cinnamon roll Saturdays" and are looking forward to family dinners around the table filled with great conversation, going to church as a family, trips to the zoo and sharing our passion for travel and our love of all animals.
Again, we want to thank you for your time and for viewing our profile and considering us to parent your child. We hope that by seeing these glimpses into our lives you can see the love that we have for each other and all the love and support we want to give a child. Our families are so supportive of our desire to adopt. We are excited to grow our family and are waiting with open minds and open hearts.
Brad & Jen
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