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Jon & Chelsea

Hello! Thank you so much for considering adoption and taking the time to get to know us and our family! We have a warm, fun, and happy home that is filled with love and adventure. We look forward to supporting and loving another child unconditionally. We would be very honored to be chosen as the parents for your child.

About Us

7th-12th Grade Science Teacher
Stay-at-Home Mom
Master's Degree in Biology; Pedagogy and Curriculum Design
Bachelor's Degree in Ancient Languages
David, James, Elliana
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Our Family

God has blessed us with three children, and we are in a place where we have the room in our hearts, family and home for another child. As we have been praying and considering expanding our family, we both feel strongly that we would love to provide a safe, healthy, and fun environment for another child. We have several friends who have been directly impacted by adoption, both by being adopted or by expanding their families through adoption, and we have seen the blessing and gift that adoption can be.

We are comfortable as parents, and our children are very caring siblings. We feel so incredibly blessed that we are in the position where we are able to open our family to adoption. We are passionate about children and family, and would be so excited and honored for the opportunity to love your child as well.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

Ziplining Date

Chelsea About Jon: Jon is kind, smart, and can always make me laugh. He is my best friend. Jon has always wanted to be a father, and he is great with our kids. He is a fun dad, always up for an adventure. He loves to wrestle, go on walks, and make up games with the kids. When he is home, he almost always has someone riding on his shoulders.

One of the things that I admire most about Jon is how he loves people. As a teacher and a soccer coach, he has a real heart for his students and works hard outside of school hours to help them succeed. He is also a volunteer firefighter and loves to help anyone in need.

Jon About Chelsea: Chelsea is incredibly caring, with a heart for every person around her. She is always available to help those in need or someone looking for a mentor or a friend. These qualities have made her into an incredible mother with a deep love for each child and an incredible ability to encourage each member of the family in special and unique ways. Chelsea is also up for anything and not only jumps into activities wholeheartedly, but invites those around her to join her, bringing joy and fun into every situation. I love her empathy for others, compassion for outsiders, visible and tangible love for the lonely, and her dedication to putting family first.

Cultural Diversity

The area of Montana that we live in is very warm and welcoming. It is a unique community in that it is the only place we have lived where there is no class division and virtually no racism. People are sociable, kind, and good friends with one another regardless of race or income level. The community is predominantly white, though there are many people of diverse backgrounds in our church, schools, and community. We are also close to several families who have adopted both from the United States and internationally, with children from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. A child adopted into our family will have many friends and peers who are also transracially adopted. As a family, we have friends of a wide variety of backgrounds. We spent our first years of marriage working in an international boarding school with students from around the world, and Jon grew up between Tanzania and Kenya in Africa and Chicago, IL. We continue to travel as a family to Kenya every 2-3 years to visit Jon's family, and we love that these trips allow us to experience African culture.

A child who we adopt will be part of our family and will experience our culture, and we intend to help them also understand their own cultural background. We understand that there are important traditions and unique features of different cultures that we will help them experience.



Playing in the Snow
Playing in the Snow
David, James & Elliana
David, James & Elliana
Swimming With Mommy
Swimming With Mommy
Family Hike With Jon's Sister
Family Hike With Jon's Sister
On Safari While Visiting Jon's Family in Kenya
On Safari While Visiting Jon's Family in Kenya
Fourth of July Parade
Fourth of July Parade
All Dressed Up for a Family Wedding
All Dressed Up for a Family Wedding
On an Evening Hike
On an Evening Hike
Visit to the Dinosaur Museum
Visit to the Dinosaur Museum
Jon Paddling With the Kids
Jon Paddling With the Kids
Vacation Cabin in the Mountains
Vacation Cabin in the Mountains
Christmas Morning Snuggles with Sierra
Christmas Morning Snuggles with Sierra
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Playing in the Snow
Playing in the Snow
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David, James & Elliana
David, James & Elliana
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Swimming With Mommy
Swimming With Mommy
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Family Hike With Jon's Sister
Family Hike With Jon's Sister
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On Safari While Visiting Jon's Family in Kenya
On Safari While Visiting Jon's Family in Kenya
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Fourth of July Parade
Fourth of July Parade
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All Dressed Up for a Family Wedding
All Dressed Up for a Family Wedding
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On an Evening Hike
On an Evening Hike
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Visit to the Dinosaur Museum
Visit to the Dinosaur Museum
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Jon Paddling With the Kids
Jon Paddling With the Kids
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Vacation Cabin in the Mountains
Vacation Cabin in the Mountains
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Christmas Morning Snuggles with Sierra
Christmas Morning Snuggles with Sierra

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a three-bedroom home on a golf course on the edge of a small town in the mountains of the West. Our street is very quiet and we have a cul-de-sac behind the house where our boys are learning to ride bikes. We have a large fenced back yard with a small garden where the kids love to play with our dog and bunny. We have a small strawberry patch and are hoping to build a tree house soon. We have a golf cart that we use to go on adventures around the neighborhood, which has several small creeks, ponds, and lots of trees. Our adventures usually include hunting for golf balls, catching frogs or grasshoppers, watching construction trucks work, and rolling down hills.

We are about five minutes away from a great park and library, which has many events for kids such as story time, magic shows, and Kindermusik. There is also a local outdoor swimming pool open during the summers and several indoor pools available year round.

Our town is small and beautiful. It is a ski resort town, so we love to go skiing and sledding in the winter. In the summer, there are many festivals, including three days of parades and rodeos for the 4th of July.

Our Extended Families

Jon & His Brothers

Jon grew up in Kenya and has six siblings. His parents live in Kenya, and are involved as grandparents via letters, Skype, and annual visits. We also visit them in Kenya every other year. Our siblings are spread around the U.S., but we see each of them every year, and they often stay with us during breaks from work, whether for a weekend or longer. Jon's oldest brother and his family live close by and are some of our dearest friends. We see them each week. Their son is close in age to our children, and the cousins are best friends. When we get together, we play board games, hike, and play outside.

Chelsea's Family

We also live close to most of Chelsea's extended family: parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, because many still live near the family cattle ranch. We all get together each holiday. We enjoy large meals, picnics, tractor rides, fishing, and being outside. We have a very supportive family, and you can count on a crowd for graduations, t-ball games, concerts, animal shows, etc. When a family member was in the hospital recently, he had family with him around the clock.

Family is so very important for both of us. Chelsea stopped pursuing her Master's Degree to be at home with our children, and Jon chose a career that allowed him to be home as much as possible. We love our family dearly and look forward to bringing a child into this loving and supportive environment.

From Us to You

Hello. First of all, we just want to let you know that we are praying for you, as a reader of our letter, daily. We pray that God will give you strength and peace as you make the decision to parent or create an adoption plan, either with our family or another. We can only imagine what you are going through and the wave of emotions you must be feeling. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us.

We are Jon and Chelsea and have been married for seven years. We live in a small town in the mountains of Montana. Ours is a very warm and welcoming community. Jon is a junior high and high school science teacher and Chelsea is a stay-at home-mom to our three children: David, James, and Elliana. Jon also coaches high school soccer and is a volunteer firefighter. God and family are our two highest priorities. In the winters, we love to ski, sled, build snowmen, and drink hot chocolate. Summer is filled with outdoor adventures, going on hunts for frogs and bugs, hiking, swimming, rodeos, and parades. We live near many family members and enjoy playing games and getting together with our extended family.

We would love to give you a glimpse into what life would be like for a child who is placed into our family. As a baby, the child will stay home with Chelsea and our two youngest children: James and Elliana. David, who is five, began school this year. James is three and Elliana is two. Our children are very close friends, and greatly anticipate the arrival of a new sibling. Early life will consist of snuggles and story times, and short visits to church and grandma's house.

As the child grows, we will celebrate little milestones: rolling over, first smiles, sleeping through the night, taking steps, and learning to speak. When the child is ready, Chelsea will enjoy reading stories with him or her, creating crafts, planting in the garden, and helping the child discover the world. Chelsea will teach the child to count and to read, and will do pre-school at home. When the child is ready for school, he or she will go to the school where Jon teaches. It is a small school with all grades K-12, so the child will be able to eat lunch with Daddy and his or her big brothers and sisters.

Throughout the child's life, we will work to discover his or her interests and help the child find opportunities to explore those interests. If reading is their thing, we will be sure they have regular access to the library. If they love sports, we will help them become involved in soccer, t-ball, skiing, dance, or other sports. They will learn how to swim, ride a bike, care for animals and other people. There are many close relatives and friends who will love and support this child, coming to birthday parties, sports games, dance recitals, and more. We will also work to instill strong values in them, such as hard work, compassion, love for God and people, and honesty. Both Jon and Chelsea have experience teaching and tutoring, and we would expect our child to complete high school, and would help them pursue higher education that fits with their life goals.

We feel that it is important for a child to know his or her story, and if you choose to create an adoption plan with our family, we would hope to have an ongoing relationship with you. We would love for you to continue being a part of the child's life and will send you pictures and letters or emails regularly. We will be open and honest with our child about their adoption story, and are open to creating a plan for visits or video chats, should you desire.

Thank you so much for considering our family. May God give you peace!

Jon & Chelsea


Denzel Washington
Johnny Depp
Judi Dench
Reese Witherspoon
Michael Crichton
The Bible
Embracing the Love of God
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Tom and Jerry
Childhood Memory
Bottle-feeding calves on our ranch
Childhood Toy
A Teddy Bear named Pancake
Children's Book
Sneetches on Beaches by Dr. Seuss
Llama Llama Red Pajama
Gryon, Switzerland
Classic Movie
The Untouchables
The Princess Bride
Day of Week
Apple Pie
Cherry Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream
Disney Movie
Jungle Book
Dream Car
1970s Firebird
Mini Cooper
Dream Job
Teaching- It's what I do!
Broadway Star
Dream Vacation
Coast of Kenya on the Indian Ocean
Taking our whole family on a safari when we visit relatives in Kenya
Family Activity
Going to the Library/Story Time
Flower / Plant
Apple Trees
Fresh Baked Bread
Form of Exercise
Team Sports
Settlers of Catan
Volunteer firefighting
Gardening with the kids
Holiday Song
Hallelujah Chorus
Mary Did You Kow by Pentatonix
Holiday Tradition
Getting to be Santa and surprise the children with gifts under the tree
Reading Bible Stories by Candlelight each evening in December
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Landscaping with the family
Memory with a Child
Getting all bundled up to go sledding and then coming in for hot cocoa
Going on adventures/catching frogs/watching caterpillars build cocoons.
Memory with Spouse
Working together as assistant dorm parents and getting to spend each day together
Ziplining on our Anniversary
The Importance of Being Earnest
Movie Munchie
Movie Type
Action Adventure
Sound of Music
Hello Dolly
Musical Group
Eric Clapton
For King and Country
Nursery Rhyme
This Little Piggy Went to Market (with associated tickles)
Little Miss Muffit
Olympic Event
Figure Skating
Personal Hero
My Dad
George Mueller
Steel Magnolias (because Chelsea was in it)
Steel Magnolias
Edgar Allen Poe
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
Ability to make everything we do together really fun
He is smart, kind, and can always make me laugh!
The credit belongs to the man... who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. -Theodore Roosevelt
"Live in faith, don't just visit there." - Dave Duell
Giordano's Pizza
Olive Garden
Philly Cheese Steak
Turkey, Bacon, Avocado
Joshua 1:9: Be Not Afraid. Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Shopping Store
Sporting goods stores
Barnes and Noble
"Africa" by Toto
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Rugby (when Jon plays!)
Sports Star
Lionel Messi
Usain Bolt
Sports Team
Michigan Wolverines
Michigan Wolverines
Subject in School
Thing to Cook
Grill anything
Swedish Pancakes
Time of Day
TV Show
The Amazing Race
TV Show Character
Gus in Psych
Frankie from The Middle
Type of Music
Classic Rock
Praise and Worship
Vacation Spot
Coast of Kenya
The beach

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