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Jesse & Claire
We strongly believe that God has a plan for each and every one of us and we are so grateful and humbled that you have been led to get to know us a little better. We are so excited to become parents and share our love with a child. Your courage and selflessness in this decision are remarkable and we are incredibly thankful for the opportunity to grow our family through adoption.
Our Leisure Time
We are both very active with helping our family on the farm. We find ourselves most weekends out on the farm helping with whatever needs to be done. Claire likes to drive our four-wheeler around the farm or go for walks with her mom and Jesse can fix any piece of equipment that needs it. You would most often find him welding on the skid steer, building fence, or repairing a tractor so that we can feed our cattle or get the land ready for planting crops. We also take our dogs for walks every chance we get. They love being out on the farm so that we can let them run free! We also love fishing and have had the awesome task of helping teach our nieces how to fish! Their little faces when telling them they had to put the worm on the hook were priceless! They are so excited for a cousin someday and want to teach them to fish since they know how now. Ultimately, we just love being outdoors and enjoy the beautiful Kansas sunsets every chance we get.
What Made Us Who We Are Today
Growing up in a small community has definitely shaped us into who we are today. We grew up knowing the value of hard work and wanting to teach and raise our children the exact same values and beliefs. We also both grew up with strong religious backgrounds and we try to make church and God top priority. We both attended different, but small high schools. Claire was involved in every single activity growing up including sports, community service organizations and church youth group. She attended a small private college where she played basketball and was also president of Business Club. Being so involved in various things has translated into her adult life. She finds herself still involved in many activities including being the treasurer for our church, sitting on various community boards and helping out on our family farm. Jesse has always had a love for helping people and especially helping our families. He loves to build and fix things and finds himself coming to the aid of many people to help them in their time of need. We have had great support systems and role models in our lives and can't wait to pass on what they have taught us to our child. We want our child to grow up with the same opportunities that we had and that is why we love living in our small town where they can grow up in a loving and supporting community.
How We Met
Sometimes we can't even believe the start to our own love story, as it sounds like it was written in a classic 1950's novel. It all started when Claire was selling homemade ice cream at her hometown annual back to school festival and Jesse just happened to stop by to buy a cup. Barely 16 years old, but we knew from that moment that we were meant to be. The entire evening was spent enjoying the towns festivities and being lost in conversation. Topping the evening off was the firework show at the high school football field and the rest is history. We have been together for 14 years, 8 of those wonderful years in marriage. There have been numerous trials and triumphs and each and every day we grow stronger together. We can't wait to continue writing the next chapter of our love story by welcoming a child into our family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a quiet and small town where church and family are top priority. Our house is situated on a corner lot with a large fenced backyard. We have two cuddly Golden Retriever dogs that love to run around and play in the backyard. Across the street from our house is the town swimming pool where all of the neighborhood kids go to spend their summers. We are also only two blocks away from a park where we love to go and swing or shoot hoops with our nephews.
Our house has three bedrooms and a large living space that is open to our dining room where we love to gather for family meals. We love working on house projects together and over the last 8 years have shared in many home renovation projects together. Claire is the designer and Jesse makes it happen!
Our favorite part of our house is our backyard where we spend most of our free time playing with our dogs or gathering with friends and family on the deck or around the firepit on the patio that we built together. Jesse is already making plans to build the ultimate outdoor playground equipped with a slide and climbing wall for our kiddo!
Our Extended Families
One of life's greatest blessings is family. We are so fortunate to live near both of our families who provide an incredible amount of support and encouragement. Both of our parents have been married for over 35 years and we have learned so much about love and relationships from them. We have 9 nieces and nephews ranging in ages 1 to 17, which keeps our families busy attending all of their school and sporting events.
Growing up on small family farms, our families share a love for the outdoors. Jesse's family loves to go to the lake! One of our traditions it to split into teams for a family fun game of beach volleyball. It can get pretty competitive, especially when we play guys against gals. Afterwards we all enjoy grilling out and eating a meal around the campfire, listening to the kids play. Claire's family also enjoys being outdoors together. Her parents live in the country along a creek with a large front yard. One of her family traditions is playing baseball together in the front yard, something her and her sister did throughout the entire summer growing up. It has been a blast to continue on this tradition with our nieces and nephews and we can't wait to teach our child the game in the same way!
From Us to You
Life is a journey, full of twists and turns that intertwine us in the most incredible ways. While we don't know your story, we know that God has an amazing plan for you. You are so brave and selfless to have chosen adoption for your child and we know that from only unconditional love can a decision like this one be made. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for taking a moment to learn about us!
We have been BEST friends for 14 years, sharing 8 of those wonderful years in marriage. Finding adventure in every moment of life is what we strive for each and every day and we cannot wait to share in life's adventure with a child. Through trials and triumphs, our love grows more each and every day. We are both truly blessed to have flexible careers with opportunities that are both rewarding and challenging. Through those challenges, it has made us realize what a true blessing life is and what an amazing support team we have to encourage us along the way.
The foundation of our love and life is found most deeply rooted in our relationship with God. Our Faith is what has led us on our journey to adoption. When we found out that having a biological child would be an incredible risk to Claire's health, we prayed for guidance of how God wanted us to grow our family. We are certain that adoption is the unfolding of God's plan for us and have dreamed of what our family would be like for years. We believe that being a mom and dad will be one of life's greatest rewards!
When we envision our family, we see a life full of love, laughter and adventure! We promise that your child will have 100% of our devotion and that we will do everything in our power to love and protect him/her. We will encourage him/her to follow their dreams and be there each and every minute of every day offering love and support so that he/she may grow and flourish in their life journey. He/she will grow up knowing first and foremost that he/she is a loved and cherished child of God with parents as stewards to guide their way.
It is important to us to be able to share with your child how much he/she is loved by you and by us. We can't wait to send photos and updates throughout your child's life. We want you to share in each chapter of their life and celebrate the milestones that he/she may reach along the way. Raising a child is truly a gift from God and we promise to nourish their faith and relationship with Him every day.
We can't imagine what an incredibly difficult decision this is for you. We pray that you feel God's loving arms and peace around you as you travel this path. You are strong and courageous, and most of all loved. You will forever and always be a part of your child's life.
Jesse & Claire
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