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Travis & Jen

We are incredibly grateful that you are taking the time to consider us as an adoptive family! Although we haven't met you yet, we are praying for you constantly. We know that you must be incredibly strong to be considering adoption and would be honored to walk this path with you. Given the opportunity, we promise to provide your child with an abundance of love and affection.

About Us

Travis
Jen
Job
Teacher
Assistant Professor
Education
Master's Degree
PhD in Education
Children
Isaac
Relationship
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Meeting Isaac for the First Time

When Jen was 9 years old, her parents adopted her brother, Dan. Dan came into the family through an open adoption and Jen was thrilled to gain both a brother and his birth family. Over the years, we’ve been lucky to grow in our relationship with Dan’s birth family. In fact, his birth grandparents and birth mom attended several important life events, like birthdays and high school graduation parties. These positive experiences have helped shape our belief in the beauty of adoption and the good that can come from communication between adoptive and birth families.

Then, in 2016, we were given the opportunity to adopt our beautiful son, Isaac. As we proceeded through the adoption process, we knew that we would absolutely love our child; and holding Isaac for the first time was one of the most beautiful moments of our lives. Even though we thought we understood adoption before Isaac’s birth; what we didn’t fully understand was how deeply we would love his birth family as well as him. There is no doubt that there is pain associated with adoption, but there can also be no doubt that the love within the adoption triad is absolutely astonishing. We have been absolutely amazed by the beauty that adoption has brought to our lives.

Our Dog, Charlie

Charlie & Isaac Love Each Other

We have a wonderful four-year-old golden retriever named Charlie. He is playful and energetic and brings a lot of joy and laughter to our home. We enjoy taking Charlie camping and for long walks around town. Our son Isaac adores Charlie. In particular he loves throwing a tennis ball for Charlie to chase! Charlie is very sweet with Isaac and absolutely loves playing with him and giving him kisses.

We both enjoyed growing up with pets. We felt like our dogs taught us a lot about responsibility and also about finding joy in the everyday. We are looking forward to watching our children and Charlie growing and playing together! We’re sure that they’ll all be great friends!

Cultural Diversity

Helping our children to develop positive racial identities is a top priority for us. We will make sure that our children are surrounded by strong role models of people who look like them. We have good friends that are Latino/a, African American, and Native American and we’ve already asked them to play a special role in our children's lives. Further, we will make sure that our children’s cultures are represented in the books we read, the church we attend, and our family traditions. We’d love to include a special family tradition of his or her birth family as well!

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Beach Time
Beach Time
Dancing the Night Away at a Wedding
Dancing the Night Away at a Wedding
Enjoying a Baseball Game
Enjoying a Baseball Game
Taking a Break at Arches National Park
Taking a Break at Arches National Park
Game Day Ready
Game Day Ready
Visiting Pittsburgh
Visiting Pittsburgh
We Love to Explore Together
We Love to Explore Together
Camping Trip with Isaac's Birth Family
Camping Trip with Isaac's Birth Family
We Can't Wait to Add to Our Family!
We Can't Wait to Add to Our Family!
Exploring Together
Exploring Together
We Love Having Fun Together
We Love Having Fun Together
Family Trip to Michigan
Family Trip to Michigan
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Beach Time
Beach Time
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Dancing the Night Away at a Wedding
Dancing the Night Away at a Wedding
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Enjoying a Baseball Game
Enjoying a Baseball Game
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Taking a Break at Arches National Park
Taking a Break at Arches National Park
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Game Day Ready
Game Day Ready
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Visiting Pittsburgh
Visiting Pittsburgh
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We Love to Explore Together
We Love to Explore Together
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Camping Trip with Isaac's Birth Family
Camping Trip with Isaac's Birth Family
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We Can't Wait to Add to Our Family!
We Can't Wait to Add to Our Family!
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Exploring Together
Exploring Together
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We Love Having Fun Together
We Love Having Fun Together
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Family Trip to Michigan
Family Trip to Michigan

Our Extended Families

Football Game with Grandma & Papa

We recently moved back to our hometown so that we would be able to raise our children with their extended families. All of our parents and Jen’s brother live within a twenty-minute drive of us. We feel really blessed to live so close, as Isaac loves spending time with his extended family and we do too! Since both of our families live in the same town we are able to spend holidays with both families, which is really fun. Jen’s family throws an annual Christmas Eve party and Travis’s family comes with their famous Christmas baklava.

Visiting Great Grandma

We often travel with our extended families. For the past two years Travis’s mom, nephews, and sister-in-law have met us in Orlando to visit his grandma and go to Disney World together. We also usually travel with Jen’s parents each summer, last year we went to visit the Great Lakes and the year before we went to Costa Rica together. In addition, Jen’s parents have a condo in a college town a few hours away, so our extended family often spends weekends together at the condo going to college sporting events, arts festivals, or just enjoying the town.

Our entire family is head-over-heels in love with our son Isaac and they are all super excited to meet the next member of the family.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in the small tight-knit community that we both grew up in. We love the connections that we have in town and we especially love that when we are grocery shopping or going out to dinner, we are sure to run into friends. The town is very family oriented and hosts several fun events that Isaac loves, including a Downtown Christmas Walk where the downtown stores all decorate their storefronts, give out treats, and welcome Santa to town via a winter parade. Our local family fun center also hosts an annual In-And-Underwater Easter Egg hunt that our Goddaughters love participating in.

Another thing that we love is the natural beauty of the town. We live just a few minutes from a beautiful reservoir that is popular for boating, swimming, and a sandy beach for playing. Kayaking down our local river during the summer with a stop at a local riverfront restaurant for ice cream is another favorite that we can’t wait to share with your child.

Our Fun Playroom

Our home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. One of our favorite parts of house is the third-floor family room. We love it because it feels like a family hideaway where we can reconnect and enjoy our time together.

From Us to You

We are so grateful that you are taking the time to read this letter and to get to know us a little better. Words just seem so insufficient to communicate the overwhelming gratitude and love that we feel to the strangers that will help us build our family. Although we don’t know your circumstances, we do know that you are incredibly strong, loving, and courageous to be considering an adoption plan for your baby.

Should you choose us to parent your child, we promise to speak of you openly, honestly, and with admiration often. We are committed to phone calls, photos, emails, and visits with you as your baby grows. We will absolutely respect your level of comfort with openness in the adoption plan, but are hopeful that we’ll be able to build the relationship between you, your child, and us. Jen’s younger brother was brought into her family via an open adoption and the relationship between Jen’s family and her brother’s birth family has been a source of love, strength, and laughter for everyone lucky enough to be involved.

We have known each other for nine years and have been married for seven. At the heart of our relationship, we are really great friends who happened to have a sweet romance. Isaac came into our lives two years ago through adoption and we feel very lucky to have found one another. We absolutely love being parents. Watching Isaac laugh and learn and play are our very favorite things in the whole world.

We spend a lot of our family time watching live sports, entertaining friends, and taking our dog, Charlie, for long walks around town. One of our favorite things to do as a family is to travel around and outside of the United States. Travis spent two years in England studying and finishing his master’s degree and Jen has spent time volunteering in Italy, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. We have learned a lot about the world in our adventures and we look forward to seeing even more of the world with our children.

Travis is a special education teacher and Jen is an assistant professor of education. One of the great things about our jobs is the flexibility that they allow. Although Jen needs to be on campus to teach and attend meetings, the majority of her work can be done anywhere. This flexibility will allow Jen to be involved in all of the activities that Isaac and this child want to participate in. In addition, we both have summer and winter holidays off together which allows us to spend more time together as a family.

We were incredibly excited to become parents and now we cannot wait to welcome a new child into our lives. Should you choose us to be the parents of your baby, we promise to make your child the center of our world. Your baby will be showered with love from a large support system of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. We will provide a home filled with love, admiration, support, and fun and we will do everything in our power to ensure that your child grows up with as many opportunities as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a bit better. We admire your strength as you lovingly consider making an adoption plan. We’re praying for your comfort and peace in the days and months ahead.

With love and admiration,

Travis & Jen

Favorites

Travis
Jen
Actor
Christian Bale
Denzel Washington
Actress
Natalie Portman
Anna Kendrick
Animal
Golden Retriever
Our golden retriever Charlie
Author
Bryce Courtenay
Khaled Hosseini
Book
The Power of One
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Candy Bar
Snickers
Butterfingers
Cartoon
Dragonball Z
Phineas and Ferb
Childhood Memory
Going to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY with my dad, brother, and best friend.
The finalization celebration of my brother's adoption
Childhood Toy
Whiffleball
American Girl doll
Children's Book
Oh the Places You'll Go
Love You Forever
City
Manchester, England
Pittsburgh
Classic Movie
Rear Window - Alfred Hitchcock
It's a Wonderful Life
Color
Blue
Blue
Day of Week
Everyday!
Saturday
Dessert
Chocolate cake
Bananas Foster
Disney Movie
Aladdin
Coco
Dream Car
Jaguar XJ8
Tesla
Dream Job
Chocolate maker
Travel & adventure guide
Dream Vacation
South Africa
New Zealand
Family Activity
Going to the movies
Traveling the world
Flower / Plant
Lavender
Gerbera daisies
Food
Pizza
All Mexican and Italian foods
Form of Exercise
Tennis
Dancing and yoga
Fruit
Kiwi
Strawberries
Game
Monopoly
playing cards
Hobby
Tennis
Skiing
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Holiday Song
Winter Wonderland
Little Drummer Boy
Holiday Tradition
Annual family Christmas Eve party
Family brunch to start the Christmas Season
Ice Cream
Coffee flavor
Anything with caramel sauce!
Junk Food
Reese Peanut Butter Cups
Chips with dip
Leisure Activity
Taking my dog for a walk
Cooking and entertaining friends
Magazine
Men's Health
Redbook
Memory with a Child
Holding our son for the first time
Holding our son for the very first time
Memory with Spouse
Traveling to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons
Hiking all over the island of Kauai, Hawaii
Movie
The Goonies
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Skittles
Movie Quote
Get busy living or get busy dying - Shawshank Redemption
"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get." Forest Gump
Movie Type
Comedies
comedies
Musical
Phantom of the Opera
Miss Saigon
Musical Group
New Found Glory
Lady Antebellum
Nursery Rhyme
Hey Diddle Diddle
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Olympic Event
The Decathalon
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
Andre Agassi
My parents
Play
Agatha Christie's Mousetrap
Aida
Poet
Tennyson
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Her loving & caring nature
His kindness, patience, & intelligence
Quote
"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily." Zig Zagler
"The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences." E. Roosevelt
Restaurant
Olive Garden
Chipotle
Sandwich
Spicy chicken
Grilled cheese
Scripture
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove in vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I but the grace of God with me. Corinthians 15:10
Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Shopping Store
GNC
Home Goods
Song
Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson
Bless the Broken Road by Rascall Flatts
Sport to Play
Tennis
Skiing
Sport to Watch
Football
Football and soccer
Sports Star
Sergio Aguero
Simone Biles
Sports Team
Manchester City
All Penn State teams :)
Subject in School
History
Social Studies
Superhero
Superman
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Take-out
White Chicken Chili
Time of Day
Morning
Evening
Tradition
Going to Christmas Eve church service with my family
Going to a local tree farm to "tag" our Christmas tree in the fall
TV Show
Psych
This is Us
TV Show Character
Jackson Teller - Sons of Anarchy / Sean Spencer - Psych
Lucy on the I Love Lucy Show
Type of Music
Rock
Country
Vacation Spot
Dominican Republic
Costa Rica & Hawaii
Video Game
Super Mario Brothers III
Candy Crush

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