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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. Four years ago we were blessed with the adoption of our son, Ryan. Two years ago we were able to experience that same love and joy when we adopted our youngest son, Tyler. We are very happy we have an open relationship with both of the boys' birth parents and really enjoy sharing texts with updates, pictures, and videos. It's amazing to be able to have a relationship with their 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!
We are a couple who is always having fun! We try our best to always see the positives in everything. We are constantly joking around with each other and can truly say we are each other's best friend -- even after being together for 16 years!
Recently, Jen stepped down from her position as a labor and delivery nurse to pursue opening her own home-based business. This has been an amazing time for our family as it allows her to be at home and be present with the kids and work during quiet time/nap time or when the kids are asleep. Brad is a computer programmer and typically works normal business hours but has been working from home and will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future.
As a family we are often found being silly with our two pug pups, playing at the parks or playgrounds, enjoying trips to the zoo or farmstead, checking out the local aquarium and spending plenty of time outside. We enjoy spending time with our family and friends-having them over for playdates or dinner, playing board games, or checking out a restaurant. We enjoy watching movies and cuddling up on the couch with our two sweet pugs. We definitely have the travel bug and love warm, tropical places the best. We are very much looking forward to showing a child some of our favorite activities and different places and cities!
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 sons grow with their birth families. We can truly say since adopting our sons we think of their birth families almost every day and are so thankful that they trusted us enough to parent them. 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 home 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. We spend plenty of time outdoors. Our backyard is spacious and fenced in, complete with a swing set!
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 fifteen 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.
Living in 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 a short driving distance!
Our Extended Families
We love spending time with our family and feel fortunate most live within driving distance. We enjoy seeing Brad's brother on weekends - just hanging out or watching sports. Jen's brother and his family are in Virginia and we keep in touch via FaceTime and texting, but enjoy seeing each other whenever we're in the same city.
A couple of our favorite family traditions are Father's Day and Thanksgiving. For Father's Day both families meet at our house. 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 where both of our families gather at our home to celebrate the season. There is tons of delicious food and lots of pies! It's a fun filled day spending time with our loved ones, watching football or even playing a competitive 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. About four years ago we were overjoyed when we were able to adopt our oldest son, Ryan. We got to experience that same love for a child two years ago when we adopted our youngest son, Tyler. Both sides of our family have loved watching these boys grow and are supportive of our desire to adopt a child. They cannot wait to spoil another 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 nearly sixteen years and this past spring we celebrated our fourteenth wedding anniversary. We hit it off on our very first date at a little Italian restaurant -- fast forward sixteen 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 sons.
Jen recently left her position as a labor and delivery nurse to pursue opening her own home business. Jen creates and hand-mixes a variety of nail dip powders and loves her new job as she can be creative (and play with glitter!). Brad works as a computer programmer at a large financial investment company. He has been blessed to be able to work from home since March and will likely continue to do so for the foreseeable future. With Jen's business she is able to be a full-time Mommy, spending her time with the boys during the day and working during nap time or after the children are asleep. We love how this has allowed us to have more time at home with our children and more time together as a family.
Our promise to you is to love your child wholeheartedly 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. Our oldest son, Ryan, is four years old and our youngest son, Tyler, is two years old. We have been crazy blessed to be able to adopt both of these sweet boys and 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 once more.
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 completing our family and having another person to love! Ryan's zest for life, energy, and sweet personality make him such a fun big brother! Tyler is so sweet and loving and is always up for playing. We are confident he will become the best 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