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Justin & Jackie
We consider our roles as parents to be one of the greatest privileges we have in this life. We have been looking forward to expanding our family for quite some time and will provide all the love, devotion and support that any child or parent could ask for. We know that you have a very difficult decision ahead of you but we applaud you for your strength as you are guided through this journey.
Our lifestyle is best described as ‘Work hard, play hard.” When Justin is not traveling for work, he is fortunate to be able to work from home a majority of the time. This creates opportunities for him to pop up from the basement during the day and participate in a quick game of soccer or help with a puzzle before returning to work. Jackie enjoys being a stay-at-home mom and coming up with creative ways to keep Rowan engaged and learning new things. From baking, gardening, to arts and craft projects, they stay very busy and have a lot of fun along the way.
When we are not working, we stay active in the community by attending local cultural festivals, concerts, and holiday celebrations. We also attend church and make faith an important part of our lives. When it is time to take off and enjoy life, we do. We love taking short getaways throughout the year to explore new places and spending quality time as a family away from daily distractions.
Our Family Traditions
In our 10 years of marriage we have enjoyed creating our very own family traditions. Our favorite season is Fall and as soon as the leaves start changing on the trees, we make it a point to head to our local apple orchard. We spend the day picking apples, drinking cider, and eating cinnamon donuts. After we get home, we take our apples and spend the next few days making applesauce and apple butter. For Thanksgiving we go to Jackie’s parents and enjoy amazing food with a household of family, watching football and playing games.
The day after Thanksgiving, we go and pick out a live Christmas tree from a local farm. We come home and get the tree all set up. In the evening we decorate the tree as a family while playing Christmas music with frequent sing-a-longs. After we are done, we all wear new matching pajamas and watch a favorite Christmas movie as a family. We all look forward to this day every year almost as much as Christmas itself! Jackie has a large extended family so every year around Christmas we attend a large holiday party. There is a Secret Santa gift exchange which has become quite the event and even Santa Claus himself makes an appearance to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and let the kids share their Christmas wish lists before they get a small gift. Family traditions are so important to us. We love to have festive occasions that we can look forward to and create memories.
What It Means to Be Parents
Being a parent means to love unconditionally and to raise a child in a safe environment where they can be free to be exactly who God created them to be. It means putting up healthy boundaries that keep a child safe, which allows them to grow into healthy, happy, and well-adjusted adults.
We are parents to one amazing little boy (Rowan age 4) and are very much looking forward to our family growing through adoption. We are thankful for the moments that we have with Rowan helping to teach and guide him through life to make good choices, and stay safe and healthy along the way. We know that as he grows, our parenting style needs to also grow and evolve. As we look toward expanding our family through adoption, we recognize that we need to stay flexible in order to provide each child with care and support that meets their individual needs.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our house is a fun place to be. We love to be outside, and have a large playset and sandbox in the backyard that we spend countless hours playing in. We enjoy tending the herb garden in the backyard and watering the flowers. We have a playroom right off our kitchen where art projects are created, games are played, and Lego cities are built. The basement is a fun spot to play pool or watch a movie. We live in a great neighborhood with an elementary school, park, and pool close by. We love going on long walks with Rowan and our dog Ochi and visiting with other families.
We live in a large city that is very diverse and consistently ranked as one of top cities in America to raise a family. One of our favorite activities is attending the weekend Farmers Market downtown, which is the largest in the state. We also enjoy using our membership to the Children’s Museum and going to the city zoo. Many weekends we can be found exploring our community by hiking in the city parks or boating on the lakes surrounding the city. Each season brings unique events and festivals. We especially like attending the neighborhood Fourth of July parade where all the kids decorate their bikes and wagons and march alongside fire trucks and a band. It’s a great place to live and raise our family!
Our Extended Families
As part of our core values, family is very important to us. Both sets of our parents are eager to be present in the lives of their grandchildren and take great interest in loving them in a way only grandparents can. Jackie’s parents live 10 min away so we get to see them regularly and Justin’s family live a few short hours away. Holidays together, special trips, and adventures with grandma and grandpa are all memories our children will have. We both have sisters that live nearby as well, who love being a part of the action and fun. It’s a wonderful privilege to be able to come together and share that experience with our siblings and for our children to have close relationships with their cousins.
We love to travel together with our families. Whether it was a trip to Disney World with Justin’s family or a recent stay at a cabin on a lake with Jackie’s family, it's more fun to make memories together. Everyone is so excited and supportive of our adoption plan and cannot wait to be part of a child’s life. They look forward to spoiling them with love, hugs, and kisses.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We can’t imagine how difficult of a decision this must be for you, however we promise to give your child a safe, stable, nurturing and compassionate home.
We met in college in 2007 and dated for four years before getting married in 2011. From the beginning of our relationship we both dreamed about having a large family. We tried to have children naturally for many years without success before turning to fertility treatments. We were blessed to have our son Rowan in 2017. Seeing how much love and joy that Rowan brought into our lives, we never lost sight of our dream to have a large family. Unfortunately, for the next few years, we were unsuccessful with further fertility treatments. With each failure our desire to grow our family only became stronger. We have both always been open to adoption, and felt that it was the right path for us.
Currently, Justin works as an HR Leader for a large regional utility company. Justin is fortunate to work for a company that values diversity and inclusion and cares about the communities in which it serves, mirroring his own values and belief systems. He also enjoys a flexible work-life balance that gives him time to spend at home with family.
Jackie is a social worker by education and at one time practiced at the local VA hospital. She was also employed as a teacher for infants at an early childhood education center. It was important to Jackie to be able to step away from the workforce and become a stay-at-home mom after Rowan was born, which she enjoys today. Every day Jackie and Rowan get to explore the world together and she is thankful for the time she gets to experience teaching, playing, gardening, and baking. Jackie plans to continue being a stay-at-home mom as we expand our family through adoption.
There is no greater privilege in life than getting to parent a child. We do not take one day for granted that we get to spend with our sweet Rowan. All of the losses and heartache that we have experienced in our journey thus far have reinforced our desire and commitment to expanding our family and pouring our heart and souls into ensuring those children are surrounded with as much love, affection, support, and encouragement as we can provide. We are committed to being the best parents we can be. Rowan is excited about being a big brother, and will give a child someone to play with, learn from, and look up to as they grow up together.
We welcome your continued investment in your child’s life. We are happy to maintain frequent contact and would love to exchange pictures, stories, and letters with keepsakes that mark milestones in your child’s life if you would like them. We would also be open to making arrangements for visits. We are eager to know you and happy to work together to maintain a healthy relationship. We make this commitment to you that we will always speak highly of you and honor you with our words and actions. From our perspective you are making a brave decision and we will always respect you and your choice. We thank you again for allowing us the chance to share our heart with you.
Justin & Jackie