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Jake & Jenny
We are a fun-loving couple that loves to explore the world around us and experience as many things as possible. We cannot wait to add an additional adventurer to our family. After three years of praying for a baby, we are hoping our prayers will be answered through adoption. We feel honored you took the time to read about us. We pray God guides you through this process as He has us!
Our Leisure Time
During our leisure time at home, we enjoy watching a good movie, playing games at the kitchen table, or doing a home or garden project at the house. Jake loves to head into the garage and create woodworking projects. He enjoys making custom pens, bowls, cutting boards, and small furniture. He is quite talented and even made our beautiful sleigh bed. Jenny loves photography. She captures many pictures as a hobby for family and friends. She loves to edit the pictures in Photoshop but Jake's background in graphic design helps when she has big ideas for editing. We take advantage of being outdoors as much as possible. We love going to our favorite hiking spot along the beach, fishing on a nearby lake, or visiting a new attraction. We venture to the city to try new restaurants, attend festivals, or visit the museums and zoos. We enjoy going to the theater to catch a musical or other performance. Even though our favorite teams are divided, we love attending football, basketball, and baseball games at the stadiums. During the holidays, we love decorating the inside and outside of our house to reflect our festive personalities. We also look forward to traveling again so we can continue to explore the world. Whether it is a tropical beach vacation, an Alaskan cruise, or a trip to Europe, we have big plans for traveling in the future. We look forward to sharing all of these activities with your child.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Jenny About Jake: Jake is my best friend and my rock. He is quiet until he gets to know you but once he does, he would do anything for you. He is a wonderful listener and always gives logical advice. He is supportive and always challenges me to be the best version of myself. He has a strong faith and a passion for living life to the fullest. He loves being outdoors whether that is hiking a mountain, chilling on the boat, or ice fishing in -20-degree weather. He is talented and builds beautiful woodworking projects or graphic design projects on the computer. He is a role model for our nieces and nephews as well as any child he encounters. He has a playful personality and acts like a big kid. He truly is a big teddy bear.
Jake About Jenny: Jenny is one of the best things to ever happen to me. She is very outgoing and is not afraid to strike up a conversation with anyone. She has the biggest heart of anyone that I have ever known and is always putting everyone else's needs before her own. She loves being outdoors whether it is hiking, boating, or playing at the beach. She has a love of photography and can turn any moment into a picture moment. The children in our family gravitate towards her because she is fun to be around and does not hesitate to get down on the floor to play with them. She loves reading stories with them.
We both value our own cultural heritage and celebrate it through our food, family gatherings, and traditions. We feel it is equally important for the child to grow up knowing their heritage. We have not educated ourselves on every culture but we know when the child is born, we want to incorporate and honor theirs. This could be through celebrating additional holidays as a family, attending cultural events, or even getting a haircut done at a specific salon that specializes in the child's hair texture. We are fortunate to live near a diverse, larger city that will help us find resources to best meet the child's needs. Since Jenny is a teacher by trade, the child will be read to a lot. The child's nursery is already set up with a storybook theme including a rocking chair and a shelf of books. We will add additional books with characters from similar cultural backgrounds or books that speak about diversity in general. One of Jenny's favorite books to read with her students, at her dual-language elementary school, is "The Color of Us" by Karen Katz. She loves the student conversations that come from comparing all their unique and beautiful skin shades. We will also find shows or movies that highlight the child's culture or represent what the child looks like. We will educate ourselves on the child's cultural heritage and find many ways for the child to experience and celebrate their culture with us.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a quaint, small town in Wisconsin. Our community has many family events going on monthly, like crafts at the historical museum, reading in the gardens, or the children's museum. During the holidays we have a holiday market which features handmade goods, delicious foods, and festivities all around. The joy of the season shines bright during the parade of lights and the community tree lighting where we always take advantage of a picture with Santa. We live near Lake Michigan which provides opportunities for beach activities and hikes along the shoreline. We have many city and state parks that provide opportunities to play on the playground, camp, and walk the trails. We have an indoor waterpark with an arcade and laser tag and an outdoor water park that provide many opportunities for water fun. We feel blessed to be in a community with so many amenities.
We bought our three-bedroom, two-bathroom home after moving from Denver. It was going to be a short-term living situation, but we have grown to love our home and community. Our plan is to find our dream land and build a house. We have made renovations that make our house feel like a home. Our neighbors are remarkably diverse from retirement age to young families. At night, we walk the dogs around the neighborhood and look forward to the day we can stop at the playground to have fun with baby. Everyone who lives here is one big family, which we love.
Our Extended Families
We have an incredibly close family that is loving, supportive, fun, and always there when we need them. They are ALL excited for us to add a child to our family. Jenny's family lives close by and Jake's family lives in Colorado so trips to Colorado and Facebook Portal keep us connected. Jenny's family get-togethers include boating, swimming, kayaking, fishing, or just sitting by the campfire. If the weather is bad, the family likes to cook together, play board games, piece together puzzles, or watch a movie. During the holidays, Jenny's family makes traditional Italian and German recipes to celebrate their heritage. They also participate in an annual gingerbread house making contest. Teams are chosen by picking names out of a hat and the teams have a set amount of time to make their best gingerbread house. It is always a blast. Jake's family likes to have big family gatherings for most birthdays, holidays, and special celebrations. When we are together, we like to go hiking or ATVing, visit new places, or grill out. A trip to Jake's parents' house isn't complete without a woodworking project going on in the garage and the whole family getting involved. Even our nieces and nephews enjoy sweeping the garage or putting together a small project. When weather limits our ability to be outside, the family loves playing card games, preparing a brisket in the smoker, or watching a movie together. There is always laughter and fun when we get together with family.
From Us to You
As we sit down to write this letter, our hearts are pounding with excitement, hope, nerves, and many other emotions. We can only imagine you are also feeling a rollercoaster of emotions. Even though we do not know each other, we appreciate you taking the time to read about us. We can promise that you, your family, and the baby are in our thoughts as we all navigate this new journey.
A little about us. We met ten years ago on a family provoked blind date. Our relationship started with many fun, sporty dates and it felt like a friendship from the beginning. That friendship blossomed into an amazing relationship where we both knew early on that we were each other's one and only. We were married two years later in Jenny's hometown and have enjoyed our wedded bliss since. Our relationship is based on faith, love, communication, and laughter. Jake is the shy and relaxed one that keeps Jenny grounded when she is trying to do everything at once. Jenny is the outgoing and organized one that keeps us on track. Our own strengths complement each other so our relationship is strong.
Jake is a Solutions Analyst by trade and enjoys his predictable schedule, working from his home office, and having an hour long lunch every day. Jenny is a Special Education Teacher in a dual-language elementary school. Her schedule is less predictable because of required meetings and paperwork but Jake always steps up around the house during her busy times. She has holiday breaks and summers off which allows many memories to be made whether that is traveling to see family or exploring new attractions near home. We also have two beautiful fur-babies who are our constant companions almost everywhere we go. We have our six-year-old terrier mix, Jack and our two-year old husky, Zeus. They are both friendly, well trained, and love to love anyone they come in contact with. Our nieces and nephews come to play with them and they are so gentle with them. We know they will be loving, big brothers.
Our decision to start the adoption process came after an unexpected miscarriage and four years of unsuccessfully trying to conceive naturally. Once we were officially given the medical diagnosis as infertile, we headed straight for the adoption path. After having our own family and friends be blessed by adoption, we knew it was the perfect way to expand our family.
If you choose to start this journey with us, we promise to love your child unconditionally and provide every chance for them to succeed. We promise to provide educational opportunities so the child can discover their unique interests and talents. We promise to nurture their creativity and foster their curiosity for life. We promise to provide them opportunities to explore new places and try new things so they can have many life experiences. We promise to make sure they know the truth about their adoption from early on and we can only hope that we all will one day have a relationship with you.
Experiencing adoption through our family and friends, we value the importance of the child knowing their history and we would really like an open adoption. We, of course, will be flexible with your comfort level but in our ideal world, we could connect with you as we do our extended family through letters with pictures, text messages, emails, or even Facebook. We would also be open to video conferencing every six months and having an in-person visit within the first year. You are an incredibly important part of this child's story and that means we hope you will become a part of our lives, too. We look forward to this journey and the relationships we will build.
Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We know this is one of the hardest decisions you will ever have to make and we will pray for you and your baby as you navigate this difficult decision. If you have any questions or would like to chat, do not hesitate to contact us.
Jake & Jenny