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Jerry & Kayla
Hello there! Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about our family. We are grateful that this little preview of us has made it into your hands. We respect your compassion for your child and your courage in considering adoption. Wherever you are in your journey, we truly hope you feel loved and supported. We are excited to begin this journey with you!
Our Family Traditions
Every year it is our tradition to visit Walt Disney World when the temperatures cool down in the winter. It is so much fun visiting with family, but we enjoy our time there just the two of us as well, and can't wait to continue this tradition with a child! In the summer we enjoy traveling and exploring new places with Kay’s family. Most recently we went to Norway, and in years past have visited Ireland, Bar Harbor, Niagara Falls, Napa, New York City, as well as Halifax and St. Johns in Canada.
Another tradition is going to see the latest Marvel movie in theaters with Kay’s mom and younger brother. On our first date we watched 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and since then we've really enjoyed seeing the franchise grow!
We love celebrating the holidays with our families by visiting the pumpkin patch, going on hayrides at the local farm, baking decorating Christmas cookies, and taking trips to the petting zoo (we love animals of all kinds)! We also take a yearly Christmas photo with our pets every Christmas Eve and have made it sillier and cuter each year by getting our pets festive bandanas, hats and scarves!
adore our pets! Grizz, our golden retriever is our adventure buddy and best friend. He is so friendly and gentle and absolutely loves children. When we walk him around the playground, little ones always want to come pet him and comment on how “sweet and pretty” he is. He was the smallest in his litter, so most refer to him as a “mini-golden” since he only weighs 50 lbs. But what he lacks in size, he makes up for in personality! He is the ultimate snuggler and enjoys swimming, hiking, running and playing endless games of fetch with us.
Hoobie is our rescue cat who came into our family over 6 years ago and loves playing with Grizz, and puts up with the crazy holiday outfits we buy for him each year very patiently. He is a beautiful, friendly cat and actually plays fetch like a dog, which is a delight for visitors who come to our house and get to play with both of our animals!
Our Promise to You
It is our promise to you that we would raise your little one in a supportive, loving, Christian home and vow to celebrate adoption always. We promise to instill values such as compassion and empathy while teaching respect for all people. We intend to provide ample opportunity for excellent education, and our goal is to help this child reach their dreams and fully grasp how precious and adored they are as they pursue the bright, beautiful future ahead of them.
As we look forward to exploring the world with your child, we will continue to remember and honor you every step of the way, understanding that you have given this child the greatest gift imaginable - life. We will make sure they understand this and speak about adoption proudly and openly. We look forward to including them in the process of choosing which pictures and updates to send you and hope to continue a beautiful relationship, always respecting your comfort level. You can be certain they will always be told of you tremendous care for them, and the great gift of being loved so strongly by multiple parents.
Our Extended Families
We love spending time with our families! We are blessed to live down the street from Jerry's parents, and almost our entire extended family lives close by which allows us to go to church together, have weekly family dinners and big celebrations for every holiday.
Each summer we go on a big family vacation with Kayla's parents and brothers, usually on a cruise to a location new to all of us. Kayla's parents are so excited to be grandparents and can't wait to continue exploring the world with a little one! We also have family in Tennessee and North Carolina who we love to visit, and try to do so every year when the leaves start to change - it's a beautiful sight to see and great family time! When we are together, Jerry and I love helping our aunts plan the holiday meals, and both of us enjoy cooking and baking to help prepare. After dinner, we are always up for a game of cornhole and look forward to the traditional yearly family photo with all the cousins together.
Our family is so excited for us to embark on the journey of adoption and ready to welcome a child with open arms.
Our House and Neighborhood
We own a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom home in a cozy part of our town, located on a cul-de-sac with lots of other young families. It's not uncommon to hear giggles and playful shrieks from our youngest neighbors outside as they are always playing together and having fun! We spend lots of time in the kitchen, it really is the heart of our home. We love cooking together and make almost every meal as a team. We have a covered patio and a large backyard that we spend time in regularly, playing fetch, gardening and soaking in cool evenings in the fall and winter.
Jerry loves growing us delicious fruits and vegetables, and looks forward to sharing his love of gardening with a little one. We are surrounded by excellent schools and have beautiful local parks nearby which we visit every Saturday to walk our golden retriever, Grizz, and enjoy nature. Our favorite walking trail surrounds a gorgeous lake with swan boats and adorable ducks we love to watch waddling around. We don't get much use of the awesome nearby playgrounds yet (unless our little cousin is in town) but look forward to bringing a child there in the future for fun outdoor time!
From Us to You
We're Jerry and Kayla and we are so thankful to have this opportunity to share with you, from our hearts, what connecting to you means to us.
More than anything, we are humbled that you would consider us for such a tremendous honor. We want you to know that providing unconditional love, security and joy for your little one is our utmost priority and that our close-knit circle of family and friends feel the same! If you were to choose us, please rest assured that we would celebrate adoption always and honor the gift of life and love you have given your child, reminding them often of your care for them which began even before their birth.
We have been together since 2014, after meeting and forming a friendship the year before. Since day one, we have always prioritized making each other happy and trying to live our lives in a way that shows love and kindness to others. We were so excited to get married in 2016, and have had a beautiful journey together since then. Although we always wanted to adopt eventually, when we found out that we would likely not be able to conceive naturally, our hearts were turned to beginning this journey now and we are so thankful to be on this path, and feel 100% that it is God's plan for us.
We are blessed to have supportive and loving parents, siblings and extended family and love to spend time with them all through the year, with holidays being a wonderful, joyous time to celebrate togetherness and family traditions. Traveling and education are two things we put great value on for our family, as we feel that by learning about different cultures and ways of life we are better able to empathize with others and show kindness to everyone we meet. Our faith in God and our compassion for others are cornerstones in our family and we look forward to sharing both these with a child and ensuring that they grow up in safe and nurturing environment, full of faith, opportunity and encouragement.
We are thankful for stability and flexibility in our careers which allow us to spend time with each other and go on adventures together, creating memories which is so important to us! We look forward to the opportunity to create and capture more beautiful memories with a little one and would love to share those with you, sending regular updates and photos so that you always feel included and up-to-date. We're tech-savvy and comfortable with either emailing or creating a private account on social media or Shutterfly for you to see these photos and updates, or we'd be happy to mail them to you directly! We look forward to the potential of a future visit together, and creating memories with you as well. Above all, it is so important to us that this child knows of your love, strength and selflessness in making this decision and we vow to respect and honor you always. We would be so happy to answer any extra questions you may have about us and want you to feel complete assurance about our intentions to raise your child as a precious part of our family, knowing they are cherished and adored not only by us but by God and you as well.
Thank you for considering us, we are already so grateful!
Jerry & Kayla