Dear Expectant Parent(s):
Our home always smells of coffee and bacon or something sweet baking in the oven. Breakfast is 100% our favorite meal. Someone is always reading a book or singing and we love to dance together in the kitchen. Being at home in our pajamas, together is our favorite place to be.
We are Jon and Jenn and we have been married for nearly 10 years and look forward to many more years together. We first met in college while on the Track and Field team. Jenn pole vaulted and Jon ran short sprints and did long jump. We fell in love hard and fast and made our relationship work despite living in different states, multiple surgeries, medical uncertainties, finishing four degrees and all of life’s other surprises. We truly consider ourselves a team and our relationship continues to gain strength everyday that we are together.
We have a deep desire to adopt and have chosen that over pursuing having children biologically. Jenn was diagnosed with UCTD (Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease) in 2012. It is an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue, pain, and inflammation. It comes and goes in flares, so at times she feels perfectly fine while others she has to slow down and take care of her body. She manages her symptoms with medication and a healthy lifestyle. Although it is not fatal or contagious, Jenn has since had to adjust to a new pace of life, while Jon has taken on extra responsibilities at home and at work. However, even with all of that we are happier than we have ever been. We are happy to report that Jenn is feeling great and is thriving, even as a mom to three little girls! She currently shows no symptoms of disease.
Our lives have been forever changed because of adoption. In July of 2016, we got a phone call from our social worker. There was a baby girl born the day before and a potential birth mother wanted to meet us. We brought Adeline home 3 days later. In April 2019, we got a call from our social worker that once again changed our lives forever. We had been chosen to parent another baby girl! Charlotte came into our lives and our hearts are bursting full of love for her. In May 2021, we rushed to the hospital after getting a call from our social worker that a baby girl, Eleanor was waiting in the NICU for us. Our love has grown even more for our girls. We can’t wait for our girls to be big sisters!
Our hearts break that you are in this place in your journey. You are in our prayers as you consider an adoption plan. While this journey may or may not lead you to a relationship with us, we wanted to bless you as you continue to plan for the future.
Jon, Jenn, Addey, Lottie and Nora
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