We love our family! When we met back in the year 2000, we couldn't have dreamed of a better life than the one the Lord has been so gracious to give us!
When we were just the ages of 16 and 19, we both talked about how we would love for adoption to be in our future together. We were married in the year 2002 and Jill looked into adoption, but for our meager wages and still being in college, we didn't move forward right away. Fast forward three years and the Lord decided it would be best to grow our family biologically at first.
In the years of 2005, 2008, and 2013, we were given our 3 most precious earthly gifts! They stretch us, grow us, and teach us in their own unique ways, and we love them an indescribable amount. This May we celebrated our 15 year anniversary, and we are thrilled to finally get to pursue our dream of adopting a baby. We know that the Lord planted this desire in each of our hearts, and that for some reason He delayed us 15 years from beginning the process. We believe His timing is perfect! If He hadn't delayed us, you wouldn't be reading this right now and considering us for this monumental task!
Our life is pretty regular. We are not super fancy or important people if you put us in a line up. We didn't come from families like that either. Jonathan is an educator for schools in a particular county in West TN. He is also the pastor of our sweet church and has been for 9 years. Jill used to teach parenting sessions and counseled troubled families, adoptive families, and troubled teens after she finished her Master's degree in Counseling 10 years ago. Now she's at home full-time and homeschools all of our kids! She loves being with them and teaching them (and learning a lot with them too!). We love God, love being together, going to the beach and other fun places, reading books, jumping on the trampoline,riding bikes around the neighborhood, and being with our friends, family, and our church familly. Our life is simple, but it is full of fun, joy, and peace!
If you asked us what our wishes for each of our children were, it would be this. We are daily trying to build a legacy for them. One where the Lord is honored above all and where that love for God allows us to love others well. We desire them to know the peace and joy that having a relationship with Christ brings, in ways that all other earthly things cannot satisfy. We both as their parents are trying to model this and teach this daily to our children...and we will seek to do the same for this little one that is entrusted to us. We desire to build a legacy of hard work, integrity, virtue, compassion, and gratefulness. We are so happy to walk alongside our children in this huge task of growing them into wonderful, responsible, and kind adults that will have firm foundations upon which to build their own families one day!
To learn more details about our family and extended family, please click on this link to view the Shutterfly adoption profile book Jill created!
THESE ARE A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS:
Loves reading, working out at the gym, swimming, bike riding, listening to Blues, Motown, 80's, and Christian Hip Hop music, listening to audio books, camping, fishing, hiking, traveling, watching Akira Kurosawa movies, coffee, cheeseburgers, Chinese food, and eating at BB Kings on Beale St in Memphis!
Loves making beautiful things and decorating spaces, crafting, blending her own teas, learning about nutrition and how to keep our family healthy, taking care of others, going on trips, reading with the kids, being with her friends, drinking coffee, simplicity, visiting antique shops and yardsaling, eating popcorn with M&Ms or Raisinets mixed in when we watch a movie.
OUR FAVORITE DATE NIGHT:
We used to love to go out to eat and to see movies or to paint pottery or other various things. We still like these thing, but honestly, ordering Shrimp Pad
Thai for takeout with cream cheese wontons and watching Gotham on Netflix in our PJs is our most favorite relaxing date when the kids are away for this current season of parenthood!
We bought our home back in 2015. We were bursting at the seams in our previous little 1200sq ft place. We were so excited to find a 4 BR, 3BA, 2400sq ft place in a great neighborhood! We love our home and love having space to spread out, play, and entertain our family and friends. We have a great backyard and have enjoyed so much life here! Jill loves to decorate and has spent many hours making our home beautiful and has had so much fun along the way!
Jonathan's love for God was what made me first love him. He passionately pursues Christ as a natural outflow of his personality, loves God's word and seeks to obey it, and teaches/preaches it clearly to others so that they can obey and find joy in Christ too. Because he loves Christ, he is able to love others well. Especially us! Jonathan is a wonderful husband and father. I adore him and, even after 15 years, cannot BELIEVE that I get the privilege of being his wife! He always treats me with kindness and respect, and is quick to put the needs of the children and myself above his own. He is bold, brave, dependable, fiercely loyal, and protective of us. He makes us feel so loved, and we all know that we can count on him. He is a hard worker and a good provider for our family. He has balanced 2 jobs for 9 years without ever making us feel like last place. He is naturally introverted and loves to read and have quiet time, but he has a really goofy side with those of us who know him well. He is always trying to make people laugh and loves to have fun! Jonathan grew up with parents that were divorced before he turned 1 year old. This was difficult for him growing up, but the Lord grew so much good out of his story. His childhood experience shaped him as a father and caused him to be one of the most attentive and present dads I know for our children. He plays with them, talks with them, reads to them, and is consistently active with them in countless things. He is a very hands-on dad and has been with each one of them since birth! Each of our kids have a special relationship with him, and I am excited to see him grow a bond with this new little one. This baby is going to be so blessed to have Jonathan as his/her father.
Jill is an ideal woman. I know that I am supposed to say that because I am her husband, but the sentiment remains regardless of that fact. From the moment that I first met her when she was 16, she exhibited the personality traits that mattered the most to me. She was and is fiercely loyal, sacrificially caring, and joyfully kind. I have never met another person that so intentionally places the interests of others above her own, or receives so much joy in promoting another person's well-being as she does. All of this is what makes her my ideal wife. All of this is what makes her an ideal mother. The reason that I can truly praise her for these qualities is because they extend to everyone around her, and still they are given to me and our children in the home with an endless supply. In our home, at our church, and with our extended friendships and families, Jill is a model of joyful affection and love. Together we have always desired to adopt, but especially for my wife, it truly is because it is a genuine extension of her natural personality. Any child that the Lord blesses to come into our home will be loved by my wife without restraint!