We always knew we wanted several children close in age so that they could grow up together. After our first son was born we quickly tried for number two, and after having our second son, we both agreed that our family was not yet complete. We began considering adoption when our second son's newborn screen indicated a possible genetic condition. Further testing revealed that our little guy is perfectly healthy, but the idea of growing our family through adoption had imprinted itself in our hearts and minds. Jason is biracial, and adoption provides a wonderful opportunity to share Jason’s African American heritage with an African American or biracial child. We welcome this possibility, just as we look forward to further connecting our biological children with their own African American ancestry. Modern families are formed in all sorts of ways, and we can't wait to enrich our family with the addition of a new little one and, hopefully, a birth family too!
We are both biomedical engineers, and we love that our jobs allow us to design medical devices to improve the lives of others. Our jobs are also very flexible, enabling us to stay home if one of our kids is sick, attend doctors' visits together, and lead a family-focused lifestyle. We enjoy getting outside with our kids and observing the world through our children's eyes as they experience the zoo, the circus, the splash park, breakfast with Santa, and any other local event. Krista enjoys reading and is in a book club with her girl friends. Jason plays basketball in an adult league. Our oldest son participates in various organized activities including mommy and me dance, gymnastics, and swimming. We are social and like to be out and about, but we also treasure our time at home to just goof around as a family.
We are passionate about racial awareness, diversity, and inclusion. We would cherish the opportunity to share Jason’s African American heritage with an African American or biracial child, just as we look forward to further connecting our biological children with their own African American ancestry. Jason never knew his mother's family because they disowned her for marrying a black man. This instilled in him a strong desire to eliminate racial profiling and unconscious bias. As a woman working in a male dominated industry, Krista is also acutely aware of and has been affected by discriminatory behavior. We feel strongly that our children will be raised to acknowledge and embrace differences between people of different races, genders, and socioeconomic status. Locally, Krista participates as a committee chair of an Employee Resource Group within her company to advocate and provide resources for parents and caregivers in an effort to ensure working mothers and fathers have the support they need to be successful at work and, more importantly, at home. Abroad, we financially and prayerfully support a mission in the Dominican Republic, which is aimed at enabling women to secure dignified employment by teaching trade skills and providing small business loans. In addition to these activities, we are conscious of the example we set for our children in our interactions with others, and we seek opportunities to teach them that we all have different gifts and talents. It is these differences that make us all special.
We live in a four bedroom lakefront home on a quiet road in a small Midwest town. Our community is a wonderful place to raise a family. We spend our time on the lake in the summertime, and we host lots of family and friends at our house. We enjoy going to the sandbar, cruising around the lake, and wakeboarding. We also enjoy kayaking, and we want to get into fishing with our kids. We are blessed with the most wonderful neighbors. We are the youngest couple on our street, and most of our neighbors are the age of young grandparents. They all love children and take such an interest in our kids. They are always there for us if we need them to watch one or both of the kids for a few hours. When the weather is nice, we like to visit a local park that is less than 10 minutes from our house. It has all sorts of slides and play equipment, and there are also walking trails so we can walk with the kids in the stroller or wagon when they get worn out on the playground. We also have a really neat indoor playground about 10 minutes from our house, which is fantastic in the winter. We have a large, close-knit family that we enjoy spending time with. Our children are two of six cousins all within two and a half years apart in age! We also have a supportive group of friends and have developed a network of local adoptive parents that have really helped us prepare for an open adoption.
Krista is smart and funny and very social. She is beautiful and lights up a room with her smile. I knew Krista was the one I wanted to marry because of how happy she made me. We complement each other so well, and I didn’t want to let her get away. It was so awesome to watch Krista change from a fun-loving young adult into a very caring mother. She does such a great job raising two young boys, and she puts a lot of thought and attention into every detail of our children’s lives. I admire how much research Krista puts into parenting and the best approach for us to take. Krista is a fantastic mother, she always puts her family first, and I can’t imagine doing life with anyone else.
Jason and I are truly best friends, and I think that has been a huge advantage in our relationship. We are able to talk to each other about anything, and this communication keeps us in tune with one another. I married Jason because he was my best friend, and I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him by my side. He worked hard, he was funny and sociable, we shared many of the same interests, and he was trustworthy, honest, and empathetic. All of those things are still true, but now what I like most about Jason is watching him be a father to our children. He is a very present and loving father. He is involved in every aspect of our children's lives, and parenting is definitely a partnership for us.