Jordan and I have grown up together. We met in 2003, at community college. We celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary, last year! We have lived all over the country. The moves have been driven by Jordan's career, but clearly are God's way of getting us to where we need to be to bring our babies home. We love our city in CA and are blessed to be settled here.
Jordan completed his degree. I decided to use my background in child development to pursue a career in nannying. I did transfer from community college to University, but I did not complete my degree.
We are both from the Boston-area. I have lived in RI, WI and SC, too. We had the opportunity to move to CA -- our dream! We are so happy that most of our family has also moved to California, since our westward expansion. The kids have Grandparents and two Uncles, close by! I plan to add a photo album of our tribe. Our family is surrounded by the support of truly invested, extended-family and friends.
When we welcomed our beautiful baby boy home, that was it for us. He's our Prince and the sun rose and set on his head. We chose our Adoption Agency, when we attended an Adoption Conference at a church, local to where we live.
When our son was a baby, we had our two, senior dogs. They were gorgeous, loveable bully breeds. They lived long, wonderful lives traveling all over the US with us. Our little boy still talks about how he adored them.
Our kids have two Great Danes, now. They are gentle companions and are both from the same rescue, in TX. Our son did the road trip with us to get his puppy when he was four. Our daughters were surprised when Jordan brought their puppy home to them, this past summer. It's a gift to have the calming comfort of dogs and to get to learn responsibility through their care and training.
Our daughters are four and almost-five. They are beautiful, smart Princesses who are absolutely adored by their big bro. They have completely opposite personalities, in almost every way, which certainly makes life interesting. They share gymnastics, ballet, playing house, swimming and parks as hobbies, though!
Our middle-iest talks about how well she will help take care of the new baby, when she comes home. She is an artist with a sensitive soul.
Our little-iest wants to share all the toys and clothes she outgrows! She has declared, "I am ready to be a big sister soon, Mommy!" Our little-iest is learning to skateboard.
Each of our kids is an answered prayer - walking around with arms and legs and a million ideas. God is so good. Our kids are three, bright lights in the world. They take turns leading prayer at the table and before bed, they have each started "lifting up our next baby" and asking "God, keep them safe."
The pandemic has been such a sad, lonely and financially devastating time for so many people. The kids (and us, adults) are praying for healing, comfort and blessing for so much suffering around the globe. We are safe with Jordan working romotely, our son schooling virtually and each of us remaining healthy. We are thankful for local opportunities to outreach and help relieve small burdens from others. This year has afforded us priceless family time and an opportunity to reflect on what is important to us and how we can more boldly live out our values.
Having said that, please know that God put our last baby on our hearts in November of 2018. At the time, we had a five year old and TWO, two year olds (our little girls are 9 1/2 months apart) so as Jordan and I left the church parking lot that Sunday, knowing that God had reached both of us during prayer time... we politely decided to get back to Him as soon as possible, about the incredible idea.
Man, has this precious, tiny Princess grown in all of our hearts over the past couple of years. She will be raised to know that she is so very loved -- by Him, by you and by us.
We are ready to welcome another amazing, chosen daughter home and will continue to ask our Heavenly Father to prepare our family and our home for her, specifically.