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Jesse & Whitney

Adventure Seeking Blended Family of Boys Hoping for a Baby Sister

Hello Friends!
We want to start by saying We know there is nothing we can say you haven't seen or heard before but we are so honored you are looking at our profile. If you're considering placing your baby with a family for adoption, it's a lofty decision and it can only be made after you've reviewed all of the possibilities! So, dear reader, I sympathize with you over this. We aren’t trying to advertise ourselves like a car, we want to give you any information you might want about us so you have the information you need to make the right decision. We want you to know that even if you're not interested in us as a family for your child if you decide to make an adoption plan, we are always here to just chat.

You are reading this because it's a little like dating. You wanna know more about us! Which is great! We want to tell you ANYTHING you might want to know! But we want to make sure you know that we aren’t trying to sell you on us with false narratives or promises we don’t intend to keep. If we say it, we mean it, and also, there are parts of our home life we can't possibly fit in a profile that makes up the best part of our family. We hope if you see something we post here on our page or in our diary that might be part of what you envision your child's future, please feel free to ask or message us! We are so curious about you too and we can't wait to learn more about you and your family. We do not expect you to choose us just because you contact us! We hope you will feel comfortable just getting to know us a little better so you can be sure that we are the right fit for this important decision.

Finally, whatever path you choose for yourself and your baby, we pray that you find happiness and peace. We love your heart for finding the best situation for your baby, whether that is with us, another family, or yourself. We wish for the very best of luck to you and your family!!

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Who We Are

We are Jesse and Whitney and we are a comfortable duo of yin and yang. We met in January 2007 when Whitney started a new part-time job as a preschool teacher while she was in college. Jesse was recently divorced and had two boys, Lleyton and Colin, who attended the preschool at the ages of 2 and 3. Colin had a little trouble in class with biting when he first started and when Whitney was assigned as his new teacher for the semester, she was instantly in love with this sweet little boy with a huge grin but a penchant for mischief. Whitney and Jesse met over a parent conference and became friends, which became more. We still to this day regularly thank Colin for being the spark that created a wonderful life for us all.

Since then, Whitney and Jesse have had two boys together as well but all four boys are Whitney's through and through. We share joint custody with their mother and have switched week by week for years and have an excellent relationship with the other household. It's truly made their life better having four parents who care deeply for them working together as as a team.
The four boys are slightly infamous because we are just a soccer family and now Whitney is right in the middle in terms of height so it's always fun to walk around with our gaggle of tall boys.

Lleyton is the oldest at 17 and is just starting his senior year of high school. He is funny, appreciates sarcasm but tends to be more tenderhearted, and is responsible to a point that just seems too lucky to be true as parents. His hobbies are vast because he's a "try it for a week and if I hate it, move on" kind of guy but for now, he's really into restoring a Westfalia he and his dad bought as a project. His one constant is soccer. Lleyton plays goalie for his high school team and he was made captain last season, a role he takes very seriously. He intends to go to school for something in physics (we are trying to encourage him to pursue astrophysics which is his passion but he thinks won't be sensible).

Colin is our most introverted kid at 15 but make no mistake, he's always thinking and when he speaks out about something, it's always poignant and necessary. He's wise beyond his years but because he doesn't talk your ear off, it's easy to not notice that. Whitney and Colin bonded instantly when they first met because they are two souls of the same cloth. Colin is an avid reader who can outpace even Whitney in book consumption. Their combined Barnes and Noble bill can be a little pricey. Colin also plays soccer and loves it. He is on his high school's JV team and is not sure yet if he intends to play in college or not but knows he wants to play on a league for fun growing up like his dad does. Colin's hobbies besides soccer and reading are video games and mountain biking. He's fearless and has caused Whitney many a panic attacks watching from the sidelines.

Jeremiah is our sensitive soul at 12. He has a true passion for animals and has an almost sixth sense for knowing when an animal is within 50 feet of them and will not stop until he has pet them all. Jeremiah plays the cello in his school orchestra group and loves to play video games with friends and ride his bike downtown to get a snow cone in the summer or hot chocolate in the winter. He hopes to become a veterinarian one day and is about to start 7th grade.

Jacob is our 10 year old wild inventor who has a penchant for creative problem solving. He loves to craft things using every day tools and we are just learning the importance of asking Mom and Dad before we start pulling apart things in the house. : / Aside from that, he's highly intelligent and has an incredible memory for memorizing poems. One day he hopes to become a writer and illustrator.

Adoption Diary

New Youtube Channel: Suddenly Seven!

Hello friends!
We’ve been quiet on this adoption diary but we’ve been active elsewhere! We are excited to direct you to our Youtube channel, Suddenly Seven, which we created specifically to document our journey through adoption as well as our daily life happenings! This vlog will also serve the purpose of updating our friends and family on our lives as a family because COVID has otherwise made that connection very hard!

If you’re interested in checking us out and keeping up with our happenings, you can find Suddenly Seven here:

Bentonville Film Festival Fun!

We are constantly grateful for living in the small bubble that is Northwest Arkansas but there are a few times a year that make us feel extra lucky! One of my (Whitney) very favorite local events is the Bentonville Film Festival. Y’all, it is everything that is near and dear to my heart. I OBSESS over the fact that my little hometown that I was born and raised in is now the hosting location of the most inclusive film festival in the nation! It was created by Geena Davis, a famous actor and activist you might remember from Thelma and Louise (Louise), A League of Their Own, Stuart Little, Beetlejuice, it goes on and on! She is amazing and created a film festival that features and focuses on promoting the underrepresented voices of the world- people of color, LGBTQ+, disabled, and female voices. Her focus on inclusivity in a competitive industry is unparalleled and makes for the most incredible week of events every year in May that I look forward to whole-heartedly, especially as a boy mom who wants to teach her privileged, white sons about lifting up voices of those less heard!
This year, with COVID, we were unable to have the fabulous array of events, showcases, and premieres that brings celebrities to our little area, but thankfully, they didn’t give up on the event all together! This year, it was moved to this week, and it’s almost all virtual with the exception of a drive in film premiere every night of the event and we just had to come tonight! We packed the car up with snacks and drinks and half of our children (the older two boys were doing teenager things like soccer practice and distanced friend hangs) and headed to the drive in theater to see Stuart Little and A League of Their Own! We love going to the drive in but especially when supporting such a worthwhile purpose!

If you’re interested in learning more about the film festival, here is the website! Check it out:

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We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.


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