We feel fortunate to come from families where our parents, grandparents, and siblings have all had very healthy marriages. They taught us and modeled for us how to love each other and resolve our conflicts in a gentle and caring way. We give them a lot of credit for why our own marriage has been so easy.
We don't currently live near either of our families, but we stay in close contact and really enjoy spending time with them. When we get together for holidays or other special occasions, our nieces and nephews receive tons of loving attention from everyone. The child who joins our family will have four grandparents, who are all still in good health, and five cousins with at least one more cousin on the way.
Our families have always been extremely supportive of us. They are all very excited for us to build our family through adoption. They are looking forward to loving and supporting a child with us.
God has blessed us with a large, beautiful home in Indiana that we love. There is plenty of room for a child to safely run around and play. We are in a wooded area on the edge of town where we frequently see deer, rabbits, turkeys, a variety of birds, and other wildlife wandering through our yard. Our back windows overlook a beautiful lake.
We are just a short drive from a library, multiple places with playground equipment, and a YMCA. There are two large state
parks nearby as well that offer beautiful scenic views, hiking trails, and swimming pools. We are also not far from larger urban centers where there are even more fun and educational activities for children.
We have a wonderful church family that is known for being warm, loving, and accepting. They've been extremely supportive of us and are looking forward to celebrating our adoption with us and being a positive influence in a child's life.
The first time I met Jeff I noticed that he had a very kind and gentle personality. I felt that I could immediately trust him. As our relationship has grown, my trust in him has deepened. He always strives to be gentle and respectful towards me, even when we disagree.
As a pastor, Jeff has a lot of people coming to him to talk about their problems. I also come to him with my problems. He is a very good listener and gives good counsel. He was so patient with our foreign exchange student as he helped her with her homework and explained American culture to her.
Jeff is a deep thinker and problem solver. He's the person you want with you if you are ever in a crisis because he thinks clearly and acts responsibly in high-pressure situations. Children are very drawn to him, and he shows a lot of patience and sensitivity with them. I waited a long time to get married and I feel so fortunate to have found a husband that I can respect and admire so much. I look forward to growing old together and raising children and grandchildren together.
After driving several hours to meet Jessica in person for the first time, I emailed my mom to tell her that I thought I just met the person I was going to marry. I was blown away by how similar our beliefs and values were, how easily we communicated with one another, and how well our strengths and weaknesses complemented one another. Even to this day, I continue to be amazed by Jessica's character, faith, and how perfectly we seem to fit together.
Jessica is very social and has a deep love for people, especially children. She's often looking for any excuse possible to visit or video chat with her niece and nephew, and they are always so excited to see her too. After seeing how eagerly she chose to spend time helping an at-risk child in our community, and then seeing how that child's life changed so much under Jessica's patient and loving care, I knew Jessica would make a phenomenal mother.
Jessica currently volunteers full-time at the church, but she intends to become a stay-at-home mother once we have a child. I know any child would be immensely blessed to have her as a mother.