Jamie & Jon
Race of child interested in adopting:Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/African American, Caucasian/Hispanic, Caucasian/Native American
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Our names are Jamie and Jon. We are a loving, faith-filled couple who loves days at the beach, family camping trips, and snuggling on the couch with our dog, Buddy. We know the meaning of unconditional love; we were both already parents when we met and blended two families into one loving family with three boys. There is nothing more important to us than our love for our children. Adopting a child in our family means not just giving her a mom and dad, but it means giving her three doting big brothers (Chase, Garrett, and Ryder) who are more than ready to have a little sis to love, teach, and protect. Because of the great love we have for each other, Jon and I have always known that we wanted to expand our family. Over two years ago, we experienced great tragedy when we lost our baby girl at the end of my pregnancy. Even through the worst, our great desire to expanding our family has never wavered and we have more faith than ever, knowing our path has led us to adoption. As a blended family, we have first-hand experience, knowing what it takes to create loving familial bonds that go way beyond genetics. The child that comes into our lives and hearts will be showered with love, stability, and the assurance of knowing she is a valued and cherished family member. She will be joining a family that shares many special family traditions; including big yummy breakfasts on Saturday mornings in pajamas, making delicious frosted sugar cookies with grandma on Christmas Eve to leave out for Santa, and splashing around in the waves, building sand castles and spotting dolphins on our annual beach trip. We are continually praying for you and your baby. If you desire, we welcome an open adoption and look forward to hearing your preferences. We have great compassion and empathy for you as you walk this brave path and we are honored that you are taking the time to get to know us better. With Gratitude, Jamie and Jon
Blended through Love
Jon and I are incredibly blessed to have found each other through God, and after several years of marriage, we are more than ready to expand our family. Because we have successfully blended our family, we believe that we have a unique understanding and insight into the enormous amount of patience, love, and humility it takes to raise children and help foster the precious family bonds that are created for life. We are of Christian faith and we are raising our children with the principles of kindness, generosity, honesty, and integrity.
Our Family Melting Pot
Parenting is our greatest joy. Jon and I have three boys at home that are very excited to welcome a baby sister. Chase is 12, Garrett is 11, and Ryder is 9. We are so extremely proud and grateful to be their parents. We are also blessed to be in a position to give our children and a future child, many opportunities to explore their unique talents and passions, such as sports, music, dance, science, animals, etc. All three of our boys are very fun-loving, active, kind, and compassionate children. Chase, Garrett, and Ryder each have a unique perspective of what it means to join together and become a family, which is why adoption is such a natural next step. They live with us part time. A new child means the best of both worlds… time with her big brothers and time with just her parents! I love that our boys are old enough to be helpers and can really enjoy watching their baby sister grow up.
Our Rescue Dog, Buddy
We have one dog, named Buddy, and he is our “rescue” pup that all the kids love to wrestle and play with. I can picture a new “little one” being at the top of the dog pile, literally!
Ready For a New Baby
I will have the great fortune of staying home with a new baby so that I can be there for her full time. I am a teacher and over the years, I have worked part time with a flexible schedule. Working with kids has always been my passion and my work schedule blends so well with being there for our children, whether I’m volunteering in their schools or watching them participate in their activities. I love to read and with all the wonderful children books that we saved over the years, we look forward to reading to our daughter and help her develop a love for reading. Jon works from home at a high tech company. He has a very stable job that allows us to have a comfortable life, while we raise our children. Jon’s job has a flexible schedule so he can also be there for many important kid activities and events.
A Great Place to Grow Up
We live in a sunny and beautiful area in Northern California. We were born and raised here and are very happy to live in our hometown where we have our family and close friends. We live in a family-oriented and very friendly community. We have a safe and quiet neighborhood. There are both parks and schools that are within walking distance and there is a bike trail within a few minutes of our house. Our house is two stories with 5 bedrooms. We remodeled our house knowing that we wanted an addition to the family. The nursery will be next to our bedroom. The location of our house is great because we have a corner house at the end of the street. Our children have friends over all of the time and they love to play outside. They love to walk Buddy and play hide and seek, baseball, basketball. They also enjoy riding their bikes and scooters, as will a new little sister. We have very sweet neighbors who enjoy seeing the kids play outside. Our big backyard has a swimming pool, which is perfect for summer BBQ’s and family “get together's.” The kids are great swimmers and they always look forward to the summer! GiGi (grandma) is looking forward to teaching her new granddaughter how to swim, as she taught Chase and Ryder how to swim.
Our Extended Family
Adopting a child into this family means lots and lots of love and laughter will surround her. We are so fortunate to live next to our extended family. My parents (Papa and GiGi), my Aunt, and Jon’s sisters (and lots of cousins) all live close by. My Mom is my best friend and she is a huge support! Both my parents can’t wait to hold a baby granddaughter and celebrate all the special milestones! Papa and GiGi are very active in our children’s lives. They help pick up the boys from school, attend ALL their activities (that’s a lot of baseball and basketball games), and take them on special outings and overnights. The gratitude we feel for having grandparents around to help support and enrich our children’s lives will also be such a blessing for a new granddaughter.
Our Family Traditions
Making Family Memories
Birthdays and holidays are very special and that always means lots of family. A new baby would be experiencing the closeness and cherished traditions that we have created over the years. Christmas time is magical in our family! There is always a big gathering of family. I can picture a new baby daughter dressed up beautifully in a Christmas dress for the Christmas Eve Service. After church, she will enjoy playing GiGi’s special holiday games and making yummy frosted Christmas cookies to give out to Santa. She then would get to open one special present under the tree and then it would be “sweet dreams,” sleepy time, waiting for Santa to come. A new baby will add so much to our festive happy holidays….I can’t wait to see her put her favorite ornament on the tree, watch her eyes light up at the Christmas lights, play hide and seek with her brothers in the wrapping paper, and sing Christmas songs together. Making special homemade birthday signs for the kids is a birthday tradition in our family. We decorate the house for every birthday (lots of balloons) and have a special family dinner. GiGi loves to make the kids their favorite kind of cake. As a mom of all boys, I’m very excited to decorate for a little sweet girl. Her birthday party will be decorated with lots of pretty and pink “princess” decorations or whatever are her favorites. She will be our little birthday princess!
Fun in the Sun
Another special family member in our kids’ lives is my brother (their uncle). We have an annual L.A. trip to the beach, which is a highlight of the year. My brother, C.J, is really the ultimate Uncle! He makes it a priority to visit often and participate in their lives. I can picture our daughter belly laughing, while being at the top of the dog pile that the boys and Uncle always form in the sand! She will be splashing in the waves, playing ball, and building sand castles with her bros. The boys spot dolphins (almost every year) close to shore; it’s a thrill for all of us!
We love to go fishing every year as a family. We go fishing in Jon’s small fishing boat, swimming in the lake, hiking, snuggling close to keep warm by the campfire, and making gooey s’mores after dinner. I can picture the boys showing her how to roast a marshmallow and her dad teaching her how to fish.
A new little one will be running excitedly with her cousins to find Easter eggs on the side of an enormous mountain! Just when you think they found all of them, there will be one more! Easter is always exciting at Jon’s sister, Aunt Carolyn’s house. They live out in the country and every year, there is an annual Easter egg hunt at her place. They really get their exercise and have a blast finding the “special” golden egg!
What Led Us To Adoption
Destined to Adopt
Jon and I have experienced profound joy in watching our blended family unfold over time. We have also endured unimaginable pain that changes one’s life forever. Our daughter, Hope, was stillborn and although we will never get over losing her, we will always honor our angel and ask God’s grace for all of us trying to navigate our way through this unpredictable path we call life. As I said to my husband in our wedding vows, we were destined to be together. I feel the exact same way about us adopting, we are destined for it! Recently, Ryder asked me, “Mom, when is the new baby coming? I want her to come to my friend’s Halloween party as a ladybug. I can’t wait to show her to all my friends!” I got goosebumps hearing his excitement! These moments melt my heart! Hopefully, this gives you a glimpse into how our boys are already anticipating their future with a baby sister. I hope you know how enormous our desire is to love your baby and we can’t wait to create new memories with a “special little ladybug!” We are so grateful for your time!