Jelaire & Casey
Race of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Shortly after we were married we decided we wanted to expand our family. After months and months of trying and several unsuccessful infertility treatments, we knew this wasn't the path we were meant to take. We both knew adoption was the path meant for us to build our family and we are ready to continue on that journey. We were so blessed to adopt our sweet daughter Elliot and can't wait to give her a sibling through the blessing of adoption. We have built an amazing, semi-open relationship with Elliot's birth parents and have gained the upmost respect for birth parents and hold them in the highest regard. We can't wait for our children to be involved in all the fun things that we do on a daily basis. We look forward to welcoming you into our energetic and fun-loving family. If you wish, they will be blessed to have you as a part of their life and we will be blessed to have you as a part of our family; welcome anytime.
Our incredible journey started back in December of 2008, when mutual friends set us up and said, "Hey, they are perfect for each other!" We are proof blind dates really do work. June 26, 2009, we were married. We have been married for 6 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. We are a fun-loving couple and have developed many common interests since being married, including drag racing, golfing, traveling and working out. If we are not in town, you could probably find us down in southern Utah at the in-laws house soaking up the sun. We LOVE to be outside. We work out 4-5x a week and enjoy spending time with family. We love to do everything from snuggling up with a movie, to hiking or swimming with all of our nieces and nephews. Together we have 19 nieces and nephews!
We are very involved in our church and try to live the best lives we can. Over the years we have learned how to really communicate with each other and most of all, how to love one another unconditionally. We are grateful for our similarities, as well as our differences, because we now have those to draw on in the future as we raise our own kids.
Our home is a simple and cozy rambler with a basement. Our large fenced yard has a gate that opens up to a wonderful park. We love to sit on the deck and watch the sun set. We live on a quiet cul-d-sac in a GREAT neighborhood with lots of kids. In our area, we have two elementary schools, two middle schools and a high school. We love our house and neighborhood. It's the perfect place for us to raise our family.
Our Extended Family
Our family means the world to us. Jelaire was raised in California, while Casey grew up in Utah. We were both raised Chistian/Mormon with similar disciplines and work ethics. Our parents both instilled in us the drive and determination to work hard and reach our goals. They taught us that hard work brings rewards and where respect is given, respect is earned. Casey had a very special bond with his paternal grandfather. Casey's grandfather fought on the beaches of Normandy during the war and instilled in Casey a love for country and his ancestry. Jelaire has been and always will be a daddy's girl. From a very young age, they did everything together. Her dad taught her to work hard, be disciplined, but also how to have fun. We love spending time with our neices and nephews. We are so thankful for all of our family members and the roles they have taken in helping us be the people we are today and the people we want to become.
Our Family Traditions
We love continuing our treasured family traditions. At Thanksgiving, we feast on a big turkey with all the fixings. The guys watch football, while the ladies chat. After dinner, we all watch the first Christmas movie of the year. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a family favorite. On Christmas Eve, we play board games, then, just before the kids bedtime, we pile into the cars and search for Rudolph's nose in the sky. The adults stay up indulging in yummy snacks and treats while preparing for Christmas morning. On Christmas day, we enjoy a big breakfast that includes cinnamon rolls and then we open presents. Throughout the day, we visit with extended family and of course, assist the kids in putting together and playing with their new toys from Santa. The 4th of July is special to both sides of our family because we both have relatives who have served our country. We cook a traditional BBQ, lounge in the pool, play games and watch the fireworks as one big happy family.
What Led Us To Adoption
We have tried having children since we got married. Jelaire was diagnosed with a condition when she was 16, which made the probability of having kids very minimal. The decision was made to try in-vitro, but that didn’t work. We knew that wasn’t our path, so we began thinking and praying about adoption and knew that was the answer. We were blessed to adopt our daughter Elliot and can't wait to give her a sibling. We are so blessed to be on this journey and look forward to the joys that lay ahead.