Jessica & Christopher
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
We are Christopher and Jessica and we are extremely happy that you are considering choosing this courageous path that would allow us to complete our family. Whatever time you spend learning about us is greatly appreciated and we pray it will bring us closer to our dream of loving, teaching, and growing with a child of our own. We are best friends that have been married for eight years and are ready for this amazing step!
We are a professional couple that lives in a quiet neighborhood just a few miles from our charming historic downtown. Christopher is retired from the United States Army and is employed as a Communication Specialist. Jessica is the Director of the local historic theatre. She spends her days planning events, movies, concerts and community theater. We enjoy tackling a never ending list of home improvements and DIY projects. In our house there is a lot of laughter, love and supporting one another. We currently have no children. Not only is raising a child our dream, but we have the loving support of our families and close network of friends. We live a short drive to Jessica's parent’s in the country where we often spend Sunday afternoons visiting and having family dinner. We long for the day we can take our child to the farm and run in the fields, play with the animals and ride the tractor with Grandpa.
We live in a family friendly neighborhood with quiet streets and a large fenced in back yard with a screened in porch, fire pit and pool. We have two spare bedrooms, either of which could easily become a nursery. We are waiting until we are further along in the process to create the nursery. We have a variety of great schools to choose from and have friends in the local educational system. There are many parks in the area and we live near a nature preserve where we take our dog Levi on hikes. Our town offers lots of children’s activities, street fairs and music festivals. We have an amazing Christmas Parade every year with Santa at the very end and rides in on a local fire truck. The town celebrates New Year’s Eve in the historic district with a Family Fun Celebration with games, a magic show and a ball that drops early for the kids. There are local goat farms where you can visit and buy fresh cheeses. We live close enough to the ocean and a days drive to the mountains. We are a part of a local Christian Church and have a great support system available. We are friends with several other adoptive parents and feel strongly that we are meant to adopt a child of our own. Our favorite place is our home. We have spent years improving it and making it feel like our little retreat.
Our Extended Family
Christopher was adopted when he was 9 and has maintained a close relationship with his birth family. He has a great relationship with his maternal aunt who is his birth mother's fraternal twin and paternal 1st cousin serving as an Air Force Chaplain. His aunt, Colette, has been someone to maintain a maternal family link as an adult. She is very family oriented and always has a good “when Christopher was a baby” story. His cousin, Scott, actually performed our wedding ceremony and since they are so close in age, 35 days younger, their ongoing relationship and connection to his paternal family is a great thing to have.
Jessica has a close knit family that lives a short drive away. Her parents have been married for 46 years. They have shown her the importance of a stable household with parents who love each other and do the hard work it takes stay happy and healthy together. She has one older sister that can’t have children of her own for medical reasons. This child will be cherished by so many people. Her grandmother lives with Jessica's parents and when we visit, we will have four generations under one roof. How amazing that picture will be when that day comes!
Our Family Traditions
We love the idea of family traditions. So far, we have started exchanging Christmas ornaments that symbolize something special that happened that year. We keep it secret until Christmas Eve when we cook Christmas dinner together, build a fire and exchange presents. Christmas morning we open gifts and make chocolate chip waffles before we pack up the car and ride to my Jessica's mom’s house. Each year on our wedding Anniversary, we go back to the tiny old white church we were married. It’s an old white wooden church built in the late 1800’s by Scottish settlers.
What Led Us To Adoption
We have been ready to start a family for a couple of years now and felt that adopting a child would always be an easy decision to make. We mentioned before that we both have small, close families and we enjoy what that brings. We know to have a family of our own would further complete our hearts and desire to love and grow close with a child of our own. Having close friendships with other couples who chose adoption and witnessing how their child has flourished and grown has given us the strength to take such a major step. Separately and together, we feel our trials in life have prepared us for this part of our journey. Bringing home a baby of our own will more than complete our hearts, but bring joy to our parents who want so much for us to know the extraordinary gift of parenting. We wait anxiously for the day we bring home a baby and fill the missing piece in our hearts and home.