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Ashley and Jason

HI THERE! / ABOUT US

Thanks for checking out our book!  We are so excited that you are considering us to be the parents of your child.  We hope that these pages can convey the supportive and loving home we have to offer.  We’re very enthusiastic about beginning our family though the gift of adoption and hope that in our book you see the love we have for each other, our families, and our future children, as well as how much fun we have in our day-to-day lives.

We want you to know how much respect and admiration we have for you – this is undoubtedly a stressful and confusing time, and we are extremely appreciative that you’re so strong and selfless in doing this brave thing.

We feel so lucky to live in the beautiful state of Colorado!  We love it here, and can’t wait to share it with our kids.  We were married in Paris, France in 2014, and had the expectation of starting our family right away.  However, after a year and a half of trying, ending in a failed round of IVF, we learned that most likely we wouldn’t be able to have biological children.

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We’re very close with our immediate and extended families and spend holidays and celebrations surrounded by parents, grandparents, siblings, nephews, and cousins. We both have large families, and everyone is excited about our decision to grow our family through adoption.  We see our families often and they’ll play a large part in our kids’ lives. Ashley works for herself out of our home, and we’re thankful that she’ll be able to be a stay-at-home mom to our kids.

We love traveling, and enjoy exploring and experiencing new places, people, and cultures.  We have the goal of visiting every National Park in the nation as a family, and seeing the natural diversity of our amazing country.  Since our state is basically a giant playground, we like being outdoors and staying active.

On the weekends you can find us at brunch with friends, at a backyard BBQ, catching a concert or play, hiking in the mountains, or Netflix binging at home.  We also enjoy visiting museums and cultural sites, and taking classes together (most recently we took a ceramics class).  We value creativity and fun, and are always up for new adventures!

MEET JASON

DAY JOB: Software Developer

ALTER-EGO: Musician

EDUCATION: BS – Information Systems, Minor in Business; Graduated Magna Cum Laude

FAVORITES:

Book – House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski

Movie – Life is Beautiful

TV Show – ‘The Wire’

Food – Authentic Mexican

Music – Radiohead, Mars Volta, Jack White, LCD Soundsystem

SIBLINGS:

Younger Sister – Nurse Practitioner; Casper, WY

Younger Brother – Sheriff’s Deputy; Casper, WY

Younger Brother – Senior Deployment Engineer; Portland, OR

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HOBBIES + INTERESTS: Music, bass guitar, software, road trips, traveling

I WANT TO VISIT: Iceland (again), Japan (again), Germany, Switzerland, England

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Ashley’s mashed potatoes, computers, music, cats

DREAM BEST FRIEND: Craig Ferguson

NATURAL HAIR + EYE COLOR: Light brown; blue

3 FUN FACTS:

  1. I know over 10 different programming languages
  2. I used to be a pretty fast distance runner
  3. I’ve been playing one instrument or another since I was five

I was born and raised in Wyoming.  My dad was a teacher and my mom is a nurse.  My parents were both raised on ranches, so my brothers, sister, and I spent all of our summers and most of our vacations traveling to my grandparents’ respective ranches.  My brothers and I worked on the ranches in the summers as we got older.  We learned how to ride motorcycles and operate various tractors and trucks from the time we were 14-16 years old.  My younger brother was always a lot better at it than I was, but I was still pretty good.  It was a pretty neat way to grow up.  I don’t do any farming or ranching now, but it was cool to be able to do it as a kid.

I’ve had the same two primary interests for my entire life: computers and music.  I’ve been making music since I was five and involved with software since I was 12, and I enjoy both immensely.  Today, I’m usually playing music in a few bands or recording, and I’m always working on something involving computers and software.  My parents supported my interests, and both have greatly enhanced my life.  I am really grateful for that and hope to do the same for our kids.

I went to college later than many people do.  I didn’t actually graduate until I was in my 30s, and by that time I was already 12 years into my career – I was able to do my entire degree program online while working full-time.  It took a little while, but it was worth it.  While I was completing my degree, I traveled a lot for work.  My job took me to Mexico, Canada, and Japan, which was interesting.  It’s a lot better to travel for fun though, and I have been fortunate enough to get to go to France and Iceland with Ashley.  We plan on doing a lot more traveling in the future!

5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT JASON (BY ASHLEY):

  1. How kind he is to kids and animals (it’s so cute watching him with our cats and chickens).
  2. He’s really funny – he has a very dry sense of humor that only makes the joke or the story funnier.
  3. His drive and motivation to learn new things. He is always researching and reading up on new programming languages or ways to do things (which, admittedly, I usually don’t understand), and I love how excited he gets about it.
  4. He’s very honest, loyal, smart, and dependable; I never have to worry about follow-through.
  5. He’s an optimist and can always see the positive side of a situation, which is nice!

MEET ASHLEY

DAY JOB: Graphic Designer

ALTER-EGO: Genealogist

EDUCATION: BA – History; BS – Interior Design; MA – Museum Exhibition Design

FAVORITES:

Book – The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

TV Show – ‘Modern Family’

Movie – Paper Moon

Food – Southern (mmm, fried okra)

Music – The Clash, Tom Waits, Combustible Edison, jazz, old ska, indie rock, surf guitar, Cuban, downtempo electronica

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SIBLINGS:

Younger Brother – Video/Film Editor; Los Angeles, CA

HOBBIES + INTERESTS: Reading, cooking, design, photography, gardening, collecting books and vinyl records, genealogy, Pure Barre, Junior League, knitting/quilting, Daughters of the American Revolution, history, traveling, learning new things!

I WANT TO VISIT: Japan, Cuba, Argentina, Italy, Scandinavia

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: My camera, head rubs, cats, books, Dr. Pepper-flavored Lip Smacker

DREAM BEST FRIEND: Ricky Gervais

NATURAL HAIR + EYE COLOR: Dark blonde; blue

3 FUN FACTS:

  1. I used to have blue hair
  2. During college, I worked at a record store and was a radio DJ
  3. I’m a PADI-certified scuba diver

I spent most of my childhood in Colorado, and it was pretty idyllic – games of kick-the-can with neighborhood kids until dark, summer camp, swimming, art and dance classes, camping and hiking in the mountains, skiing in the winter, and family vacations.  These are the kinds of activities I’m excited for our kids to experience, too!

I have a large group of friends in town, and I’ve known some of them since elementary school.  We regularly meet up for brunch, various weekend activities, concerts, and the book club we started (it’s mostly an excuse to hang out but we eventually get around to talking about the book).  Many of them have families, and it’s been so fun watching them raise their kids.

I attended graduate school in London, England, and while in Europe I did as much traveling as I could, visiting Spain, Gibraltar, the Czech Republic, Wales, France, and   Scotland.  I love exploring new cities and countries and hope to pass my enthusiasm for traveling and experiencing different cultures on to my children.  Whenever people ask the “what would your superpower be?” question, my answer is always that I wish I knew every language in the world – how great would that be for traveling?

I’ve been interested in history and genealogy for as long as I can remember, and I’m    looking forward to tracing our kids’ family trees and ancestry.  I feel that it’s important to know where we come from, and it helps give us a sense of place and identity.  Plus, the never-ending treasure hunt of searching can be pretty exciting (or maybe I’m just a giant nerd, who knows)!

5 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT ASHLEY (BY JASON):

  1. She LOVES animals. I love how she cares so much for animals (even the ugly ones).
  2. She gets the giggles sometimes, and it’s completely infectious. I love it when she laughs, especially when she starts laughing at her own jokes.
  3. She has an amazing eye for design and aesthetics. It’s to the point now where if I don’t like something that she’s explaining to me, it’s 99% likely that I just don’t understand what she’s explaining.  She’s a total design badass.
  4. She is the best road-trip partner on earth.
  5. She is so nice to me when I am sick, or grumpy about work, or anything else. She is always there for me and I love that I can count on her.

OUR PETS

We feel that a house isn’t a home without animals!  We also feel very strongly about the importance of children growing up knowing how to treat animals with love and respect, as well as the responsibilities that go along with having pets.

We really like cats (we like dogs, too, we just don’t have any).  We have four rescue cats – Morsa, Blue, Meow, and Eames – and in 2015 Ashley found a tiny kitten in the country who we named Mingus (who’s very smart and handsome and knows how to fetch).

Our backyard is home to our flock of chickens who provide us with breakfast and keep the yard tidy and weed-free.  They are named after the ladies of Mad Men and Girls: Joan, Megan, Sally, Betty, Trudy, Hannah, and Jessa.  They’re really funny to watch, have very different personalities, and make hilarious noises.

We also have an army of friendly outdoor squirrels – led by Nancy the Alpha Squirrel – that we feed year-round.

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OUR HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD

In years past, people always knew their neighbors.  Unfortunately, it seems like that has gone away in a lot of places.  Happily, that isn’t the case where we live!  We purchased our home in 2011, which is located in a safe, diverse, quiet neighborhood full of young families and professionals.  Neighbors are very friendly and enjoy hosting neighborhood block parties and backyard BBQs, and kiddos are always welcome!  Every evening, families can be seen walking dogs and pushing strollers, and will stop to chat with neighbors who happen to be outside.  And there are lots of kids to play with!

The homes in our area were built in the 1950s in the mid-century modern style, and our neighborhood has been featured in several local home tours and magazines.

Our house has a large yard with big trees, a private courtyard for lounging and grilling, and an outdoor fireplace for cozy evening fires (and toasting marshmallows for s’mores!).  We are about 15 minutes away from downtown and 20 minutes east of the Rocky Mountains.  Our neighborhood park has two lakes, a playground, an arts academy, sports facilities, a pool, and a community center.

JASON’S FAMILY

I was raised in a family of six.  I have two younger brothers and a younger sister, and we are all very close.  My folks had a rather subtle parenting style, but were very supportive of all of our interests – I think that combination contributes to all of us being so different!  We are a family of nurses, teachers, programmers, and police, and my siblings and I have all heard many times from people that they can’t believe we are related because we are so different from each other.  My parents were married in 1977, and remained married until my dad passed away in 2011.  I have a very large extended family; my dad was a twin and one of my many cousins was adopted.  My sister, one of my brothers, and my mom still live in my hometown, and Ashley and I visit a few times a year.  I had an amazing childhood and feel so lucky and thankful to have the family that I do!

ASHLEY’S FAMILY

I feel very fortunate to have been raised in such a stable, loving, and supportive family, one that values togetherness, learning, and self-discovery.  My parents have been married since 1969, and I am thankful to have them as my model for both marriage and parenting.  I am the oldest of two, and my parents are extremely eager to have grandchildren!  We have many fun family traditions that we can’t wait to share with the next generation.  My parents live about an hour away and Jason and I see them on a regular basis; my brother lives in Los Angeles and we see him at least a couple times a year.  My cousin in Texas is my best friend and we talk all the time.  We get together with my out-of-state 98-year-old grandfather, aunts, uncles, cousins and their kiddos as much as we can, and holidays are full of laughter and wonderful memories.

ABOUT OUR STATE

We love living in Colorado!  It’s a terrific place for kids, and there is so much to do here, whether the plan is for a day spent in town or a weekend in the mountains.  Our mild climate and sunny weather makes it possible to be active outside year-round, and we both grew up enjoying outdoor activities – hiking, bicycling, camping, skiing, backpacking, horseback riding – and can’t wait to introduce Colorado’s endless fun to our own kids.  Culturally, our state has fantastic museums, galleries, theaters, restaurants, music venues, performing arts, and sports teams, so it’s nearly impossible to get bored.  We have an annual pass to Rocky Mountain National Park and expect to spend lots of time up there.  We also have memberships to several museums and a local wildlife sanctuary and look forward to visiting them, the zoo, and the botanic gardens with little ones in tow.

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WE PROMISE…

…to cultivate an interest in lifelong learning and being curious.

…to demonstrate the value of a strong work ethic.

…to balance freedom and creativity with discipline and structure.

…our kids will be surrounded by family who will love them unconditionally.

…to raise our kids in a supportive household full of laughter and fun.

…to encourage kindness and understanding.

…to teach our kids about their own and other cultures, and to celebrate diversity.

…books will be read every day.

…to always honor and respect you and your family as part of our story.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us and considering us to be the chosen parents of your child.  We look forward to recognizing the unique talents our children possess and doing whatever we can to encourage and nurture those gifts.  They may be skilled in music, art, computers, dance, sports, or science; fortunately, we are in the position that our kids will have every opportunity to pursue their interests and explore their potential.