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Jeanette

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Welcome and thanks for taking a look at my profile!

I know you are looking for the best, loving family for your child, and I imagine it’s a hard process. I hope this profile will make it even a little bit easier. Although we haven’t met, I’m warmly wishing you the best.

I have always wanted to have children. I love spending time with little ones and moved from Colorado to Maryland to be close to my niece and nephews as they are growing up. That’s us in the picture above, at the lake in Maine where we vacation every summer. I like to sit at the kids’ table, teach, play a game of tag or peekaboo… somehow be with the kids in the group.

I’m really excited to build a family through adoption. I have a fun and satisfying life now, but I can’t wait to share it with a child, helping him or her grow into a happy and healthy person.

About Me

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Things I Value

  • Love
  • Learning
  • Laughter

 

I am a curious and active person but have also been described as chill. I’m usually game to try something new and have a lot of different interests, but a weekend morning finds me reading the paper and doing the crossword puzzle with a hot cup of coffee. I stay involved on a hockey team, in a book club, in a writing group, and hanging out with friends.

I grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, and my parents were always encouraging me to go outside. There were dozens of kids on my block and the group of us played, rode our bikes, and went roller skating. My older brother watched out for me, and we’re still really close. He lives about a mile away, and we spend a lot of time together: grilling, sitting by the fire pit, and telling stories. He and my sister-in-law and niece and nephews are all excited to welcome a new family member.

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Family & Friends

My family is very important to me. I am very close to my brother and his family. He and my sister-in-law are great supports and are always there to listen or give advice. My niece and two nephews are awesome, and I see them all the time. I’ll go to their house to make popcorn and watch TV, go see their recitals and games, or they’ll come to my house for cards and a sleepover. My oldest nephew just got his driver’s license and it was exciting to hand over the keys and have him drive me around town.

My parents each helped me find what I love in life. From my dad, I learned to love puzzles and reading. He read to me every night before bed, picture books and chapter books. He even made up an ongoing bedtime story about a princess who saves her village. From my mom, I learned to be creative and a little silly. She sang about the names of streets while we were driving around town. My dad is a retired lawyer and my mom is a retired kindergarten teacher.

My friends are like extended family. They are kind and fun and will be so excited to welcome a new child into our group. Lots of them have kids and several are adoptive parents. We get together for game nights, dinners, hikes, and just sitting around talking. They are a diverse group of really interesting people and will be great role models for my child.

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At Home

I live in a cute community, across the street from an elementary school and playground, and down the street from a grocery store, coffee shop, and library. I love to be able to walk to the library! It’s a great neighborhood in a suburb of DC and has a nice mix of people: young families, retired folks, and everyone in between. There’s a little band of kids that plays ball, hide and seek, and other games out on the lawns.

I really like the four seasons. Just when you think it’s way too cold, spring brings the smell of honeysuckle and a great thaw. Then, when the heat and humidity get old, the fall leaves hit the ground and start crunching under your feet. Perfect.

Things to Do with Kids in DC

  • Go to museums and outdoor concerts
  • Take advantage of the parks and trails
  • Watch Washington Capitals hockey
  • Find secret markets with great doughnuts
  • Visit the library for story time

 

A Note from My Friend

I love it when Jeanette shares funny stories and special memories about the kids in her life — her niece, nephews, former students, children that she mentors and tutors — because it is clear that she really understands kids and what makes them tick. She is a great listener. She’s someone that will celebrate with you when times are good and will offer a shoulder to cry on when you’re going through a hard time. Jeanette is warm, funny, a great friend, and she will be an amazing mother. ~ Megan

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A Note from My Niece

My aunt would be a good mom because she is the most loving, enthusiastic, easy to talk to person that I know. I can talk to my aunt about anything. She has always been there for me from supporting me in school and soccer to having sleepovers. I love spending the night at my aunt’s house. My aunt is a hard-working, independent woman and I look up to her and admire her for that.

Every year, we make homemade Thanksgiving pies together. I hope to add a third pair of little hands to the tradition. I would love to have a little cousin. It would be really cool to teach them how to play soccer. I have always told my aunt that I want to buy their first pair of cleats. Can’t wait to start babysitting! ~ Clare

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5 of My Favorite Things

  • Getting lost in a good book
  • Baking themed cakes
  • Hot coffee and a crossword puzzle
  • Laughing until my stomach hurts
  • Jumping off a dock into a lake

 

I love to be creative. I like to knit, mostly scarves and hats. I also like to try new recipes and especially like creative baking, like making a bunny cake or spelling someone’s name in cookies.

I taught English and love reading, stories, and words. I volunteer at an elementary school and am trying my hand at writing some children’s books: one about a worm and one about a girl with a superpower.

Work Life

I have a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in education and have been a teacher and curriculum designer. I was a teacher for grades 6-10 and loved setting up the classroom as a safe space for students to get to know each other and me and really have fun learning.

Now, I develop curriculum that is exciting for kids, write blogs, and generally try to make learning
in and out of the classroom more engaging. I create lesson plans, reading guides, teamwork activities, and more. I am a consultant to several companies, organizations, and universities, so I have a really flexible schedule and mostly work from home. I’ll be able to spend a lot of time with my child in the early years and be there when he or she gets home from school, later on.

Thank You!

Thanks for taking a look at my profile. I hope it was helpful and gave you a good sense of the kind of home I can provide for a child. I’m looking forward to carrying on many traditions, but mostly I look forward to finding out about my child’s specific interests and learning about those things together.

I believe parents need to help children find their unique versions of happiness and fulfillment in the world. That means that every child deserves to be loved and understood, cherished, supported, and given opportunities to explore his or her interests and passions.

I hope for peace and happiness for you in your journey. And, if I am lucky enough to be the adoptive parent to your child, I promise to cherish him or her and provide a home full of love, laughter, and guidance. ~ Jeanette

If you have any questions or would like to speak with me about adopting your child, please contact your case worker at AdoptHelp, by calling 1-800-637-7999, toll-free.