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John and Jenn

Hello! We are John and Jenn from Arizona!

Dear Birthmother: Thank you for taking the time to read our story and considering us to be adoptive parents to your child. We know that this is a tough decision for you and know whatever you decide will be the right choice for you and your baby. We are awed by your love, strength, and courage. Because of your strength we will be able to build the family we have always dreamed of.  We hope you get to know more about us and we look forward to getting to know more about you. We’ve always wanted to be parents, but of course never knew what journey that would take us on until now. We tried having children on our own but had numerous complications. We’ve learned over the years that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. With that being said, we started to explore becoming adoptive parents and that is what brought us to you. We truly love kids and want to raise your baby in a loving and caring environment. We had good parents that role modeled parenting growing up and we strive to be that role model for your baby. We hope you feel the unconditional love we have for each other and the unconditional love we will give to your baby.

Our Story, How We Met and Our Dreams for the Future

We live in Gilbert, Arizona and love the small-community feel and big-city opportunities. We often visit downtown Gilbert to walk around, go to the local Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, and hang out eating dinner at the delicious local restaurants with friends. We would love to share this with our future child. We first met online on an online dating service when we lived in Maryland. We decided to meet for our first date and both were so excited. We had so many commonalities such as what we liked to do, how we were raised and what we liked to do for fun. It was love at first sight. We were both so nervous that we barely ate the lunch we had ordered. We were sad to say our goodbyes but knew it was a short goodbye since we planned on getting together again soon. We spent time dating, discussing life goals and getting to know each other’s families and now here we are 8 years later, best friends and very much in love.Meet Jenn

About Jenn, by Jenn: I was born in North Carolina but spent most of my years in Maryland. My father was in the military so I moved around when I was younger. My brother, Charlie and I were very close and as a family, we always had dinners together every evening and family day was every Sunday. I currently teach fourth grade and truly have a passion for teaching, building relationships with my students and their families and enjoy seeing each student reach their greatest potential educationally as well as in life. Being a teacher allows me to have my summers off and gives me great knowledge of the perfect daycares, preschools, schools, etc. in Arizona. Some of the schools are within walking distance to our house! I look forward to… watching your child grow, watching all the milestones like learning how to walk and saying their first words, teaching them to swim, ride a bike, and try new things. I can’t wait to become a mother!

More About Jenn, by John: Jenn is one of the most caring, loving and kind hearted people I have ever met. I wake up every morning thinking how lucky I am to be able to call her my wife. She is always positive, bubbly, and even when at her worst she can make me smile and laugh. She never worries about what others think, she just wants what is best for those she cares about, and is willing to stand out or embarrass herself in order to make others feel at ease. When I met her I knew she was a teacher but never knew how her teaching impacted her students until I started visiting her school during daily activities and evening events. Her students truly admire, and look up to her. It is truly humbling to watch. I can’t wait to be a parent with her holding my hand every step of the way.

My Favorites:

  • Working out
  • Hiking
  • Going on walks with my dogs
  • Hanging out with friends
  • Being crafty
  • Spending time exploring Arizona with John
  • I love animals
  • I love being outdoors

Meet John

About John, by John: I spent the majority of my life in Maryland where I was born. My family enjoyed spending time together daily and would look forward to having something special planned for our family days on Sundays. I have two older sisters, Linda and Bridget. I always enjoyed gathering around the table to have evening family dinners and would like to continue that tradition with my future adoptive child. I am a hard worker and eager to do my best which has made me successful in my career. I have been working as a systems engineer in the technology world for sixteen years. When I was young I enjoyed taking electronics apart to see how they operated and this led me into my engineering career.

More About John, by Jenn: John is truly my best friend. He is kind, smart, and my rock. He is truly talented at making anything and everything work. John is attentive and considerate and constantly does things for me, like filling my gas tank, completing home projects or surprising me with something little he saw at a store that made him think of me. After 8 years together, John still amazes me and makes me laugh. He is humorous and fun, making jokes to calm a situation or just to make others laugh. I know that when we raise our future child they will get to experience a father that will love them, protect them, and support them through any situation using humor as needed. I can’t wait to become a parent with John by my side.

My Favorites:

  • Hiking
  • Bike riding
  • Kayaking
  • Building and making things out of metal
  • Restoring old cars
  • I like doing handy work around the house
  • Spending time exploring Arizona with Jenn
  • I love animals

Our Loving Families

Family is not an important thing, it’s everything! We both come from close-knit, loving families. We were taught the importance of family as we were younger and still cherish it today. We get together with family as much as we can and enjoy watching our nieces and nephews grow.

Our Loved Ones: John’s sisters each have four children so we have five nieces and three nephews. We have been excited to have had the opportunities to read with them, play games with them, take them out to eat, watch school events, sporting events, 4-H events and even take the nieces to get manicures. Since my brother, Charlie, passed away (18 years ago), I have become very close with my cousin, Kevin. When he and his wife found out they were pregnant with a little girl we were all thrilled, and when they asked Jenn to be the God Mother we were so honored.

Our Pups, Chloe and Carlie: When we got married, Jenn not only gained a best friend for life but a dog named Chloe. Chloe was a puppy that no one seemed to want in a local pet store. She had been at the store for many months when John saw her. He just couldn’t resist holding her when he saw her big brown eyes staring up at him. Once he held her he knew she needed to come home with him. Chloe is an 11-year-old toy poodle and is the sweetest, gentlest, most lovable dog you could have. She adores people, especially kids. Carlie was rescued as a puppy when we came to Arizona. She was unexpected and her mother’s owner did not want her or her sister. As soon as we saw her we were ready to make her part of our family. She is now a 2-year-old toy poodle and enjoys running after toys, playing outside and being close to her family. She enjoys kids just like Chloe and tends to show her affection to the children in the neighborhood by licking their hands as they pet her.Our Home and Closing Thoughts

Our Home and Community: Our favorite part of our neighborhood is the people who live in it. We have developed a close group of friends who help each other out often and gather at each other’s houses for neighborhood gatherings. We love the sunshine, palm trees and warm weather here in Arizona. It has been the perfect place for us to live for the last two years. We enjoy hiking throughout the mountains, preservations, exploring the desert terrain, and viewing the botanical gardens in Arizona.  We can’t wait to raise a child in our home and community!

In Closing: We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to learn about us. We are beyond excited to become parents and if you choose us we promise to shower your child with love, laughter, encouragement, and support. We hope you feel the unconditional love we have for each other and the unconditional love we will give to your baby.  Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents to your child.

5 Things We Will Teach Your Child:

  • Love… we will teach your child to be generous with their affection and honest with their word. We will wrap our arms around your child daily to make him or her feel unconditional love.
  • Laughter… is the best medicine to life and we will make sure our home is full of laughter.
  • Manners and making good choices… we will provide an environment that is respectful inside our home and outside of our home.
  • Healthy and Active Lifestyle… we will teach your child how important it is to eat in a healthy balanced way and the importance of staying active.
  • How to stay true to yourself…everyone is special in his or her way. We will love, support, and encourage the little person as he/she grows into a beautiful adult.