Thanks for taking the time to get to know us a little better. We're so excited about the chance to become parents through adoption and we're truly grateful you are considering us.
Of course, it's a little strange imagining what it must be like for you reading this right now. Here we are, trying to sum up who we are in a few hundred words and there you are, facing challenges we can only imagine.
We don't know what you've gone through, what you've been thinking, or what feelings brought you here. But you’re here. And that means the world, not just to us, but to every single family whose profile you read.
No matter what you decide, whether you choose us or not, if you choose any family you are bringing hope and such a gift to a couple or a family that needs it.
So, right off the bat, thank you for that.
JaimeOccupation - Knowledge Base Content Specialist
DanOccupation - Sr. Field Engineer
We met through an online game and spent every dime we had flying back and forth across the country to spend time together. Dan lived in California and Jaime in Missouri. Attempts to move closer actually backfired and Jaime ended up in California while Dan, beginning his career in the Navy, got stationed to the USS Cole out of Virginia.
The Cole was heading out to the Middle East and we decided that Jaime would move to Virginia when it returned home in six months. However, only two months into its deployment, the Cole was attacked by terrorists.
While Dan wasn't injured in the explosion, he spent the next days struggling to save the ship with his shipmates. Eventually, Dan came home and all the plans of moving in six months and marrying in a year were thrown out. Within the month, we had an apartment in Virginia.
For several reasons, a big ceremony no longer seemed as important. We decided to forgo a ceremony on a Sunday night and visited the Justice of the Peace that Monday.
We've been married for fourteen years now and weekdays are fairly laid back. We handle household chores, make simple meals, watch our favorite shows and take the dogs for walks.
During weekends, however, we get out and play! In the summer we're hiking or biking to our favorite parks. Fall and Spring are prime convention and festival seasons, and we make sure to hit all the highlights. And, since we live in the north-east, we always have plenty of snow in winter to both throw and shovel.
In general, we try to balance between fun activities and just taking time to enjoy each other's company.
We own our own house and picked it because of its unique beauty. It was built in the 1920s and still holds some artifacts from its early years, like a tin roof in the kitchen and old keys for each door. Jaime thought it felt like home from the moment we stepped in.
The upstairs attic is finished and runs the length of the house, filled with sunshine from the skylights - a perfect playroom!
We have two dogs and we believe that they are truly members of the family. Autumn is an inseparable part of Dan's nightly routine as they play, cuddle, and greet each other after a long day apart.
Jest is the family stalwart companion and a loyal presence in the household. Dan or Jaime are upset, Jest is always there to offer a consoling lick or nudge.
Our family stretches across the United States, from New York to Nevada. Jaime has a brother and sister, both of which have children. Jaime is particularly close with Ellie, her sister's youngest.
Dan has a big family, but is closest with his younger sister Amber and his twin, Tommy. Amber has a daughter named Isabelle, who adores talking with her Uncle Danny.
Jaime's parents have a small cabin along the Saint Laurence seaway where everyone gathers during the summer holidays. Whether it's the Fourth of July, Labor Day or just the first weekend in August, this is where even the farthest flung members of the family will end up spending time together.
Once there, it's only a matter of time before massive nerf wars break out and "Pop” ends up rallying all the grandkids and various dogs for the obligatory hike in the woods.
Depending on the time of year, we all might head to the pirate festival at the nearby town or attend the local Fireman's barbeque dinner.
No matter the time of year, though, we always go out on the pontoon boat, otherwise known as the Floating Living Room, and visit various islands. We pick a place to stop, spend some time swimming, and then head back to the boat to eat our packed lunches.
In one way or another, adoption has always been a part of our lives and it’s always been something we wanted to do. Jaime’s father was adopted and she’s always been aware of the impact that had on her family. The idea of people reaching out and creating a home with others who weren't related by blood was something she found very moving.
Adoption has been even more important for Dan. He, his twin, and two of his other siblings were all adopted. The adoption took place within the family, but he wasn't always aware of it. As a result, when he was told, the impact was something that helped shape who he was.
He has always felt that, even if he had his own biological children, he wanted to adopt. It is a way to honor his parents and what they did by raising him as well as giving back.
So, as we decided to start a family, we read up on pregnancies and took a seminar on adopting at the same time.
Eventually, we decided to try to have a biological child first. It took a few years, surgeries, and IVF to realize that having a biological child just wasn't in the cards. It was hard, but in some ways the transition wasn't as hard as it could have been. We already knew that we’d love any child placed with us just as fiercely and deeply as would one we had together.
God had shut one door, but it was okay. We already knew exactly where the other door was located.
So, that's where we are. We're standing hand-in-hand in front of that door, excited and anxious about walking through but also incredibly eager to share our love with the child we hope to have on the other side.
We know that you’re standing in front of a door, too. And while we obviously hope that you decide we're the right family for your child, we want you to know that we are thinking of you, too.
No matter what you decide, you have our prayers, our gratitude, and all of our best wishes.