Alan + Jessica
Thank you for taking this moment to learn more about us and the life we are excited to share with a child. The decision to choose adoption for your child can't be easy and we hope to provide you, should you choose us, with the comfort that they will live a life full of adventure and educational opportunities in a loving and supportive environment.
We met at work in 2007. We started out as friends and realized we had a lot in common and enjoyed spending time together. We worked hard so that we could have the opportunity to travel many parts of the world and experience different cultures. In 2017, we decided to grow our family so we can share our lives with a child. Trying to conceive biologically and with the support of medical intervention (IVF) hasn't worked out for us as we hoped. However, we are blessed to have the opportunity to grow our family through adoption.
For our future children, we value the importance of love and respect for all, a positive attitude, education, hard work, and perseverance to achieve the things wanted in life. We value the opportunities and life experiences that a formal and informal education can provide. We are committed to encouraging our children to explore their interests, try new things, and give back to the community that gives to them. We are excited for the future and our families are thrilled we are having an opportunity to expand our family through adoption. Our family and friends all know how hard it has been and have been supportive of the adoption process since the beginning. We are all looking forward to creating and building memories as this child develops into their own person. Thank you for considering us as parents for your child. We are excited to expand our family and can't wait to provide the love and support all children deserve and need to thrive. We know that you have a hard decision ahead of you, for that we offer you our thoughts and prayers through this difficult journey.
Our home is the hub for providing fun and entertainment to all friends and family. We live on a cul-de-sac that backs up to our beautiful neighborhood park, complete with children's jungle gym, an obstacle course, and more than 5 miles of walking trails around and through our neighborhood that we visit daily with our dogs. As the entertainment hub, we often have friends and family over to watch movies, play games, grill out or cook an Italian dinner, and to share the love of conversation. Our street has children ranging from newborns to college grads. Our neighbors on our circle get together to celebrate the Fourth of July, Halloween, and Christmas. Our community is in Colorado which has the access points to our favorite outdoor place to visit, the Rocky Mountains. Being close to the mountains leads to many great adventures through; hiking, biking, paddle boarding, rock climbing, snowshoeing, skiing, camping, and hunting. We have everything that we could want, including the ability to offer our children amazing life opportunities and diverse experiences.
Alan (in Jessica's Words)
Alan's lifestyle is fun filled and adventurous. Alan loves to travel the world, go on scenic hikes, hunt in the mountains of Colorado, and enjoys spending time with friends and family. Alan practices Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and teaches yoga to people all around the world. Most of all, time spent with Jessica and their three dogs is one of his favorite activities.
We generally spend about eight months to a year planning vacations in advance. Jessica's favorite vacation was to Ireland where we self-drove the country and daydreamed about opening a B&B that overlooked one of their amazing cliffs. We stayed in a lovely village behind a castle that was reminiscent of Harry's neighborhood in the Harry Potter series. Alan's favorite vacation was to Africa where we went on Safari and dove with great white sharks. Typically, the traditional souvenir we will purchase for ourselves is a picture frame. We both agree that we want to spend more time in Europe, Asia, and exploring the US by road tripping.
We are excited to share a world with our child that is rich with different experiences that challenge us to step out of our comfort zone and grow. It's important to us to provide as many different opportunities for a child to support their autonomy and growth. We are fortunate that we have family who also encourages this model and will help with providing unique opportunities. As a family we look forward to many adventures where we can work together to accomplish new challenges and create lasting memories.
Jessica (in Alan's Words)
Jessica's priorities involve family, health, and education. Family is everything to her. She has grown closer and learned to lean on her family and extended family members when she needs them like she has through the adoption process. Jessica works hard to improve her physical and mental health. She has recently received her Masters degree in Clinical Counseling. Prioritizing family, health, and education has helped to keep her balanced and give her a greater sense of purpose.
We have three fur-babies (all dogs); Cali, Harley and Stella Rose. Cali is a 13-year-old Papillon who is always the center of attention and the dog all of our friends and family want to take home. She is full of tricks like sit, lay down, play dead, roll over, sit pretty, and pray. Cali is also the leader of the pack. Harley is a 12-year-old Maltese/Yorkie with the personality of a cat, the appetite of an elephant and the bark of a Great Dane. Stella Rose is a 1.5-year-old Doberman/Hound that is as sweet as can be and is always around to make sure our friends' chidren are safe. Stella is a daddy's girl but loves joining both Jess and Alan on many mountain adventures throughout the year. All of our fur-babies have received professional behavior training including off-leash recall commands. Cali & Harley are certified emotional support animals. All of the dogs are incredible with interacting directly with children of ALL ages, including newborns. With many of our friends having children, the dogs are often around them and are always on their best behavior. We call them our fur-babies because they are truly are our children. They have pet insurance, receive excellent medical care including bi-annual comprehensive exams, dental cleanings, and receive proper nutrition based on allergies. We take them on walks to the park or dog-park daily. Cali and Harley sleep in the bed, Stella won't fit, but has a bed of her own at the foot of ours.
Alan's favorite holiday is Christmas. He enjoys decorating the house and hanging lights. Alan puts in a lot of effort to make this time of year magical for his loved ones. Jessica loves the lights and the snow at Christmas time. Jessica grew up with snowy Christmases that often involved playing outside and she looks forward to the days she can create these memories with her family. Jessica's favorite holiday is New Year's. Alan proposed to Jessica on New Years of 2011 so it is a special day for celebrating. Jessica enjoys gathering with close friends and family to share what she is hopeful for in the New Year and share the experiences that she learned and grew from in the previous year.
Over the last fourteen years we have developed many family traditions, making sure to include both sides of the family and many friends we consider family. Annually we host Thanksgiving at our house cooking a turkey and smoking a prime rib. Every Christmas we co-host with Jessica's Mom and Sister. We cook a lot of food and typically host more than twenty people. As well, we go on one international trip a year and many small, domestic trips. Those smaller trips including skiing, camping, visiting other cities, and spending time with friends and family.
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