Jessica + Brad
We understand that this will be one of the hardest decisions of your life, and hope to provide you with a little insight into who we are, and give you a glimpse of what your child's life would be like with us. We know you love your child unconditionally, and that we will honor that throughout their lives. Thank you for considering our family!
Dear Expectant Parent
We are so excited to start our family through adoption! We have been married since 2015 and have tried for a baby ever since, including our struggles with infertility which resulted in two miscarriages. Through the journey of infertility, we have remained strong knowing that our goal is to have a family, and that God would lead us down the right path. Our belief is to provide unconditional love and support while providing a strong foundation for future success to our children. Both of us were blessed to experience great childhoods, and plan to create many amazing memories, and once in a lifetime opportunities with our family soon. We have a lot of love to give and a strong desire to have a family. Through prayer and guidance, we've been led down the path of adoption and we couldn't be more excited!
The Story of Us
Our story began in February 2013 when we met on match.com. Our first date was at a golf course driving range. We both have a golf background and so we decided that would be a fun first date. We instantly hit it off and as they say, the rest is history. Our dating life included a lot of activities - playing golf, playing games like darts, shuffleboard, card games, going to Dave and Busters arcade and traveling. We still have only seen about 3 movies together in the theatre as we prefer doing activities instead. We have fun together and enjoy each other's company. Our families even get together regularly for holidays and birthdays with each other. We have family both close by and across the country.
We love to travel together and enjoy new experiences wherever we go. We believe one of the keys to our relationship is to make things fun, smile and laugh together a lot. We approach all things through communication as a team and with a positive mindset which has contributed to the success of our relationship not only in marriage but in our business together.
We dated for 1 1/2 years before getting engaged in December of 2014. Our engagement was very special - Brad asked me to marry him with a Christmas ornament that was hand painted in his home town in Michigan. It said, "Jessica, will you marry me?" on it and he proposed in front of our Christmas tree at home. Christmas and the holidays have always been so important to us and that ornament hangs on our tree every year.
We were engaged for just under a year and got married in August 2015 in The Catholic Church with our families and close friends in attendance. Our Faith has been at the center of our relationship ever since we started dating. Brad converted to Catholicism about a year after we met. It's important to us that we have also continued dating into our marriage as well. Every Friday night is date night and we are always coming up with something fun to do and it's nice to unplug and talk about life and catch up with each other.
We started working together full time in 2018 when Brad came on board with the business I started in 2016. This has presented a new set of challenges that we've been able to communicate through and work through and ultimately has afforded us with the ability to have a flexible schedule and to be successful not only in our business but in our marriage. Our marriage is stronger as a result! We have a team of people who are supportive of us in our business and we can rely on them to help whenever needed - we all work together for a common goal. They are as equally as excited for us to begin our family as we are. We have continued to play golf together as a shared passion and joined a local country club in 2021 where we have made new friends and have even competed in the couple's club championship!
I grew up in a town of about 120,000 people in West Texas. I had an amazing childhood and my parents, friends and Faith in The Catholic Church impacted me greatly. My parents were both entrepreneurs and I learned from a young age what hard work was and how to treat other people. Dinner at the kitchen table every night was a staple in our house and we had just as much fun at Disneyworld in the big moments as we did having pizza and popcorn on a Friday night at home for the small moments.
I played tennis and was in the band (played clarinet) and was in the flag corps. My Dad suggested that I consider the game of golf when I was 14 years old. He taught me how to play himself and I played in high school and then was fortunate enough to get a college golf scholarship. I played throughout college and I went to the NCAA National Championships my senior year and was an All-American golfer and Academic All-American golfer. My parents were able to come to almost all of my tournaments in high school and college and having their support was very important to me.
Ever since I can remember, I've always had a love for animals. Even pictures of me as a little kid, there were always animals! Animals are still very important to me today and play a big role in my life. I love to watercolor paint, work in the garden, read and do crafty-type things around the house like decorating. We enjoy entertaining our family and friends at our house and spending time outside in the pool or at the golf course.
When Brad and I met, I knew he was the one when he kept me interested, entertained and always on my toes! He is loving, kind, patient and truly my rock. I feel so fortunate to get to spend this life with him and I feel like we make a great team. My heart explodes when I think about how much he loves me and how much I love this life that we've built together.
I am from a small town of less than 4,000 people, the type of town where the local diner knows your Saturday morning breakfast order when you walk in. My family taught me the value of hard work, respecting others, doing the right thing, and that you have to earn your rewards.
I have always had a great relationship with my family including my parents and younger sister, that relationship continues to grow as we've gotten older. My parents worked very hard to make sure that we never needed for anything, we always had support for what we wanted to do to be successful. The times we spent together at sporting events, summer weekends on the boat, trips to Disney World, and our special holiday traditions are all things I'm excited to repeat for my family someday!
I grew up loving sports for as long as I can remember & still have a passion for it to this day. When I finished college, I started my career path in golf with the PGA Championship. Working with them allowed me to work all over the country & to create memories of a lifetime which I'm forever grateful for.
In 2010 I moved to what would become my new home, and in 2013 I met the love of my life, Jessica. We met online in February 2013, I knew the first time I saw her that I needed to do everything I could to keep her around. We instantly connected and have only gotten closer throughout our relationship.
Life with Jessica has been the greatest gift I could ask for and I love her more each day! We don't say I love you, we say love you more. We love to do things together from playing golf, enjoying meals, and watching tv on the couch all night. As long as we are together, it's easy for us to enjoy the moment and love the life we live!
We moved into our current home in the Fall of 2019. We love it because of the corner lot and all the extra yard space plus the pool and outdoor living space. We spend so much time outside. This is a quiet neighborhood in a suburb of a major metropolitan city. There are 120 homes in our neighborhood and Jessica serves on the board of directors for the voluntary homeowners association. The neighborhood has many events especially for the kids to enjoy too. We can walk to the local elementary school and one of the city's libraries. There are 2 large parks nearby with a playground and walking trails. Our neighbors are friendly and there are many kids of all different ages in the neighborhood too. What also drew us to buy in this neighborhood was the quality of the schools, how close it is to our business and that we had room to grow a family here. There are four bedrooms, 3 1/2 bathrooms, 2 living areas and 2 dining areas and a large kitchen that's open to the family room. The house has a lot of natural light and a pretty view and landscaping. The living areas are large for play space and we have room for a swing set in the backyard. Our child would have their own bedroom and bathroom and we would have a guest room and another spare bedroom. It's a one-story house without any steps so it should be easy for a toddler to navigate and feel safe in. In our part of town, there are so many activities for kids to get involved in. The zoo, aquarium, festivals, concerts, plays, amphitheaters, sporting events - the possibilities are endless of things to do.
Piper is 10 years old. Jessica adopted her when she was one year old from a local rescue organization in 2012 before meeting Brad. Piper is the queen of the house - we should be paying HER to live here! She is so funny, smart, sweet and has the best eyebrow/facial expressions. She LOVES kids and is so patient. She really should be a therapy dog. She was an only dog until 2020 when we adopted Remi.
Remi is 2 years old and we adopted her from another local rescue organization. Remi is the life of the party. She is rambunctious, goofy, inquisitive and all legs. She keeps us laughing and laughing! There's a specific bunny rabbit and squirrel that taunt her from the front window of our house that really gets her going! They both love each other so much and we find them snuggling together all the time. It took Piper a while to accept that Remi was here to stay and we still joke that Piper thinks this is the longest dog-sitting-gig EVER! Piper loves a good fleece blanket and Remi needs a pillow to rest her head on and plenty of toys to lose in the backyard.
Picking just a few photos of them was so hard! Our phone photo albums are full of these crazy ladies and we wouldn't have it any other way.
We love spending time with our families. Every holiday, every birthday and every "just because" occasion is spent with family. Brad has an aunt and uncle that live about 20 minutes from our house and we spend a lot of time with them. We grill out, we celebrate holidays together, we go out to dinner or run errands together. Having them close by and their support is very important to us. I have an Aunt, two Uncles and a Cousin about an hour away in a neighboring town that we see often for holidays and family get togethers. We often trade off hosting Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas family gatherings with them. My parents live about 3 hours away driving distance. They still live in the town I grew up in and live in my childhood home on about 15 acres right outside of town. They come over to see us about 4-5 times a year and we go visit them a few times a year too.
Brad's family lives about a 3 hour plane ride away. Both of his parents and his sister and brother-in-law live in the same town. It's nice that we can travel and see all of them at the same time. Brad's Mom's is one of 7 children and he has aunts, uncles and cousins all over the country. We usually travel to see Brad's Mom, Dad, Sister and Brother-in-Law once or twice a year where they live and in December every year for an early Christmas.
We both talk to our families on the phone and/or text with them every day. We really enjoy having a close relationship with both of our parents and having siblings to confide in and we are excited about raising a family with such a close bond.
Together, our families have all traveled on vacations together too. One of our favorite memories all together outside of our wedding was where my parents, Brad's parents and his sister and brother-in-law traveled to Northern Michigan one summer. We all rented a house and stayed together. We got to explore the beautiful parts of the area and enjoy each other's company as one big family.
We are looking forward to having Christmas at our home with our child. We are excited to see the delight and wonder in our child's eyes at the holidays. We love to bake cookies for Santa and put cheese out for Santa Mouse. We always have cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning and wake up early to open presents one at a time. We attend Christmas Eve Mass and have chocolate peppermint cake after Christmas dinner. We trade off hosting Thanksgiving with my Aunt who is an hour away. We roast a turkey and everyone brings the side dishes. Our favorite is pecan pie. If the weather is nice, we sit outside and enjoy each other's company and catching up. We usually start decorating for the Fall in early September and the Christmas tree is usually up by Thanksgiving (depending on if we're hosting that year or not). The last couple of years we've done a white elephant gift exchange the Day after Christmas with extended family which has been really fun!
The Christmas tree was always a big deal and always decorated with personal family ornaments. Most notably from our favorite Christmas store near Brad's hometown. Each member of the family has a hand painted ornament with their name on it including Piper and Remi! This will be a fun tradition to continue with our child. We also do activities around the holidays like loading up in the car with hot chocolate and Christmas music to go see the local Christmas light displays. We're looking forward to taking our kids trick or treating in their favorite costumes on Halloween including dressing up our dogs. Passing out candy and seeing the kids in their costumes is Jessica's favorite part of Halloween. Summertime tradition will be family vacations like spending a summer in Northern Michigan or visiting the beach and Disney World. We are excited to give our child these kinds of experiences. And we would love it if we can teach them to play golf as well. Or, keep them active in any sport or activity they desire to do!
We love to play golf together. We joined a country club in 2021 and have enjoyed the golf, the social activities and there are a lot of family friendly activities that we would love to take part in one day soon.
We like to try new things. We have date night every Friday where we try new restaurants in the area and explore new parts of town.
We love to cook. Brad is great on the grill and has several of them! We love to entertain at our home and have family and friends over for fajitas, BBQ, stir-fry, burgers & sweet potato fries or smoked salmon as an example. Jessica loves to make all the side dishes and bake desserts. Pinterest ideas are very abundant here! We love to make homemade pizza and try new things. We cook together 4-5 nights per week at home and eat dinner together at the table. We both grew up having dinner together as a family and look forward to sharing that with our children as well.
We like to make the inside and outside of our home look nice. We landscape together. We both pick out flowers and plant in containers every Spring and Fall. We wash off the back patio and enjoy lighting up the chimenea and watching a football game outside together in the evenings. On nice evenings, we will have the music or the tv is on watching the big game.
We have traveled together to Cancun, Boston, San Diego, San Antonio, North Carolina, Southern California, Northern Michigan, Detroit, Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri, Las Vegas and New York City. We will continue traveling together throughout our marriage and look forward to including our children in those experiences too. We have a list of places we'd like to go to in the future and we're always adding to that list. One of our favorite places to go together is Northern Michigan. We like being on the water near Lake Michigan, it's a cooler climate than where we live and the scenery and the slow pace of life makes it enjoyable. We can also see some family when we go there which is an added bonus.
Before You Go
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us and what makes us who we are. We promise to give our child all the opportunities in the world to learn, grow and have amazing experiences while also cherishing the everyday moments. We promise to instill respect and discipline, boundaries, the meaning of hard work and compassion for others. We promise to keep God at the center of our marriage and our child's life and a strong foundation in The Church. We are committed to education and will make sure our child has the best opportunities to learn and grow throughout their life. We plan to encourage our child to try all kinds of activities, sports, theater, music...whatever is interesting to them. We will do our best to learn about those activities to support them in their endeavors, teach them commitment and why finishing what you start is important and how that will impact them throughout their life. We promise to be fair in our parenting decisions.
We promise to ensure our child knows about the choice you made and how much you love them. We promise to have a relationship with you as much as you are willing to do with us. We promise to educate them as much as we can on their background and provide them resources and support any time they need them no matter what their needs are.
We promise that our child will always know that they are included, wanted, special and loved. We don't promise that it's going to be perfect, but we do promise to have fun, laugh and approach parenting with a sense of humor and unconditional love.
Jessica & Brad