JP + Rachel
We want you to know that even though we haven't met you yet, we have been praying for you for a long time. We haven't just been praying for your sweet baby...we have been praying specifically for you. We have been praying for God to bring about the very best things in your life, and that you would know how truly loved you are. We have also been praying that, if you choose adoption, all of us would end up being absolutely crazy about each other and look back and wonder how we ever lived life apart.
Hi! Our names are JP (short for James Patrick) and Rachel. It's so lovely to finally meet you. We don't know your background, your favorite foods, your hopes and dreams, or the road that has led you here, but we are certain of one thing--God is writing a beautiful story for you and your baby, whatever that may be in the end.
We hope that by the end of reading about us, you will be able to tell how much we love each other and this amazingly blessed life we've been given. We want you to know that we have so much respect for you and we are cheering you on!
We would much rather be meeting you in person over a plate of chocolate chip cookies, but hopefully all that we have written provides some insight into who we are. Maybe God has crossed our paths for a purpose. One thing we want you to know is that, whether your decision is to place your child, or parent your child, we are for you, and we are for families.
Our Reason Why
The last time we embarked on our adoption journey, if you were to ask us why we were adopting, we would have said simply because we dreamed of being parents. For 6 years we tried to have kids biologically but were unable to. We suffered numerous miscarriages that broke our hearts. And through adoption our dream of being parents was realized. But what we didn't know during our last adoption was the love and passion we have for birth parents and birth families. We were unaware of the ways God would weave our hearts together with Noah's birth family. We didn't just adopt a son - we expanded our family to include many of Noah's birth family. Perhaps more accurately, Noah's birth family invited us to be a part of their story. And that is an honor we don't take lightly.
Now, during this adoption, we of course can't wait to add another child to our family. We can't wait to love a little boy or girl with all that we have - all of our energy, time, resources, and strength. And we can't wait to see Noah have a little sibling to play with and make memories with. It's our greatest joy to be parents and share all that God has blessed us with.
But we also are really excited to meet you and your family. We don't know your story or your background. We don't know where you come from or what unique life you have lived. But we'd like to.
And maybe if God has led you to our book, it's so that we can both expand our families to be bigger than we thought they might be. We actually care about you. I know that's hard to believe, but it's true. Before Noah we wouldn't have believed it either, but through this process we have fallen in love with all of Noah's birth family. And to us, that's exactly what they are - family.
So, why adoption? Because we have opened our hearts to expand our family. Not only do we dream of the little boy or girl we will welcome to our family, but we also dream of a new extended family we will add as well.
Our story begins 18 years ago. We met in middle school at our church's youth group, and became fast friends. JP played bass in the church rock band, and Rachel looked on with dreamy middle school eyes. We were close friends for about 5 years but started dating when JP was a senior and Rachel was a junior. It took Rachel by surprise when JP asked her on a date because they had been close friends for so long.
When JP went off to college, Rachel was very sad to see him go, but he always made her feel special and came back to visit many weekends. The rest is history.
We got married in college and moved back home to be near our friends and family. We have been married 11 years now and are more in love than ever. It has been incredibly special to grow up together and to have so much shared history. We are deeply committed to each other, our family, our church, and our community. Our story began as best friends, and to this day we still just love to spend time together.
"Rachel is a loyal friend, godly woman, loving wife, and whole-hearted mother. She loves me, Noah, friends, and family with passion and devotion. Noah thinks the world of her (and so do I)! When he sees her his eyes light up, he smiles his biggest smile, and yells with joy, "Mama!" as he runs to her, arms raised, wanting to be held close. I really can't exaggerate when I say that Rachel was made to be a mom. She has an innate instinct and can immediately recognize what Noah needs. I think the best moms know intuitively what their child needs even before they do and Rachel has that ability. She's always one step ahead, packing him snacks, doing laundry, finding the perfect toy. Anytime Rachel is in the room Noah wants to hug her and cuddle with her and you can tell that he feels completely safe and secure in her arms. Not only does Noah love her, but every one of our nieces and nephews run right to her when they see her. Every child feels valued and heard by her. Rachel is also the best at giving healthy boundaries and discipline. I think it comes from her work in schools with kids with severe disabilities and behavioral issues. She is able to be authoritative, but also kind and loving at the same time. I think that children feel safe with her because of that. One of the qualities that I love most about Rachel is her authenticity. She is never fake and is always honest and vulnerable. She is servant-hearted and generous. Every time a friend, family member, coworker, or even complete stranger needs help Rachel is the first to volunteer her time, energy, and money. I also love how funny and silly she is. She has an amazing sense of humor, and at least once a day she makes me laugh so hard that I can't help but cry. As a husband, I feel so blessed to have Rachel as my wife, best friend, and partner." -JP
I grew up in a diverse suburban community in North Texas. My parents specifically moved us into a neighborhood full of many different types of people. They believed that learning to live with and love people who were different from us should be a main priority in growing up. Because of this upbringing, I continue to seek out and deeply value diversity in my own life. I received my Master's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Since then, I have worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in a school district where I primarily work with under-served populations. My favorite part of my job is getting to educate families on their child's speech difficulties to help their kiddos learn how to effectively communicate! I only work 2.5 days a week, and I love my schedule. I work a little bit and get to stay home with Noah the majority of the week. I know this is such a privilege, and I am very grateful to have the opportunity to stay home most of the week with him. One of my other passions is hosting people in our home, whether it be an annual "Friendsgiving" celebration, or celebrating a major life event. I love cooking for people and making them feel loved and appreciated. I have a close group of friends, and they would describe me as a great listener, giver of my time, and (hopefully haha) someone that keeps them laughing. However, my absolute favorite title in the world is "mom." I love Noah so much it hurts sometimes. I love to comfort him if he falls and love to make him giggle when I tickle him. I am fiercely protective, and I am not afraid to ruffle feathers when it comes to what is best for my family! - Rachel
"To put it simply, JP is magnetic. It doesn't matter where you are in your walk of life, to be around JP is to feel known, cared for, and seen. It's honestly one of my greatest privileges to observe this as a wife and partner because people are just drawn to him! He asks the most intentional questions and is always genuinely interested in your answer. He is a natural leader, but so humble and servant hearted. He is the first to lend a hand when someone is in need, and he does everything with excellence. His best role, however, is being Noah's dad. My goodness. JP was MADE to be a father. Noah absolutely adores JP and gets so sad when JP leaves for work in the morning. They have an amazing bond that I am so thankful to bear witness to. JP makes Noah belly laugh on a daily basis, and they enjoy spending time together playing JP's bass, reading books over and over again, and eating all the snacks in the house. JP is an equal partner in parenthood, and he is so gentle and kind with both me and Noah. Every day it feels like I have won the lottery having him as my husband. JP is a provider and a protector, and I always feel safe when I'm around him." - Rachel
My favorite thing in life is spending family time with Rachel and Noah. There's nothing I'd rather do more than make pancakes on a Saturday morning, go for a walk in the neighborhood, play at the park, and cuddle up reading books together (I know, I'm a softie LOL). I believe that God has entrusted Rachel and Noah to me and that he has called me to love and care for them as best I can all the days of my life. I love playing sports, reading, and playing guitar in our church's worship band.
Professionally, I worked as a youth pastor and then a firefighter and paramedic. As a paramedic, I really found my calling in medicine and decided to go back to school four years ago. Now, I am graduating from the Yale School of Medicine soon and will start working as a psychiatrist at that time. During school I really fell in love with psychiatry and helping people manage mental health needs such as anxiety and depression. I enjoy treating people to help them live a more whole and fulfilling life. - JP
It is really difficult to capture how amazing Noah is in a short-written paragraph, but we will try! Noah came into our family 17 months ago through a Gladney infant adoption. We believe that Noah's story is his to share, but here are a few glimpses. His amazing birth mom gave birth to Noah in July of 2020, and she selflessly allowed Rachel to be in the delivery room. It was a sacred, gut-wrenching, awe-inspiring experience. Since that time, our family has been in an open adoption with Noah's birth family. Noah has a few birth siblings, and it has been the honor of our lives to facilitate a continued connection between them. Open adoption can mean totally different things to different people, but for us it has simply looked like a relationship. We don't just send pictures and updates; we actually have a real-life relationship. Our adoption is far from perfect, but we can say wholeheartedly that it is raw and that it is real. We know that we are just a short way into this journey, and we can never know what lies ahead, but we are so ready to continue into a lifetime of memories.
Noah is 17 months old and he is in the 99th percentile for height and weight-- we call him our gentle giant. He loves going down the slide, kicking the soccer ball and running through the sprinklers. He sings pretty much nonstop all day, and he also loves playing with his tiny guitar, piano, and drum set. Music and movement are two words we would use to describe him. Always singing, dancing, and playing an instrument. Always moving, investigating, and exploring everything around him. He is an extrovert through and through and genuinely loves everyone he sees. He makes you work hard for a smile, but once he knows you, he will be your best buddy. He is snuggly and strong, sweet and independent.
Noah is also a biracial Black child. We do not take it lightly, at all, that Noah has been placed as a child of color in a family with White parents. We will make so many mistakes throughout his life with regards to race, but we are diligently committed to strengthening Noah's (and any other child of color's) racial and cultural identity. For us, that has looked like going to a church that is predominantly Black and Hispanic. We are planning to build a home in an amazingly diverse suburb of Dallas where Noah and any other child could feel welcome and represented. Noah has had his first appointment at a Black barbershop, and we actively build relationships with people that look like Noah. We believe that we cannot raise him without the help of Black people in the community. We are not too proud to admit that there's a reason why the phrase "it takes a village to raise a child" is so popular. We couldn't do it alone, nor would we want to.
Our Hobbies & Why We're Unique
We are both very into fitness. We both know that exercising positively contributes to our mental health, so we make it a point to be active. Our family loves going on walks, and JP and Rachel love to play tennis. We aren't very good, but we sure do try! JP is a musician and plays the bass, while Rachel loves hosting and event planning for friends and family.
We're unique because we have known each other for 18 years. When we met, we were just kids. Our friendship blossomed into love and has grown into a bond that can weather any storm. We have had mountain-top joys and valley lows, but through it all, we have stuck together and always will. That is the type of family we are-one that sticks together no matter what life throws at us. Your baby will know that from the earliest age. They will know that they will never be on their own in this life. They will always have a family who will stick by their side no matter what comes.
If you choose us to parent your child, we promise to give your baby the best of ourselves, our energy, time, and love! We will be sad to say goodbye in the morning on the way to work, and we will rush to the door for hugs at the end of the day. We will give your child the space he or she needs to become the unique man or woman God created them to be. We promise to provide grace, love, wisdom, and support throughout your baby's life. We will be their biggest fans and will be at every practice, recital, game, graduation, and everything in between!
They will know no matter what life throws at them, no matter if they thrive or stumble, they can fall back into our arms. We will encourage them to reach their fullest potential, and we will provide them with every resource possible to help them achieve their goals and dreams. We promise to teach your baby about adoption and encourage them in how unique their story is.
If you choose us, we can't promise that we will always have the perfect answers to all of life's big questions, or that we will never fail in parenthood. We do promise that we will climb this mountain of fears and unknowns with our hearts wide open to you, your family, and your baby. Together. And maybe, just maybe we will all look around one day and realize that we have reached this glorious summit of love, mutual respect, and perseverance. We promise to always talk about you with your child with the utmost respect and honor. We promise that your child will always know that you were the first person to ever love them, and that you made this heartbreaking decision out of that love.
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