Don and Jen | The Adoption Alliance

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WE ARE DONALD & JENNIFER FROM NEW YORK. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LEARN ABOUT US, AND FOR CONSIDERING US AS YOU MAKE THIS DIFFICULT DECISION. We hope as you learn more about us, you are able to see the immense love we have for each other, our families, and our future child.

 

We have been praying for both you and your child from the moment we began pursuing the adoption process. We have always wanted to have children and after struggling with infertility for more than two

years, we really felt that adoption was the path we were supposed to take to becoming parents. We are so excited to meet the child who is meant to be a member of our family!

 

We want you to know that we have so much respect for you and think that you are so brave. While we can’t know exactly what you’re going through, we recognize that this journey through the process of choosing a family for your child has to be incredibly overwhelming. We know that you want the very best for your child, and hope that you will find us to be the right fit for both of you.

 

How we met and life today

We ARE EACH OTHER’S BEST FRIEND AND THROUGH ALL OF LIFE’S CHALLENGES, HAVE ONLY GROWN STRONGER AS A COUPLE AND IN OUR LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER. We love just being together, and our favorite place to be is at home with our dogs. One of our favorite hobbies is home renovation. We are a great team- Jennifer creates the vision and Donald brings it to life. We recently remodeled our kitchen and bathroom ourselves (with a little help from Jennifer’s dad) and also enjoy refinishing and building furniture. We love going for walks at nearby parks and trails, and enjoying picnics and sunsets by the water. We

also enjoy kayaking and trips to the beach.

 

We met 10 years ago through a mutual friend. We quickly became close friends and started dating a few months after we met. Donald proposed on his birthday in 2014, and we were married on June 27, 2015. We’ve always wanted children and both of us are very close to our families. After learning that having children might not be possible for us, we decided to pursue adoption instead of fertility treatments. Adoption is very special to our families, as we both have family members who were adopted. We can’t wait to add a child to our family through the miracle of adoption.

 

A little bit about Jennifer through Donald’s eyes

Jennifer is the most amazing woman I know! She puts her whole heart into everything she does, and everyone who knows her loves her. She is a loyal friend and is the kind of person who would drop anything to help someone in need. For the 10 years I’ve known her, she has always wanted to be a mom.

 

Children have always gravitated to her, and watching her play and interact with our niece and nephews is beautiful. Her face lights up when she holds a baby, as if being a mom is what she was meant to do. She loves baking and DIY crafts, and is excited for the day when she can do these activities with a child. Jennifer will be the most amazing mom, and I can’t wait to finally see her in this role.

 

JENNIFER'S CAREER: Jennifer’s love of children is what led to her career as a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist. She loves working with families to help their children reach their greatest potential. While Jennifer loves the children she works with, SHE’S SO EXCITED FOR HER DREAM OF BEING A STAY-AT-HOME MOM.

 

A little bit about Donald through Jennifer’s eyes

Donald is outgoing and has a great personality. He is so easy to talk to and is an amazing listener- no matter where we go, people are drawn to him and he is always talking to someone! He loves trying new things and has always encouraged me to do the same. He is a great partner and is always so supportive of me and my ideas (especially with house projects!).

 

Donald will be the best dad! He loves doing anything outdoors and is excited to build a playhouse in the backyard. I know that he will love, encourage, and support a child in the same way he does these things for me, and I am so excited to grow our family with him by my side.

 

DONALD'S CAREER: Donald is a Delivery Driver for an ice cream company. His job allows him to do what he enjoys, but also allows him to meet new people. The best part is that he’s able to be home every night. There’s never a shortage of ice cream in our house either!

 

Our home and community

We love everything about living in our community in New York.

We live in a small town and love our quiet neighborhood. We knew right away that it was the perfect place to raise children! We love living where there are four seasons to enjoy- we have a great sledding hill for winter and a huge pool for summertime fun. There is a cute park and playground within walking distance. We’ve really enjoyed remodeling our house and making it into a home that is a reflection of us.

 

Our furry friends

We have two dogs, Lexi and Mia. They are 2-year old Havanese littermates, and are the sweetest girls! Their favorite place to be is cuddling with us on the couch. They love playing with our nieces and nephews and will love having a little brother or sister to play with.

 

A few of our favorites

Hobby

Jennifer: DIY crafts

Donald: woodworking

Children's show

Jennifer: Matilda

Donald: The Fox and the Hound

Dessert

Jennifer: anything with peanut butter and chocolate

Donald: peanut butter pie

 

Dream job

Jennifer: interior designer

Donald: landscaping/lawn care

Animal

both: dogs

Game

Jennifer: Uno

Donald: Candy Land

Holiday

Jennifer: Christmas

Donald: Thanksgiving

Childhood activity

Jennifer: building forts in the woods behind our house with my brother and sister

Donald: riding my bike with my brother

TV show

Jennifer: Fixer Upper

Donald: Modern Family

movie genre

Jennifer: romantic comedies

Donald: action/comedy

Seasonal activity

Jennifer: apple picking

Donald: bonfires & s'mores

Vacation spot

both: St. John

Children’s book

Jennifer: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Donald: The Berenstain Bears

 

Why our faith matters

Our faith is an important part of who we are. We believe that God’s plan for our life will always be greater and more beautiful than our plans, and this has been a wonderful reassurance for us as we have navigated the past few years of infertility.

 

Introducing our loved ones

We were both blessed to grow up in very loving homes! Jennifer has a younger sister and brother, and Donald has an older brother. There are 3 grandchildren, and our families are so excited to welcome another grandchild. We are very close with our parents and siblings and talk daily. We’ve always known that no matter what, we’ll be there for each other. Our families live nearby, and will all have an important role in our child’s life. We enjoy taking family trips and having holiday celebrations together. We spend Christmas Eve with Donald’s family, and Christmas Day with Jennifer’s family. Once we have a child, we plan to start our own traditions. One of Jennifer’s favorite Christmas memories is spending the day at home with her family in their pajamas, playing games and drinking homemade hot cocoa. We have so many family traditions that we can’t wait to share with a little one.

 

WE HAVE A SMALL, TIGHT KNIT GROUP OF FRIENDS. We don’t all live near each other, but travel a couple times a year to celebrate milestones and get together. Our friends all have young children who are excited to add another little friend to the group!

 

What our friend say

”Jennifer & Donald are strong role models with excellent character, and have so many qualities I believe are musts for every parent: love, kindness, strong morals, faith, patience, and a sense of humor.” ~ Meg

 

Our closing thoughts

Above all else, we want you to know that we will provide your child with unconditional love, and a home where he or she always feels safe and secure. Your child will be loved not only by us, but by our families and friends as well. He or she will be raised with the many family values and traditions that we were raised with, all of which shaped us into the people we are today. Your child will know about the immense love you have for him or her, and you will always be a special part of his or her story. Our dream has always been to be parents, and we are eager to welcome a child of any race or gender into our family. If open adoption is something you desire, we are more than happy to share photos and letters with you throughout the years.

Thank you again for considering us. We will continue to pray for you.

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