Thank you for taking the time to look through our profile. Welcome! We are Jeff and Bronwyn. we have one daughter, Maddie, who is two years old. We wanted to begin by saying that we know that this must be a hard time for you and we have so much respect for your strength and courage in exploring adoption. We know firsthand that life doesn’t always work out the way you think it will, and we want you to know that we support you and your decision. We also want you to know that if you do choose to entrust us with your child, we are more than happy to send pictures and letters so that you can see him or her grow. To help you get to know us better, here is our story. You can reach us toll free by calling 1-800-626-4324.
Our Life Together
The first time we met was in college. We were both studying engineering, and we took a class together. We were too shy to get to know each other then, but fate intervened a few years later. The second time we met, we had both graduated from college and found ourselves working at the same company, in the same group. And it was love at first sight. That was 7 years ago, and we’ve been ridiculously happy ever since.
In that time, we have had many adventures as a couple. We love to travel: trying different foods, looking through museums, getting outdoors, and exploring new places. Jeff can be counted on to drag us through every book store we run into. Bronwyn always makes sure we experience the local culture, like having beignets for breakfast in New Orleans.
So that we could be closer to Bronwyn’s family, we moved to New York, where we now both work as engineers. We got married in a tent in our backyard surrounded by family and close friends. We had a taco bar and a mariachi band, and German bratwurst and giant pretzels. We sang and danced until the sun went down. Our first dance was to ‘Besame Mucho’.
Over the past 7 years, we have traveled together all over the country and the world. But our most fulfilling adventure began when we started our family. We’re so excited to watch our family grow.
About Jeff, Written by Bronwyn
The second time I met Jeff I knew that he was the person I was supposed to spend the rest of my life with. I’m not sure what it was at first. Since I’ve known him, Jeff has been my emotional rock. When things got tough, I knew that I could count on him to pull me through. No matter the obstacle, he remains strong, and determined, and maybe most importantly of all, optimistic. Despite the plans life had for us, he always encourages me to see everything as an adventure and an opportunity.
Jeff is an amazing father, and you can tell that he’s always wanted to have children. Jeff shares in every part of raising Maddie- whether it is changing diapers, giving baths, or staying with her when she’s sick. Of his many accomplishments, being a parent is what makes him the most proud.
Jeff loves all (and I mean all) babies and often helps out friends at parties by carrying around and soothing their infants. He makes faces and gets children to smile in the grocery store. He makes a point to be that fun-loving, engaged father that everyone wants. And I am proud to stand at his side and raise our family to be strong, optimistic, and adventurous.
About Bronwyn, Written by Jeff
In addition to being a caring and nurturing mother, Bronwyn is an amazing friend and wife, a brilliant engineer, and a wonderful baker.
She loves to laugh and make up silly songs and games to play with Maddie. She loves to craft. Loves it. We have shelves full of yarn, fancy paper, cloth, felt, you name it. I often find myself recruited to help make something from Pinterest or etsy. Christmas cards, wedding invitations, hats and scarves, we’ve done it all. I think that’s one of the things that makes her such a great mom: between all the baking and little projects, there’s never time to be bored.
Bronwyn keeps me on my toes. She runs 3 times a week and is training for her third 5K run. On the weekends, we go hiking, biking, or out for long walks.
I think anyone who knows her thinks of her as that person you call in an emergency because you know you can depend on her to come running (probably with muffins).
She can always make me smile. She’s always looking for a way to brighten someone’s day or help out.
Fighting Cancer Together
In 2015, Bronwyn was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily it was very treatable. We went to every appointment and faced all the challenges and disappointments together. We’re grateful to live in a time with so many advances in cancer-fighting medicine.
Bronwyn chose to have every preventive treatment possible, which means that she is cancer free and expects to live a long, healthy life. It also means that we can’t have any more biological children. But we won’t let that stop us from having the big, happy family we’ve always dreamed of!
A Note From Jeff
A cancer diagnosis at any age is overwhelming, but at 28 it can feel like the whole world is falling apart. Bronwyn never doubted herself for a second; she put her head down, said, “I’m going to beat this,” and did it. I’m so proud of her. I think she’s the strongest, bravest person I know.
Home Sweet Home
We always planned on having a lot of kids, so we made sure when we bought our house that it was big (3 bedrooms for the children) and open. Since having Maddie, every room has become filled with books and toys. We also have a big back yard so that our children can explore the world outside.
We knew we needed a big kitchen because both of us love to cook. And whether we’re entertaining or home with just the three of us, the kitchen is always the center of activity.
We also love to read and play games, and every room in our house has a fully stocked bookshelf.
Our community has so many different things to offer a child, including many parks and hiking trails, several branches of the city library, a farmer’s market, and a number of nearby museums. Every weekend we pick something different to do to make sure our children have the opportunity to run and play in a new and interesting setting.
Maddie is two years old (born 2014). She loves building with Legos, playing outside, reading, and coloring. Her inquisitive and independent personality is definitely starting to show, and we encourage her to explore and learn. She knows we are hoping to grow our family with a new baby and she is very excited to be a big sister.
Introducing our Family
Jeff is an only child, but what he lacks in siblings, he makes up for in extended family. He has 12 aunts and uncles and more than 30 first cousins. At least once every year we make a trip to Texas to see everyone and catch up. We also call and Skype to keep in touch. Jeff loves sending out pictures so everyone can keep up with our growing family.
Jeff’s dad grew up as part of a big Mexican family in a one room house in south Texas. At family reunions we love getting to hear childhood stories and eat delicious homemade family recipes.
Bronwyn has a very close family, in every sense of the word. Her brother and parents live 15 miles away and we see them every week. Her parents like to take Maddie to the local animal shelter where they volunteer. Bronwyn’s sister and her family also live in state, and we love going to see them.
When we get together, everyone likes to be together, playing board games or just sitting around after dinner talking. We still go back to the little beach town where Bronwyn’s mom went each year growing up.
Raising our Family
Childcare: We’re lucky to have the support of Bronwyn’s parents and brother, who provide childcare one day each week (and for any sick days). Bronwyn works part-time and stays home one day a week. The rest of the week, Maddie goes to a family owned and operated, multicultural daycare. We stagger our work schedules to make sure that Maddie won’t spend too much time in daycare.
We maintain a consistent daily schedule because we think that it helps kids feel more secure. We always make sure that Maddie has safe, age-appropriate spaces to explore on her own terms, whether at home or out at a museum. We encourage her to learn, play, explore, and imagine at all times. We also pay close attention to her needs. When she rubs her eyes, we know it’s time for a nap. And when she gets fussy or has a tantrum, we let her have time to herself.
Every child has different needs, and we are open and ready to treat each of our kids as the individuals they are.
One Last Thank You To You
Thank you so much for choosing to read our story and share in our adventures. We are so excited to have the opportunity to grow our family.
Since we are already a multicultural family, we look forward to the opportunity to expand our horizons and learn more about and celebrate other cultures.
We have both always wanted to have a big family, but since life had a few surprises for us, we are so thankful that you are considering adoption. While we can’t begin to understand how difficult this may be for you, please know that you have our support.
Jeff and Bronwyn