Hello and thank you from the great state of Texas! We are Jennifer and Kody. and we would like to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We recognize the sacrifice your decision requires and applaud your bravery and generosity. The blessing you are considering bestowing is the greatest that an infertile couple could ever hope to receive. We would like to assure you that this is not a responsibility that we take lightly.
We are both lifelong Texans having been born, raised and educated in the Lone Star State. While we have been married for over thirteen years we have been actively trying to conceive for the last six. We have visited a fertility specialist who informed us that due to some medical complications that Jennifer experienced as a teenager it would be nearly impossible for us to conceive. We both took this pretty hard as we have always dreamed of having a large family. We have continued trying to conceive, praying for a miracle, but have had no luck. We realized the only hope for us to have a family together was through the adoption process. We were filled with a sense of enthusiasm and hope that we had not felt in years…. And then we were blessed with our son Jack through the miracle of adoption! We can’t wait to add another child to our family and for Jack to have a sibling!
Our Life Together
JACK AKA “BIG BRO” We adopted Jack at the beginning of 2017. He is an incredible happy and loving child. He enjoys spending time with his family, and playing with other children. If he could speak we know he would be thrilled at the prospect of being a big brother.
We are 35 year old high school sweethearts married for over thirteen years.. We got married when we were 21 years-old and had already been together for five years. Upon being married Jennifer left school to begin working and paid Kody’s way through college. Upon Kody’s graduation and start of his career he did the same for Jennifer.
For fun we love spending time outdoors. We enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, and catching any festival within driving distance. We are very social with a core group of close friends and family, most of whom have children, that we spend time with on a weekly basis. As much as we enjoy socializing with our friends and family we still consider each other our best friend. We make an effort every week to have time dedicated for just us to spend together to focus on our relationship.
WE ARE AN ETHNICALLY DIVERSE FAMILY. Kody is Czech/German. Jennifer is Mexican/German. Jack is African/Irish. While we may not look alike we believe that God brought us together and that love knows no racial boundaries. We would welcome a child of any walk of life into our family.
Meet Kody BY JENNIFER: Kody is my ideal husband and is a fantastic father. He has a perfect balance of strength and tenderness that I believe is incredibly rare. He has proven to be an excellent provider through a lot of hard work and sacrifice. However, he has never sacrificed attention and support of his family. He always quotes some advice that his father gave him as a young man. He says that a husband/father’s main struggle in life is one of balance. You are expected to provide for your family but also to be there for your family. Focus on one typically causes the other to suffer and therefore finding the perfect balance is a lifelong struggle. While I know this is a struggle for him I am thankful to have a husband that loves me enough to strive so hard for the happiness of his family.
Kody is also wonderful with children. He makes it a point to play with, read to, and pray with our son Jack on a daily basis. They always have fun together, but if you pay attention he is always teaching our son, and challenging him as well. I can’t wait to see the impact of him imparting his intelligence and passion to our child.
Do what you Love, Love what you Do
Kody has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Science in mechanical engineering and has been working at various levels within the engineering field for the last twelve years. He is currently employed as an engineering manager which allows him to financially support Jennifer’s decision to be a stay-at-home mother. Also, this role limits his work travel allowing him to be home at a consistent, reasonable time each day and have dedicated weekends and ample vacation time to spend with his family.
Meet Jennifer by Kody: Jennifer is my best friend and the heart of our family. She has an empathy for others that I believe makes her a natural mother and helps her make me a better man. She is incredibly excited about the possibility of adopting another child into our family. Her willingness to be a stay at home mother speaks to her commitment to and her willingness to sacrifice for her family.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a week at home alone with our 9 month old son, Jack, while Jennifer saw to family commitments out of town. That week really opened my eyes to the amount of love, energy, and patience that Jennifer musters on a daily basis. I truly feel that we are blessed she is able to do so. There is no way that a child could receive this level of care and education elsewhere. I am excited to see the long-term benefits that her patience, tenderness and passion for education will bring our family.
Do What you Love, Love what you Do
Jennifer has a bachelor of science in nutrition and dietetics and spent five years working in the medical and dental fields. Jennifer left her job in 2017 when we adopted our son, Jack.
Home Sweet Home
We are Texans living in a suburb of a major metropolitan city. However, it certainly has a small town feel. We live in a three bedroom house on a cul-de-sac that is a three minute walk to the neighborhood park and pool. There is a large open space where the neighborhood kids play football and baseball. We have a large backyard with a private pool where we entertain family, friends, and tons of kids all spring and summer. We value education very highly and intend to send our child to the local Catholic school for their primary education and to fully support them financially for their secondary education at a university.
Meet Bones and Murphy, our miniature schnauzers.
Bones is 8 years old, very active and always ready to play. He’s a good boy who loves popcorn, ice cream and apples! Murphy is 6 years old, clumsy and very loving. He loves to cuddle and make new friends with everyone. Both Bones and Murphy are wonderful with children. We can always count on Bones and Murphy to brighten up our day.
The People we Love
Our families live in Texas and they are just a few hours drive away from our home, so it makes it easy for us to visit everyone quite often. We are close to both sides of our families. We have even been known to celebrate a few holidays all together!
Kody’s family has a cotton and corn farm right outside of town. Kody’s brother and sister grew up helping their parents work on the farm. We love to go out and visit, there is so much fun for us to have in the country. We often enjoy tetherball, kickball, riding the family four-wheeler, building bonfires and enjoying the stars on summer nights. Jennifer’s family lives in town and they enjoy a nice, quiet neighborhood life with extended family that lives just a few minutes down the road. Her family loves to travel together. They have visited Florida, California and Colorado just to name a few sites. They enjoy meeting new people, taking in the beautiful scenery and trying new foods.
We both come from relatively large families and besides the two of us an adopted child would have a brother, four grandparents, four uncles, three aunts, and six cousins (so far) that are all thrilled at the prospect of an addition to the family.
Our Promise to You
Becoming parents has been a dream come true and we are extremely excited to see our family grow. We want to promise you that we will try our absolute best to be the parents you want for your child. We are kind, responsible, loving, fun and open-minded individuals and we will teach your child to be the same.
We promise to have faith.
We promise to love unconditionally.
We promise to always listen.
We promise to protect.
We promise to laugh.
We promise to be honest.
We promise to live in the moment.
We promise to always strive to be better parents.
We promise to always be there.
We promise to support.
We promise to have patience.
We promise to always pray for you.
We promise to always be grateful to you.
You have our sincere gratitude, love, and respect for your decision to consider us as your child’s parents. Thank you again for giving us the opportunity to be the Mom and Dad we have always wanted to be.
We look forward to sharing pictures and letters with you so you can rest assured your child is loved and thriving!
Jennifer and Kody