Andy and Jen

Hello and thank you for taking the time to learn about us! We are Jen, Andy, and Cadence from Rhode Island. We have two dogs, Lulu and Charlie, who love to play together and go for hikes, and a box turtle named Hubert. We hope to add a kitten to the household shortly. We live in a cozy house only a few houses down from a lovely saltwater bay. It is amazing to walk out to our front yard and see the water and smell the salty ocean air. We love to be active and are constantly riding bikes, hiking, running, or working out. We love to travel.

We were very fortunate to adopt our daughter Cadence in 2022 and are hoping to adopt a sibling, playmate, and best friend for her. Cadence is an extremely happy child who has fit perfectly into our lives. We (Jen and Andy) both have siblings who have brought joy to our lives and we want that for Cadence as well.

hello + Welcome

- WE ARE -

JEN, ANDY,

AND CADENCE

from Rhode Island

Dear Birth parents

Hello and thank you for taking the time to learn about us!

We have two dogs, Lulu and Charlie, who love to play together and go for hikes, and a box turtle named Hubert. We hope to add a kitten to the household shortly. We live in a cozy house only a few houses down from a lovely saltwater bay. It is amazing to walk out to our front yard and see the water and smell the salty ocean air. We love to be active and are constantly riding bikes, hiking, running, or working out. We love to travel.

We were very fortunate to adopt our daughter Cadence in 2022 and are hoping to adopt a sibling, playmate, and best friend for her. Cadence is an extremely happy child who has fit perfectly into our lives. We (Jen and Andy) both have siblings who have brought joy to our lives and we want that for Cadence as well.

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love story

an online dating success

VISITING A RHODE ISLAND TULIP FARM

We met 11 years ago on match.com. Jen chose Andy since he was one of the few guys taller than she was! Turns out he had some other nice qualities, too. At the time, we were both living in Indiana and were excited to find in each other a shared love of the outdoors, travel, food, and humor. Together, we both love animals and have had multiple rescued pets bring joy and variety to our lives.

OUR WEDDING DAY
FUN AT A JAZZ FESTIVAL IN RHODE ISLAND
BACKPACKING

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About US

We moved to Rhode Island seven years ago and love it. We enjoy living in a suburban area and knowing our neighbors. We are 15 minutes away from downtown, and 15 minutes away from forests for hiking and outdoor recreation. We frequently walk the dogs to town and get ice cream. Rhode Island has surprised us with how much we like it because it has so many things to do within such a small state. We enjoy going for family hikes with the dogs, taking trips to the beach, and playing outside, activities that have been wonderful to experience with our daughter and would be even better with another child.

about Jen

BY ANDY

JEN AT A TULIP FARM
JEN RENOVATING THE SHOWER

Jen is a kind, compassionate, and warm person, if shy and humble, traits that serve her well in life. She appreciates others more than herself, and I’m sure she will appreciate no one more than a child. She is an excellent parent to our pets and sets the rules that I never can. I have a hard time resisting their cuteness! She makes the house lovely for all of us as a family and is always enthusiastic about planning activities for us to do together. She is excited about helping our children learn and grow, getting one involved in activities and hobbies. Jen is resilient, passionate, strong, and beautiful. I admire her more than anyone else, and I continue to love her more each day.

HIKING WITH CADENCE
HIKING BUDDIES!

DO WHAT YOU LOVE,

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

Jen is a part-time associate at a backpacking shop and a bicycle mechanic. Her job allows flexibility, and she is frequently home. She takes care of the house and pets if Andy is working a weekend or overnight shift. Her job has flexible hours, and she works 2-3 days a week.

HIKING ON THE BEACH

ABOUT Andy

by JEN

HOLDING OUR PUP
READING TO CADENCE WHEN SHE WAS A BABY!

My favorite thing about Andy is his constant “we can do this” attitude. He is a very positive person and does not put out negative vibes. His positivity is in all aspects of his life. When I struggled with the process of not being able to have a child he would simply say “everyone has their own journey, and this is ours.” So far, he has been right, Cadence has added a lot of joy. His positivity is only less endearing on rare occasions like when hiking and everyone else is sick from altitude, and he is happily singing aloud. His positivity helps me believe that we will find another child to love and for whom to care. Andy is great with kids as his goof ball side comes out. Having grown up in a big family he is used to having kids around and is great at talking with them on their level.

HIKING WITH CADENCE IN THE CARRIER
ANDY DURING A TRIATHLON
HAVING FUN AT JAZZ FEST

DO WHAT YOU LOVE,

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

Andy is an Emergency Doctor, a job he enjoys and is lucky to do. He cares for many sick adults and children alike and works two to four shifts a week, which allows ample time at home. He is busy but does his best to prioritize family.

Home

sweet

HOME

“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”

OUR PEACH TREE IS BLOOMING!
READING IN OUR LIVING ROOM

Over the years, we have put a lot of effort into making our house a home. Jen enjoys renovating, and she tiled, painted, and partially gutted and rebuilt our kitchen, sun room, and bathroom. We maintain an overgrown but happy garden with flowers, fruit trees, and berry bushes including peaches, apples, raspberries, pumpkins, and many more. Children in the neighborhood come to pick peaches and apples from the trees. We live within walking distance of an excellent grade school, and within two miles of an excellent high school.

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FURRY FRIENDS

Bringing pets into our lives has helped us grow as a couple and helped us learn to co-parent. We take the dogs everywhere that we can. They are a constant source of entertainment in our house, and we feel lucky to take care of them.

PLAYING WITH CADENCE
CUDDLING WITH THE DOGS

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Cadence

Cadence has brought so much joy into our lives. She is a very happy baby. She loves running around and playing with the pets and being tossed into the air by Dada. She has gone on many adventures with us and has already visited 10 states and one foreign country. She likes trying Dada’s cooking and accompanying Mama for runs and hikes. We enjoy watching her grow and learn. We are so thankful to have both Cadence and her birth mom in our lives.

CADENCE’S FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY
CADENCE AT THE BEACH!

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Hobbies

We are a very active couple and enjoy incorporating our child into our activities. We run, hike, and walk the dogs often with our baby in a stroller or carrier, along for the ride. Andy plays music (both drums and guitar) with friends often and we have a music area set up in our basement. Jen loves spending time being creative. She draws and paints and loves to be out working in the garden or reading a good book. These are all interests we hope to share with a child.

AFTER RUNNING A RACE
RIDING CAMELS IN DUBAI
FAMILY RUN!

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FAVORITES...

HOBBY

JEN: Hiking
ANDY: Music – Singing,
Playing, Listening, All of it.
CADENCE: Being tossed
into the air by Dada

DOWN-TIME ACTIVITY

JEN: Reading
ANDY: Playing Guitar or Drums
CADENCE: Riding in the stroller with mama on walks and runs. It’s the only time she is still!

SNACK

JEN: Cheese
ANDY: Watermelon
CADENCE: Banana

THINGS YOU COLLECT

JEN: Houseplants
ANDY: Musical Instruments
CADENCE: Spoons

MUSICAL ARTIST

JEN: Lord Huron
ANDY: Anything Rock, R&B, Blues, or Jazz
CADENCE: Miss Rachel

DESSERT

JEN: Andy’s tiramisu!!!
ANDY: Ice cream
CADENCE: Banana

GAME

JEN: Spades
ANDY: Operation
CADENCE: Peekaboo

SOURCE OF INSPIRATION

JEN: The outdoors
ANDY: Poetry in song lyrics
CADENCE: Her nanny who is constantly talking with her and teaching her new words.

ANDY PLAYING MUSIC & JEN MAKING CRAFTS IN OUR BASEMENT
WORKING OUT IN OUR BASEMENT GYM

MEET OUR

Family & Friends

Jen’s sister moved to Rhode Island shortly after we did to be close. We hang out often and travel together! Jen’s parents are in Virginia; we talk often and will meet up in fun places like Mexico and Florida for holidays. We FaceTime multiple times a week so they can chat with Cadence and see how cute she is. They are loving being grandparents. Andy has a large family (over 50 aunts, uncles, cousins, all of whom know each other and are close) mostly in Chicago who love to get together and celebrate milestones.

JEN & HER SISTER AT PAINT NIGHT
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS WITH JEN’S FAMILY
CELEBRATING ANDY’S GRANDFATHER’S BIRTHDAY

Andy’s brother and step-sister have been huge role models for us when it comes to parenting. They are dedicated to the well-being and raising of their remarkable and intelligent children. Andy’s brother-inlaw is adopted, and Jen has cousins who adopted their child. With families on both sides accepting of adoption, and with already existing closeness of a large family, we have felt so much love for our adopted child and know they will be equally accepting of another adopted child.

LEARNING ABOUT THE SALT PONDS IN MEXICO WITH JEN’S FAMILY
JEN HIKING WITH A FRIEND’S TODDLER
ANDY’S FAMILY AT OUR WEDDING

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THOUGHTS

on Parenting

We want to raise your child with love and affection to help them grow.

We will provide a loving and supportive home for your child. We are financially stable, have good health coverage, and own our own house. The house has a lovely backyard with a brand-new fenced yard for play. In the house, we have multiple play areas to keep the kids and dogs happy and safe. We also have a park with a playground at the end of our street. We live in a safe neighborhood that is walking distance from the elementary school (which has another playground!). Our area, and Rhode Island as a whole, has a strong sense of community. There are regular events and parades celebrating the history of the area. We hope to raise your child to be active, thoughtful, and kind. We would love to keep you updated on their progress throughout life.

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Hobbies

Andy was raised in the Lutheran church and attended a Christian grade school. Jen was also brought up in the Christian faith. While we are less active now with the practice of religion, we are strong supporters of teaching morals, values, love, and respect to make our child socially well-adjusted.

Thank YOU,

BIRTH PARENT,

FOR MAKING US A FAMILY.

As adoptive parents, we do not want to replace you as the birth parent. We recognize that you have a difficult decision to make regarding the life of your child. We want to ease your mind. We would love to have an open adoption and keep you informed about your child’s development. We currently enjoy communicating with Cadence’s birth mom. We send her tons of pictures and are always thankful for the wonderful gift she has given us. She made us a family. Above all, we will raise your child with love. Thank you for your consideration.

Andy & Jen

WE WOULD LOVE TO

HEAR FROM YOU!

If you have additional questions for us or would like to speak to us, please contact The Adoption Alliance by calling 1-800-626-4324.