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Our names are Jeff and Julie. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our family, and considering us to be a part of your journey! Please know that we are praying for you and your baby as you walk this road. We cannot imagine all of the feelings and thoughts you have throughout this time. We admire you for considering this choice for your baby and we know that God has a perfect plan for you both!
We are excited to bring a new precious little one into our home through adoption! Because we are not first-time parents, we know that we can provide a child with a loving, stable home where he/she will be loved and accepted unconditionally. All four of our children are just as excited as we are for a new little one to join our family, and will make wonderful, caring brothers and sisters!
We believe in having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as our Savior through grace and faith along. Our faith in Him is why we live our lives the way we do. We are committed to living a life that is balanced between family, work, and serving others.
We are committed to raising a child to be strong spiritually, emotionally, physically, and educationally, by giving them the best possible care, love, guidance, and support throughout their life. We will teach him/her to treat others as he/she wants to be treated, to be kind, and to love others.
As you look through this book, we hope our story will be an encouragement and help you in making your choice. We look forward to meeting you!
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
The new school year is off to a great start! With Jeff being the Administrator of a Christian school, I get to help out a lot too and we just love doing that together. We're so thankful that God has allowed us to be involved so much in education. It’s like one close-knit family and we love getting to know the families and pouring into the kids.
We enjoyed a little road trip to Colorado for a Teacher’s Conference to get some great training before the school year began. We love this annual trip and getting to learn from other Christian Educators. Our friend Heather went with us and we got to eat at Chick-fil-A!
We are so proud of Jeff for completing his first Half Marathon! This marathon included an elevation change of 1,250 feet!! He’s loves to run and workout, and has a weekly routine. But he has has been dedicated to training for this race for months! He finished in his fastest time too: 1 hour and 49 minutes! We loved going out to cheer him on and seeing him cross the finish line! It was a celebration!
We love taking our kids on dates too! We try to make it happen once a month with each child. Sometimes it’s one-on-one. Sometimes it’s just the girls or just the boys. A meal out—or maybe a sweet treat (and coffee for mom of course!). A bike ride or hike, a walk along the river, playing a game together, it can be anything just to spend quality time with them and keep our relationship growing. We know how important it is to talk with our kids and get to know their hearts. We want to make sure they know they can always come to us with anything. 💖 This month, I took the girls out to the Fair and we had the best time! The girls rode all the rides together and I think that’s the best thing! We enjoyed some yummy food too!
Enjoying a little date night together! Sometimes date nights are fancy and planned. Sometimes they’re impromptu and running errands. Either way, we love just being together. I love the times we get to ourselves to just connect and keep our relationship strong. After 15 years married and 19 years together, Jeff is still my best friend! ❤️ I thank God for the precious gift of a wonderful husband and father for our children.
While Jeff and the boys went backpacking, the girls and I enjoyed some quality girl time! We helped each other get a few things done around the house, went for a walk, did a little shopping and just hung out. We stayed up way too late after watching a movie and eating snacks! 🍿 We had a lot of laughs and enjoyed just being silly! Morgan (13) and Sadie (10) have their own unique personalities and interests, and I love getting to spend time with them! I thank God for the girls He has given me and we can’t wait to add a new little one! 💖
Jeff took the boys on the Annual Father-Son Backpacking Trip with our church. It was a small group this year, but so glad they got to go! We love living so close to such wide-open spaces and "the great outdoors!" They drove for a little bit to get to the trailhead, and then hiked 4 miles in and set up camp. Even though the boys are young (6 and 8), they absolutely LOVE to go backpacking with Daddy and I’m always amazed at their stamina. They went fishing, played in the lake, and of course climbed on rocks and built a fort. Everyone came back safe, happy, and hungry! I always make sure to have a great meal planned for the day they get back from this trip because they are famished and ready for a homecooked meal.
We just enjoyed the best week away at Camp! This is a Christian camp about 3 hours from our home. It’s way up in the mountains and it is absolutely refreshing to be up there! There is very limited reception so it really is a “getaway” where we can relax, spend time with the Lord and each other, and be refreshed. Our daughter, Sadie, was a camper there, and Jeff was the speaker for the week, so that allowed all of our family to go and enjoy the week. The boys had a blast playing with other staff kids their age and were filthy from playing and exploring in “the great outdoors” every night. Morgan and her friend Laynie helped in the kitchen for the week. They both did a great job! The counselors and staff do a great job building relationships with the kids and showing them how to love Jesus and live for Him on a practical level. The week is packed FULL of fun things for the campers: games, crafts, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, a snack/gift shop, and plenty of good food. It was so much fun and we are thankful for the relaxing time away.
We are starting to get some harvest from our garden! Gardening is something that is ingrained in me. My grandpa had a HUGE garden when I was little, and I remember getting up early in the morning and going out to till the garden, or pick the harvest with him. I loved it and treasure those memories! I haven’t had a ton of experience with gardening, but I’ve tried more things each year. Last year, Jeff and I built a greenhouse in our backyard together. That's been a big part of being able to do more gardening because of the winters. So we saved up, found a blueprint we liked, got the supplies and got started! The kids loved helping us build! It was quite the project and made for some great memories. This is the second year we’ve had a garden in there. We have tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumber, spinach, green beans and I’m trying eggplant too! This picture is from the boys helping me pick our first harvest of the year—beans! We’ve had a little spinach grow too! We sautéed the beans up with a little olive oil and salt & pepper and they were delicious! I...
Cooper is a 3-year-old Yorkie-Schnauzer mix and has been a part of our family for over 2 years. He’s well trained--house trained, fetch, and a few tricks. He’s very loyal to our family, and does great with kids! He’s a little timid around people outside our family but warms up quickly. We like to say that Cooper has “little dog syndrome” and thinks he’s the protector of the home. Cooper travels with us on most trips. He’s a good medium size, about 25 lbs, and does great traveling in the car for long rides. Our kids share the responsibility of taking care of Cooper, and we love having him around. :)
The 4th of July is such a fun time to get together with friends! We hosted a cookout at our home and enjoyed the summer air, the view of the mountains from our double-level deck, and enjoyed just relaxing with these sweet friends who have become like family to us! We grilled hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and chicken, and everyone brought a side to share. We of course enjoyed some watermelon--because what is a 4th of July celebration without watermelon!? We are so grateful for the friendships we have here! Some are neighbors, some go to church with us, a few others couldn't make it, but they are all a huge part of our support system! They are just as eager as we are for the newest little one to join our family. Happy Summer! ~ Jeff & Julie
We got to celebrate Joel's 8th Birthday last week! One of our family traditions is to make a memory with our kids--an activity--something they will remember! They still get gifts, of course; a couple from us, but the bigger things from grandparents and aunts and uncles. Joel wanted to go to a local indoor water park for the day, and it was so much fun! He also got to choose all of his meals--Donuts for breakfast, BLTs for lunch, and Pigs in a Blanket for dinner. He chose a Trifle with fresh fruit, pudding and cool whip, and of course ice cream! Yum!! :) Joel is witty and funny. He's our most agile, competitive child. He loves ALL kinds of sports, riding his bike & enjoys helping Daddy build anything. He’s tender hearted, eager to learn, and wants to be involved and helping no matter what we’re doing...cooking, cleaning, gardening, projects, you name it! He adores playing with little kids! It's fun to see him interact with babies, toddlers and preschoolers--he gets absolutely giddy and loves playing with them. He's such a great big brother! We’re so proud of the little man he's becoming. We are praying God will use him...
We saved up for three years for this summer's vacation to Branson and we’re so thankful we did! Here are a few highlights from our trip: The kids got to ride Roller coasters for the first time ever!! They were so scared at first, but then were screaming with joy! It was fun to experience with them! They still get a little queasy if we go around a big curve. :) In the midst of our shopping and sightseeing, we found a cute Ice Cream Parlour downtown with HUGE scoops, played mini golf on a hot summer night (see picture), enjoyed "Jesus" at the Sight & Sound theatre, and went to the Dolly Parton Stampede! 🥳 It was a fun week away, and we made such sweet memories!! We can’t wait to add a new little one to this crew! 💞
We recently enjoyed a little family trip to Utah. It was so nice to get away as a family--away from the busyness that May can bring with the end of the school year activities. We stayed at a hotel, enjoyed a few meals out, and got some needed shopping done. Ikea is one of our favorite places to look for home organization, that a closet organization system is on the list! The kids were so good on the trip, so we enjoyed getting a special treat at Sonic! We had lots of laughs--the highlight being when Joel said Seth should be a Frog Prince when he grows up! =)
Our sweet Sadie just turned 11 and we enjoyed celebrating her! Birthdays at our house are filled with making memories as a family. Grandparents and Aunts & Uncles give gifts, but from us, it’s doing something fun together as a family, and choosing your favorite meals & dessert for the whole day! We started this several years ago, and it's made for some amazing memories together! Sadie is funny, spunky and full of personality. She cares for others deeply, adores animals of all kids, and is a great big sister! She is especially excited to have a new little one in the house that she can love and play with. 💗
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