Our hearts go out to you at this time. We are praying for your health and well-being. We admire your strength and desire to give your baby the best life possible. We pray that you can be happy and feel peace at this time.
We have talked with our children about adopting. Our kids have been so excited about the possibility. Liz has always loved children and we knew when we got married that we wanted a big family. In the last few years, we have had strong impressions that our family wasn’t complete and that we should pursue adopting. We would be honored, humbled, and grateful if you chose to place your baby with our family. Your baby would be safe, loved, cherished, adored, and have a fulfilling, happy life. They would grow up with many siblings who love little ones. We live close to both sides of our extended family so your baby would have many cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents who are involved in their life.
As a family, we have always taught the importance of showing love, respect, and kindness to everyone. We teach our children to be kind and include others, whether in our family, at school, in the community, or at Church. We have taught our children to be respectful and never call each other names that would be hurtful or unkind. Let us give a few examples from our experiences that might give you more insight into our family:
Katelyn (17 yrs old): A couple years ago, Katelyn made friends with a girl named Faith at school who has severe physical disabilities. Katelyn would eat lunch with her, even though no one else did, and always said hi and gave her a hug in the hallways. Faith's school aide wrote us a letter to let us know how much Katelyn’s friendship meant to both her and Faith. She said Katelyn demonstrated maturity beyond her years by looking past the differences in people and loving the individual for who they really are.
Zach (13 yrs old): Zach experienced brain damage when he was less than 2 years old. The doctors couldn’t tell us why it happened. While Zach’s recovery has been a miracle and he is a wonderful blessing in our family, there were many challenges early on. Over the years he has needed lots of therapies: speech, physical, and occupational. Through this, our children have gained greater respect and understanding for those who are different from them.
Ethan (9 yrs old): Ethan came home from school one day and said he had played with a classmate at recess because the boy didn’t have anyone to play with. It warmed our hearts that he was looking out for someone who needed a friend.
These are just a few of the examples we have seen of our children looking out for those who need a friend and being that friend. Our children have always been friendly to other people. They have never cared if their friends are rich or poor or look different than them. They are their friend and that’s what matters to them.
We have loved raising a big family. We wouldn’t have it any other way. When people ask us what it’s like in our family, we reply with a big smile, “It’s FUN!” We know the value of work and strive to teach our children to be hard workers. We also know the value of having fun and playing together. We love celebrating holidays and birthdays. We love laughing and playing games together. We love spending time together and creating wonderful memories. We love being a family! We know that your little one would fit right in. They would be loved so much and given so much affection. They would be cherished. Your little one would be a joy and blessing to us. We would give them every blessing and opportunity to help them have a happy, wonderful life. We would give them our all.
Jared and Liz