Hello. We are Jeff, Brie, and Elli.
Let us start by saying that we cannot even begin to imagine the difficult decision you have to make in the near future. We truly admire the strength that it takes to consider adoption as an option for your child. We know that this will not be an easy choice and we can only hope that you find peace in your decision. Please know that if you choose us to parent, we will always hold a special place in our lives and hearts for you as we would like to pursue an open adoption. Thank you so very much for taking the time to consider us as potential adoptive parents.
We were introduced to each other by a mutual friend in May of 2001. We started dating that summer and as they say “the rest is history.” We were married on July 24, 2004 in a big, family wedding. We live in Manhattan, KS where Brie is college professor and Jeff is a fitness coordinator and personal trainer for a retirement community.
A little over 5 years ago, we decided it was time to start trying to get pregnant. Unfortunately after 2 years of trying to start our family, we found out that we would not be able to conceive a child. While the news was sad, we knew that it was not the end of the story of how our family would be created, it was only the beginning. We had always discussed adoption as a possible way to create and/or expand our family, as adoption had already touched both of our lives (Brie’s brother joined her family through adoption). Therefore, we did not hesitate in pursuing adoption to grow our family. In 2012, we were blessed with the arrival of Elliot (Elli), our daughter, through adoption.
About Brie (by Jeff):
Brie has made my life better than I could ever describe. She makes me a better person and is the perfect partner to raise a family with. From the time I met Brie, I knew she was a very driven person and it was amazing to see her hard work and determination while earning her Ph.D. This has led her into a successful career where students and colleagues always praise her work. Brie understands the importance of education, but also knows that it is necessary to get away from work and enjoy life. While not working, she enjoys cooking, reading, and being active. Brie is very caring and puts the needs of others before her own. She has been a wonderful mother to our daughter Elli, and we both look forward to growing our family. I feel blessed to have Brianne in my life!
About Jeff (by Brie):
First and foremost, Jeff is my very best friend. I can honestly say that I love spending every day of my life with him. He is a loving father, loyal husband, and humble human being. Jeff is an upbeat person that has a positive attitude about life. He loves being physically active. You can often find him running, biking, or anything in between. Children gravitate towards his easy-going, fun-loving personality. Watching Jeff become a father has been one of the great joys of my life. Jeff loves spending time with Elli whether that means having afternoon tea parties, singing along to Disney movies, or teaching her how to swing her t-ball bat. I know he will continue to be a terrific dad as we expand our little family.
Elli is an energetic, silly, and outgoing little girl. She is also very creative. She enjoys coloring, molding play-doh, and playing make believe (sometimes she's a doctor, sometimes she's a princess, and sometimes both)! She also likes being active whether it's riding her tricycle, dancing to her favorite songs, or chasing frogs in the yard. Elli loves to be around other kids. She makes new friends wherever we go. She's also developed a real interest in babies recently. It's really cute how she encourages us to be quiet when we see a baby at a restaurant or store and practices taking care of her baby dolls at home. I know she will be a great big sister.
We have one dog in our home. Bernie, is a Chihuahua-Terrier mix that we rescued from an animal shelter. Bernie received his name when Brie's dad suggested that a small dog needs a “big name.” Bernie is a lap dog that loves to cuddle. He is also a great companion to Elli, letting her chase him around the house.
Our Life Together:
We believe variety is the spice of life. We love living in a college town and try to take in everything that our community has to offer. Throughout the year, we support the university's athletic teams, arts, and music programs. We really like living an active lifestyle. We are both avid runners and have completed several half-marathons. During our years together, we have been fortunate to travel to many wonderful places and cannot wait to share similar experiences with our children. Some of our favorite moments are ones spent close to home watching movies, playing games, and just enjoying our time together. Our neighborhood has a lot of families with young children so there are always kids outside playing.
About Our Family:
We both come from loving, stable families. Jeff is the baby of his family, as he has an older sister and brother. Jeff's sister has four children (three girls and one boy) and his brother has two kids (one girl and one boy). We love spending time with our nieces and nephews and Elli loves playing with her cousins. Brie is the oldest child in her family. She has a younger brother, who is married, and a sister that really enjoy being an uncle and an aunt. Jeff's parents have been married for 40 years and Brie's parents had been married for over 30 years at the time of her mom's passing in 2007 (her father is now remarried). They have served as role models for our own marriage. Our parents are excited to welcome another grandchild into the family so that they can love, support, and spoil them as only grandpas and grandmas can. We are extremely close to our families even though we live in different states. Big family gatherings for holidays, birthdays, or just because are the norm in our families and we cannot wait to include a child in these traditions.
Our Promise to You:
We see the opportunity to parent a child as a gift that we will not take lightly. We plan to instill important values in our children to help them navigate their own life. Among these values are the importance of a good education and hard work, treating others how you wish to be treated, and seeing the value in diversity. We will support our children as individuals by encouraging them to explore their own unique hobbies and talents. Our own families have taught us the importance of teaching a child by example. We promise to be good role models and love your child unconditionally.
Thank you for spending the time to get to know a little about us. We will be thinking of you and wish you well.