BC: You've had a long journey to make this decision. Whatever family you choose to parent your child, may you find peace and comfort with your decision. | Thank you, Rachel & Jeff
FC: Rachel & Jeff
1: Legacy of an Adopted Child Once there were two women who never knew each other.. One you do not remember, the other you call mother. Two different lives, shaped to make Your one... One became your guiding star, the other became your sun. The first gave you life and the second taught you to live it. The first gave you a need for love, and the second was there to give it. One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name. One gave you a seed of talent, the other gave you an aim. One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears. One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears. One gave you up ... that's all she could do. The other prayed for a child and God led her straight to you. And now you ask me, through your tears, the age old question unanswered throughout the years... Heredity or environment .. Which are you the product of.. Neither, my darling .. neither.. just two different kinds of love. ~ Author Unknown
2: Hi! We are Rachel and Jeff! | Thank you for taking the time to read about our lives. We admire and are humbled by your courage and strength in taking this difficult step to choose adoption for your baby. Wherever your journey leads you, we hope you find peace and comfort with your decision. We hope that this glimpse into our lives will help you get to know us better. We hope that the love, fun, and joy of our family comes through to you as you learn more about us. We will welcome your child into our family with open arms and loving hearts and gladly give them all we have to offer. Thank you for considering us as a possible family for your child. May you find the perfect loving family you seek.
3: Our Beginning We met when we were 15 (Rachel) and 16 (Jeff) years old and dated for over a year. While our love was real we knew that we were far too young for a long term commitment so we went our separate ways. In 2001, we reunited and have been together ever since. Little did we know our first love would be the love of our lives. We got engaged in Disney's Animal Kingdom and were married a year later. We have been very happily married for 9 years and have know each other for 18 years. Our dream is to be parents to a child, not to give birth to a child. Adoption is close to our hearts, Jeff's only cousin was adopted and he watched him blossom in his family. | Our Engagement at Disney World | Our Wedding Day
4: Meet Rachel | Rachel is a genuinely loving and compassionate person. She pours her heart and soul into our family. She is dynamic and full of life. People (especially me) are drawn to her, because she is a genuine person who truly gives without the thought of getting back. She is actively engaged in charity work serving on non-profit boards and mentoring college students. Rachel’s passion for life comes across in everything she does; she is one of the most determined people I know. She is determined, driven, and smart but more importantly, she cares deeply about people and has an innate ability to connect with others. Rachel is extremely passionate about education, she has been so successful in her academic and professional endeavors, but I know her biggest dream is to be a mom and I have no doubt that will be her biggest achievement yet. Rachel has always been my biggest cheerleader and has supported me through good times and bad. She has always made me feel more confident about myself, and I see her doing the same thing for our child as a parent. | Written by Jeff | Jeff's Funny Habit | Rachel's Favorite Food | Italian, Lobster, & Cheesecake
5: Meet Jeff | Jeff is very loyal, compassionate and charismatic. I knew that he would be the type of man who would make a great husband and an amazing father. Jeff brings a sense of security, comfort, and stability to our family and myself. He never gives up and always pushes for the best. His drive for success has made him very successful in both his personal and professional life. While Jeff always makes me feel secure in the type of person I am, he also encourages me to strive to be my best. He encouraged and supported me while I fulfilled my dream of earning my doctorate (and two Master’s degrees) and supported me when I wanted to change my career to pursue my dream of becoming a Professor. He is a sincere and very positive person who always makes time for his family and friends. I am always amazed at all of the life-long friendships he maintains. Whenever life gets challenging or you are having a bad day Jeff is always the first to put a smile on your face and make you laugh. | Written by Rachel | Jeff's Favorite Food | Pizza, Tacos, & Lobster
6: Compassionate Loving | Dynamic Smart Determined
7: Rachel's Interests | Rachel's Career | Family Time, Photography, Decorating The Arts | Traveling, Volunteering, & Reading | I am a professor at a private University. I recently left corporate America to pursue my passion for teaching full-time, and so that I can have the flexibility to be at home a lot more with our child. My favorite part of my job is mentoring the kids and watching them blossom into adults. My academic and professional achievements are an important aspect of my life but my biggest dream has yet to come...to be a mom. I am excited to share my passion for education in our child's life. I believe that through education, you can achieve anything that you set your mind to. | Rachel getting "hooded" as a Dr.
8: Witty .Funny . Loving . Charismatic
9: Jeff's Career | Jeff's Interests | Family Time Sports, Movies, Fundraising, & Traveling | I am a Manager at a privately owned grocery store. My favorite part of my job is coaching the kids that work in my department and interacting with the customers (especially the little ones). There is nothing better than being in the middle of a hectic day and seeing a regular customer and having their child run up to me for a big hug. While my job can be busy at times, I like the fact that I am constantly learning as I encounter new situations, and that I have the flexibility to be home for my family to share all of the special events. I am happy that my career allows me to provide for my family with a comfortable home and good lifestyle. | Jeff feeding a friends baby | Jeff holding a friends baby
10: Childhood Memories | Rachel's favorite memories: Celebrating Halloween, Arts & Crafts, Going to the Park, Dinner Dates with Daddy, & summers with Grandma & Grandpa
11: Jeff's favorite memories: Baseball and catch with Dad, the Arcade with Mom, Summer Camp, being "the house" where all my friends hung out
12: My Beshert | Signing the Ketubah | The Hora | Cutting the Challah | Under the Chuppah
13: Our Faith | We plan to instill all of the values and traditions that we have learned from our Jewish faith. We want our child to have some of the same experiences as we did growing up. We plan to have our child attend Hebrew School; to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah; to celebrate the High Holidays, and many of the other holidays (Passover, Purim, Hanukkah, & Sukkot); and attend Synagogue regularly. | The Hora | Jeff at his Bar Mitzvah
14: My Beshert | Signing the Ketubah | The Hora | Cutting the Challah | Under the Chuppah
15: Our Faith | We plan to instill all of the values and traditions that we have learned from our Jewish faith. We want our child to have some of the same experiences as we did growing up. We plan to have our child attend Hebrew School; to have a Bar or Bat Mitzvah; to celebrate the High Holidays, and many of the other holidays (Passover, Purim, Hanukkah, & Sukkot); and attend Synagogue regularly. | The Hora | Jeff at his Bar Mitzvah
16: Our Community
17: Our Home | We live in a beautiful 3,000 sq. ft. house that we custom built. It has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, an office, large bonus/play room, and a beautiful backyard. Our home is in a new development that includes playgrounds, a community pool, a barn to use for parties, and walking trails. We have a big backyard, waiting for a swing set. The town we live in is extremely kid friendly and offers a variety of activities. Our school system is the best in the state, which was very important to us when selecting a place to live. | Home Sweet Home | Our backyard | Our Kitchen
19: We chose the Lion King theme because it has special memories for us. We got engaged at Disney's Animal Kingdom and honeymooned at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge and DisneyWorld. | The Nursery
20: Meet our Pet: Cookie the Beagle | Cookie loves little kids. She is ready for baby hugs, ear and tail pulls. Since we have always wanted kids we trained her to like being petted anywhere, so she is ready for those little tugs of love. | Celebrating with daddy | Mommy giving kisses | Playing with our friends baby
21: We love to Travel and can't wait to take our child on adventures they will never forget... | Jeff at the Zoo | Rachel in Alaska | Jeff in Seattle | Us in Hawaii
22: Traveling, going to Zoo's, and being a kid at heart! | We also love to have fun...
23: "Jeff is one of the funniest people I know, and kids are drawn to him." -Rachel
24: We also love to have parties to spend time with family & friends...
25: "Rachel loves to decorate for the holidays...Halloween, Hanukkah, Valentine's Day...." -Jeff
27: Our family and friends mean the world to us. Our parents, "Grandma & Grandpa" are going to move near us to be able to spend a lot of time with our child.
28: Our Thoughts on Parenting | We have always wanted to have a child and have tried for years and learned that we are unable to. We still dream of completing our family, and now we hope that the dream will come true through the miracle of adoption. We will base our parenting approach around positive reinforcement, hands-on involvement, and leading by example. We will always encourage our child to be their personal best and focus on their strengths. Education is very important to both of us. We want our child to have the option of college available to him/her and will establish a college savings plan right away to pay for their tuition, in addition to what Rachel's University offers (75% paid tuition to any institution).
29: In Closing | Thank you for considering us as a possible family for your child. May you find the perfect loving family you seek, we wish you all the best. Thank You and Best Wishes, Rachel & Jeff