S: Randy & Jessica
BC: Thank you so much for taking the time to look through our album. We are glad to share our memories with you and to show how much we cherish our family and can't wait to add to it in the future! We have been truly blessed with many great things but the best of all of these is that we have EACH OTHER! | Thank you!
FC: Randy & Jessica
2: Thank you so much for taking the time to look through our album and hopefully consider us as a possible family for your child. We are very grateful to have the opportunity to give you a glimpse of our lives, and for you to see how much we will love and cherish your baby. We do not know your situation, but we can only imagine what a difficult time this must be for you and the kind of overwhelming decisions you must face. Our goal is to help ease some of those fears and concerns by telling you about ourselves, our family, and the type of loving parents we strive to be. | To Someone Very Special...
3: Our Journey: We have been together for almost 9 years. We met in May 2004 while working together at an auto dealership. We quickly found out that we had a lot in common but didn't start dating until August when Randy FINALLY convinced Jessica to go out to dinner! He proposed the following July (on Jessica's birthday!) and we were married in August 2006 in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in front of our family and friends. We both come from large families and truly value our time together. It has always been our dream to add another child to our family and to give Randy's daughter, Ashlee, a sibling to grow up with the way we both had. Unfortunately, as we all know, life can have other plans, and we have been unable to conceive. Despite many frustrating and unsuccessful attempts at infertility treatments, our longing to have another child still remains. Our adoption journey through FRC has given us new hope that our dream may finally come true! We are lucky enough to have the love of our family and friends who support our decision to adopt and the belief that "everything happens for a reason." We are overjoyed at the the thought of welcoming a new baby into our lives and will be forever grateful to you for having the courage and strength to make this loving and selfless decision. Randy: Randy was born in Milwaukee, WI and has an older brother, Ronald, and an older sister, Nina. He is a proud Navy veteran and both he and his brother served on separate ships during the Persian Gulf War. During that time Randy received two Navy Achievement Medals and was named the ship's "Sailor of the Year." He has been the Sales Manager of an auto dealership for 13 years. He loves his job and working with the public. He is a hard-working but fun-loving husband and father who has taught Ashlee the value of hard work and compassion for others.
4: Jessica: Jessica was born near Chicago, IL and is also the youngest of three children. She has two older brothers, Matthew and Mitchell. She has been a Registered Nurse in an Intensive Care Unit for six years and enjoys taking care of patients. She has always embraced her role as a step-mom and loves spending time with Ashlee. She is a patient and dedicated wife and mother who takes great pride in her home and family. Ashlee: Ashlee is a very responsible and intelligent 12-year-old. She is in the 7th grade and on the High Honor Roll. She loves music, movies, photography and drawing and hopes to be a Biologist when she grows up. She is very excited about our decision to adopt and can't wait to have a new brother or sister to love. She has a brilliant sense of humor (like her dad!) and is always cracking us up with her jokes. We absolutely adore her and are very proud of the young woman she has become. Our Home: We live in a beautiful, four bedroom home in a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood. There are lots of children of many different ages for Ashlee to play with. We have a nice sized backyard that we are planning to fence in this spring and a big bedroom upstairs that will be perfect for a nursery. Our house is within walking distance to two playgrounds and a movie theater as well as good schools, churches and medical care. We have two dogs, Murphy and Max, that we love taking for walks and to the dog park. Our Extended Family: We both come from large, close-knit families with many nieces and nephews to dote on. Most of our family lives less than an hour away and we visit them as often as possible. We celebrate many birthdays and holidays together and even take a family vacation to Minocqua, WI ever year. We love being an aunt and uncle and are close to our siblings as well. Our family loves getting together for trips to the zoo, museums and water parks.
5: Our parenting plan: Even though we both work full-time, we are dedicated parents that take great pride in raising Ashlee with very little outside assistance. We plan on devoting the same time and attention to a newborn. Randy works days and Jessica works nights so that one of us can be home with the baby. Our family and friends are also excited to help out however they can. And of course Jessica, being a Nurse, has already signed Randy and Ashlee up for an infant/child safety class! We fully understand that adoption brings both rewards and challenges. We are sensitive to the emotional process it brings for everyone involved. We hope to maintain a relationship with you and your child's birth family if you so wish. We want you to know that you child will be happy, safe and loved. We truly cherish our family and can't wait to share our many blessings with a child. Thanks again for taking the time to look through our album. Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions or would simply like to know more about us. | Yours Truly... Randy, Jessica & Ashlee
6: Our WeddingDay... | August 12th, 2006
7: ...Our Honeymoon | Ochos Rios, Jamaica
8: About Randy... | Randy has been the Sales Manager at an automobile dealership for over 13 years. He loves his job and working with the public. He is a dedicated husband, father and friend. His deep desire to always do his very best has allowed him to grow as a person finding success and enabling him to help and mentor those around him. He has served his local community as a volunteer EMT and neighborhood "handy man". He has always enjoyed the outdoors and has a passion for fitness that has definitely rubbed off on his family. It wouldn't be unusual to find him running a trail or riding his mountain bike through the nearby state park.
9: RANDY TRIVIA | Uncle Randy | Running a marathon | Daddy's little girl | - Joined the Navy in 1989 - Received 2 Navy Achievement Medals and was named ship "Sailor of the Year" in 1991 - Ran 1st marathon in Tokyo, Japan in 1994 - Favorite football team is Green Bay Packers | Receiving Navy Achievement Medal
10: Jessica has been a Registered Nurse for 6 years and works in the Neuro/Trauma Intensive Care Unit taking care of trauma, stroke and burn victims. It is a very intense job but she enjoys taking care of patients and has the best co-workers! She also LOVES her family and dogs and planning fun family outings as often as possible. When she's not at work she's at the gym w/Randy & Ashlee, walking the dogs, or taking care of the house. She also loves going out to eat and to the movies as well as shopping w/her mom and friends! | About Jessica...
11: Q & A WITH JESSICA: | What is your nickname? People call me either Jess or Jessie What are your hobbies? I love riding my bike and gardening What do you like most about being a nurse? Meeting new people and helping make a difference in their lives What do you like the least? When I can't help them get better What are your goals for 2013? Randy and I want to run a 5K in the spring and do a 60 mile bike trip
12: Ashlee | Ashlee is 12 years old and in 7th grade. She is on the High Honor Roll and a member of the choir. Her favorite subject is science and she hopes to be a Biologist when she grows up. She loves music, movies, photography, dancing, and drawing. Her favorite sports are softball and volleyball. She also enjoys riding her bike and swimming in the summer.
13: Top Ten Fun Facts About Ashlee: | 9. Favorite movie is Nightmare Before Christmas 8. Favorite food is mashed potatoes 7. Favorite restaurant is Red Robin | 6. Favorite book is The Hunger Games 5. Favorite holiday is Halloween 4. Favorite animal is the arctic fox | 3. Favorite activity is jet skiing 2. Favorite color is blue AND #1 IS... Her favorite possession is, of course, her CELL PHONE! | 10. She has her father's sense of humor!
14: Randy's Family | Christmas Eve with Randy's family! | Randy's parents live half an hour away in the same town where Randy works. His dad is retired and his mom is semi- retired. They are both excited about welcoming a new grandchild into their lives and are eager to help out however they can. Randy's brother and his family also live nearby. We celebrate many holidays with them especially Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and Father's Day! We love to spend New Year's Eve playing board games and lighting off fireworks at midnight. Every Father's Day we have a cookout, order our favorite pulled pork from Famous Dave's and set up the giant inflatable water slide for the kids!
15: "A FAMILY IS A LITTLE WORLD CREATED BY LOVE"
16: Playing baseball | Vacationing in Minocqua, WI | Jessica's Family
17: Fishing at the state park | We are also very close with Jessica's family and enjoy spending time with them whenever we can. Her parents own a business near our home and can't wait for their grandchildren to have another cousin to play with! We love vacationing together in Minocqua, WI every year. We rent a pontoon boat, have bonfires, go fishing and swimming and walk to our favorite Greek cafe for lunch every day! We also enjoy jet skiing together in Lake Geneva, WI during the summer, going to Brookfield Zoo and trips to the pumpkin patch in the fall!
19: We are very grateful to have been blessed with wonderful friends and co-workers who have given us much love and support over the past few years. We consider our friends part of our extended family and take comfort knowing that they are always there to rely on. We enjoy taking turns hosting cookouts and parties... especially our annual Super Bowl party! We also love getting our kids together for trips to the water park, bowling and mini golfing.
20: Trips to the zoo | Pumpkin patch & Apple Orchard | Christmas tree farm | Walking the dogs
21: Precious Memories | Kayaking | Going to the beach | Fishing | Skiing | Boating | Jet skiing | A few of our favorite things...
24: Our house is within walking distance to two playgrounds and a movie theater. We are also near a large state park that has a beach, dog park, hiking and bike trails, fishing, paddle boats, kayaking, boating and much more. We have a family membership to a gym that includes basketball, volleyball, and indoor/outdoor pools with a kiddie area and water slides! We are close to good schools, churches and medical care as well as many of our favorite stores and restaurants. | Birds enjoying a dip in the backyard birdbath! | Our flower garden and bonfire pit | Home Sweet Home...
25: We are very proud of our home as we helped design it ourselves! It is a 3,300 square foot 2-story home with 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a living room, dining room, family room with fireplace, kitchen, upstairs loft and laundry room and full basement. We have a nice sized backyard that we are planning to fence in this spring and a 3 car garage with plenty of room for our jet ski and bicycles! We especially love our quiet, family-oriented neighborhood. There are lots of kids of many different ages for Ashlee to play with and we have grown very close to many of our neighbors over the last 6 years. | Our jet ski
26: Our kitchen and family room are the most popular rooms in the house. We love to cook dinner together in the spacious kitchen. The family room has a warm fireplace that we use in the winter and access to the porch and backyard for grilling in the summer!
27: We also have a formal dining room that we love to entertain our family and friends in. Our living room has large windows that face the front yard and front porch and let the sun shine in. | Our upstairs loft is a favorite for parties. The kids love to watch movies and play video games on the Wii. Our current favorite is "Just Dance 4!" | Home is Where the Is!
28: Ashlee's Room... | Ashlee loves relaxing in her room with her friends, drawing at her desk and downloading funny You Tube videos on her laptop! She also enjoys listening to music on her I-pod and watching scary movies on her television!
29: ...Fun & Games | We love hosting parties & decorating for the holidays. Randy built a fire pit that is perfect for bonfires & the kids love playing on the giant inflatable water slide. We also have an air hockey table that is always sure to spark some friendly competitive rivalry!
30: Max & Murphy
31: Max is our 1 year old German Shepherd and Murphy is our 7 year old Golden Retriever. We absolutely ADORE OUR DOGS! We try to walk them at least once a day and take them to the nearby dog park as often as possible. They both do very well with kids and Murphy loves sleeping in bed with Ashlee at night. They look forward to taking trips in the car to Grandma's house and Max loves playing in his baby pool in the summer. They especially enjoy the occasional ice cream cone treat from McDonald's!