S: Jamie & Jill
FC: Jamie & Jill
1: "Adoption is more like a marriage than a birth: two (or more) individuals, each with their own unique mix of needs, patterns, and genetic history, coming together with love, hope, and commitment for a joint future. You become a family not because you share the same genes, but because you share love for each other.” ~Joan McNamara
2: We have been praying for you and your baby. Thank you so much for including us on this journey with you; this journey of love We feel humbled and honored to be considered to parent your child. Please know that we have longed for and prayed about this very moment for months, and even years. We have so much respect for you and recognize your bravery as you consider adoption for your baby. We believe that every living soul in this world was planned for by God, and your baby is no exception. Your precious little one is a gift from God; a blessing, and a sacred, special life that was knit together by the Creator Himself in the secret place of your womb. We look forward to showering this little one with extravagant love and we promise to you that this love and acceptance will be never-ending. Adoption is a celebrated part of our lives and we consider it a great blessing to have the opportunity to welcome a child into our home in this way. As you view our book you will notice that there are other children in our lives. It is our cherished privilege to provide temporary care to children whose families are unable to do so. Our two boys thoroughly enjoy being big brothers to these children but they look forward to embracing their own sibling into our family. It is our prayer that this book would provide you with a glimpse into our lives and that the love we share would be evident. We invite you now to step into our world and we welcome you into our hearts.
4: Interests: -family time -fishing -boating -hunting -water sports | Cooking with Mia & Austin | Long day at the amusement park | Youth Hunting Season 2011 | Get to know Jamie
5: Sledding down the leaf- covered hill | Teaching the boys how to husk corn | Tristan with his first buck | Blowing out birthday candles
6: Interests: -music -family time -coffee -date nights -decorating | Get to know Jill | Multi-tasking... | Showing Luilli how to spin a top | Mother and son
7: Karlos' 4th birthday | Chillaxin' at the lake | Austin's 13th birthday...Angel food cake! | Community Easter egg hunt | Fun at the lake. Is the bike too small??
8: Meet Tristan | Tristan spends many late afternoons fishing on the dock. | and when he isn't fishing he's on the water... | Tristan's buck - 2011 | A deflated ball on his head...anything to make the little ones laugh. | Helping Karlos, Gavin and Jazmine back on the boat.
9: Meet Austin | Austin's 1st buck - 2011 | Trick-or-treating 2011 | Sharing after game snack with Luilli. | Sledding down the leaf-covered hill. Austin's a kid at heart. | Camp fire at the lake house.
11: Shortly after being introduced to one another by JIll's brother, we KNEW that God had destined our love. We married one year later on a beautiful Fall afternoon. To this day, almost 20 years later, we continue to build our lives on a solid foundation of true love, friendship, and a whole lot of fun.
12: Our backyard | Our community One of our favorite things about our community is that there is a huge representation of adoptive families from many ethnic and cultural backgrounds. This is invaluable as it provides our ethnically diverse family with lots of opportunities for exposure to various cultures. Our School... We are blessed to be in a school system that is rated among the best in the state.
13: Where we live... | Front entry | Kitchen | Family room | Nursery
14: Spending time with our children and our extended family is very important to us.... | Mia giving boys a bath | Cooking at Grandma's | Aunt Shanna burying Austin in the sand | Mia | Coloring Easter eggs with cousins | Game night at Grandma & Grandpa's | Uncle Ryan & Great Grandma | Frosting cookies
15: Austin & Mia | Grandma, Great Grandma, Aunt Shanna, and Cousin Kortney sewing | Making Valentine cards | Grandma giving out Easter baskets | 4-wheeler rides with big brother, Austin | Mia & the boys playing with Boji | Grandpa reading to Ava & Andrew | Kids got caught playing during yard work | Bike ride at the lake
16: The things I'm most looking forward to doing as a mommy to your baby... -rocking baby to sleep - volunteering at their school -singing, dancing, and just being silly -holiday traditions...dying Easter eggs, decorating the Christmas tree, sending valentines, & carving pumpkins -helping with homework -cuddling at night saying bedtime prayers -planning birthday parties and inviting family and friends
17: I'm most looking forward to... -playing at the park and going swimming -going to sporting events -teaching him or her to ride a bike -going on family vacations -raking leaves in the Fall -playing on the swing set -going on boat rides
18: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, and have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
19: Thank you for being so generous to take the time to read our book. Please know we will be thinking about you, and praying for you and your family. We look so forward to the possibility of continuing this journey with you. Love, Jamie & Jill