FC: Jason, Kelli, Wyatt, Callie and Sadie
1: Wyatt's 1st day of school | Kids at Christmas | Family walk in the park | "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 | FAMILY
2: We (Jason and Kelli) grew up in the South. We dated for 4 years before marrying 10 years ago and moving to our present location in the Midwest. We are best friends and enjoy spending time together.
3: Our Home | Backyard | Home in Winter | Walking to school | Home in Summer | We live in a quiet, safe neighborhood with large trees and unique homes. We are within walking distance of school, downtown shops, and several parks. We have fantastic neighbors ranging in age from young families with children to older couples.
4: Jason | Jason, 33, loves spending time with his children. He also enjoys running marathons and other road race events. Always quick with a good joke or funny story, Jason loves to make others laugh. He is employed at a nearby university and finds great satisfaction in working with college students. | Finishing an ultra marathon with encouragement from Wyatt | Jason and Wyatt fishing
5: Kelli | Kelli, 31, has a heart for children. She has a nurturing spirit and enjoys being a stay-at-home mom for her kids. An excellent cook, Kelli can often be found in the kitchen, baking cookies or preparing a meal. In her free time, she enjoys sewing and spending time outdoors. | Kelli and Callie | Kelli and Wyatt
6: Wyatt | Wyatt, 6, loves life. He enjoys all things outdoors. Winter is his favorite time of year because he likes building snow forts. Wyatt is a fantastic big brother and likes playing with his sisters. He has a gentle heart and a sweet spirit.
7: Callie | Callie, 3, is "all girl." She enjoys shopping, gymnastics and playing with dolls. Callie has a nurturing spirit. She loves being a helper with her younger sister, Sadie. Callie is our medical miracle and a survivor. She has 3 identical sisters waiting for her in heaven.
8: Sadie | Sadie is our pint-sized one year old. She has the sweetest personality. She is quite funny and very easy-going. Sadie adores her older siblings and finds anything they do to be hysterically funny. She is enjoying learning about the world around her. We believe Sadie will handle the transition of having a new sibling wonderfully and will enjoy having a new playmate. | Sadie was very happy with her discovery of facial tissues.
9: Wyatt and Callie "bear hunting" | "Children are a gift of the Lord." Psalm 127:3 | Day at the lake
10: Kelli's parents, John and Kay, moved a few years ago to be closer to their grandchildren. They are very involved in the lives of Wyatt, Callie and Sadie. They are great babysitters and always willing to volunteer their services. The kids love staying with their grandparents and playing at their house. Kelli's only sibling, Jennifer, lives in the South with her husband, Reid. They make as many trips as they can and send letters and make phone calls often. | C | Kelli's Family | Reid and Callie | Kelli and Jennifer | J | John, Kay and Wyatt | Britton (friend), Jason, Wyatt and John | Kay and Callie | J | JelliJ | Jennifer and Reid
11: Jason's Family | Although Jason's parents, Cecil and Charlotte, live far away, they are very involved in our lives. They make multiple trips each year to see us. When not visiting, we talk with them on the phone and visit via webcam. Jason's dad is retired and enjoys tending to his honeybees, working in his shop and fishing. Jason's mom is a homemaker and enjoys volunteering around the community. Jason's brother, Stephen, and his wife, Lauren, also live in the South. | Callie and Charlotte | Wyatt and Cecil | Sadie and Charlotte | Cecil and Sadie | Stephen, Lauren and Jason
12: Daily Life | 7:25 AM Family starts waking up. Jason and Wyatt have breakfast together while Kelli gets extra snuggling with the girls. 7:50 AM Jason heads to work. 8:15 AM Kelli and the kids decide whether to drive or walk to school. 8:40 AM Wyatt starts his school day. Kelli, Callie and Sadie eat breakfast together. 9:00 AM The girls get dressed for the day and straighten up a little bit. 9:45 AM Depending on the day of the week, the girls go to speech therapy for Callie or parent/child gymnastics. 11:30 AM Sadie takes a nap and Callie and Kelli spend time reading, coloring, and playing. 12:15 PM On most days Jason is able to come eat lunch with the girls. He occasionally goes to school to eat with Wyatt. 1:15 PM Kelli and Callie work on household chores while Sadie sleeps. We take plenty of play breaks, though. 2:30 PM The girls get ready to get Wyatt at school. 2:50 PM Wyatt is out of school and ready to play. 3:10 PM After a snack, Wyatt, Callie and Sadie get to playing. Homework is completed during this time. 5:10 PM Jason arrives home for the day. 5:15 PM Jason plays with the kids while Kelli finishes preparing supper. 5:45 PM We eat as a family. 6:15 PM We do something as a family. It may be playing together at home or going for a walk around the neighborhood or going to nearby park. 6:45 PM We start getting ready for bed. Wyatt showers while Callie and Sadie play. Callie and Sadie bathe while Wyatt plays. Wyatt and Callie are read one book and a Bible story. After bedtime prayers, they go to bed. 7:20 PM Lights out for Wyatt and Callie. Sadie gets a little more snuggle time with Kelli and Jason. 8:00 PM Sadie is in bed after her Bible story. 8:15 PM Kelli and Jason spend time together before bed. 10:30 PM The whole family is asleep.
13: Playing with sidewalk chalk | Icecream truck treats for the family | Cooling off from summer heat | Helping Mommy plant flowers while wearing the "flowerpot hat" | Mommy reading to Sadie and Callie | Baking cookies
14: Dear Expectant Mother, Our family has LOTS of love that we'd be delighted to share with your child! While we cannot imagine what it is like to make the difficult decision you are making, please know that we have the utmost respect and love for you and your child. Thank you so much for considering us as an option. It is humbling, and a blessing for us to have this opportunity. If you allow your child to be part of our family, he or she will be surrounded by positive, loving support. Your child will grow up in a Christian home where our lives and our family are centered on Christ. We are active in our church, we read Bible stories as a family, and we pray together daily. Just as we ourselves have been adopted into the family of God, we want to welcome your son or daughter into ours. Jason's brother and sister-in-law are adopted, so we know first-hand what a positive experience adoption can be. Our immediate family members and extended families are all supportive of our desire to adopt. Our home is one of joy and laughter. Even when times get tough for us, we are able to count our blessings and enjoy our adventures in life. We have a great time together as a family, whether playing games, enjoying the outdoors, or traveling. With three children already in our home, your son or daughter will have several playmates close in age. We are blessed that Kelli does not work outside the home, so until our children are old enough for school, they get to spend their days with their mother, rather than at a daycare center. Jason very rarely has to work on a weekend or travel out of town, so he, too, is able to spend a tremendous amount of time with our children. Whether you are interested in an open or closed adoption, we are willing to consider either. We just want what is best for you and your child. Thank you again so much for considering our family. If you would like any additional information at all, please ask. With love, Jason and Kelli (Wyatt, Callie, and Sadie) | "I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him." I Samuel 1:27