S: Greg and Jeanette
FC: Greg & Jeanette
1: Hi there, we are Greg and Jeanette. It is nice to meet you if only through a letter right now. We wonder how you are and how you are feeling. We wish you peace of heart and mind during the process of choosing a family for your baby. Greg and I have a special place in our heart for adoption. Shortly after we were married, we gave birth to a son named Thomas and our love for children became overwhelming. We both felt a strong desire to postpone having another biological child in order to adopt an orphan. We wanted to give a child the same joyful and magical childhood that Greg and I experienced. Our journey led us to Siberia where we met a 2 year old boy named Andrey living in an orphanage. We adopted him and he has been enjoying his new life with us for the last 4 years. Andrey is now 6 years old and Thomas is 7 years old. After Andrey’s adoption we continued our plan to have more children and we surprisingly and sadly suffered several pregnancy losses. We adore children and we have much more love to give so we want to adopt again. We believe we have another child out there that is supposed to be part of our family as our family is not yet complete. Our boys are ready to be big brothers and continue to ask us when baby will arrive. Greg and I have shared 8 joyful years of marriage together. I knew he was the one when on our first date we danced to DJ music for 3 hours! He is one of the good guys and our life together has been peaceful because we have all the important things in common. He also has the ability to make me laugh until my stomach hurts! We have learned from our parents what it takes to make a strong marriage. Greg’s parents have been married over 35 years and mine over 60 years. Wow! Both of our families live within 15 minutes of our home. I am 3rd generation Italian and Greg is half Italian. In our families most birthdays and holidays are celebrated together. We often enjoy Sunday suppers together and mid week visits. Both of our families believe in adoption and encourage us to add to our family through adoption. Our friends from church and neighbors are cheering us on. We are the house on the block that everyone ends up at to share fun times, and they all want to welcome a new little life to our group. How blessed we are to have this much love from those we call family, friends and neighbors. How excited we are to share this love with your child!
2: I have a masters degree in counseling psychology and worked in social services as a case manager for 6 years serving developmentally disabled adults. I loved my job but I take the responsibility of raising children seriously so I am home caring for my family and feeling the most fulfilled I have ever felt. I believe the mother is the heart of the home and I want our home to be a place of safety, openness, joy, love and forgiveness. I plan on always being there like my mom was for me. Always there, always available, always welcoming home, me and my four siblings. Your child will have a mom that will always be there for her/him. Greg is a police officer in a relatively safe, small town about 30 minutes from our home, and he is my personal hero. He helps to keep people safe, and he loves what he does. He has the reputation for being fair and kind. Greg is well liked and respected at work. Most importantly though, Greg is loved and respected at home as a husband and father and that is where you will find him during his off hours. He is the kind of man who longs to be with his family. He strives to protect and care for us. He was raised knowing that God loves him and this has given him the capacity to love others deeply. Your child will have a dad that will always be there for her/him. Greg and I value education and life long learning. We will ensure that your child receives a high-quality education in our local schools. We will support her if she pursues a college education or training in a technical school. We believe that every child is gifted in different ways and we look forward to encouraging your child to discover her special talents, skills, and passions in life. We live in the San Francisco Bay Area in a 4 bedroom, 1 playroom and 2 bath home with plenty of yard space for kiddies to play. Our neighborhood is like a page out of an older time. It is safe with lots of moms at home caring for their families, and we all know each other and consider ourselves friends. I love it because when I’m baking a cake and realize we're out of eggs, I have tons of neighbors to help me out! Your child will have a warm, safe home and neighborhood friends that she will grow up with. We have a very good elementary school walking distance from our home. Most of the children on our block go to this school and it is so fun walking together. We are committed to an adoption plan that makes you feel good about your decision. If you should choose us, we promise to give your child all the wonderful things this life has to offer including as much communication and contact with you as you are comfortable with. Thank you for taking the time to read our letter and best wishes to you. Warmly, Greg & Jeanette
3: married for 8 happy years! | Our life together
4: Enjoying each other
5: Our Church | Greg and I both grew up in Christian homes where we learned that God loves us and each of us is special. We attend church services on Sunday, and the boys love going to Sunday school. We look forward to going out to breakfast after church! Sunday is our day of rest and renewal. We have many friends from church who have supported our first adoption and want to see us bring home another precious child. We are blessed to have a church family. | Greg and Jeanette sorting warm pajamas which will be given to kids in foster care and in shelters | We believe that helping others is the way we show God's love. You will find us volunteering our time and taking our children with us. | Greg got his head shaved to raise funds for cancer research.
6: We own our sweet home in northern California where the weather is beautiful. We enjoy being 30 minutes from the beach, 45 minutes from San Francisco, and about 3 hours from the snow. We are also close to the mountains where we enjoy exploring. | On the deck of our family home on Lake Tahoe | Our Home
7: Baby's room is ready
8: Family Room
9: Jeanette | These days, you will find me in my kitchen cooking up treats for my family. I also spend lots of time in my flower & veggie garden. I love playing the piano, going on nature walks & playing games with my kids.
10: Greg | I love my family, job & coaching
11: There is room at the family table for another little one! | all the cousins at Christmas
12: Surrounded by love & laughter Our Parties! | Greg is a funny guy!
14: About Thomas | Thomas is a sweet 7 year old little boy who loves learning in first grade. He's a bit shy in new situations but most of the time he's outgoing and friendly and loves having his friends over. He spends his time playing with all sorts of train sets. He's a typical boy in that he loves playing in the mud and racing toy cars and trucks. Thomas also loves to bake and plant flowers with me. When his best girl friend on our block gets sick, Thomas will quickly bring her flowers. He's very kind and protective. He would love another sibling.
15: About Andrey | Andrey is our 6 year old "Siberian tiger." He loves adventure and parties. At the mention of a party you can find Andrey in his closet getting his "party" shirt out. He loves pinata's, board games and animals. Andrey's kindness and gentleness with other kids has always warmed our heart. He spent the first 2 years of his life in an orphanage and to see him laughing, loving and playing is such a beautiful sight. He continues to ask when the baby will arrive. He's ready to be a big brother! | Big brother Thomas feeding Andrey his snack during our visit to meet him in his orphanage in Russia.
16: We love to celebrate all the holidays & seasons!
17: LETTERS OF REFERENCE FROM WENDY I have known Jeanette for over 10 years now. We met at the social service agency where we were both case managers. She is a wonderful friend of mine, and I am so thankful to have her in my life. She is kind and caring. She is loving and smart. She is genuine and loves children. Ever since I have known Jeanette, before either of us were married and had kids, she always told me she would love to adopt. She knew she had been called by God to adopt, and I have always admired her love for children. She loves children so much and wants very much to give a child a loving, safe happy home. She has a loving, strong marriage. Her husband loves her dearly and she loves him. They are committed to each other and to providing their children with love and support, safety and education. They have so much love and want to share that with others. Any child that comes into their home will be loved as their own and be safe, loved and cherished. I love Jeanette and feel so happy to know that her dream of adopting will come true. She is an excellent mother, doting wife, cherished friend and loving daughter and sister. She loves her family and her family is first and foremost in her life. What a gift she is and she gives back all the love she is given. I thank God for Jeanette and am grateful knowing what a loving home she and her husband will provide a precious child.
18: FROM CARSON I am writing this letter on behalf of Greg, Jeanette and their family. I can honestly say, I've known Greg for my whole life. We first me when we were about 5 years old and have remained best friends ever since, for almost 32 years. From a very young age mine and Greg's friendship has grown and through the years it has continually strengthened and matured. I have been able to witness Greg's character and integrity develop and mature over the years. Greg is my best friend and he is an awesome father, husband and friend. I have watched him interact with his wife and children. He is loving, caring and willing to go the extra mile to make sure they consistently have the best. Greg and Jeanette's home is filled with love, structure, morals and compassion. As a family they are dedicated to their friends, their church and their extended family. Greg and Jeanette are involved in their children's life and encourage their children to do their very best. I consider myself a very lucky person to have them in my life. I now have the opportunity to work with Greg as police officers. I get to watch and see how he deals with everyday stresses and obstacles. Even though the job can be difficult and even overwhelming at times, he still remains calm, collected and a person of integrity. Greg and Jeanette are fantastic people and they have the ability to make those around them better. I hope this provides a small glimpse of who Greg and Jeanette are. Thank you for reading. FROM ANNE MARIE I am recommending my friends Jeanette and Greg as adoptive parents. Jeanette and I have been friends for over 10 years. We met because Jeanette was the social worker for a woman whom I visit weekly in a nursing home. After meeting Jeanette, we became fast friends. Jeanette is a loving and caring woman. She visits and cares for our elderly friend, Joan, years after serving her as a client. Jeanette sends her birthday cards and plans birthday parties for Joan. She brings special treats to her and even gets her husband and two boys to come to see Joan. Jeanette shows a real heart of compassion toward me too. She can understand what it’s like to be single as I am even though she has been married for years. She is a great listener and encourager. She makes a point to stay in touch and see how I’m doing even when she is busy with her family. Jeanette has a background as a social worker. She knows how to help people and does so often. Jeanette loves her sons, Tommy and Andrey. She takes them to the park and enjoys playing with them. One of the most important reasons I recommend Jeanette and Greg is that they are a great team. They support each other. They have a solid love and a fun relationship. They work together well. Several years ago they had multiple fund raisers and went into a lot of effort to adopt Andrey from Russia. They went to Russia as a family with Tommy, their oldest son, to get Andrey. They had a rough time as Jeanette was very sick on the plane, but they persevered in a strange country, met Andrey and brought him home several months later. Jeanette has long waited another addition to her family. She and Greg would be wonderful parents who would bring blessings and love into the life of a child.
19: FROM HEIDI I have known Greg for almost 20 years. We met in high school and have been friends ever since. Greg and my husband have been friends since middle school. I was able to meet Jeanette about 7 years ago, and it was clear from the moment I met her that she was meant to marry Greg and they were meant to have a family. Together Greg and Jeanette have created a loving home for their two boys and they still have much more love to give. They are very dedicated to making loving memories with their family and they make family a priority. One of the most important characteristics that make Greg and Jeanette a wonderful choice to adopt a child is their love for having a family. Upon giving birth to their first son it was clear that their hearts were set on adopting a child, even though most couples would choose to continue trying to have their own children. I followed alongside the story of their adoption and I grew to love my friends even more. They literally went to Siberia and back in order to give a child a home, and now they have a son that has a forever family. They have always wanted more children, and after three miscarriages, I know their hearts ache to give love to another child. There will be no lack of love or celebrations of life in Greg and Jeanette's family. FROM PASTOR TODD I’ve had the privilege of knowing Greg and Jeanette for many years. I officiated their wedding in September of 2003 and have been greatly blessed by their friendship. They are an exemplary couple and model parents. It has been a blessing watching them grow as a couple, grow as parents and grow in their faith in God. I’ve known Greg since he was in 7th grade when I served in the Jr. high ministry at the church Greg and his family were attending. I was able to follow Greg and his friends through their graduation from high school as a mentor for six years. Upon Greg’s graduation from high school we easily rolled into a long-lasting friendship. This friendship has lasted 25 years. I highly recommend Greg and Jeanette as an adoptive family. They have servants’ hearts and a great compassion for people. As a pastor I have no concerns whatsoever about their plans to adopt and I am overjoyed that they have decided to take this step as a family.
20: FROM CYNTHIA I can wholeheartedly recommend Jeanette and Greg as the strongest candidates for adopting a child. They are truly wonderful parents with unconditional love for both their biological son, Thomas, and their adopted son, Andrey. They would make equally wonderful parents for another very fortunate child. My friendship with Jeanette began in a new mom's group when our first children were only a few months old 6 years ago. We initially bonded over our mutual commitment to breastfeed our babies; we both treasured the amazing connection it offers a mother and her child. What we also shared was an overwhelming desire to be the primary caregivers for our children and we are so grateful to stay home with them. In the 6 years since Jeanette and I met, our friendship has grown and I have gotten to learn much more about the kind of people she and her husband are...Jeanette and Greg are solid. I have long admired their integrity and their honest, demonstrative commitment to their values and faith. For them, it's a way of life, and in my opinion, one that deserves respect. Not only have they both been passionate about careers focused on helping people, but they been active in the community volunteering for good causes, and they've brought their whole neighborhood together. They are amazing role models for their children and they are amazing role models for me. Jeanette and Greg are loving. This is reflected in their lives with each other, with their children and with their friends and extended family. They are close with their siblings and parents which is so important for children. As a friend, Jeanette has always been so genuine to me, such a good listener, so thoughtful and so full of heart. She and her family are the kind of people I want around myself and my family. Jeanette often reminisces over happy childhood memories of her own and I see her creating similar happy childhood memories for Thomas and Andrey. The same is undoubtedly in store of the lucky child who joins their family, a child who will be blessed in so many ways.
21: Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope you have a sense of who we are and what we value. We'd like to leave you with one of our favorite blessings....with sincerity, Greg and Jeanette | Irish Blessing May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, May the rain fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.