FC: Jon & Kendra
1: Dear Birth Family, As you embark on this brief journey of getting to know us, we want to first acknowledge the difficult decisions and emotions you are facing. As you wrestle with the important decision of who should parent your child, we pray that you would sense the Lord's guidance and peace. While we were dating we recognized that Kendra's petite size could impact having biological children. We discussed that we were both open to adoption, and Jon pointed out that both of his parents were adopted. A few years ago when we decided that we wanted to start a family, we received some discouraging news. After second and third opinions, we were faced with the reality that while Kendra's lungs are healthy and her lung function is sufficient for her, the added demands of pregnancy would potentially be life-threatening to her and to the child. After taking some time to grieve, we feel that God has confirmed this avenue to build a family. Though your circumstances differ from ours, we have all probably felt similar emotions. Both of our journeys have likely had highs and lows, and at least for this moment it appears that our journeys have intersected. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us...
2: Our belief in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is foundational to who we are as individuals and as a couple, and impacts how we live. Our journey as a couple began about nine years ago when we were traveling as missionaries with a music ministry team. Jon (originally from California) is a trumpet player, and Kendra (from Pennsylvania) plays keyboard. We had the privilege of using music as a tool to share the gospel throughout the states and internationally. Jon was the Assistant Director for the team and Kendra was the Business Manager. Throughout the team activities, we developed a solid friendship, and nine months later, while in India, we realized that somewhere along the way our friendship had grown into something more.
3: After completing our term as missionaries, we became engaged in April '04. On November 6, 2004 we were married.
4: About Jon (from Kendra's perspective): Jon is a thoughtful, hard-working, and capable man. He is also a gentle, caring, and considerate individual. When we met, Jon was the Assistant Director of the music missions team I was on. I quickly discovered that Jon thought through decisions well and that I respected and trusted him. In addition to the fact that we connected on faith and music, I was drawn to the fact that he is helpful and kind, easy to talk to, and fun to work with. He has a sense of humor and, when I least expect it, a mischievous side (in a positive way!) that keeps life interesting! Jon is well disciplined and a natural leader. He enjoys studying, learning, and growing, and has an amazing ability to teach others. The fact that he has a great memory contributes to his abilities as a student and teacher. As his wife I sense he has sought to learn and understand who I am - my personality, my interests, and the little things that make me happy. I have no doubt that he will do the same with our child. Jon has a B.S. in Bible with a major in Professional Counseling. He is working on a graduate degree in Marriage & Family Counseling. He is employed as a counselor with a long-term addiction recovery program.
5: About Kendra (from Jon's perspective): Kendra is caring, gentle, and encouraging. She has a nurturing side which is evident as she interacts with our nieces and as she cares for the plants in her garden. She has a strong work ethic but also enjoys having fun. She has a spunky side to her which is fun and exciting. (Sometime she gets more excited than I while we are watching football games!) Kendra has a desire to have deep relationships with others and God. I appreciate her genuine heart and willingness to wrestle with difficult issues. Kendra is patient with me and willing to engage in my interests even when they may not be her first choice. Kendra has a B.S. in Accounting and Music. Following college she studied for and passed the CPA Exam. Currently she works for a small CPA firm owned by her father. _______________________________________________________________ It is our plan that Kendra primarily stay home with our child in the early years. Jon's job allows for some flexibility, which may allow Kendra the option to work a few hours a week during tax season.
6: San Francisco, CA | Ricketts Glen, PA | Grand Teton National Park, WY | Philadelphia, PA | After traveling together as much as we did in ministry, we continue to enjoy traveling together, whether on weekend adventures or longer vacations. Recently we had the opportunity to meet Jon's parents in Wyoming where we explored Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. In addition, we both enjoy being outdoors, walking, listening to music, reading and watching sports together. (As you can imagine, Jon is loyal to California based sports teams, and Kendra to Pennsylvania based teams!) | Yosemite National Park, CA
7: Kendra also has an interest in gardening, while Jon enjoys playing basketball and photography. (Should you choose us as adoptive parents, there will likely not be a shortage of pictures of your child!) | Brooklyn Bridge, NYC | Washington DC | Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA | Half Dome, Yosemite, CA
8: I (Jon) come from a family of four. I grew up in Visalia, California, which is in the central part of the state. My parents, who are both adoptees, continue to reside there, while my younger brother Aaron and his wife Brianna live in Fresno, CA. Although we live a distance apart, we talk on the phone often, and we see each other about twice a year. We go to CA for Christmas every other year. In some of our recent trips to CA, we have enjoyed going to the beach, visiting San Francisco, and exploring Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks. While growing up, Aaron and I played a lot of sports together in the front yard and separately on school teams. We both played basketball, and he played football while I was on the track & field team. My parents were very supportive of us and would often be found in the bleachers. As a family, it was a priority to take family vacations which are fond memories.
9: I (Kendra) come a family of seven. My parents live about half an hour from us in the house where I grew up. I am the oldest of five daughters. My sisters are Karla, Lorene, Loretta, and Melody. Lorene and Loretta are twins. Karla is married to James and they have three precious daughters. Alliyah and Brianna (3) are also twins, and Jenna is just a few months old. They currently live a few blocks from us. Lorene and Mel also live in the Lancaster area, while Loretta is twenty minutes away. I have a large extended family. | My parents provided the opportunity for my sisters and I to each play piano and a string instrument. We were involved in and attended each other's recitals, orchestra and choir concerts, and musicals. Music was a big part of our lives as we were growing up. | Mel, Karla, Lorene, Loretta, and Kendra
10: We attend a local church not far from our home, which has approximately 200 attendees, including many young families. Our church family is important to us. We continue to be involved in music ministry at our church, and Jon teaches the adult Sunday School class. We are thankful to have the support of both of our families and of many friends, as we have been traveling this journey. They share our excitement and continue to encourage and pray for us. Please know they are praying for you as well! | We currently live in a two-bedroom, brick, row-house just outside the city of Lancaster. We have a small fenced-in back yard with a deck and a small flower and vegetable garden. Our street is quiet with an elementary school just around the corner and a park at the end of the street. There are a variety of ethnicities represented in our neighborhood. | Jon teaching Sunday School
11: Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We look forward to meeting you, and should you select us as adoptive parents, we would be very excited to welcome your child into our family! May the Lord give you wisdom as you choose a family for your child.