S: John & Jenn
BC: To Be Continued ... | We are praying for you!
FC: You Found Us! | John & Jennifer
1: Dear EXPECTANT PARENT (s) - We think you are amazing! We are so thankful you are here taking the time to read this. We are in awe of your selfless consideration of adoption. We have been praying for you and for strength for the decisions you are facing. Although we have not met you yet, we respect you for your courage and bravery in choosing life. We are forever grateful that we can even have this possibility. We are excited for the opportunity to grow our family through adoption, but realize this is an extremely difficult time for you. God has an amazing plan for you, your baby and for us. We can't wait to meet you and learn more about you! Welcome to our family, we are John, Jenn, Gage and Charlie Dog, we are so grateful that you found us! We hope that you can get a glimpse into our values, how we love and how we live. We have been married for 5 amazing years. God has blessed us with John's biological son Gage who is ten and he lives with us full time. We are a happy family of 3 plus one furry dog. After a little over a year of marriage we decided we were ready to grow our family and have a child together. This proved to be more difficult than we could have imagined. We have tried for almost 4 years to become pregnant, enduring shots, surgeries, and procedures. The struggles of infertility and failed pregnancies have been difficult, but we firmly believe God has a plan of adoption for us! Adoption offers us the hope to build a family and be a unique family. We yearn to love and raise a baby, this is something Jenn has never had the opportunity to do as Gage was older once we married. Adoption has always held a special place in our hearts since John's father is adopted and we both have adopted cousins. What a beautiful reminder that families are created by God. We live in a small town just 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. We have a 3 bedroom 2 & 1/2 bath home on a private neighborhood lake. The nautical nursery is complete and ready for a baby. We have lots of land to play on and a lake to learn to fish in. We have a sweet beagle dog named Charlie who has no idea he's a dog, he's great with children and loves to give kisses. We lead the 2nd generation at our family's manufacturing business. This allows a flexible schedule and time off of work to spend with children. We are preparing a nursery in the office and Jenn's mother will sometimes stay in our home and care for the baby. Gage can't wait to have a sibling to play with and create memories with. Family time is so very important to us, all of our family live within a few hours of us. We love to host the annual family Easter lunch at our house, birthday parties, board game nights, or dinner parties. As you will see throughout our book we love to have fun! It's so important to create special memories that our children will have for a lifetime. Our faith in Christ and serving in our church is a part of our daily lives. We serve in various ministries and teach a children's class on Sunday and Wednesday. We have taught these classes over 5 years. Our friends and family are over the moon excited for us to have a sweet little one join the family. They have seen our struggles and are so excited for us to have this opportunity thanks to a brave woman such as you. We can't wait to see God's plan unfold in his perfect timing. You are a special link in God's plan for us. Words cannot express how thankful we are and how much the opportunity of this tremendous gift means to us. Adoption is an ultimate sacrifice of selfless love, we promise to always share with your child how much you love them. As you look through our photo book we hope you will see two people who live life to the fullest and have lots of love to share with a baby. With Grateful Hearts - John & Jenn
2: Hi! We are John and Jenn | We met on an on-line dating site. We dated for a year having fun creative dates!
3: After a year of dating, John asked Jenn to marry him at their favorite place the beach! | We had a year engagement, then we married on April 8, 2008 at our favorite spot, Hilton Head Island, SC. in front of close family and friends. | It may have rained on our wedding day, but it was blessings from above.
4: We are blessed with John's son Gage who lives with us full time. Jenn loves and cares for Gage as her own. We are a family of three hoping to soon be a family of FOUR!
5: Our Home | We have a 3 bedroom, 2 & 1/2 bath home with 4 acres, on a private neighborhood lake. | We have lots of land to play on and a lake to learn to fish in. We love to have dinners on the back patio, watching the fish jump, the ducks quack, and the birds soar over. | The Nursery Is Ready | We are ready to add PINK for a girl or GREEN for a boy to complete our nautical nursery!
6: Working on a project! | Weekend Getaway | John' s Hobbies | Hiking in the mountains | Grilling Out | - Weight Lifting - Trading Stocks - Fishing - Woodworking & Projects | Playing in the sand | Just being | GOOFY | I call John my Mr. Wonderful! He doesn't just tell me he loves me, he shows me. He's so sweet he wakes up early every morning and makes my coffee and warms the bathroom. We've been married 5 years and John continues to open doors for me and treat me with loving respect. He's my best friend and partner. With John by my side I feel like can do anything! | By Jenn :
7: Reading on the beach! | Christmas Time! | Hilton Head Island | Jeep Drivin' | Scottish Heritage | Snow Day | John Loves : | - Being Goofy - Comedians - New Restaurants - Pizza - Watching Movies | Board Games
8: Jenn's Hobbies | - Gardening -Shopping & Trends - Exercising -Crafting & Pinterest - Organizing & Planning | 4th of July | Thanksgiving | Hiking | Planting Flowers | Crafting Fun
9: -Live Acoustic Music - Anything Monogrammed - Chocolate Covered Strawberries - Iced Carmel Coffee | Jenn Loves: | By John: | Coffee & a walk on the beach | Building a Sand Castle | Snow Fun | Dancing Away | Reading on the beach | Jenn is the answer to my prayers. I could not imagine sharing my life with anyone else. She is an incredible mother to Gage and a spectacular wife to me. No matter what twists and turns we may encounter I know that I have a partner.
10: Gage's Hobbies | Gage is a typical 10 year old boy who loves sports, video games and the outdoors. Gage is in the 5th grade and on the A Honor Roll. He can't wait to have a sibling to teach, play with and help care for. Every night he prays for his soon-to-be brother or sister and that they will soon find us!
11: Charlie Jake Charlie is our furry four legged family member who has no idea he's a dog. He is sweet, gentle and loves to play with children especially giving kisses. Charlie comes along on vacations and is a special part of our family! | Ready for the St. Patrick's Day Party! | Giving Kisses | Giving Love | Ready for Santa | Happy on the beach | Silly Charlie | Tired after our walk | Ready for the Beach
12: Jenn's Family | John's Family | We work, | play & pray together! | Jenn's family lives in our town and she has one brother. Her parents have been married for 36 years. We are an extremely close family. We see each other everyday at work, we attend the same church, and love to hang out on weekends! | John is an only child and his parents were married for 22 years. John's mother passed away when he was a senior in high school. His father has remarried a delightful woman! They live only a few hours away and we love to take weekend trips to visit. John's father is adopted so adoption already holds a special place in our family.
13: Cousins | FAMILY | Mary is Adopted | They can't wait for a new friend to play with! | Heather is adopted | Our families are excited for a baby to join the family, they are eager and supportive!
14: FRIENDS | This is Jenn's Best Friend Amanda. They met in the 5th Grade at Summer Camp | Meet Chris, John's closest friend. They met when they were 8 years old & grew up in the same neighborhood. | Friends Are Like Family!
15: Beach House at Hilton Head Island, SC | We love to spend weekends and holidays at our family vacation homes, where special memories are made. | Family Vacation Homes | River House in Columbus, GA | Family Business | We both work at our family's manufacturing business. We are leading the 2nd Generation as Jenn's parents, the founders, are easing into retirement. Jenn has a 4 year business degree which comes in handy in running the business. We have been in operation for over 30 years. This work environment allows for a flexible schedule and being surrounded by family everyday. Jenn's parents, brother and uncle work here as well as 20 other employees. We are preparing a nursery in the office and Jenn's mother will stay at our home sometimes and help care for the baby. | Gage likes to help at our business
16: Family Vacations | Camping | Crabbing | Jeep Driving @ Outer Banks, NC | Sky Wheel Myrtle Beach, SC | Beach Vacation Hilton Head Island, SC | Ice Skating | Gardens in Greenville, SC
17: and | Family Outings | Daufuskie Island | Stone Mountain | Matching for the 4th of July | Hiking in the NC Mountains | Scottish Festival | Cotillion Ball | Hayride | True Love
20: Attending Sporting Events | Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Nascar, Masters Golf & Monster Trucks. We Love It All!
21: UGA Games & Tailgating with Family | Both our families have season tickets. We love to tailgate & cheer on the DAWGS!
22: Birthday Fun | Birthdays Are Always Special No Matter the Age!!
23: Family Holiday Traditions | Easter Sunrise Service | Dying Easter Eggs | 4th of July Fireworks @ Beach | Annual Pizza & Board Game on the Beach | Milk & Cookies for Santa | Creating Special Memories | Thanksgiving weekend at the beach | Thanksgiving Day in Columbus | Carving Pumpkins | Corn Maze | Reading the true story of Christmas | Christmas Eve in SC | Filling the Easter cross with flowers | Special last ornament on the tree
24: Church | One year old class | Fall Festival | Decorate for VBS | Vacation Bible School | Tent Revival | We have a wonderful church home, where we have been attending for 7 years. We worship, serve and fellowship there. We are really involved in the preschool and children's ministry teaching the children about God's love. | Our church family is praying for you and very excited at the possibility that adoption offers us! | Ladies Tea | Ladies Conference | Teaching our 3 year old AWANA class
25: Our Day to Day Lives | John wakes up early & heads to the gym | We get Gage off to the local Elementary School a few miles from our home and work. | We head to work together to the family business, just minutes from our home. | Afternoons consist of homework & school projects. | Jenn makes a home cooked meal | Family Dinner is a MUST! | John does the dishes | Jenn exercises at home in the evenings | Jenn does laundry | John pays bills | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 10 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 4
26: Wednesday Evenings at Church | Gage is involved in the Awana children's program. He memorizes scripture throughout the week to complete sections in his book. | We teach a 3 year old Awana class at church. Preparing a lesson, snack, craft, game and music time. We have taught this class for over 5 years. | Saturdays | We do house chores | Jenn often meets up with her mom for lunch and some shopping. | We work on projects around the house | Fishing at the house. What a beautiful view! | Go Geocaching | We enjoy the outdoors | Jenn loves to garden
27: Sunday Family Fun Night | Sundays | Teaching our Sunday School Class of 1 year olds. | We attend a church service every Sunday morning | Each Sunday for lunch we go to our favorite Mexican restaurant. They know our order when we walk in the door! | Every Sunday night, we have : | We play board games, take a bike ride around the neighborhood, bake in the kitchen, or watch family movies. It's always something fun to create special family memories. We can't wait for a little one to join the fun! | Science Experiment | Mouse Trap Board Game | Learning to cook | Popcorn & Movie Night | The standard Sunday Night MENU: Baked Fish & Salad! A Healthy Dinner | Ice Cream Shop | They may be young but we teach them Bible stories, and how to pray!