FC: Nick, Jessie and Kate
1: Dear Birth Mother, We greatly admire and respect your courage and strength as you consider one of the biggest and most emotional decisions in your life. With every breath in our bodies, we promise that we will love, cherish and provide your child with everything we have. Your child will not go a day without being told they are loved, and we will never forget this gift of life. We know you want the very best for your child, and we hope this book will show a glimpse of what we have in our hearts - we can provide your child the loving, secure, adventurous and happy life of which you dream. So thank you for expressing such a deep love for your child, and know that in your heart, your child will always know just how much love you have for them. With love, Nick and Jessie
2: About Us | Our names are Jessie and Nick, and we have a 3 year old daughter Kate. After meeting in high school, we dated for a while and have now been married for ten years. We are fortunate to have known each other for a long time and it has been amazing to see how strong our relationship has grown. Living in Minnesota just a few miles from where we both grew up allows us to stay close to all of our family and friends. Being near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, also lets us to take full advantage of the many festivals, sporting events, museums, children's theaters, and concerts. Our family enjoys skiing, camping, biking, hiking, and traveling to new places, or just hanging out with our family. As a couple, we have always wanted children, but have unfortunately suffered through many heartbreaking rounds of fertility treatments. Our daughter Kate is a blessing from a cycle of IVF, but we feel our family is not yet complete. Not only is Kate very excited to be a big sister, but we are eagerly anticipating expanding our family through adoption.
3: New York City | 10th anniversary in Mexico | Philadelphia - True Love! | Family trip to Utah | Kate's 1st trip: Hawaii
4: The Scoop on Jessie by Nick | Jessie is one of the most loving, caring, compassionate and hard working people that I have ever met. No matter what the situation, she will always drop everything to help someone else. No matter what the challenge is, she always manages to persevere. Whether it is helping the family of a returning soldier or cleaning the house of a recent flood victim, I am always in awe of her accomplishments. Her compassion for helping people translates well in her career where she represents medicine for terminal cancer patients. She is successful in anything she puts her mind to. Jessie is the middle sister of five children in a family that is still very close. To this day, they all still get together for birthdays, holidays, or just because. The gatherings just keep getting bigger, as the families continue to grow. Because of the special bonds she has with her brother and sisters, Jessie hopes that Kate will also have a sibling to share life's experiences. Above all else, family is the most important thing for Jessie (and me too).
6: The Scoop on Nick by Jessie
7: I realized very quickly after meeting Nick that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. He is compassionate, loving, and caring. He grounds and supports me through everything - good and bad. Nick is amazingly talented, and the go-to guy in the family for advice and repairs. He fixes almost anything, and is generous in his time to help others in need. It's no surprise that he is a wonderful mechanical engineer. He is extremely creative and hard-working, which has allowed him to find a great job, doing what he loves, working from home. After having Kate, I was not surprised when Nick became the best father a child could ever have. His patience, love and kid-at-heart personality makes his parenting style so amazingly supportive and fun-filled! I have to tell him to quit buying toys for Kate, because half the time I think he's buying them for himself!! He has so much fun playing with Kate and other kids. Nick loves being a dad! I love and admire him so much and am so grateful to have him in my life.
8: Our Families...... Jessie has three sisters and a brother, and Nick has one younger brother. Kate has three cousins - and counting!! Additionally, our parents are all very involved in our lives, and love being grandparents! We were both raised in very loving and supportive homes, We were given love, encouragement and guidance from our parents. Our families have supported us through life during happy times and sad. We can't imagine life without them! We thankfully live close to our families as we enjoy spending a lot of time with them. Whenever we are together, there are many laughs, hugs and of course - lots of great food! They love and cherish Kate. Our children will never be lacking on love, support and attention from their aunties, uncles, cousins and grandparents! | Enjoying the lake with auntie | Halloween with cousins | Dying eggs withJessie's mom, brother and two nieces
9: The love of a is life's greatest blessing | Nick as Santa with cousins | Baking with the family | Hiking with Nick's mom and dad | Feeding the seagulls with Nick's dad | Fun with Jessie's Dad | We do a lot of fun stuff with the cousins!
10: Our Home | We will provide a safe, warm home filled with laughter, love and adventure. Your child will be surrounded by friends and family that will care for and love them unconditionally. We live in a four bedroom house out in the country. Our neighbors are fantastic, and our family lives just 10 minutes away. It's peaceful, with lot of things to do and explore. We're only a short drive to town, and less than an hour to Minneapolis and St. Paul. We enjoy our annual family vacation in Montana and love visiting Grandma and Grandpa's cabin on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Superior. We can't wait to share many more adventures with our children. | Kate's bedroom in our house we built 6 years ago
11: Having fun on the front yard tire-swing with friends | We have to have a real tree in the house for Christmas | We enjoy having fun outside - Kate "driving" the ATV. | Sledding with friends in our backyard - Weeee!!
12: Our Community | Driving the fire-truck in a parade, and meeting Sparky! Jessie has been on the fire department as a volunteer for 13 years. | We love the MN State Fair, and the many other things the Twin Cities have to offer! | We enjoy the local pool
13: We care greatly about our children's future, and are thankful that our children will be attending some of the best schools in Minnesota. Additionally, our community has many wonderful resources such as a waterpark, playgrounds, biking trails, a theater group and a lot of other amazing amenities for families. | Each summer we host a giant block party for our family, friends and neighbors. Live music, lots of food and fun fun fun!
14: Our Last Thoughts.... We believe with all of our hearts that we will continue to be extremely loving parents. We will raise our children to be strong, independent and secure individuals who know that they are loved and deeply appreciated. We know it takes more than loving parents to raise a family, and that is why we are so very thankful for all the support from our close friends and family, to help us along this journey. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little bit about us. We wish for your peace during this hard moment of perhaps difficult life choices. We wish you all the very best! Many blessings, Nick and Jessie