S: Jason & Amy
BC: "and whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me"(NIV) Mathew 18:5
FC: Meet our Family!
1: Hello, we would like to tell you a little bit about our family. But first we would like to thank you for considering an adoption plan for your child. We are praying for God's blessing for you!
2: About us... we are a family that loves to spend time together. We love to play with each other outside, inside, or out in the community. We love to read, and color and create. Laughter is a sound that is familiar in and around our home. Dad is a funny person, and Mom smiles every time she hears our laughter!
3: Several months ago Jason and I were discussing how wonderfully God has blessed us in life and how it seems that we have so much more than we need. We have more time,more space, more food, more clothing, and more resources than we need. We began to pray about what God would have us do with this excess, and we began to feel a call to adoption. | Why we want to adopt
4: our blessings... our joys... | Ellie | Allan | I enjoys reading, doing art, and animals. | I enjoys puzzles, building things, coloring and reading | meet our children
5: Jack | Eden | I like to play with my siblings and to play outside | I am a curious, and busy toddler
6: The sibling bond is strong | we left room for another | and another!
7: We love to be together
8: Dad is Fun!
9: We love to read with Mom!
10: Born & Raised in Pennsylvania. I attended Pensacola Christian College, I graduated from seminary in 2005. I love to be outdoors and spending time with my family. My friends and Family say I am caring, witty, and have a great sense of humor! | Jason
11: I love to spend a quiet day with my family, I enjoy play, hearing and writing music. My friends and family say I am patient, caring and great with children | Born & raised in Montana, I attended Pensacola Christian college where I and have a Master of Bible exposition | Amy
12: About us We have been married for 8 years. We meet at Pensacola Christian College. | Jason by Amy He is Godly, loving,patient, selfless, and humorous | Together they have share all other responsibility including parenting and discipline. | I was attracted to Amy because at first her willing to accompany me to college events. But...rather slowly and hesitantly at first, I have gotten to know her as a beautiful and Godly woman. The years that I have known her have only deepened my amazement with her beauty, her graciousness, and her persistent love.
13: I was attracted to Jason because of his kindness, intelligence, humor, and his love for God and other people | Amy by Jason She is attractive, Godly, caring, sensitive, and amazing | Jason's role in his family is as the provider and spiritual leader Amy’s is the financial planner, and in charge of home schooling the children.
14: We are loving, educational, flexible and purposeful. Like all parents we deal with with sibling conflict, request for attention, struggle with time management during preparing of snacks and meals, and play. However ,we would not trade a minute of this. We try to always use a loving, easy manner. When Jason plays outside with the children, the delightful sound of laughter can be heard. When Amy cuddles and reads with the children there is a quiet atmosphere of love and comfort. | All children come from God and all of us have been adopted into his kingdom. In that thought we all are adopted.
15: With Adoption | We believe the only difference between biological and adopted children is the location they were developed . Our adopted child will be loved, accepted, nurtured, and provided for in the same capacity as our biological children. | We are are open to communication in the form of phone calls or meeting with you the birth parent. We also are open to exchanging pictures and letters. We understand that at some point our child may search for the birth family and feel this is normal.
16: Our Faith | Our religion and church have always been an important aspect of our life. We both have been active in our church, and have discussed the positive role that our church family has been as a support system. The religious principles of our faith have also directed us within our community; Jason is the pastor of a Baptist Church in a rural town
17: Our faith is the guiding force of our lives. We use our religious teaching as guidance , strength and joy in our lives. We were both raised by parents that used Christian principles and are raising our children applying these same values in parenting. Our home is an atmosphere where Christian principles such as praise, encouragement, appropriate instruction, and discipline with love are used daily.
18: Parenting | Our goal as parents is to help our children develop the character and knowledge necessary for them to have a profitable and satisfying life!
19: Discipline | We are a united front in terms of discipline. We have established consistent, clear and predictable expectations for our children. We employ many strategies and base them on age, intent, and the ability to teach in loving consistent fashion. When discipline is needed we calmly, privately discuss it with the child in an age appropriate fashion. We attempt to discern intent, teach, and pray. Although the strategies from time-out to loss of privilege, or extra chores may be different the message and loving, nature is consistent. Our disciplinary methods are loving, supportive, and based on our Christian values.
20: Jason has a warm history of love, and guidance, and describes himself as quirky. His family has always promoted responsibility, respect, and integrity. These qualities Jason has applied to his adult life. He sees his strengths as caring, his ability to seek out, and finds answers. He admits to a weakness in his ability to prioritize at times. His faith is a guiding force in his direction, path , and within his family.
21: Amy’s family history is rich with memories of time spent together in completing all task from reading to playing. Her parents emphasized to respect, love, and serve God as important in life. Amy personality is patient, loving and outgoing. She sees her strengths in her ability to consider options, be compassionate, loving, and in her faith and integrity. She admits to having weaknesses in terms of being disorganized and having indecision. Amy credits her family for giving her a sense of strong Christian values that have become the foundation that she has lived by.
26: We reside in a ranch style home with four bedrooms. It is beautiful, and spacious home. Situated on a quiet street with a great fenced in play yard for the children. | Our Home
27: our community | Our home is situated in a small town, which has a population of around 667 people. We are blessed with a ideal, Picturistic location in which we call home .
28: Dear Birth parents, | We have a busy, loving family, with four wonderful children. We are happy and content, choosing to live our lives God's way, gaining our direction for life from His Word. Recently, we have felt God burdening our hearts to open up our home to another child, one that will not be a child of our bodies, but one that will be of our hearts. God showed us that He has blessed us with more than we need in so many areas: more food, more clothing, more beds, more room, more finances, more time, more love. We want to give our love and abundance to another child, who we will love and cherish as much as we do our own children. Our extended family is also excited and supportive about our decision to adopt. Jason's parents, siblings and grandparents all live near us, as well as many of his cousins, aunts and uncles.
29: We live in a spacious house which is only about eight years old. It has two bathrooms and four bedrooms and lots of room to run and play! We have a spacious front long with a tire swing in a big pine tree and a place for a garden. Our back yard has a fenced in play area with a much-loved play set. In the milder weather, we set out our outdoor table and chairs on our back patio and often eat our meals outside in the sunshine. We live close to the church where Jason is the pastor. He loves his job. The flexible hours helps promote a closeness in our family, as Jason usually eats all the meals with us and is able to include the kids in many of his errands and visits. Our kids love all the social aspects of our church, and enjoy having people over to our house (which we try to do often).
30: We have a very good relationship with his family and we make sure that every birthday and holiday is celebrated with lots of relatives, friends, food, and fun! Amy's sister and her husband live in the same town as us, but the rest of her family is spread around in Montana and Missouri. They keep in touch and comes to visit as often as they can. We are very close with all our family and receive much love and support from them. We are eager to add your child to this amazing extended family. We are also eager to maintain a relationship with you and have you stay in contact with your child if that is your desire. We would not force that on you, but would make that option available to you.
31: Amy is a stay-at-home mom and loves her job as well! She home schools our children and we see our children excelling academically. She tries to include the kids in her daily chores, teaching them life skills and responsibilities, but she also makes sure there is plenty of time for snuggling, tickling, singing, dancing, reading, and playing together. We find that fostering a positive sense of humor is wonderful "medicine" for the whole family. We live in a rural area, in a small town that is wonderful for raising a family. We often walk with the kids to the Post Office, bank, and library and the neighborhood park. We enjoy family outings which include picnics, hikes, bicycle rides, parks, museums, and beaches. We read every night together (usually also during the day) and all our children have a love for books.
32: Our marriage is very close and strong, and we give God the glory for this. We make communication a top priority, and we constantly seek ways to serve each other. We make time for dates, both with each other and with our children. We are more in love now, after 8 years of marriage, then we were when we first met! We find that our marriage is strengthened as we make our children a priority, and we can honestly say that spending time together as a family is our favorite activity!
33: We know that God will guide you in this important decision of choosing a family. May He give you the wisdom, strength, and ability that you need to endure this challenging time in your life. Love in Christ, Jason and Amy Reed (Ellie, Allan, Jack & Eden)
34: Each of our children, from their birth stories to their current personalities, are a particular treasure to us. We have decided that one of our favorite ways to love each other is by loving and caring for our children together. We have honed our philosophy of child care and training, established agreement, and discovered trusted resources. While we would not consider ourselves to be perfect parents, we are eager to give of the abundant love and resource that we have already received and share. | We know that adoption may stretch us in new and even uncomfortable ways. Our current children continue to sharpen and challenge us. We believe that the most valuable gift that we can grant our children is to give them parents who are united in serving spouse and child with all we are. As God allows, through birth or adoption, we are eager to give that gift to more children. | In closing
35: Our family is blessed to have a furnished home, and a steady, reliable income. We feel it would be selfish and limiting of us to keep these blessings to ourselves when there are children who live without the necessities let alone the comforts and especially the family love that we enjoy. Jesus’ love compels us to learn to love other as self. The Epistle of James states that pure, undefiled religion in God’s eyes is to visit the fatherless and the widow in their affliction. We want to know God, love like Him, and bless others for His glory. We believe adoption is a very natural way to make this happen in our lives.