I recently had the opportunity to chat with Jacob and Blake, hopeful adoptive parents who live in Ohio. When you’re thinking about adoption for your child, you’re able to talk to hopeful adoptive parents before making your decision. By chatting with them and asking them questions, you can get the full picture of the adoptive couple as potential parents to your baby.
I asked Jacob and Blake some fun questions that you won’t find in their adoption profile, and I learned that they are a young, fun couple who enjoying trying all kinds of new activities, such as playing card games, binge-watching shows, mini golfing, playing with their dogs, and going to trampoline parks. They’re thrilled to be on this adoption journey to become first-time parents!
Jacob and Blake share, “Adoption has always been in God’s plans for us, and we love that we have gotten the opportunity to be presented to you here today! We are looking forward to providing your child with a supportive and nurturing home that makes the best of each day.”
1. What is something from your childhood that you want to make sure your child gets to experience?
Blake: As cliché as this sounds, I would love for my child to experience Disney World on their birthday. I have only been there once, and it was nearly 20 years ago, but I still remember nearly every detail!
Disney is already a “magical place,” but when you get the opportunity to go on your birthday, that joy increases 100% and you get the whole day to feel super loved and cared for by everyone around you.
Jacob: Something in my childhood that has made a huge impact on how I operate as an adult in my day-to-day life is my opportunity to be part of sports teams. For me, sports have been a way for me to stay active, but more than that, they have taught me the value of being part of a team and how to work well with others for the benefit of the whole. I want to share that experience with my children for them to learn those beneficial traits as well.
2. What is a challenge you are proud to have overcome? What advice would you give others struggling with something similar?
One big challenge we had to go through was actually a three-year-long obstacle. As anyone could imagine, the military style of living is definitely not for the faint of heart. However, we had to adapt to living by Marine Corps standards on a military base along with following strict protocols for COVID-19, as that started immediately after our move.
We can now look back on it and realize that we can get through anything as long as we stick together, work together, and keep pushing forward by taking things one step at a time. It does not matter how bad the roads get or how long hardships seem to last; we will get through it as better people in the end. One of our favorite quotes is, “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” (Dolly Parton).
You can get an even better glimpse into Jacob and Blake’s lives in their video:
3. What are three words your friends would use to describe each of you?
Blake: Loyal, determined, and loving
Jacob: Respectful, hard-working, and genuine
4. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Blake: I always stand by country-style steak, rice, and gravy being my top comfort food, but if I had to pick a specific meal to eat no matter how I am feeling for the rest of my life, it would most definitely have to be my dad’s gumbo recipe.
Jacob: If I had to choose one meal to eat for the rest of my life, it would honestly be biscuits and gravy. I have been eating this with my family since I was a toddler, and now Blake makes it at home, too!
5. As parents, what do you want to teach your child?
As parents, one specific thing we want to teach our child is compassion. In today’s society, it is so important that someone’s character embodies that they are understanding, genuine, and kind.
Our family fully operates on taking care of one another and always being there to lend a helping hand, leaning shoulder, or listening ear to anyone in need.
Curious to know more about Jacob and Blake?
If you’re interested in talking to them as potential adoptive parents to your baby, just text or call Lifetime at
1-800-923-6784 and we can connect you with them.
1-800-923-6784 and we can connect you with them.
Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has over 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of articles and social media posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.
Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.