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Hello! We feel so honored that you’re taking the time to learn about us. We are very excited that God has opened doors for us to adopt our first child! We look forward to creating new family traditions and making memories with your child. We promise to provide a home filled with love, laughter and faith. We can’t wait to learn more about you!
We met at a church college retreat: Sam climbing the side of a steep mountain and Jolene hoping he would come down to hang out! We dated for three years full of laughter and goofiness. We have been married for 16 years and are overjoyed to become first-time parents through adoption!
– exploring forest roads to see nature
– working on projects together
– walking our dog, Wiley, at the end of the day
– traveling and making memories
– serving at our church in the children’s ministry or leading a marriage class
– game nights and bonfires with friends
We are excited to make memories with your child and include them in our adventures!
Jolene is a teacher by trade and supervises a preschool. She supports the teacher’s efforts to prepare the children for kindergarten. She loves to just go hang out in the class with the kids!
Sam says: Jolene is an incredible partner, my best friend, and the greatest gift God has ever given me. The most amazing thing about her is her endless capacity to love and forgive. She brings love, light, and laughter everywhere she goes. Anyone who spends time with her feels better about themselves.
– helping children learn
– listening to music and singing along
– watching movies
– creating art
She’s excited to teach your child to read, create art, and to spread joy throughout this world! I know she will be their greatest advocate as they navigate life.
Sam is a mechanical engineer. He designs agriculture equipment which allows him to be analytical yet creative at work!
Jolene says: Sam is a thoughtful, hardworking man with strong principles and values. Sam was born with Spina Bifida and has never allowed that to be an excuse to hold him back. He has amazing perseverance and endurance. Sam never gives up!
– working with his hands
– experimenting with grilling and cooking recipes
– telling jokes and stories
– reading and writing stories
Sam is looking forward to teaching his creative handiwork to our child. Sam has such a kind and serving heart to share!
Our Home in Washington
Our 3-bedroom home is in a great family neighborhood. In the evenings, there are always kids playing outside and people walking or riding bikes. We’ve worked hard to prepare a nursery and the rest of our home for a child. Our sunny fenced backyard will be great for water fun and snowball fights! The covered patio will be great for summer BBQs and bonfires!
Both sides of our family are very excited for us to adopt. They’ve prayed for us since we began our journey to becoming parents.
They look forward to:
– reading books, especially Bible stories
– sharing a love for animals and nature
– teaching about gardening
– retelling family stories
Some of our family members live as close as 10 minutes away, while others live as far away as California and Washington D.C. No matter the distance, we work hard to maintain those relationships. We’ve also developed strong friendships with values-driven people who can’t wait to be a part of your child’s life.
We promise that your child will grow up to know that they are worthy, and are loved and accepted by God, by us and by you. We will teach your child to love people and help them at every opportunity. We’re looking forward to helping them love learning and to recognize failures as opportunities to grow. There will never be a shortage of laughter and hugs! Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope to hear from you soon!
Sam and Jolene
More About Sam
Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology
Profession: Mechanical Engineer
Racial Background: Caucasian
Childhood movie: Disney Jungle Book
Christmas tradition: Christmas Eve church service
Foods: Steak, brownies, fresh raspberries
Activity as a couple: Exploring somewhere we've never been
Quality I Admire in My Spouse: Jolene's ability to love and forgive no matter what
Childhood memory: Riding horses with my family
More About Jolene
Education: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-8
Profession: Preschool Supervisor
Racial Background: Caucasian
Childhood movie: Disney Robin Hood
Christmas tradition: Driving around looking at lights
Foods: Ice cream, fries, steak
Activity as a couple: Date night - dinner and a movie
Quality I Admire in My Spouse: Sam's thoughtfulness and perseverance
Childhood memory: Sleepovers at grandma's house
More About Our Family
Our faith in a loving God is the anchor that holds us together in hard times. Your child will be raised in a household devoted to developing a strong relationship with God and following His design for our lives. We are blessed to have a fantastic loving and supportive church family who can't wait to meet your child!
Our Friends Would Say We Are:
-Full of perseverance
Why We Want to Adopt
Jolene had a family friend growing up who adopted 2 babies from China and since that time, she has wanted to adopt. Before getting married, we talked about having a family. Not knowing if that was going to be possible, we discussed our options--adoption was a possible way for us to have a family. Several years after being married, we walked down different paths to expand our family. God has lead us to the path of adoption and we are excited to see what He has planned!
Wiley is our goofy mixed breed dog who loves tummy rubs and giving kisses. He enjoys our time in the mountains exploring and is always excited when we find snow!
Thank you for spending some time learning about us! We can't wait to hear from you and learn about you. We're excited to share our lives with your child and teach them what a faithful, loving God we have. Our home will be full of fun and echo with laughter! We promise that your child will know their story and that they are deeply loved. We look forward to sharing pictures, letters and are open to visits!