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Brandon & Jaclyn
Hello! We would like to express our gratitude that you are considering us as parents to your child. We recognize that you're making an important and courageous decision. Words cannot express what becoming parents would mean to us. Our home is full of kindness and laughter, and we promise to provide a lifetime of unconditional love. We are looking forward to this amazing journey ahead of us.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
By far our favorite vacation spot is Disney World! We love going every year with Jackie’s family. We are big kids at heart and still enjoy the rides, shows, and the touch of Disney magic that makes each day there special. Brandon especially loves the Rockin’ Rollercoaster in Hollywood Studios, while Jackie is always excited for the Tower of Terror. We typically end our days in Disney watching the fireworks at Magic Kingdom. For us, it truly is the happiest place on earth!
We’ve been known to have fun on weekend getaways whether it be close by at the Delaware beaches, hiking in Virginia, or visiting extended family and friends in Pittsburgh, PA. Wherever we go we always have the best time laughing together and enjoying time away. We are looking forward to continuing to create memories as our family grows with the addition of a child. We just know seeing Disney through the eyes of a child will be like seeing it for the first time, and look forward to all the magic to come!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Jackie About Brandon:
Brandon has a huge heart and always lets me know he loves and appreciates me. I love his sense of humor, he always has me laughing! He is loyal, supportive, and shows his caring side often. He has such a positive attitude that really is contagious, it makes me believe anything is possible. I admire his ability to remain calm under pressure both at home and at his work as a nurse. He loves learning new things and I know he will enjoy sharing his knowledge as a future parent. It is so fun to watch Brandon interact with our nephew Robbie, I can see how excited he is to be a father someday soon.
Brandon About Jackie:
What I love most about Jackie is her ability to see the best in everyone she meets. Her heart is full of love, kindness, and empathy. She goes above and beyond to help her family and friends and values them above all else. I love how outgoing and bubbly she is, always making those around her smile. She is strong and always motivated to tackle challenges placed in front of her. Jackie has so much love to give and I'm ecstatic to see her share this love as a mother as our family grows.
Our Dogs, Bella & Piper
Bella and Piper are our two adorable fur babies that fill our lives with endless joy and fun adventures. Daily walks around the neighborhood and along the canal are some of our favorites. Bella and Piper are calm with children and love giving kisses. They love the neighborhood kids and are excited to greet everyone who comes to our home. We have a dog park in our neighborhood where they love to run, jump, and fetch. Since we live close to the beach we are able to let them off the leash from time to time to jump in the waves! At the end of the day they are both great cuddle buddies. We love Bella and Piper and we cannot wait for a child to love them as much as we do!
Our Extended Families
We have an extremely supportive extended family that are excited about our decision to adopt a child. We have several family members on both sides that either adopted or were adopted so this journey is something our family is familiar with.
We are both very close with our families- seeing them at least every other week and talking with them every day. Jackie is an only child while Brandon is one of four children. The majority of our family lives within an hour of us, which is great for family picnics and holidays. We see Brandon's brother, his wife and son as often as possible- their son is our only nephew and we love playing with him!
We have a large group of cousins that get together several times a year for fun events like baseball games, escape rooms, and game night. It so great that everyone has remained close and committed to spending time together. Some of our favorite memories are around the holidays. We love Christmas - Jackie has a tradition of making cookies with her mom and cherishes this time together. One of our favorite days is chopping down and decorating the tree with the whole family. Our family is always laughing and sharing old stories; especially Jackie's grandfather. We have so much love in our family and know this child will be loved by all.
Our House and Neighborhood
We have called Delaware our home for the past five years. We live in a modern town with an old-time feel with new homes and businesses along friendly, tree-lined streets. We are just a stroll down the block from our elementary school, neighborhood parks, favorite cafe, and trails to the nearby canal. It truly is an emerging town that we love to call home.
We have enjoyed getting to know the neighborhood kids who are often outside riding bikes, playing at the park, and roasting marshmallows in the community fire pits. During the summer there are weekly movie nights under the stars on a jumbo screen - our favorite was SING! We have an annual family firework night that has face painting, yummy treats, games, and of course beautiful fireworks to end the evening! We have nearby pools with fun slides and water games for kids to enjoy.
Our house sits with a perfect view of the elementary school. We have a hidden side porch that we love to sit on with our two pups in the evenings. Inside, we have an open floor plan with a spacious family room where we love to have family and friends gather. Brandon loves this room for board games! The kitchen is Jackie's favorite room as she loves cooking and baking. We have a dining room where we sit for family dinners and holidays. Upstairs we have three bedrooms and are already working on creating a peaceful nursery!
From Us to You
As we sit to write this letter our hearts are pounding with excitement and emotion, mostly because we believe open adoption can change lives in the most special of ways. We understand that this is a very difficult time, and we appreciate the wide range of emotions that the adoption process makes birth families feel. We hope to navigate this experience together and assist you in anyway throughout this process. We believe that once we connect, start to talk, and get to know each other it gets a bit easier and the process starts to become more real and less scary.
We would love to tell you a little bit about who we are and how life has led us to adoption. We met through online dating and quickly fell in love. Jackie specifically remembers making enchiladas with Brandon thinking to herself “this is the man I am meant to marry.” We have been married for almost 4 years now and continue to fall more in love as our relationship grows.
We share the same family values, faith in God, sense of humor, and above all the desire to have a child. We knew before we got married that having a biological child might be a challenge for us. Unfortunately, after testing we learned that our fears surrounding our infertility had become reality. We considered our many options but ultimately chose open adoption because it is the decision that makes us both happy and we are so excited to have found our path to parenthood. We believe in open adoption as it allows for us to connect and communicate with you throughout this journey. If you were to choose use to parent your child, we promise to send letters and pictures and are open to exchanging emails, phone calls, and future visits.
Brandon is a Registered Nurse and Jaclyn is a Registered Dietitian. We both work in hospitals and thoroughly enjoy caring for others. When we are not at work, we enjoy being active outside and often include our two dogs, Bella and Piper, on beach adventures. In the summer, we love watching the pups jumping in the waves and playing on the beach and we have fun kayaking and exploring the many hiking trails nearby. We also enjoy spending time with our family. We gather for Sunday dinners where we share stories from our weeks and play Rummy which somehow Brandon always seems to win!
We share a love for Disney and imagine the thrill and feeling of excitement there will be with each unique Disney experience with a child. We envision sharing our favorite holiday traditions like ice skating on Christmas Eve with a little one. We see our future; carpooling to sporting events, helping with homework after dinner, and reading stories before bedtime. We promise to nurture a love for learning, ingrain the importance of caring for others, and instill a passion for making the world a better place.
You’re looking for a wonderful home and future for your child and we’re looking to share our love and lives with a child in our family. Perhaps we are looking for each other? We feel that the amazing gift that you as birth parents provide shows incredible bravery. Your decision to place your child for adoption must be so complicated and difficult that we don't think that anyone who hasn't walked in your shoes could possibly understand. The incredible joy that you would bring to our family is incomprehensible. To put your baby's needs above your own, for that, we would be forever grateful. We can only hope that someday we will meet again and when we do, you will be proud of who your child has become. Most of all, we hope you will feel the love we all share for you.
Brandon & Jaclyn
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