Lance and Jacqueline

Married Since: 2007

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We think of you constantly and thank you for your undeniable courage in considering one of life’s most difficult choices for the child you love.

Lance and Jacqueline

from California

Lance

Ancestry: Irish, French

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Director of Maintenance

Education: BA

Hobbies: Camping, Fishing, Woodwork

Jacqueline

Ancestry: French, German, Welsh

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Stay-at-home Mom

Education: BA

Hobbies: Camping, Baking, Crafting

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother:

We are a happy family of three and it is our hearts’ desire to become a family of four. After years of trying to get pregnant, we found out that we are unable to have children without expensive and difficult fertility treatment. We were successful with IVF on our first attempt to conceive and got pregnant with a beautiful baby girl. After the birth of our daughter, we tried multiple times to add a second child to our family but unfortunately all of our attempts have been unsuccessful. We are so happy and excited for this journey. Adoption is truly a blessing and it gives us renewed hope in adding to our family. We think of you constantly and thank you for your undeniable courage in considering one of life’s most difficult choices for the child you love. Should you chose our family to bless with your child we will love them unconditionally and we would be forever grateful for the wonderful gift of the ability to parent your beautiful child!

I (Lance) always knew that I was adopted and never gave it a second thought. My birthmother could not have chosen better parents for me. I was raised in a loving and nurturing environment and had a wonderful childhood. I enjoyed camping and traveling with my parents and continue to share these passions with my family. I recently reconnected with my birthmother and biological sister and we keep in touch regularly. We get to meet up with my mom and sister when we take our annual camping trips to the mountains and enjoy spending time with their families.

Our daughter, Brinkley, can’t wait to be a big sister. She plays with her dolls pretending to feed and bath them, and change their diapers. She is mature for her age and understands that she will be a big sister one day but that her sibling is going to grow in another woman’s belly. We talk to her about you, and she thinks it’s so special that her sibling will get to have two mommies. Her favorite toys are Barbie’s and Legos. She likes riding her scooter, swimming and playing in the park. She also enjoys her singing and dance classes, Girl Scouts and gymnastics, for which I (Jackie) am her taxi of course. I enjoy watching her do all of these things and it would be easy to bring your child with us to watch their big sister until they are old enough to have their own activities to enjoy. She dotes on her younger cousins and has a special way of interacting and caring for them. There’s a joke in my family that if Brinkley is around the parents can leave because she’s got it handled. She is AMAZING with children and will be the BEST big sister!!

We have a very easy-going outlook on life and believe that everything happens for a reason. We feel very strongly that this is the best time in our lives to bring another child into our family because while our daughter is in school, Jackie will be able to stay home and develop the same loving bond with your child as she did with Brinkley. Your child will be raised with the same warmth and love that our daughter enjoys. Our daily family routines include cooking and having dinner together. Brinkley is learning how to set the table and after dinner, mom and dad clean up together. Lance and Brinkley play some before bedtime and then we both tuck her into bed and read a bedtime story. Once a month we take a family trip to one of our favorite places to go, either the zoo, an amusement park or on a camping trip.

Thank you for taking the time to read about us and to find out more about our family. Although we have never met, you are constantly in our minds and our prayers. We can assure you that your unborn child would be a welcome addition to our family, and we will love him/her with all of our hearts. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions and we are very much looking forward to meeting you and hearing all about you.

Love,
Jackie and Lance

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About Jackie

Jackie is beautiful beyond words, and I fell in love with her the moment I saw her. Our relationship moved very quickly because we both realized that we were meant for each other. After nearly ten years of marriage, there has never been a moment when I doubted our relationship. What I find most attractive about Jackie is how free-spirited and fun-loving she is. She keeps me on my toes and encourages me to better myself, both professionally and emotionally. She is a wonderful mother, and her love of children is reflected in how she treats our daughter. She is a devoted and loving wife and mother and would be blessed by having another child.

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About Lance

Lance is genuinely a good person. He has good morals, a strong work ethic, a great sense of humor and is always trying to better himself, whether it be in his career or as a father. As a husband I couldn’t have asked for anyone better. He is handsome, kind, supportive, and has been my best friend since we met 12 years ago. Lance is a very hands on dad and makes it a point to spend quality time with our daughter. Seeing them together makes me fall even more in love with him. They have the same enthusiasm for kicking a soccer ball back and forth as they do playing Barbie’s or having a tea party. I can only imagine how much more I’ll fall in love with him when I see him holding both children, one in each arm.

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Our Lifestyle

We live a pretty relaxed lifestyle and have an easy-going outlook on life. Lance and I enjoy getting together with friends sharing food, playing games, playing cards and enjoying their company. However, since we have been on “stay at home” orders and practicing social distancing, we had to get a little creative on how to get together with friends. We bought an outdoor projector to take with us on camping trips, but instead we started using it on our driveway for outdoor movie nights with friends. We also enjoy biking around the neighborhood and playing board games as a family. When Lance gets home from work and needs to unwind, he and Brinkley enjoy playing video games like Minecraft or Animal Crossing. We always sit around the kitchen table during dinner and talk about our day. After cleaning up we take the dogs for a walk and then play a game of Uno or Skip-Bo or some other game that Brinkley made up. At bedtime we both tuck Brinkley into bed and read her a bedtime story.

We have a lot of love to share in our household. We are big on snuggling and saying I love you to one another. We have our goofy sides and enjoy silly dance parties sporadically throughout the day – Lance even joins in when he’s home. Jackie has the time, energy and patience that a newborn needs and while Brinkley is at school, Jackie can spend one-on-one quality time bonding with a new baby. I (Jackie) miss holding and doting on a newborn. We look forward to every stage and milestone that your baby will encounter, from crawling to first steps and then walking. We can’t wait to be a part of his or her life and share these experiences with them.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

Since we’ve started this journey a few years ago we have come close to adding another child to our family but for some reason or another it hasn’t worked out. We are both strong believers that everything happens for a reason and that it didn’t work out because it wasn’t the right fit for our family. We know that when the time is right, we will be blessed with the perfect child. Our hearts are open and ready to unconditionally love the child that we have wished and prayed for. Our daughter is eager for a sibling and we cannot wait to become a family of 4. We are so happy and excited for this journey as adoption is truly a blessing and gives us renewed hope in adding to our family.

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How We Met

In Jackie’s words –

Lance and I met in a criminal justice class at our university in 2005. Lance was majoring in criminal justice (at the time he thought he wanted to be a police officer) and I was getting my minor in criminal justice. I noticed him the very first class – he was tall, handsome and had the most beautiful blue eyes. About halfway through the semester we started chatting and hit it off right away! We both come from close-knit families, shared a love of Catalina Island, traveling and camping. Lance finally asked me out on a date on the last day of class. 3 months later we were living together and 2 months after that we were engaged! It’s true what they say – when you know, you know. We have now been married for over 13 years. J

In Lance’s words –

I first noticed Jackie in a summer class while studying criminal justice at our university. I never built up the nerve to talk to her when I first saw her and made a deal with myself that if the chance ever comes up, I will not let it pass me by again. As fate would have it, we would find ourselves in the same class once more. I would often get to class late because of my work and traffic, and there she was sitting right up in front. The seat next to her was usually open, so I would slide right in, and we would exchange smiles. Eventually, we started to talk and found that we had a lot in common. Holding true to my pledge, I stayed late on the last night of class after finals to ask her out. Nothing like waiting till the last minute, but I never regretted it for a single moment. We have been happily married for over 13 years and I fall more in love with her every anniversary.

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Our Home and Neighborhood

We moved to our house about 2 years ago and couldn’t ask for a better neighborhood! It is very clean, family friendly, and close to many local attractions. We are 20 minutes from the zoo, the beach and amusement parks. There are several children on our street and all the kids love getting together to play. Some days the kids enjoy riding their bikes and scooters up and down the street, on other days the kids come to our house to jump on the extra-large trampoline in our backyard. We also enjoy quiet evenings in our backyard watching hot air balloons take sunset rides and land practically in our backyard.

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Our Pets

We have three pets – two dogs and a lizard. Sadie Mae is a 13 year old pug that we’ve had since she was 8 weeks old. She is mostly blind and totally deaf, but she is the sweetest little old pug you’ll ever meet. She loves any and all attention from people.

Buddy Boy is a Yorkshire terrier mix and is about a year and a half old. In February, Jackie found him running around a busy street without a collar and pulled over and he jumped right into her car. She took him to a local vet to see if he had a microchip, but he did not so we brought him home to care for him until his owner could find him. We put up “found dog” signs, checked for lost dogs on local online forums and called local shelters but no one ever came forward claiming he belonged to them so he became part of our family. Sadie has really warmed up to Buddy and she has a little more “pep” in her step when he is around. Buddy loves playing fetch, getting belly rubs and cuddling with his people.

Frankie Rose is our 2 year old bearded dragon. We went to a reptile exhibit in August of 2018 and came home with a baby dragon. She was so tiny when we brought her home and is now about 2 feet long from nose to the tip of her tail! She is a very calm, curious lizard and she does great around people and other animals. She is content in her tank but loves sitting on the back of the couch looking into our backyard. Brinkley gets a kick watching her munch on her selection of fresh vegetables and bugs.

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Our Families and Friends

Our extended family is large and they live very close to each other so we get together often. Our whole family has very strong family values and place a lot of emphasis on family and stability. My Grandma loves being a great grandma, my parents adore being grandparents. There are 3 children under the age of 5 in the family and one on the way (my cousin is due in March). My brother and his wife have a 9 month old daughter that our daughter begs to “babysit” so we get together with them quite frequently. Everyone is extremely supportive of our decision to adopt and can’t wait to meet him/her when the time comes. In addition to our family, we have the support of all our friends and they are just as eager to meet our newest family member.

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What We Will Share

Your child will know that you are our angel on earth. You brought this perfect little human into the world and you loved them so much that you made the ultimate sacrifice, to let us raise him/her and love them as though they were our own. You are the one that helped us fulfill our dream of becoming a family of 4 and we are so incredibly grateful for you.

On a side note, our daughter thinks your child is so lucky because they get to have 2 mommies – a tummy mommy (you) and then me. Your child is going to get double the love.

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Our Traditions

For the week of Thanksgiving, the 3 of us take our RV and go camping for a few days. Then on Thanksgiving Day we go to Jackie’s grandmother’s house to be with her grandmother, aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, Jackie’s parents and her brother and his family. We make a huge Thanksgiving feast and then spend the next couple of days playing board games, taking long walks, swimming, and just enjoying each other’s company. We spend every 4th of July in Avalon on Catalina Island with our extended family. Avalon is a small town without any major roads and no personal cars are allowed so most people get around on foot or in golf carts. On the morning of the 4th there is a parade that kids and adults enjoy. The locals decorate their golf carts, put their pets in costumes and follow the marching band and cheerleaders from the University of Southern California. Then at night there is the most extravagant firework show I have ever seen! We spend the rest of our days at the beach, playing in the arcade, or just playing games with our family back at the house.

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Our Promise to You

We can promise you that we will love your child with all of our hearts and protect them always. We will support your child’s psychological, emotional and physical well-being by always being there for them and letting him/her know that we care. As he/she grows we will allow them to choose what their interests are and provide opportunities for them to excel in these interests, we will make sure they are healthy, we will teach them about life and do our best to instill in them a moral compass to help them navigate life. Just because he/she didn’t grow in my body will not matter one bit.  We will love him/her with every ounce of our being.

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