Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We are truly so excited to begin walking alongside you on this journey. We have a great deal of admiration and respect for you.

Jacob and Nicole

from Kentucky

Jacob

Ancestry: Irish, French Canadian, Dutch

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Security Engineer

Education: BS

Hobbies: Games, Snowboarding, Sports

Nicole

Ancestry: Hispanic, Irish, Scottish

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Medical Receptionist

Education: BS

Hobbies: Reading, Gardening, Skiing, Traveling

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

Favorites

Jacob

Childhood Memory
Summer camping trips with the whole family at San Clemente Beach, CA
Color
Orange
Family Activity
Boating
Food
Sushi
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Sport
Football
Subject in School
Math
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
TV Show
Friends
Vacation Spot
Dominican Republic

Nicole

Childhood Memory
Disney cruise with my family
Color
Purple
Family Activity
Boating
Food
Anything with rice...or carbs
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Basketball
Subject in School
English
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
TV Show
Friends
Vacation Spot
Dominican Republic
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We feel like we love you already and we don’t even know you yet. When we dream about meeting you for the first time, it makes us emotional. We are truly so excited to begin walking alongside you on this journey. We have a great deal of admiration and respect for you.

We can’t begin to thank you enough for even just taking the time to learn about us and our life. We admire you so much for the consideration you are making and we think you are so brave, selfless, and full of unwavering love for your child. We truly can’t imagine what you have been through in making the decision to place your child for adoption. Should we be so incredibly fortunate to be chosen by you to raise your child, we promise that your child will live a life full of love, joy, laughter, growth, support, and know the love in the decision you made.

When we decided to adopt our first child, Beckett (2 years old), we knew that we had empty space in our hearts that was longing to be filled with a child. Now that we have become parents, we realize that there is more room and love in our hearts for another child. We often find ourselves dreaming out loud to each other about what it would be like to bring your child home and have them join our lives. We know that Beckett will be an amazing big brother and we are thrilled to help him grow into that role.

Last summer, we decided we were ready to again grow our family through adoption. Since then, we have dreamt about getting the call telling us that we have been chosen to be part of your adoption journey. We remember what it felt like to get the call the first time around, and we are eagerly awaiting that flood of love to fill our hearts again.

When we look back at our previous adoption experience, we remember the nervous excitement of the unknown stages ahead that we felt at this point in our journey. This time around, all we feel is the excitement to potentially be able to meet and learn all about you, the woman considering our family to raise her child.

We can wholeheartedly promise you that your child will receive all of the love we have to give. Truly there are no words to describe what being chosen by you would mean to us.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to consider giving us a chance to live our dream.

With Love,
Jake and Nicole

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About Nicole, by Jake

Nicole is a funny, loving, caring, and just an all-around awesome person. She loves to laugh, spend quality time as a family, and hang out with friends. Nicole always lights up the room when she walks in and life is boring without her. There is no person I’d rather walk through life with and build a family with. Most importantly, Nicole is the best mom to Beckett I could have ever wished for. She loves him more than anything in the world and does whatever necessary to make sure his needs are met, and he is happy. Nicole was meant to be a mother and we are so lucky to have her. I cannot wait for your child to receive the same love that she gives to me and Beckett.

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About Jake, by Nicole

Jake is the true definition of a gentle giant! He is my big, fun-loving, kind-hearted, patient and caring partner in crime. I couldn’t have hand designed a better husband or father of my children. Jake has a contagious laugh that he couples with an outgoing personality and friendly disposition. He can make a friend wherever he goes and people genuinely enjoy his company. He is patient and calm, which makes him a truly amazing partner and father. One of my favorite qualities of Jake’s is his passion and drive. He puts his mind to anything he does and does not stop until he is the best. This includes fatherhood. Beckett absolutely adores him and wants to be EXACTLY like his daddy in every possible way. Watching him grow into his role as a father has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. Any child we are blessed with will truly be the luckiest child on Earth to be able to learn from him, be protected by him, have him stand by their side, and be able to call him Daddy.

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How We Met

Our relationship grew to be what it is in a very unique way. We actually grew up in the same neighborhood in Southern California, attended the same birthday parties, shared some of the same friends, and went to the same schools. However, we never knew each other as kids. Nicole moved to Kentucky with her family when she was 14 and Jake stayed in California through high school. During Jake’s senior year of high school, he was coaching and umpiring little league baseball. Nicole came out that summer to visit her aunt, uncle, and cousins. Her cousins were on the team Jake coached and we were introduced by her aunt and uncle. We became great friends and remained friends through our first couple years of college, despite going to schools across the country from each other. We decided to begin dating in the Spring of 2012 and the rest is, as they say, history. After she graduated college in Kentucky, Nicole moved to Arizona to live near Jake during his senior year and we got married shortly after graduation in June of 2014. After the wedding, we moved to Chicago for Jake’s work and lived there for a couple of years before returning to Nicole’s home state of Kentucky, where we continue to establish our roots.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

Since the day our relationship became serious and we began discussing marriage, we knew without a doubt that we were meant to be parents and that we wanted to have a family. Nicole was extremely lucky in being able to beat cancer at a young age, however, we knew from the start that growing a family would not be an easy task for us because of her health issues. It wasn’t until we decided that we were ready to begin the process of becoming parents, that we realized that we did not need our child to be biological in order for us to love them with our whole hearts. We have been reaffirmed in those feelings since bringing Beckett home. We often talk about how we feel like he is more meant for our family than any biological child would have been. We know that all those feelings will flood our hearts again when we meet your child.

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Our Relationship with Beckett's Birth Mother

During our first birth mother’s pregnancy, we visited her at least once a month. After Beckett was born and she was healing, we spent as much time with her as possible in the hospital. During all of that time, we formed an amazing bond and friendship that made her feel like family to us. We went into the adoption process feeling nervous and uncertain about what that relationship would look like and we were absolutely blown away at how close we feel to her and how much we love her now. We left the hospital feeling like we wanted more of an open adoption instead of just sending pictures and letters. Since Beckett’s birth, we continue to reach out to his entire birth family (primary birth mother and birth grandmother) and attempt to meet up. It has not yet happened because they are not quite ready, which we fully respect. We have always made it known that the door is completely open on our end and they are welcome to walk through whenever they feel comfortable.

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Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is very fun and very busy. We are always planning fun things to do as a family or with friends. In the winter, we play in the snow when it snows or have friends over to play card games and eat dinner. When the weather is nice, we often have BBQs with our friends while the kids play outside. During the summer months, you can usually find us at the lake. We have a boat and Nicole’s parents have jet skis and a camper, so we love to go to the lake for the day or for a whole weekend. Our lifestyle revolves around creating new memories for Beckett and our family. During the week, we have friends or family over often or play games together as a family. We also love to travel. We try to go on one or two 7-10 day trips per year, usually to the beach or even out of the country.  There are also many fun weekends away when time allows.

Jake has always had many hobbies to keep him busy. Many of these involve spending time with friends and family. Jake loves to play board games, play poker, play softball, watch and play football, golf, teach Beckett about sports, and tend to his fish tanks. He is happiest when not sitting still, so whether with friends, family, or alone, Jake is usually doing something around one of these hobbies or developing a new one.

Nicole love to read, spend time with her friends, watch movies, walk, and go on family adventures with Beckett. Nicole is always coming up with fun activities for the family, like going to the aquarium and trying new restaurants. She also loves gardening and finding new plants to grow in our backyard. She even grew some vegetables last year. The tomatoes were a huge hit with the family.

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How A Child Will Enrich Our Lives

Every future parent dreams of what their life will be like once they are blessed with children. We never imagined that our lives could be this unbelievably amazing. We have loved every second of being parents to Beckett. While we feel the presence of an all consuming love for him in our hearts, we can’t help but know that we have so much more room in our hearts to love and parent another child. When we dream of how our lives will change and grow, we dream about our hands being just as full as our hearts, future family vacations full of laughs and memories, soccer practices and gymnastics class, summers on the boat teaching our children to ski and wakeboard, winters of snowmen building and sledding, Mickey Ears and smiles at Disneyland, watching Beckett grow into the amazing big brother we know he can be and a house full of so much love.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in a rural town in an established neighborhood with many young families, which has given us the opportunity to meet lots of friends around our age. We have lived in this neighborhood since 2016. Our current home is a 2-story home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a full basement. We love to entertain friends and host holidays or events. Jake has his “man cave” in the basement with a large projector screen and comfortable couches. This year, we plan to finish the basement and add an additional bedroom and bathroom. Beckett has a toy room in the front of the house filled with way too many toys. He loves sharing it with friends and we dream about hearing the giggles coming from that room when he has a brother or sister to share it with. We have a fenced-in backyard with a deck where we love to spend time when the weather is nice. Beckett loves to play on his swing set while the dogs run around the yard!

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Our Families & Friends

We are both very close to our families. Nicole’s parents live in the same town and we spend a lot of time with them for weekly dinners and other family activities. Their lives revolve around Beckett and they are looking forward to having another grandchild to love on and spoil. Nicole’s brother lives in Colorado and is working on building a family of his own with his husband, Wade. Jake’s family is a little more spread out, but equally as involved in our lives. His parents live in Southern California (where Jake and Nicole both grew up.) We take an annual trip to California around the holidays and they come to visit us a few times a year as well.  We look forward to family trips to Disneyland or Disneyworld trips each year. Jake has two brothers; Garrett and Eric. Garrett is in the Army, so relocates often, but is looking forward to settling down in Kentucky in a few years. He has 5 kids (Brilee, Alexis, Levi, Noah, and Ethan) with his wife Alyssa and we love spending time with them and have the cousins play together for a few weekends a year. Eric lives in New Jersey with his wife, Jenn, and new baby, Eleanor.  We also make sure to see them a few times each year.

Friends are a very important part of our lives. We have developed an awesome friend group over the past few years.  We have at least one or two weekly dinners with our close friends and their kids. For birthday parties, summer parties, and other larger events, we often have around 20-30 people attend with tons of kids playing together. Beckett loves having so many friends in our neighborhood and we can’t wait to see them all grow up together in school, sports, and playing outside together.

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Traditions

Traditions have always been a big part of both of our families and we have continued that “tradition of traditions” in our family as well. Some of our favorite traditions we have created so far are yearly visits to Disneyland, Friendsgiving with our friends, Easter at Jake’s brother Garrett’s house, and summer camping trips. Our favorite traditions that we’ve continued from Jake’s family are homemade donuts on New Year’s Day, hard boiled eggs on Easter, and playing in a flag football game we call “Turkeybowl.” Our favorite traditions from Nicole’s family are Prime Rib for Christmas dinner, deep fried turkey on Thanksgiving, and Sunday night dinners. Sunday night dinners are important to our family because even when we have all had a busy week, Sunday night gives us time to relax, recharge, and spend quality time with Nicole’s parents.

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Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity is an important part of both of our lives, and we strive to instill the acceptance of all cultures and backgrounds in Beckett’s life as well.  The importance of learning about different cultures is held in high regard in our home. During vacations to other countries, we make sure to do at least one excursion into a small town to learn about that culture and to learn from local residents what their daily lives entail.  One thing we are intentional about teaching Beckett is understanding the importance of cultural diversity and the significance of maintaining equality. It is crucial that children are introduced to this topic from an early age and are able to discuss the differences of cultures, although focus primarily on what makes all humans the same. Our children will learn about respect, which is a key concept of cultural diversity. At Beckett’s young age, we make sure he watches movies or TV and reads books that show that although all people may look different, we are all the same and need to be treated equally. We also try to surround ourselves with people who have experienced different challenges than us or who may look different than us. A great example of this is that our children will grow up with two Uncles who are gay. We hope that they will learn from us that love is love.

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Our Relationship with You

When we envision what our relationship with you will be like, we first recognize that it will be highly dependent on your wishes and comfort level. We would not ever push something on you that you are not comfortable with. We fully intend to let the relationship develop on your terms, in your timeframe. In our opinion, the best-case scenario is that we will have the opportunity to meet and continue talking with you during your pregnancy. We want to be a support system for you and people that make your life easier. Our hope is that our relationship will only grow from there. We would love for all three of us to feel so close to one another, that we decide to stay in contact and even meet up occasionally throughout your child’s life. The ball is completely in your court. We fully intend to move at your speed in developing our relationship.

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Our Promise to You

First and foremost, we want you to know that if given the extraordinary pleasure to meet you and be chosen by you to raise your baby, you will forever have a piece of our hearts. You will never be a stranger to us or our family. We will hold you in the highest regard and our relationship with you will be always cherished and recognized. We will raise your baby to know that he or she is adopted and that we admire you wholeheartedly for the choice you made and consider you a hero in our lives. We will love your baby with everything that we have and raise him or her as if he or she was born from our body biologically. Not only will we love your baby with every cell in our bodies, but we will love you just as much.

Message Jacob and Nicole

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Jacob and Nicole

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!