Married Since: 1996

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We will raise your child as our parents raised us, by spending lots of time with them, loving and supporting them and teaching them to love and care for animals and help them understand that animals depend on us just as people do.

Jock and Brenda

from Nebraska

Jock

Ancestry: English, Dutch

Religion: Presbyterian

Occupation: Rancher / Owner

Education: Some College

Hobbies: Fixing and Building things, Volunteer firefighter

Brenda

Ancestry: German

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Rancher/Owner

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Roping, Fishing, Hunting, Reading, Volunteer firefighter

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Jock

Animal
Dog
Book
Huckleberry Finn
Childhood Memory
Traveling around the country with my parents
Color
Red
Family Activity
Playing cards / Board games
Food
Hamburgers
Hobby
Fixing broken stuff
Holiday
Christmas
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Music
Country / Rock

Brenda

Animal
Horses and dogs
Book
Louis L'amour, The Sackett Series
Childhood Memory
Fishing with parents, aunt and uncle
Color
Red
Family Activity
Playing card / Board games
Food
Steak
Hobby
Roping / Playing card games
Holiday
Halloween
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Music
Country
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We realize this is a very difficult decision you face and we believe that you love your child very much. We have been waiting a long time to become parents and have not been able to do so. Our very good friends adopted a child and we get to witness their joy second-hand and so dearly want that joy for us as well.

We met while we were in college and found that we had many common interests. We fell in love and married in July of 1996. Like many young couples, we thought parenthood would eventually happen for us, but unfortunately a pregnancy did not happen so we have chosen the path of adoption. We are so ready for a child in our life and we are excited to provide a loving and caring home for your child and imagine the joy he or she will bring to our lives and family.

Brenda went to college on a Livestock Judging Scholarship and has a degree in Animal Science. She is very involved in 4-H, showing horses and cattle, and judging livestock. My wife, Brenda, is such a loving and caring person and I can’t wait to raise a child with her. She is going to be a wonderful mom.

Jock grew up traveling the country with his parents who showed Hereford cattle. He is active in 4-H and the Junior Hereford Association. He also went to college on a Livestock Judging Scholarship and that is one of the common interests that attracted me to him when we first met. He is so excited to share our lives with a child and I can’t wait to see him playing with your child and teaching your child all of the important lessons in life that fathers are to teach their children.

We enjoy traveling to see our friends and family throughout the country and our families have reunions quite often. Jock has relatives in Alaska and we are going to see them very soon. We also have friends in Georgia that we are going to go on a fishing trip with. Brenda has an aunt, uncle, cousins and friends in Florida that we go and see when we can. Our friends, neighbors and family are anxiously awaiting for your child to join our family.

We realize that this is a very difficult decision for you and we believe you are very brave and that you love your child very much to consider adoption. Thank you for the opportunity to share with you the kind of life we will share with your child and we hope to hear from you soon.

Take care,
Jock & Brenda

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About Brenda

Brenda grew up right here on our ranch; her great-great grandparents homesteaded in the area back in 1884. She was really active in 4-H, showing horses, cattle and judging livestock, and learned to be responsible, dedicated and to live with ethics and integrity. She went to college on a livestock judging scholarship and has her degree in animal science. We met in college and have been together ever since. Brenda is a loving, caring person and I can’t wait to raise a child with her. She’ll be a wonderful mother; any child would be blessed to call her Mom.

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About Jock

Jock grew up travelling the country with his parents who showed Hereford cattle. He was really active in 4-H and the Junior Hereford association. When he was a little older, Jock worked in a machine shop where he became really good at welding and building things. He also went to college on a livestock judging scholarship, so our common interests were strong as soon as we met. Jock is a wonderful man who is loyal, dedicated, hard-working and just a really nice guy. He is so excited to have a child to play with, teach and help grow into an honest, happy adult.

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About Us

We like to have friends and family over for barbecues on the weekends or rainy days. We rope and ride a lot in the winter with friends. And we often have card games in the barn with our neighbors and friends. We both enjoy fishing, camping, fossil/rock hunting and traveling to see friends and family as well as visiting new places and trying new adventures out with friends.

We are ready to start a new chapter in our life. We met and fell in love in college, and were married in July, 1996. We moved back to Brenda’s family ranch and have been active ranching ever since. We are now ready for a child in our life, but have not been able to have one on our own. We love having our friends over with their kids, helping them learn what we know. We teach them to ride and rope plus let them use the barn for other activities. We show Simmental cattle at the stock show every year. We have helped many young people get started in the cattle business through the years. We like to take vacations and see our many friends and family across the United States. We can’t wait to have a child of our own to share these memories with. We can only imagine what it will be like to read stories to a child and tuck them in at night.

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Our Families

Jock: While I grew up as an only child, I came from a large family and have 75 cousins. I have a close relationship with my parents and they are excited to become grandparents to your child. While growing up I spent a lot of time with my parents and went everywhere with them. They encouraged me to pursue things that I was interested in and were supportive of my decisions. After high school I went to college and then on to University where I enjoyed school and excelled in math and history. I met Brenda when we were at college together and married while in college. Together we built our ranch and cattle operation and have been quite successful. I love what I do and I always say “if you like your job, it isn’t work.” I am so fortunate that Brenda shares the same goals as I do and we love what we do and have a happy life that we can’t wait to share with a child.

Brenda: I grew up right here on our ranch that my great-great grandparents homesteaded back in 1884. My parents, brother and his wife also live on the ranch and we all have our own homes. We did everything together as a family and my parents were very supportive and wonderful role models for my brother and me. They encouraged me to follow my passion for horses. I have always enjoyed my life and I grew up doing what I love, riding and competing in horse shows and rodeos. After high school I went to college, earned my associates degree and then went to University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Since Jock and I married we have worked side by side to achieve our dreams and now the only dream we are waiting for is to share our wonderful life with a child.

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Our Home

Our home is a spacious ranch-style home with 3 bedrooms, an office, den, living room, kitchen and two bathrooms. We have a large lawn in front of the house with a few trees for shade. We have a big building on the property that has an indoor roping arena in it, plus an office, kitchen and full bathroom in it. There is an upstairs that we are finishing up with a pool table and a table for playing cards with our friends. Brenda’s parents live next to us, and they plant a large garden every spring so we get to enjoy fresh produce every year and in the winter we enjoy the canned foods as well. We are only 8 miles from town so it is easy to attend social events where there are always lots of children, and several of our neighbors have young kids who would welcome a new friend. Our area is full of wildlife to watch including deer, antelope, elk, turkeys pheasants, and bald eagles that live on the creek by our house.

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Our Lifestyle

We live on a ranch with cows, horses, three dogs (Turtle, Munchie and Shorty) and numerous barn cats. We imagine the joy your child will have in getting to feed hay to the cows and horses when they get a little older. In the spring your child will get to see lots of baby calves being born as well as colts. Spring is a really fun time of the year on the ranch and that’s the time we have cattle drives where the cows are moved to new pastures. In the summer we harvest hay to feed the animals and we enjoy going to cattle shows and rodeos throughout the year. We get to see wildlife daily like eagles, elk, antelope, deer, pheasants, and turkeys, and get to interact with many of them daily. We are so looking forward to adding a little one to our lives and being able to teach her or him to read, write, ride horses, how to fish and all about life.

For fun we like to have friends over to the house to practice our roping skills, ride our horses or relax and play cards. We like playing all kinds of card and board games. Jock taught one of our good friend’s little girl how to play Monopoly and now that’s all she wants to play. We grill out a lot with our friends when we are done roping and we make it fun for all ages. We have several friends with children that we have taught how to rope and to ride horses and we just got a pool table and everyone is looking forward to playing pool. We are both volunteer firefighters and the pool table is an antique that came from the fire department. It was built in 1891. We like to go fishing in the summer and are very fortunate to have several ponds and streams close by to fish on and one of our good friends has a boat we enjoy taking out on the water. We have a lot of history in our area that will be fun to share with your child. Home is just a few miles from State Parks, the Black hills of South Dakota. We also have the badlands and are close enough that we can go fossil and rock hunting there. Kids seem to love playing in the badlands and we can’t wait to include your child in these adventures.

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What We will Teach Your Child

We feel blessed with the childhoods we had and the great examples our parents have been for us. We plan on raising our child as our parents did by spending lots of time with them, teaching them to love and care for animals and help them understand that animals depend on us just as people do. We will teach them to be respectful, to be honest and to care for others. The most important lessons we want our child to learn is that they are loved and to feel secure.

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Our Hobbies

Jock: I enjoy welding and building/creating things in my work shop. I like playing cards with friends and touring the countryside.

Brenda: My hobbies are riding horses, roping and fishing, playing card games and pool with our neighbors and their children. I like to take our neighbors children horseback riding.

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What We will Tell Your Child

Your child will always know that you loved them very much and she made an adoption plan because you felt it was the best for your child and that you wanted them to have a great life. We are forever grateful for you giving us this precious child to become our own. We know that this must be a very difficult decision for you and your child will know of the deep love you have for them that you made such a sacrifice for them.

Message Jock and Brenda

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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 Jock and Brenda

  • 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!