Married Since: 2017

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Being chosen as parents for your baby would be a true blessing and your child will always know where they came from and the love you have for them. While we will not share genetics with your child, please know that we will share our hearts with them.

Dax and Jennifer

from Colorado

Dax

Ancestry: English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Field Engineer

Education: BA

Hobbies: Hiking, Snowboarding, Mountain biking

Jennifer

Ancestry: English, German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Director of Operations

Education: BBA/BA

Hobbies: Hiking, Reading, Dancing

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American / Caucasian, Caucasian / Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Phil 4:13

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"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11
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From Us to You

Hi,

It is with great respect for you that we write you this letter. Being chosen as parents for your baby would be a true blessing and your child will always know where they came from and the love you have for them. While we will not share genetics with your child, please know that we will share our hearts with them.

We have always looked forward to having children, and after the heartbreaking loss of a pregnancy we decided that God’s plan for us is to adopt. We know other families who have adopted and have friends that were adopted themselves. There is so much value in seeing all the different perspectives of adoption which has only strengthened our decision that adoption is the path for us to build our family.

Life in our home is low-key and casual. Dax works full-time. Jen works part-time and has the flexibility to work from home often. Our weekend activities include hanging out at home, dinner and playing games with the family, going for a hike, camping, or maybe checking out a local festival or concert in the park. We enjoy those days of having nothing planned and going with the flow…everyone needs that once in a while. We can’t wait to have a little one walking around, making messes around the house and exploring the outdoors with us.

We both grew up in loving, supportive families that taught us strong Christian values and gave us wings to fly, and we can’t wait to share our lives with your child, provide them with a supportive environment to grow up in and watch them develop their wings to fly as well. We will surround your child with encouragement to find their interests and activities that they enjoy doing and we will guide and support them along the way.

We are not perfect and we have our fears and insecurities. We have had successes and failures and life has its highs and lows. That is why we are so thankful for the support that surrounds us and we will do everything we can to support you during your journey. You have an unimaginably important decision to make and we pray that you will find peace in your decision.

Thank you so much for considering us,
Jen and Dax

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About Jen

Jen is my wifey for lifey. She has a background in dance and one of the things I love about her is how she dances with her hands during conversations. It always makes me smile. Jen is a kind, thoughtful and giving person. She is always up for a challenge. On our second date, we went for a hike to Gem lake and I remember challenging her to climb a large rock and she said ok without blinking an eye. Jen isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She is a team player and I am honored to have her on my team. She is a very patient person and that is a crucial tool in raising a child. She will be an amazing mom!

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About Dax

Dax is my husband. I love saying that! I waited so long for him to come into my life and it was so worth the wait. It may sound cheesy, but he is also my best friend. He is the first person I want to tell good news to and the first person I want to get a hug from when I have had a rough day. Dax is one of the hardest workers I know, whether is it for his job or getting our yard looking great. I watch Dax with his nephews and know he will be a great dad. He is responsible, fun, and one of the most caring people I know. And it doesn’t hurt that he is so cute!

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

Adoption has been pulling at Jen’s heartstrings since high school.  One of her high school friends (who she is still in touch with) was adopted.  Jen even wrote a paper in her senior English class on the topic of adoption.  Little did she realize that a seed had been planted for her future.  We both have dreamed about having a family someday.  We met later in life and talked about the option of adopting in our first conversation about kids.  We have friends who have inspired us with their own adoption stories which was a big motivation to adopt.  We have so much to offer, teach, and give and cannot wait for the opportunity.

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Our Lifestyle

Fun, easy-going, and family-oriented.  Those are the first three words that come to mind describing our lifestyle.  We have a nice home in a great community but nothing extravagant.  We love being outside, whether on a hike, walking by the river, or riding bikes around the neighborhood.  Quality time is a major love language in our family.  Something as simple as sitting down at the dinner table together to share a meal and talk about how our day went brings a sense of peace and cohesiveness.  On any given night, you can find us engaged in a card or board game, watching a favorite TV show, or sitting on the porch watching the nighttime sky.  We love that we have family nearby and try to get together with them at least once a week.  We also realize the importance of maintaining our friendships so spending time with them is a priority, even if it is just a phone call.

We look forward to many more adventures as a family.  Often in the evenings we see the neighbor kids out playing together and riding their bikes and scooters around.  There is something very encouraging and heart-warming about watching kids enjoying the simple pleasures of life and hearing their laughter.  And we have been known to purchase a homemade bracelet from a kid from time to time.  How can you resist when they offer to make it in your favorite colors?

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Our Personalities

Dax is a people person.  He is friendly, likable, and loyal.  He gets along with everyone he meets.  His hard work and dedication stand out.  He prefers small family gatherings over large group gatherings.

Jen is an introvert.  She has a calm, easy-going, quiet manner.  She often finds herself in leadership roles, whether it is as a volunteer or at work.  She is a great problem solver.  Her observation skills and patience help her excel in teaching and guiding others.

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Home and Neighborhood

We live in an amazing community.  It is a small town that is close to larger cities and mountain towns so the opportunities for new experiences are plentiful.  Any given weekend, there is a festival, outdoor concert, sporting event, or theater event happening.  Most recently, our town hosted a snow sculpture event.  The artistic talent shown was incredible!

Last fall, a new recreation center opened.  They have a fun pool area for the whole family to enjoy, many class offerings, and a great outdoor playground for kids of all ages and abilities.  They even added in a skate park.

Our neighborhood is diverse, supportive, and social.  Every summer, they have food trucks that come to the neighborhood park. They also opened a dog park and keep expanding the walking trails around the neighborhood.  There is tennis, pickle ball and basketball courts, and a playground.  Any given day you will see kids riding their scooters and bikes, people walking their dogs, and baby toads hopping across the street (yep, you read that right, ha ha).

Our home is one of our favorite places.  It is big enough for everyone to have space to retreat to and small enough to encourage lots of time spent together.  The main floor is an open concept.  We spend a lot of time at the kitchen island where one of us can be cooking and still be a part of the conversation.  We have three bedrooms.  One is already set up as a nursery that has a bookshelf where the collection of children’s books has already begun.  And in the loft, there is a child’s rocking chair that was Dax’s as a kid that is waiting for its new occupant.

We envision playing in the backyard with your little one.  Running through sprinklers, playing yard games, blowing bubbles, and drawing pictures on the sidewalk.

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Our Pets

We currently have a puppy named Laney and a cat named Claire.  Laney is a smart, adorable Sheepadoodle who recently turned one.  She loves to run around the backyard, go for walks, play in the neighborhood dog park, and cuddle next to us on the couch.  Luckily, she does not shed!

Claire likes to cuddle up with us and loves to hang out in the forts that our nephew builds for her.  She can often be found sitting in the windowsill or laying in the sunniest spot of the house.

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Our Families

Where do we begin…our family is amazing. Dax’s parents recently moved to Colorado from Wyoming to be closer to family. Dax’s sister and her family (husband, two nephews ages 4 and 7) also live nearby. We get together with all of them often for a variety of activities from having dinner to playing card games, to attending a local community event. Jennifer’s mom and dad both live in Michigan, where Jennifer grew up. They visit Colorado at least once a year and we try to visit Michigan once a year. We keep in touch often via phone. Jennifer’s brother lives in Arizona and travels around a lot for work so stops by to visit when in Colorado. In addition to our immediate family, we have a wonderful extended network of friends from church, work and childhood friends that we enjoy hanging out with. We love our family and friends very much and are very appreciative of their support. We are so blessed.

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Traditions

Traditions are a big part of our solid foundations.

Dax’s favorite family traditions include camping in the Big Horn Mountains, getting dirty riding dirt-bikes and 4-wheelers, and fishing. The anticipation of loading up the truck and driving away from the hustle and bustle is something we always look forward to. There is so much to explore!  Jen’s family traditions are very similar and include multi-family camping trips, summer road trips, and neighborhood bike rides.

And let’s not forget the food traditions…Grandma Jeanie’s homemade Chicken and Pastry, the perfect comfort food on a cold, snowy day.  Biscuits and Cashew Gravy, something Dax’s mom taught Jen to make.  And Steve’s cookies…he makes them every holiday and mails them to us.

Sports are popular in this family.  We cheer for a variety of teams.  Papa and Dax are Kansas City Chiefs fans.  We all have our Chiefs shirts to wear on game day.  And we do live in Colorado so definitely cheer the Denver Broncos on.  Jen grew up in Michigan so will cheer on any Michigan team.  Even when they are not doing so well.

Holidays are always a special time.  On Christmas Eve every year, Dax and Jen host the local family and anyone visiting from out of town.  We attend church service together, play games, and eat dinner (usually a pot roast with veggies cooked in the crock pot).  The kids arrive in their Christmas pjs and get to open their presents from Papa and Grandma and Uncle Dax and Aunt Jen.  There may even be a game of touch football that happens in the backyard.  And we never forget the annual family picture, all cuddled together on the couch.

One of our favorite traditions is spending time with each nephew on their birthday.  This past year for our oldest nephew who turned 10, we attended the local high school Homecoming football game, ordered our favorite pizza, fell asleep watching movies on the couch, and made waffles for breakfast.  For our younger nephew, we took a trip to the aquarium (he LOVES animals), stopped at the store to look for some new Pokémon cards, and then took the puppy to the dog park.  It is so fun to watch them grow and listen to them share during this quality time together.

We have enjoyed experiencing these traditions with each other and look forward to sharing them with your child as a family.  And we are confident there will be new traditions created.

Jen is still hoping the tradition of Friday morning dance parties catches on 😊

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Our Faith

This is the foundation of our lives.  We both grew up in Christian families and attended church regularly.  As we grew up, we were encouraged to seek out our own, personal relationship with God and we continue to do that.  We attend a non-denominational church.  When we cannot attend in person, we watch services online.  For the past year, we have been part of a small group that consists of four couples.  It is fun to share our lives together and each couple is just beginning their families, so we look forward to the kids growing up together.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

This is how we learn and grow.  Dax went to a small high school where he met life-long friends with different cultural, economic, and racial backgrounds.  He also experienced living in a foreign country for a semester.  Jen spent her college years building friendships with those of different faiths and cultural backgrounds.  This was only the beginning of our intentional growth in diversity.  We have seen the amazing outcomes of the collaboration of diverse cultures.  We acknowledge that challenges arise, and both feel strongly that we are equipped to handle that.  We have a supportive, diverse community of family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to help us navigate the hurdles.  We are all human beings, and we all have gifts to share and so much to learn from each other.  The journey continues.  We will respect, learn, and expose ourselves and your child to different cultures as much as we can, encouraging acceptance and love for everyone.

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Hobbies

Dax enjoys spending his free-time snowboarding, hiking, four-wheeling, and watching sports.

Jen likes to dance, organize, hike and read.

Together, we are always looking for a new adventure.  That could be hiking, playing a game of cribbage, or watching a new movie.  Last summer we started paddle boarding and kayaking and love it!

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Vacations

We both work hard and look forward to vacations.  We typically take a couple trips a year.  Sometimes it is to a warm, sunny beach, sometimes to visit friends or family and explore another state, and sometimes it is a local road trip not too far from home.  No matter where we go, we look for activities and places to stay that are unique and a new experience.  Our most recent trip was to a small town in Colorado where we rented a cabin, explored local walking trails, and went horseback riding among the Fall colors.  It was breathtaking.  Dax’s parents were able to join us for a couple days and we enjoyed hanging out with them playing cards, walking around the small mountain town, and Dax and his dad got a little fishing in.  The cabin had a little pond in the back yard that our puppy Laney LOVED running around and in.

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What We Will Teach

We hope to teach our child to be confident and kind. It is important that they know the value of helping others and plan to participate in volunteer activities as a family. How to make smart decisions and problem solve is another skill we hope to teach our child. We want them to know the benefits of having Christian faith and values and will guide and support them as they develop their own relationship with God. Importance of family is another value we want our child to learn. We want to expose them to a variety of activities as they express interest so they can learn what they enjoy doing and where their talents lie. We do not want to overload them with activities as we know it is important to have time to just play and be a kid. We will teach them how to ride a bike, how to swim, catch a ball, snowboard, fish, and other fun things. Above all, we want them to know that they are loved for who they are and that they will always have our support.

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Adoption in Our Lives

When we started this process, we did not realize how much adoption was infused already in our lives.  And that has only grown.  Jennifer has a childhood friend who was adopted as well as college friends who have adopted two kids.  One domestically and one from Haiti.  Dax has a family friend who placed her son up for adoption many years ago and reconnected with him not too long ago.  We are friends with a couple who adopted a young child from Korea a couple of years ago.  Jen recently worked with a client who had two young, adopted kids.  There are many other connections to adoption in our lives and we discover more every day.  We are excited to grow our family through adoption and have our own story to share.

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What We Will Share

We want your child to know that their journey began before we came along.  Adoption is a blessing and act of love.  We will tell them what we know about you as it becomes age appropriate.  They will know that their family extends beyond the home they live in and that they are loved by so many.  You are the reason they are alive and your brave decision of choosing adoption will give them a wonderful life.  You deserve to be honored and we will be eternally grateful to you.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to always provide your child a safe, supportive, loving home.  We will teach them, guide them, and protect them.  We will comfort them when they are in pain, encourage them when they feel defeated, and celebrate with them when they succeed.  We will surround them with a loving, supportive community and create a strong foundation for them to grow and thrive.  They will be loved by many.  We will send you updates and photos as often as you would like, and you will always have our respect.

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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!

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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!