Dax and Jennifer

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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Dax

Animal
Horse
Color
Blue
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Early Bird
Family Activity
Hiking
Food
Spaghetti
Hobby
Snowboarding
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Sport
Football
TV Show
Modern Family

Jennifer

Animal
Dolphin
Color
Green
Early Bird or Night Owl?
Neither
Family Activity
Playing games
Food
Chocolate
Hobby
Dancing
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Hockey
TV Show
This is Us
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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 pulled 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 encouraged us even more to adopt. We have so much to offer, teach, and give, and cannot wait for the opportunity to become parents.

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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 front 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 around. There is something very encouraging and heart-warming about watching kids enjoying the simple pleasures of life. 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. Making decisions does not come easy to him but often the deliberation pays off.

Jen is an introvert. She has a calm, easy-going, quiet manner. She often finds herself in leadership roles because she is a great problem solver. Her observation skills and patience help her excel in teaching and guiding others. She does have an occasional stubborn side but is able to admit when she is wrong.

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Home and Neighborhood

We live in a small Colorado town. There is a strong sense of community with events happening, often from parades to the farmers market. The neighborhood we live in has walking paths, nice park with more to come, and does community events such as movies in the park and an annual neighborhood picnic. Our neighbors are great and vary from retirees to young families, and everything in between. Our home is perfect for a small family, with a comfortable, fun and relaxed feel. The open floor plan and backyard makes it great for hanging out with family.

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Our Pets

We have a cat named Claire. She loves to cuddle up next to us on the couch and loves to hang out in the forts that our nephew builds for her. We also have a new member of the family, Laney.  She is a sheepadoodle puppy and we are having so much fun with her.  She loves to go on walks and take naps.

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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

We looked up the definition of the word “tradition” and it means “the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.” Traditions are a big part of our family’s solid foundations. A big one that we both had passed down to us from previous generations is our Christian faith. We both grew up going to church and being encouraged, not forced, to build a relationship with God.

Dax’s favorite family traditions include camping, riding dirt-bikes, and fishing in the Bighorn Mountains. Biscuits and gravy on Saturday mornings is another beloved family tradition that continues.

Jen’s family traditions include multi-family camping trips, summer road trips, and homemade chicken and pastry, which she makes from scratch using her grandma’s recipe.

Since meeting, we have started some new traditions. They include hosting Christmas Eve for the family, carving pumpkins at Halloween, and special birthday days with each nephew every year. This year’s birthdays included a good old-fashioned game of hide and seek and some coloring! All of our new traditions are things that allow us to spend quality time with our families.

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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Cultural Diversity

This is how we learn and grow. We both grew up in non-diverse communities. Leaving those communities and heading into the world was eye-opening and incredible. Dax experienced living in a foreign country. Jen spent her college years building friendships with those of different faiths. 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 all have gifts to share and so much to learn from each other. The journey continues. We will respect, learn, and expose our family 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, 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.

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Travel

We both work hard and look forward to vacations. We typically take a couple of trips a year. Sometimes it is to a warm, sunny beach, sometimes to visit friends/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 a long weekend to a town just down the road. We stayed in a very cool treehouse, found a new hiking trail, and hiked with goats. It’s not every day that you get to do that!

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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 already infused in our lives. And that has only grown. Jennifer has a childhood friend who was adopted. She also has college friends who have adopted domestically and internationally. Dax has a family friend who placed her son 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 last year. Jen recently worked with a client who has 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.

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What We Will Share

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

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Our Promise to You

We promise to always provide your child with 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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