Married Since: 2014

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Having a child in our home will bring laughter, love, and new perspectives.  It will also teach us to be patient and understanding in difficult times.  We can’t wait to share our love with a child and provide a home for them to grow. 

Jeremy and Stephen

from Minnesota

Jeremy

Ancestry: Scandinavian

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Homemaker

Education: MA

Hobbies: Traveling, Boating, Movies, Working out

Stephen

Ancestry: Scandinavian, German, Czech

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Pediatric Dentist

Education: DDS

Hobbies: Gardening, Working out, Art

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nondenominational

Favorites

Jeremy

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Spending time with my grandparents
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Going for a walk in the park
Food
Pepperoni pizza
Hobby
Going to the gym
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Taking our boat on the lake with friends
Subject in School
History
Thing to Cook
Chocolate chip cookies

Stephen

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Playing piano
Color
Green
Family Activity
Playing cards together
Food
Pulled pork tacos
Hobby
Gardening
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Leisure Activity
Yoga
Subject in School
Math
Thing to Cook
Pizza from scratch
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mom,

We have an abundance of love in our relationship and we cannot wait to share that with your child. We are grateful for your time in reading our story. We will wrap our arms around your baby and promise to provide a fun, loving, and nurturing home.

Stephen is a Pediatric Dentist and Jeremy recently retired from his career. Stephen pursued a specialty in Pediatrics so he could better the oral health of children and caring for kids is fun.  He enjoys the high energy of working with young ones and also knows how much patience goes into their care.  Many days he comes home with stories about the cute and funny things that his patients tell him.  Jeremy being home means a lot to us as we plan our family’s future.  Your child will receive lots of individualized care and love with a parent at home full time. Some of the things we look forward to are spending time visiting the local library, walking around the nearby parks, spending time at the lake, and being involved in our community.  Just a short walk away is a new swim park and we cannot wait to teach your child how to swim and enjoy the water.  When your baby is school aged, Jeremy wishes to be involved when needed and we will be supportive of the activities they choose to participate in.

We have a lot of hobbies, including traveling and appreciating the outdoors.  Some of our favorite places to visit are National Parks to enjoy the beautiful scenery and spend time outdoors hiking.  In the winter we like to escape Minnesota and go somewhere warm like Florida or Arizona.  Additionally, we like to read, paint, listen to music, and watch TV series and movies.  We really enjoy watching House Hunters Renovation as it gives us aspirations for projects around the home.  We also like watching Modern Family, Game of Thrones, Super Store, and comedy movies.  A healthy lifestyle is important to us, so we stay active by visiting the gym, taking walks, practicing yoga, and eating healthy.  Oh, but we also enjoy baking, especially cupcakes and cookies to bring to work and share with friends.

Our home is in Southern Minnesota, in a town of approximately 50,000 people. It is a close-knit, safe, and family friendly community. The commute to the city, where we lived for a number of years, is short. This allows us to visit a few times a month to spend time with our families and friends, including soon to be grandparents! As mentioned, we love to travel and immerse ourselves in new places, languages, and cultures. We want your child to appreciate both the rural and urban lifestyles that we have in Minnesota.

Minnesota has lots of different regions and diversity.  Where we live is more of the river and prairie area, our family in Northern Minnesota live more in the woods and lakes areas, and between is the urban metropolis of the city.  The whole state is very green and most Minnesotans spend lots of time outdoors, even in the winter.  We really enjoy all the regions, visiting our family and friends, which are all just a short drive away.  One of our favorite things about being close to the city is to drive up, eat amazing ethnic food and be able to visit different festivals and fairs that celebrate the community that makes up Minnesota.  Art Fairs, Pride Festivals and the State Fair are all things that we look forward to in the city.  It is imperative that we foster a worldly perspective for your child so they will be able to appreciate and respect people from all walks of life.

Our families and friends are just as excited as we are for the arrival of our new baby. Our nieces and nephews are eager to have a cousin they can visit and play with.  They enjoy many things such as fishing, snowmobiling, spending time at the lake, card games, and video games.  Our immediate family is spread between Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington State, Arizona, and Canada.  We look forward to traveling to maintain a tight relationship between the cousins.  Even when we cannot visit family in person we Facetime and Zoom often to catch up on their lives and school news.  Your baby will have four grandparents, “Nanna,” “Baka,” “Grandma,” and “Pappa”, who all live in Minnesota and can’t wait to spend time with their newest grandchild.

We very much appreciate your consideration in allowing us to raise your baby.  We cannot begin to comprehend the difficulty of the decision you are considering. Your courage in trusting us to unconditionally care for and raise this precious little life is insurmountable. We have been preparing for this baby for many years and are committed to raising him or her.  We are ready to welcome your baby into our loving and nurturing home.

Sincerely,
Jeremy & Stephen

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

Adopting means a lot to us because we have family and friends who are adopted. Our family and friends are incredibly supportive and patient with us as we navigate our adoption journey and work to build our new family.  Family members on both Jeremy and Stephen’s sides are adopted. They are treated with as much love as any other family member and they add so much joy to our family.  Adoption has been a goal of ours for many years.  Having a child in our home will bring laughter, love, and new perspectives.  It will also teach us to be patient and understanding in difficult times.  We can’t wait to share our love with a child and provide a home for them to grow.

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About Jeremy, by Stephen

Jeremy is my rock.  He is a steady, loving man who has supported me unconditionally through challenging yet joyful years as I have spent time furthering my education for the betterment of my family.  We met each other over twelve years ago and somehow he has graciously put up with my cooking and humor!  We have learned much about compromise, patience, and love through various home renovation projects as well as our travels together.  One of the most endearing attributes about Jeremy is that I know he will be an extraordinary father.  He shows so much compassion and strength to the children already in our lives. Our nephew likes to climb into Jeremy’s arms and sleep at dinners in restaurants and in the shade on a hot summer day.  Jeremy also likes to be active with the little ones by doing things like going tubing together behind the boat, and downhill skiing in the Winter.  I know he will immensely love our baby.

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About Stephen, by Jeremy

My husband Stephen is my best friend.  He is full of positive energy, fun, and love.  He always makes me laugh and is a very thoughtful person.  All of our nephews and nieces ask about “Uncle Stevie” because of his playful nature. Stephen enjoys playing card games, video games, and making homemade pizza with the kids.  He will always include the nieces, nephews and our friends’ children in games and activities which could be planting in the garden or hunting for acorns in the woods.  He connects with all children and will be a great father.  Over the years we have grown to respect and balance each other.  I know Stephen will be committed, fun, and continue to be adventurous with our new baby.

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Our Lifestyle

Our life is balanced between staying busy and taking time to relax.  We especially enjoy opening up our home and hosting our parents, siblings, and friends.  In the summers we are outdoors a lot grilling food, completing yard work, and gardening.  When the weather is nice we like to be on the lake; boating, tubing and water skiing. We like to take out on our boat and visit with our adult friends and encourage them to bring their children.  This makes being at the lake really fun as we pull water skiers, tubers and jump into the lake together.  Children make things very exciting and energized!  We also enjoy going on walks in our neighborhood and local trails.  While we do like to prepare meals, we also like to visit the restaurants in our community.  In the winter we use our slow cooker and our wood burning fireplace to create a cozy home.  One of our favorite things we like to make is pulled pork for tacos.  We love all the different ingredients that go into Mexican food and it is definitely one of our favorites to cut up all the fresh vegetables and mix together all the flavors.  Most days we relax by listening to music while we cook, Stephen’s favorite station is Hipster Cocktail Party. In the evenings, we like to relax by reading books, watching TV shows, and playing card games like Crowns and Skyjo.

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Our Dog, Toby

For nine years we had a friendly and quiet basset-black lab mix named Rasko.  He passed and after the quiet of his absence, we got a labrador-golden retriever mix named Toby.  We like to take him on walks and teach him new things like swimming! Toby is very friendly with children and enjoys playing with them.  Toby enjoys going on walks and meeting new people.  He has a very gentle nature and a fun personality.

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What We Will Teach

We want your child to have many opportunities to grow and learn.  Reading and language mastery are essential skills.  Learning about and appreciating different languages and cultures is a value we wish to pass on to your child. Stephen began learning Spanish in school and enjoyed speaking and learning the language and even more when he was able to use it with patients and families in the clinics.  Jeremy enjoys learning about new cultures and the history of different countries.  He likes to read and watch documentaries and even tolerates Stephen teaching him a bit of Spanish here and there.  We also value physical activity; spending time outdoors and trying different team and individual sports will be a priority.  We want your child to be able to explore their artistic passions.  Stephen grew up with music and especially appreciates the creativity it provides. Painting was originally a way to decorate our home in a cost-efficient way and quickly turned into something very relaxing.  Many friends are often surprised to note that the paintings in our home were self-made.  Above all, we want your child to have a worldly perspective and to have compassion not only for themselves and their desires, but also for others.

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Our Home & Neighborhood

We live in a rambler style home with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.  The house is located on a spacious lot with plenty of room to play outside.  We live in a safe, tight-knit community with lots of families and children. Our community is active with street festivals, outdoor summer concerts, pond hockey tournaments, farmer’s markets, art activities, and book clubs for both young and old people.  The schools surrounding us are excellent with lots of opportunities.  We live close to playgrounds, a water park, trails, parks, and the local library all within walking distance.

Our neighborhood is very friendly and we watch out for one another.  We are lucky to have close neighbors that we get together with many times a month for dinners and visiting on each other’s decks.  Sometimes we come home from being away and find out one of our neighbors had cleared our driveway of snow for us out of kindness. It is a wonderful place for a child to grow up in.

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Diversity in Our Lives

Diversity is important to both of us.  We know that your baby may come from a different background than us.  We value differences in racial and cultural identity and will acknowledge, learn more about, and celebrate those histories that identify us.  Each day we interact with people who are not of the same background as us.  The patients and families Stephen treats are of all walks of life.  One asset from Stephen’s interest in Latino culture is that he is fluent in Spanish and uses it often.  Our friends are diverse with regard to gender, sexual orientation, racial identity, political, and religious beliefs and we appreciate the perspective and influence that it brings to our relationships and life.  We commit to raising your baby with a diverse, worldly, and accepting perspective.

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Our Families & Friends

Our families and friends are just as excited as we are for the arrival of our new baby. Jeremy has four siblings and a multitude of aunts and uncles. This makes holidays extra fun and busy. Jeremy’s cousins adopted two beautiful girls who live in Minneapolis and we look forward to raising our kids close to each other and sharing our experiences together.  Stephen has a smaller family with one brother and one sister, so the gatherings feel more intimate. Our nieces and nephews are eager to have a cousin they can visit and play with.  They enjoy many things such as fishing, snowmobiling, spending time at the lake, card games, and video games.  Our immediate family is spread between Minnesota, North Carolina, Washington State, Arizona, and Canada.  We look forward to traveling to maintain a tight relationship between the cousins.  Even when we cannot visit family in person we Facetime and Zoom often to catch up on their lives and school news.  Both our parents live in Minnesota and they are also looking forward to a new baby.  Our nieces and nephews call our parents “Nanna,” “Baka,” “Grandma,” and “Pappa.”  Stephen’s mother is a retired music teacher and she likes to sing and tell stories with the grandchildren.  Jeremy’s parents take a lot of enjoyment in the holiday celebrations at Thanksgiving and Christmas.  They open their doors to lots of family and friends during the holidays.  Both sets of grandparents enjoy coming to visit us throughout the year.  We have lots of cousins, aunts, and uncles that we visit throughout the year in Minnesota and across the country.  We definitely cherish time together with our relatives and being a part of our nieces’ and nephews’ lives.

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Family Traditions

Most of our traditions revolve around family and the holidays.  We spend time traveling to visit our relatives in Minnesota and throughout the US.  We value maintaining strong relationships with our friends and family.  We very much enjoy sharing meals together at Thanksgiving and giving gifts at birthdays and Christmas time.  Stephen’s family likes to enjoy Swedish meatballs for the holidays and it isn’t Christmas for Jeremy’s family without ham and creamed corn. We like to decorate our home for the seasons including putting holiday lights up on our house.  In the summers we spend time with family at the lake.  We also like to garden and landscape; we take pride in creating a beautiful and relaxing outdoor space.  A tradition Stephen grew up doing with his family was to camp and fish in Northern Minnesota.  Jeremy’s family spent a lot of time at their lake cabin when he was growing up.  That’s where Jeremy learned how to waterski behind the boat.

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What We Will Share

It is important to us that your child knows about your loving decision that made us a family. They will know that you gave the greatest gift anyone could ever give; a family. We will encourage frequent, positive conversations at home about the unconditional love that you gave them.  We will respect your decisions and preference in the continued relationship that will exist between all of us. We will always have extreme gratitude for you and the precious gift you have given us.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to love and raise your child in a secure, happy, loving, grounded family.  We are committed to supporting the growth and development of your child in all aspects of life.  In times of struggle, we will be patient, understanding, and compassionate.  We know that we do not know everything and are dedicated to seeking guidance and advice when we fall short.  We will be the best possible parents we can be for your child.

Message Jeremy and Stephen

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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 Jeremy and Stephen

  • 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!