Jake and Erin

Married Since: 2015

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Your child will know and think of you as being strong and selfless. The way they treat others will make you proud. In our eyes, you will always be an answered prayer who chose us to raise your miracle. We will always be so incredibly grateful for you and the decision you made.

Jake and Erin

from Georgia

Jake

Ancestry: English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Teacher

Education: Master's Degree

Hobbies: Coaching basketball, Reading, Playing with dog

Erin

Ancestry: Irish, Scottish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Business Development Specialist

Education: Master's Degree

Hobbies: Running, Hiking, Spin, Working out, Yoga, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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Dear Expectant Mother,

There is no greater love than to lay one’s life down for another. Should you decide that adoption is the right choice for you and your child, please know that we would be honored to share this journey with you. We will raise your child to know that you loved them and placed their life above your own.

Adoption has always been plan A for us and has never been a last resort. I, Erin, have known since I was a teenager that I would adopt in order to become a mother and felt at peace with my decision instantly. I told Jake when we became serious during our dating years and he did not bat an eye. We began praying and planning our adoption journey as soon as we were married.

Jake is a teacher and basketball coach and I work in healthcare. We are passionate about giving back and raising children to do the same. Jake teaches for the best school system in the state and coaches basketball; therefore your child will be spending a lot of Saturday mornings cheering on their dad’s team. Your child will always have a dog to play with in the back yard. They will spend a lot of afternoons at the nearby park and weekends at their grandparents’ farm, learning how to ride horses. Both grandparents have pools, where your child will learn how to swim and have cookouts. We will teach them how to ride a bike and tie their shoes. We will be their biggest fans and support system. Your child will always have everything they need and will be so incredibly loved.

We cannot wait to share our holiday traditions and create new ones. Every year your child will attend candle light service with their grandparents and spend Christmas Eve with Jake’s side of the family. Christmas Eve will also be spent baking cookies for Santa and eating a birthday cake for Jesus. Your child will wake up every Christmas morning with presents under the tree and a big breakfast before visiting Erin’s side of the family on their farm. Every Easter they will wake up early to attend Sunrise service and get ready for a huge Easter egg hunt with Erin’s side of the family. On Thanksgiving, before spending time with family, your child will help serve the homeless a Thanksgiving Day meal.

We have discussed adopting a child of a different race throughout our marriage. We live in an area that is very diverse and we are so excited to teach our child about their culture and heritage. Atlanta is a short drive away and there are lots of museums to also learn about different races/cultures/heritages. Our church and the schools that your child will attend are also very diverse. Our circle of family and friends is a very diverse group who are beginning to grow their families as well, so we look forward to having our kids growing up together. Erin’s sister-in-law is biracial and has shared with us how important it is to surround our child with strong, successful role models that look like them. She shares some great insight on how to discuss race with our child and how to teach them to love their beautiful skin and hair even though it may be different than their parents’. We have also begun a home library, collecting children’s books where the main characters are of color. Jake’s best friend is African American and has 3 children that your child will grow up with. Jake talks with his friend Jason often, and he has provided Jake with advice on how to parent and navigate through these times. Jason’s family will be in our lives and a mentor to our child, and to Jake and me as well.

Thank you for reading our story and for considering us as possible parents to your child. We would love to hear your story and join together with you to provide the life and love you dream for your child.

With love,
Erin and Jake

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

We live in a lovely neighborhood and community that is rich in racial diversity. We know all of our neighbors and count on each other to help let our dogs out and check on the house when we take trips. It is a wonderful place to raise a family and we are walking distance from a beautiful park and we are only 30 minutes away from a major city. Our home has three bedrooms and is at the end of a cul-de-sac. There is a large, fenced-in backyard and newly remodeled back deck and lower patio where we love being outside and enjoying our new deck, or throwing around the baseball and football. We have also been getting the inside of our home ready for the arrival of a baby – hopefully soon! One of our bedrooms has been a “man cave” for Jake since we moved in, but he is happy to have that room be converted into the nursery. We also have plans to finish our basement, so that there is room for a playroom or more bedrooms as we expand our family.

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

On three day weekends we enjoy hanging out with friends or visiting Erin’s parents who live on a farm. We enjoy visiting them and their horses. We also like to take our dog on trips to spend time at the beach, lake or mountains.

Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.

We have one dog and his name is Walker. Walker is about 7-years-old (not sure because he’s a rescue) and absolutely our pride and joy – we consider him our fur baby. Walker is in phenomenal shape as he regularly runs long distances with Erin. Running with Erin and being outside in the backyard are probably his two favorite things to do. He also loves to cuddle with both of us on the couch, and he has even been known to find his way onto the bed at night. Walker loves children, especially our 18-month-old godson, who adores him as well. He is just the sweetest dog in the world and we love him so much!

What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?

What a loaded question! Can we say everything? Just kidding. First and most importantly, we will teach your child to love others as Christ loves us, how to be a good person and to treat people the way they want to be treated. We will teach him or her the difference between right and wrong and that hard work and generosity pay off, and how to be the best version of themselves and to make this world a better place. We want them to know that they can do hard things and we will teach them to pray, how to deal with stressful situations and that no matter what, they will always have our love and support.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

Your child will know that your decision was one of the most loving and selfless decisions that anyone could ever make, because you loved them and wanted a life that you were not able to give them. They will also know that you are an answered prayer to us and how much we love you for the miracle of giving us the gift to become their mom and dad.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

We are very fortunate to be part of a church that truly believes in expressing God’s love by serving others in the community, the nation, and the world. Every year we participate in our Be Rich campaign where we help inspire and motivate others to support the work of nonprofit partners by generously giving their time and/or money to their projects. We are involved in our church’s Care Portal outreach program by donating items, gift cards or money to different community programs in need such as DFCS, women’s shelters, and shelters for the homeless. Our church has amazing children’s programs that we look forward to getting your child involved in!

How will a child enrich your life?

As a couple we are very happy, positive people, but we are aware of the desire and emptiness we have without a child. We have a sweet dog that helps fill some of the void in our lives, but we both know that we are ready to hear laughter when we bake cookies for Santa and set out carrots for Rudolf (our dog currently just begs for the cookies he cannot have and my husband calls me silly for setting out cookies when we don’t have children). We are ready to start traditions with a child and long to read bedtime stories and say prayers at night. My heart longs for baby to rock to sleep and our arms long to hold and raise a child to love. Our hearts ache a little when we see parents at the park pushing their children in strollers and teaching their kids to ride a bike. We have a blast in the backyard, tossing the football, but cannot deny that we both dream of having a child outside joining us. Both our hearts skip a beat when we hear our niece and godson call their parents Mommy and Daddy. We so look forward to hearing those words from our child. One day the “silly” traditions that we do during the holidays will be treasured memories we will get to share with our child and we will know without a doubt that it was worth the wait.

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

The last vacation we took together as a family was this past New Year's. We rented a cabin for 4 days in North Carolina. It was a somewhat isolated cabin, which is exactly what we wanted for our trip. This trip was designed for us to get a way, unplug from everything, and just enjoy each other’s company. Of course, our dog Walker made the trip with us. We packed coolers full of food and cooked all of our own meals for the entire trip. We went hiking, read, Erin did a little yoga, and we cuddled up on the couch with our dog and some Netflix. It was an awesome trip and something we plan to do again!

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

We will both return to work after our family leave. Erin’s job is very flexible and she is able to work from home some. Both sets of grandparents can’t wait to start babysitting. Jake’s work also provides wonderful childcare on campus, so if we have to place our child in daycare for a time, Jake will be walking distance from him or her at all times.

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