Garrett and Jessica

Married Since: 2013

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

First and foremost, whoever you are, wherever you are. . . we send you our love, our comfort, and our well wishes for YOU. In this moment, above all else, we want you to know that we believe in you and we know you can get through this tough time.

Garrett and Jessica

from California

Garrett

Ancestry: Irish, Scottish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Systems Engineer

Education: BS

Hobbies: Baseball, Travel, Computers

Jessica

Ancestry: British, Irish, German

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Nursing Student

Education: MFA

Hobbies: Dance, Musical Theatre, Pilates

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

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From Us to You

Hello,

First and foremost, whoever you are, wherever you are. . . we send you our love, our comfort, and our well wishes for YOU. We can only imagine what life is like right now, how uncertain everything must seem, and we want to give you our heartfelt strength and understanding. In this moment, above all else, we want you to know that we believe in you and we know you can get through this tough time. While, of course, it is our hope to become parents in this process, your health and well-being are of the utmost importance.

In our home, your child will be so well-loved and taken care of. We live in a beautiful area in southern California and it is in the middle of so many wonderful destinations. We are just five minutes from the beach and a quick two-hour ride from the mountains; the weather is near perfect year-round. We look forward to showing this child a fun and exciting upbringing in a place we love so much.

In our house, your child will be snuggled in not just with us, but also with our two cats, Bit (short for “Little Bit” – she was so tiny as a kitten, but she’s kind of “Big Bit” now, haha) and Figaro (named for his operatic voice when he was a baby)! We will always have loving animals in our home, and someday, we will add dogs to the mix. We look forward to fostering all of his or her dreams, sending him or her off to dance class or soccer practice or science club. . . whatever their heart desires! We both were raised doing several extracurricular activities, and we know those helped to shape us into who we are; we will encourage your little one to follow his or her heart, and we look forward to being there for support every step of the way.

Our road to adoption has not been an easy one. We met in 2010 through mutual friends of ours; we met at a karaoke bar of all places. We were first introduced just before Thanksgiving, so we got to experience the holidays and festivities together and go to several parties, which made the beginning of our courtship so fun and exciting. When we first got together, we had an unplanned pregnancy two months into dating, but together, we decided to have our baby. At our first ultrasound, we found that nothing was there. Going through this experience together sped up our relationship in a good way, and two years later, we were married. During our marriage, we suffered more losses. Our last pregnancy solidified our determination and our heartfelt desire to be parents; we could not want this more after all we have been through. We are ready to love your child with all our hearts and souls

We want you to have whatever relationship with us that you want to have, and at the same time, we don’t want to put any pressure on you. We don’t know yet where you are, but the beautiful thing about the time we live in is the access to long-distance video conversation and quick communication if you are far away. We will be completely, 100% honest with your child about where he or she came from, and even if he or she physically resembles us, they will know his or her roots. We would not be able to become parents without you, so that makes you part of our family, too. However, if you wish for less involvement, we will absolutely respect that as well. But you will always be welcome here.

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About Jessica

Jessica is a resilient, caring person that impresses me every single day. Unknown to me at the time, we were set up by a shared friend due to our common love of theater and dance. From the beginning, I was impressed with her straightforward nature and determination. After working for many children’s musical theater programs, Jessica had the confidence to run her own theater summer camp. She knew she could make a difference in kids’ lives. Some of her students now have professional careers in the arts. I am so proud that she took the initiative to develop her own program and how successful it was.

I am so lucky to have found my soul mate in Jess. Her unwavering confidence in me makes me want to be the best person I can for her and our future family. I know Jessica will be a wonderful mother and I cannot wait to start our family with her.

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About Garrett

Garrett is the kindest person I have ever met in my life. That’s saying a lot because my Mom is right up there with him. I guess that means I “married my Mom.” He is extremely intelligent and loves to solve things; I bought him a Rubik’s cube for his birthday this year kind of as a joke. Now he has two of them, one for home and one for work. He loves animals. When we met, I already had Bit, our older cat. One of the reasons I knew he was “partner material” is because he was so good to her. AFacebook friend had posted that a two-week-old kitten had been found in a trash can – our future cat, Figaro. I was so upset and felt instantly protective and knew that was MY cat. When I told Garrett, he didn’t hesitate. Figaro immediately became his cat, too. He loves me so much and I know it is 100% unconditional. No matter what we’ve been through, Garrett is steadfast in his loyalty. I know he would be as committed to your child. I always say I am the luckiest girl and I recognize that every single day of my life.

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Why We Are Hoping to Adopt

We have experienced pregnancy, but for unknown reasons, we haven’t been able to carry a baby to full-term. While we were given options for fertility treatments, the physical risks and demands were not right for us. Our strong desire to love, support, and nurture a child has led us to adoption. We want to go through a mutually positive experience that eventually enriches all of our lives: our’s, your’s, and your child’s. We want you to be pleased, and hopefully, at peace with this extraordinarily gracious choice that you are making.

A note from Jessica: I have always wanted to adopt, ever since I was a little girl. I don’t know what influenced me to feel this way, but I always felt it in my heart. I had no idea I was going to one day meet this wonderful man with who I would want to be a parent with, and I had no idea the issues I would physically face trying to be pregnant. To me, this adoption journey feels like fate, like something that was always meant to be. God has unexpected ways of leading us down the paths we walk, but we are taking a leap of faith in trusting His plan for us.

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is 50/50; we enjoy staying in, but we also love going out. Garrett works as an engineer, and he can go into the office or work from home, depending on his workload. Jessica was a dance teacher, became a Pilates instructor, and is now going to nursing school. We love to travel, and we love to go on road trips, near and far. We’re both foodies, and we love to cook at home as well as frequent our favorite local restaurants. When everything opens back up, we can’t wait to go to movies again as well as going to live theatre; we are major musical enthusiasts, especially. On the flip side, we can spend a whole weekend at home, binging the latest Netflix craze, ordering takeout, and enjoying our neighborhood and the hiking trails.

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Our Cats, Bit and Figaro

We have two cats: Bit is a 16-year old tabby that Jessica adopted in 2004, and Figaro is a purebred Siamese and is four-years old. In 2004, Jessica was living with roommates when one of them brought this sweet, little kitten in; Jessica was raised with animals, so she didn’t mind at all. When the roommate who brought Bit to the house decided to move, Jessica asked if she could keep the kitten; to her surprise, he said yes! Bit has been Jessica’s companion through her entire adult life, living all over Los Angeles with her. When Jessica met Garrett, Garrett immediately loved Bit, too, and he sort of adopted her as his own. In 2016, one of Jessica’s Facebook friends posted that a two-week-old kitten had been found in a dumpster in Beverly Hills of all places; Jessica was furious at the treatment of this little creature and insisted that this was HER kitten. Garrett agreed instantly and was actually the one to go to LA to retrieve him. We named him Figaro because the reason he was found was that he kept loudly crying from the trash can, and we thought an operatic name was appropriate. Bit just turned 16, but she is just as loving as she ever was; she is the sweetest cat. Figaro just turned four, but he hasn’t lost his kitten streak; he still races all over the house and is very mischievous. He loves to play, and he can also be very sweet.

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Home and Neighborhood

We live in a beautiful city in southern California and our home is a three-bedroom townhome. Our neighborhood is quiet, and this area is known for being safe, literally one of the safest in the entire country. We live across the street from a gorgeous walking trail which gives you a beautiful view of the city. From this trail, we can see a Catholic Mission that was built in 1776 as well as the Catholic church we attend. Our community area has a really nice pool and jacuzzi; it’s a wonderful spot that the neighbors like to congregate in, and we love it, too. We have really nice neighbors all around us, and we take pride in knowing that if they ever need anything, we are there for them and vice versa. We moved to this area in large part because we felt it would be a wonderful place to raise a family.

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Our Families and Friends

We are extremely blessed to have such loving, caring, and generous people in our lives. Jessica’s mom and stepdad, Debra and Tom, live in central Illinois, and she visits there about two times a year. Her uncle, Frank, who is like a father to her, lives in Los Angeles, and we see him often (more so before Covid happened). Jessica does not have any brothers or sisters. Garrett’s parents, Sharon and Dave, live just 30 minutes north, and Garrett’s sister, Morgan, and her husband, Justin, live in Seattle. We are becoming very close with our next-door neighbors, Andrew and Dominique, and they have two little boys, Avery and Ezra who would make excellent playmates for your child. When Garrett was in college, he belonged to a fraternity and several of his “brothers” will come and visit us (we’ve visited them, too). We also have many close friends locally as a result of Jessica’s Pilates clientele that turned into “family.” Garrett has lived in southern California all his life except during college, and Jessica has lived here almost twenty years; all of that added together has made for strong ties and long-lasting friendships.

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Traditions

We both attend Catholic Mass weekly. Jessica was raised Catholic and has partaken in all the Sacraments (baptism, communion, confirmation, matrimony, and reconciliation), and Garrett was baptized Catholic and has taken communion. Before Covid, Garrett was working with our church to finish the other steps to finalize his Catholic requirements; as soon as we can, we hope to reconnect with the church, so he can accomplish this.

We both believe in God, and we believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. That being said, we are extremely accepting of other faiths and have friends and family members ranging from complete atheists to Jews, Muslims, and other walks of Christianity.

Every year, we return to the church we were married in to renew our vows. We are about to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary, and we have gone every year (except this one ‘cause Covid).

Generally, we spend Thanksgiving with Garrett’s family either in southern California or up in Seattle, and we go to Illinois for Christmas with Jessica’s family.

Another tradition we have that’s non-holiday is our love of awards season (Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, etc). We usually get together with one of our local friends and watch them with him and his family. To us, it’s our Super Bowl!

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Our Careers and Passions

Garrett’s career journey was a bit more of a straight shot than Jessica’s has been. While Garrett was in high school, he had a physics teacher that encouraged and pushed him to apply to a prestigious university. Along with the help of his family, Garrett was able to pursue his goal to become an engineer with a degree in both computer engineering and electrical engineering. Out of college, he applied to the company he still works for today. Garrett has garnered several awards and promotions during his tenure, and so far as we can tell, he is going to be there for many years to come. He really loves his job and the work he does as a Chief Engineer working on satellite systems.

Jessica went to university at first to get her degree in communications, but she changed her major her sophomore year to dance, where she dedicated herself to the arts full time. She attended out of state festivals to gain more experience from a wide variety of artists from Europe, New York, California, and everywhere in between. When she became a senior, she decided she wanted to get her MFA, and she applied to a university in California. She completed her graduate degree in two years and moved to Los Angeles to begin her career dancing, choreographing, and teaching. She worked with thousands of students and several hundreds of shows while in LA, and while working at one studio that taught both dance and Pilates. She decided to get her Pilates certification to expand her knowledge and to also grow her job opportunities. When she and Garrett met and decided to live together, Jessica got a job at a premier fitness company and quickly gained clients. Generally, Pilates clients are coming to you to nurse injuries, and the more she taught these clients, the more knowledge she wished to gain. In 2018, Jessica began a new career path and began taking classes to become a nurse. She is currently enrolled and hopes to finish her RN program very soon.

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Cultural Diversity

We have done our Ancestry.com and 23 & Me, and it is confirmed: both our lineages come wholly from Europe (if you couldn’t tell from our pictures!). We’re sure you’re very surprised. We bring this up because we are open to children of all cultural backgrounds and it is possible we could be chosen to adopt a child that does not have the same skin color as us and who may face situations in life we have never had to deal with.

We were both raised in predominantly white neighborhoods and schools, but as we both grew up, more and more experiences with people of different races and different cultures presented themselves. We both went to diverse colleges where we met people of different races, backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. We both danced through college and beyond, and the arts bring together a whole litany of people. It allowed us to work with different peers and mentors with both shared experiences as well as new ones. Upon returning to California, Garrett has worked for the same company the entirety of his adult life, where he has made many professional and personal relationships, some with similar backgrounds and others quite different. When Jessica graduated, she moved to Los Angeles where she taught dance to children from the wealthiest areas of the city to some of the hardest-hit neighborhoods. She also performed and choreographed with dancers from around the country and around the world. As a Pilates instructor, Jessica was the “International Instructor” with clients from India, Africa, France, Russia, and beyond.

If we welcomed a child into our family whose cultural background is different from ours, we believe his or her upbringing will be multifaceted: your child will be part of a community where he or she will be equal to anyone else. At the same time, we want to honor his or her individuality and lineage and make sure he or she knows what his or her roots are. We hope to handle situations as delicately and compassionately as possible, and we plan to educate ourselves so we can smoothly stand behind his or her history to work through whatever obstacles we might face as a family. We are absolutely up for this challenge and this path if it so chooses us, and no matter what he or she looks like, we will love your child as our very own. It’s not easy to put these sentiments into words without sounding overly patronizing (“look at all the diverse people we’ve met”), but we promise you to learn and to listen so that your child has the most complete upbringing we can possibly provide him or her.

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Our Relationship with You

This is a hard topic to write about because we haven’t gotten to know you personally yet. We understand that some mothers want to be in their child’s life after adoption, while some may wish for less involvement as part of their healing. Some moms may want their children to know everything about them and their first family, while others have different circumstances they’d like to keep private. Whatever you decide you want is exactly what we will tell your child. This is our promise to you. If there were any other situations in your past that you want to keep private, we will respect and honor your wishes. We are completely, 100% open to having you as a part of our family, but again, we want you to decide how you want to proceed with our relationship. Whatever you decide, we will be understanding and compassionate, while still relaying a message of forever love to your child.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to honor you, your child, and your wishes to the very best of our ability.

We promise to raise your child with every opportunity we can possibly afford so that he or she can have the best childhood and beyond.

We promise to guide them on his or her life’s path, and we promise to support his or her choices as they grow older and garner independence.

We promise to have you in our lives if that is what you wish; we also promise to respect the distance you may request if it is your desire to move on from this experience after he or she is born.

Above all else, we promise to love him or her with all our hearts, like he or she is our very own.

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