Married Since: 2015

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

This journey has been years in the making and being so close to actually holding your baby feels like an out-of-this-world experience. We pray every day for you and your child. We thank you for the gift that you are giving our family and hope that in your special way you will become a part of the family too.

Jason and Laurin

from Florida

Jason

Ancestry: Unknown

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Buyer

Education: A.S. Degree, Culinary Certificate

Hobbies: Music, Family

Laurin

Ancestry: Dutch, German, Czech

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Creative Director

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Outdoors, Family

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Jason

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Going (real) camping up in the U.P. of Michigan with family
Family Activity
Hiking and traveling
Food
Seafood
Holiday
Christmas
Thing to Cook
Main course / center of plate
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Music
Alternative, Country, Pop, Christian, Classic
Vacation Spot
Anywhere out West

Laurin

Animal
Horse
Childhood Memory
Going on a 3-day horseback trip through the Superstition Mountains with my parents
Family Activity
Anything outdoors
Food
Ethnic
Holiday
Christmas
Thing to Cook
Something special
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Music
Whatever is on as long as it's not screaming or classical!
Vacation Spot
Pacific Northwest
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From Us to You

We cannot even begin to understand the feelings that you may have surrounding your situation, but we do understand difficult situations. We understand that you are in a position looking for a forever home for the beautiful child(ren) growing inside of you, and we are on the other side of the equation looking for a baby or babies to call our own, to offer a loving and supportive environment where they will have family and friends, safety and nurturing. No matter why you are in the position you are in, we need you to know that your child or children are going to be the center of our world. We are currently a family of three and are all out-of-this-world excited to grow our family.

The decision for us to adopt was simple, it is close to home as we have adoption in our family and we desire to give your child the best life they could have. From the moment they enter our hands they will be our family, they will be treated as if we gave birth ourselves. They will be taught our traditions and lifestyle. Not only will they learn about our family tree and where we came from, but also where they came from. We will share our loves and passions; we will teach them about life. They will be provided a beautiful, and enriched education.

We have wanted more children since the day we met. We thought at first that we would conceive children naturally but God had other plans. We are so happy that our lives have brought us to you, where we are able to bring children into our home and love them as our own. It has been a long road and we have had some difficult days, some painful days. But now we have nothing but excitement surrounding where we are.

We have an 11 year old boy who currently is an only child. He splits his time evenly between our home and his mother’s and he is so excited to be a big brother. “I’m so excited to have a sibling and make new memories together. I can’t wait to teach him or her how to play games, try unique food, learn new sports, and maybe show him or her how to play piano and guitar. Thank you for giving my family and I this opportunity” – From Tyler. We could not be luckier to have such a sweet and thoughtful boy in our lives. He is great with children and is instinctively nurturing.

This journey has been years in the making and being so close to actually holding your baby feels like an out-of-this-world experience. We pray every day for you and your child(ren). We thank you for the gift that you are giving our family and hope that in your special way you will become a part of the family too.

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About Jason

The day I met Jason is one I will never forget. I was in a place in my life where I was focused on growing as an individual and growing my business. God had another plan for me. It was a feeling I simply cannot explain. We met and we knew we were going to be together forever. He is charming, creative and intelligent. The man I met that day in so many ways is the same man I know today, but together we have grown so much. Jason has taught me about love and life. We complement each other’s traits, some of which we share, while others we balance. In terms of profession, Jason takes his job very seriously and strives every day to do better than the day before. His employers love this trait, as he works so hard and is extremely reliable. These traits also carry to his role as a father. He makes sure his relationship with Tyler is a priority. He is nurturing and playful, yet firm with where boundaries lie. I love this about him. As a husband, Jason is supportive and understanding. We communicate well and know that compromise is part of what makes us so strong. I wouldn’t say he is the handiest, but he makes up for it with all the other assets and skills he has. If I were to be a fly on our wall, I would say that we work together like a song, harmonizing and balancing but always having an important role. I love Jason both as a husband and father. He is an asset to the family and I could not have picked a better soulmate.

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About Laurin

The day I met Laurin was a breath of fresh air. We are both somewhat shy at times, but when we connected, it just clicked. It was a feeling I had never had before. Though there is a small age gap, Laurin is very mature, which is another thing that attracted me to her. Her drive and passion in life is energizing and addictive. That was a draw for me. Laurin is very career driven which has always been important to me, but she is also family driven. When Laurin and I met, I had a 2-year-old son. The amount of love and support she had for Tyler was amazing. She instantly connected with him. Through the years, they have grown to have an unbelievable bond and connection. He looks up to her. Her love for children is amazing, and her desire to have children just comes naturally to her. Unfortunately, we have been unable to have children of our own, and our desire to bring another child into our family is something we both want very badly. Laurin is naturally a mother at heart. She has so much love to give and that desire shines through her every day in everything she does.

Laurin has taught me many things in my life. What stands out the most is making me more patient and slowing down and enjoying the small things in life. She is an inspiration to me, I hope that one day soon we can bring a child home and continue to grow our family.

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Our Families

We were both raised in Michigan and our roots are still there. Jason was adopted at the age of one. His birth mother has been a part of his entire life, but his dad raised him and his three siblings. His relationship with this father is very special to him. His father and uncle were also adopted at a very young age. Jason has a sister Nikki who is married with three boys, 16, 15, and 9. She served in Operation Iraqi freedom and is now a 911 dispatcher. His brother, Brandon, a machine builder, is not married but has one daughter, 14. His brother Brent, a robotics engineer is a widower and has two children, a son 13 and daughter 10. Jason’s father and Linda are retired and really close to all the kids and grandkids.

Laurin is the youngest of three girls. Blair is married and has three kids, a daughter 24, and 2 sons 17 and 16. She is a dance instructor. Her daughter just recently moved to Colorado. Laurin’s sister Michelle is mentally handicapped but functions well. She lives with her boyfriend of 10 years where they raise chickens, grow as many crops as possible and enjoy a life of solitude. Her parents are ‘snow birds’ spending their summers in Michigan and winters in Florida. We are very close with them and spend many weekends together. We enjoy visiting our families on our trips to Michigan, but also enjoy hosting them here or meeting somewhere in-between. We have friends across the country, of course this makes it difficult to see regularly but we plan times to see each other as much as possible. It’s incredible to keep in touch virtually with our friends but nothing compares to the face to face interaction when we do finally get together. Our friends and family have provided support during our journey to adopt while we also have supported them during their life changes and families growing.

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Our Sweet Pups

We have two sweet dogs and one fish. Coach is a 12 year old Boxer mix. When Laurin was living in Michigan, she fell for this adorable puppy at a local shelter. He had a rough start and had been abused then dumped. She found this beautiful boy needed tenderness, understanding and a companion. He learned to accompany Laurin on long runs, road trips and boat rides. When he came home he had many fears, but over time these have been overcome and he is a gentle, and loving boy. Nothing is more important to him than being with his family, and food, of course. Upon moving to Florida and purchasing a home we felt Coach would do well with a furry companion. He loves Tyler and is extremely gentle, but we were gone at work and school during the day. We began the search for a dog buddy for him. We wanted another rescue and had Coach meet several doggy friends before Nixon came along. Coach wasn’t sold on the idea of Nixon on their first meeting but Nixon’s human parents were desperate to get rid of him and we knew if he ended up at a shelter as a sick, unfixed pit-type puppy, his future was grim so we took a chance and welcomed him into our home. He came with no manners, a skin infection, anxiety and several other issues, but over time we got him all fixed up and he has become a part of the family. Nixon is now 8 and though he still has some special needs, he is the sweetest, most gentle and loving boy. The dogs are a piece of the puzzle and always will be.

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Our Home

We fell in love with our neighborhood on our first visit. When we were looking for a home it was important to us to find a place catering to children and families as well as offering a great school district. When you pull in the gates we feel like we are back up north, the trees are developed and hang over the street, the road twists and turns by two lakes leading to our home. We have two parks, a pool pavilion, tennis courts and large field for sports and play. We have renovated the house completely, floor to ceiling, inside an out, in a comfortable, contemporary style. The front of the house has an office and a sitting room with a piano. Then you enter the open concept kitchen, dining and living area. Off the kitchen is the master, laundry and garage. Down the hall from the living room are three additional bedrooms and a bathroom. Through the living room is a screened patio which then leads to an outdoor patio. We use these outdoor spaces for a variety of things such as games, outdoor dining and bonfires. This is a large neighborhood and we have neighbors on both sides, but we are fortunate to be situated where we do not see either home from much of the house. Our yard has palm trees and backs up to a nature preserve were we see wildlife and we can go exploring. This is our own private oasis.

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How a Child will Enrich Our Lives

Children have a very special place in our hearts. We adore them and love to watch them grow and teach them along the way. Adopting a child or children will enrich our lives. It is important to us to teach in a way that is most nurturing, and that we shower your child with love and compassion. We believe that some of the most important lessons that can be taught are often taught by experience. Respect is taught but also earned and our child(ren) will learn this skill by observing and explanation. Responsibility is a role in our household that is important as your child grows, so will their responsibilities. Along the same lines is the importance of hard work. Any hard work does have a reward and we work hard to host a lifestyle that rewards good behavior and hard work. Individuality is one of the most important lessons to us. We believe that anyone can achieve anything they set their minds to, so giving children the assets to follow their dreams and passions is important. Our children will learn to have self-confidence and an opinion. We also want to teach about faith, building an understanding of their beliefs. All of these things we will teach your child while showing clear boundaries and parameters, what is acceptable and what not, and what it is to respect and appreciate. We do not believe in physical discipline but discipline that children can comprehend. When your child is small they will start with things being taken away, as they grow older time outs will be added. Children have to understand their boundaries in order to learn right from wrong and also to understand what it is that was wrong. Because we already have Tyler, we have already followed these steps and learned what works and doesn’t. We also realize that each child is different and will react differently to discipline and will adjust to the most beneficial tactics.

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Our Lifestyle

The three of us live a comfortable lifestyle and are very close. We are hardworking and organized, but thoroughly enjoy each other’s company. We enjoy doing anything together. The typical week includes work and school (for Tyler) during the day. In the evening we prepare dinner, often together. We plan all our dinners together in advance, food is a passion of ours so every dinner is a production. We make everything, from traditional staples to branching out to try new foods and techniques. Often after dinner, when time allows, you’ll find us playing a game or on special occasions watching a movie together. Tyler is currently taking piano and guitar lessons weekly. It is a focus of Laurin and Jason’s to support his passions and talents. He also enjoys playing school sports and participating in theater. On the weekends we do chores and tackle projects, but also find time to visit with friends and family. We go to the pool, parks, take weekends away or go exploring locally. We all love adventure and activity, so though we are busy, we prioritize time for this regularly. We attend and participate at church weekly. Outside of the virus we also enjoy going out to dinner and taking family trips.

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About Us

We met at a function back in 2011. Laurin was assisting in the business side of her sister and brother-in-law’s new venture, a custom longboard company. The company was opening a brick and mortar location and one of the out-of-state investors came for the opening. This happened to be Jason. He had gone to school with Laurin’s sister and brother-in-law, keeping in touch over the years. The connection was immediate and undeniable. Laurin and Jason dated long distance for just three months before Laurin sold her house, packed up her dog and belongings and moved south. We purchased our current home just one year later and were married. The wedding was a beautiful outdoor ceremony on a friend’s property where that friend officiated the wedding, then the reception was held at Laurin’s parents’ property, also outside. We had wonderful food (of course) and live music. Truly a magical day.

We are both are devoted to our jobs. We are passionate about food and traveling and our lives reflect that. We are actively involved in our church. Oddly enough we both love cleaning, organizing and yard work so the house is always put together. We believe everything has a place and live a very structured life. That being said, we are also spontaneous, love to travel and create adventure. We can often be found out back by the fire or at the table testing our competitive nature in playing games.

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Cultural Diversity

We both grew up in a small, relatively non-culturally diverse town. We both left that town to pursue education and careers and now find ourselves in a very culturally diverse part of the country. Though Central Florida is not going to be our forever home, it has opened our eyes to the importance of cultural diversity, and we make a conscious effort to ensure that we surround ourselves with like-minded people. When encountering situations where race plays a factor, we speak up and try to raise awareness. We believe that all should be treated equally. We enjoy learning about new cultures, trying cultural food and understanding cultural traditions. If your child is a different ethnicity than we are, we will study their culture and work to embrace it as part of your child’s upbringing. We also would love to be yet another couple breaking the barriers of racial equality.

Our Careers

Laurin went off to college with many passions. She took a variety of classes her first two years and discovered her love for a career in design. Before she graduated she had many clients and had started her own successful design firm. Upon moving to Florida, a designer suggested an open position at an art firm. She gladly accepted and has become an integral part of the company over the past 8 years. Laurin is the Creative Director at an art advisory and gallery. She oversees the entire creative vision of the company, working with artists across the globe, initiating marketing efforts and designing projects across the country. She uses her education in design, art and construction to develop beautiful spaces and loves the opportunity to have a position to do so.

Jason developed a love for the culinary arts at a young age with the help of his grandmother. Through high school he worked in several restaurant kitchens. Upon graduating high school he went on to receive his Associate’s degree. Immediately following college he set off to Florida where he worked as a chef in several hotel restaurants. Working his way up, he developed skills leading him to each next step in his career. After Tyler was born he was a private chef and consulted for some private entities until he found his passion in becoming the operating partner and manager of a local butcher shop. He spent several years there honing his knowledge and skills. A couple years ago he was presented the opportunity to work in a different niche of the food industry. He is now the protein specialist and center of plate buyer for a national food supplier. This is a wonderful role, as his true passion is in the main course and it is a standard office job allowing him to work normal business hours with benefits, holidays and vacation time.

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On a 3-Day Weekend

We love our home and all there is to do around it, but when given the opportunity to get away for a few days we jump on it. Currently, Laurin’s parents live just over two hours away, so a long weekend is often spent with them. We enjoy the change of pace and scenery by going to the beach, boat rides, enjoying local foods and shops. Occasionally, we take an adult weekend where just the two of us find a concert or attraction within a few hour drive and spend the weekend some place new. It’s an opportunity for us to get away and enjoy some quiet time together.

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Our Family Traditions

We have a life with many embraced traditions. A few existing traditions were brought to our relationship from our childhoods, and we have embraced new ones together. Laurin’s family Christmas is a major tradition that came with Laurin and has been a part of her family for almost 50 years. The entire family, (6 aunts and uncles, 8 cousins plus their spouses and currently 11 second cousins) get together to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The gathering is not about gifts and things, it’s about the gift of family, health and our ability to come together. Over the years this celebration has incorporated an age range of over 95 years. Because of this tradition we make the trip to Michigan over each Christmas holiday. We spend time with all of our Michigan relatives and enjoy winter activities. Sledding, snowball fights, snowman making, skiing and snowboarding are always staples in this trip as long as the weather permits! The whole family also makes an annual trip each summer where we enjoy family time, boating, the beach, local favorite foods and visiting with friends. When we can we plan this trip over the annual Family Camp weekend. This is a short weekend where the entire group goes up north and camps. Meals are split up and prepared by family and the entire weekend is spent outdoors telling stories, playing games, hiking, searching for Petoskey stones and swimming in the often cold lake. We have made a tradition each summer to make the drive to North Carolina where Tyler attends camp. This is an exciting time for Tyler where he spends the week outdoors exploring and learning about God’s word. While he is at camp we rent a house and spend the time enjoying mountain life. We explore local eateries, shop, hike and simply enjoy each other’s company in God’s beautiful creation. Sometimes friends or family from out of state will meet us for a few days to share in the experience and time away. Finally, a bi-annual tradition has begun where the family (6-10) selects a location that none of us have experienced. We rent a large house and explore all there is to explore in one week. This is a very special bonding time for the families. Since we live apart and have busy work and family lives, this provides a staple in keeping us close. We enjoy down time at the house as well as trying new things as a group.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

When we met it was clear we wanted more kids. Jason came to the relationship with a two year old son that he shares custody of. We love Tyler; having more children is not about him not being enough, it’s about growing and making a difference in not only our lives but the life of another child. We have so much love to give and are excited to share this with your child. I, Laurin, have always dreamed of being a mother. I wanted to have many children and realized this at a very young age. I even hoped that someday, I would be able to give the gift of a baby to another woman struggling to have children.

We have tried conceive for several years. In the journey we sought the help of a fertility doctor who performed procedures on both of us to heighten our chances of natural conception. We realized that our plan was not God’s plan, but this is perfect for us. We know that we wanted a natural plan and adoption was always near and dear to our hearts. Jason was adopted, his father and uncle were adopted, Laurin’s grandmother and her sister were adopted. We have always wanted to help and provide for children and the gift of adoption gives us the opportunity to do just that. We can provide a child or children with a family and a future. We will give your child or children more love than anyone could dream of, as well as cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, an education, experiences and so much more. This decision to adopt was not difficult, the journey to get there had its hard spots but we knew this was God’s plan since day one and are so happy to embrace the gift of adoption.

Message Jason and Laurin

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  • 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!