|Our Education||Bachelors - Criminal Justice||Bachelors - Business Administration |
|Our Professions||Commercial Airline Pilot||Stay at home wife and mama|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian ||Caucasian |
|Some of Derek & Jennifer's Favorites
|What is your favorite food to cook?||Grilled steak and smoked brisket||Homemade chicken & rice soup, Irish soda bread and oatmeal raisin cookies|
|What is your favorite sports team?||Chicago Cubs & Dallas Cowboys||Detroit Tigers|
|What is your favorite hobby?||Playing the guitar ||Gardening|
|Chocolate or Candy?||Candy||Chocolate|
|What is your favorite movie?||Miracle||White Christmas|
|What's your favorite vacation?||Ireland||Arches National Park - Moab, Utah|
|What's your favorite season?||Winter||Spring|
|More About Our Family
|Our Special Interests|
Derek can do anything, fix anything or build anything! When he's not flying around the world as a commercial airline pilot, he chopping down trees, splitting wood for our wood burning stove or remodeling the house. Whether it's plumbing, flooring, painting or building custom cabinets and barn doors, he's truly resourceful! Next, he's building a table out of reclaimed wood for our dining room. He is extremely talented, hard-working and an incredible provider.
Jennifer loves to cook, bake and garden. She can often be found in the kitchen making homemade soup or baked goods for neighbors and friends. With three acres of property, there's a lot of "garden" to maintain. She enjoys landscaping and tending to her plants and flowers. This year she is going to try her hand at vegetables.
Together, we love to travel, hike, snowshoe and ski with Elijah.
We are God loving Christians who believe Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Each Sunday we attend a Bible-based church which has a vibrant family and youth ministry. Weekly Derek attends a men's Bible study and small group and Jennifer attends women's Bible study with over 200 women. Our son Elijah was recently dedicated to the Lord and it was a beautiful celebration of his life and prayers and blessings for our family. We are committed to raising our children in a God-centered household and will nurture their love for Jesus Christ and encourage building a lifelong relationship with Him.
|Our Musical Interest|
There are three guitars hanging in our living room and our son Elijah claps his hands when Derek grabs one off the wall. Derek is self-taught and has learned a wide range of songs - from Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to Wagon Wheel. His playlists include everything from Red Dirt Country to Irish Folk Music to Christian Rock. When a favorite tune comes on, he'll start two-stepping around the kitchen.
Jennifer studied ballet most of her life and taught for several years as well. She appreciates a wide range of music including Broadway, Christian, Classical, Jazz, Motown...and of, course Children's Music! As a dancer, she appreciates having a musician in the house.
Together, our favorite is Christmas music in any form!
|Our Son and his story|
We were not only blessed to add Elijah to our family but his birth mom, too. We formed an immediate and special bond. The day we met, she came around the corner with her arms stretched beyond her pregnant belly and gave us a huge bear hug. The days and weeks that followed included quality time getting to know one another over meals and going to doctor appointments together to listen to baby Elijah's heartbeat. When the delivery day came, we took her the hospital and stayed by her side. Together we welcomed Elijah into the world. We continue to stay in touch with her and connect via text and phone and share photos regularly. It has been a wonderful experience.
|Our Children & Family |
Derek has two grown children. Derek's son and his wife both have great jobs in Texas where they live with their two dogs. Derek's daughter is married to an Air Force pilot and have a sweet baby boy. Together we adopted a newborn baby boy named Elijah Christopher. He is bright, funny, and his smile with simply melt your heart. Elijah loves story time, banging on his daddy's guitars and swimming lessons.
Between the two of us, we have three sets of adoring grandparents - they live in Michigan and Minnesota. We both have older brothers and have three nephews and a niece between us. We're blessed to have such a wonderful circle of friends - many that date back decades and are referred to as "aunt" and "uncle."
|We live in the state of...|
We live in the state of Washington. There are so many things to see and do here, whether it's taking advantage of the mountain views, endless hikes and trails or snow skiing in the winter. The Pacific Northwest is a spectacular place to live and raise a family. The rivers, lakes and waterfalls are simply gorgeous. Summers here are perfect and the winters offer a temperate climate with occasional snow outside of the mountain ranges.
We live in a quiet rural area on the outskirts of a major city. In the mornings we can hear the roosters crow, during the day we enjoy taking walks so we can pick wild blackberries along the horse and goat pastures and after the sunset, we can gaze up at the night sky and count the stars. We are so truly blessed to live in a beautiful home and to be surrounded with kind and generous neighbors. Recently, all the neighbors pitched in to remove fallen trees from the road and cleared the snow on the main road after a storm. Everyone takes care of one another, offers to go on errands or lend a hand when needed.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn - 12 months
Yes, we would love twins.
Boy or Girl
|Ethnicity of Child||African American/Caucasian, Asian, Asian/Caucasian, Caucasian, Hispanic, Hispanic/Caucasian, Indian, Native American|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We welcome an open adoption and would be happy to share photos, letters and we are open to visits.
Thank you for learning more about us! We look forward to learning more about you and your hopes and dreams for your child. We have a special and loving relationship with our son's birth mother and understand and value open adoption.