Jake & Dustin
Jake & Dustin
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: AZ
Dear Expectant Mother,
We know this decision is not easy. To give your child to someone else is something that can only come from a place of deep love: you want your child to be well taken care of and to have the best life possible. Please know that we want the same things.
We want your child to know, unquestionably, they are loved. We want your child to experience what the world has to offer, by going on vacations and attending college. We want your child to grow up with friends and cousins to play and learn with. We want to give your child the tools to try new things and find their life’s passions. We want to keep your child safe from the harm and evils of the world.
These are our promises to you. Your child will be first above all else, and we will love your child and forever be grateful to you for giving us the family we wouldn’t have otherwise.
Dustin works in higher education for a university, and Jake recently accepted a position as Rep Manager for the Western United States; this new position will allow him to work from home and spend more time with our future child. We met years ago in Phoenix and got married in December of 2016, opposites that complement each other and whom we could not love more. Dustin is the scholarly philosopher, and Jake is the street smart handyman. In January of 2017, we bought our first home. We have built a life with tight-knit friends and family in the suburbs of Phoenix, and we couldn’t be happier: most of our weekends are spent attending birthday parties, dance recitals, and swim meets for our 21 nephews and nieces!
We own a three-bedroom, two-bath home in an established neighborhood that sits near two community parks and has horses right across the street! Although the home is not large, it does feature a large grass yard and patio, a feature not found in many newer neighborhoods in the Phoenix area. We love to entertain in the yard, hosting barbecues in the cooler months and water play-dates in the summer. The house is the perfect size for us and and a few kids, but we have plans to ensure that, as our family grows, our house will, too.
Our Extended Family
Dustin’s family is rather small. His mother, father, and brother all live in the Phoenix area, but they originally come from Southern California. We all maintain close relationships, even when life gets busy. Dustin also has an aunt in Idaho he keeps in close contact with.
Jake’s family is very large and spread throughout California, Utah, and Arizona. However, Arizona has been home for generations: Jake’s third great-grandfather was one of the early settlers of Arizona. Even though the majority Jake’s immediate family lives in rural Arizona, we still see them often. Jake’s parents come to Phoenix almost every weekend for a visit, and we love to drive to out for birthdays and family events. In addition to immediate family, Jake has many aunts, uncles, and cousins in the Phoenix area.
Some of our favorite family traditions are the large Thanksgiving celebration every year, which all the extended family attends. Last year’s celebration had nearly 150 family members attend! We also enjoy spending Christmas with Dustin’s family, which is a more intimate affair. Last, we spend every New Year with Jake’s biological mother and family in Portland.
What Led Us To Adoption
Jake was adopted when he was only three weeks old. His birth mother was a young girl who felt she could not provide the family and opportunities he deserved. At that time, Jake’s birth mom wrote a beautiful letter explaining her decision was based on love for him; his adoptive mother would later read the letter to him as a bedtime story, so Jake would know just how much he was loved. At age 19, Jake met his birth mom, as well as her husband and daughter. They have since kept in close contact and make visits twice a year. Because of the very special experience Jake has had with his own adoption, we have decided adoption is the best option for starting our own family.