Jesse & Jarred
Jesse & Jarred
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: FL
Dear Expectant Mother,
We honor and appreciate the difficult decision you are making, and we are genuinely grateful that you are considering us as parents. We understand the emotions, the strength, and the courage involved to be honest and heart-centered in life. We want to assure you that we come to you with the utmost respect. We hope you see in us what we see in our family: a life of belonging, joy, excitement, adventure, wholeheartedness, and, most importantly, love.
Our heartfelt desire is to provide a child with a life filled with love and laughter. In all the ways a parent would love to protect a child from everything, we know that is not always possible, but we know we will love a child through any and all experiences in life. From stubbed toes and hard-to-follow homework, to discovering possibilities and encouraging dreams, we want to be there for a child, ready and armed with love, compassion, and understanding.
We look forward to getting to know you, and for you to get to know us. We are very excited to begin this journey together, and we promise to be genuine, forthcoming, and honest. We promise to listen to you with open hearts and understanding.
Jesse is a professor and a music director at a spiritual center, and Jarred is an attorney and adjunct professor at a law school. We are a genuine, loving couple who enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, arts and cultural activities, and advocating for social justice. Healthy communication and authenticity is the bedrock of our relationship. We compliment each other through our differences, have a lot of common interests, and we do our best to always remain present in our relationship. We believe in the value of hard work, and we love to have fun! From cheering on dreams to providing support when times get tough, we are caring and loving to each other and to our friends and family.
We live in a two-bedroom, two-bath, high-rise apartment with a balcony overlooking a river in a downtown area. Our home is comfortably decorate, and warm and inviting. We envision sunny days with the baby in the kid-friendly pool in our building, having cookouts by the barbecue, and going on walks with our dog, Jackson. We are within walking distance of parks, museums, a performing arts center, and family-friendly shops and restaurants, and we are only a short distance from the beach, nature trails, and some of our city’s finest educational institutions. Many of our friends and family often want to stay with us for a relaxing getaway!
Our Extended Family
Jarred has one sister, two nieces and a nephew, five aunts, and fourteen cousins, some of whom are close by, some who live in other states, and one of his nieces goes to college overseas. His mother and father are both Deaf, and Jarred is excited to teach the baby sign language. His grandmother (his mother’s mother) is 87 years old, has seven great-grandchildren, and is very excited to meet another one. The favorite tradition in Jarred’s family is to play a unique board game: Wahoo! Jarred’s been playing since he can remember and is excited to pass this tradition on.
Jesse has one brother, four nieces, twelve aunts and uncles, and over forty cousins, who are all close by or living in other states and Puerto Rico. Jesse also has two dear friends that are like extended family to him, Kwanita and Carmen. Carmen and her husband have one daughter, who is our goddaughter. Jesse’s parents are both retired and are still living in the family home Jesse grew up in. Jesse’s grandmother (his father’s mother) is a very young 95 years old and lives close to his parents. Jesse’s family enjoys sharing their Puerto Rican heritage: the food, the language, the music, and dominoes. Jesse is excited to teach the baby Spanish and pass on the traditions from his family’s heritage.
What Led Us To Adoption
We want to grow our family and our happy home. We discussed early in our relationship that we wanted a family, and our shared desire is an important part of our marriage and our decision to spend our lives together. Our mutual friend who introduced us is adopted, and we have seen firsthand in her how special an adoptive family can be and how meaningful the connection between adoptive parents and child can be. We are excited to share the joys that this world brings us with a child: our passion for traveling, relationships, love, the arts, education, and a sincere appreciation for diversity. We are excited to learn what makes a child we raise happy, and what brings them joy.