Jenson’s story (in a nutshell!)

September 9th, 2013 by Jessica

jenson_newborn_aug2013-4-2737023439-O

A little over a month ago, on August 6th we found out about a baby boy in West Virginia that needed a home.  A friend of mine contacted me to tell me that he was born on August 4th and was due to be discharged from the hospital. She talked with his birth family about us and they were excited to meet us! Peter was in Texas on business and I was home in Virginia and our future son was in West Virginia! That night, after he was discharged, he spent the night at our friend’s house until we could get to him the next day. On August 7th Peter traveled back home from Texas and then we drove to meet our son in West Virginia! We met with his birth family and Jenson at a Bethany Christian Services office. That first meeting with his birth family was perfect! We really hit it off and they were so thankful and relieved that we were going to be raising their son. The whole moment was surreal! Holding Jenson for the first time took my breath away and I couldn’t help but let the tears fall. After many hugs and pictures we left with our new baby boy! That first night was a sleepless night for this momma… not because Jenson kept me up, but because I couldn’t believe all that had taken place in those 24 hrs! We went from a family of 2 to a family of 3 in the blink of an eye! We spent 9 days in West Virginia waiting for the interstate paperwork to be completed. During that time we enjoyed getting to know our son, falling in love with this sweet baby the Lord provided, and adjusting quickly to being parents! Finally, on our 5th wedding anniversary (8/16), we were able to bring our new baby home!

 

Common questions:

jenson_newborn_aug2013-61-2737026193-O

-What type of adoption will we have?

Open. We are going to keep in touch with Jenson’s birth family. Over time we plan to develop a relationship with them and will send them letters and pictures and have visits together throughout the year.

-What are the birth parents like?

They are WONDERFUL people and we now consider them a part of our family. For their privacy and for the protection of Jenson’s story, that is all we will share for now.

-Can he be taken away?

Nope! He is ours forever!

-When will the adoption be finalized?

We will start the process for finalization in December and hope to have everything finalize by the time Jenson is 6 months old.

 

 

Adoption is a journey with a blessing at the end

July 26th, 2013 by Jessica

2c442703c2b027efbe758fb16566f776 e151ef9a06f89178d82f3f44ca7811ee

4f16bcd4cecd0416a2a5d2a657ff86a4

33e4a09eb6a1c9d38fc23109c38dcadd

38e34ca3e25904db947b18e934bbc4eb

934c2fc5f461e980fb8081d720050470

 eefe5a1f1be8d4fb078159cae0bdf535

Back by popular demand!

July 26th, 2013 by Jessica

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 8.21.50 PM

We have decided to relaunch our ADOPT t-shirt fundraiser due to the interest we are still getting! We are thankful for the financial assistance this provides for us in our effort to adopt a little one, but we are also very excited that the blessing of adoption is being widely proclaimed through this t-shirt!

We have made a few changes this time around:

– a ladies shirt is now available

– a toddler shirt is now available

-the toddler and youth styles will be navy

 

Like last time, the campaign will be open for 3 weeks only. It will end on August 13th!! Shirt reservations will only be filled if our goal of 100 sales is met, so if we do not sell 100 shirts, any payments will be reimbursed.

Adult shirts are $25 each and kid shirts are $16 each. About half of the procedes will go toward our adoption fund.

Please feel free to email this information to any of your friends, family members, coworkers, or church members if you think they would be interested in supporting adoption and assisting us in Bringing Home “Baby B!”

Here is the link to our fundraiser:

http://teespring.com/peterandjessica2

Ladies style

Ladies crew style

Original crew style

Original crew style

We did it!

June 20th, 2013 by Jessica

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 12.56.10 PM

 

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of many of our friends and family, we were successful in reaching our goal of selling 100 t-shirts to raise money toward our adoption!! In fact, we surpassed our goal and sold 104 shirts!! That is AWESOME! We raised $1448 toward Bringing Home “Baby B”!  We truly have the best friends and family! Thank you to those of you who purchased a shirt, sent money to help us, encouraged us with your sweet comments or lifted us and our little one up in prayer. It means so much to us to have your loving support. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in their shirts!! Stay tuned for a future post that will be dedicated to those who helped us reach our goal!

Kids sizes now available!

May 31st, 2013 by Jessica

Our adoption t-shirts are now available in kids sizes!

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 8.21.50 PM

 

Here is how to reserve one:

  • Visit our campaign 
  • Click “Buy It”
  • When the size and style box opens up, change the style to “youth”
  • Select your size and enter the quantity and complete your reservation

Thank you so much for all your support! Remember to send pictures of your cute little kiddos wearing our t-shirts!!

God Bless,

Peter & Jessica

 

 

Exciting News!

May 30th, 2013 by Jessica

It is with great excitement that we announce to all our family and friends that we are adopting!! 

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 8.48.12 PM

We started the process with Bethany Christian Services back in October 2012 and we were officially approved to adopt in March 2013. The approval process required extensive background checks, interviews, training classes, homestudies, references and creating a profile for birthparents to learn about us. We are thankful to the Lord that He brought us through that process and we are now “patiently” waiting for the baby that He has for us!

As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of our little one we ask that you pray with us!

Our prayers:

  • That the Lord will help us to be patient. (Our baby could arrive any day or our wait could be as long as  2 years.)
  • That the Lord will give comfort to the birthparents of our baby. (Our gain is going to be someone else’s great loss. That is the hardest part of this adoption process and we don’t take it for granted.)

Bringing Home “Baby B”

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 8.21.50 PM

Adoption is a large finical undertaking and we are thankful to the Lord that he has provided a large portion of the funds already. However, if you are interested in helping to lighten the financial burden for us, please consider purchasing one (or more!) of our ADOPT T-shirts! Our friend Christy (who is also an adoptive momma!) kindly designed a t-shirt for us that we could sell as a way to help raise money toward our adoption. Click here to reserve your t-shirt!

Screen Shot 2013-05-30 at 12.56.10 PM

 

Please email us a picture of yourself in our ADOPT t-shirt so that we can include you in a blog post that we will dedicate to all of our wonderful supporters!

We thank you for your love and support and we appreciate your prayers as we continue this journey! We look forward to the day that we share the wonderful news of the arrival of our baby! Come back to this blog often for updates!

God Bless,

Peter & Jessica

 

A niece

September 25th, 2012 by Jessica

My sister and her husband are expecting a girl!

When they came to visit last weekend, I took some pictures for them!

Little Brother

September 18th, 2012 by Jessica

Congratulations to Adam and Nicole and big sister Lucy on the arrival of Elijah James 9-14-12. 8 lbs 3 oz. 21 inches

Little bundle

September 18th, 2012 by Jessica

Congratulations to Jenelle and Brad on the arrival of Collin Bradley, 8.5lbs 21in on September 11th.

Baby Boy

September 18th, 2012 by Jessica

Congratulations to Jane and Ron on the arrival of Bedford Robert born August 15th at 12:58am. 9lbs 10oz 21in.