This is Andrew, Brianna, and Jessica. Thank you for taking the time to look at our blog and for
considering adoption; it has already blessed our lives and is very special to us. We can’t comprehend
the challenges and difficulties you are facing right now, but we want you to know we are thinking of
you and praying for you. We know that prayers are answered and that God will bless you with the
decisions you are making; we hope you can feel His love and our love for you.
We love being a family and we love adoption! We adopted Jessica as an infant in 2010 and we are so
grateful for her birth mom and our relationship with her. We’ve been able to visit with her, her family,
and Jessica’s birth father’s family, and have loved getting to know all of them and have them be
involved our lives. We see her birth mom as a part of our family and we love her so much! We hope
to have an open adoption again with you because we have seen how incredible it truly is!
We want you to be able to get to know us a little, but it can be hard to describe your family in a letter
without making it a mile long. Well, maybe it is just hard for us. Either way, we decided to share 10
random facts about our family to help you get to know us:
1. Andrew considers our first date together as the one where his roommate asked me out and Andrew
was with another girl. While canoeing, he said he realized he had the wrong girl in his canoe. We still
like to go canoeing, but now, we are in the same canoe.
2. Brianna has been skydiving, which is pretty surprising because she is no daredevil and pretty
cautious. Andrew thinks that is crazy because the idea of jumping out of an airplane sounds
terrifying! Side note from Brianna...I didn't jump, but the instructor strapped to me did, and he was
big enough to push me out of that plane with him. Never again!
3. We like to celebrate half birthdays in our family. All of our family celebrations are pretty close:
our anniversary in April, Andrew’s birthday in May, Brianna’s birthday in June, and Jessica’s in July.
This way, we can celebrate all year! We don’t do much, just a small cake (sometimes half a cake) or
fun treat, we put up our Happy 1/2 Birthday sign and other decorations, and of course, sing “Happy
half birthday to you.”
4. Jessica has a doll that she named Froggy, because she has some pajamas with frogs on them.
Froggy has birthdays frequently. She is already eight, although she’s only been around for three
5. Andrew hasn’t had a cavity in over 25 years. Brianna has had multiple cavities in the last 25 years,
and unfortunately doesn’t have the same luck as Andrew and as a result she dislikes visiting the
6. In our first home after we were married, we experienced almost every possible disaster! First, we
had a septic tank/plumbing catastrophe, a flameless kitchen fire that filled the house and all our
possessions with smoke, and a gas leak in the neighborhood which caused us to evacuate. We also
had our phone lines ripped off the house by a garbage truck, a flood in the basement, and gale force
winds that were tearing the roof off an old shed (don't worry...Andrew climbed up there in those
winds to secure the roof). If you want the full scoop, check out the post on our blog about the
7. Every Christmas we make gingerbread houses out of graham crackers, frosting, and a ton of candy!
It is one of our favorite traditions! Andrew’s family often did this growing up, and we’ve been
enjoying it for years.
8. We have lived in all the “aska” states (Alaska and Nebraska). One of those was the most beautiful
state in the country. Hint: It wasn’t Nebraska!
9. Almost daily, when Andrew gets home from work, Jessica takes off running to hide somewhere in
the house so he can go find her. Her favorite spot is under our bed. Hopefully she finds a new
favorite spot soon because she is getting a little big for that.
10. Andrew can do some pretty funny things with his face. He can move his eyebrows with precision
and accuracy, he can make the biggest frown in the world, and he can make a crazy half-frown
half-smile. You will have to see it some time! Jessica loves making faces with dad and he is teaching
her how to move her eyebrows too!
That’s us in a nutshell but there is a whole lot more we would love to share with you. We would love
to learn more about you as well.
We are excited to have our family grow through adoption! Thank you for giving us hope! We are so
grateful for Jessica's birth mom. We are amazed at the strength she had to place Jessica in our
family. We love having an open adoption and a relationship with her and we feel that it has blessed
all of our lives! We think one of the most important things in a marriage is having good
communication and have seen it strengthen our relationship. We have seen this with Jessica's birth
families and we know it will be important to have communication and openness with you as well.
We look forward to meeting you and building a friendship. You can get to know us more by calling
or texting us at 801-477-6621 or emailing us at email@example.com.
Thanks again for considering us. You are in our prayers,
Andrew, Brianna, and Jessica