Rachel & JP

Hoping to Adopt (Texas)

Letter

Hi!


We haven't just been praying for your sweet baby...we have been praying specifically for you.


Maybe, God has crossed our paths for a purpose.
Hi! Our names are JP (short for James Patrick) and Rachel. It's so lovely to finally meet you. We don't know your background, your favorite foods, your hopes and dreams, or the road that has led you here, but we are certain of one thing--God is writing a beautiful story for you and your baby, whatever that may be in the end. We hope that by the end of reading about us, you will be able to tell how much we love each other and this amazingly blessed life we've been given. We want you to know that we have so much respect for you and we are cheering you on! We would much rather be meeting you in person over a plate of chocolate chip cookies, but hopefully all that we have written provides some insight into who we are. Maybe God has crossed our paths for a purpose. One thing we want you to know is that, whether your decision is to place your child, or parent your child, we are for you, and we are for families. We want you to know that even though we haven't met you yet, we have been praying for you for a long time. We haven't just been praying for your sweet baby...we have been praying specifically for you. We have been praying for God to bring about the very best things in your life, and that you would know how truly loved you are. We have also been praying that, if you choose adoption, all of us would end up being absolutely crazy about each other and look back and wonder how we ever lived life apart.
Our Reason Why

what we didn't know during our last adoption was the love and passion we have for birth parents and birth families.


So, why adoption? Because we have opened our hearts to expand our family.
The last time we embarked on our adoption journey, if you were to ask us why we were adopting, we would have said simply because we dreamed of being parents. For 6 years we tried to have kids biologically but were unable to. We suffered numerous miscarriages that broke our hearts. And through adoption our dream of being parents was realized. But what we didn't know during our last adoption was the love and passion we have for birth parents and birth families. We were unaware of the ways God would weave our hearts together with Noah's birth family. We didn't just adopt a son - we expanded our family to include many of Noah's birth family. Perhaps more accurately, Noah's birth family invited us to be a part of their story. And that is an honor we don't take lightly. Now, during this adoption, we of course can't wait to add another child to our family. We can't wait to love a little boy or girl with all that we have - all of our energy, time, resources, and strength. And we can't wait to see Noah have a little sibling to play with and make memories with. It's our greatest joy to be parents and share all that God has blessed us with. But we also are really excited to meet you and your family. We don't know your story or your background. We don't know where you come from or what unique life you have lived. But we'd like to. And maybe if God has led you to our profile, it's so that we can both expand our families to be bigger than we thought they might be. We actually care about you. I know that's hard to believe, but it's true. Before Noah we wouldn't have believed it either, but through this process we have fallen in love with all of Noah's birth family. And to us, that's exactly what they are - family. So, why adoption? Because we have opened our hearts to expand our family. Not only do we dream of the little boy or girl we will welcome to our family, but we also dream of a new extended family we will add as well.
Our Story

It has been incredibly special to grow up together and to have so much shared history.


Our story began as best friends, and to this day we still just love to spend time together.
Our story begins 18 years ago. We met in middle school at our church's youth group, and became fast friends. JP played bass in the church rock band, and Rachel looked on with dreamy middle school eyes. We were close friends for about 5 years but started dating when JP was a senior and Rachel was a junior. It took Rachel by surprise when JP asked her on a date because they had been close friends for so long. When JP went off to college, Rachel was very sad to see him go, but he always made her feel special and came back to visit many weekends. The rest is history. We got married in college and moved back home to be near our friends and family. We have been married 11 years now and are more in love than ever. It has been incredibly special to grow up together and to have so much shared history. We are deeply committed to each other, our family, our church, and our community. Our story began as best friends, and to this day we still just love to spend time together.
Our Promises

And maybe, just maybe we will all look around one day and realize that we have reached this glorious summit of love, mutual respect, and perseverance.


They will know no matter what life throws at them, no matter if they thrive or stumble, they can fall back into our arms.
If you choose us to parent your child, we promise to give your baby the best of ourselves, our energy, time, and love! We will be sad to say goodbye in the morning on the way to work, and we will rush to the door for hugs at the end of the day. We will give your child the space he or she needs to become the unique man or woman God created them to be. We promise to provide grace, love, wisdom, and support throughout your baby's life. We will be their biggest fans and will be at every practice, recital, game, graduation, and everything in between! They will know no matter what life throws at them, no matter if they thrive or stumble, they can fall back into our arms. We will encourage them to reach their fullest potential, and we will provide them with every resource possible to help them achieve their goals and dreams. We promise to teach your baby about adoption and encourage them in how unique their story is. If you choose us, we can't promise that we will always have the perfect answers to all of life's big questions, or that we will never fail in parenthood. We do promise that we will climb this mountain of fears and unknowns with our hearts wide open to you, your family, and your baby. Together. And maybe, just maybe we will all look around one day and realize that we have reached this glorious summit of love, mutual respect, and perseverance. We promise to always talk about you with your child with the utmost respect and honor. We promise that your child will always know that you were the first person to ever love them, and that you made this heartbreaking decision out of that love.
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