Hello, we are Luke and Jen! Thank you for taking the time to learn about our story and family. We met in the fall of 2009 at Applebees and quickly discovered we both enjoyed our local professional sports teams, shopping, and family. Luke proposed in July 2011, and we were married in December 2011. We've learned that life can throw us curve balls, but our relationship has a strong foundation, and we will always love each other and our family.
We welcomed our son, Brayden, in 2013 and enjoy every minute with him. We embraced making memories as a family of three, but something was missing, and Brayden always asked for someone to play with. After Jen's first pregnancy, it took many years and meeting with our care team before deciding to grow our family. After some time, we were blessed with the news that we were expecting a little girl, due in Spring 2020. Brayden was the happiest big brother to be, very proud of his new sibling, and so excited to read and play with her. He even helped Luke put together the baby's crib with so much pride and excitement. Sadly, in February 2020, despite many exams and close monitoring, we learned that Caroline had died in the womb at 36 weeks. After losing her, we waited a year to grieve, heal and see where our hearts were. After a year, we all still wanted to grow our family and share our love, home, and traditions with another child.
We have so much love to share and were nudged toward adoption to complete our family. It's too risky for Jen to have other children, and adoption was something she always wanted to pursue. Whether on a family weekend trip, playing with legos, doing a puzzle, or snuggling reading books, we often talk about how much we can't wait to share these moments with another child. We look forward to sharing our love and home with another little one!
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
Saturday marked a new beginning in traditions. Every year since we started dating in 2009, Luke and I have gone to our baseball team's special January event, where they raise funds for their children's foundation and have a great "get ready for baseball season" day. This year was the first year they have had it in person since 2020, due to the pandemic and we were so excited to get tickets. Brayden was even more excited because this was his first time going! In past year's he would have a day at Jen's parents and have fun with them since it is a busy event with lots of people. This year we took Brayden with and he got to experience the event! We even got to see his very favorite mascot- TC Bear. TC Bear is a special mascot to our family- he held Brayden was he was just a baby- probably 6 months old and we got a photo and Brayden just adores him deeply. It was such a fun and special day, making new memories and cherishing the old. We can't wait to bring another child with us in future years! #adoptionprofiles #hopingtoadoptinMinnesota @AdoptABabyinMN
We have three goldendoodles ready to share lots of love and memories with a younger human sibling. They love to love, snuggle, play and spend half their days snuggles by their humans sleeping. Each of our dogs has their own personality, but all love to love their humans. Daisy is 4.5 years old and has great manners. As a puppy, she got the nickname the gentle giant as she was so well mannered and behaved but much larger than our then teddy bear dog who was 10 lbs. Daisy has been through a lot with us and will be found in Jen's office in her very own chair while we are working. She's an old soul with a young body. She is very gentle and caring, especially gentle around Brayden and our friend's little ones. She even "asks" for permission before jumping up into her chair each time and wont take food off of the counter, no matter what we leave out. She loves playing ball once the snow melts but in the meantime, she loves the snow and cooler months. Carley is 2.5 years old and we got her as a companion for us and Daisy. Daisy loves having...
Snow Day! One of the things we cherish about living in a climate that experiences all four seasons is the beauty of the snow and the calm of a snow day. Snow days since we moved to a rural area are more special, calm and peaceful. Snow days mean extra snuggles, pj days, and cozy moments playing games, building legos or doing a puzzle around the coffee table as a family. When the snow calms down, we love to go sledding or tubing down a small hill at our house that is “just right” for kids. Today was extra fun because the snow was PERFECT to build a snowman! We built a snowman and accessorized it with our Lego snowman kit. Brayden can’t wait to have a sibling to build a snowman with someday! It’s so fun to come inside afterwards and warm up with hot chocolates! We can’t wait to share these memories with a future child!
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