Welcome to our corner of the web! Here you will learn about our family and our journey of a family member adoption. In July of 2010, after 9 years of trying to add to our family and 5 years after we started our adoption journey, we welcomed baby Emily Rose. Emily's birth mom is Sharon's adopted sister. We look forward to someday adopting more children but for now, we are enjoying our time together as a family of 4!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Dear Birth Families

Dear Birth Families,
We have been sitting here for days trying to figure out how to best tell you what is in our hearts. We want you to know how blessed we feel that you would consider us in this difficult decision. We can’t imagine how hard this is for you. We want you to know that we will do everything in our power to raise this baby to know who they truly are. We want them to grow up knowing, without a doubt how much you love them and we will do our best every day to help them to know that.

We are hoping for a semi-open or an open adoption, but we understand how hard this decision must be for you and we will respect you and support you if you feel you can't have contact with us and will wait until you are ready.

Just to tell you a little about us, we have been married since August 2001 and knowing that because of infertility having biological children probably would not be possible, we have always hoped to adopt. Adoption is a big part of our family. Jacob's grandfather was adopted as a child, and his cousin is adopting soon as well. Sharon's cousin is a birthmom to a beautiful little boy, she has Aunt's and Uncles who have adopted. Sharon also has a brother and sister who were adopted as infants. Adoption is very near and dear to our family and we feel it is a gift in our lives.

Jacob was raised in a loving LDS home with a mom and dad and 5 other siblings! He served a mission in the Arkansas Little Rock mission. He spent 6 years in the US Army and is now in the Army Reserves. He currently works at a salt plant and has enrolled as a Jr. at the University of Utah. He will start in Janurary and will finish his Bachelor's degree. He plans to be a college professor. Jacob enjoys running, bike riding, woodworking, yard work, and spending time with the family among other things.

Sharon was raised LDS as well. Her parents divorced when she was 13 and are each remarried. She has a good relationship with all her parents. Including full blooded siblings, step siblings and two adopted siblings, Sharon has 9 siblings in all! Sharon was a mom at a young age. She had her daughter Tammy when she was 16. As a teen mom she feels a very deep love for you as birth parents and how difficult this decision you are making is. Sharon loves to decorate cakes, do just about everything having to do with papercrafting and scrapbooking, she quilts, and does ceramics. Her favorite hobby though is photography.

Tammy is our daughter. Even though she was 6 when Jacob and Sharon got married, Jacob and Tammy have such a strong bond. We have even had people who have been shocked when they find out that Jacob and Tammy aren’t biologically related. Tammy is a typical 14 year old girl. She loves hanging out with her friends and listening to music. She is also interested in Drama and Choir. We are blessed to have a great relationship with Tammy’s dad Nick and we share joint custody of her with him.

We both have very close knit families and love to see them as often as we can. The grandmas have all already called dibs on being the stand-by babysitters when we need one! Total on both sides of the family there are 27 nieces and nephews, all ranging in age from 15 years to newborn. So there are lots and lots of playmates for your little one. We also have a dog who is the best, most mild tempered dog you could ever meet. He is so good and patient with children.

As a family we enjoy going on walks and exploring new places. We love playing games, watching movies and just being together. To learn more about us, be sure to check out our blog at jacobandsharon.blogspot.com

Thank you again for considering us. We pray for you every night, for your peace and comfort, for your health, and your knowledge of the Lord’s love for you, and of our love for you. We can’t wait to meet you and for you to become part of our family.
With Love,
Jacob, Sharon & Tammy

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