To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:
Hi, we are Andy and Jerusha! If you’re reading this, you’re likely in the process of making some big decisions. Thinking about placing your baby for adoption is a brave first step, and we commend you for your courage. We don’t know what you’re going through, but we’re glad you’re here on this site. New Life Adoptions is a wonderful agency, and you’ll be in good hands if you choose to use their services.
Although we don’t know your circumstance, we believe that you deeply love and want the best for your precious child and that God has a plan for both of you. We know God has a plan for us as well, and we are so thankful that adoption is part of that plan. Infertility prevents us from having biological children, but we have been immeasurably blessed with our son, Michael, whom we adopted in 2018 through New Life. We have more room in our hearts and home, and we’d love for Michael to have a sibling, so we pray that we can help you or another expectant parent by providing a home for a child in need of a forever family.
Who we are as a family:
We love spending time with friends and our big families. We enjoy going to festivals, concerts, sporting events, and spending time outdoors. We are also just fine with walks around our neighborhood and quiet evenings at home. Since we brought our son home, we’ve been thoroughly enjoying life as a family. We try to provide Michael with lots of love, enriching experiences, and loads of hugs and kisses. We travel in and out of state, visit local and state parks, and explore new playgrounds and splash pads as often as we can.
Andy is a civil engineer who develops renewable and recycled pavement technologies. When not at work, Andy enjoys hiking, biking, golfing, reading, grilling, keeping up with college basketball and football, doing activities with our son, yard work and house projects, and volunteering at our church. Jerusha is a musician and marketing/communications specialist. She has held music-related and marketing jobs, but now gladly stays home to care for our son. It’s been the best “job” she’s ever had! She enjoys being active and outdoors (being active outdoors is even better!), playing and teaching piano and organ, hosting company, running a small business from home, creative endeavors, movie nights, the Great Lakes, autumn, dogs, hot coffee on cold mornings, and the never-ending pursuit of trying to improve her mediocre cooking skills.
Michael is a sweet, curious, and energetic two-year-old. He brings so much joy to our lives, and we adore him. Hearing him laugh and giggle is the best part of our day! He loves to explore anything new or interesting and is adept at climbing all sorts of things. We read to him every day, and he follows along and helps turn pages. His vocabulary is growing daily as he demonstrates by surprising us with new words. He loves playgrounds, animals, mowing the lawn with his toy lawnmower while dad mows, spotting airplanes overhead, cuddles before bedtime, wagon rides, and playing outside.
Things we’d love to share with our adopted children:
• Our Savior’s love for all, and our love for our Savior
• Our time, attention, and nurturing
• A curious, inquisitive approach to the world around us
• Kindness towards others
• Family traditions and celebrations, especially at holidays
• Reading together as a family
• An appreciation for the beauty of nature, especially in our local, state, and national parks
• Lots of laughs while making memories together
Our views on openness in adoption:
“Open adoption is a promise to put the child at the center of whatever you do.” – Micky Duxbury
When we were preparing to adopt, we weren’t sure what to think of open adoption. It sounded a bit strange, and frankly, a little scary. It might feel that way to you right now, too. However, now that we’ve been blessed with our son through a wonderfully open relationship with his birth mother, we know firsthand how beautiful open adoption is. It works, and it’s a priceless gift to everyone involved. Open adoption will look different for every set of families, but we believe that it is beneficial and healing for the birth parent(s), the adoptive parents, and most importantly, the child.
If you choose to pursue adoption, we are willing to meet you whenever you are ready, and we will gladly be at the hospital before, during, or after the delivery if you’d like us to be there. We are also willing to give you the space you need and move at a pace that’s comfortable to you. We are happy to share photos and videos of your child with you, and we welcome lots of texts/calls/FaceTime chats from and with you. We are completely open to in-person visits, and we genuinely look forward to collaborating with you on the types and frequency of sharing, communicating and visiting that feels comfortable to you now and in the future. We are committed to loving and nurturing your child, and we are committed to you because you are an integral part of who your child is. Raising a baby only lasts for so long, but helping a person develop a sense of identity—in which the birth parent(s) play an important role—will last a lifetime. Communication from you is always welcome, and any photos or letters from you will be appreciated now and treasured by your child (and us!) for years to come.