Meet Michael & Jenay
A video message from Michael & Jenay
A Letter from Michael & Jenay
Welcoming a child into our hearts and home would be our great joy and privilege, and we’re honored to be considered as adoptive parents for your child! We look forward to learning about you, your story, and the dreams you have for your baby.
Adoption has been a dream of ours since dating. After the birth of our biological son, we experienced secondary infertility and two heartbreaking losses. After much prayer, we know it’s time, and we’re ecstatic to pursue our dream of adoption. Our son will be a wonderful big brother, and he’s as excited as we are to welcome another member to our family! We’d love to share with you about how we can love and provide a wonderful life for your child.
We were matched in January of 2011 on e-harmony and met for the first time in person that March. Dating long distance allowed us to build a great communication base and grew a unique appreciation for spending time together. We got married in June of 2012 and eight years of happy marriage later, our relationship is secure and stable, built on the strong foundation of our mutual faith. We enjoy going out together, reading and discussing books, and hosting game nights with friends.
In February of 2016, Fitzmichael was born and has filled our lives with so much joy! As a family, we treasure time together- playing ball in the backyard, Sunday night movies, and bedtime stories are a few of our favorite activities. We’re very much looking forward to including our next family member in these activities and making many more cherished memories!
Michael is a wonderful, loving husband and a caring father who is purposeful to spend time investing in our family. Whether chasing Fitz with tickle fingers, doing puzzles, or teaching him how to treat others, in all things Michael works hard to set an example worth looking up to.
Michael loves going on road trips, listening to audio books, and challenging himself in new endeavors. He is a great example of gentleness, generosity, and perseverance. He works hard as an aerospace engineer and is an excellent provider for our family. He’s looking forward to teaching our children to build amazing Lego creations, higher level math and physics, and coaching their soccer teams. I’m so excited to see him as a father to our next child!
Jenay is an amazing wife and a fantastic mom who lovingly cares for our family and household. She used to be an English teacher, but she’s so thankful to stay home in this season of life. Whether reading books, planning family outings, or teaching Fitz’s preschool class at church, in all things Jenay works purposefully to help Fitz learn and grow.
She loves using her gift of music, taking walks in nature, gardening, and hosting fun-filled get togethers. Jenay is always seeking to show God’s love to everyone she meets and has a heart and passion for hospitality. She is thoughtful, intentional, servant hearted, and tirelessly hard working. She’s very excited to teach our next child to decorate cupcakes, love reading, and enjoy the great outdoors. I’m eager to see her love and nurture another little one!
Fitz is such a treasure! He’s full of energy and loves people of all ages. He relishes helping our family host friends and adores going on playdates. His laugh is infectious and his endless giggles make us think we’re a lot funnier than we actually are! He loves learning and delights in exploring nature and discovering new facts about animals. Fitz is incredibly excited to become a big brother and prays every night for the sibling(s) God will bring to our family!
We both come from big families and are thankful for extended family. Your child will be welcomed by two grandmothers, five uncles, seven aunts, and eighteen cousins! Though they are spread out (from California to Virginia), we get together as often as we can and always enjoy whatever time we have. One of Jenay’s sisters lives in town, so we are blessed to see her weekly and to have her join us for holidays. She is Fitz’s favorite babysitter, and he’s always excited to have a sleepover at Auntie’s house!
We live in a 2 story, 5 bedroom home in a family friendly neighborhood. Our house has a fenced backyard with 8 raised garden beds that supply us with delicious fruits and vegetables. We have plenty of room for grilling out and playing corn hole or croquet. In our home, we enjoy sharing nightly family dinners around the table and inviting others to join us.
Our neighborhood has 3 pools, a park, and a lake for fishing. We enjoy walking/biking around the 2 mile neighborhood loop and feeding the ducks in the pond as often as possible! We love living close to our church, friendly neighbors, and great schools.
Our home is a place of belonging and becoming, and we will work to ensure that your child knows how much he/she is loved by God, by us, and by you. We promise to work as tools of grace to help them learn and grow. We will provide a safe, nurturing home, financial stability, a quality education, and support and encouragement to help them build character and develop faith.
Your child’s adoption story will be cherished and your place in his/her life honored. We’d love to get to know you better and are open to staying in contact as you desire. We are praying for you!
Learn More About Michael & Jenay
|Our Education||Masters of Arts in Mechanical Engineering||Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education|
|Our Professions||Aerospace Engineer||Former English Teacher, Now Stay at Home Mom|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Michael & Jenay's Favorites|
|Hobby||County Collecting, Watching the Tour de France||Gardening, Cake Decorating, Reading|
|Vacation Spot||Any road trip!||The mountains!|
|Book||Fiction: The Bobiverse Series by Dennis E. Taylor Non Fiction: Unbroken by Louie Zamparini||Fiction: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith Non Fiction: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell|
|Board Game||Blokus, DC Deck Builder||Ticket to Ride, Linkee|
|Fast Food Resturants||Burger King, Sonic, Chipotle||Chick fil a, Chipotle, Wendys|
|TV Shows||Star Trek: Next Generation, M.A.S.H, The IT Crowd||The Great British Baking Show, The Office|
|Bible Verse||The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord! -Job 1.21||But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. -2 Corinthians 12:9|
|More About Our Family|
Our faith is our firm foundation, and we strive to build our lives upon Christ, the Solid Rock. We endavor to teach our son to know and love Jesus, and we continually seek to grow in our own faith as well. We make it a priority to do devotions together and pray for our family every night. We desire to honor and glorify God in all things and to be conduits of His grace and love to those around us.
God has blessed us with a wonderful church family that is praying for you and your child and looks forward to welcoming him/her with open arms! We attend Sunday services and weekly Bible study regularly. Additionally, Michael serves in the worship ministry tech team and attends the monthly men's ministry. Jenay serves in the worship ministry, kid's ministry, and women's ministry, as well. Fitz LOVES our church, too, and he has told us many times that he wants to "stay there forever!" with all his friends!
|Our Special Interests|
We love being outdoors! We enjoy gardening, walking, hiking, playing at the playground, kicking around the soccer ball, exploring at the nature center, and feeding animals at the wildlife park. We have a family goal to visit all 61 National Parks, so many of our travel adventures revolve around that aspiration. We have loved getting to see and explore so much of God's creation!
|We live in the state of...|
Kansas... There's no place like home!
Although we live in a small town outside a larger city, our area has a lot to offer in regards to enrichment and culture. Within a half an hour of our house, we have great libraries, many parks, two zoos, a children's science center, a wonderful nature center (with great walking paths), multiple museums (inluding a train museum and a cowtown museum), botannical gardens, pools, splashpads, and waterparks, bowling alleys, an amusement park, an ice center, movie theaters, a drive in movie theater, multiple concert venues, and a minor league baseball stadium. There are also a lot of fun seasonal activities like farmer's markets, pumpkin patches and winter train rides, too. We love going on family outings to enjoy these wonderful community resources!
|Our Musical Interests|
Jenay plays saxophone and guitar and sings on the worship team at church. She sings Fitz to sleep every night! We all enjoy listenting to music in a wide range of musical styles. We go to the symphony about once a year, and we (especially Jenay) enjoy attending live musicals (both amatuer and professional). We have also found music to be a useful tool in teaching Fitz. Jenay has loved changing the lyrics of common children's songs to help Fitz learn many things- even how to spell his first, middle, and last name (28 letters long in total!).
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...|
|Age of Child|
Newborn-2 year old
We'd be delighted to adopt twins!
We will love a child of either gender.
|Ethnicity of Child||We will love a child of any ethnicity.|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We're open to pictures, letters, and phone calls throughout the year and occasional visits, too.
Being parents is our great joy, so thank you for considering us as a family for your little one! We hope to hear from you soon!