Dear Birth Mother,
We are Joe and Jessica. We are in our thirties, living in New York City, and cannot wait to be parents. We have been waiting in expectation for some time now and are looking forward to the day to bring home a little life to love!
We live in the city, near the Park, where we often go to exercise, get fresh air, and spend time together. On snow days, we enjoy sledding and making snowballs in the park, and on warm days we sometimes row boats, take walks, get ice cream, and play in the leaves. Essentially, we love to have fun outside. Normally when the weather is nice, however, we love to get outside the city to a cabin we own in the woods.
Joe loves to chop wood, hike, canoe, build camp fires, and hunt for deer. He usually fills our freezer with delicious venison that we cook together, continuing to come up with new recipes to try. Out at our cabin, there are about six other families who all have cabins in the name neighborhood together. These families are part of our church in the city. We are very close to them and consider them family. Most of them have children, so our summers in the woods are far from dull. We love playing in the creek together, swimming, jumping off waterfalls, hiking, kayaking, and making s’mores after dark. The kids have a great time playing in nature, which is fantastic, because they get the best of both worlds. They know how to be city kids, learning in one of the greatest cities in the world, and also are learning to live outdoors in the woods. Jessica enjoys teaching Bible studies to many of the kids, singing songs with them around the piano, and teaching many of the girls to sew.
In the city, Joe works in business. He loves his job working with families to help steward their finances. Jessica teaches piano and has worked as an educator with kids for the last 12 years. She is currently transitioning into a type of spiritual counseling work where she enjoys journeying with people in the deep places of their hearts. We both enjoy family life, as we have nieces/nephews and also kids we consider nieces/nephews in our church community.
Our church really is our home. We are very involved in leading Bible studies, home groups, etc. Jessica serves in the Kids Ministry and Joe serves with the men’s ministry. We cannot wait to introduce our child to his/her church family. They will be met with great love, as many of our church family have been waiting with great anticipation alongside us. We often live life with these people the way we would if our family was nearby. We love having them over for dinner, playing with them in the park (sports, picnics, etc), and also serving at various organizations or events around the city together.
Our families live back in the Middle and Southwest, but we do have great relationships with them. All of our parents are alive and wonderful, loving, generous people. Joe has siblings with children and Jessica does as well. All of our families are eager to welcome the newest edition into their arms as well.
We can’t imagine what is going on in your mind right now. We have no idea what kinds of thoughts and feelings have led to the decision you are finding before yourself right now. We want you to know that we think you are brave. You are about to give the greatest gift any person could ever give another expectant family. And yes, that is what we consider ourselves, expectant parents. We have been waiting with great expectation for the moment we find out we get to bring a child into our home.
Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents of your child. We hope you know we consider it a privilege to be in this position, waiting for a child who needs a home. What we have to give are hearts full of love, grace, and blessing for the little life we can’t wait to meet! Blessing to you.
With warm affection,
Joe and Jessica
Dear Birth Mother, We are Joe and Jessica. The first thing you should know about us is that we are both committed Christians. We both gave our hearts to Christ at a young age, and everything we do is centered around His will for our lives. We are in our forties, living in New York City, and cannot wait to be parents. We have been waiting in expectation for some time now and praying to the Lord for a child. We live in the city, near parks, a zoo, many great schools and numerous stores. On nice days, we love to hike our park because it has hills and trails that are great for refreshment and exercise. Some of the things Joe loves to do is workout, read and cook. He has become such an amazing cook lately. He makes everything from meats, fish, porkchops and even savory soups. It’s something he’s picked up later in life and he’s such a pro. Recently, his favorite show “Chopped” has become an inspiration. Also, he loves football. His favorite NFL team is the JETS. A few times a year, he gets together with friends and watches the games. He even puts together a yearly football game with these friends. Jessica also has a lot of passions that she pursues. She also loves to workout, go out with friends, and explore the city. Since she is off for the summer, her latest project is to see how many books she can read. Also, she does activities with family members like her mother, sister in-law, niece and nephews. Together, we love to travel. Our favorite place so far has been the Caribbean. We loved Jamaica- it was perfect and gorgeous. Not to mention, the cuisine and people were wonderful. We are, however partial to Puerto Rico, as that is our heritage. More locally, we go to the beach quite a bit. Our home away from home is the Jersey shore. We have found quiet beaches that encourage serenity and family. We both work at jobs we love. Joe is a pastor to a small church in the Bronx. He preaches just about every Sunday, counsels people in different situations and teaches Bible studies. Jessie works as a middle school teacher- mainly for students with disabilities, teaching English and literacy. Although Joe is the pastor of the church, Jessie serves right alongside him. She helps with counseling couples and leading Bible studies. The class she and Joe are teaching right now is on prayer and the importance of it. It’s well-received by the students, and everyone is engaged and involved. Fortunately, we see our families often. Jessie’s family lives 20 minutes from her, and Joe’s lives in our own building. We keep the bonds close and do a lot of activities together. Our nephews and niece would love a new cousin in the family. We thank you for viewing our profile. We respect you greatly and think your decision is a brave one. What you can expect from us is to love your child as the gift of God that he or she is. For many years, we’ve awaited this miracle, and if you are the one God has chosen for us to entrust your child to, we gladly accept. Blessings, Joe & Jessica Hernandez
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More About Joe
There are so many things I love about Joe. After seventeen years of marriage, that love has become stronger and deeper. The first thing I admire about him most is his love for God and how he respects him completely. Also, Joe is kind and compassionate towards everyone he meets. He loves talking to new people and finding out their stories. If there's any way he can help them, he will. He is also very intelligent and loves to learn new things from books and podcasts. Joe absolutely loves sports. He is an avid JETS fan and can't stand when they lose! He also watches the Yankees and attends the U.S.Open every year. He loves to play football and tennis when he gets the chance. As a couple, he makes sure we have fun as well. We walk in our beautiful park, go to concerts, the beach, the movies and spend time with our friends and families. We also have favorite shows that we watch together that stream on Hulu. Joe is really a joy to be around. He's very positive and uplifting as well. I couldn't have picked a better husband. I'm a very blessed woman.
More About Jessica
My wife will be a great mother because she really attentive to others needs and carefully considers how others feel before reacting. She is fun and is loved by all of middle school students which really says something because middle schooler can be a very difficult to teach and keep engaged. Her teaching skills go beyond the classroom as I see her patiently try and teach my little niece and nephews, who she loves spending time with. She is my best friend and is a great friend to the people in her life. She has three best friends from childhood that she grew up and still remains close to them and their family. In addition to her best friends, she is loved and appreciated by the people in our local church body where we have friendships with people young and old. My wife loves God and devoted to prayer. Every morning she prays before work at 6am. We close just every night in prayer and she is a woman of faith. If you ask her what the source of her strength is, she would say God is. I am a witness that He is that. I know that my wife will be a great mother because she pays attention to the little details in life and knows how to get things done. I can say with all my heart that she will take care and nurture your child with patience, love and affection.