Sunny San Jose, CA on a tree-lined street, near a large rose garden and park
Halloween for the decorations, Christmas for the gift giving
Jenna - San Diego with my nieces, any beach, Disneyland
James - Maui, Hawaii and Florence, Italy
Taking Jenna’s dad on his first trip to Europe for his 60th birthday - two weeks in Italy and France
For the past four years we have received an award from the City of San Jose for our Halloween decorations
Hello from Jenna and James! We are in our 30’s, live in San Jose, CA, and we are so excited to start our family through open adoption. We enjoy books, traveling, and being outdoors. James runs a finance company, and Jenna works in Marketing, but will likely be a stay at home mom with a little one. We hope to raise a child who is thoughtful, kind, and changes the world for the better. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us!
We met online in early 2014 and had an immediate connection. We both loved Harry Potter books, Disney, and the Backstreet Boys. We got engaged in 2017 but have yet to set a wedding date because we are too busy enjoying our life together. We have traveled to over ten countries and a dozen states together and make great travel companions. We can’t wait to add a third traveler to the mix.
When we’re not traveling, we enjoy walks around the Rose Garden, reading together, and spending time with friends. We love decorating for holidays and every year instead of buying Christmas gifts for each other, we sponsor foster families in need and buy gifts for 70+ individuals through a local agency where Jenna volunteers.
We started trying for a baby in 2016 but later discovered that we were unlikely to get pregnant. We had a moment where Jenna had written in her journal that it felt like the universe was telling us not to try IVF, then the very next day James said almost the exact same words out loud. We looked at each other and said, “Why don’t we adopt?” and everything immediately fell into place from there. We are confident that the right child will find their way into our lives.
Jenna is such a loving person. I remember thinking that she would be an incredible mother from our second date. She puts her heart into everything she does and has so much love to give. I believe Jenna’s greatest talent is her observation skills. She is always aware of her surroundings and has incredible intuition.
Jenna graduated summa cum laude from San Diego State with two majors, a minor and an emphasis. She worked at multiple after-school programs throughout high school and college, and loves being with kids. Today, she works in Marketing for a tech company and is incredibly talented at her job; but what she desires more than anything is to be a mother.
She loves to read and typically reads around 35-50 books a year. I’m looking forward to sitting and watching her read to a child. I’ve never met anyone who lights up the way she does around children. She has identical twin nieces that she can’t get enough of.
One of the best things about Jenna is her warm, welcoming family. They have been incredibly supportive of this adoption and they can’t wait to welcome a new member to the family.
James is intelligent, goofy, caring, kind, patient, fun-loving, and already has plenty of dad jokes ready to share with a little one. At get-togethers, you can usually find him hanging out with the kids playing games and making them laugh. He loves movies, baking, video games, reading, and math (yes, really!). The best lesson he has taught me is that life is short, and we should enjoy every day doing the things we love. I always refer to him as my “partner” because he contributes equally in every area of our lives.
James recently graduated summa cum laude from Santa Clara University with his bachelor’s degree in Finance. He started his own company after high school and never had a chance to finish his degree. Today he is the President of one of the highest rated financial planning companies in the Bay Area. His schedule is completely flexible which allows us to travel, and will allow him ample time at home with a little one.
The one thing James wants more than anything is to be a dad. I know he will dedicate his heart and soul to being an active, involved father who is fully engaged in his child’s life. He will play with them, laugh with them, and love them unconditionally.
We live on a quiet, tree-lined street near the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden. Our house has six bedrooms on a large lot with plenty of room for playing inside and out. We recently completed an interior remodel and are actively working on re-doing the front and back yards. When it’s all done, we will have a large deck for family dinners, a grassy area for kids to play, and a fenced in swimming pool to cool off on those sunny California days and make memories with friends.
Our home is filled with thousands of books and art-covered walls. We have a dedicated nursery that is filled with everything the baby will need and more.
Every year we deck out our house and host a family-friendly Halloween party. Our neighborhood is one of the most popular trick-or-treating areas, attracting more than 1,200 kids per year. Every year we hand out full-sized candy bars to those kids because when James was young, he always remembered the houses that gave out full-sized bars and wanted to be that person for a new generation of kids. We go just as crazy with the Christmas decorations, so all our neighbors know us as THAT house.
Any child who joins our family will have no lack of love considering the five grandparents, four uncles, and five aunts who will be around to dote on them, plus the six first cousins (so far!) who they will grow up with. We both have large extended families and we try to get together as much as we can.
We also have a strong network of close, local friends who we spend a lot of time with and who we know will love any child that comes along. They are all rooting for us on our adoption journey and have been a rock-solid support system for us. About 90% of our friends have young kids, so our house is already set up for that and we can’t wait to see the friendships that develop between the kids over the years.
We recently lost our German Shepherd, Harper. She was truly our fur-baby and our whole lives revolved around her needs and schedule. She taught us what it means to selflessly care for another being and we will always be grateful to her for preparing us for parenthood and loving us unconditionally.
We both feel like we were meant to be parents, but we know that would never be possible without someone like you. We could never thank you enough for trusting us with your baby. Should you choose us, we promise that your child will always feel loved, supported, and empowered, and in turn we hope that they show up as their authentic selves in everything they do. We will show them the world, give them a good education, and teach them how to think instead of what to think.
We promise to keep you in your child’s life always, in whatever way you feel comfortable. No matter who you choose, we admire the difficult decision you are making that will allow someone else to become a parent, and we trust that you’re making the right choice for you and your child. Thank you for considering us and we hope to hear from you soon!