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Jacqueline and Jude

Dear Birthmother,

We first would like to thank you for giving your baby the greatest gift you could give, the gift of life. You are so brave and selfless in considering adoption for your baby. We admire the love you have for your child and cannot begin to understand what you are going through as you make this difficult decision. We believe that with prayer and God by your side you will make the best choice for you and your baby.

If you decide to choose us as your baby’s adoptive parents, we will lovingly and joyfully welcome this child into our home and our hearts. Our love for any child entrusted to our lives will be unconditional and that love will be given not only by us but by our families. We will tell your baby their birth story and the plan you lovingly made. We know what an important part of your baby’s life you are and will be forever. We will teach your baby to grow up to be a strong, independent, loving adult, the importance of family, and above all to have faith in God. Some may believe that we will change your baby’s life, but we believe your baby will change ours.

 About Us

The first time we met was in the summer of 1995, when we were just teenagers. We went to different high schools but had some mutual friends who hung out and played sports at a local recreation center. When Jude graduated high school in 1996 and began college we didn’t see each other as often as we once did. A year later I graduated high school and went on to attend cosmetology school. In 2002 we happened to be in the same place at the same time at the Jersey shore and recognized each other immediately. There was an instant connection. We were together as much as possible that summer and fell in love. A little over a year later we were engaged and in 2004 we were married by Jude’s father who is a Deacon. This made our day even more special. Six months before our wedding we bought a house, a real fixer upper. With the help of family and friends we were able to turn this house in to our home. We are a short distance from both of our families and as fate would have it, only a few blocks from the recreation center where we first met.

 

Aunt Jackie and Uncle Jude with many of their nieces and nephews

We live in a great neighborhood filled with children of all ages! In fact this is the neighborhood where Jude grew up. Our nearby rec center has a wonderful playground with swings, slides, and monkey bars. It also offers endless opportunities to join group activities. They have a wonderful athletic association, run by neighborhood parents and volunteers, and have many sports teams such as baseball, basketball, soccer, football, hockey, and cheerleading. The rec center also offers gymnastics, arts and crafts, and in the summer they have one of the best day camps our city offers. We have two elementary schools within walking distance, one public and one Catholic. A few of our nieces and nephews attend the Catholic school which we can see from our backyard.

Holidays are a big deal in both families but Christmas is the biggest. We get together with Jude’s family on Christmas Eve and enjoy the Italian Christmas Celebration of the Seven Fishes. All the kids sing Christmas carols and play the instruments they are learning in school. After dinner we exchange our gifts which turns into a tornado of wrapping paper and the wonderful sounds of excitement from our nieces and nephews. Christmas morning we go to my brother’s house for breakfast and to see my nephew open his gifts from Santa. Later we go to my parent’s home for a great sit down dinner of Surf and Turf. We are so excited for the day when we will hear our own child’s squeals of excitement when Santa visits our home.

Jackie

I am best known as Jackie, the younger of two children. My biological father passed away when I was just three years old. My mom remarried when I was six years old, and gave me and my brother the greatest gift ever, our Dad. I can say that to this day I am “Daddy’s Little Girl”. My parents have been married for the past twenty seven years. Every Sunday we would attend church together as a family. I really cherish my Christian faith and upbringing. It is something that I have always looked forward to sharing with my children. Both my brother and I attended Sunday school and were involved in the youth group where my parents were advisors. We would have dances, talent shows, and go on weekend retreats.

Immediately after graduating high school I attended cosmetology school and am happy with the career choice I made. Not only does being a hairstylist allow me to be creative, I get to make people feel good at the same time. I have always dreamed of becoming a mommy. I remember as a little girl caring for my doll babies. In fact I still have them packed away in the attic. After finding out that Jude and I were not able to conceive a child I think I wanted it more. I am so excited to be going through the adoption process. Being raised by my dad, I know better than anyone that biology does not make a parent, love does, and I have so much love just waiting to give.

Jude

I am the fifth of seven children; I have three brothers and three sisters. My parents have been happily married for over forty years. I consider myself very blessed, coming from a large and loving family. My parents believed very strongly in the importance of family and being together. We all had to be home daily by 5:45 p.m., when my father got home from work, in order to have dinner together as a family. I loved going to the Jersey shore with my family. Sometimes I was even lucky enough to be invited to go with a friend and his family. It was so much fun to go the boardwalk, play arcade games, and eat ice cream and funnel cake. I also loved playing wiffle ball on the beach and going to the waterpark. I still get to enjoy my childhood fun every summer while vacationing there with Jackie’s family. I am so excited to see my child as much in love with the Jersey shore as I once was and still am today.

After high school I went on to attend college, graduating with a degree in Sports and Recreation Management. I found I had a calling to help children and took my degree and turned it into a meaningful career. I work for my city’s department of parks and recreation where I work with children of all ages. I help them with homework, teach them how to draw, and coach them in sports. It gives me great joy to see the smile on their faces when they show me a finished drawing or when they finally make that jump shot they have been working so hard on. I am always reassured of my career choice when a teenager who I once coached as a young child comes up and hugs me telling me they made their high school basketball team, or that their art work is being put into a show.

In Closing

We would like to thank you for taking the time to read our Profile Book and learn a little bit about us and our lives. We are both so excited to move onto this next chapter in our lives. We will keep you and your baby in our prayers as you so carefully and lovingly make your decision.

Warmly,
Jacqueline and Jude

 

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