Jenkins & Saraprofile id #28115
Jenkins & Sara
are hopeful adoptive parents from Washington waiting to adopt a baby.
If you are pregnant and considering placing your child for adoption, please read the following Dear Birthmother Letter.
Thank you for taking a minute to get to know more about us. We are honored to be a part of your adoption process, even if only for a moment. Adoption has made possible the family that we cherish every day, but we know that these joyous and exciting times in our lives are only possible because of someone else’s sacrifice and selflessness. We will never have the words to express how much that means to us and how grateful we are for the family that we have and are hoping to grow. We know that we cannot comprehend what you are going through or how you are feeling. What we can tell you is that whatever baby finds their way into our hearts and our family will always know where they came from and that they are, and always have been, loved by so many. We are excited to extend our family, not just by adding a baby, but also through the bond that will be formed between families when we are blessed with the gift of life. We continue to have an amazing relationship with our son Parker’s birth mother, and if that is desired, we look forward to creating and continuing a relationship with our next child’s birth mother as well.
We met at a New Years Eve Party in 1998. It was the kind of place that one would never expect to meet the quality of person that you could envision spending the rest of your life with, but we did. Jenkins had never met a girl that knew almost as much about sports as he did. Sara was taken by his intelligence, kindness and good heart. Through Jenkins nerdy but cute persistence, a relationship developed, we fell in love and got married 2 and ˝ years later. We have now been happily married for over 11 years! It’s amazing how life works out sometimes and how things will find you when you least expect it. Having wanted children as long as we could both remember, we began trying to start our family almost immediately after the wedding. It took us four years of fertility treatments and several miscarriages to realize that what we wanted most was to have children to love, regardless of their biology or how they came to us. We started the adoption process in summer of 2005 and in January of 2006 our son Parker was born. The day he was born erased almost all memory of the previous 4 years of struggles and made us wonder what took us so long to get to him. I guess if we had realized our destiny sooner we wouldn’t have found our son and he couldn’t be a more perfect child for us! Again we realized that things that are meant to be will be and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Parker just turned 7, and we have finally realized again, that the time is now for him to be a big brother and for us to complete our family with the addition of a new baby. Again we are pondering what took us so long to get here, but can’t wait to live life as a family of four! Parker asks us almost every day if we're really getting a baby and we can't wait for him to finally get to meet that little person. We know that he will be an amazing big brother.
Our Extended Family
We are extremely fortunate to have most of our immediate family living very close by. Sara is the middle of three sisters. Sara’s parents have been married for almost 40 years and Sara’s grandparents recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. We live within 15 minutes of Sara’s parents, grandparents, sisters, nieces and nephew, in the town where Sara was born and raised. We look forward to the time we have together- especially with “the greats” (Sara’s grandparents and great grandparents to Parker and his cousins)! We cherish every family dinner, camping trip and vacation that we get with them. Holidays are often spent with the greats, celebrating many of the same traditions from when Sara was a child. Carrying on those traditions while also creating some of our own is so important to us.
Jenkins family moved to the U.S. from Liberia, West Africa when he was 19 years old. Jenkins is the middle of 5 children. His siblings are a little more spread out throughout the United States, but we figure that gives us an excuse to travel a little more. His parents are within an hours drive from our home as well as his younger brother, cousins and nieces. Parker looks forward to the visits he gets with Grandma and Poppy.
What We Like to Do
We are easy going people with a down to earth lifestyle. We love the time that we have together as a family. We measure our success by how happy our family is and how much time we have together, not by how many expensive things we have or how fancy our next trip will be. While we enjoy a nice vacation as much as anyone, we are just as content to spend our weekends at home going to a local fair or getting together with friends and family.
One of our favorite family activities is camping. We have a group of friends (about 6 families) that love to camp together in the summer. We are fortunate to live in an area that has lots of lakes, rivers and pretty near access to the ocean, so we have endless options for where we can spend our summer weekends. We bought a brand new travel trailer 2 years ago with plenty of room for our growing family, so we have all the comforts of home available while experiencing the beauty of nature and where we live! Sara’s family all loves to camp too, so our long holiday summer weekends are always spent camping with grandparents, GREAT grandparents and aunts, uncles and cousins! We enjoy just being together, sharing recipes, hanging out, playing cards and watching the kids play and enjoy being outside. It’s really cool to be able to do it with 4 generations of family and such a great group of friends!
For the times of year that aren’t so agreeable to camping (unfortunately a lot of the time in the Pacific Northwest!) we find things to do indoors. We love to have lazy Sundays at home where we watch football, play board games and have slow cooker dinners. There is definitely a stretch of time in the winter when weather doesn’t allow us to be outside much, but some of the best days are the ones when we’re stuck inside together watching the pouring rain around us!
We are big sports fans. We love to watch our favorite teams on TV or go to a game when we get the chance. We are lucky to live about an hour from Seattle where we can enjoy baseball and both college and NFL football games which we try to catch one of each at least once per year. There's nothing like a family day at the ballpark.
We love our life and would love to share it with you and your baby. We hope that we have peaked your interest enough that you'd like to learn more about us. We'd sure love to hear from you! Thank you for including us in your journey to explore adoption.