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A Letter from Sam & Jolene

Hello! We feel so honored that you’re taking the time to learn about us. We’ve been through a long challenging journey on our way to become parents. We are thrilled to complete this journey through adoption! We look forward to creating new family traditions and making memories with your child. We promise to provide a home filled with love, laughter and faith. We can’t wait to learn more about you and your child!

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About Us

We met at a church college retreat: Sam-climbing the side of a steep mountain and Jolene-hoping he would come down to hang out!  We dated for three years full of laughter and goofiness.  We have been married for 13 years and are overjoyed to become first-time parents!  Our adventures often include a drive through orchards to enjoy the blossoms; getting “lost” on forest roads to find a hidden pond; or a simple project at home to work on together.  Walking our dog, Wiley, is how we often end a busy day.  We love traveling and can’t wait to make memories with your child!  Our faith is very important to us and we love being involved with our church family.  We try to make a positive impact in other’s lives at every opportunity.  That could be helping someone develop a budget or communicate better in relationships.  We look forward to introducing your child to the many people who are so influential to us.

 

My bride Jolene

I’ve been blessed to be married to Jolene for 13 years.  She is an incredible partner, my best friend and the greatest gift God has ever given me.  The most amazing thing about her is her endless capacity to love and forgive.  She brings love, light and laughter everywhere she goes.  Anyone who spends time with her feels better about themselves.  She loves music and is always singing around the house.  She’s always been creative and I love watching her explore that through art.  Her work as a teacher and childcare provider has been a great outlet for her love of children and I’m excited to see that carry over to your child.  She has a natural ability to meet a child where they are at and help them learn.  I can’t wait to watch her teaching your child to read, do art and to spread joy throughout this world!  I know she will be their greatest advocate as they navigate life.

My best friend Sam

Sam is a thoughtful, hardworking man with strong principles and values.  Even though Sam was born with a disability, he has never allowed that to be an excuse to hold him back.  He has amazing perseverance and endurance.  Sam never gives up.  He is always ready with a joke or story!  Sam tells a story like you are actually there.  Being an engineer, he enjoys working with his hands creating and fixing things.  Sam will enjoy teaching your child to build anything from planters to bookends.  He is also very creative with recipes when grilling and cooking.  Sam loves to be outdoors exploring and appreciating the beauty and is looking forward to sharing many adventures with your child!  I am very excited for Sam to share with your child the love and kindness his heart holds.

Our Home in Washington

Our home is in a great family neighborhood.  It’s a great place for evening walks, bike riding and appreciating the natural beauty of Washington.  Living close to several national parks, we never tire of seeing more of this wonderful Earth.  We’ve worked hard to prepare a nursery and the rest of our home for a child.  Our sunny backyard and patio will make a great place for games of catch, BBQ’s and water fights!

Our Family

Our families are very excited for us to adopt.  They’ve prayed for us since we began our journey to becoming parents.  They look forward to reading books, especially Bible stories; sharing a love for animals and the outdoors; teaching gardening and sharing family stories.  Some family members live as close as 10 minutes away while others live as far away as California and Washington D.C.  No matter the distance, we work hard to maintain those relationships.  We’ve also developed strong friendships values-drive people who can’t wait to be a part of your child’s life.

Our Promise

We promise that your child will grow up to know that they are loved, worthy, and accepted by God, by us and by you. We will teach your child to love people and help them at every opportunity. We’re looking forward to helping them love learning and recognize failures as opportunities to grow.  There will never be a shortage of laughter and hugs!  Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We hope to hear from you soon!

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Sam & Jolene

  Sam Jolene
Our EducationBachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering TechnologyBachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-8
Our ProfessionsMechanical EngineerPreschool Supervisor
Stay-At-HomeNoNo
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Sam & Jolene's Favorites
Favorite childhood movieDisney Jungle BookDisney Robin Hood
Favorite HolidayChristmasChristmas
Favorite foodsSteak, brownies, fresh raspberriesIce cream, fries, steak
Favorite activity as a coupleExploring somewhere we've never beenDate night - dinner and a movie
Favorite quoteWhether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right.Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?
More About Our Family
Our Special Interests

Sam enjoys fixing things and being creative. He has a knack for making delicious stews, roasts, and experimenting with other recipes. He also makes extremely tasty steaks on the BBQ! Sam likes to read about leadership, God and history. He finds peace in the outdoors, whether that's taking a walk or hike, building a camp fire or finding snow in the mountains in May for our dog to play in! Sam has a great sense of humor and always has a funny joke or story to tell. He is a very talented writer, too!

Jolene likes almost all genres of music and loves to sing along. She also enjoys being creative, whether that's painting, sketching or crafts. She enjoys watching funny movies and always manages to quote one at the perfect time. She has a great love for the children at her work and works tirelessly for their benefit.

Our Faith

We believe we were created in God’s image, meant to be with Him. But we were separated by our sin so God brought us back to Him through the blood of Jesus. He is risen, alive and wants to have a relationship with us. Your child will be raised in a household devoted to developing that relationship with God and following His design for our lives. We're blessed to have a fantastic church family we meet with usually twice a week. We enjoy serving God's people in a variety of ways and are excited to share that with your child.

About Our Home and Neighborhood

Our neighborhood is made up of people of all ages. In the evenings, there are always kids playing outside and people walking. We’re only a few blocks from two schools and our church’s youth pastor lives just a few houses away. We are also not far from several beautiful parks with family play areas and even duck ponds! Our home is cozy and bright with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. The nursery is the middle bedroom. The back patio is great for summer meals outside. The backyard is fenced and has nice shade trees. We’ve just planted some berries; soon there will be fresh fruit!

Our Children

We are very excited to adopt our first child!

We live in the state of Washington

It is a beautiful place to live with coastal rain forest, gorgeous mountains, high desert and everything in between. We live in a valley surrounded by beautiful orchards that bloom each spring and flood the farmers markets with fresh produce. We're only about an hour from the mountains and all of the activities they offer. Every spring we try to explore at least one new place in these great mountains.

Our Greatest Adventure

Several years ago, we had the amazing opportunity to go to Zimbabwe on a evangelical mission trip. On that trip, we were able to share our faith and help a local congregation build their community outreach. We also were able to meet and visit the child we had been supporting in an orphanage through a sister-church. It was the most beautiful thing to see the hearts of love in these children. That may have been the beginning of God guiding us toward adoption.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn to 3 months

Twins

Twins would be an amazing blessing!

Gender

We will welcome either a boy or girl and we are excited to see what God has planned for us.

Ethnicity of ChildWe are open to any ethnicity.
Future Contact with Birth Family

We look forward to sharing letters, photos, and visits with you if you are comfortable with that.

In Closing

Thank you for spending some time learning about us! We can't wait to hear from you and learn about you. We're excited to share our lives with your child and teach them what a faithful, loving God we have. Our home will be full of fun and echo with laughter! We promise that they will know their story and that they are deeply loved. We look forward to sharing pictures, letters and are open to visits!

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