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A Letter from Derrick & Jenny

Hello from beautiful Alaska! We are a joyful Christian couple thrilled to grow our family through adoption. We look forward to sharing our passions for sports, reading, and going on adventures with your child. In 2018, we adopted our son Elias and he has changed our lives in so many wonderful ways! We are excited to add to our family again and look forward to family bike rides, camping trips, and playing basketball in the driveway.

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About Us

We met through a mutual friend and quickly realized that we shared a lot in common. It wasn’t long after that when we started dating, and in 2012 we were married!

After experiencing the loss of our two babies due to genetic issues our hearts turned to adoption and in 2018 we were blessed to adopt our son, Elias. He has been such a joy in our lives!

We live in the beautiful state of Alaska where we love to camp, have movie nights at home, hike, bike, and explore new places. We enjoy filling our home with fun activities, working in the garden, and taking walks through the local park.  We also enjoy going to the symphony, having family dinners together around the table, working on our home improvement projects, and sharing our passion for nature.  We treasure spending time together as a family and are excited to welcome your child into all of our adventures.

My husband, Derrick

Derrick is a loving husband and father with a great sense of humor. He loves watching and playing sports, playing with our son, Elias, and making up jokes and funny words that keep us laughing. He has a great work ethic, and he makes me proud by how hard he works both at his office and at home. Derrick is the man who fixes things around the house, cooks dinner on the grill ( I love it when he BBQs for dinner!), and loves to toss a ball around with our son. He is excited to teach our kids all about different sports, to read books with them, show them how to fix things, and help them with their school work. 

My Wife, Jenny

Jenny is a fun, smart, thoughtful, loving wife and mom who has a passion for cooking and baking great food! She enjoys knitting and crocheting things for others, gardening, leatherworking, and playing games of all kinds. She keeps our home running on all cylinders and likes to add a personal touch to everything she does. Jenny brings so much beauty and creativity into our lives and likes to make our home feel welcoming with plants, music, and good food. She is excited to teach our kids how to cook, to appreciate and play different kinds of music, and to help spur on their curiosity as they grow. 

Our Home in Alaska

We live in a wonderful two-story home with four bedrooms, a large open main living area, and a big back yard. We have a nursery set up and have it decorated with fun bright colors for either gender. Our home is in a quiet neighborhood close to trails and mountains. We always welcome family and friends that like to visit, and we often get to see the local wildlife such as moose in our neighborhood. We enjoy gardening vegetables and berries in the back yard, grilling our dinner outside on the deck, and going for walks in the neighborhood.

Our son, Elias

Elias was adopted in 2018, and he is such a joy in our lives! He loves to make us laugh, is curious about how things work, loves to be outside, and enjoys reading books. He is social, affectionate, and has a great sense of humor. We have a wonderful relationship with his birth mother, which includes regular photo updates and phone calls.

Our Family

Derrick is originally from Montana, and Jenny is originally from Oregon. We love to visit our families when we can and enjoy going on adventures when they come to visit. In all, we have 15 nieces and nephews, and we love getting to visit them. Derrick has one sister and Jenny has two brothers and a sister. Our parents all love being grandparents and everyone is so excited to welcome your child into the family!

Our Promise

We love being parents, and we have so much love to give to your child. As Christians, we promise to raise your child in a two-parent home and seek to share God’s love for us all by filling our home with love, learning, encouragement, laughter, adventures, singing, and great memories. 

We look forward to reading bedtime stories, gardening, baking cookies, tickle fights, and movie nights as a family. We will teach them to love creation and to look at it with wonder and awe. They will grow up knowing they are deeply loved by God, by us, and by you. 

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

Learn More About Derrick & Jenny

  Derrick Jenny
Our EducationEngineeringOffice Specialist
Our ProfessionsCivil Engineer
Stay-At-HomeNoYes
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Derrick & Jenny's Favorites
Favorite colorBlueGreen
Favorite MovieOh, Brother Where Art ThouYou've Got Mail
MealSteak or Chinese FoodRoast Beef with Mashed Potatoes
AnimalPuffinElephant
MusicCountry & RockClassical, Rock, Swing
Snack FoodChocolate MilkFries
More About Our Family
Our Special Interests

We love being outside and love working in our garden/ yard! If we aren't hiking, taking a walk, or at the park, we are in our backyard playing or grilling food. We also enjoy working on our house and making it our home. In our backyard, we have a small garden with strawberries, herbs, and rhubarb. We also have a large raspberry patch. Jenny has several flower pots and we have several large blooming shrubs that smell amazing. We take care of our house and property as they are gifts from God and we want to be good stewards.

Our Faith

We are very active in our church and attend as many services as we are able. Derrick serves as a deacon and is the church's financial secretary. Jenny has recently started working on the church website and uploading sermons. Our church has lots of young children and there are more every year!

Our Musical Interest

We both love music and enjoy playing many different genres. Derrick tends to listen to country or rock. Jenny likes all kinds of music but generally listens to rock, alternative, indie, Broadway tunes, or classical. After having Elias, we listen to a lot more children's music but like to introduce various genres to see what he likes.
We sing a lot in our home, and Elias currently loves singing Itsy Bitsy Spider and Paddy Cake. He also really likes Christian artists that have kids sing in their songs.

About Our Home

Our home was built in 2000 and we moved here in 2013. It had no updates and no landscaping when we bought it, but over the years we have slowly made it our own. Jenny has put in lots of landscaping and flowers, and Derrick has kept the house, it's parts, and our appliances working. We hope to do some updates in our bathroom and kitchen in a few years.
Our living room is the heart of our home and we spend most of our time there or in the kitchen.

Our Son, Elias

Elias was born in 2018 and is a very joyful boy with a great sense of humor. He loves to read books by himself or brings them to us to read. He loves music, playing outside, calling his extended family on video chat, and swinging at the park. We know he will be a wonderful big brother!

We have a wonderful relationship with his birth mother and keep in touch often.

We live in the state of Alaska

Alaska is such a beautiful country and there is so much of it to see. We have a couple of favorite places we like to visit, but we also like to explore new areas. There are trails close by to our house where we like to hike, go snowshoeing, or just talk walks. We also like camping and doing sightseeing on road trips.

Our Neighborhood

We live on a quiet street that has lots of kids. We often hear the neighbors or see them in the street on their bikes or taking walks. Our house has a view of the mountains, and we love having the wildlife come to visit. We have seen many moose and a porcupine once.

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

Newborn up to three months.

Twins

Definitely yes!

Gender

Either!

Ethnicity of ChildCaucasian, Asian, Middle Eastern, African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian/ Caucasian, Hispanic/Caucasian, Hispanic/African American, African American/Caucasian
Future Contact with Birth Family

We look forward to staying in contact and building a relationship with you in your comfort level. We are open to visits, photos, and letters.

In Closing

Thank you for considering us as a family for your child. We promise to provide a stable two-parent home for your child where they will grow up loved and cherished by us. We will share lots of love, laughter and adventure together as a fmaily. We are open to letters, pictures, and visits if you feel comfortable! We look forward to getting to know you.

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