Hi there! We are Jacob and Angela; thank you for taking the time to get to know us! Our story began at a time when neither of us were actively seeking a long-term relationship. Jacob was finishing graduate school in Nebraska and Angela was working in higher education in Colorado. By mere chance, we were matched over a mobile game of Words with Friends. After playing many games together, a natural friendship emerged, and we began to communicate. With bravery, curiosity, and faith, we made plans to meet in Nebraska and after that visit, the relationship grew.
A year into dating long distance, Jacob accepted a job in Colorado, packed up his things, and moved to start a new chapter with Angela. After seeking permission from Angela’s parents, Jacob planned a surprise proposal through a game of Scrabble, gluing “Will You Marry Me” in tiles on the board. Of course, Angela said “Yes!” A year later, we were married with friends and family at our side.
Some people are called to adoption, and that’s us for sure. We have been touched by it through our families’ journeys with adoption. We were also blessed to have a glimpse into our future as parents, when we fostered a four-month-old baby. We are so hopeful to welcome a “forever” little one into our family through adoption!
Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.
Navigating a pregnancy alone is never easy. Depending on your situation and location, you may qualify for financial assistance to help cover the cost of basic living expenses, such as food and groceries.
Receiving quality medical care during your pregnancy is vital to both your health and the health of your baby. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your pregnancy-related medical expenses will be covered by the adoptive family.
Women who choose to place their baby for adoption may receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of rent and utilities. If you feel that you’ll need some help with these costs, it’s important to talk to your adoption social worker about it early in the process. Each expectant mother’s situation is different, and eligibility may vary.
In order to have a healthy pregnancy, it’s important that you have everything you need to lead a healthy lifestyle. Like food and groceries, the cost of some household items - like feminine and dental care items, along with prenatal supplements - may be covered during your pregnancy.
Placing a baby for adoption is a loving, but incredibly challenging decision to make. Many women experience an array of emotions during this time and find that counseling is very helpful in navigating those feelings. If you would like to receive counseling during or after your pregnancy, that can be arranged by your adoption social worker. The cost of counseling will be covered by the adoptive family or adoption organization.
If you need assistance with transportation, your adoption social worker can work with you to find the best solution. You may eligible for assistance with transportation costs or be connected with a transportation service to utilize during your pregnancy.
It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.
Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.
You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.
One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.
As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.
Hi there!! Imagine in your best Italian accent saying, "It's a pizza time!" Well, Jacob and I love to have fun cooking and having theme nights with food. Jacob is the real foodie of the family, but I'm a pretty good sous-chef! We make homemade pizza on our green egg grill a lot and on this occasion, felt the mustache was an appropriate touch! Seriously, are we goobers or what! Love it!
Hello from Spring Break, 2023! Jacob and I did a staycation for spring break this year and enjoyed a few fun activities such as horseback riding, hiking, bowling, and dinner out. I'm including a photo of Jacob on a horse as he looks the part for sure! We haven't been horseback riding in some time, so this was a fun day. Of course, we were both a little sore the next day, but memories like this are worth it!
We finally hiked Waterton Canyon. We have hiked so many beautiful trails all over, but Waterton doesn't allow dogs, so we typically choose trails that are dog friendly so we can take Justus. But we heard so much about this canyon, that we finally decided to hike it over spring break. It was absolutely gorgeous and we saw nearly 20 big horn sheep. Love living in Colorado!
Greetings from mid-January, 2023. The start of the new year always brings with it promise and hope, a time to establish or recommit to goals, and fresh new beginnings. One of my colleagues recently asked me, "What is your "intent" for 2023?" I honestly had to stop and think about it for a long moment. Then I replied to her, "I need to work on being patient." Recently, my colleague and I had talked about our adoption journeys. My colleague is adopted and shared her story with me. I, in turn, shared that Jacob and I are praying to grow our family through adoption and follow our calling to be parents. I explained the journey has been a difficult and challenging one for us and we continue to put our trust in God. As easy as it is for me to say that, the waiting is still hard. I find that I need to remind myself to just be patient. Well, this beautiful person must have really heard me and showed me incredible kindness today, that I will never forget. My colleague brought me a beautiful homemade bracelet and told me to look down when I need a reminder...Be Patient. ...
We had the privilage of being asked to stand up with Adam (Jacob's brother) and his fiance, Kara, at their wedding on December 30th, 2022. What an honor to be a part of such a beautiful event and journey, as these two got married. Here's a photo of Jacob and me at the wedding. We are blessed with wonderful family for sure!
Jacob and I spent Christmas at True North Ranch this year, with my oldest brother and his family! We loved the feeling of being in the mountains, surrounded by snow, cheer, joy, and laughter! I took this photo from the second floor loft overlooking the living room where Jacob and others were opening gifts and playing with the neice and nephews. So much fun and beauty all around. God is good.
We love going to Hudson Gardens different times of the year. Their Christmas lights are beautiful and we picked one of the coldest nights to go...just 7 degrees out!! The nice thing about it being so cold was that we didn't have to deal with crowds of people. We just enjoyed the lights and drank hot apple cider as we walked around. Jacob said the the hand and toe warmers we brought were a good choice too! Only 2 days to go until Christmas! Cheers!
This was my first attempt at making an Advent Wreath for the holiday season, to include making the candles and wreath both. It came out really well and smells beautiful. Our home looks amazing with decor; very warm and festive. We love the holiday season and count our blessings in so many ways this time of the year, especially.
Jacob and I had a fantastic weekend with family in South Dakota. We were honored to meet the newest member of the family, Kara, who will be marrying Jacob's brother, Adam, in December. This family photo laying down on the sand in front of a body of water, started years ago and will continue to expand as the family grows. We can't wait to add a little one to this photo someday. Pictured from left to right: Adam, Kara, Seth, Michael, Kathy, Aaron, Angie, and Jacob
Jacob and I love this time of year! From October thru January, we just indulge in holiday festivities. This year, we went to Anderson Farms and had a great time with friends in the pumpkin farm and corn maze. I think we walked something like 5 miles through that maze. How fun!! We kept saying, "what a great place to bring kids" and are looking forward to that activity in the future.
Fall is fast approaching and Angie loves to decorate the house. This morning, after church, was a great time to enjoy the morning sun, have coffee on the porch, and snap a quick photo showing some of Angie's autumn decorations.
Amazing evening at Red Rocks seeing the Goo Goo Dolls live in concert! Blue October opened for them and were awesome as well. We had a terrific night out and managed to get back to the car before the weather turned to rain. Love living in CO!
We enjoyed a beautiful hike today at Mt. Falcon and got to see the old Castle Ruins from the early 1900s. The hike was just over 6 miles, through woods and a meadow. It was a scenic hike ending near the old ruins. Justus did great; he's such a trail dog!
Happy Easter from Coors Field, Denver, CO! Jacob and I went to the Cubs vs Rockies game on Sunday, April 17, 2022 - Easter Sunday! We had such a great day. The weather was a warm 70 degrees with a nice breeze during the afternoon game. The Cubs won 6 to 4 and split the series. We even got to see Suzuki hit a home run for the Cubs! What a great day at the ballpark! We can't wait to take little ones there someday!
Our dog, Justus, is a fun little guy and has this love for his stuffies! He must have about 30 of them in two small baskets, one upstairs and one downstairs. He has a morning ritual where he pulls one stuffed animal out of the upstairs basket and brings it downstairs to play with. By the end of the week, we have stuffies everywhere. Now I know what you're thinking, Does he put them away in the downstairs basket? No, he just plays with them. But its so amaing how he doesn't tear them up or anthing, like most dogs might. Instead, he plays with them and snuggles them. He even naps with them in his paws a lot. Once, he did accidently tear off an ear from one by carrying it in mouth too often. I'm convinced it was an accident, as he looked so sad about it afterwards, that I felt compelled to sew it back on. He was instantly happy to see that little stuffed animal back to it's former glory. Justus is too cute!!
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