Gordon and Jess have been married for 13 years. We met in college in a public speaking class. Gordon didn’t ask Jess out until the last day of the semester just in case the date didn’t go well.
We want our son's adoption to be a strength for him.
Well it went great, we dated for 2.5 years and the rest is history! We always look forward to date night when we can reconnect. And it usually always includes our own personal pints of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. When we have individual free time Gordon likes to build or restore things (he recently built our new home!), go riding on his dirt and mountain bikes, or plan his next guys trip with his friends. Some things Jess likes to do are hike, practice Pilates and yoga, listen to audio books (the genre is always changing but I’m really enjoying child development books right now like “The Yes Brain” and “Listen”), and get together with her friends for laughs and quality girl time.
Our family values include our faith, compassion and empathy, forgiveness, individuality, fairness, serving others, balance, patience, sincerity, connection, and fun.
When biologically creating our own family wasn’t a possibility for us, we explored other avenues to begin a family and chose to pursue adoption. We feel so blessed to have been able to start our own family through adoption. The adoption of our son, Burton, has been one of our greatest joys. We love his birth parents and their families so much. Our adoption is open with them, in varying degrees. We try to be available to their desires and work together to make sure our relationship always has Burton’s best interest in mind. We want Burton’s adoption to be a strength for him. The more people in his life supporting and loving him the better. Our own families have also been supportive of our choice to grow our family through adoption. Burton is treated exactly the same as all the other family members. He is deeply loved.