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Molly & Jake in Washington
RACE OF CHILD INTERESTED IN ADOPTING:
No Preference
GENDER OF CHILD INTERESTED IN ADOPTING:
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Dear Birthmother,

Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and potentially consider us as a part of your adoption plan. Our names are Jake and Molly and we are hoping to continue to grow our family through adoption. We struggled with infertility and IVF treatments for a couple of years before we were blessed with our son, Owen. We have always talked about adoption as part of our family plan, so after we tried to conceive a second child and were met with multiple miscarriages, we decided we were ready to look into the adoption process. This led our hearts to where we are now. We love our son so much and we are looking forward to the opportunity to see that love grow with another child.

About Us

We grew up in the same county, but in separate towns. We met at the end of Molly's senior year in high school through mutual friends and started dating casually, knowing she would be going away for University. The summer after she graduated her grandma fell ill and she made the decision to stay home and take care of her. With this change of plans, we continued to date and fell in love. We got married in a big, outdoor reception with over 200 of our friends and family. It was a day filled with joy, friends, family and love.

Jake works full-time in HVAC and Molly works part-time as a registered nurse. We both love our jobs, but we really enjoy our free time. We love travelling and seeing new places, day trips and weekend getaways at Jake's family cabins. We also love spending time at home, with friends and family, and watching sports in person or on TV. Our marriage is definitely a partnership in the sense that we both contribute and put in the effort. We make decisions together and we make the choice to love each other every day.

After being married for a couple of years, we started trying to get pregnant, even if we couldn’t agree on the number of children we wanted, we both wanted a larger family. We ended up struggling with infertility and our plans had to change. We went through multiple rounds of IVF before we were blessed with our son, Owen. He is one of the sweetest, most adventure seeking and imaginative little boys that you will ever come across.

Owen is so excited at the possibility of a brother or sister. Ever since we first told him that we were trying to make him a sibling, he asks us almost every day about his brother or sister. He went through all his toys and belongings and picked out his favorite baby toys and blankets that he wants to give to his brother/sister. Owen always talks about how they can sit next to him in the bike trailer on the way to the park, and how he will protect them from “any monsters that try to come near them”. They will have a doting big brother that will help with diaper changes and entertainment when they are small, and will be their playmate, friend and teacher as they get older. Our next child will always know love, stability and how very special they are.

Our Home

We are blessed to be able to live in one of the best places in the world. We live in a smaller, safe town called Lynden. We are a two-minute drive to the Canadian border, which is close to the metropolitan city of Vancouver. It is less than an hour to the mountains, 20-minute drive to the ocean and only a 30-minute drive to the bigger city of Bellingham. We are in a cul-de- sac, which is a great place for Owen and the neighbors' kids to ride their bikes and play together safely. The neighbors all watch out for each other and love to see the kids all playing outside.

Our Extended Family

We are both close to our families and try to see them as much as possible. Jake grew up in a blended family with his mom, step-dad, older step-brother and younger step-sister. Molly grew up with her parents, older brother, younger sister and were very close to her grandparents on her mom’s side. We live within 20 minutes of both sets of parents, so we are able to get together multiple times per week. Our families love to get together and never need an excuse to gather, hang out, share meals or celebrate. Having both been brought up to value family time and our loved ones, this is something that is important to us and we want to instill in our children.

Our families have always been an amazing support system for us and have always gone out of their way to make their homes feel like home for whoever walks through the door. When we were growing up, we always had friends over and sometimes those friends needed a place to stay while they figured things out. Our families have always embraced those we care about. They accepted our exchange students as part of the family and loved getting to be their “host-grandparents”.

Jake's parents have 7 grandchildren total including Owen and 6 grandkids from Jake’s step-dad. They are always having them over for sleepovers, taking them out for their birthdays and attending their school functions. They love seeing their family grow. Molly's mom has two grandchildren including Owen and her sister's baby, Paul. Her mom loves having Owen over to “help” her in the garden, go on adventures to the beach and do lots of baking with. She has always wanted lots of grandchildren and loves seeing each of her children grow their families.

Our Family Traditions

Traditions, especially surrounding the holidays, are a big deal to us and we tend to go all out. Since starting our own family, we have adopted some of the holiday traditions we grew up with and have made them our own. For example, we love carving pumpkins and dressing up for Halloween. We normally carve the pumpkins the night before Halloween, and then on the day of we get all dressed up in costumes and go trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. A couple blocks from our house is a neighborhood that closes down to vehicle traffic and all the houses are over the top decorated. The kids go from one house to the other to see the decorations and get their treats.

Christmas is one of the biggest holidays for our family as we get to celebrate the birth of Jesus and spend time with all of our loved ones. This time of year brings all of us closer and under one roof to spend a few days hanging out, opening presents and sharing some amazing food. Since there are so many of us “kids” between Jake’s siblings and Molly's, we end up having different parties to go to almost every night of the week leading up to Christmas. It’s tradition that we go to church on Christmas Eve and then go celebrate with Jake’s parents and family. We have many nieces and nephews on Jake’s side of the family and when we all get together it can be a loud, crazy and wonderful time! On Christmas morning, Molly's siblings and parents along with Jake’s parents all come over and we get to have breakfast together and watch Owen open presents. Then everyone goes home to rest and Molly's side comes back for an early Christmas dinner and family game time. When Molly's dad was still alive, we would have our annual family poker tournament that we had played since her and her siblings were young. This past year however, since he passed, we started a new tradition of family nerf war! All of us have our own toy guns and choose teams. There were alliances made, bunkers destroyed and air attacks from the stairs. It was one of the best game nights we have ever had, and everyone is excited and already planning for next year.

What Led Us To Adoption

We have always agreed we would some day adopt, but we weren't on the same page as to when. After struggling with infertility and praying to God what we should do, we finally started listening and it became clear it was time to grow our family through adoption. Our hearts couldn't be happier to see where this leads our family.

Facts About Molly

Occupation:
Nurse
Religion:
Christian
Education:
Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
Favorite Food:
Chicken Parmesan
Favorite Hobby:
Reading and Baking
Favorite Movie:
Favorite Sport:
Football (to watch) and Softball (to play)
Favorite Holiday:
Christmas
Favorite Music Group:
Ed Sheeran
Favorite TV Show:
A Million Little Things
Favorite Book:
I can't just pick one!
Favorite Subject in School:
Science
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere warm with lots of things to do and see

Facts About Jake

Occupation:
HVAC Technician
Religion:
Christian
Education:
Trade School
Favorite Food:
Hamburger
Favorite Hobby:
Fishing
Favorite Movie:
Favorite Sport:
Football & Hockey
Favorite Holiday:
Thanksgiving
Favorite Music Group:
Alan Jackson
Favorite TV Show:
The Rookie
Favorite Book:
News Articles
Favorite Subject in School:
Math
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Cabo, Mexico
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I adopted our son as a newborn after going through 12 years of infertility. Now, 23 years later, I am director at Everlasting Adoptions. Shortly after adopting our son, I started to feel a calling towards adoption. My career as a Human Resource Manager in Corporate America came to an end, and I entered what I now know is my purpose and passion in life — building families through the miracle of adoption.

Working with birthmothers and adoptive parents throughout the US for over 20 years has allowed me to utilize the skills I have been blessed with to serve others. I come to work every day not as a staff member coming to a job from 9 to 5, but as a person who is extremely dedicated and devoted to helping people like you every single day. I feel very blessed to have found my purpose, and I look forward to helping you with your adoption needs!

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