Thank you for taking the time to look at our parent profile. It is impossible for us to understand what it is like to be in your shoes, but we know that you must have indescribable love for your child and a lot of strength.
We are an active family of three who love to travel and play close to home.
Since the beginning of our relationship we have talked about adoption. Our son, Coen, is the best part of our lives and has brought immense joy into our house. There has never been a doubt in our minds that the way for us to grow as a family is to welcome a child into our home through another adoption.
We hope you enjoy reading a little about us and hope to meet you soon!
Jeff and Mac
We met through mutual friends at a local bar in 2005 and hit it off immediately. Mac had been reluctant to go out that night so to pep herself up she said “Okay, fine. Then I’m going to meet the man of my dreams tonight”. Before she knew it she was talking to a friend of a friend and by the end of the night we had planned our first date. Right away we discovered that we shared similar upbringings, values and interests. After only a couple dates, we knew we were meant to be together. We were married in the fall of 2010 at Mac’s favorite childhood vacation spot, Lake Chelan, WA.
Both of us were born and raised in Seattle and come from large, close-knit families. Life in the Pacific Northwest allows us to be outdoors whether that be skiing and snowboarding, hiking, biking, or hanging out at the park. Cozying up on the couch watching Netflix is equally as enjoyable.
Shortly after our wedding we moved to Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, for Jeff’s job. Living in Europe for five years was an incredible and exciting experience. Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and we enjoyed every moment. During this time we were fortunate enough to travel to many different countries, and make friends from all over the world. It’s important to us to maintain the friendships we made abroad and have taken our son to Amsterdam and Italy to meet some of our friends and show him how exciting it is to see new places.
We love to laugh and have fun and right now we share our laughter with our son, Coen, and our dog, Wilbur. Coen or Coco, as he calls himself, was born in November, 2015. He is a giant ball of lovable sunshine. There are not enough words to describe how sweet, and joyful he is. He smiles and laughs easily. He is very independent and friendly. When we go on walks he says “Hi!!” and waves to every person we see. Coen has enough energy to power a city and that is not an exaggeration. We get out of the house every morning for an activity or to meet-up with a friend to play. Coen plays super hard and sleeps hard. Right now, he is really into dogs and trucks, especially garbage trucks and diggers. He enjoys music and loves to dance and sing with Mac in the kitchen. Coen and Mac currently go to a co-op school together, once each week. He looks forward to “school” all week because he loves to play with the other kids and he loves his teacher.
Our dog, Wilbur, loves children, especially when they let him give them kisses. He is an incredibly affectionate dog that is always looking for lap to sit in. He is looking forward to having another member of the family to play with and cuddle up next to for nap time.
Jeff is the third of four children; two older brothers and a younger sister. Both of his brothers are married; each have two daughters. Jeff’s mother and father have been married for over 45 years. They are both retired and take Coen every Wednesday to play for the whole day. Mimi and Papa Bob love having Coen at their house and we are so lucky that they have the time and are close enough to get to see him so often.
Mac’s parents were high school sweethearts and have been married 40 years. They love being grandparents. They come play with Coen at least once a week so that Mac can run some errands or even get to the gym now and then. Mac has two brothers; one older and one younger. Her older brother is married and has two daughters and a son. Her younger brother was adopted from South Korea when he was 6-months-old. He lives with his girlfriend of 10 years and they have a dog. Both brothers live in the Seattle area and we see them regularly.
About Mac, by Jeff
I fell in love with Mac because she is a deeply caring and genuine person. She knew how much I loved baseball so for our second date, she wanted to take me to a Mariners game. She will do anything for her family and friends. She has so much love to share.
Mac’s passions have always been design and fitness. Crafts and DIY projects are a creative outlet for her and she loves to listen to music and sing along with Coen, although she cannot carry a tune. Mac loves to be outside, so her and Coen spend a lot of time at the park on sunny days. I love that she is super sweet and has a big sweet tooth as well.
Pilates and yoga play a large part in Mac’s life. What started out as physical therapy has turned into a passion and a career. She received her teaching certificate and opened her own studio in Amsterdam where she shared her love of exercise and health with others. Her clients loved her because her passion for teaching and helping others pours out.
Mac is taking a break from teaching right now to be a full-time mom. She makes time to continue practicing Pilates and participate in her new interest, spinning. She fills up their week with lots of activities around town with Coen’s preschool friends. She is also very active in Coen's co-op preschool where she is the class chair.
About Jeff, by Mac
Jeff is the most generous person I know. That is something I noticed immediately, along with his adorable smile. He has a funny sense of humor and makes me laugh, unexpectedly, all the time. Jeff is a born caregiver and he would do anything and everything for our son and I. He is very open minded, sweet, helpful and fun. He always encourages me to try new things like becoming a Pilates teacher or studying something new. He makes sure I have time to take care of myself.
I always knew Jeff would be a great father but I did not know how wholeheartedly he would jump in and how much he would truly love to be a father until it happened. As soon as he gets home from work he gets down on the floor plays blocks and Legos and helps with getting him ready for bed. On the weekends Jeff takes him to his toddler soccer practice and takes him on outings to the park, the brewery for pretzels and the farmer’s market.
I appreciate that Jeff has a modern perspective on family and contributes so much to maintaining our household. He actively participates in grocery shopping, housekeeping, laundry, and diaper changing. I appreciate all that he does and am grateful that he likes being so involved in all aspects of our family.
Jeff loves food and is the cook in our family. His specialties are Thai food, soups from scratch, amazing burrito bowls and BBQ-ing. Jeff is also a huge sports fan and is excited to share his love of sports with our children as they get older. He is an avid cyclist and likes to go for long rides on the weekend.
After being married three years we started thinking about having children. We had always talked about adopting but we also considered having children biologically. After trying unsuccessfully and some minimally invasive fertility procedures, we did not feel like it was the right path for us, and decided that adoption was definitely the way we wanted to grow our family.
Coen knows his birth story and we still keep in contact with his birth mother, who we have an open relationship with. We send texts and pictures every couple weeks and skype around his birthday. We will continue to talk about her as he grows up and she will always be a part of our family. We hope to have a similar relationship with our future child’s birth parents.
We don’t have a particular parenting style but we try to frequently communicate about what type of issues are coming up and discuss them so that we can be on the same page with parenting decisions. While we do not subscribe to a particular religion we strongly believe in the values that many religions teach: generosity, humility, social justice and respect. We hope to instill these values in our children so that they learn to be kind and responsible members of society, with respect for themselves and others. This includes respecting people of other races and ethnicities, religions, gender and sexual orientation. We really hope that our children will feel free to grow up to be whomever they want to be without judgment.
Thank you for taking the time to read our story. We hope you enjoyed getting to know our family. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about us please do not hesitate to contact us through A Loving Alternative at 800-556-5635 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot wait to meet and get to know you.