Police Officer / Senior Strategy Consultant
Jayden is an avid fisherman and we both enjoy walking / hiking and kayaking. We usually bring our dogs – Shannon and Andy – along for our adventures. Jayden is a police officer in the South Metro and Morgan is a senior strategy consultant, which provides some flexibility and enables her to work from home most days. We both strive to be great in our careers and generally enjoy the work we do. We spend a lot of time with family – we both come from big families, so our children will have many close aunts, uncles, and cousins. Family get-togethers are near-weekly occurrences, often happening out at Morgan’s parent’s cabin or with Jayden’s family in southern Minnesota. We have a few farther-flung siblings in South Dakota and Utah and we try to see them several times throughout the year. Get-togethers often include playing (and sometimes making up our own) games and cooking food. We are really grateful for our support system, which includes not just both our families, but many close friends.
I (Morgan) have always felt called to adopt. I can’t explain it any better than that. I shared this information with Jayden fairly early in our relationship and was overjoyed to hear he also wanted to adopt. We haven’t tried to have our own biological children and haven’t yet decided with certainty if we will ever try to have biological children. We just know there is or will be a child (maybe an infant, maybe not), or children, that we are meant to love unconditionally and bring into our home.
We live in typical Suburbia, directly across the street from a hospital (which I imagine could be convenient with children). We have a big fenced-in yard with a few trees, which our dogs really enjoy. We are lucky to have great neighbors, who are a range of ages / ethnicities / family styles. I would describe our house as “inviting” and “fun”. We host Bible studies on a weekly basis and are always inviting friends and family over for movie nights, game nights, bonfires, etc. As more of our siblings and friends have started having their own children, we are finding new ways to be inviting to “the littles”. We are blessed with a great community: Jayden has a strong community within his co-workers, and we are both very involved at our church, where we volunteer with youth group students. As we have already said, we are very close with our families (probably more so than anyone else we know). We don’t take it for granted that we have incredible loving parents who are also fun to be around and that our siblings and their spouses are our best friends.
I would describe Jayden as fiercely loyal. He has the greatest work ethic of anyone I’ve ever met and he is usually full of energy. He is passionate about the things he likes and enjoys learning.
Morgan is kind, determined, deliberate, and loyal. She is very empathetic and a good listener. She is more introverted than me, but in a smaller group of friends she usually becomes the life of the party.
This is a story that everyone loves. We actually met when Morgan was involved in a minor fender-bender. Morgan’s vehicle was rear-ended, and there wasn’t much damage to the vehicles, but Jayden was nearby at the time (working as a police officer) and arrived on the scene to see Morgan exchanging insurance information with the other driver. Morgan recognized him as a wrestling coach to her twin brothers in high school! We started talking, and Morgan started showing up for more wrestling meets. Morgan’s brothers ended up being best men in our wedding and now we are both very close with all of each other’s siblings.
You should know you are loved, no matter what. We have high expectations for you because we believe in your ability to make a difference in this world. Let us, and other people you trust, help support you: life can be challenging but it is easier when you do it together with others. Seek true joy, which comes from Christ, and try not to get too distracted by all the unimportant things in our world. Lead with love, and remember, you don’t usually know what others have been through or are going through.
We want whatever is best for our future child! We understand the value of open adoption and would be honored to support that relationship if it was the desire of the mother.