Lab Director / Marketing Director
“Family is not always blood. It is the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.” This is what we believe makes up a family and what excites us about pursuing adoption. Our family is made up of one of the strongest and loving moms in the world, Chante, a life of the party dad, Jesse, a two-year old tornado, Kai, and one dog, Solo, that would rather sleep all day in his blanket than do anything else. We are excited to share our story with you and truly feel honored to be considered as potential adopted parents. We are an active family that let’s just say has had an interesting start. Between fighting and beating cancer to living apart as we completed our academic endeavors, we have a greater appreciation for the little things in life and the importance of making each day count. We believe families do not have to match. You do not have to look like someone else to love them. We hope you will find our story of interest and look forward to learning more about you.
So, this lands us here to the amazing opportunity of adoption. We want to provide Kai with the opportunity to grow up with a sibling. We both feel like there is so much to be said about family and this bond is absolutely something we want to foster. It would be a blessing to care for another child and complete our dream of having two children. We greatly appreciate your interest in our family and thank you for taking the time to read a little about us.
We live in a multi-level historic home near the University of Utah. We moved in mid-2020 and fell in love with the charm the neighborhood offers. With the huge Sycamore tree-lined streets, quaint playgrounds within a block and local stores around the corner, you couldn’t ask for a better environment. The energy is palpable through the very active community filled with young families and lost of kids. We are within walking distance to the Hogle Zoo and a short bike ride to Liberty Park. All the University of Utah amenities, museums and parks are near as well. The school system, especially the elementary, Uintah, is amongst the best rated in the state. We love our home and take a lot of pride in restoring its history. We think this will be a beautiful spot to cherish many memories.
We both have lots of family here in Salt Lake City. Jesse’s mom (Mama C) who is a big part of ours and Kai’s life, lives within 25 minutes. His aunt and family live just down the street from us which is awesome to have them that close. Chantè’s mom and sister along with her two kids, live in Daybreak. Ironically enough, both Jesse and Chantè’s dads live in Phoenix, AZ. (not sure how that happened?). We usually make a trip out there once a year to visit them and enjoy some sun! In addition to family we have lots of friends near with kids that we often get together with. Family and community are big for us. We like to make intentional efforts in being present in each other’s lives.
About Chantè (written by Jesse)
Chantè is one of the most compassionate, intellectual, beautiful and caring individuals you will ever have the privilege of meeting. As a Utah native, she grew up riding, caring for and competing with horses. This is where her passion for life and love of animals started and continues to this day. You will likely find Chantè volunteering at the Humane Society, walking our dog Solo, dancing to Justin Timberlake or singing in the car. Chantè also loves music, travel, fashion, learning new skills and enjoying the great outdoors. She has spent the last decade managing her family’s local business, while earning her master’s degree in business administration from Westminster College.
Although Chantè has so many endearing qualities, being a patient, loving and fun mother must be some of her best traits. Chantè has had a very challenging past with a life-threatening cancer diagnosis but through this experience she has revealed her true character as she fought through chemotherapy, countless surgeries, multiple complications and radiation. Through all these challenges, she never lost her beautiful smile, love of life and her strong will. Although there were times, we did not see the end, she fought her way through the adversity and can proudly say she has beaten cancer. Now, Chantè is healthy and eager to continue her dream of developing a loving family.
About Jesse (written by Chantè)
Jesse is one of those people that make you a better person by knowing him. He strives to squeeze the most out of life in every facet. Whether it’s a spontaneous hike in the mountains or a day hanging around the house, his passion is always at the forefront. Jesse has been the pillar of strength for our family during the hard times. In the moments where life can lead you astray, he is the person to steer you back on track. Although his thoughts are calculated and rational, he is charismatic in his delivery.
Jesse is a Utah native and it shows. He enjoys all things Utah like skiing, snowboarding, fly fishing, mountain biking and hiking to name a few. He is an avid outdoorsman and finds peace hanging out in nature. When Jess isn’t outside or hanging with Kai he is an incredibly focused professional. Many years of education have yielded a very successful career as a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah and Director of the Gait Lab at the Veterans Affairs Salt Lake City Medical Center.
Jesse loves kids. Often times, I can just find him hanging out with Kai in his playroom, wrestling around and playing pretend. It has been so inspiring watching him grow into the role of a father. Witnessing the bond Kai and him has been heartwarming.
That age-old adage that you will marry your neighbor, actually happened with us. Ok, the term neighbor may be a push but nonetheless in the same community! We are one grade level apart, went to the same junior high and high school with similar fiends and never crossed paths. It actually took a mutual friend from graduate school to introduce us on a blind date. We instantly connected over our love for animals and similar pasts (too many, it was weird). It has been an adventure since that date.
Some of those adventures have been good and some have been challenging. After a year of being married we relocated to Denver, CO. to complete Jesse’s education. We had our son, Kai, there so he is a Colorado native and spent 3 years there before moving home to Salt Lake City, UT. During this time, Chantè was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer about 4 months after giving birth to Kai. This was a very challenging time, as Chantè spent nearly two years undergoing medical treatment at Huntsman Cancer. Fortunately, she has completed her treatment and is a cancer survivor! Unfortunately, the aftermath of treatment meant Chantè is not able to carry another pregnancy.
Know that your birth mom made the ultimate sacrifice in finding you a home that would provide the best scenario to help you flourish. We as your birth parents want nothing more but to see you succeed in life. We look forward to building a strong foundation to do so and providing you with a beautiful family to journey through life with.
We are completely open to being open. We would like to let the birthmom drive this direction. We think it's important to make them feel as comfortable as possible with the transition.