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A Letter from Derrick & Jenny

Hello from beautiful Alaska! We are a joyful Christian couple thrilled to grow our family through adoption again. We would love to share our passions for sports, reading, and outdoor fun with your child. Open adoption has changed our lives in so many wonderful ways! Our son’s birth mother keeps in contact with us, and we welcome an ongoing connection with you, if you’re comfortable. We are all about making memories from time together, such as family bike rides, camping trips, and playing basketball in the driveway. It would be an honor to get to know you and the life you want for your child!

About Us

We are fortunate to call Alaska our home, a place of natural beauty that has enriched our lives in countless ways. Our family thrives on a diverse range of activities, from camping beneath the Alaskan stars to cozy movie nights in our own living room. Exploring the great outdoors through hikes, walks, and bike rides is a shared passion that we cherish.

Our home is warm, and we enjoy gardening, playing games, and sharing around the dining table every night. We treasure spending time together as a family and are excited to welcome your child into all of our adventures.

As a couple we love:

  • Hiking and camping
  • Visiting local coffee shops
  • Golfing
  • Backyard games
  • Having friends over for BBQ
  • French fries and ketchup
  • Country music

My husband, Derrick

Derrick is a loving husband and father with a great sense of humor. He really enjoys spending quality time and doing activities with the family. He enjoys playing sports of all kinds, playing with our son, and making up jokes and funny words that keep us laughing.  Derrick is the man who fixes things around the house, cooks dinner on the grill (I love it when he BBQs for dinner!) and loves to toss a ball around with our son. He is excited to teach our kids all about different sports, read books with them, show them how to fix things, and help them with their schoolwork.

Derrick likes:

  • A good steak
  • Playing baseball
  • Fixing things
  • Grilling
  • Telling jokes

My Wife, Jenny

Jenny is a fun, smart, thoughtful, loving wife and mom who has a passion for cooking and baking great food! She enjoys knitting and crocheting things for others, art, gardening, leatherworking, and playing games of all kinds. She keeps our home running on all cylinders and likes to add a personal touch to everything she does. Jenny is super creative and brings so much beauty into our lives. She enjoys being a stay-at-home mom and likes to make our home feel welcoming with art, plants, music, and good food. Jenny is excited to teach our kids how to cook, to appreciate and play different kinds of music, and to help spur on their curiosity as they grow.

Jenny likes:

  • Croissants and coffee
  • Making art
  • Learning new crafts
  • Baking
  • Making up funny songs

Our Home in Alaska

We live in a wonderful two-story home with four bedrooms, a large open main living area, and a big backyard. Our home is in a quiet neighborhood close to trails and mountains. We always welcome family and friends that like to visit, and we often get to see the local wildlife such as moose in our neighborhood. We enjoy gardening vegetables and berries in the backyard, grilling our dinner outside on the deck, and going for walks in the neighborhood.

  • Our living room is the heart of our home, and we spend most of our time there or in the kitchen.
  • Our front porch is a great place to sit in the morning.
  • We have dinner together in the dining room every evening.
  • The back yard is warm, and we spend our sunny days playing in the sprinkler, reading on the deck, and gardening.

Our Dog

Our dog, Dixie, is a Springer Spaniel, and we got her as a puppy. She has fit in nicely into our family routines, and loves to just be around us. She loves to play fetch with Elias outside and is very gentle and affectionate.

Our son, Elias

Elias was adopted about 5 years ago, and he is such a joy in our lives! He loves to make us laugh, is curious about how things work, loves to be outside, and enjoys reading books. He is social, affectionate, and has a great sense of humor. We have a good relationship with his birth mother, which includes regular photo updates and phone calls.

Our Family

Derrick is originally from Montana, and Jenny is originally from Oregon. We love to visit our families when we can and enjoy going on adventures when they come to visit. In all, we have 15 nieces and nephews, and we love getting to visit them. Derrick has one sister and Jenny has two brothers and a sister. Our parents all love being grandparents and everyone is so excited to welcome another child into the family!

Our Promise

We love being parents, and we have so much love to give to your child. As Christians, we promise to raise your child with joy and seek to share God’s love for us all by filling our home with love, learning, encouragement, laughter, adventures, singing, and great memories.

We look forward to reading bedtime stories, gardening, baking cookies, tickle fights, and movie nights as a family. We will teach them to love creation and to look at it with wonder and awe. They will grow up knowing they are deeply loved by God, by us, and by you.

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Derrick & Jenny

  Derrick Jenny
Our EducationEngineeringOffice Specialist
Our ProfessionsCivil EngineerHomemaker/Stay-at-Home Mom
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasianCaucasian
Some of Derrick & Jenny's Favorites
MovieOh, Brother Where Art ThouYou've Got Mail
MealSteak and potatoes or Chinese FoodRoast Beef with Mashed Potatoes
MusicCountryClassical, Rock, Swing
Snack FoodChocolate MilkFries
HobbiesGolfing, basketballKnitting, crochet, and reading
More About Our Family
Things we love about living in Alaska

• Beautiful hiking, walking trails, and parks to explore
• Super long days in the summer (lots of time for playing and gardening!)
• Our small garden with strawberries, herbs, and raspberries
• Growing a flower garden
• Watching wildlife right in our own yard
• Winter snow fun!

Our Faith

We are active in our church and our faith in Jesus Christ guides our everyday lives. Derrick helps with the church service and serves as the financial secretary. Jenny works on the church website and uploading sermons. Our church has lots of young children, and we also love spending time with families during the week. At home, we like to read out loud from our Bible after dinner and share devotion time together.

We look forward to sharing the truth of God’s Word with your child, and teaching them to love all things beautiful and good.

Musical Fun Facts About Us

• We sing a lot in our home, and also play the piano and ukulele.
• In high school, Derrick played saxophone, and Jenny played clarinet.
• Jenny will often make up songs or sing little songs to make things fun for Elias.
• There is usually music playing sometime during the day. From classical to country, we like listing to lots of different genres.

An average week in our home...

• On weekends, we all get up and play in the living room together, then Derrick and Eli like to go see the fish at Cabelas or look around Home Depot.
• Throughout the week, we enjoy maintaining our home and yard, like mowing, weeding, or vacuuming the cars.
• We have dinner as a family every night, and after Elias is in bed, we like to talk, read, play a game, or watch TV together.
• Bedtime for Elias is a sweet time to settle down, reading books, singing, and saying a prayer with him.

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

Newborn up to 2 years old


Definitely yes!



Sibling Group

Yes, with oldest up to 2 years old

In Closing

Thank you for considering us as a family for your child. Family is important, and we treasure each other by ending each day with dinner together, reading the Bible, reading books, and praying together. We share lots of love, laughter and adventure together as a family. We are open to communication with letters, pictures, and visits if you feel comfortable! We look forward to getting to know you.

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