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Ben & Jen

Becoming parents is the most important thing in our lives. We have so much love, joy, and laughter to share, our hearts sore with excitement as we look ahead to our future as adoptive parents. We treasure the gift you are giving as well as your bravery and your love for your child. We want to express our gratitude to you for taking the time to learn more about us.

About Us

Laborer/Full-Time Student
School Counselor, Child Therapist, LPC
Bachelor's Degree in Biology
Master's Degree in Counseling
Legally Married

What it Means to Become Parents

We Can't Wait to Become Parents!

Being a parent is the most important job in the world. Parenting is so much more than a title. It's a way of life. Being a parent means that the moment this child is placed in our arms, we are responsible for that child until we are no longer in a physical form on the planet. We are presented the honor of raising this child to be kind, loving, adventurous, optimistic, resilient, patient, empathetic, and cherish all things around him/her. Our lives will revolve around this child.

As we write this, Jen is tearful at the thought of what we expect to like most about being parents. There is so much anticipation that has been growing for years and years. We are overwhelmed with hope and joy. We have watched others parent and longed for that blessing. Because we have waited for so long, parenthood will be nothing but joy. We are not naive in thinking it is easy. Jen has worked with kids for 30 years and has experienced the good, the bad, and everything in between. We look forward to doing as much as we can as a family unit. We want to embrace this lifestyle and immerse this child with all life has to offer.

Our Promise to You

Snuggling With Our Nieces

We promise that this child will be our hearts and souls. We will dedicate our entire lives to making sure this child is nurtured and loved from the moment you bless us as this child's parents until we take our last breaths.

We promise this child will always know his/her roots and why they came to us. They will know your unselfish bravery and the courage it took to make this decision. And that your decision was forged from the strongest love there could ever be.

We promise that this child will be special to us and the world. This child will go out into the world and make a difference in the lives of many people, because you did.

We promise that you will be part of the village we need to raise this child to be an amazing human. Love can never be too great of a gift and we will never turn our backs on those who love this child.

Fun Facts About Us:

  • Jen's great-uncle was a famous polka musician and was dubbed "The Polka King of Pittsburgh."
  • Ben and three of his brothers were volunteer firefighters.
  • Jen and her mom had a small antique business for a few years called "Vintage En Vogue." Jen would like to open up a vintage clothing store someday.
  • We were married on Jen's Grandparent's wedding anniversary, 5/25/13.
  • Ben's godfather was Prince Tuesday on Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.
  • Ben and his older brother, Vincent, have a band that plays local shows.
  • We love to travel around to and see different states. We follow our favorite band around on their summer tour and try to see as many of their shows as we can.
  • Jen has a lot of history in her family. Her ancestor was the famous pioneer with bright curly red hair, Thomas Kent. Native Americans have passed down stories about him and books/TV movies have been made about the Kent family. The name Kent is still a family name on Jennifer's grandmother's side of the family. Jen also has an ancestor who signed the Declaration of Independence named John Wilson. He was also Benjamin Franklin's secretary.
  • Photos

    Jen + Ben
    Jen + Ben
    Enjoying a Painting Class
    Enjoying a Painting Class
    Cheering On Our Hockey Team
    Cheering On Our Hockey Team
    Exploring Our City
    Exploring Our City
    Ben Is in a Band With His Brother & Two Friends
    Ben Is in a Band With His Brother & Two Friends
    Jen Volunteers at an Animal Rescue
    Jen Volunteers at an Animal Rescue
    In Minnesota
    In Minnesota
    With Our Niece at the Amusement Park
    With Our Niece at the Amusement Park
    Watching Cartoons With Our Niece
    Watching Cartoons With Our Niece
    On Our Most Memorable Vacation - A Cruise
    On Our Most Memorable Vacation - A Cruise
    Ziplining in Hawaii
    Ziplining in Hawaii
    Having Fun at the Zoo
    Having Fun at the Zoo
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    Jen + Ben
    Jen + Ben
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    Enjoying a Painting Class
    Enjoying a Painting Class
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    Cheering On Our Hockey Team
    Cheering On Our Hockey Team
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    Exploring Our City
    Exploring Our City
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    Ben Is in a Band With His Brother & Two Friends
    Ben Is in a Band With His Brother & Two Friends
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    Jen Volunteers at an Animal Rescue
    Jen Volunteers at an Animal Rescue
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    In Minnesota
    In Minnesota
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    With Our Niece at the Amusement Park
    With Our Niece at the Amusement Park
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    Watching Cartoons With Our Niece
    Watching Cartoons With Our Niece
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    On Our Most Memorable Vacation - A Cruise
    On Our Most Memorable Vacation - A Cruise
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    Ziplining in Hawaii
    Ziplining in Hawaii
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    Having Fun at the Zoo
    Having Fun at the Zoo

    Our House and Neighborhood

    Our Home

    We recently moved into the same neighborhood that Jen's mom lives in (and she grew up in). We have amazing neighbors with many children of all ages. Across the street from our home is a cul-de-sac that is safe for kids to ride bikes and play. Also, there is a soccer field and playground in the plan as well as walking trails. Jen's mom lives up the hill from us and has an in-ground pool that our nieces and nephews swim at all summer long. We really enjoy walking our dogs up the hill to get some exercise and visit Jen's mom.

    Our Large Backyard - Perfect for Running & Playing!

    Our home is a two-story with three bedrooms and 2.5 baths. We have two large family rooms, a kitchen, a TV room and a finished basement. Jen really likes vintage decor, so we have some pretty cool things like a 1960's Jukebox. Ben built a large deck for outside entertaining and we have an amazing large back yard perfect for playtime!

    Our Extended Families

    Stealing a Smooch From Our Nephew

    The past two years have been very emotional for us. We both lost one of our parents. This definitely made us think very hard about our future and look past all of our anxieties about the adoption process and jump in with full commitment to becoming parents. Jen is an only child and was very close to both of her parents, so now that it's just she and her mom, they are closer than ever. Along with Jen's mom, her grandfather is still living. He is 99 and a wonderful role model for everyone. He is her hero.

    At the Zoo With Our Niece

    Ben is the youngest of seven and lost his mother to cancer in 2018. He and his siblings are very close and we enjoy spending time with our nieces and nephews. We try to get together and do family dinners at least once a month with most of Ben's family. Since we've moved into a larger home, we really enjoy hosting parties! We have Halloween and Christmas parties and we are looking forward to hosting picnics in our back yard this summer. We are hoping this becomes a family tradition. It seems like everyone really enjoys our home and it has become a family hangout!

    From Us to You


    Before we can even begin to write anything we must say thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts and souls for taking this journey. We love and admire you so much.

    We have to be completely honest with you. At first we thought that writing to you would be pretty simple. We're nice people ... we love kids ... we'll be great parents ... yadda yadda yadda. But, as we tried to put down into words our overwhelming feelings of love for a child that hasn't even been born yet, we soon realized that this is one of the most difficult things we've been asked to do. It's not difficult because we don't know what to write, but it feels as though what we write will never adequately express how much this child will mean to us and how deeply we want to share our lives with him/her. One thing that is not difficult for us is to be authentic, because that is what you deserve and that is what we can promise you. We hope you find in this letter and our profile a vision for this child's future. We hope you can close your eyes and see him/her running through our backyard with our dog, fishing in the creek down the road, going on family hikes at the park, swimming with his/her cousins at my mom's house, and being the absolute light of our lives.

    Please allow us to introduce ourselves. Our names are Jennifer and Benjamin, but Jen and Ben (or Bennifer) will be fine as well. We are a married couple who have been together slightly over 10 years. We have a built a strong marriage on the blocks of respect, trust, communication, and laughter. We both share the same sense of humor and we LOVE to laugh.

    We can't imagine our lives with anyone else and I think we can both agree that we married our best friends. At the same time we know our family isn't complete with just the two of us. Becoming parents is a dream of ours, but unlike most couples we need help making that dream come true.

    That dream is what brings us all together. That dream is why you are reading our letter to you. We know you have a dream for this child. We know you love this child more than anything in the world and we know that you are considering making a very difficult decision because of how much you love this child. We can help each other give this child the best life and overwhelming amounts of love and support. All of us together want the same dream and it's pretty amazing that our paths are crossing right now.

    We hope that we can build a kinship with you with as much contact as comfortably possible. We would love to share emails and photos, at the very least. But, we hope we can continue to build a bond as well. We have planned to openly talk about adoption from day one with this child and to let him/her know that they are surrounded by love from so many people and that our family now stretches far and wide.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read about us.

    With laughter, love, and peace,

    Ben & Jen


    Brad Pitt
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Kate McKinnon
    Rachel Brosnahan
    Chuck Palahniuk
    Shel Silverstein
    The Great Gatsby
    Candy Bar
    Snickers Bar
    Rick and Morty
    Childhood Memory
    Spending time with my mom
    Family vacations to the beach
    Childhood Toy
    G.I. Joes
    Barbie Doll
    Children's Book
    Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Where The Sidewalk Ends
    Classic Movie
    Blazing Saddles
    Young Frankenstein
    Day of Week
    Chocolate Lava Cake
    Disney Movie
    Dream Car
    Maserati Gran Turismo
    Dream Job
    Actor or Musician
    School Counselor
    Dream Vacation
    A month in Italy
    A Cruise to the Bahamas
    Family Activity
    Sitting around the bonfire
    Hiking/camping/enjoying nature
    Flower / Plant
    Black Eyed Susans
    Hamburger and Fries
    Form of Exercise
    Lifting weights
    Home improvement projects
    Holiday Song
    Hark the Herald Angels Sing
    Jingle Bells
    Holiday Tradition
    Christmas Eve Dinner
    Since my grandmother passed away, we lost many traditions, but we are making some news ones of our own!
    Ice Cream
    Whitehouse cherry
    Junk Food
    Potato Chips
    Leisure Activity
    Watching TV
    Watching movies in bed
    Rolling Stone
    Memory with a Child
    Taking my nephew and niece to the Amusement Park
    My niece loves spending specials days with us. We call them "Nay Days"- her name is Naomi. The entire day is all about her. I love seeing her face full of excitement when we pick her up for her special day.
    Memory with Spouse
    Our Honeymoon
    Our honeymoon. We took a cruise and it was absolutely amazing! I saw so many amazing things and did adventures that I never thought I'd dare to do! We ziplined from a mountain top in Haiti!! I can't believe I can say I did that! The best part is that I di
    Step Brothers
    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
    Movie Munchie
    Movie Quote
    Put the candle back!
    "Son, you got a panty on your head" Raising Arizona
    Movie Type
    Jesus Christ Superstar
    Musical Group
    Dave Matthews Band
    Nursery Rhyme
    A Wise Old Owl
    Olympic Event
    Figure skating
    Personal Hero
    Greta Thunberg
    My grandfather. He is 98.5 and a WWII vet. He is so smart and witty, kind, funny, and an all around amazing human. I can't believe I am lucky enough to have him in my world.
    Death of a Salesman
    Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    Hugh Antoine D Arcy
    Quality about my Spouse
    Acceptance and love for all people
    He loves animals
    "Be kind always, no matter"
    We enjoy local restaurants in the city
    Pizza Hut
    Grilled Chicken Sub
    Shopping Store
    Old Navy
    Squirm- DMB
    Sport to Play
    Sport to Watch
    Sports Star
    Sidney Crosby
    Sid Crosby
    Sports Team
    Pittsburgh Penguins
    Subject in School
    Thing to Cook
    Time of Day
    Sunday night family dinners at my in-laws
    TV Show
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
    TV Show Character
    Jerry Seinfeld
    Type of Music
    All types
    Vacation Spot
    Video Game
    Call of Duty
    Mario Kart

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