Hi there!

 

Wow!  We are so excited to grow our family!  Our Family….. we LOVE saying and hearing those words.  At certain points in time, we weren’t sure we’d ever have the blessing of being parents and what we have grown to know over the last 18 months is that we were MEANT to do this.  We have been through ups and downs in our story to become parents and we are so excited to share with you.  But first, whatever events and emotions have brought you here, we want you to know that we know your story is just as significant.  We recognize the importance of this process and we are so very thankful you’ve taken the time to learn about us!

 

Us

We are a fun-loving, loyal, hardworking and faith centered family who love to have a good time from attending different sporting events, theater performances, family get togethers and finding different swimming pools wherever we go.  Through years of infertility, doctor appointments and a miscarriage we were led to adoption through faith and prayer.  Never have we felt so strongly about a path than we have about adoption and our son is a huge testament to that.  We were so blessed to be able to adopt Stone in July 2018 and can hardly remember what life was like before!  He has brought so much happiness, laughter and strength to our home.  Becoming parents has been the most amazing, scary, joyous, challenging and fulfilling thing we’ve ever done and we cannot wait to see Stone as a big brother!

 

Ashley (By Jared)

Every day I pinch myself because I can’t believe that I am lucky enough to be married to this beautiful woman; who is obviously out of my league!

I love Ash as a wife, and always knew she would be a great mom. However, I don’t think I had quite prepared myself for just how amazing she is. I fall more in love with her each day as I watch her teach Stone, play with him and care for him. Stone loves being around her. She can get him to laugh harder, eat better, calm down faster, and sleep more soundly than anyone else. Sometimes I find myself just staring at them interact with one another!

From the first day I met her, I immediately noticed her enthusiasm for life and her capacity to love. She has a huge heart and it’s evident by how she lives her life. She is the first to make friends with a stranger, even striking up conversations in line at the grocery store, or in an airplane. She has the ability to show compassion and empathy to someone struggling.

 

Ash is a natural caretaker, and always makes sure we have the necessities and tools to handle any sort of issue that may arise.

Ash has a strong spirit. She holds tight to her faith and trusts in the plan laid out for our family. When heartbreak or trials try to block that path, Ash endures quietly and faithfully. I am in awe of her positivity and courage. When faced with infertility and a miscarriage, Ash held strong to her faith that all would work as it should be. I saw her renewed joy as she experienced the same love that any new mother feels when she held our son for the first time. It was a moment I will never forget, and one that we look forward to again.

It’s been so fun to see Ash fulfill the role she has wanted for so many years- Mom. I am so excited to watch our family grow. I know Ash has so much more room in her heart to fully and unconditionally love.

Simply put… Ash loves to love!

 

Jared (By Ashley)

Jared is my best friend, my biggest supporter and the love of my life!  Watching him in his newest role – Dad – I’ve fallen even more in love with him!  If I had been able to sit down and custom make the perfect husband and father, Jared would be it down to the last detail.  Charitable, thoughtful, attentive and loving – Jared exudes these qualities in everything he puts his mind to.

 

Jare is the most hands on and involved Daddy!  It makes my heart melt seeing Stone call out “Da-Da” and seeing how he can’t get enough of him.  They have the most special bond and are already the best of friends.  He is constantly caring for Stone and I and giving of himself fully to our family.

He serves in our church as a Bishop which is a spiritual leader over our ward.  Through this calling I have been able to see his heart ache for families going through trials and see his joy for those celebrating personal achievements and milestones.  Jare is a man of spiritual strength and gives the best advice when called upon.  He jumps at an opportunity to serve and is able to do so with a smile on his face and true compassion for those he serves.  He handles his church calling with such grace and always makes sure our family is a priority through it all.

Jared gets me and accepts me completely.  We love to laugh and look for humor in life together.  No one can get me to laugh with happy tears streaming down my face more than Jare can.  I often look at him with awe and can’t believe I am as blessed as I am with him by my side.  Stone and I spend each day making sure “Da-Da” knows how very loved he is!

 

Stone


Stone is the world’s happiest kid.  He brings joy to any room with his bucktooth smile, happy demeanor and loving hugs or high fives!  He turned 14 months old in September 2019 and is ready to be a big brother! He loves playing and interacting with all, but nothing makes him happier than playing with other kids.  His eyes light up around children and he has the most adorable way of watching and observing.  If something involves ice cream, remote controls or swimming – you can count Stone in!  He loves the water and would swim all day every day if possible.  His favorite song is “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and he’s mastered clapping along.  He is so loving and sweet and we can’t wait to watch him become a big brother – his little sibling will always know their big brother has their back!

Our Story

We met in 2012 and it was love at first sight… For one of us.  Jared knew right away that he’d marry me and even told his parents the night of our first date.  I took a little more convincing but once I fell, I fell hard.  We lived about an hour apart from each other and throughout our year of dating spent a lot of time driving back and forth to see each other.  We knew early on that our relationship was different than we’d ever experienced and that the love and respect we had for each other was rare and special.

 

We were married June 2013 in the Salt Lake Temple.  It was the most beautiful, sunny day and we were so happy to share it with family and friends from near and far.

 

A year later, we built our house.  Jared grew up in a small farming community and was drawn to our neighborhood for its small town feel.  It also appealed to me since I grew up in a tight knit community in Kansas.  We have absolutely loved building forever friendships with our neighbors and appreciate the feeling of togetherness our neighborhood has.

 

After 4 ½ years of fertility struggles, we decided adoption would be how our family would grow.  Stone’s arrival came quickly and life changed overnight in the best way!  After a long NICU stay we couldn’t wait to bring him home.  Stone really has turned our house into a home and we are so excited for our family to grow through adoption again.

 

Our Families

 

Ashley:

I grew up in Wichita, Kansas with my mom, stepdad, 2 brothers and sister.  I visited my dad out of state several times a year and we spoke weekly over the phone.  Through the years our family has now grown to include Jared, my brother’s spouse and two daughters and my sister’s spouse and one daughter.  There is never a dull moment at our family get togethers as we play card games, board games and any other kind of games.  We love to spend time around the table laughing and connecting and watching the cousins all play with each other.  No one can get Stone to belly laugh the way cousin Lily can!

(Four generations on my Dad’s side)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jared:

I grew up in Vernon, Utah – a small farming community of about 200 people with my parents and sister. We enjoyed the small-town life that taught us values of hard work and integrity. I was fortunate to have my grandparents right across the street and other extended family close by.  My sister and her husband now have three children and Stone LOVES playing with his cousins.  We get to spend a lot of time with my Mom these days as my Dad passed away in late 2018.  I am so thankful he was able to spend time with Stone and I know he’s always watching out for us.

 

 

We’d like to again thank you for taking the time to get to know us and our story.  We are so excited to be on this path and are ready to grow our family through adoption a second time!  We can’t begin to explain the gratitude we have in our hearts for your consideration. We hope we were able to convey the love we have for each other and our sincere desire to grow our family.  We are thrilled to share this journey with you!

 

With all of our love,

 

Jared, Ashley and Stone

To learn more about Jared & Ashley contact CSS at richard@cssutah.org

or call/text 801-656-8527.