Meet Paul and Jen D.
Why are we looking to adopt? Because we genuinely want to provide a loving home for a child. Adoption holds a special place in Jen’s heart because her father was adopted. His experience showed us how a loving family can change the course of not only one person’s life but the lives of all those touched over a lifetime.
Paul studied at Cincinnati State and Xavier University obtaining degrees in both Accounting and Finance. He currently works as a Financial Analyst for a large consumer products company in Cincinnati and recently celebrated his 15-year anniversary with the company. Patriotism also flows through Paul’s veins as he recently retired after over 20 years of service in the US Air Force and Ohio Air National guard. In September 2017 he was surprised by his family and friends by being celebrated as the Cincinnati Reds Hometown Hero.
Jen studied Math and Statistics at Miami University where she obtained her BA and then earned an MBA from The Ohio State University. Jen is a Data Analyst and Product Manager for a local financial services company.
We were both born and raised in Cincinnati and have a passion for supporting the community. Cincinnati offers a well-established parks system, an award-winning zoo, amusement parks, and our personal favorite, seasonal festivals. In 2013 we moved to the suburbs and we love it — we are able to blend big city life with the benefits of being adjacent to rural living. We have a large park within walking distance, several others close by, local farms, and a new shopping complex with numerous restaurants just up the street.
Spirituality is important to us. Paul is Catholic and grew up attending Catholic school, and Jen was raised Protestant. Holidays such as Christmas and Easter are key to reconnect with family and be thankful for the gifts we’ve been given.
Both of us believe family is extremely important and enjoy spending time with our friends and relatives. Jen’s brother and sister-in-law live one street over with their 2 young children. Paul’s sister and brother-in-law live a short drive away with their 2 daughters. Jen’s parents live less than 20 minutes away, and they love spending time with their grandkids!
Saying we love to travel would be an understatement. Not only is it a great opportunity to get out and see new places and try new things, but we also love to go back to familiar places like Gatlinburg, TN (shown here). We’ve been many places and we have a long list of places we’d like to see. We would love to share this wonder with a child.
Our pets share a special place in our hearts. We currently have two dogs — Bella, a 9-year-old Shiba Inu, and Ozzie, an 18-month-old Doberman puppy — and our cat, Jasmine.
We both love Ohio State football, traveling, photography, and learning new things. Paul is primarily the sports nut, playing softball and golf, but also loves to cook and try new foods. Jen loves music, reading, shopping, and going for relaxing evening walks.
In terms of parenting style, Paul’s strengths come from his military experience being disciplined, dependable, trustworthy, resilient and providing a sense of humor to situations. Jen’s parenting strengths are being nurturing, loving, thoughtful, and trustworthy.
We can’t wait to expand our family and create amazing memories, exploring the world through young eyes while sharing our older and wiser knowledge. We promise to provide unconditional love, opportunity, fairness, discipline, and unwavering support to our future child.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about us!
Paul and Jen
For more information about our family, please contact Adoption Link at 1-800-643-3356.