Jeremy and Joy Braun

Oregon

Jeremy and Joy Braun
– Oregon

We are honored that you are considering us to be the parents of your daughter or son. We appreciate the time you are taking to get to know our family through our profile.

There are 5 in our family, living in a 3 bedroom house on almost 2 acres of land. My husband, Jeremy, is a sheriffs deputy. I have the great opportunity to stay at home and raise our kids. I love not having to go to work, although my husband often says I work harder than he does! I love being home with our kids, helping out in each of their classrooms, taking them to and from school each day so I can talk with their teachers. We have great fun together and go on lots of adventures.

Jacob, our oldest is 8 and in the third grade. We adopted him from Taiwan, and his birth father is from Ghana. He loves life and the outdoors. He is happiest outside, no matter the weather! He and his dad love to be outside, in the sun, rain or snow. He loves to hike, ride bikes, swing, be a spy and go on adventures.

Olivia, is 7 and in the second grade. She also loves to be outside in the sun, for hours. In the rain and snow–for about 20 minutes. :) She will play outside in the tree house for hours as long as it is nice out. When the weather is bad she likes to be inside playing with her many stuffed animals and barbies or helping me cook. She is dying for a sister to play with. She can handle “boy” games for only so long. She wants someone who will play Barbie and stuffed animals and princess games.

Micah is 6 and in kindergarten. He loves both his brother and sister and they often vie for his attention. He enjoys playing stuffed animals with Olivia and going outside in the rain and jumping in puddles and making traps with Jacob. He loves to be outside with Jacob playing every imaginable game.

We have a creek at the bottom of our property and we love to wade in it during the summer and catch crawdads. We spend many summer nights eating outside on the picnic table, and we love going camping. We also live close to the ocean and we love playing in the sand & water. In the fall we enjoy making big leaf piles to jump on and going to the pumpkin patch with cousins. Every winter we wait for snow to have lots of fun and go sledding.

We love kids! We feel like each family is special and that God brings families together. We have watched as my cousins family had 2 preemies and all they went through. We feel like we are in a place where we could do that. We have great extended family support and are close to excellent hospitals. We also watched my husband’s aunt and family as they adopted kids. They have 7 kids, 3 are adopted. The two girls were adopted at ages 1 and a half and 3 and a half. It has been so great to see their family bond. That three year old is now 14 and is now best friends with her sisters! We are definitely interested in a girl that is older and needing a sister. Our boys have been praying for a brother too. So we are interested in a sibling set, both just being younger than our youngest, who is under 6.

We both grew up in the church. Our families were involved and taught us to desire a relationship with God. When I was 12 my family moved to Taiwan as missionaries. It was there that I really saw God at work and knew I wanted to follow him. One of the missionaries in our mission had an orphanage. That was the first time I had ever been to an orphanage. I fell in love, with the babies, with the older kids who were not adoptable, with the local aunties who helped. I begged my parents to adopt, but they felt 4 kids was enough. That was the day I decided I wanted to grow my family through adoption. I grew up with the kids in the orphanage. I think that is part of what draws me to want to adopt an older child.

When my husband and I went back to Taiwan for a visit, it was with great joy that I got to see some of the kids I grew up with. They are walking faithfully with Christ. I love that about God! It encourages me in my faith, to see the seeds that were planted, growing strong. I am a prayer warrior. I believe that God does talk with us today. I know I found my husband through many years of prayer, and each of our kids is through hours spent on my knees and in the Word. At home we attend church and read the Bible to our kids. We pray multiple times a day, there’s so much to talk with God about!

We cannot imagine how difficult this decision is that you have to make. We have the utmost respect for you. We want you to know that if you choose us, we will always love your child so much. We will always talk about you with respect and reassure your child of your love. We will love and protect your child. We will speak kindly to your child and laugh with her or him every day. We intend to treat each day as the miracle that it is and love your daughter or son with all that we are.