We hope you see the space we have in our hearts to add to our family.

We are Zach, Jessica, and Lexi and we thank you for taking the time to learn more about our family and for considering our family as you make these big decisions for your child. We are so excited to be adopting and bringing a child into our family! Our hope is that when you look at our webpage you will see the love we have for each other, our family, and the space we have in our hearts to add to our family. We also want you to know that you are being covered in prayer by our family. You're not alone in this. We are praying for your strength and courage as you journey through this and wish the best for you and your child in whatever decision you make.

Relationship/Journey

We have known each other since we were 11 years old. We first crossed paths in middle school when Zach moved to Louisiana. A friendship developed over the years at school events and church youth summer camps. In the spring of 2004, we began dating. We continued dating throughout the rest of high school and college at LSU. On a cold January day in 2008, Jessica came over to Zach's house and Zach was down on one knee with a ring around her dog Reggie's collar. We became engaged and after graduating LSU in May we were married in our hometown. The first several years of marriage were spent moving around south Louisiana as Zach finished his medical school training. During this time, we were able to experience new places, people, and cultures and grew closer as a couple. We enjoyed this time together but realized something was missing and decided it was time to start a family. Unfortunately, it was very difficult as we struggled with infertility. Our lives changed on a February day in 2016. We were blessed with our daughter, Lexi after many years of struggling to conceive. Watching her grow up has brought us so much love and joy, and now we have room in our hearts to share this love and joy that we have for Lexi with another child. After learning that it would be unsafe for Jessica to have more biological children, we felt that God was leading us in the direction of adoption. We know that our hearts are ready to grow and welcome a new child into our family to love, laugh with, and protect.

Home

We live in a family-oriented neighborhood with many young children. Most afternoons there are several of them outside riding scooters and playing games. We usually have several group events for the children throughout the year: Jump Houses for 4th of July, firework shows for New Years, group Trick or Treating and Friendsgiving around the Thanksgiving holiday, which is at our house. We also live close to our family. Family is always popping in to say hey and eat dinner, shop, attend local festivals, and go to church together. We feel blessed to live so close to our families and be in a neighborhood where your neighbors are family.

Travel

We love to travel. Our favorite spot is Orange Beach, AL because it is a short drive from home. We go many times a year so we can chill on the beach and enjoy some yummy food at some of our favorite restaurants. Also, because we made great friends while Zach was in medical school and residency, we get to travel all over the United States to visit with them. We treasure this time because we get to experience places we may have not otherwise.

Hobbies

In our free time we like to go for walks on the lakefront, attend plays at the Saenger Theater, watch movies, go to concerts, attend Saints games, go to church, and support our LSU tigers in all sporting events. Zach enjoys watching sports, especially LSU, playing golf, cooking on the grill, and traveling. Jessica loves to go swimming, shopping, dancing, and trying to find whatever movie is being filmed in Louisiana so she can go and see if she can meet the celebrity in it.

Pets

Since 2012, we have had a four-legged furry friend named Mingo. Mingo was found at Jessica’s school on a cold, January day. Next door to her school was an animal shelter. Jessica called the shelter and asked if a dog had escaped. She described the dog and was told that he had escaped and was supposed to be put down that day. Without hesitation, Jessica told the shelter that the dog would be adopted by them. Mingo is the most gentle, loving, and kind dog. Some of his favorite things to do are to cuddle, chew on his dog toys, and sit in front of the front window in the warm sun and sleep.

School & Work

We are high school sweethearts, so we went to the same high school. After high school, Zach attended LSU and Jessica graduated a year later and met up with him at LSU. While in college, Zach decided that he wanted to become a doctor, so he majored in Kinesiology. Jessica, like her mom, sisters, mother-in law, aunts, and uncles wanted to become a teacher. In 2009, we both graduated with our degrees from LSU. Zach then attended LSU Medical School in New Orleans and Jessica began her teaching career. After medical school, Zach decided he wanted to become a family medicine doctor and we moved to Baton Rouge to complete his residency. He is currently a family medicine doctor and loves that he is able to meet the needs of patients of all ages and develop relationships with them. Jessica has taught many students throughout her 12 years of teaching. In 2018, she graduated from Nicholls State University with her master’s in educational technology. Today, she is a middle school reading and technology teacher at the private school her daughter, Lexi, attends. She also provides technology assistance/trainings to her school’s teachers and students. Teaching is 100% Jessica’s passion. She believes there is nothing better than helping someone who is struggling achieve their goals.

Our Extended Family

With 3 sets of grandparents, 6 aunts, 3 uncles, and 9 cousins there is always something going on and fun to have in our family. Our family supports each other. We are always together for big events and show up at each other’s houses daily. Everyone lives within 45 minutes of each other. There is not a week that goes by that we don’t see our parents and siblings. We feel so blessed to have such a large extended family and love that all the children get to grow up together.

Family Traditions & Holidays

From waking up on Sunday mornings to go to the donut shop and attending Sunday Mass, to driving down to Metairie during Mardi Gras to catch beads, and cheering for the tigers at every LSU home football game on Saturday nights, we are a family that believes in tradition. Some of our favorite traditions are dressing up as a family for Halloween, decorating the house for every holiday including Mardi Gras, going to the pumpkin patch with family and friends in November, and going to Maw Maw’s in our pj’s on Christmas Eve to open presents and eat with siblings and cousins. Some of the greatest memories we have as kids were about traditions/holidays our families celebrated, and we want our children growing up having those special memories as well so we continue these traditions.

Find Out More

Would you like to learn more about this family or the other families waiting to adopt a baby? Contact the caring counselors at St. Elizabeth. There’s no pressure—we’re just here to help you decide what’s best for you and your baby.