DEREK AND JESSECA
We are a goofy, happy couple who love to spend time with family, shop locally, spend time with our dogs, Flynn and Fletcher, and relax in our home. We have worked hard to build our careers as a senior maintenance technician and autism clinical director and are excited about becoming parents! We live in an old home in the Indianapolis area and enjoy doing home projects together. We also welcome a relationship with you and understand how significant you are! We can’t wait to get to know you!
ABOUT JESSECA (BY DEREK)
Jesseca is the type of girl that you meet and cannot stop talking to. Within the first five minutes of meeting her, I could sense her kind heart and her contagious, non-stop smile. Jesseca is a natural caregiver, and will do anything for anyone regardless of what sacrifices she has to make. The way she has made a career out of caring for children in many different capacities is truly remarkable! She is a fun, outgoing partner and we have spent tons of time together enjoying ourselves and our experiences. If you could make a “perfect mom” in a lab, Jesseca would be the human coming out of the petri dish! I look forward to many happy years as a parent with her.
ABOUT DEREK (BY JESSECA)
Oh Derek! He is the funniest, most serious guy you’ll ever meet. He is unique in the way he can lighten the mood but also be the most responsible person in the room. He is thoughtful and detail oriented. And, a bit of a clean freak which motivates him to do laundry and keep a tidy house. He has most definitely made me a better person and always keeps me laughing. Derek likes to tell jokes – often the same jokes over and over again. I am lucky enough to hear them each time because we spend so much time together. He is the first person I want to talk to when I’ve have a bad day or when I have good news to share. He is able to be logical and calm even during tough times. Derek is a problem solver and does so much for our little family. He can build or fix just about anything. Derek’s fun loving personality has made him a great uncle and will make him an even better father. He is certainly the glue to this family and will teach his children to be strong and independent with a good sense of humor!
ABOUT DEREK AND JESSECA
The two of us met during PE class in college. Jesseca took walking; Derek took jogging. We moved in together after a few months and married 7 years later. Our relationship has always been strong and each challenge we’ve faced has only deepened our connection. Derek is good with money and determined to be a dependable husband. He has succeeded in that by far! Jesseca makes it her priority to care for her family. She does a lot of cooking, planning, and caring of others. We like to spend time with our extended families and travel on occasion. Both of us have a strange interest in history and like watching documentaries on Netflix. We spend every holiday with Derek’s grandparents and also Jesseca’s family. We like to take our dogs on walks and shop on Mass Ave. We like to have fun together and are spontaneous at times. For our five year anniversary, we drove from Indy to Ball State without taking any major highways or interstates and spent the day reminiscing on campus. We also travel on real vacations when we can! Derek likes to tease Jesseca and the two of us are always giggling or goofing around. Our two dogs, Flynn and Fletcher, are small in size, great with kids, and add a lot of fun to our lives.
We have hoped to become parents for some time. Our journey has been long but we wouldn’t change a thing about it. We’ve positioned ourselves to be in the best situation for any child. Our home is well established and in a great, diverse neighborhood. We are within walking distance to many schools, parks, local restaurants, and shops. We have a fenced in backyard with a small garden. Our nursery is ready with a crib and lots of toys and books. Education is important to Jesseca as a teacher and we hope to enroll our child in a nearby magnet school. Extracurricular activities have been something we envisioned our child doing and we look forward to supporting a child’s interests. Our neighborhood is very diverse and will allow a child to have lots of opportunities while embracing his or her culture.
We’ve had lots of practice with our two nephews and niece. We have frequent dinners with our niece and nephews and Aunt Jesse is usually sitting right beside them to help! She enjoys watching them grow and using some of her professional experience to teach them new things. The boys love building trains and Uncle Derek always steps in to help. He is typically the fun uncle that rough houses and plays silly games. Derek also likes to tease the boys and teaches them things like farting and other boy stuff. Slumber parties at Uncle Derek's and Aunt Jesse's usually include staying up late, having lots of snacks, and sleeping together on the couch. Our niece is much younger and just learning to be apart from her parents but we enjoy loving on her every chance we get. She is learning to walk and Jesseca likes to take her out and about with her brother. We frequent the farmer's market together and she likes to laugh at our dogs We spend time with Jesseca’s family weekly and they are very supportive. In the summer, the family gets together at Nana and Scrappy’s (strange names for grandma and grandpa) pool every opportunity we get! Jesseca plans to take a twelve week parental leave and Derek will stay home for the first few weeks. Both of us plan to return to work and will utilize quality child care in our neighborhood. We will share the responsibilities of parenting and strive to offer the healthiest environment for a child.
FUN FACTS ABOUT JESSECA
- I sew Christmas stockings for my family. I've made a total of 18 stockings so far and we reuse them every year!
- I have a lot of random knowledge about JFK and the Kennedy family.
- I had my first dog as a junior in college and has always been a lover of dogs!
- I have worked with children with autism for over 10 years.
- I've watched almost every season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
- I had club feet as a kid and wore leg braces like Forrest Gump.
- My friends tell me I’m a hippie because I use essentials oils, eat gluten free, and have several Himalayan Salt Rocks in my house.
- I was president of student council in high school.
- I would have given anything to see the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, in concert.
- My favorite podcast is Up and Vanished and anything Payne Lindsay.
FUN FACTS ABOUT DEREK
- I have a brother 19 years younger than me.
- I've had the same best friend since 7th
- Ilike to work on cars and do home renovations.
- I’ve built all the dressers in our house and even the changing table in the nursery.
- I have a congenital missing molar.
- I like to eat handfuls of shredded cheese just to annoy Jesseca.
- I have had over 12 kidney stones.
- I am a huge Chicago White Sox fan and has been to over 10 games.
- I failed kindergarten.
- My favorite music is 80s pop and 90s rap.