Jay and Vickie
Rachel and JP are warm and welcoming as individuals and as a couple. The children in our family are drawn to them because of how much love and attention they receive when they’re with them. They are clearly the favorite aunt and uncle and it’s no wonder. We could not recommend them more highly as adoptive parents. We know of no one kinder, gentler, calmer, more empathetic, more compassionate, more genuinely fun and fun-loving! What they invest in all of the lives of our family is a priceless treasure. We can’t wait to see them make the same kind of investment in their roles as parents.
Jay and Vickie Endorsed Loyal and Dependable, Family oriented, Sense of Humor, Empathetic and understanding, Hard-working
KJ and Tessa
Friends of 19 years
Rachel and JP have a love for people that is contagious, deep, and unconditional. For every one of life's mountain tops and valleys, they are steadfast and present for their people with a sincere and unshakeable love. They both have a way of making you feel like you're the most important person in the world. Rachel and JP love people with selfless and pure motives, expecting nothing in return.
I could not think of two people more fit to be parents, not because they are perfect, but because they will navigate every step of parenting with humility, adaptability and commitment.
KJ and Tessa Endorsed Loyal and Dependable, Family oriented, Sense of Humor, Empathetic and understanding, Hard-working
Amanda and Jace Reinhard
Lifelong Family Friend
Amanda: I truly believe Rachel and JP are people we will read about in our school books. They are one-of-a-kind people— when you meet them and spend time with them, you walk away changed for the better and feeling full. Their presence is satisfying to be around because they live every second with a deep understanding that life is a gift and that moment cannot be spared. As a person of color, I have never felt overlooked, unheard, or undervalued by them. In fact, I have always felt my culture and family are embraced by them. A small example: growing up with Rachel, she would willingly get out of her comfort zone to speak with my mother in Spanish because she knew it would be more comfortable for my immigrant mother. This was and is not an uncommon thing for Rachel and JP to do. They are willing to be uncomfortable and feel challenged so others feel welcomed and loved. They are friends who listen well and offer support near or far. I don’t doubt for a second that if I have children, I will turn to Rachel and JP for advice and support on how to raise children who embrace life with all that it brings- joy, sadness, and everything in between. I couldn’t name two better equipped and ready people to be parents than Rachel and JP.
Jace: My relationship with Rachel and JP is admittedly much younger than my wife’s, but I believe that speaks to the power of their hospitality and the authenticity of their character. From the first time I met them as someone of importance in Amanda’s life, I have felt like a welcome member in their family of friends. The genuine care they take with people, combined with their ferocious commitment to each new life accomplishment they take on, makes them incredibly fit for the challenge of parenting, in my opinion. As Amanda observed, I have also admired the thoughtfulness and humility with which they approach their own privilege as white Americans, and their eagerness to leverage that privilege for the benefit of disenfranchised people. I wholeheartedly believe that Rachel and JP would create a safe, love-filled environment in their home for any child to grow and thrive.
Amanda and Jace Reinhard Endorsed Loyal and Dependable, Family oriented, Empathetic and understanding
"What an honor it is to write about our best friends! My husband and I have been best friends with JP & Rachel for just over 6 years now. They are our go-to people for just about everything in life. But the history actually goes back further than that. Stay with me for a second as I try not to confuse you! Corbin and Rachel's parents have also been best friends for almost 20 years, which means (fun fact) Rachel used to babysit Corbin’s little brothers. Corbin and JP met in middle school and have been the best of friends ever since. Here is another fun fact for you, JP and Corbin were in a band from middle school-high school (and still to this day like to play music together). All of that to say, the roots run deep. Like I stated above, JP and Rachel are our best, best friends. Over the last 6 years here are a few things that I have learned about them. They love Jesus fearlessly. They love each other deeply and function as a team. They are loyal and true to their word. They remember the little things that most people would not. They always show up. They are the most hard-working people I know. They are joyful and fun. They are wise and people are attracted to their kindness. They keep us laughing. I could go on and on, but you get the idea…they are all around incredible humans! Our 2 year old is absolutely in love with her Ray-ray and JP. I am pretty certain that she thinks they are her best friends as well, because of how well the love her, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. The way they interact with her melts me. When JP and Rachel are in the presence of our daughter (or any child for that matter) they are the first ones to get down on her level to play with her. They can always be found reading books in the tent, “cooking” in the play kitchen or tossing the ball with her. Rachel and JP are intentional, kind, loyal, steady and were born to be parents. So, to expectant parents reading this…can I just say YOU are being covered in constant prayer by me and so many others. Your baby is being covered in prayer and I want you to know you are so very brave. There are many things that I do not know but here is what I do know if JP and Rachel are chosen by you; your baby will always know what it feels to be loved, accepted and chosen. "
Maddie Pierce Endorsed Loyal and Dependable, Family oriented, Sense of Humor, Empathetic and understanding, Hard-working