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Brandon and Jaycie - PLACED

Family Information
 

Brandon and Jaycie Stremkowski
Married: 2 years
Children: None
Religion: Evangelical Christian
Child Care Plans: Jaycie will take three months off of work to stay home, and Brandon will take two weeks. We both have the entire summer off as well as every weekend and all holidays. When we are working, we plan on either having family take care of the baby or have them go to a licensed daycare close to our home. Eventually our overall goal is to have Jaycie be a stay-at-home mom.
Pets and Names: Greta and Oliver (dogs)
Ethnicity: Polish and German

Brandon, 27 years old
Education: Bachelor Degree in Education
Occupation: Math Teacher

Jaycie, 28 years old
Education: Bachelor Degree in Sociology, Master of Science in Education Professional Counseling
Occupation: School Counselor

Home/Neighborhood/Community: City
Years lived here: One year
Our neighborhood is filled with trees lining the streets and houses filled with friendly neighbors. We are within walking distance from an elementary school and are very close to a small park by a beautiful river. There are always people walking and biking around our neighborhood which is great because we love to do the same. We are in a great location for hiking, playing sports, and taking our dogs for walks. There are many roads with beautiful views to walk on, trails within walking distance, and our house has a fenced-in yard which is perfect for playing outside. Our city has many things to offer families during all seasons. There are free concerts, art fairs, farmers markets, sledding hills, parades, fairs, and different activities for children all year long. Our neighborhood and community is not only active and friendly, but is
very safe and welcoming.

 

Family Traditions


Holidays

Luckily we live close to most of our family members. We usually cherish our time with family during the holidays. We have taken memories of holidays that we both had growing up and are combining them with creating our own family traditions.

Easter: Currently we celebrate Easter by spending time in church and with family. Once we do have a child in our home, we plan on making new memories by dying eggs, having Easter egg hunts, and bringing back those traditions we had when we were young.
4th of July: We always get together with Brandon’s brother’s family. We love being able to watch the fireworks over the lake with our niece and nephew.
Thanksgiving: We have started the tradition of having a pre-Thanksgiving meal at our house the night before Thanksgiving. We have all of our family over and order pizzas in preparation to all the cooking everyone will be doing the next day. We spend that time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. On Thanksgiving day
we always celebrate with a big meal at one of our parent’s houses. We cook all day, watch football, and eat turkey and pie! This is one of our favorite times of the year.
Christmas: We’ve started the tradition of going out to the woods and cutting down our own Christmas Tree. We spend a lot of time decorating the inside and outside of the house to prepare for our favorite holiday! No Christmas would be complete without stockings above the fireplace and a snowman in the front yard! Every Christmas Eve morning we go to Brandon’s brother’s house to watch our niece and nephew open their presents while we drink coffee and eat cinnamon rolls with the family. We also always have a rousing game of White Elephant with all of the relatives. Later on during Christmas Eve night, we spend time with Jaycie’s family in
front of the fireplace, exchanging gifts, and sharing laughter. Currently on Christmas Day we spend time together just the two of us, but we are looking so very much forward to the day where we’ll be able to have Christmas day at our house with little ones waking us up early to open the presents that Santa had brought them under the tree.

Vacations

Most vacations for us tend to be weekend getaways. We like going to sporting events in Milwaukee and Green Bay. We have also traveled to Chicago and Appleton where we just spent time exploring the cities, trying new restaurants, and spending time together. Our favorite vacation was our honeymoon to Mexico where we were able to swim in the ocean, learn to salsa dance together, go shopping, and relax ocean side. With our jobs, we both have summers off which allows us extra time to continue to travel to new places and have new experiences.

Family Gatherings

Family is the most important thing to both of us. We are within driving distance to all of our close and extended family so we get together as much as possible. We love having family game nights, getting together to watch sporting events, and we enjoy having cookouts and bonfires. We always get together for holidays, celebrations, and events because milestones within our families are very important to us. We moved to the area we now live in a year ago so that we would be able to be close to our family. We always knew that once we wanted to bring children into our family, we wanted them to grow up being close to all of our relatives and we are so excited to eventually have that experience.

Family Favorites

 

Adoptive Mother   

Adoptive Father

Book:

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 

The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. James Schwartz

Color:

Teal

Baby Blue

Food:

Pizza Pizza

TV Show:

Friends Shark Tank

Hobby:

Home Decor, Playing Sports,Traveling, Gardening, Hiking

Reading, Golfing, Running, Hiking, Playing Guitar

Animal:

Hippos Dog

Game:

Softball

Football

Season:

Summer Summer

Movie:

Dirty Dancing Inception

 

Adoption Preferences

Issues We Are Open to Discussing:

  • Alcohol use prior to knowledge of pregnancy
  • Drug use prior to knowledge of pregnancy
  • Drug use during pregnancy
  • Alcohol use during pregnancy
  • Clinical depression in birthparents
  • Mental health issues in birthparents
  • Developmental disabilities in birthparents
  • Conceived through forced intercourse
  • Conceived through incest
  • Limited or no information about birthfather
  • Assist birthparents with expenses (as allowed by WI state law)
  • Ethnicity: Open to any child
  • Ongoing contact: Open to all forms of contact
  • Open to states other than Wisconsin

Birthparent Letter
 

Thank you for taking the time to know us better! We are Brandon and Jaycie and are so grateful for the opportunity of welcoming a child into our family through open adoption. Without knowing you, we already can see how selfless and beautiful you must be for considering an adoption plan for your baby. This must be
tremendously hard for you to choose a family for your child, but we want you to know that we not only want a child in our family, but we also want to have a relationship with you. We both cannot wait to be parents! We love kids so much that we both chose careers working with children. Brandon is a math/special education teacher and Jaycie is a school counselor. Because of our education and experience, we have gained a lot of skill with child development, family dynamics, and parenting philosophies. We both love that our careers are centered on helping kids and we find our roles working with children as the most rewarding thing for us.

Our marriage is very special and important to us. We have an amazing relationship, one in which we never imagined was possible prior to meeting each other. Our relationship is so rewarding and successful because we are not only best friends but we are constantly working on improving ourselves to be the best people we can be.
We value being lifelong learners and are always growing personally in all aspects of our life including our marriage, faith, parenting, and more. We know that bringing a child into our family will only make our life more complete and beautiful. We whole heatedly believe that a child of adoption will grow best having their adoptive and biological family involved in their life. We look forward to finding the connection and relationship that an open adoption will provide. We look forward to not only gaining a child in our lives, but gaining you as a part of our family as well. We would love to get to know you, connect with you, and to become a part of your life!

647 W. Virginia Street
Milwaukee, WI 53204
414-281-4400

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