#GWKThenAndNow: Jaysen, Chad and Hudson
Jaysen and Chad met in 2003 on an Internet dating site. They both knew from the very beginning that they wanted a family, so soon they began their journey and started saving for adoption to start a family in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jaysen is a hair salon owner and a stylist, and Chad is a private school teacher, and they worked part-time jobs on top of their regular jobs in order to save. Although they remember the time fondly, they also recall just how hard they worked in order for their dreams to come true.
Once they had saved enough for their open adoption, they didn't have to wait long to be matched to a birth mother. Just two weeks before the baby was born they received “the phone call," informing them that a birth mother wanted to meet them. Needless to say, they dropped everything to go to meet her. Jaysen remembers that time as “the most thrilling and scary moment of our lives."
On June 10, 2010, baby Hudson was born and Chad and Jaysen's lives changed forever! Unfortunately, when Chad’s teaching contract was not renewed, the family suffered financial hardships and had to leave their house.
On Thanksgiving, 2010, Hudson's adoption was finalized and they officially became a family.
It’s a family tradition for this two-dad family to pick three pumpkins for the Halloween season.
Halloween 2013: This family loves to dress up
Today, Jaysen and Chad feel that all their hard work and determination has paid off. Chad is much happier now in his new job, and the dads are navigating life with their 5-year-old son.