#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.

Christmas 2004: the first picture of Chad and Jaysen in their new home

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.

June 2010: Daddy Chad and little Hudson on his first day in his new home.

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."

Hudson’s first day home with Daddy Jaysen

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.

First ever family picture together at home, 2010

Peaceful Hudson sleeping next to Daddy Jaysen

Hudson sleeping next to Daddy Chad

On Thanksgiving, 2010, Hudson's adoption was finalized and they officially became a family.

Adoption photo with the judge

Hudson celebrates whilst munching on his first Thanksgiving meal

It’s a family tradition for this two-dad family to pick three pumpkins for the Halloween season.

2013: Hudson selecting the three pumpkins

Halloween 2013: This family loves to dress up

2014: Jaysen thought Chad and Hudson looked like Charlie Brown and Linus at dinner

2015: Jaysen, Hudson and Chad celebrating Christmas this year

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.

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