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Jess & John


Jess & John
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We are a loving and adventurous couple looking to expand our family!

Dear Expectant Mother,
The decision you're facing is such a difficult one and we're so thankful you're looking at our profile. We can't wait to meet you and hear more about your journey. We are so excited to share our love and passion with a baby (or twins) and we hope that this profile will give you a good idea of who we are.

If you have any questions, please send an email or give us a call! We would love to hear from you.

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Who We Are

We met in grad school in 2005, but didn't start dating until 2007. Once we did, though, we quickly fell in love. Jess was drawn to John's great sense of humor and amazing brain. John was drawn to Jess' determination and goofiness.

We got married in Vermont (where Jess grew up) in 2012, surrounded by our friends and family. Our wedding was basically a chance to have a big fun party, with lots of dancing, lots of good food, and tons of laughter.

We live in Virginia now and both work as college professors. John teaches government and Jess is an archaeologist. We often spend our summers traveling for Jess' work, going to places to like Greece and Italy.

When we're not digging in the dirt, we love to go hiking, visit national parks, try new foods, read, and play games. We like to travel and visit new places whenever we can.

Family is very important to us. John comes from a big family and getting together during holidays (or just for fun!) is something that happens all the time. Jess' family is pretty spread out, but they do a good job of staying in touch. We also count many of our friends as "extra family." We are fortunate to have great friends all over the country.

After several years of dealing with infertility, Jess finally became pregnant via IVF. Due to severe pregnancy complications, though, our son, Marcus, was born 2 months premature and had several health problems. We got to spend 138 amazing days with him in the hospital. He taught us about the power of love and we know that any child we bring into our family will have a special big brother watching over him or her.

Adoption Diary


Thanksgiving is a fun holiday for two people who love food as much as we do!  Jess mostly does the baking in our house, so she made this delicious apple pie.  John did pretty much everything else.  We both do all the eating!

This year, we decided to just have a fun and quiet Thanksgiving at home, with some of our friends and their dog.  Normally, we would visit John’s family in New Jersey or Jess’ family in New Hampshire, but we wanted to take a break from all that traffic this year.

We hope that next year at Thanksgiving, we’ll have a little baby to celebrate and be thankful for.

Exploring D.C.

Last weekend, we spent Saturday exploring Washington, D.C.  It’s not far from where we live and we wanted to take advantage of the beautiful Fall weather.  We spent several hours on the National Mall, looking at all the different memorials and monuments.  It was so much fun!  This is a picture of us at the Jefferson Memorial, with the Washington Monument in the background.

We spend a lot of time traveling and seeing sites in foreign countries, but it’s so nice to stay closer to home and take advantage of the amazing things in the United States.  A few years ago we went to the Grand Canyon, and ever since then, we really want to try and go to all the different National Parks.  Even though D.C. isn’t a National Park, it’s still a beautiful place to explore!

We can’t wait to share these adventures with a child.  Going for hikes, learning about history, looking at all the beauty of nature—it will be so much fun to do all these things with a little one.

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.


Jess & John

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