Jess & John

Jess & John
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We can't wait to grow our family and share our love!

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

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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.

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Here we go!

We both love to travel and go on adventures.  This photo is of us in one of our favorite places: Sicily!  We had just hiked up to the top of a mountain, with this beautiful view of the sea below.  It was hot, but the air was crisp and smelled like pine trees.  Afterwards, we ate lots of gelato to cool off and wandered the crooked streets and cobbled alleys of the old city.

The biggest adventure we’ve ever been on, though, is trying to create our family.  We thought it would be easy, but it turned out to be one of the most difficult things we could imagine.  Years of tests, being poked and prodded by doctors, waiting month after month, and then year after year…  But we’ve never given up.  We know we want a family. 

Our journey might not look like most people’s and it hasn’t ended yet.  We’re still hiking, searching for the perfect little baby to fill our arms and our hearts.  The way is long and difficult, but we’re adventurers and we won’t give up.

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.


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