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Jess & John


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

Dear Expectant Mother,
The decision you are 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 at all, please send us an email or call us! 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. Being in love definitely made the stressful years of grad school more bearable.

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

Football time!

Jess grew up in a big football house.  Despite the fact that she lived most of her life in Vermont, she was born and raised as a Pittsburgh Steelers fan!  That’s where she was born and where most of her family is from.  Even though the Steelers didn’t make it to the Superbowl this year, that didn’t stop her from going all out and making this tasty football cake for a Superbowl Party. 

John is more of a baseball guy, but marrying into Jess’ family means you have to watch football, too!  He jokes about rooting for the other team, but we know he’s a Steelers fan at heart.  John likes the Superbowl mostly for the yummy snacks, and he definitely approved of this cake!

Cold Winter and Summer Dreams

It’s January now and here in Virginia that means it’s starting to really feel like winter!  We’ve even had a bit of snow.  We both love the cold weather and it certainly doesn’t slow us down from exploring, but you can’t help but miss the sunny, warm days of summer!

This is an older photo of us, when we visited the Puye Native American cliff dwellings in New Mexico.  We had a great time on this trip and loved learning about this early period of history in the southwest. 

Where will we travel to next?  What breathtaking hikes await us? 

We can’t wait to take a little one on hikes with us, showing him or her all the beauty of nature.  We’ve already started to look at baby carriers for hiking!

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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