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Jay & Johanna

Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child. We are so excited about expanding our family through an open adoption, giving both the child and parents all the love and support we possibly could. The selfless decision you are making for your child is incredible and shows how much love you have for them. We hope that we get to experience this amazing journey with you.

About Us

Senior Manager, Accounting
Manager, Financial Reporting
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Legally Married

What It Means to Be Parents

Our Family

We love being parents, however our path to parenthood has not been easy. We underwent infertility treatments in order to have our daughter, Grace. After several rounds and an unfortunate miscarriage, we were blessed with them working and we got pregnant with our daughter, Grace. After our daughter was born, we talked at length about expanding our family again and agreed that adoption was the path for us. We are so excited to begin that journey!

Johanna: Being a mom is the greatest joy of my life. There is no truer love than that of a mother and child. I know saying "I like all of it" is very cliche, but I do. While some days are definitely harder than others, there is joy in every day. Each stage of development comes with its own unique characteristics and struggles, but each one is still a gift. I love watching my daughter grow and learn. Every day I am thankful for her and hope to grow our family with another blessing, because there is no shortage of love in my heart.

Jay: I'm not sure I knew what unconditional love was until I became a father. Seeing the way our daughter looks at me is the most amazing feeling in the world, it melts my heart. She is an absolute miracle and I cannot wait to be the father to another child so I can share that love with them.

Our Adventures

Visiting Boston

Since we have met, we have traveled to a number of places together. Every year we go to Florida at least twice to visit Johanna's family, and one of our favorite trips down there was when we spent a few days in Orlando at Universal Studios. For our honeymoon, we traveled to Hawaii and spent ten days there soaking up the sun and exploring the different islands. We celebrated our one-year anniversary in Boston, which is both of our favorite city. We met up with friends, went to a Bruins game, ate delicious food, and saw the Boston Pops Holiday concert. We have also visited friends in Texas and the Virgin Islands and spent a great week in Chicago exploring the city together - we even went to a football game at Notre Dame and saw the famous "Touchdown Jesus."

Our Leisure Time

Baseball Game With Family

Johanna loves to travel. She has been to Ireland, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, the Virgin Islands and everywhere the cruise ships leaving Florida travel to. Johanna is an avid reader, and every year sets a goal to read a certain number of books. This year her goal is 52 books! She is a member of book clubs both virtually and in person, and enjoys discussing what she reads with others. She also really enjoys baking. Around the holidays the house never runs low on desserts. Johanna is also very social and loves hosting play dates, girls nights in, and friends and family in our home.

Jay is a huge sports fan, traveling far and wide to see his favorite teams play or just watching them on TV when the family schedule allows. Favorite sports trips so far include Fenway Park in Boston, the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena and the Final Four in 2019 in Minneapolis. Jay also loves to exercise. He tries to work out at least five days a week, even if it's just for 20 minutes.

As a couple we have enjoyed traveling together. We went to Hawaii on our honeymoon, to Seattle for a long weekend and cannot wait to get back to these places on family vacations!


Painting Date Night
Painting Date Night
Hiking With Johanna's Dad
Hiking With Johanna's Dad
Fun at the Pumpkin Patch
Fun at the Pumpkin Patch
At the Biltmore
At the Biltmore
Baking With Grace
Baking With Grace
Cabin Trip With Friends
Cabin Trip With Friends
At the Park
At the Park
Going for a Neighborhood Walk
Going for a Neighborhood Walk
Visiting the Aquarium With Our Nephew
Visiting the Aquarium With Our Nephew
Hiking in Charlotte Together
Hiking in Charlotte Together
Going to a Concert With Friends
Going to a Concert With Friends
Traveling With Johanna's Mom
Traveling With Johanna's Mom
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Painting Date Night
Painting Date Night
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Hiking With Johanna's Dad
Hiking With Johanna's Dad
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Fun at the Pumpkin Patch
Fun at the Pumpkin Patch
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At the Biltmore
At the Biltmore
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Baking With Grace
Baking With Grace
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Cabin Trip With Friends
Cabin Trip With Friends
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At the Park
At the Park
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Going for a Neighborhood Walk
Going for a Neighborhood Walk
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Visiting the Aquarium With Our Nephew
Visiting the Aquarium With Our Nephew
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Hiking in Charlotte Together
Hiking in Charlotte Together
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Going to a Concert With Friends
Going to a Concert With Friends
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Traveling With Johanna's Mom
Traveling With Johanna's Mom

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in North Carolina in a family friendly neighborhood in a newer development with several parks, playgrounds and nature preserves nearby. There is also a community pool with a splash pad in our development. We have become very good friends with several families in our neighborhood that also have small children, which makes it very easy to plan playdates. There are a lot of community events geared towards children in our city, as well as children's museums and libraries, science centers and aquarium.

We own a four-bedroom home and we have converted our loft into a playroom, where we spend a lot of quality family time. We also have a large screened in deck and a patio with a fire pit that is perfect for roasting marshmallows and hot dogs. The open floorplan of the house makes it easy for us to be in the kitchen while watching the little ones play in the living room. We love having family movie nights and snuggling up on the couch, including the dog taking up half the couch.

Our Extended Families

With Johanna's Family

Johanna is the oldest of three children, with a younger brother and sister. Her family is in Florida, but we see them at least once a month. When they visit, we always play a lot of board games and have big meals together. We are only a few hours from the mountains and we love taking her family up to explore. The swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain was a big hit!

With Jay's Family

Jay is the middle child with an older sister and younger brother. His immediate family is spread out all around North Carolina. We are able to see his family on a monthly basis. Every year his family does a big beach trip for a week. As our family grows these trips become more and more memorable.

Both sides of the family have been extremely supportive in our adoption plan, including both grandmothers being brought to tears they were so excited. The families can't wait to have another child to love.

From Us to You

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about us. We commend you for your courage during what must be a difficult time for you and promise you that your child will always be loved, safe and cared for in our home.

We have been together for over five years, married going on four years, and have a daughter, Grace, and a dog, Bailey. We struggled with infertility and getting pregnant with Grace was the result of many rounds of infertility treatments as well as a miscarriage. We sought treatment again to try and have a second child and it did not work. We chose not to continue forward with more aggressive treatments as adoption was in our hearts.

We love being parents and enjoy each new age and stage more than the next! Watching Grace develop and learn is awe-inspiring. We never knew our hearts held so much love until having her and look forward to expanding our family with another miracle baby. We have so much love to give and are excited to grow together!

As parents, it is our top priority for our children to know they are loved and safe. They will always have our open arms to come to, and they will always come first. We value education and individuality and will always be their biggest support system. We will teach by way of example with kindness, character, respect and a hard work ethic.

We are both accountants and work mostly from home, which allows us to have more time with our daughter and as a family. We are both close with our parents, who are very excited to be grandparents again, and our siblings. We spend a lot of time with our families and enjoy both traveling to them and hosting them at our home.

We love to travel together and look forward to many family adventures seeing the world together. When our children get a little older, we want our first big family vacation to be to Hawaii, which is where we spent our honeymoon. We look forward to sharing the experiences we had there with our children one day and creating new memories with them there.

We want to provide you with reassurance that we are completely on board with an open adoption, if that is something you would like. The child will always know they are adopted and how much you love them. You are important to us, and we appreciate the decision you have to make is not an easy one. We would love to meet you prior to the birth of the baby and will follow your lead on what you are most comfortable with relationship wise. Our goal is for all of us to have a healthy, loving relationship, which will allow the little blessing you are carrying to thrive. We will send letters and pictures, and are open to visits and phone calls, text messages, emails, etc. By choosing us to adopt your precious child, you become part of our family as well.

Jay & Johanna


Nick Offerman
Denzel Washington
Julia Roberts
George R.R. Martin
Lately- Taylor Jenkins Reid and Kristin Hannah
Lord of the Rings
To Kill a Mockingbird
Candy Bar
Baby Ruth
Bob's Burgers
Gummi Bears
Childhood Memory
Family beach trips
When my sister Shannon was born- I was so excited to have a sister!
Childhood Toy
Soccer ball
My easel- I loved to paint and draw
Children's Book
Harry Potter
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Boston- I love the culture, the food, the sports
Classic Movie
A Christmas Story
Dirty Dancing
Day of Week
Saturday mornings
Chocolate milk shake
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Disney Movie
Dream Car
Dream Job
Director of Basketball Operations at University of Virginia
Librarian or Small Bookshop Owner
Dream Vacation
New Zealand
Italy/France- I've been to Italy before and would love to go back
Family Activity
Family walks
Family walks and dinner
Flower / Plant
Tiger Lily
Mac and cheese
Cheeseburgers and French fries
Form of Exercise
Cardio! I love going on walks and riding my peloton bike
Currently Rummikub
Holiday Song
Silent Night
So This is Christmas
Holiday Tradition
Waking up with our daughter
Christmas with my family- we wear matching pajamas, open gifts and relax all day together.
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Junk Food
Ice Cream
Leisure Activity
Binge watching Netflix
Sports Illustrated
Memory with a Child
Birth of Daughter
When we brought my daughter Grace home from the hospital
Memory with Spouse
The night I told her I loved her
The first time Jay told me he loved me
Step Brothers
Dirty Dancing
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
Life's a Garden, dig it
"There's no place like home." -the Wizard of Oz
Movie Type
Comedy or Romance and ALL of the Marvel movies
Musical Group
Boyz II Men
Nursery Rhyme
Fishy Fishy in the Brook
The Wheels on the Bus
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
Grandfather on my mother's side
Mother Theresa
Shel Silverstein
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
The way she loves
His kindness towards others
If you learn to use it right, the adversity, it will buy you a ticket to a place you couldn't have gone any other way.
Always be a little kinder than necessary - James Barry
Bern's - steakhouse in Tampa
The Columbia- an amazing family run Spanish restaurant in Tampa
Turkey and cheese
Philippians 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me"
Proverbs 31:25
Shopping Store
More Than a Feeling - Boston
"Wonderful Tonight" by Eric Clapton
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Dustin Pedroia
Derek Jeter
Sports Team
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Subject in School
Iron Man
Thing to Cook
I love to bake brownies and cookies
Time of Day
Mornings, when everyone first wakes up. I love sitting with my daughter and husband and relaxing before our days begin.
Decorating our House for Christmas
Family game nights
TV Show
Parks and Recreation
Schitt's Creek and The Office
TV Show Character
Ron Swanson
Dwight Schrute from The Office
Type of Music
Classic Rock
Country, R&B, Pop, 80's, 90's
Vacation Spot
The beach
Video Game
World of Warcraft
Mario Kart

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