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John & Julia
Words cannot describe how much appreciation and gratitude we have for you and your family for considering adoption. We are fun-loving couple who looks forward to becoming first-time parents. Our home is full of laughter and wonder and we cannot wait to share this adoption adventure with you.
Adoption in Our Lives
Julia was born in South Korea and adopted at 5 months old. Some people ask, “When did you find out you were adopted?” and she would retort, “As soon as I could speak.” The fact of the matter is that Julia’s parents made no secret of her adoption, she knew where she was born, her birthday, her arrival day and her birth name. As time went by her parents shared other things they knew about adoption with her, but there was little information about her birth parents due to the closed nature of her adoption. Although she has little information about her birth parents, Julia holds a deep appreciation for the choice her birth parents made.Julia was raised with the traditions of her adopted parents, while also understanding Korean art, culture, and fashion. In elementary school, she had a playgroup with other Korean-adopted children who became some of her lifelong friends. She studied abroad in Asia in high school. Not only was Julia exposed to the traditions of her biological and adoptive parents but her family also traveled extensively to learn about many other cultures. This experience, from a young age, has allowed her to see that people can belong to many cultures even if they subscribe to one more than another.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Julia About John: John is patient, understanding, funny and driven. You can tell John anything. He will thoughtfully take moments to respond and you know that it will be validating and supportive. He loves to laugh. John tells wicked jokes and can make you laugh until your stomach hurts. I admire John’s career ambitions. At 25, he was running a trading desk on Wall Street, at 30, he attended a top business school and in the past year, he left his corporate job to start his own company. He is fiercely loyal to his friends and family. Once you are in John’s inner circle, his unwavering support has no limits. I respect his dedication. He has entered this adoption process with excitement, flexibility, preparedness and a great deal of hope.
John About Julia: Julia is patient, warm, welcoming, intelligent and thoughtful. She’s easy to talk with and tells a great story. Julia looks great in formal settings but can thrive at a sports bar on NFL Sunday with little more than a basket of buffalo wings. She’s one of the kindest and softest souls I have ever met. She has devoted her career to helping homeless teenagers and families grieving with loved ones on hospice. Julia is dependable and makes for a great teammate in life. Being adopted herself, she has great empathy for this process and excitement to partake in the process from the other side of the experience. I get a tremendous amount of strength from her confidence, stability and positivity.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our favorite vacation spot is in Idaho. The crisp, fresh air immediately hits your face and sends calming waves through your entire body. Everything is better in the mountains!
In the morning, the sun wakes us up and we go to a local coffeehouse for fresh pastries. From there we will go on a 3 or 4-hour hike, where you can get both exercise and some of the most breathtaking views. We can let our dogs off their leashes and they love running ahead and then coming back to find us. Our favorite lunch spot makes the best sandwiches on their famous homemade bread. It’s always the best way to end a productive morning. After lunch, we will return to the house and settle in with a great book.One of our favorite things about Idaho is the family traditions associated with it. John grew up going to Idaho with his grandmother. He started skiing around age 3 and hasn’t stopped since. John can’t wait to share his love of skiing and race down the mountain with our child! Julia favors the mountains in the summer and can’t wait to take our child on nature hikes picking wildflowers and raspberries along the way and seeing the big blue sky from atop a mountain peak.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our street in lined with old oak trees that have created a shady cover over the road itself. This makes it an ideal place to go for a walk and every Saturday we see many friends and neighbors out walking with their dogs, riding bikes with their children or walking to religious services. Our neighborhood is composed of newlyweds, young families, working professionals and empty-nesters. Early each summer, we have a neighborhood BBQ, which is the perfect time for all of us to spend time together as a community.
We have free admission to zoos, gardens and museums. There are child-friendly events all year from Easter egg hunts in the Botanical Garden to Christmas cookies and story time with Santa at a local woman’s exchange. We have a local farmer’s market, playgrounds, parks and a town pool within walking distance of our house. Every Friday, it’s a favorite activity to walk for pizza and soft-serve ice cream. Rainbow sprinkles, included!We live in a 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom single-family home. Our favorite room is our living room that is centrally located. It is our chosen location to wind down at the end of each day, enjoy a conversation with friends and family or spend a Saturday afternoon with a cup of tea and a great book. Our house has amazing natural light which is both soothing and energizing for each day.
Our Extended Families
We moved from New York back to the Midwest to be near family. John’s oldest sister has four children, a 7-year-old boy, 6-year-old twins (boy and girl) and an 8-month old baby. We join them at the town pool each Saturday to splash around with our nephews and niece, which is always followed by lunch at the snack bar with the entire family. During the Christmas holiday, we all trek to the mountains for a week full of skiing, snowshoeing, board games and reading by the fireplace to unplug in one of the most serene environments. John grew up making their famous dobos torte, a sponge cake with multiple layers of chocolate ganche. Each Christmas, everyone counts the layers (usually there is somewhere around 20 or more!)
Julie grew up in a Polish-Italian household and each holiday had specific foods ranging from kielbasa, pierogis and Baccalà, a traditional Christmas Eve favorite in Italy.
Both of our families have always supported our decision to adopt and they cannot wait to meet the newest family member!
From Us to You
Well, here we are. You are considering adoption and we are hoping that we have that special spark that makes us memorable. How do we even begin? We are thankful, hopeful and, quite frankly, a little nervous ?" maybe you are, too. We always knew that we would be a family but we didn’t know how that would happen. Would we have biological children? Would we adopt? We left that up to fate (and a few doctors along the way) and have found our answer. The opportunity to adopt is a dream come true.
We met our senior year of college right before graduation. Neither of us, at the time, thought that the relationship would amount to anything because we were moving to different countries after graduation. But there was something there. It never made sense for us to stop talking to each other because we loved our conversations, we bonded over BBQ sauce and would laugh at each other’s jokes. When John moved abroad, we had to make conversations over both serious and silly topics that included topics like “If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?" "How many children do you want?" "Where do you see your life in 10, 20 years?" "If you could take one item on a deserted island with you what would it be?” Six months later, John returned stateside and the rest is history! Ten years later, our relationship that was never supposed to be has endured a lot of twists and turns that life has presented us.
Some people ask us, “when did you first consider adoption?” This answer is easy, we have always considered adoption. When we started talking about what our family would look like, it was always our desire to raise children regardless of how they arrived into our home. Julia is a transracial adoptee, born in South Korea and arrived in New York many years ago. Throughout her life, people would ask, “When did you know you were adopted?” This was always a silly question for her because her parents were very open about her adoption story. We want to do the same. The big difference between Julia’s experience and yours is that your baby will know more about you. Due to the nature of her adoption, we have little information about Julia's birth family. We hope to stay in touch after the adoption. We are open to the sharing letters and pictures and hope that we can have a bigger conversation about what our relationship will look like if you decide to consider us as adoptive parents.
It is our hope to provide your child with many adventures in their lifetime. When the weather cooperates, we love to go hiking with friends, their children and, of course, our dogs! We also love to BBQ and end the evening by our fire pit laughing with friends and family. Sometimes, we have an impromptu dance party!
We also hope that he or she can explore and grow in a variety of learning settings from school, to summer camps, to extra-curricular sports, arts and music programs. We want to cultivate an environment where your child can follow his or her dreams. We love traveling and value learning about cultures and traditions that are different from our own. We hope to include your family traditions so that your child understands his or her own history. You are a critical part of your child’s life story and we hope that you can be part of ours, too.
We are forever grateful for your time and consideration.Sincerely,
John & Julia
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