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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.

About Us

Child/Family Therapist
Master of Business Administration
Master of Social Work
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

All Smiles

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

Exploring Chile

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 Place

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.



All Dressed Up for a Wedding
All Dressed Up for a Wedding
Playing With Our Nephew
Playing With Our Nephew
Our Dogs - Franklin & Sterling
Our Dogs - Franklin & Sterling
Swimming With Dolphins
Swimming With Dolphins
Hiking With Friends
Hiking With Friends
With Our Nephews & Niece
With Our Nephews & Niece
Julia & John
Julia & John
Enjoying the View in Tanzania
Enjoying the View in Tanzania
Making Homemade Pasta
Making Homemade Pasta
Summer Sailing
Summer Sailing
Family Vacation in Rome
Family Vacation in Rome
Relay Race Team
Relay Race Team
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All Dressed Up for a Wedding
All Dressed Up for a Wedding
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Playing With Our Nephew
Playing With Our Nephew
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Our Dogs - Franklin & Sterling
Our Dogs - Franklin & Sterling
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Swimming With Dolphins
Swimming With Dolphins
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Hiking With Friends
Hiking With Friends
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With Our Nephews & Niece
With Our Nephews & Niece
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Julia & John
Julia & John
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Enjoying the View in Tanzania
Enjoying the View in Tanzania
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Making Homemade Pasta
Making Homemade Pasta
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Summer Sailing
Summer Sailing
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Family Vacation in Rome
Family Vacation in Rome
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Relay Race Team
Relay Race Team

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

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

Three Generations

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!)

Christmas Eve

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.


John & Julia


Johnny Depp
Ryan Gosling
Tina Fey
Sandra Bullock
Orson Scott Card
Roald Dahl
Enders Game
The Boxcar Children
Candy Bar
Kit Kat
Family Guy
Kim Possible
Childhood Memory
Playing with He-Man
Playing "school"
Childhood Toy
Wrestling Buddies
Cabbage Patch Kids
Children's Book
Ant and Bee
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
San Francisco
New York
Classic Movie
Tommy Boy
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Day of Week
Angel Food Cake
Mint Brownies
Disney Movie
Robin Hood
Dream Car
Dream Job
Stay at Home Mom
Dream Vacation
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Family Activity
Playing Hearts
Sunday dinner
Flower / Plant
Venus Fly Trap
Chicken Fingers
Form of Exercise
Settlers of Catan
Apples to Apples
Playing Xbox
Holiday Song
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
O Holy Night
Holiday Tradition
Opening Presents
Decorating the House for Christmas
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Junk Food
Cool Ranch Doritos
Leisure Activity
Binge watching TV
Cooking Light
Memory with a Child
Games of Rock, Paper, Scissors With My Nephew
Riding the Train at Six Flags With My Niece
Memory with Spouse
Getting married
Usual Suspects
Lego Movie
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"Did I hear a niner?" Tommy Boy
"Did we just become best friends" Step Brothers
Movie Type
Little Shop of Horrors
Musical Group
Taylor Swift
Nursery Rhyme
The Wheels on the Bus
Do you know the muffin man?
Olympic Event
Olympic Biathlon
Personal Hero
Elon Musk
Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Ralph Wado Emerson
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
Her Empathy for Others
His Patience
"Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings."William Arthur Ward
When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."Fred Rodgers
Sportman's Park
Buffalo Wild Wings
Grilled cheese with tomato
John 6:35 Then Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
And Jesus said to him, All things are possible for one who believes. Mark 9:23
Shopping Store
Game Stop
A Day in the Life
"Single Ladies" Beyonce
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Joe Montana
Peyton Manning
Sports Team
STL Cardinals
NY Jets
Subject in School
Care Bears
Thing to Cook
Smoking BBQ Ribs
Time of Day
Making a Wish on Your Birthday
Decorating Christmas cookies
TV Show
Modern Family
The Big Bang Theory
TV Show Character
Phil Dunphy
Manny Delgado-Modern Family
Type of Music
Rock and Roll
country, pop
Vacation Spot
New York City
Video Game
Halo 2
Wii Golf

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