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Jon & Shay
We appreciate you stopping to take a closer look at our story. We are humbled at the possibility of being part of your adoption plan. Becoming parents is the greatest quest of our lives. To show a child all the things we love about each other and life we know will be so rewarding. This new journey will be the most exciting of all!
Qualities We Admire in Each Other
We both put our all into everything we do. We enjoy our lives at work and at home. Jon is amazing with numbers and building and turned that into a career. Shay loves helping people and being the person behind the scenes and that has carried over to being a big part of her career path.
Shay is very caring. She will put others before herself in many instances, which is probably where she got her nickname, "Momma Shay." She takes pride in our townhouse and always strives for it to be a "home." Her family, while dispersed, is very important to her. Thanks to technology and the internet, she is able to stay in touch quite frequently.
We are very dedicated to our marriage. It is said that most people lose their marriage when it is difficult to have children – we found ours. We were together for five years before we married. We worked very hard to make our home stable and strong and we stay devoted each day to keeping it that way.
Our Leisure Time
Jon's favorite hobbies are woodworking and paintball. Some woodworking projects include building an oak bed frame, several tables, a night stand and a stand up paddleboard. He still enjoys water activities on the family boat and barbecuing in the summertime. He enjoys snowboarding and traveling to tropical destinations in the winter. He is an avid football fan. His favorite team is the NY Giants, but he'll root for the Ravens. Tailgating at Giants Stadium his fondest memory of watching the Giants play.
We love to cook together. We both share a passion for healthy eating. Shay really enjoys remaking her favorite restaurant dishes in her own healthy way. Sunday evenings are typically used to cook meals for the week, so the kitchen becomes the hub of the house for several hours as we work side-by-side, always with the Pandora on high. Jon would love to be as good a cook as Shay, but being half Italian means his red-sauce meals are pretty on point!
Shay's favorite holiday is Fourth of July – it is like Christmas. We invite as many friends and family as possible to enjoy whatever fireworks show we can see – but our favorites are the ones we see on the water, from our boat. She also enjoys decorating the table and the front door for all holidays – showing her unique flare!
How We Met
No love story is ordinary for sure, ours is no different. We met in Washington, D.C. in our early 20s. We immediately fell into an easy relationship. We shared a love of music, attending many concerts and shows. We spent three wonderful years growing up with each other before we decided our lives were taking us in different directions and we went our separate ways.
Fast-forward 20 years and we were amazingly reunited on the internet. We lived in different cities and just started our friendship over phone and computer. It was just a few years and we decided to visit each other. Long story short, we got snowed in and fell right back in love. We haven't looked back since and we feel so very blessed to have found each other once again.
Our House and Neighborhood
We spent a great deal of time searching for our home. When we saw this interesting home with the most unique door, we just had to go see the inside. We fell instantly in love with it and knew this was the home we would continue our lives in.
Our home is a three-story, end unit townhouse. We have three bedrooms, a large basement and expansive living room. One of our favorite features is a huge boulder, presumably brought down by the Ice Age, which cantilevers over the creek in our backyard.
On our very first day in our new home, we discovered what wonderful neighbors we were surrounded with. There was a snow storm that day and you could just feel the community come together to clear the mess. That has continued in so many ways over the last three years of living here, snow storm or not!
We live in a very diverse and interesting community. We have immediate access to all sorts of outdoor activities, which we take every advantage of. We are in close proximity to two large historic urban cities that we enjoy as well. A few of the things we love about our community and would share with a child include our community's parks, trails, pools, museums, lakes, restaurants, playgrounds, water activities, and outdoor concerts.
Our Extended Families
We have both been blessed with wonderful supportive families and an amazing network of friends that are just as special as our blood relatives. Jon has an amazing network of aunts, uncles and cousins that it can be said are an adventure unto themselves! Whenever we gather together, there is plenty of laughter, kind-hearted ribbing and above all, love and support.
Shay has a very large set of siblings and cousins that are spread all over the country. However, when we are all together, look out — everyone talking at once, trying to catch up with each other and strengthening the bond we feel from wherever we are.
It is truly sad to have to separate the holidays between two families — Shay always says if she had her way no member of either side would live more than an hour's drive away. We just want them around all the time. It is wonderful though that Jon's parents made the move to be here with us in Maryland. We enjoy spending time talking with them and finding whatever fun thing we can do together — dinners, cracking crabs outside on a beautiful day, plays, museums and the like.
From Us to You
We are Jon and Shay. Our love story started 20+ years ago. We were together for about three years when we were in our early 20's and amazingly reconnected in 2008 via the internet (thanks technology)! We have been together now for over seven years, married for three.
Marriage is not something either of us take lightly, but it is also to be enjoyed. We strive to have fun in our marriage while at the same time taking our vows seriously. We always say that marriage is the hardest job you'll ever love. We know this all sounds idyllic but we really have found the best life together. The only thing missing from our life is parenting a child.
As soon as we knew we would be a couple again, we knew we wanted to welcome a child. During our seven-year struggle to have biological children we only became stronger as a couple. We always knew we would adopt, we just thought it would be after having children biologically. However, God had others plans and we so happily welcome this path to parenthood.
Please know that your child will be welcomed into such a lovely extended family and network of friends. All of our tribe - our family and friends - are all as eager as we are to see our dreams of parenthood fulfilled. They have been and will remain our constant support system. It takes a village, and we feel that we have the best one to offer.
Our hopes for your child (should you choose us), are great. We want to impart our simple love of life and its gift onto a child. We both maintain that respect for the individual, a serious work ethic, a never-ending pursuit of knowledge and personal enrichment are the cornerstones of a healthy person. We hope to instill all of this to a child through practice, teaching and example.
We are open to an adoption that lets everyone be a party to the child's best interests. Who knows what that looks like, but we can figure it out together. We would love to discuss what type of communication you would be open to - whether it is pictures and letters, emails or more. Be assured that we will always make it known to your child that you put them first in the plan you created for their future. Also know that their future will be loving, safe, open to all opportunities and fun (a lot fun) in our arms.
We want to assure you that your child will be our first and foremost. Secondly, you need to know that we will facilitate what is best for your needs, the child's needs and everyone's well-being. We could not be more humbled by the opportunity to parent a child ? a child given so selflessly. Thank you isn't enough, and as they say, there are no words.
With all the love in our hearts -
Jon & Shay
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