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Jim & John
We're very honored that you're considering us to be your child's parents, and we truly admire your selfless and loving choice to consider adoption. We have always wanted to become parents, and adoption has been our dream for a long time. We look forward to meeting you, and all the adventures of traveling, experiencing life, and having fun with a child who will know their birth story and how much they are loved by us all.
Adoption in Our Lives
We both come from families with adoption history. John's sister and her husband have adopted 5 children through foster care. Adoption has always been a part of the kids' lives, so their adoption story isn't unusual to their friends and family. Jim's grandfather was adopted, and it's been talked about openly throughout his life. Jim grew up viewing adoption as just another option to create a family.
Two of our closest friends and neighbors have adoption stories that represent both sides of adoption. It's very encouraging to talk with them and hear both perspectives, especially now that the children are grown. One friend who is a birth mother has reconnected with her daughter and they have a wonderful relationship. Another friend who has raised an adopted child celebrates the birth mother's selfless love by giving our friend the gift of becoming a parent and providing the best life possible for the child.
There are also several kids in our neighborhood who have varying adoption backgrounds, so our child will have plenty of friends with similar stories to share. We will answer our child's questions with openness and honesty as they grow and become more curious. Above all, we will honor you as our child's birth mother for loving them so much that you picked us to be their daddies. Our child will have pride in his or her birth mom and dignity in their adoption story.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Jim About John: We have been committed to each other for more than 12 years, and I can honestly say that my love for John grows stronger every day. I am continually in awe of his dedication to being a good husband, while balancing his rigorous work demands. He works hard to make sure I'm happy, and he makes me feel loved, smart, and important. What I respect most about John is his honesty and ethics, and that he stands up for what is right. He defends others who aren't always able to defend themselves, which sometimes includes me. The thing I love most is that John loves an adventure. He's always seeking out new travel destinations. From Guam to the Azores, he has dragged me all over the world, and we've had some amazing experiences together. I love watching him try all the crazy, weird exotic food that I'm too chicken to try myself, and his attempts to convince me that it's good. He definitely keeps the excitement going, and I feel so lucky that he's chosen to share this amazing life with me.
John About Jim: There are so many things that I love about Jim. For one, I love to watch him laugh and enjoy life. He loves to goof around and have a good time. But he can also be serious and my rock when I am down, anxious, or need someone to sympathize with me. I can usually rely on him to be the level-headed person in the relationship. I admire how he is able to do almost anything with ease. He is normally the best at any task and it takes little effort for him! This was the case for him in school, college, getting a job, and anything else in life. I respect Jim's honesty and integrity. He is the most loyal person I have ever met and his friends and family can attest to this as well. Jim makes lifelong friends who can count on him for anything. I could not ask for any better attributes in a partner and I'm so very thankful and honored to call him mine.
Education We Will Provide
Education is very important to us, and we believe that it is never too early to start learning. We want our child to have a very well rounded education. For us, that starts with such things as reading bedtime stories at a very early age and teaching our child how other people live.
However, even more important is to take advantage of all the teachable moments in every day life. As parents, it is our desire and our duty to recognize and capitalize on those moments, even if we're in the middle of something else. We will teach our child about the serious things in life, such as dealing with emotions. And we look forward to teaching our child about all the fun things in life as well, like playing outside and discovering the world around us.
We understand that we will not be able to achieve all these education goals on our own. We have an excellent community of friends, family, and professionals to draw upon and help us along the way. We're so excited to watch the seeds of an early education grow within our child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburban neighborhood in Georgia that is connected to nature with acres of forests, an organic farm, and miles of trails that connect homes and businesses. Our community is focused on wellbeing. All the houses are fairly close to each other and the street with green space in the back. The idea is to meet the world out your front door and connect with nature out your back door. There's a variety of activities here including theater, festivals, live music, movies, a farmer's market, restaurants and a bakeshop.
Our neighborhood is perfect for children. We have an elementary school, playgrounds, lakes and pools, children's theater, and horse stables. Some of the kids' favorite activities are exploring in the woods, picking wild blueberries, and getting popsicles from the neighborhood store. There are several adopted children, and a few other same-sex parent families. We're excited to watch our child create life-long friendships with our neighbors, just as we have.
We designed and built our house with children in mind. Every bedroom has it's own bathroom, and there are several indoor play areas. There's a cozy reading loft with a play room off to the side, a "sleeping porch" with a big bed swing, and a basement for movies, games, sleepovers, and ping-pong tournaments. John's favorite part of the house is the sleeping porch where he enjoys relaxing with the sounds of nature. Jim's favorite part is the open living area where he can cook and clean while staying connected with everything else.
Our Extended Families
We both grew up in the suburbs in Georgia, and our families are close by. We love getting together on the holidays, and are often able to visit Jim's side of the family on the same day as visiting John's side. We just had all our siblings, their kids, and our parents over to celebrate the Fourth of July at our house. We had fun at the neighborhood parade, going on golf cart rides, and visiting all the animals at the animal village here. Later, we had a big cookout at home, and then went down to the lake to play with the other neighborhood kids, and wait for the fireworks show. Everyone in our family is so excited about our adopting a child, and our nieces and nephews can't wait to have another cousin to play with! Our mothers are already fighting for days to babysit!
From Us to You
First and foremost, thank you so much for reading our profile! We truly admire the selfless and loving act of adoption you are considering for your child. We realize that this is a very difficult decision. It is our hope to show you that we are a perfect match for you and will be excellent parents to your child. We're honored that you've taken the time to learn about us and we are forever grateful that you might give us the opportunity to become parents.
We met 12 years ago and married 3 years later in 2009. Right away we knew we had something special. Jim is fun, levelheaded, and optimistic. John is smart, analytical, and adventurous. We're very affectionate and loving, and we believe these characteristics will shine through in our child, particularly with how they treat others.
We always knew we wanted to have children and we're ready to become parents. We have so much to offer a child including close family, a wonderful community, supportive friends, financial security, and a stable home full of love and life.
Both our families live close by and our parents are eager to love another grandchild as their own. We see our family regularly, and our nieces and nephews love to come visit and explore. More than half of our nieces and nephews are adopted, and they are all so very excited to have another cousin to play with. Our neighborhood is perfect for exploring. There are acres of preserved forests, trails, and lakes. There are animals, playgrounds, and sports activities. Above all, our neighborhood is full of amazing people. Our neighbors are supportive and loving and we consider them an extension of our family. Many have adopted children themselves, and they are all so excited about our becoming parents, too.
Over the years, we've established our careers and built a great life. We designed and built our house with children in mind to provide them every comfort. However, we wouldn't have been able to accomplish our goals without the support and education we've received from our families. Now we're ready to share our lives with a child. Our child will have all the resources available to develop his or her own interests. We will nurture our child's pursuits and give them all the foundations for success.
Should you choose us as adoptive parents, your child will grow up knowing unconditional love through close family and friends. They will enjoy a wonderful community and a solid education. Your child will learn about many cultures and lifestyles and will get to travel the world. One of our highest priorities is that your child will know how much you love them. We want our child to have pride in their birth story. They will know that their birth mom loved them so much that she picked us to be their daddies. We will celebrate you throughout their life. We look forward to maintaining a relationship through letters and pictures if you so desire, and we hope to be able to share letters and pictures from you with our child as well.
Thank you again for considering us to be your child's parents. We all share the goal of providing the best life possible for your child and we're so excited to begin this journey together with you. We look forward to meeting you soon!
With Love and Admiration,
Jim & John
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