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Jon & Cathy
Adoption has already been such an amazing experience for us, and a beautiful way to expand our family. We are fortunate to be able to provide a warm, fun, and loving environment to raise another child, and will lavish them with as much love, laughter and joy as they can absorb throughout life's experiences. We're so grateful and honored that you took the time to stop on our profile and learn more about us.
We are fun, outgoing and social people who love to live life to its fullest. We like to find the pleasure in the simplest things in life and make the most of every situation we’re in. More than anything we like to laugh... a lot! We have adventurous spirits, and love travelling, learning about new cultures, trying new foods, and exploring new spots. It’s been amazing to share this sense of adventure with our daughter and we’ve been fortunate to have already explored some fun places with her. We also like our local traditions and take advantage of all the annual festivals and events the area has to offer!
We try to stay active and fit, and enjoy watching and playing sports – especially soccer, softball, and football. When we aren’t out and about, we enjoy playing in the backyard, cooking meals together, or simply relaxing with a movie. We really enjoy our family time and eat together as a family each night. Our weekends are a time for fun, and filled with events like taking our daughter to the playground, hiking in a local park, having play dates, going to a zoo or museum, or getting together with family or friends. It’s been such a joy watching our daughter with her cousins and our friends’ kids! We can’t wait to enjoy all this with another child!
Adoption in Our Lives
Adopting our daughter Elise has been the most amazing experience of our lives! Even before we got married, we talked about plans for building a family and the possibility of adopting a child. We were somewhat familiar with adoption, having some friends and family who were either adopted children or adoptive parents. It has always seemed to us a beautiful way to build a family, so after years of struggling with miscarriages and infertility, we pursued adoption as the natural avenue to build a family. We know that what makes a family is not the DNA you share, but rather our shared love. We never look at our daughter and think that she is adopted. But as we celebrate each day and milestone, her birth parents are always in our hearts and our minds. We are incredibly grateful for the amazing gift they gave us. They are truly amazing people, and we do our best to honor that gift by sharing photos and videos with them, as they like. It warms our heart to know Elise has a second set of parents out there who love and cherish her as we do. Adoption has been such a beautiful experience for us, and we can’t wait to adopt another child into our family!
Our Family Traditions
Traditions are such an important part of being a family, and we have many! Some of our favorite traditions are the seasonal events we try to attend each year, such as the Cherry Blossom festival in spring, our annual beach vacation with Jon’s family in the summer, apple picking and a fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend with Cathy's family in the fall, or going to a spectacular Christmas light event in the winter. Each year we buy an ornament that is specific to something special we have done as a family that year. It’s so lovely to look at our Christmas tree and be reminded of the wonderful memories we have made.
We also have a lot of smaller traditions like, family dinners, family walks around the neighborhood, game nights, reading together every night, family get-togethers, or monthly movie nights with the cousins. But perhaps our favorite and most important tradition is saying “I love you” every day! We can’t wait to enjoy these traditions with another child!
Our Extended Families
Our family and friends are very important to us! We both come from very close, loving, and supportive families, and we delight in spending time with our parents, siblings, and 5 nephews and nieces! We are lucky to have Cathy’s parents and siblings close-by. Some of our favorite things to do include watching sports games together, “theme nights” like a murder mystery dinner, renting a cabin together at the lake, or visiting the local Christmas light displays.
Even though Jon’s parents and siblings live in London, where he grew up, we all get together several times a year. Whether touring an old English castle or playing board games at home by the fire, we always have fun! Each year we vacation with Jon’s family to the English coast, enjoying a week of BBQs, bike rides, and beach cricket. We love that our families are close to each other too! Jon’s mom even spends Thanksgiving with Cathy’s family! Our family gatherings are even more fun since the arrival of the grandkids, and our families can’t wait for us to adopt again!
We are blessed to also have a big group of supportive friends, who are like family to us. We love hosting cook-outs, and the kids love it when we have movie night and S’mores on our deck! We can’t wait to enjoy these activities with another child!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a lovely family-oriented neighborhood in Northern Virginia, right on the outskirts of DC. It’s a private cul-de-sac and offers a very safe environment for kids to play. We are very fortunate to have a five bedroom house with lots of space, as we love to entertain. Our weekends are usually filled with family, neighbors, friends, and their kids coming over for BBQ’s and play time. There are lots of other children in our neighborhood including twin boys the same age as our daughter, Elise. Play dates are a regular event and the community has a pool and several play parks within walking distance which Elise LOVES!
Being so close to DC enables us to take full advantage of the culture and fun activities a major city has to offer. From 4th July fireworks to visiting the White House and museums, to enjoying the animals at the National Zoo, there is always something to do. The local parks offer great hiking, kayaking, and picnic spots, and we’re a short drive from both the beach and the mountains!
When we’re not outside on our adventures, you can find us at home playing with Elise, cooking in the kitchen, snuggled on the couch for movie night, or playing ping pong and arcade basketball in the basement. We all really love living here and can’t wait to help another child make it their home too!
From Us to You
Hello! We’re delighted to introduce ourselves! We are Cathy and Jon and we’ve been married for ten years and together for thirteen. We have a nineteen-month-old daughter, Elise, who joined our family through adoption.
First of all, we want to thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We know this must be a tremendously difficult time for you as you consider adoption. We know the decisions you are making come out of the love you have for your child, and take an enormous amount of courage and strength. Having already expanded our family through the adoption process, we have a tremendous amount of respect for you.
We want to assure you that, should you decide to pursue adoption and select us, we will lavish your child with as much love and care as is humanly possible. We would do everything possible to give your child every opportunity in life. We feel very strongly about honoring you, as the birth mother, and your child will always know of you, your love, and the courageous decision you made. We will talk openly and positively about our adoption journey and will send plenty of photos and email updates to let you know how your child is growing and developing. We think it is so important for this child to know about the amazing love you have for them. We feel very lucky to still be in contact with Elise’s birth parents. We have set up a shared media site in which we post photos and videos of Elise, so that they can check in on her whenever they choose. We would be more than happy to do the same for you!
Being parents has always been our biggest dream. We are both from large families, and are very close with all of our siblings; they are such an important part of our lives. We would love for our children to know that joy. Like many couples, we struggled with multiple miscarriages and infertility. We have always considered adoption as a beautiful way to expand our family. We are both open, giving, loving people, who approach life with an optimistic attitude and lots of humor. We believe in building a home with a loving, honest, accepting environment where we celebrate what truly makes us all unique.
Becoming parents and adopting Elise has been the most amazing experience! We have relished every moment of parenthood. We count our blessings every day for the amazing gift we were given when Elise came in to our lives. We’ve already enjoyed so many memorable experiences with her and can’t wait to add another child to our family to continue to build our story as a family of four. There are many things we hope to be able to provide for a future child: first and foremost, a safe and loving environment where they can grow up free to choose whichever direction they desire in life. We will be there to guide and support them along the way, to embrace and encourage their passions and interests, and to help them accomplish whatever they desire. We hope to show them as many aspects of life as possible, encouraging a good education, thirst for knowledge, and openness to explore different places.
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile! We wish you love, comfort, and peace. We’re so honored that you have taken the time to learn more about us, and that you might be considering giving us the greatest gift, a little miracle baby.
Jon & Cathy
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