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Jonny & Lindsay
We have never been more excited about anything than we are about becoming parents. Adoption is our first choice for building our family. We are committed to providing a life full of opportunity, joy, love, and support. We cannot wait to see how our family will grow. We hope you will join us on this journey.
What It Means to Become Parents
Being a parent means providing unconditional love, support, and opportunity. It means leading by example. It means putting a child’s needs first, while still finding time to take care of ourselves. Being a parent means bringing patience and a positive attitude to every interaction. As parents, we will provide a child with a strong foundation and support system that they can always rely on while simultaneously encouraging them to go explore, adventure and learn on their own too. For us, being a parent means doing everything in our power to provide our child with the best life possible.
We expect that we will most enjoy watching our child learn and grow. We look forward to each milestone, from their first steps as a toddler to the steps they take on their college graduation day to pick up their diploma. We know we will also enjoy all the little moments together; falling asleep while cuddled up on the couch watching a movie, impromptu dance parties in the kitchen, singing together in the car, and laughing so hard that we cry without even knowing what was so funny.
We cannot wait for that feeling of unconditional love - the kind that will make us feel exceptionally blessed - just because we get to be parents to a wonderful, one-of-a-kind child.
Adventure has always been a core part of our relationship. We met 10 years ago, while on a camping and canoeing trip with a group of mutual friends. The night we met, thousands of fireflies illuminated the trees above us and it was unlike anything we had ever experienced before. We both knew then that something special was about to begin.
We love to spend time hiking, skiing, and exploring the mountains. Jonny actually proposed on a hike and then we got married on a mountain. We also love to travel. In our time together so far, we’ve been fortunate enough to explore some incredible places and immerse ourselves in other cultures. Lindsay knew Jonny was the one on a backpacking trip through the mountains of Patagonia. We spent our honeymoon trekking through Nepal and exploring ancient temples. With our home in Colorado, we also spend almost every weekend in the nearby mountains, forests, and parks.
Addressing Cultural Diversity
We will continue to advocate for equal rights for those of all backgrounds. We will encourage our child to do the same and to always stand up for what is right.
We will acknowledge to our child that each person’s experiences are inherently unique. We believe that this acknowledgement and, equally importantly, a genuine desire to try to understand the perspective of others helps to foster more open and enduring relationships.
We plan to continuously educate ourselves and our child through exposure to friends, family, peers, neighbors, politicians, authors, artists and others from culturally, racially, and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. We believe that education and exposure to a diverse group of people helps everyone to be more empathetic, compassionate, and impactful.
In our home, we will continue traditions such as picking a new country or culture to learn about each month. We will find recipes and cook meals from different countries. We will discuss different cultures including traditions, heroes, notable historical events and figures, and what is happening with those cultures currently. We will continue to celebrate those that have led the fight for equal rights across the world and across history. We will continue to read, watch, listen, and learn from people of all backgrounds. We will honor the culture of our child. We will promote open-mindedness, acceptance, inclusion, and compassion.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our neighborhood is in a residential part of a city. We are only a few blocks from one of the largest parks in the city which is full of playgrounds, sports fields, tennis courts, and biking and walking paths. Our neighborhood has two lakes and great views of the city and the mountains. We are within walking distance to schools, restaurants, shops, churches and a farmers market that runs every weekend in the summer. We love walking around and seeing friends, neighbors, and families playing games, exercising, grabbing dinner, or walking their dogs.
Our four-bedroom home is cozy with a nice backyard that we use to play games and host barbecues. We also have a large open basement that will be a perfect play area for kids. Since we are close to downtown, our house is only 15-20 minutes away from a zoo, museums, theaters, music venues, and fantastic restaurants. Additionally, our house is only about an hour away from the mountains where we can hike, camp, ski and spend quality time together outdoors.
Our Extended Families
Our extended family has a blast doing almost anything together. We each have two fantastic siblings. We have about 20 cousins and 12 aunts and uncles between the two of us. We often find ourselves just laughing at the dinner table while sharing a meal, playing board games, playing sports in the backyard, or finding time to get out and explore together by hiking in the mountains or walking along the beach. Holidays are full of hugs, games, and classic family stories. Each Thanksgiving we go around the table saying what we’re all thankful for and, inevitably, everyone says family first. Each Christmas we have a ‘Quizmas’ challenge hosted by Jonny’s dad and a gingerbread house competition between the cousins.
We have family close by and also spread around the country. For those who live close, we meet up all the time for dinner or a fun activity. For those who live further, we have regular visits to each other’s homes and sometimes to new places that we can explore together. We were recently in Ireland as a family; 21 of us flew over together and stayed in the same hotel. While there, we all played a big game of soccer and it was great to have everyone on the same field, from 81-year-old PopPops to 13-year-old cousin Kate. We call each other often, laugh hard, and always can’t wait until the next time we’re together.
From Us to You
We’ve been thinking for months about what we could write that might possibly express the multitude of emotions, thoughts, and dreams that we’ve experienced on our adoption journey. Ultimately, we know a letter can never be enough, but here is our best attempt. If you decide to make an adoption plan and embark on this journey with us, a lifetime full of promises kept, rather than a letter full of promises made, is what you deserve and is what we will give.
We know that you are brave and strong, even if you don’t always feel that way. We have so much respect and appreciation for you and will do our best to ensure our child feels the same way. If you go down this path with us, we will share the adoption story that highlights you as the selfless person you are.
We plan to start telling their story as a bedtime story, where we are adventurers who explore the world, but know something, someone, is missing. So, we go searching. We meet you and we all start planning for the next adventure together - adoption. The child, our newest adventure buddy, is the perfect fit and joins our fun. We explore the world, learn, play, hike, ski, and so much more. You are the hero that brought us together.
We know the conversation will shift as the child ages. We are committed to having an open and honest dialogue as they grow up. If you choose adoption and us, we would love a lasting relationship with you. We know that you and the child will always be linked and, if you are interested, we want to honor that through continued communication and photos. If you’d like, we would love occasional visits so we can stay connected in person. No matter what, we plan to talk about adoption in a way that makes the child feel lucky to have so many parents that want them to have the best life possible.
The adoption story wouldn’t be just a bedtime story, it would be reality. We spend most weekends outside exploring the mountains and parks near our home. We cannot wait to have a child to share this with. We can imagine carrying a baby as we hike through the Rocky Mountains with our cousins. We look forward to teaching our toddler how to ski on the mountain where we got married. Each time we walk our dog to the park, we pass the pre-school and imagine dropping off a little one on their first day. When we volunteer at the high school, we can see our teenager laughing in the halls with the wonderful and diverse group of students that attend. When we play board games with our siblings, we imagine our child getting just as competitive as we do at Catan or Scrabble. When we cook each night, we can picture a child stirring next to us. At family reunions, we see the love of our huge family and can already feel the welcoming embraces that our child will receive.
All the family support we have received has afforded us wonderful opportunities. We met 10 years ago in college and have since been able to explore the world and build a strong partnership. We spent our mid-twenties growing in love and working hard to find jobs that fulfill us while providing the flexibility we want for our family. Over the past few years, we got married, bought a home, and have thought deeply about growing our family. We have always planned to do so through adoption as it is our first choice for building a family. We feel blessed that we have started down this path. We have built a relationship based on love, laughter, adventure, and a deep-seated respect for one another. We can hardly wait to bring a child into our home to share and instill these values. If you chose us to parent your child, it would be the greatest imaginable gift. In return, we promise to provide the greatest imaginable life, full of deep love, support, happiness, and countless opportunities.
Jonny & Lindsay