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John & Michaela
Hello! We are so glad you are looking at our profile. We want to invite you to get to know us a little bit in the hopes you may consider us as parents for your child. Words cannot adequately express how we long to provide a child with a loving, supportive, and happy home!
Education We Will Provide
We both value the education of the whole child--not just academics, but learning to be an independent, responsible, and considerate person. Academic, spiritual, and character formation are all equally important. We also understand that access to a good education can open many doors in the future.
As a teacher, Michaela knows firsthand the importance of supporting a child's growth and development from an early age. She plans to stay home through the infant and toddler years, and hopes to homeschool for preschool and kindergarten. She believes that frequent and early exposure to the library, nature, and science experiments is essential for developing a love of learning.
John believes that experiential education is important in addition to scholarly education. Part of this comes from the way John remembers his early years when his mother homeschooled him. His mother frequently took him and his brothers to the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C. He learned about the solar system by watching how the planets aligned in the planetarium at the Air & Space Museum. He learned about metamorphosis by watching eggs hatch into caterpillars, caterpillars build chrysalises, and then butterflies emerge over the course of several visits to the Natural History Museum. He attributes these trips to his lifelong curiosity for how things work--a skill that's served him personally and professionally.
Our Leisure Time
We love to be active and be outside. Throughout college and for several years after, Michaela worked as a camp counselor in the summers. During that time, she developed some of her favorite hobbies including canoeing, sailing, and singing campfire songs. We both especially love being on the water. Michaela has always loved swimming (and teaching swimming lessons) and she recently learned to surf. John loves to fish both on peaceful lakes for large mouth bass and in the deep sea for tuna and bill fish.
All his life, John has loved to push himself physically and mentally, exercising daily and reading fiction, essays, and books about business for at least an hour a day.
Michaela also enjoys quiet time reading and visiting with friends and family. All of the women in her family embroider and she likes to draw her own designs.
Together, we enjoy playing board games with family and friends, or on our own at home. John prefers Risk or Scrabble while Michaela often chooses Pictionary or Cranium.
Because of our faith, we make it a point to devote some free time giving to others; volunteering through our church to make and serve dinners at a local shelter or finding other ways to give back to our community.
What It Means to Become Parents
Being parents means taking the responsibility and privilege of raising a child to be healthy, confident, and caring. It means putting the child's needs before our own and loving that child unconditionally. Being an aunt and uncle has helped prepare us to be parents. We have been able to observe our siblings and learn from their experiences. What we love about our relationships with our nieces and nephews is the little moments: making them laugh, accepting a trustfully extended hand, hearing them say, "I love you." We imagine being parents will intensify these moments and make them all the more rewarding.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is located in a quiet, family-friendly neighborhood in Northern Virginia. The neighbor kids ride their bikes and play in the common areas and we all look out for one another. Michaela is part of the neighborhood book club with several of the women in the community. We live near several community pools and we walk to our little neighborhood restaurants, shops, and farmer's market. We can also walk to our church and to Michaela's sister's house. We love our neighborhood and community. It is a diverse and welcoming place. Our home is near historic landmarks and world-renown museums. There are biking trails, hiking trails, and many parks for exploration and play.
Our home has three bedrooms and generous living space. Michaela loves the kitchen with the natural light, blue walls, and white plantation shutters. John's favorite space is the backyard patio where his grill resides. It is a homey and inviting place and we love pulling into the drive at the end of the day.
Our Extended Families
We are both very close to our families. We are lucky to live in walking distance to Michaela's sister. We recently had her three kids over to spend the night. The kids loved the sleepover and the youngest keeps asking when we are coming to sleep at his house!
John has his parents and his two brothers living in the area with their families. We get together often--John likes to host barbecues and invite everyone over. Michaela has perfected homemade mac and cheese to go on the side. We get together for holidays, but also for Sunday football games or just for fun on the weekends. We take trips with our family and stay up playing cards, charades or headbands and just chatting around the dinner table.
We are close to our siblings that live out of state as well and visit them and their families often. Our families are both incredibly supportive of us and adoption. Any child we are lucky enough to welcome into our home will be one of the cousins immediately and showered in love.
From Us to You
Thank you for looking at our profile. We want you to know that we will open our hearts to your child and to you. We realize that navigating this journey will have joys and challenges, so we want to assure you that we are open to sharing letters, photos, phone calls, and annual visits.
We met back in 2005, but did not start dating until 2012. After two and a half years, we got married in 2015. While we were dating we began a regular date night on Mondays. John liked Monday because it was something to look forward to as the work week began and Michaela liked a regularly planned activity. Each Monday after work we went to evening Mass together and then out to dinner at a local restaurant. This tradition cemented the importance of carving out time for one another to grow our relationship.
Fast forward five years. We're happily married, but have dealt with the devastating blow of infertility--of doctor's appointments and procedures and more doctor's appointments--all without success. We know that we need to be open to God's plan, and even before we were married had considered we might one day adopt. The more we discussed it the more it seemed that God was calling us to adoption. We've been blessed with a secure and loving marriage, a strong work ethic, and the innate ability to love those in our care. As aunt and uncle to 18 children, we know that we will love any child brought into our lives.
As parents we will provide a loving and stable home. Our greatest goal is to raise a child who is loving and possesses integrity. We'll continue to volunteer and provide for those in need, and encourage our child to do the same. We both volunteer at soup kitchens and with children, and we know how it has shaped us to love our community.
More than that, we can't wait to share the things we love about life with our child. On winter weekends, John loves to cook spaghetti and meatballs while singing along at the top of his lungs to Italian music. His favorite song is "Volare," which means "to fly." He also loves to go fishing, and frequently takes his nieces and nephews. He enjoys showing them how to tie knots, how to drag the line to entice fish, and how to take a fish off the hook.
Michaela looks forward to sharing the day-to-day aspects of life with her child. She grew up cooking with her mother and remembers dropping homemade noodles into a bubbling pot of chicken soup. She remembers taking the extra bits from a pie crust and baking them with cinnamon and sugar, making "pie cookies" and licking whipped cream from the beaters. These are memories that she looks forward to sharing.
Michaela is a teacher. She has taught many ages, specializing with children who needed more academic support for several years. She looks forward to teaching our children to read and to love learning--adventuring to far off places through the pages of books. She believes strongly in nurturing confidence and independence, teaching children to use tools correctly and take pride in work done well.
Together, we like to go on walks and hikes. We like to play board games and Facetime with our families. When we imagine ourselves as parents, these are things we imagine ourselves teaching our child, enjoying with our child, giving to our child. When it happens, our lives will change, and yet we know it will feel like our child has always been a part of our lives.
We'd love to welcome your baby into our home, and into our family of devoted grandparents, doting aunts and uncles, cousins who will be friends for life, and parents who are committed.
John & Michaela