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Johnny & Jordan
Thank you for viewing our profile and opening your heart to adoption; we are overjoyed to begin this journey with you! We admire your strength, and you will forever be in our life and prayers. Our desire to be parents is something we have always wanted. We take the role as a parent as one of the greatest gifts from God and vow to love, protect, and cherish our children forever.
What It Means to Become Parents
Being a parent is a gift from God that we do not take lightly. As former foster parents that helped raise a family of three (a 5-year-old boy, a 21-month-old girl, and a 1-day-old boy), we know the amount of unconditional love, patience, and flexibility it takes to raise happy and healthy children. We found out that parenting was the hardest job in the world but also the most rewarding one. Helping parent those three children was the most fulfilling experience of our lives.
As parents, our job is to encourage our children to pursue their own unique passions and to grow into kind, respectful, and hard-working adults with high self-esteem. It is important that our children understand that they were created as a child of God, who has a plan for them. They are beautiful, smart, and will be loved unconditionally.
We know parenting is not always the easiest, but our faith in God will give us the strength to try our best. We will love this child forever, just as we promised our three former foster children.
Our Leisure Time
Traveling the world is something we both always wanted to do. One of the best things about Johnny's job is that every six months, we have the opportunity to earn a trip. Since Johnny has been with this company, he has earned five of the seven vacations, which has allowed us to travel to places we would have never imagined. We also enjoy staying physically active by working out at the local YMCA and walking on the levee. When Johnny gets home from work, we cook dinner together. Jordan is definitely the lead chef, but Johnny makes an excellent sous chef. We love trying new recipes.
As a former rapper in high school (we know, it is hilarious), Johnny is still passionate about music. He has retired from his rapping days and has focused on teaching himself piano from the app Simply Piano. Lastly, he is known by our friends and the neighbors for roasting his own coffee beans on the back porch. Johnny highly encourages everyone he meets to try his coffee. As a residential contractor, Jordan loves studying architectural designs and home decor. She enjoys hosting parties at our house and helping friends and family create their dream home. Finally, Jordan has a healthy obsession with Harry Potter, and every year rereads at least two books from the series.
We cannot wait for the child to join in on the fun!
Our Professional Lives
Johnny is a Certified Financial Planner, running his own office in New Orleans. Johnny's entire career is based on helping his clients achieve their most important financial goals, like retiring or sending their kids to college. Johnny started right out of college with zero clients. After door knocking and much hard work, Johnny built his business to where he now serves over two hundred clients. He also has several leadership positions within his company, as it is his passion helping other financial advisors achieve their goals to better serve their clients.
Jordan has that same drive to serve others. Jordan taught high school history in New Orleans for four years. During her last year of teaching, Jordan decided to create a residential construction company with her mother. After passing the licensing test, Jordan stopped teaching and put everything into her newly created female owned business. Jordan loves that she builds a unique and close relationship with her clients. It is one of the coolest things to see a vacant lot turn into a beautiful custom home months later.
We both chose careers where we are constantly around new people who we are serving every day because serving others is what drives us. We also love that both of our jobs allow flexibility. We know children come with unexpected moments, and we are both fortunate enough to have jobs where we can drop at a moment's notice to be there for the child.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our home is located in a suburb 20 minutes outside of New Orleans. We have a three bedroom, two full bathroom house that Jordan built for us where we live with our charming and slightly overweight cat, Bacchus. We love our neighborhood as it is right off the levee on Lake Pontchartrain which allows us to constantly enjoy the scenic view on our weekly walks. During the hot Louisiana summers, we like to swim at Johnny's and Jordan's parents' homes, as they both have backyard pools. Our neighborhood is very diverse, and since it is a gated community, children are constantly in the streets playing games and riding bikes. We even have a neighborhood social committee that puts on activities for the residents. We are close with the families in the neighborhood and even go to the beach with them during the summer.
In New Orleans, there is never a shortage of festivals and parades for families to experience local music, food, art, and culture. With both of us being born and raised here, it is part of us to let the good times roll! We cannot wait to have our child experience playing in City Park, visiting the Audobon Zoo and Aquarium, attending local sporting events, and much more with us.
Our Extended Families
Family time is extremely important. Jordan's parents live two doors down from us, and we have dinner with them and Jordan's two siblings every Sunday night. We see them often because of this and the fact that Jordan and her mother own a business together (a residential construction company). With Jordan's siblings all being two years apart, we enjoy spending time with her older sister and younger brother. We watch Saints football games, go to Pensacola Beach every Labor Day, and play board games with Jordan's family.
Johnny's parents live just 15 minutes away. We have a close relationship to them and Johnny's siblings. Fun fact: Johnny has a fraternal twin brother and his older brother and sister are also fraternal twins. Johnny has a very large New Orleans extended family that gets together every 5 years for a family reunion. Johnny's side is about to be even more exciting as we await the arrival of our first niece; Johnny's sister and her husband are expecting their first child in November 2020. Whenever Johnny's two older siblings come in town, we all get together at a different New Orleans restaurant.
Our parents and siblings are just as overjoyed as we are for this child.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile and getting a tiny glimpse of who we are. A life with children is something both of us have always desired. We cannot imagine the amount of emotions, time, and consideration you have been going through as you make this decision; however, if we can give you any type of peace, please know that we are making a lifelong promise to you. Adoption is not just a path for the child and us (the adoptive parents), but it is a path that also includes you. We will forever be grateful to you for creating this beautiful child and already have you and this child in our daily prayers.
Even though we are both from New Orleans and had many mutual friends, we did not meet until fall of sophomore year at Louisiana State University. We were set up for Johnny's fraternity semi-formal and began dating in 2013. After what felt like a very long time to Jordan, Johnny proposed on April 7, 2017. We were married on June 30, 2018. We joke that we never had anything in common when we were dating and that the saying "opposites attract" must be our theme. However, after struggling with infertility and being foster parents to three amazing children and then the reunification of our foster children, we realized that our complementary strengths are what kept us going. We strongly believe in our faith and know that we would not have made it through all the struggles of life without God.
One of the first things Jordan expressed when we were dating was her desire to be a mother. We even discussed adoption before we knew we were going to struggle with infertility. We want a house full of children and plan on raising those children with our shared values - to be loving, kind, and respectful to others. We will encourage this child to pursue his/her unique passions, and we look forward to watching him/her grow into a happy, healthy, and hard-working adult. We already have this extreme love and protection for this child.
We want an open adoption for this child. We believe having contact with you, if you so choose, would be great for the child's upbringing. We will send pictures, write emails, share the child's milestones, and hope to even have in person visits with you. You will forever be a positive light in our house. We know that this plan will evolve and change as the child grows, but we are committed to adapting our lives to do what is best for the child, which we believe is always having a relationship with you, whatever that may look like.
You are the reason we will finally have the opportunity to become parents, and the amount of gratitude and admiration we have for you is something we will never be able to put into words. All we can do is vow to you, just like we vowed to each other, to stay committed to doing what is best for this child. We are excited to build this lifelong relationship with you. Thank you for allowing us to share a little bit of our hearts with you, and thank you for considering us so that we may experience the gift of becoming parents.
Johnny & Jordan