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Connor & Julie

Thank you for taking the time to learn about us. We have always hoped and prayed for the gift of children and are so grateful to be on this journey. We are here because we long to give our love to a child, and because we have great respect and admiration for birth families. We would love to share with you who we are and the unconditional love we will share with our adopted child.

About Us

Active Duty Naval Officer
Security Studies
Legally Married

How We Met

Connor and Julie as Kids with their Siblings

We first me when we were only in grade school. Our families became close friends since we attended the same school and Church. In 3rd grade, Connor's parents helped Julie's family move into a new house and spotted the house across the street for sale, leading us to become neighbors. As little kids, along with our siblings, we would play together after school almost every day, riding bikes through the neighborhood, fishing in the neighborhood pond and building forts in our backyards. Julie's family moved away when she was in the 7th grade, but our families remained close friends.

When Connor attended college near Julie's home he would spend long weekends and holidays with her family. We would stay up late with Julie's brothers talking about life and playing games. It was during these years that we developed a deep friendship, but it was not until after both of us graduated college and moved away from home, Connor to Hawaii and Julie to California, that we both finally admitted that we'd had secret crushes for quite a while. Our lifelong friendship has now turned into an amazing marriage with lots of fun memories together!

Our Family Beliefs

Happy in Our Newport Home

Our love for Jesus is central to our home and to our lives. We were both raised in Christian homes and are so grateful to our parents for teaching us the faith and values we hold most important. Our faith has been our guide as we strive to become the people God calls us to be and the family we hope to have. Our love for God and our experience of God's immense love for us are the foundation of our lives.

We aspire for our home to be a place where we cultivate a faith filled family and pass on the traditions we hold dear. Our children will be welcomed joyfully into our diverse church community and family. A belief we hold important and will strive to share with our children is the deep respect for all life and the dignity of each individual and unique person.

We aim for our lives to be lived for others and it is this aim that has contributed to our careers in the military and health care field. We hope to inspire our future children to use their faith and unique gifts and talents, whatever they may be, to impact the world.

How Adoption has Affected Us

Adoption has been a part of our extended family for years. Connor has two cousins that were adopted as infants and Julie's cousin has two adopted sons. Julie's goddaughter was also adopted from China by close family friends. We are so grateful that our family and friends have already experienced adoption and know the beautiful blessing that it is. We know our lives and our families would not be the same without these special five people.

Just recently Connor's cousin shared with the entire family that with the help of her mom and dad, she had reconnected with her birth family. It was really special to witness the joy of the extended family and the response of excitement at the prospect of more people for all of us to call family. It gives us so much confidence that we have great support and love as we walk down this path.


Julie Excited She Made it to the Top of the Mountain!
Julie Excited She Made it to the Top of the Mountain!
A Day at the Beach!
A Day at the Beach!
Cheering on Our Soccer Team
Cheering on Our Soccer Team
Enjoying Some Football!
Enjoying Some Football!
Hockey with Julie's Sister and Brother-in-Law
Hockey with Julie's Sister and Brother-in-Law
Afternoon Spent Reading with Our Niece
Afternoon Spent Reading with Our Niece
Dressed Up for a Navy Function
Dressed Up for a Navy Function
Game Night!
Game Night!
Connor Enjoying Our Oldest Niece
Connor Enjoying Our Oldest Niece
Connor Grilling with Julie's Dad
Connor Grilling with Julie's Dad
Best Spot in the House
Best Spot in the House
Beautiful Colorado
Beautiful Colorado
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Julie Excited She Made it to the Top of the Mountain!
Julie Excited She Made it to the Top of the Mountain!
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A Day at the Beach!
A Day at the Beach!
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Cheering on Our Soccer Team
Cheering on Our Soccer Team
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Enjoying Some Football!
Enjoying Some Football!
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Hockey with Julie's Sister and Brother-in-Law
Hockey with Julie's Sister and Brother-in-Law
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Afternoon Spent Reading with Our Niece
Afternoon Spent Reading with Our Niece
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Dressed Up for a Navy Function
Dressed Up for a Navy Function
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Game Night!
Game Night!
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Connor Enjoying Our Oldest Niece
Connor Enjoying Our Oldest Niece
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Connor Grilling with Julie's Dad
Connor Grilling with Julie's Dad
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Best Spot in the House
Best Spot in the House
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Beautiful Colorado
Beautiful Colorado

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a beautiful old home full of character in Newport, RI. Our home is in a residential neighborhood just next to the downtown area that sits on the water, and in the winter when the leaves have fallen we get a beautiful view of the water from our windows. Across the street is a beautiful church with a park that was hosting a pumpkin patch the day we moved in. One of our favorite parts of our neighborhood is that we can walk to our church, St. Joseph, just down the street which is a vibrant parish with many families.

A unique part of our lives is our military community. We move every few years, which means a new home and new neighborhood, but the military community is steady and consistent. We have friends that followed us from California to Newport and will follow us from Newport to our next base when it is time to move. We have many close friends in the military, so we always cross paths with old friends at each assignment. The military is an incredibly tight knit community, with many resources from play groups and schools to volunteer opportunities, holiday celebrations, family support groups and so much more. It is an amazing group of people from so many walks of life that has an amazing way of making everywhere we have lived feel like home.

Our Extended Families

With Julie's Siblings

Family is a huge part of our lives. Julie is the third of seven siblings and Connor is the oldest of four, and between the two of us we have an abundance of extended family. We would both say without reservation the greatest gifts our parents gave us are our siblings. Growing up in large families we were surrounded by love, support, and lasting friendships. To this day our cousins and siblings are some of our favorite people.

Connor's Family

When Julie’s family is together we have big family dinners followed by exciting game nights. When we get together with Connor’s side of the family there is lots of storytelling and laughter followed by movie nights with popcorn. While having the entire family together is amazing some of our favorite times with family are with our individual siblings and their families, especially time with our nieces and nephews. We had the opportunity to live near two of Julie’s siblings the past two years and our three families would get together for family fun at least once a month. While being a military family may seem that we wouldn’t see family often, the blessing of a large family is that we have never failed to live within reach of family.

Our families are some of our greatest supporters on our journey to adopt and we are thrilled to bring a new child into everyone’s lives. We have no doubt about the immense amount of love ready to be poured out onto this child.

From Us to You

We are so grateful for our life together and are excited to have a child to share this life with. Julie is a pediatric nurse, finding her home in nursing to be at the bedside of sick babies. The opportunity to care for these sick children and their families is an immense privilege and she is so grateful for the knowledge she has learned and brings to her next role as a stay at home mom. Connor is a Naval Officer and his career with the surface Navy means he has had the opportunity to serve on a number of Naval ships. His assignments have brought deployments and time at sea but also rewarding adventures and travels as a family, as well the ability to serve alongside remarkable men and women. We have a happy and wonderful home life and home is wherever we are together. Days spent outside together hiking, paddling or just relaxing on the beach with a book are the best. We love welcoming family and friends into our home and hosting dinner and game night, cards are our favorite, is always fun!

We became close friends when we were only in grade school and that friendship turned to something much greater as we grew older. We began dating after college and knew within months that this was it. We have been married almost three years now and it is a complete joy to be married to your best friend, we share not just memories of our years as a couple but so many happy childhood memories together, and we dream of all the memories we will make with our own children. We spoke of children from the early days of dating and have always hoped for a big, loud, crazy family. We have always been open to adoption and when we had trouble getting pregnant it was clear to see where God was leading us.

We want you to know we are here because we long to love a child with no reservations. The journey to adoption has been a beautiful story of growth for us, growth in love for each other as we’ve poured ourselves into the words you read here, growth in love for the child we hope to love and raise as ours, growth in admiration for the birth family who is facing tough decisions and choosing great love, and growth in our faith as we have felt called to have a family built through adoption. We believe one of the most beautiful parts of adoption that we want our child to know is that they are chosen. Chosen and wanted so much by us, chosen and loved by you and chosen uniquely by God.

Over the past few years we have watched our siblings raise their children and it has only increased our hopes for children of our own. We love our life and adventures together and are grateful for all the time we have had as a family of two, but we are ready to grow. Our family is overjoyed at the hope of growing again and there are grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins so excited to welcome this child into the family. We promise this child will be raised surrounded by love, family that is present and supporting, with faith in God and knowledge that they are known and loved by Him, a chance to see new places as the military takes us from one assignment to the next, an opportunity to explore their gifts and talents whatever they be, and an environment to flourish and grow.

As the years go by we promise to keep in touch through email and letters. We will love to share photos and stories and if it is something you would want, arrange for a visit in the first few years. Please know we want our child to know you and know that they come from a place of love. We are venturing into a lifelong journey that will include you in our family in a very special way and we can’t wait to meet you.


Connor & Julie


Tom Hanks
Bing Crosby
Julie Andrews
Meg Ryan
J.R.R. Tolken
Immaculée Ilibagiza
The Hobbit
Anne of Green Gables
Candy Bar
Tom and Jerry
Childhood Memory
Spending summers on Lake Michigan with extended family
Sharing a room with my older sister, she would sing me to sleep each night.
Childhood Toy
Lincoln Logs
Children's Book
Where the wild things are
A Tale of Three Trees
Beaufort, SC
Krakow, Poland
Classic Movie
Bells of St. Mary's
Life is Beautiful
Day of Week
Ice Cream
Disney Movie
The Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
Jeep Wrangler
A boat instead
Dream Job
Teaching Ethics/Leadership at the US Naval Academy
To sit on an ethics board at a hospital
Dream Vacation
Hiking the Camino de Santiago trail
Traveling through Europe
Family Activity
Flower / Plant
Palm Tree
Crab Cakes
Form of Exercise
Hiking and snow shoeing
Phase 10
Holiday Song
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Come O Come Emmanuel
Holiday Tradition
Cutting down a Christmas tree
Cutting down our Christmas tree
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip
Cookies and Cream
Junk Food
Barbecue Chips
Chips and Salsa
Leisure Activity
Going to the beach
Spending the day at the beach with a book
Paddling Magazine
Bon Appetit
Memory with a Child
Reading to my nieces and nephews
Taking my niece Claire to the beach for the first time
Memory with Spouse
Exploring Kalaupapa National Historical Park on the island of Molokai, Hawaii
Connor's homecoming from deployment just weeks before our wedding
Star Wars
The Sound of Music
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
"The legs feed the wolf, gentlemen." Miracle
"As you wish" Princess Bride
Movie Type
Fiddler on the Roof
Musical Group
Fleetwood Mac
Tim McGraw
Nursery Rhyme
Hickory Dickory Dock
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Olympic Event
Personal Hero
Cardinal Clemens August von Galen
St. Gianna Mola
Julius Caesar
Phantom of the Opera
Lewis Carroll
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
Her desire to bring out the best in people
Connor's generosity
"Become hard! Stay firm! We are not hammer, but anvil. What is forged on the anvil gets its shape not only from the hammer, but also from the anvil." Cardinal von Galen
"Freedom does not consist in doing what we like, but in having the freedom to do what we ought." John Paul II
Buzz's Steakhouse, Kailua Hawaii
Bastille Cafe and Bar, Seattle WA
Tri Tip
BBQ Chicken
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
"Where you go I will go, where you stay I will stay, your people will be my people and your God my God." Ruth 1:16
Shopping Store
Hobby Lobby
Stand by Me by Ben E. King
The Summons by John L Bell
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Brian McBride
Chad Marshall
Sports Team
Chicago Bears
Seattle Sounders
Subject in School
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Grilled Steak
Grilled Salmon
Time of Day
Family Dinner
Game nights with family and friends
Family game night
TV Show
Sherlock Holmes
TV Show Character
Dr. Watson
Sherlock Holmes
Type of Music
Classic Rock
Vacation Spot
The beach
Video Game
I don't play video games
I don't play any video games

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