John & Melissa


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Introduction

Dear Birth Family
Thank you for giving us this opportunity to share with you a little bit about us, our lives and our family. We know that you are trying to make a very difficult decision and our thoughts and prayers are with you as you try to make the best choice for your baby. We don’t have all the answers but please know that we will cherish your baby more than anything in the world and give him or her a loving family life, a safe home and a future full of laughter, dreams and love.

About Us

On our first date, we talked for eight hours! About life and love, our dreams and goals, where we want to travel and what we like to read. We discovered we shared many of the same values and even though our pasts were different, our future together was a fantastic possibility. We both love the outdoors, learning new things and exploring new places and being together was always an adventure. Our parents called us “Two Peas in a Pod.” Three months later, we decided to buy a little sailboat and three months after that, we moved in together, knowing that we were “We”. In 2009, we finally said “I do” in front of our 20 closest family and friends at a small barefoot-on-a-beach sunset wedding ceremony. We danced our first dance to “At Last” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. This is how we started our family.

About John by Melissa
John is the kindest, most patient man I know. He makes me laugh, always remembers to kiss me goodbye before going to work and holds my hand when we go for a walk. A boy scout at heart, John is full of compassion for others and tries to put himself in the other person’s shoes, which is one of the reasons he is so good at his job as a paramedic. There are very few things that John doesn’t know how to do and if he doesn’t – you know he will learn. He is funny and smart and an excellent cook! He inspires me and makes me want to be a better person. John is the one who got me into scuba diving and sailing and we love to be able to do these things together hoping that someday, we’ll enjoy them and many other things as a family. Knowing he is the best husband and friend a girl could ask for, I know that he will also be the best father a child could have!

About Melissa by John
Melissa is the world’s greatest wife and will be the world’s greatest mom. I know that just from watching her play or read with our niece and nephew. She wears a suit to work but can also find happiness in the simple things in life like rolling around in the sand on the beach or making snow angels while giggling like a little kid. She listens to my stories and laughs at my jokes, even when I’ve already told them before. She inspires me and supports me to try new things and be at my best, whether it’s a new recipe or learning to build a shed. She loves nature and the outdoors, turning our drab backyard into a garden oasis. Whether it’s cuddling our cats, petting the donkey at the Nativity scene, or feeding the birds in our back yard, Melissa adores animals. Melissa is the same woman who can swing a hammer and built a shed with me and also make beautiful jewelry and knit me a scarf and hat to keep me warm in the winter. She’s the woman who wants to be home to hand out Halloween candy to the kids and every holiday says “I can’t wait to do this with our child!” Melissa is all of these things and more, the woman who is my wonderful wife, best friend and will be (someday soon we hope!) an amazing mom!

Family Life

We love spending our free time together. It almost doesn’t matter what we do – whether we are exploring a small beach looking for that perfect shell, planting spinach in our garden, going on a “date” to Home Depot to pick out the perfect baby room paint color, taking our sailboat for a sail around the bay, playing fetch with our adorable cats (yes, they fetch), crocheting a scarf, cooking dinner together, having a BBQ with family and friends or curling up with a book on the couch. And dreaming of the day when we can share all those things with our child.

Our Friends and Family

We have a very loving and diverse family. John’s parents have been married for over 45 years and live locally so we love to spend time with them and our nieces and nephews. Melissa’s family is originally from Poland but her parents retired in Mexico and she has relatives in Poland, Canada and Nigeria. Whether close or far away, we all love and respect each other and try to stay connected to each other as much as possible.
Our friends are just as diverse and just as scattered around the globe but we embrace each other’s unique points of view knowing that together, we all strive to make this planet a better place for us and for our children. That, and the fact that many of our local friends have already volunteered to be future “aunts” and “uncles” to our adopted child.

Our Home and Community

The summer after we got married, we found our dream home – a 100 year old “cottage by the sea” – in a small Jersey Shore town where no one locks their doors, children walk to school and everyone knows your name. After living in the city for years, we fell in love with our little neck of the woods where we could raise our family in a quiet and safe neighborhood. Our town was damaged pretty badly with Hurricane Sandy but the friends we’ve made as we helped to rebuild our community make us all feel like we are part of a family. We like to stay active in our community and volunteer whenever we can, often with help from our friends.

Our Message to You

As you look through our profile, you might be wondering why should you trust us with your most precious bundle of love – your baby. It’s because this is what we want to give your child:

A home full of unconditional love and encouragement. A place where it’s okay to be a pirate or a princess for a day. Where your child will get both roots to feel safety, acceptance and our solid support no matter what and also wings to let them fly as high as their dreams and aspirations take them.

We will give them every opportunity and education to achieve those dreams whether they want to be an artist, a teacher or a pilot, whether they want to travel the world or reach beyond.

And most simply, we will provide a home where they can be a child, with parents to help them with homework, teach them to ride a bicycle, give them a cup of hot chocolate after school on a snowy day and dry their hair after a day at the beach in the summer.

So, as you look at our pictures, imagine your child happily smiling in them and know in your heart that you made the right decision choosing to make your baby part of our family.

Sincerely,
John and Melissa

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