About Jason (by Michelle):
What has always impressed me most about Jason is his abundance of love and nurturing presence. Whether caring for his five nieces whom he calls multiple times each week or caring for our Labrador Abby – he has a heart of gold.
Jason grew up the second of three children in central Illinois.
We consider ourselves fortunate to have lots of close friends nearby, many of whom have young children. It’s so much fun to watch the kids grow up and develop their passions, and we can’t wait to encourage a child we are raising to do the same.
Surrounded by farms and woods, he grew up exploring the woods and enjoying camping. Jason similarly hopes to share his love of the outdoors with a child.
He is affectionately known by his nieces as “Uncle Boop” because when they were young, he would “boop” them on the nose. Now preteens, they love calling him to talk about school, dances, college ideas, and just daily life. It’s so incredible to see just how much love they have for Jason.
As an attorney, Jason can work from the office or at home. When he’s not working, he spends as much time as possible exploring Washington, D.C. and the surrounding state parks. He loves the mountains, the waterfalls, and especially the bike trails in the area. A real benefit of him being home so much is his cooking. Jason is always finding new recipes for us to cook or bake together. He’s already talking about child-friendly recipes where children can join the fun!
About Michelle (by Jason):
Michelle is energetic and fun, and she loves to help others. Since she was a little girl, she would volunteer with her parents through her church and community, and she has continued her passion for service throughout her life. Her interest in science and her desire to help children led to her career as a Pediatrician.
Michelle works as a doctor in a large children’s hospital, caring for newborns through young adults, where she immediately puts sick children and their families at ease. She is a popular teacher and advisor for Pediatrics residents and medical students. Michelle also enjoys advocating for children’s health needs in our community. As a hospital-based Pediatrician, Michelle has flexible hours and she will be able to spend lots of time at home with a child.
In her free time, Michelle loves swimming, arts and crafts, riding on bike trails by our house and exploring fun neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Raised in South Florida, she developed an early love for nature and the ocean which has continued throughout her life. She also values time at home cooking, spending time at home with friends and family, and watching movies. Michelle is imaginative, and loves using her creativity in planning fun activities for her goddaughters and nieces. She always prioritizes her family. Very importantly, she is a loving and nurturing wife, and she will make a wonderful mother who will give a child her unconditional love and support.
Our Shared Hobbies, Travels, and Interests:
We love being outdoors! On the weekends, we go for bicycle rides together along the river and around the national monuments. We love seeing the pandas at the National Zoo, exploring the museums, attending Nationals baseball games, as well as many downtown festivals. We also enjoy sitting outside and listening to local bands together. We attend church regularly and are active in our parish community.
We also love to travel. We frequently travel to South Florida and Culver, Indiana where we have family vacation homes. We enjoy family trips to Cape Cod, the Outer Banks, San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Maine, and occasional cruises. We especially love sharing the beauty of nature and being on or near the water.
We consider ourselves fortunate to have lots of close friends nearby, many of whom have young children. We enjoy weekly cookouts or game nights, and attending the sporting events and performances of their children. It’s so much fun to watch the kids grow up and develop their passions, and we can’t wait to encourage a child we are raising to do the same.