Hiking in the Shenandoah National Park

Hiking in the Shenandoah National Park

We're a loving and adventurous couple looking to expand our family!

Dear Expectant Mother,

The decision you are facing is such a difficult one and we're so thankful you're looking at our profile. We can't wait to meet you and hear more about your journey. We are so excited to share our love and passion with a baby (or twins) and we hope that this profile will give you a good idea of who we are.

Our home is filled with love and acceptance, laughter and adventure.



If you have any questions at all, please send an email or call us! We would love to hear from you. You can email us at jessandjohnadopt@gmail.com or call us at 844-517-3503.
Visiting Washington, D.C.

Visiting Washington, D.C.

Our Story

We met in grad school in 2005, but didn't start dating until 2007. Once we did, though, we quickly fell in love. Jess was drawn to John's great sense of humor and amazing brain. John was drawn to Jess' determination and goofiness. Being in love definitely made the stressful years of grad school more bearable.

We got married in Vermont (where Jess grew up) in 2012, surrounded by our friends and family. Our wedding was basically a chance to have a big fun party, with lots of dancing, lots of good food, and tons of laughter.

We live in Virginia now and both work as college professors. John teaches government and Jess is an archaeologist. We often spend our summers traveling for Jess' work, going to places to like Greece and Italy.

When we're not digging in the dirt, we love to go hiking, visit national parks, try new foods, read, and play games. We like to travel and visit new places whenever we can.

Family is very important to us. John comes from a big family and getting together during holidays (or just for fun!) is something that happens all the time. Jess' family is pretty spread out, but they do a good job of staying in touch. We also count many of our friends as "extra family." We are fortunate to have great friends all over the country.

After several years of dealing with infertility, Jess finally became pregnant via IVF. Due to severe pregnancy complications, though, our son, Marcus, was born 2 months premature and had several health problems. We got to spend 138 amazing days with him in the hospital. He taught us about the power of love and we know that any child we bring into our family will have a special big brother watching over him or her.
The rain can't slow us down!

The rain can't slow us down!

About Us

Jess grew up in Vermont, which gave her a love of nature from an early age. She enjoys hiking in the woods and wants to visit all the National Parks someday!

Jess also managed to find a job that lets her be outside a lot. She's an archaeologist and in the summer, she works mainly in Greece and Italy. It's hard work, but a lot of fun! Luckily, John is able to come with her most summers and help out on the digs.

When she's not hiking or digging, Jess loves to bake. Pies, cookies, cakes, bread -- everything! Her students have learned to expect extra brownies during final exam period and friends often request birthday cakes from her.

John grew up in New Jersey, running cross-country, working near the beach, and eating lots of food with his big extended family. Growing up surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins gave him a real love for family and he still looks forward to getting together with everyone at the holidays.

John is also a college professor, like Jess. He teaches government and has even won awards for his teaching! But he also loves to go on digs with Jess. He often helps out by cooking for everyone and planning weekend adventures.

When he's not teaching or running, John loves to cook. His grandma taught him how to make pasta by hand and he's also great at making meatballs, one of Jess' favorite foods! In our house, John does most of the cooking and Jess does the baking, but we both love to do all the eating!
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