Introduction

Nice to meet you!
Our names are Jordan and David and we’d like to thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We know you’re in the process of making one of the most important decisions of your life and we really admire your strength, courage, and selflessness.

We have wanted to be parents for so long and we cannot wait to meet our baby’s birth mother and begin building our family.

We cannot wait to share our happiness and unconditional love with a little one.

Our preference would be to have an open adoption and maintain contact with our baby’s birth mom as our child grows. We believe it’s very important for children to know their story and history. At the same time, we completely respect if you prefer to have more limited contact, and we would be open to many different arrangements.
Life is better when you're married to your best friend.

Life is better when you're married to your best friend.

Meet Jordan (by David)

There have only been a couple things that I have been absolutely sure about. The first one was knowing that I couldn’t let Jordan be the one who got away. Meeting her was like having the whole universe tell me to go all in.

Jordan's one of those people who doesn’t just say, “I love you” - she shows it every day with her actions.


Lucky for me, I did.

Since you haven’t met her yet, I want to give you a sense of her personality - that way when you meet her, you’ll know what she’s all about.

First and foremost, Jordan is curious. She’s always looking for something new that will capture her imagination. The best way to see this is through her reading. That could be a new magazine just as easily as it could be this month’s page turner from the book club she does with her girl friends. (Although I suspect her book club is more about catching up with her friends than literary analysis.) You also see that with her podcasts. I know that whenever she mentions a podcast I am about to learn something really interesting.

Second (and secondmost?), Jordan is the spirit of our family. Her presence just breathes so much life into our place. She insists on dyeing eggs for Easter. She can’t help but deck the halls for Christmas. And she goes all-out for birthdays. Jordan’s personality is the like the moment after you plug in all the Christmas lights or coming home after a long day and smelling your favorite meal in the oven. I guess when you look at it, she’s one of those people who doesn’t just say, “I love you” - she shows it every day with her actions.

Third, Jordan takes great care of herself and our family. One of the ways she unwinds is by doing one of those intense workout classes that has goofy house music. Even our cat eats well. Jordan always makes sure that Luna eats good food that isn’t too expensive. That cat doesn’t even know how good she has it! Jordan is also a top-shelf baker. She’s always tracking down these amazing recipes and finding ways to substitute in healthy ingredients. Other people do this, but Jordan is a master. Her banana bread is out of control. Once you have a piece, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about.

Knowing Jordan and what she is all about brings me to the second thing that I am absolutely sure of. I know for a fact that Jordan is going to be an incredible mom. She’ll be there for the skinned knees and high fevers. She’ll be there for the award assemblies and basketball tryouts. She’ll be there for bad break-ups and bake sale brownies. There really isn’t anyone you want in your corner more than Jordan.
I can't imagine a better life partner than David, which is exactly why I married him. :)

I can't imagine a better life partner than David, which is exactly why I married him. :)

Meet David (by Jordan)

If I had to choose one word to describe David, it would be demonstrative. I know this is an odd choice, but let me explain why it perfectly describes David (and why he is the closest thing to perfect I have ever met).

Depending on which dictionary you prefer, demonstrative can be defined as “unrestrained in showing feelings, especially those of affection” or “serving as conclusive evidence of something.

David speaks with just the right mix of humor and sincerity, making sure his loved ones know how deeply he cares about them.

” Both capture what I adore about David.

David is an eternal optimist. He is a romantic. He is a powerfully dedicated partner, friend, brother, and son, and he is entirely uninhibited when it comes to demonstrating how much he appreciates and values the people in his life. David speaks with just the right mix of humor and sincerity, adding lightness to almost every conversation, while at the same time making sure his loved ones know how deeply he cares about them.

In fact, David is so unlike anyone I have ever known that I wasn’t sure what to make of him when we first met on that summer day in 2011. Within the course of a day, we went from being total strangers to feeling like old friends. David’s easy-going nature, the way he makes a group laugh, his goofy (i.e. absent) sense of fashion, and just about everything about him immediately makes people feel relaxed in his presence - so much so, that I thought it was too good to be true when he declared at the end of that very same day that he had never met anyone like me and asked if I would change my summer plans to stick around and get to know him a bit more. (If that isn’t “unrestrained in showing feelings,” I don’t know what is!)

Fast-forward six years - through one wedding, two graduations, and three moves - and we are finally beginning to create our family together. Each and every day, I wake up and go to sleep knowing that I made the best decision of my life by marrying David. As much as I adore the story of how we met, our real love story is the way we have sustained a deeply happy and committed relationship over the years. What keeps our relationship vibrant is David’s expression of love in all of his actions. He is a man that speaks kindly, that showers praise and compliments, that makes dinner and cleans the floors with a big smile on his face, that takes the most mundane of life’s moments and makes them more fun and joyous than I could possibly imagine. I see demonstrative evidence of David’s love and dedication every single day.

For these same reasons, I know David is going to be an amazing father. With children and adults alike, David is exceptional at making people feel wonderful in his presence. He is inquisitive, he is thoughtful, and he is one of the silliest people I ever met (for better or worse, he’s been rehearsing Dad jokes for years). David loves people exactly the way they are and I can’t wait to be a parent with him.
This is us!

This is us!

Our Story

There is nothing more important to us than family and the unconditional love, support, and acceptance that comes with it. In fact, that was one of the first things that drew us to one another when we first met. We’ll never forget that day! We were both Peace Corps Volunteers in different corners of Ukraine and we crossed paths in the capital city, Kyiv, on Memorial Day 2011.

The more people in our child’s life who love and care about them, the better off our child will be.

David was there to conclude his two-year assignment and Jordan was in town, hosting a fundraiser (an ultimate frisbee tournament) for her summer camp. Since David had the day free, he decided to join. To make a long story short, neither of us played much frisbee that day. After Jordan caught David’s eye, he decided that his time would be much better spent getting to know her. We ended up sitting on the sidelines talking about everything: our childhoods, our families, our Peace Corps communities, our plans for the future. Believe it or not, we talked about adoption that very first day and we were both excited to meet someone else who was hoping to adopt their future kids!

It was purely a stroke of good fortune that we crossed paths that day. David ended up traveling back to Ukraine to spend more time with Jordan, and when Jordan completed her Peace Corps service in December, she moved straight to the DC area to be with David. We got engaged in January 2012 and married that August. To make this story even crazier, at our wedding, David’s brother met Jordan’s best friend and they had a wedding of their own two years later! We’re coming up on our fifth anniversary and we would love to start our family soon. We cannot wait to share our happiness and unconditional love with a little one and make them the center of our universe.

In addition to the two of us, we have an abundance of family members nearby who are ready to adore the newest member. The vast majority of our extended family lives within 90 minutes from our place. That means that our baby will be surrounded by a really diverse group of people from all walks of life who will absolutely want the best for the baby and are willing to go 100% to the mat for him or her.

This includes David’s brother and his wife in Richmond, VA, who are an EMT/firefighter and an ER doctor, respectively. Jordan’s brother and his fiance live in Alexandria, VA and are a school teacher and a lawyer. Most of our other siblings live nearby too, and our parents are also really close. David’s folks are in Alexandria and begin every conversation with, “When are we getting our grandbaby?!” Jordan’s parents just moved to Fredericksburg, VA from California for the exact purpose of being closer to the grandchildren.

And while we have a large and enthusiastic family ready to adore our baby, it is so important to us that we figure out what role you as the birth mother would like to have. We want you to know that we are very open to having you be part of our baby’s life. The way we see it, the more people in our child’s life who love and care about them, the better off our child will be.

In closing, thank you for reading our letter. We tried to pour as much of ourselves into it as possible and we hope that after reading it you have a sense of who we are as people and the sort of family that we would like to be. Please give us a call or text at 202-838-7206, or send us a message through this website. We will be over the moon to hear from you!

All the best,
David and Jordan
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