John and Sonja

Relationship: Engaged

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We love the outdoors, life, and all of its adventures! We will create a safe space for your child that invites individuality and open communication. We would love to meet you and have an open relationship with you.

John and Sonja

from Maine

Johnny

Ancestry: Italian, German

Religion: Presbyterian

Occupation: Contractor

Education: Building and Masonry

Hobbies: Fishing, Hiking, Playing pool, Working out

Sonja

Ancestry: French Canadian, Italian

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Speech Pathologist

Education: BA

Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, Training our dogs, Working out

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Spiritual

Favorites

Johnny

Animal
Dogs
Childhood Memory
Anytime we had a family gathering
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Boating
Hobby
Playing pool/billiards
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Fishing
Sport
Football
Thing to Cook
Smoked brisket
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird

Sonja

Animal
Dogs and horses
Childhood Memory
Camping trips
Color
Blue and purple
Family Activity
Game night
Hobby
Ballroom dancing
Holiday
Christmas
Leisure Activity
Reading
Sport
Football
Thing to Cook
Making fruit and veggie food art for family holidays
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
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From Us to You

Hi! We are Sonja and Johnny and we live in the wonderful state of Maine! Since before we were engaged, we talked about having a family. We have always had adoption included in our family planning, so here we are – our greatest adventure! We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading our letter. We cannot come close to imagining what you are going through, but we are hopeful that we can give you an idea of what a future for your baby could look like.

We would love to meet you and have an open relationship with you. We are open to letters, pictures, video chats and visits so you can see how they are growing. Our communication with your baby will be completely open. We want them to know their adoption story and what an incredible sacrifice you made. They will grow up knowing how much you loved them and how strong of a woman you are. We want to teach them so many things, such as kindness, compassion, empathy, and to be comfortable with who they are, among many others. We will love them unconditionally, forever and always.

We both LOVE the outdoors. Maine gives us so many opportunities to do a variety of activities outside, from ice fishing, snowmobiling and snow shoeing in the winter, to boating, fishing, and hiking in the summer and LOTS of things in between! We love to have adventures, whether they take a day or longer! We try to turn everything into an adventure! We really enjoy traveling. We both used to travel for work, and while we no longer do that, we do like to go on get away trips for fun and would love to include children on all of our adventures. Music is also a huge part of our lives, from listening to it a lot, to learning to play. Sonja plays a little on the keyboard, and Johnny is learning the guitar. His dad plays a lot and it’s always fun to sit around and listen to him as a family. We are so looking forward to having children and creating new traditions with them, from letters to Santa Claus, summer vacations, camping trips, bedtime stories, and being outdoors to enjoying everything Mother Nature has to offer!

Johnny enjoys fishing, hunting and cooking. His favorite form of cooking is grilling in the summer and winter. He is from Ohio where the majority of his family still lives. He is the youngest of 8, so there are lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins who are so excited to welcome a sweet baby into their lives! We visit them as often as we can, which is a few times a year. We do sleepovers during the holidays where we all stay at the same house (usually Johnny’s niece’s), play lots of games, eat good food, and just enjoy each other’s company. Lots of laughs are had by all! In the summer, we get as many people together as we can and do a week-long houseboat trip on a lake in Kentucky.

Sonja enjoys drawing, painting, creating food art, and dancing; if there is music on, you can bet that’s what she’ll be doing. She also loves to spend time training our dogs, Rubie and Zoey, as well as taking them on nightly walks. Sonja has worked in schools across the U.S. for over 10 years with students from diverse economic and racial backgrounds. Most of her family lives in Maine, but some are in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida. Her brother and his wife had a baby in October, Adrienne. Everyone is thrilled to welcome another baby into the family!

While preparing for our upcoming marriage and adoption journey, we have talked a lot about what kind of parents we want to be. When it comes to parenting, we want to build a collaborative relationship. We want to create a safe space that invites individuality and open communication. There will be boundaries, but we don’t want a relationship that’s based on “because I said so”. There’s no book on how to be a great parent, but we promise that we will be the best Mommy & Daddy that we can be to your child.

Love,
Sonja & Johnny

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

Sonja always dreamed of being a mom since she was little. Since before we got engaged, we have talked about kids and kept imagining what our future would be like. We talked about what the nursery would look like, what we would do together, what new traditions we would have. We even pictured which adorable outfits we would buy when we would see baby clothes at stores. There are so many children who need loving homes and we feel that we can provide that and so much more. Together, we have a very large family who is very supportive and would LOVE the addition to our family. We wanted a way to make our dreams come true, and adoption is the way we’ve chosen.

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About Sonja, by Johnny

Sonja is the most wonderful person I have ever met. She is my best friend, companion and is always there for me through ups and downs. She is always by my side. She’s fun, hard-working, loving, genuine, easy going, loves all people and is my rock. She loves training our fur babies in which she is very passionate about. She loves family and hanging out with family for birthday parties and holidays. She loves her job as a speech therapist assistant working with children and helping them. She always puts a smile on my face with her fun loving zest for life and adventure. She loves kids and will be a wonderful mother.

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About Johnny, by Sonja

Johnny makes me feel like the luckiest woman in the world! We met at a gym we were both working out at. It turned out that it was his last week of working in West Virginia and my first week of living in West Virginia. We still decided to go on a date. Our first date was at a bowling alley and it was the most fun I had in a LONG time. I am not great at bowling and so I do weird shots, even though I know they usually don’t work well. This inspired Johnny to change up his style too. We ended up both trying a different shot every turn we had; from using our non-dominant hand, sitting on the floor to push the ball down the lane, and even rolling it backwards. Doesn’t that say a lot about him? He is goofy, fun, positive, generous, outgoing and the kindest man I’ve ever met. I am so excited to spend the rest of my life going on amazing adventures with him! When I have a bad day, he always knows how to put a smile on my face, whether it be making funny faces, doing a silly dance, or just giving me a big hug – I think it’s his 6th sense because it’s always exactly what I need. He enjoys playing with our pups, and when I watch him with our nieces and nephews, my heart melts. He is the most supportive man I have ever met. Johnny is going to be an incredible dad to a very lucky child and I cannot wait to experience parenthood together.

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Our Lifestyle

We have an active and busy lifestyle, but we do know how to relax! We have jobs that we absolutely love, but aside from that, we enjoy going to the gym, hiking in the summer, making soap, any outdoor activity, walking the dogs, and weekly game nights! We love making soap so much that we even sold our handmade soaps to help save up for our adoption journey. Sonja enjoys training our two dogs, Rubie and Zoey. Rubie and Zoey like it too – and they LOVE walks! When we are relaxing, you can find us watching a movie together. Individually, Sonja likes to read and Johnny enjoys fishing when the weather is good. Music is also a huge part of our lives. It’s playing constantly when we are inside and making soap! Dancing around the kitchen is always encouraged!

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Home & Neighborhood

We live on the main floor of a two-story house in a quiet neighborhood with our two dogs. Our upstairs neighbors are very nice and have one dog. Our private backyard is fenced in and we have a couple of raised garden beds that we enjoy planting vegetables in each year. Our dogs love being outside and running around the yard. We live about a mile from downtown where you will find a park with a playground and a splash pad and a small field. There is also another park nearby with a playground, splash pad and fields to run and play in. We look forward to many play days at the park with your baby. We take our dogs for walks around our neighborhood almost every day.

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Cultural Diversity

When we first began our adoption journey, we knew we were open to adopting a child of any race and from any background. To us, family doesn’t need to match in order to love each other unconditionally. While we are equipped with providing your child with all of our love and support, we also understand the importance of having outside resources from families who have gone through transracial adoption and to find members in our community who could help educate us. We want to connect with your child’s culture. We have reached out to Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine and were introduced to a transracial family who adopted. They spoke of multiple resources throughout the state, including some right here in the community we live in. These resources include support groups and even camp scholarships for adoptees.  A local university has international programs that provide multiple opportunities to learn and get involved in a variety of cultures. They put on a yearly culture fest, which is a celebration of cultures with country/culture exhibits, food court, children’s activities and live demonstrations as well as traditional style shows. They also put on an international dance fest that showcases an array of traditional music, dance and costumes of the diverse student body at the university. They do a Women of the World gathering once a month where a group of international women gets together to share their cultural heritage through stories and traditional food. It includes women from all continents and of all ages. The university also sends out weekly events that focus on diversity and inclusion. In addition to university resources, we found a local NAACP chapter that hosts opportunities for learning as well as celebrations. We will also be involved in adoption play groups, heritage festivals and Facebook groups that support diversity. We want your child to be proud of their heritage and connected to their community.

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Our Families & Friends

Sonja’s mom lives 5 minutes away, and her dad and step-mom live an hour away, but work nearby. Her brother lives in Connecticut with his wife and baby girl. Johnny’s family lives in Ohio, where he is originally from. Both families are loving, supportive and accepting of everyone they meet. We talk to our out-of-state families weekly and in-state families more often. We visit on major holidays (Thanksgiving/Christmas) and during the summer (traveling when permitted – before COVID). Our groups of friends are like family. Johnny stays in touch with his friends back home frequently and has met some new friends at work since moving to Maine. Sonja stays in touch with her friends via phone/social media. They have all mostly moved out of state or live in different parts of the state. When her friends come home for holidays, we always get together.

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Family Traditions

As a couple, we have continued a lot of traditions from Johnny’s family. Since we first began dating, they made sure Sonja was included and they are already excited for your little one to join in on the fun. Johnny’s family has sleepovers on Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve (which is when they do the big family Christmas celebration). These sleepovers include lots of games, prizes, food, movies and tons of laughs! One year, it even included our marriage proposal!

For Fourth of July, you can find us sharing a houseboat for a week with Johnny’s family down in Kentucky or on the lake here in Maine watching fireworks from a boat with Sonja’s family.

Each year for the dogs’ birthdays, we take them to the pet store so they can pick out their own toy. Then we wrap it up so they can unwrap it themselves. We make little healthy “cakes” for them to eat. This usually consists of 2 slices of banana and some peanut butter in the middle. They pose for a picture with their birthday hats on and spend the rest of the time enjoying their special day! They also get balloons to bop back and forth with their noses! They think this is great fun!

Sonja makes food art on every major holiday. Thanksgiving is a turkey made out of fruits or vegetables. This year, her turkey was made out of pancakes and she ate it for breakfast. One year on Father’s Day, she made a lawn mower out of fruit! It’s a lot of fun to make and even more fun to eat!

Before COVID, Sonja’s family had a tradition of going to a restaurant on Christmas Eve. It’s always a Chinese restaurant and Sonja brings her own food art for everyone to share.

Our first date ever was to a bowling alley, so for our dating anniversary, we head out to a bowling alley for a night of fun and reminiscing. We have done this every year since we got together (with the exception of COVID), and plan to continue this tradition for the rest of our lives!

 

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Our Promise to You

We promise to love your child unconditionally, forever and always. This is the greatest gift anyone could ever give us. We would love for you to be in our lives, and we promise to respect you and your wishes for whatever you choose. We will tell your baby how much you love them and what great strength and courage you possess to be able to help a family’s dream come true. We promise to raise him/her to respect others, love and be kind. We promise to let them learn and explore, to be a kid, but also teach them responsibility.

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