Nickname: Jon and Emily

Married Since: 2015

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We promise to be truthful and kind, always speaking to your child in support of you, your story, and how you chose what you felt was best for them. We will love, support, and protect your child, and always be full of love and respect for you.

Jonathan and Emily

from California

Jonathan

Ancestry: English, French

Religion: Christian

Occupation: QA Specialist

Education: BS

Hobbies: Computers, Podcasts

Emily

Ancestry: British, French, Irish, German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Freelance Video Production and Makeup

Education: Some College

Hobbies: Makeup, Music, Film making, Art

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Jonathan

Animal
Lizard (at the moment!)
Book
"The Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson
Childhood Memory
Walking to the neighborhood pool with friends
Color
Lime green
Family Activity
Watching Sci-Fi together
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Tinkering with computers
Holiday
Halloween
Leisure Activity
Listening to podcasts
Thing to Cook
Chili

Emily

Animal
Sloth
Book
"The Lord of the Rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien
Childhood Memory
Playing Power Rangers with my neighbor
Color
Mint green
Family Activity
Going on nature walks and seeing cute animals
Food
Tacos
Hobby
Makeup art, making cute animal figurines, throwing tea parties
Holiday
Easter
Leisure Activity
Playing video games
Thing to Cook
Lasagna
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From Us to You

We are Emily and Jonathan. The story of how we met is kind of funny. When Emily was in junior high, Jonathan came to visit Kansas for spring break with Emily’s sister and a friend. That weekend Emily ran around her house singing “You are my sunshine” at the top of her lungs because she thought no one was home and… there Jonathan was, 3 feet away. She ran out crying. She was so embarrassed about that for YEARS. Then ten years later, we ran into each other a second time after Emily moved to California, and we have been inseparable and goofy and eccentric together ever since.

We’ve been married since 2015. We wish in our hearts to share our life with a child, but medical limitations prevent pregnancy. Some of our friends have adopted and shared their wonderful stories with us which inspired us in this direction.

We live in a peaceful town in Southern California near the mountains. Every day we love to look outside our window and see the mountains and parrots that love to hang out in the trees nearby. We love to drink tea on the balcony which we jokingly call “the veranda” because it sounds fancier. We love to watch science fiction shows and British comedy. We have inside jokes like our loving “sloth hug” and “penguin hug” and family traditions like special Christmas pajamas. We can’t wait to share these with your child, enjoying the silly times and being there with one another for serious times.

We both enjoy art & technology and use those interests in our careers, Jonathan in software testing and Emily in video production & makeup. As we both loved being creative in our childhood, we’re excited to see your child’s interests and will always have art supplies available for self-expression.

We admire your strength as you explore what’s best for your child. Should you choose us to parent, we hope that we can get to know you and that your child may get to know you as they grow older, too. We are very open to those possibilities if you are, too.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Adoption has been on our hearts for a few reasons. We understand this path is a unique one, and to do it right, we understand we are making a commitment to stand with your child in the good and the bad, and support them in embracing their identity. Friends of ours have adopted and have an open relationship with their birth mothers. We are really inspired by the friendship they’ve built together. This opened our eyes to the possibilities of open adoption, and see how it can provide the best situation for both a child and their first mother.

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About Emily, by Jonathan

I fell in love with Emily for many reasons, but her creativity really won me over! Her art, writing, and film work are great, and I just love seeing her bring her imagination to life. She made animal figurines for me, featuring inside jokes; I was reading a book called Inherent Vice, and she gave me a badger figurine reading a book called Inherent Mice. It is clear how much she values self-expression, and she encourages others to express themselves in creative ways.

The other quality that stands out in Emily’s personality is how nurturing she is. At the slightest hint that I’m not feeling well, she’ll make me a cup of tea, and make sure I have everything I need.

These two qualities together, nurturing and creativity, really make Emily uniquely wonderful and prepare her to be an amazing mom.

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About Jonathan, by Emily

Jonathan is a loving, patient, and empowering person. When we were dating and I was going through a difficult time with grief, he stood by my side and supported me to go to therapy, and even went with me. He both sat with me while I navigated some past trauma and we also did pre-engagement counseling where we talked about our future. He has always been very encouraging and supportive when I have creative dreams. I cannot wait to parent with Jonathan and help our child celebrate their interests and reach their full potential.

Jonathan’s laughter is very contagious and fills our home daily. Sometimes I will hear him down the hall and I will run down to see what was so funny, and he’ll be reading Twitter and giggling. We constantly do Richard and Hyacinth impressions from the TV show “Keeping Up Appearances” and are always being silly. Silliness is a part of our daily life, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Jonathan also loves listening to podcasts, video games, reading, and SCI-FI. When we were dating, our favorite program to watch on date nights was “The X-Files.”

Sometimes Jonathan is quiet because he is thoughtfully thinking things through. He pays great attention to detail, and during the pandemic, I’ve gotten to see a window into his life as a QA Specialist while he works from home. He is amazing at training others and guiding them through steps. I really admire his teaching abilities and know he will be amazing at guiding your child through life.

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Our Story

About ten years after we originally met, we reconnected and became friends when Emily moved to California. She had no idea that Jonathan lived less than 5 miles away! We found a lot in common with humor and a love for art and started going to church and some concerts and art shows together. One night we went to a goth club together, and Emily showed up in a Jane Austen style dress. She was so happy to discover Jonathan wearing a Mr. Darcy jacket with tails! It felt just like a scene from “Pride & Prejudice” and she was smitten!

One day at church, a lady asked Emily how long we had been dating and she blushed and wasn’t sure what to say. We had the awkward “Define the relationship” talk, then went our separate ways.  One day several months later, Emily had gotten sick and Jonathan asked to visit her. He grabbed her hand and she asked, “What are you doing??” He replied, “It appears we are holding hands” and we have been inseparable ever since.

Before getting engaged, we dedicated time for pre-engagement counseling to make sure we were prepared to support each other emotionally and create the strongest family possible! Even when we got engaged, our sense of humor shone through, as we took some photos with ring pops and photos inspired by our love of “The X-Files” from our dating days. We’ve now been married several years, and fall more and more in love with each other as time goes on. We are ready to grow our family and share that love with a baby.

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Lifestyle

We love spending time with each other, and with small groups of friends. Down-to-earth quality time is our favorite. Some of our best days are when we are just hanging out with our friends, sharing a meal and laughter, with no particular agenda. When out and about some of our favorite activities are going to a nature trail or park and seeing the cute animals in the wild. We look forward to taking your child in the stroller on lots of outdoor adventures, from seeing cute animals, to picnics in the sunshine. When at home we are perfectly happy potbellying around the house in our sweatpants (that we jokingly call potbelly pants), watching sci-fi movies, and playing video games or cooking food. We’re excited to wear sweatpants as a family of three someday and enjoy quality time reading stories or baking cookies together. Jonathan loves listening to podcasts, typography, and tinkering with computer programming.  Together we love doing art like sketching or hand lettering, and going on outings like Disneyland. Emily loves playing with her makeup art, nature videography, and throwing tea parties. We can’t wait until your child is old enough to discover what they love and help them embrace it!

 

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in a condo in a gated community, next door to a playground where the neighborhood children play, a tennis court, and a swimming pool. In the baby’s nursery, we are decorating with mint green and lots of sloth and Winnie the Pooh things. We look forward to reading stories to your little one in a rocking chair by the window. There’s a view of the mountains outside our living room and nursery, which is really neat especially when it snows.  Twice a day a huge flock of green parrots likes to fly next to our balcony and it’s so fun to watch. Sometimes we think about how cool it will be to share those moments with your child.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

We care a lot about embracing your child’s culture and identity fully. Both of us have biracial extended family, with Afro-Panamanian, Colombian and Japanese roots. There are many ways as an extended family we embrace cultures. Jonathan’s 3 sisters have long been involved seriously in traditional Scottish dance for years. Our brother-in-law practices Japanese Tea ceremonies and shares that joy with his children, our nephews. Jonathan’s sister and her husband cook traditional Colombian food. We look forward to not only celebrating these traditions with our child as a family but also embracing new traditions that celebrate exactly who our child is and where they come from. We want your child to feel freedom embracing everything that makes them unique. If you choose to keep an open adoption with us, we hope we can keep an open dialogue about ways we can together keep your child connected with their cultural identity.

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Our Relationship with You

We hope we can stay connected with you long-term, putting what’s best for your child at the center. Your comfort and decisions are important to us, and if you’re open to it, we’d like our child to grow up knowing you. We understand important relationships can take time and work to build. We are willing to put in that effort.

We want you to know we care deeply about honoring the commitments we make to you and honoring you in our family as your child’s first mother. In addition to the in-person visits, one possible idea is to do video calls where you can read storybooks to your child or sing lullabies. If you are open to it, we hope we can spend time with you during the first two weeks after placement and any family that you would like to meet. We look forward to hearing about your adoption plans and ideas on what this relationship could look like. We understand that plans can evolve and change as time goes on and we are committed to working with you on the best way to move forward.

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Our Families & Friends

Even though we live far away, we’re close to Jonathan’s family. Jonathan has three sisters with who we are both close, one of them hosts a weekly family teatime on Zoom, and we love joining when possible. It’s been amazing keeping up with our three nephews, ages 7, 4, and 1. We also have another nephew due later this year! On the video calls, we often play online guessing games or Pictionary-style drawing games as a family. Our oldest two nephews love sending us dinosaur artwork and we recently visited Cabazon Dinosaurs to take some funny dinosaur selfies to send them. Much of our family lives close together in Texas and we look forward to doing a big gathering again once the pandemic ends. Emily has a dear friend who is much like an aunt, and a very special part of our lives too, and she will be an amazing godmother one day! One of Emily’s favorite get-togethers with her is museum and botanical garden outings, and making arts and crafts. When we got married this friend surprised us and bought Emily her wedding gown! It was so kind and meant so much! We are also very close with a couple who live nearby, Emily has known since college. Some of our favorite get-togethers with them are collaborating on songwriting and filming video projects. But we love days at the beach too.

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Family Traditions

Our traditions aren’t elaborate events, but we love coming up with silly and affectionate family traditions, like greeting one another with “belly-slams,” or playful animal hugs (the waddling, flappy “penguin hug”, and the “sleepy-eyed sloth hug,” for example). They make us laugh, and we can’t wait to share them with your little one! We can’t wait to come up with new family traditions with your child as they grow. We’d love to have conversations with you as your child’s first mother, about the traditions you’d like them to grow up with.

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What We will Share

We want you to know your child will always hear of you with positivity and respect. We would love to help your child build a connection with their identity and share positive traits you may both have, such as hobbies, hair, or eye color. This may look like telling them their mom loves music, or if you share a talent or hobby, we would find it meaningful to cheer your child on and know that you both share that. If you have traditions you would love for your child to experience, we would be honored to make that happen and keep you included.

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Our Promise to You

Thank you for taking the time to learn who we are. Should you choose us to parent, we promise to love, support, and protect your child, and always be full of love and respect for you.  We promise to be truthful and kind, always speaking to our child in support of you, your story, and how you chose what you felt was best for them. We promise to always hold a space open for you to connect, be supportive of what contributes best to your healing, and to share any traditions and stories that you would like us to share with your child along the way. We are open to in person visits and want to hear what your wishes are. We promise to write letters and save photographs for you in a special place that you will always be able to access, at anytime you feel ready.

Message Jonathan and Emily

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!