Married Since: 2016

Relationship: Married

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We promise to love your child, go on adventures with them, make them laugh and help them grow into exactly who they are meant to be. We promise to not keep you a secret, your child will know all of the love they’ve had since before we were chosen to be in their lives. Thank you for considering us and giving us the chance to be parents too!

PJ and Nicole

from Virginia

 

PJ

Ancestry: European

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Registrar

Education: Some college

Hobbies: Photography

Nicole

Ancestry: Irish/Italian

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Permits Manager

Education: High School

Hobbies: DIY projects

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Not Religious

Favorites

PJ

Animal
Otter and beluga whale
Book
Night
Vacation Spot
Deep Creek Lake
Color
Dark green
Family Activity
Playing board or card games
Sport to Watch
Softball and women's soccer
Food
Pasta
Musical Artist
All of it!
Subject in School
History
Sport Team
Washington Spirit and USWNT
Early Bird or Night Owl?
1000% early bird!

Nicole

Animal
Our pups!
Book
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Color
Yellow
TV Show
Dawson's Creek
Sport to Watch
Women's soccer
Food
Hamburgers
Musical Artist
Garth Brooks
Subject in School
Math
Sports Team
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Early Bird or Night Owl?
Early bird
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From Us to You

We can’t begin to understand what you’re going through, but we hope we can provide you with a small amount of comfort knowing that your child will have two caring parents and big supportive families to love them and help them be who they are meant to be. We can’t promise they will be the future president or some big sports star, but we can promise you they will grow up in a loving, caring, and fun home that will move mountains to help them dream big and go for their goals, whatever they may be. We will go on adventures together, explore, walk barefoot outside, and be curious. We will be kind, teach empathy, do good things, and we will love hard and out loud. We will teach and show, we will step in when called on and stand back when needed, we will talk and listen and stay connected and help guide them but never try to redefine them.

We are Nicole and PJ. We’ve been married for 7 years but dating for over 20. We were kids when we met and fell fast and have been together ever since. Being married to your best friend is pretty awesome, which we know is cheesy, but it’s true. We have been through a lot together over the years and we are excited for this next chapter to fill the missing piece in our family. Our family consists of us and our two pups, Kali and Bentley, and we are all excited to have a new member to love on and care for. Our life together is awesome, but we have known for a while we wanted to add a little one to complete our family. We have two very different, but close families that are all excited to meet your baby and welcome them into the family. Weekend breakfasts with PJ’s family at Nanna and Poppy’s house will be filled with waffles, pancakes, cinnamon rolls, and eggs to enjoy, alongside their cousins. Monthly outings with Nicole’s family involve going to wineries, bowling, top golf, or just going to Aunt Eileen’s house to celebrate birthdays or milestones or to simply, be together. Both sides of the family are big and loud and filled with joy, love, and support, and are all ready to be the tribe to help us raise and nurture your child so they can be the best version of themselves.

From an early age your child will know who you are and where they come from, we don’t want to hide you from them. We will write letters and send pictures so that if/when you are ready, you can keep up with them and see how they are doing. We will be sure they understand the strength and love behind the decision you have made, that led them to us. We also hope that with the decision to place your baby with us, you get to live your best life to the fullest, knowing they are where you need them to be. We didn’t know if you wanted to be called the M-word or not. But is it ok if we call you that sometimes? First off, thank you for getting here, We’re sure it was our awesome photos and perfectly written essays that brought you to us A. Joking aside, thank you. We are going to use the M word now – thank you for being the kind of Mom who can make this decision and for being the kind of Mom who can see us and read about us, and know we will make great moms, and will give your baby the type of future you want for them

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Why we are choosing to adopt

This one feels easy, we want to start a family and be parents. Having a child the “natural way” was not in the cards for us, obviously. We did try fertility, IUI to be exact, but we quickly realized that being pregnant was not what we wanted most, being parents was. From there we talked about adoption, we grew up with friends that are adopted and spoke to friends who are now adoptive parents. Being able to start our family while helping someone, hopefully, feel a bit more at ease with a decision like this just called to both of us. We want to give a child a life full of love, laughter and adventure and we are excited for a child to be able to give that to us also.

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Our Lifestyle

We like to be busy. If we are not out at our nieces’ sporting events, or doing things around the house, we are typically out with our families doing wineries/brewery trips, top golf, bowling, or really just anything we can all do together. We love to travel any chance we get. We just recently went to Europe with Nicole’s side of the family, which was absolutely AMAZING! However, big trips like that are awesome, but the little ones we get to take with just us are the best. With that being said, we love just hanging out at home, and having lazy days on the couch with the pups, whether it be binge-watching a new show on Netflix or random documentaries. Weekends always seem to come and go so quickly so we try to take advantage of that time together as much as we can.

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Meet Nicole, by PJ

Nicole is honestly the best. She is the kindest person you will meet. She is my absolute best friend and favorite person. She cares so hard for people and has such a love for her family and friends. She is super funny, incredibly smart and loves to cook. She is able to throw the craziest things together and make the most delicious food. She dreams big for us, strives to make those dreams come true, and works as hard as she can, sometimes too hard, to make them happen. She manages to create all my crazy DIY projects that I throw at her, and goes along with all my crazy lastminute adventures. I can’t wait to see her in this next stage of our lives. She was meant for this role.

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Meet PJ, by Nicole

PJ is the best. She is outgoing, kind, strong and patient. We are fortunate that we found each other at such a young age, we’ve been able to do life side-by-side for over 20 years already. I’ve been in love with PJ since we were 15 years old and it’s been incredible to be apart of the adventures that have helped make her into the women she is today. PJ always wanted a family and always knew she would have one, even when I was unsure. I wasn’t unsure if I wanted one, I was unsure because at the time, I didn’t know how it would be possible. That’s part of what makes PJ so special, no matter what the thing is, she believes so strongly it can happen. It’s one of the things I love the most, her strength and passion for the things she wants, not letting things get in her way. It doesn’t matter the thing, big or small, she has a way to almost will it into happening, she has our whole life. She is my best friend and my favorite person to be around and I can’t wait for this next adventure we get to go on together.

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Our Home

We are fortunate that we were able to buy Nicole’s childhood home from her parents. It’s in a developed neighborhood with an elementary school and swimming pool and an awesome sledding hill in the winter. We have a good-sized backyard that our pups love to run around in. We have lights hanging from the trees and a firepit with chairs sitting all around it, we love sitting out there in the nice evenings, it’s our little piece of peace. The house is in a court which makes a basketball hoop or soccer net the ideal spot for neighborhood pick-up games when needed.

We bike ride to the local library to grab a book or the shopping center for dinner and dessert. We can walk to the middle school or high school if we want to run on the track or play on a full basketball court when schools are not in session. Both our parents and siblings live within 20 minutes of our home so visits are easy and often. For our family and friends who live further away, we are minutes from the airport and love welcoming them over or flying out to visit them. Our home is cozy and warm and filled with love and laughter.

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Our Family

We’re going to be a little biased, but we have the best families and friends. Our family is huge. Mainly due t o Nicole’s side. Her dad was 1 of 6, and all the cousins are very close. We do yearly vacations where we get to go with everyone, it’s not a reunion, it’s just vacation. They are some of our best memories. As far as our friends go, we consider them family. There is a small group of us that have been friends since PJ was probably five years old. They are the best friends you could ask for. With friends that we’ve had through the majority of our lives brings a sense of stability. They’ve been there through all the ups and downs, the milestones, the everyday moments, years of shared memories, laughs, and heartaches. They are not just friends they are our chosen family. They are all very excited for our journey and can’t wait to add a new member to our big and growing family.

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

Embracing racial and cultural differences is so important. We try our best to live our lives in an environment of inclusivity, respect, and understanding of everyone’s uniqueness. We would educate ourselves and our families about the racial and cultural background of our child, and try our best to learn about their heritage, traditions, customs, and history. In doing this, it helps us, and our families and friends, understand their culture and to be able to strengthen your baby’s sense of identity and belonging. We would celebrate cultural holidays, go to festivals, and embrace traditions together, with the hope that they feel comfortable in their own skin and valued as a person. We will surround your child with diverse books, toys, media, and role models that reflect their racial and cultural background. We are big believers that representation matters, as it helps develop a sense of pride in one’s identity. By embracing and celebrating racial and cultural differences, we hope to create a nurturing and supportive environment for your child, but also contribute to building a more inclusive home.

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Special Traditions

We have some family traditions already set, and we are excited to see those keep going. We are also excited to make new ones together and create new memories around those. We have breakfast at PJ’s parents’ house, at least once a month but typically twice, we each have our station, PJ is on pancakes/waffles and Nicole gets sausage/bacon. We have monthly McMahon gatherings, typically due to the amount of us we go to a brewery/winery, there are so many around us and they tend to have enough space we can all sit together and connect. We have Thanksgiving morning 5k/workout with PJ’s family, we get up early and work hard so we can eat hard when we get back. We have the summer vacation with Nicole’s family, the location can change the date can change but the feeling and fun never does. We do Christmas and Christmas Eve pajamas, both sides of the family have this and we love it. We look forward to creating new traditions too like game night, camping weekend, soccer Saturday, or something else we haven’t even thought of yet.

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Our Promise to You

We made a promise to each other on our wedding day, a portion of our vows went as follows: “to laugh with you, go on adventures with you, support you through life’s tough moments, be proud of you”. While that is a promise we have made to each other, it’s a promise we make to your child and in turn to you. We will love them and support them and let them grow and be whoever they are meant to be. We will make sure to have all the big things for them but also, we will not lose sight of the small things, like a house full of laughter and fun. We will go on adventures together, big and small ones, from big vacations to new places together; to finding out what happens to a kite in the wind for the first time. We promise to not keep you a secret, we will make sure they know who you are and the sacrifice you are making to allow them to be in our life. We will not shy away from hard conversations or tough moments, we will tackle them together as a family. We will have a support system around us so they not only have us, but will have grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins all around to help them and be there for them as well. We promise to give them a life full of promise and joy and love and adventures, we promise to support them and be proud of them.

Message PJ and Nicole

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering Adoption Network! Mary, or one of our other adoption specialists 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!