Hello we are Jon and Linda from Virginia! We are an outdoorsy, Disney lovin’ kind of family. We have two amazing little boys but feel something is missing- a beautiful baby girl! We know how important an open adoption is for both the baby and birth mom so we would prefer to have an open or semi-open adoption.
Profession: Certified Surgical assistant
Education: Masters Degree
Interests: Horses and camping!
Profession: Sr. Chief in the US Nay
Education: High School Diploma
Interests: Fishing, camping, golfing
Years Together: 15
Other Children: 2 boys, Jonathan and Bryce
Pets: Horses, pony, donkey, goats, cats, dogs, chickens, ducks
Age: 0-6 Months
Special Needs: Mildly Correctable
Type of Adoption: Open
Job: Senior Chief petty officer in the US Navy
Hobbies: golfing, fishing, occasionally video games
3 Words to Describe Yourself: proud, Strong, loving
What are you most excited about in becoming a Dad again: “The thing that excites me most about being a father is starting another journey. I am thrilled to see the differences between raising boys and raising a girl. I look forward to my boys having a little sister and my wife having the daughter that she has always wanted. My boys are both momma’s boys maybe I can finally have a daddy’s girl.”
What Linda has to say about Jon: “Jon is such a great father to our boys! He is immediately “attacked” when he comes through the door with demands for “flying” them, wrestling, playing catch in the yard and tickle fights. He was the assistant coach for our oldest son’s baseball team and never missed a practice or game. He leads by example how a gentleman should be. I know that when we are blessed with a daughter he will show her what a proper relationship with her partner should look like!”
Job: certified surgical assistant
3 Words to Describe Yourself: Equestrian! Determined, loving
What are you most excited about in becoming a Mom again: I am so excited to become a mom again! I have dreamt and prayed for a little girl to take to Disney world to meet all the Princesses—my sons refuse to do that with me! I have an entire closet full of baby girl clothes that I can’t wait to use, also! I also compete in an equestrian sport that is considered by most to be a woman’s sport, barrel racing. I hope to share my love of horses with her.
What Jon has to say about Linda: My wife is the best mother already. She is the sweetest person that I have ever met and she treats the boys fairly and firmly. She has high expectations for them and disciplines them when required. When she looks at my boys I see nothing but pure love for them in her eyes and I know that she would literally do anything for them.
How we met: We went to high school together and met in marching band! Linda- flute, Jon- saxophone. We lost touch for two years. Linda started at a new college and a few weeks after moving into the dorms, got a message on facebook from Jon. He had just joined the military and wanted to know if when he could get some leave would Linda like to meet up for dinner. Linda agreed and lo and behold, Jon had leave the following weekend! He lived in VA for the entire time we dated and Linda moved to be with him after getting married in 2011. We flew back and forth between VA and FL for 5 years almost every month (except during the times Jon was deployed).I knew right away, within a couple of months, that I wanted to marry Jon! When he proposed it was a complete surprise! It was Columbus day weekend (coincidentally the same day as our first date!) and he complained about how he had duty that weekend and wouldn’t be able to come home to see me. I was laying on the couch reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when I got a knock at the door. I wasn’t expecting anyone… my 3 dachshunds went berserk and I’m shouting “who is it?” through the door while trying to make out the answer of “it’s me!” over the ruckus. Once I opened the door there was Jon on one knee with the most beautiful ring that he designed. I was a mess with my hair in a bun on top of my head and wearing an old t-shirt and pajama shorts! But it was incredibly memorable for him to surprise me on the anniversary of when we started dating.
Jon’s Favorites! Favorite Movie: Forrest Gump
Favorite Food: French fries
Favorite TV Show: Game Of Thrones
Favorite Place You Have Visited: Outer Banks, NC
Favorite Childhood Memory: Road trips with family
Favorite Holiday: Fourth of July
Favorite Children’s Book: Yurtle the Turtle by Dr. Suess
Favorite Season: Autumn
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Sport: baseball
Favorite Animal: sharks!
One Quality I Love About My Spouse: Her determination!
Favorite Movie: Any of the Harry Potter series and Cinderella! My grandmother always said the first time she met my grandfather they danced like Cinderella and Prince Charming!
Favorite Food: Pineapple
Favorite TV Show: The Handmaid’s Tale!
Favorite Place You Have Visited: Italy
Favorite Childhood Memory: Drinking tea with my British grandmother. She always made me feel so important, like what I had to say even as a small child was the most important thing she’d hear all day.
Favorite Holiday: Christmas
Favorite Children’s Book: Charlotte’s Web
Favorite Season: Summer
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Favorite Animal: Horse
One Quality I Love About My Spouse: His generosity
Our favorite things to do as a family: First of all, baseball. We are huge Washington Nationals fans! We watch nearly every game on tv, travel to D.C. to go to games in person etc. We even have some Nats gear for our daughter already! Our sons both play in youth leagues too!Camping, we do regularly as a family. We own a travel trailer RV and go all over Virginia and even venture into NC on trips. We have good friends who have daughters our sons’ ages and we go regularly together. When we go home to Florida we also take our camper to camp along the way, camp at Disney etc.We also have annual passes to Walt Disney World and love to go whenever we can get home to Florida! My (Linda) family all have passes too and it’s a family affair!
Our Home & Community
This place has been the greatest for raising our boys. The yard is private, completely fenced and surrounded by huge pine trees. There is a long driveway that the kids ride their bikes on, draw with chalk and drive their power wheels truck! Since we are on 6 acres there is plenty of space for ball games, places to explore within the safety of their own yard, horse back riding, playing on the trampoline and anything else their little hearts desire! It has also afforded us the chance to teach our kids about raising a garden for fresh veggies and fruits and also about caring for animals. We have chickens for fresh eggs, horses we ride and a pony waiting for her own little girl to love her!
Our Thoughts about Parenting & Adoption
We are so excited to be on this journey. Our biological kids play make believe already, pretending that they are adopting or their toy is adopted. I think that is beautiful that they know that families come in all shapes and sizes. Our parents are also very excited about the prospect of a baby girl. She will be the only girl on both sides of the family- we have 2 boys currently and Jon’s sister also has 2 boys. We are so fortunate to have support all around us about adopting.We would like to have an open adoption and are the type of family that will adopt a baby and her whole biological family. We can’t see how having extra people to love her could ever be a bad thing!!
Thank you for taking the time to read about our family. We can’t imagine how much courage it has taken to get you this far. We know this has to be the hardest decision and are so thankful you are considering us. We have a lot of love to offer and hope you can see that in just these short few words! Please know that we are sincere in our desire for an open adoption and want to form a real relationship with you. If you have any questions please do reach out! Hope to hear from you soon!!! Jon and Linda