Erin and Jason
Dear Birth Mother,
We are Erin and Jason from Virginia! Thank you for reading our profile. We hope to paint a detailed picture of our lives, and help you imagine what life would be like for your child. While we don’t know how you are feeling, we know this choice must be challenging, and we admire your strength. Our paths cross purely out of love, and we are honored that you might consider us as adoptive parents.
Adoption is very special to both of us. Our son, Arbor, joined our family through open adoption, and many of our friends and family members are adopted. As it came time to expand our family, we realized that the picture drawn deep in our hearts was of adopted children. We can’t wait to share our love and welcome another child into our family.
How we met:
We met on a river tubing trip, and we instantly became friends. Love grew quickly and easily for us, like drawing a line from A to B. Our first date was pizza and bumper cars – the most recent was Arbor’s first train ride. “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”
Jason proposed to Erin with the help of their dog, Moose, “because if Moose is part of the proposal, she has to say yes!” A few days before Christmas, Jason suggested a walk to Erin’s favorite park. Jason tied a ring with some ribbon to a pillow, attached it to Moose’s collar, and then said, “go see Momma!” After the delivery: Jason made a small speech, Erin cried, Moose rolled in the grass…. and “the rest is rust and star dust”.
Our favorite things to do together:
- Hiking with Arbor and the dogs
- Taking Arbor to gym class
- Traveling to beautiful places
- Cooking and eating delicious food
- Reading books (adult and children’s)
- Dancing whenever appropriate (and sometimes, not!)
- Taking Arbor to the pool or beach
I grew up in Florida and Georgia surrounded by an amazing family. My favorite childhood memories are of family camping trips and spending time outdoors.
I attended Saint Louis University, where I majored in theatre and minored in education- and also received a master’s degree in education. I have worked in early childhood education for more than 10 years, and I am now a Principal at a public charter school in Washington, DC.
I aim to be the kind of parent that my parents were to me – they taught me how to be a good person, how to treat others with respect and compassion, and how to love unconditionally.
More about Erin, through Jason’s Eyes:
Erin is an amazing woman: smart, energetic, and compassionate (without limits) – a sweet harmony of head and heart notes. When she loves, it goes way down deep. When she smiles, it’s panoramic.
Erin loves children; she has dedicated her life to them. In fact, I first fell in love with her while visiting one of her classrooms, sitting on the carpet with the students, and watching her teach.
Every combination of patience, and kindness, and goodness comes together in her. She is without equal as a mother.
I grew up in Michigan, and my childhood was happy: lots of sports, tree forts, church, vacations, part-time jobs, and guitar playing. I went to college at the University of Michigan, where I studied physics, and then received a PhD from Cornell University. I am currently a research scientist for the U.S. Department of Defense.
I am excited to discover our future child’s unique character and interests, and do whatever I can to help them flourish. If our child loves baking, we will wear aprons. If our child loves dancing, we will turn up the music.
More about Jason, through Erin’s eyes:
Jason is everything – and more – that I could want in a life partner. Jason is a wonderful man. He inspires me with his compassion, readiness to help others, and his ability to see beauty in the little things. I love his heart, his sense of humor, and his personality. Being together is easy. He makes life glow.
Watching Jason interact with Arbor, my students, and our dogs is a delight. He knows how to make kids laugh, gives excellent hugs, and is a wonderful listener. Jason is the perfect mixture of silly and serious, and he loves our family so well.
Our Family and Friends
Arbor turned two in August. He’s extremely sweet and energetic. He loves to play outside and “drive” cars and trucks around the playground. We know he will be a great big brother because he loves other children; he calls every child that he meets, his “friend”. Arbor loves music and dancing – he encourages everyone to join the dance party!
Our Family and Friends:
We are lucky to have an amazing community of friends and family. We both have large families and see them all the time. Arbor LOVES all of his cousins, and our future child will grow up surrounded by a loving extended family, close in age to their brother and cousins!
We have a completely open adoption with Arbor’s birth parents. We visit each other several times a year, and send lots of texts and photos to Arbor’s extended biological family. They all remind us so much of him, and will always be our family.
Both our friends and family get together for reunions and holidays many times a year.
Our Family traditions:
- A big, delicious Thanksgiving meal (cooked by us)
- Hiking in national and state parks with our family and dogs
- Lots of Christmas celebrations, like singing carols as a family!
- Big family reunions every year (on both sides)
- A vacation for the 4th of July
- Halloween parties
Favorite Activities with Friends:
- Going out for sushi
- River tubing
- Secret Santa
- Costume Parties
- Play dates
Our Home and Our Promise
We live in Northern Virginia, only a short drive from Washington, DC. We love all the free museums, monuments, and activities that are just a few metro stops away. Plus, the mountains and the beach are nearby.
Our neighborhood consists of a very diverse group of people: young families, single people, retirees, and older families — bringing together people from a wide range of cultures and incomes. Our house has 4 bedrooms and a giant playroom, which is great for hosting visitors and playdates. Our neighborhood has a pool and tons of great parks with amazing playgrounds.
We attend an Episcopal church in DC called St. Augustine’s (where supreme court justice Thurgood Marshall went!) St. Augustine’s is a welcoming and diverse community that serves all types of people, and we really love it. Arbor loves it too; he was baptized there.
Our Promise to Your Child
- To love them unconditionally
- To celebrate our family’s diversity (with special holidays, traditions, and food)
- To teach them to be good and kind, and to care for the “least of these”
- To travel to beautiful, exciting places
- To encourage their unique interests and hobbies
- To know their adoption story
- To start bedtime with a book and end it with a song, until they fall asleep
- To speak highly of you and the great gift you have given us
One last Thank you
We are so grateful that you took the time to learn about our family. Beneath the details and the smiling faces is a promise that our whole lives and our whole hearts are committed to being loving parents. We admire your courage in considering adoption, and wish you wisdom and peace through the process. We’ll be holding you in our hearts and our prayers.