Jason & Erin
Erin and Jason from Virginia!
Dear Birth Mother: Thank you for reading our profile. We hope to paint a detailed picture of our lives and help you imagine what life with us 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 for your baby, and we are honored that you might consider us as adoptive parents.
We have both always wanted children, and are ready to blend our lives and our hearts with a child. Adoption is very special for both of us. One of Erin’s best friends is adopted, Jason’s aunt is adopted, and so are three of his cousins. We’ve always known that we wanted to adopt (Erin, since she was little).
As it came time to expand our family, we realized that the picture drawn deep in our hearts was of an adopted child. We can’t wait to share our love and welcome a child into our family.
How we met:
We met on a group tubing trip down the Chattahoochee River, and we instantly became friends. A year later, Erin’s dad, Mark, finally said to Erin what everyone had been thinking: “I really think you should date Jason. You guys would be a great match!” And, he was right! 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 a 90’s dance party. In the words of Jason’s favorite author: “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 their favorite park. At the park, Jason tied a ring with some ribbon to a pillow, attached it to Moose’s collar, and said to him, “Go see Momma!” After the delivery, Jason made a small speech and asked Erin the ancient question.
Our favorite things to do together:
• Hiking with the dogs
• Traveling to beautiful places
• Cooking and eating delicious food (like sushi!)
• Visiting the dog park
• Dancing whenever appropriate (and sometimes, not!)
• Watching plays and musicals
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. While studying, I found that I loved working with children, and I discovered a passion for inner-city, high-needs children. To follow this calling, I joined Teach For America to become a teacher. I taught pre-kindergarten in Atlanta, Georgia, while getting a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Now, I coach preschool and Pre-K teachers in Washington, DC. The organization where I work is very family-friendly.
I want 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: super smart, boundlessly energetic, and marvelously compassionate – a sweet harmony of head and heart notes. When she loves, it goes way down deep. When she smiles, it’s ocean-wide.
Erin loves kids; she has dedicated her life to them. In fact, I first fell in love with her while visiting her class, sitting on the carpet with her students, and watching her teach.
Every combination of patience, and kindness, and goodness comes together in her. I just know that she will be without equal as a mother.
I grew up in eastern Michigan near Lake Huron. My childhood was happy: lots of sports (especially soccer and basketball!), tree forts, church, vacations, part-time jobs, and guitar playing. I went to college at the University of Michigan, where I studied physics (like The Big-Bang Theory), and then received a PhD from Cornell University. I am currently a scientist at a government lab with the U.S. Department of Defense. As a researcher, I set my own work hours, which gives me flexibility to spend lots of time with family.
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 carpentry, we will build a tool shed.
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 our dogs and my students melts my heart. He knows how to make kids laugh, gives excellent hugs, and is a wonderful listener. When Jason came to visit my pre-kindergarten classroom (many times) while we were dating, my students fell in love with him too. I know he will be an incredible father because he’s an incredible husband, and an incredible “Dada” to our two dogs. Jason is the perfect mixture of silly and serious, and he loves our family so well.
Our Family, Dogs and Friends
We are lucky to have amazing families! Erin’s parents, Mark and Kathryn, live in Georgia. Their home has a huge backyard and a pool. Erin’s sister, Alyssa, and her husband, Ryan, also live in Georgia and are expecting their first child! Erin’s brother, Reid, lives in Ohio, and is eager to share his love of sports and science with his nieces and nephews.
Jason’s parents, Michael and Kathy, also live in Georgia. They are only one hour away from Erin’s parents! Jason’s identical twin, Wade, and his wife, Vivian, live in New York City. Since Wade and Vivian are only a quick train ride away, they visit often. Jason’s older brother, Nick, and his wife Kayla just celebrated their son Nathan’s first birthday in Texas, where they live. Our future child will grow up surrounded by a loving extended family and will be close in age to their cousins!
Both our friends and family get together for reunions and holidays, and we travel to Georgia 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 and Christmas Eve celebrations, like singing carols as a family!
• Big family reunions every year (on both sides)
• A vacation for the 4th of July
• Halloween parties
We have two of the world’s cutest and sweetest dogs, Moose and Piper. Erin rescued Moose six years ago, and they have been inseparable ever since. Moose is a labrador-retriever mix, and loves to play fetch. He loves all people and gets really happy when children pet him!
Piper is a chocolate labradoodle. We got her from a family farm in Friendship, New York. “Friendship” is the perfect word to describe Piper – she loves everyone, even animals she should be afraid of (like wild possums!) Piper greets everyone (especially kids) with kisses. She’s the sweetest, gentlest dog we have ever known.
Favorite Activities with Friends:
• Going out for sushi
• River tubing
• Secret Santa
• Costume Parties
• Babysitting (so our friends can go on date-night)
• Grilling out by the pool in our apartment complex
Our Home and Our Promise
We live in Northern Virginia, only a few minutes 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.
In addition to being ideally situated, our apartment building is brand new, with a beautiful pool, a massive game room, a gym, a rooftop lounge, and multiple recreational rooms. Right outside our building is a 24-acre park with a paved bike and walking path, a water park, tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, as well as several playgrounds. All of it is free!
Our neighborhood consists of a very diverse group of people: young families, single people, retirees, and older families. The neighborhood has a mix of apartments, condos, townhouses, and affordable housing — bringing together people from a wide range of cultures and incomes. We can walk to the movie theatre, the grocery store, restaurants, and other stores.
Since Erin works in education, she will ensure that our child attends a great school (probably one of the schools where Erin works).
We attend an Episcopal church in DC called St. Augustine’s (where Thurgood Marshall went!) St. Augustine’s is a welcoming and diverse community that serves all types of people, and we really love it.
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, kind, and loving
• 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’ve given us
One last Thank you
Although “thank you” can never be enough, we thank you for taking the time to learn about us and considering us to raise your child.
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.