Joe & Megan
Megan & Joe
Dear Birth Mother: HI! We’re Joe, Megan and Jackson from Massachusetts! We can’t thank you enough for taking the time to learn about us. WE ADMIRE YOUR STRENGTH AND LOVE FOR YOUR BABY. We know this is the hardest decision you will ever make and hopefully getting to know us will help put your mind at ease as you consider adoption.
Our Hopes and Dreams: We have been blessed with our 1-year old son Jackson through adoption. We have enjoyed every minute of watching him grow and learn. We are excited to grow our family through adoption again. We are blessed to be on this journey and can’t wait to learn more about you.
This Is Us: We met in late 2011 through an online dating website; we were drawn to each other through our love of dogs and hanging out with friends. We hit it off on our first date and have been inseparable every since. In May of 2013 Joe proposed and in February of 2014 we had a winter wonderland wedding surrounded by friends and family.
OUR RELATIONSHIP IS HONEST AND FUN. We love to be together. We both love the outdoors, watching sporting events and movies, trying new restaurants and going to new places in New England, Canada and Florida. Since adopting Jackson, we have created our own small family traditions such as homemade pizza on Friday nights, pancakes/waffles on Sunday mornings, long walks with our dogs on weekend afternoons, and getting ice cream on hot summer evenings.
Our 9-5: JOE TEACHES AT A LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL. He enjoys working with students and his colleagues, and loves the variation in his days. He gets summers and school vacations off, and is able to get home in the late afternoon to spend time in the yard with Jackson and the dogs.
MEGAN WORKS IN THE FINANCIAL SERVICES INDUSTRY. Her schedule is flexible and she is able to work from home two days a week. She has been with the company for over 14 years and has a great team of people working with her.
Adoption is a HUGE part of our lives: I (MEGAN) WAS ADOPTED AS AN INFANT. I grew up always knowing I was adopted in a time when knowing you were adopted was not always common. My parents taught me about how strong and selfless my birth mother was. They admired her and knew how much she loved me for making the choice that she did. I look forward to teaching our future child the same. I want them to know how much they are loved because their mother chose us to love them as much as she does.
We also have a niece who is adopted. She is a spunky, fun loving nine year old, who brings so much happiness into our lives. We look forward to our future child having such a great cousin who they can look up to and learn from.
A Few Of Our Favorites:
MEGAN: Darius Rucker
JOE: Anything acoustic
MEGAN: Ice Hockey
MEGAN: Any Harry Potter book
JOE: Any book on US history
Meet Megan by Joe: Meg makes me a better person and I love being around her. When we met, she was unlike any other person I had known. She is very adventurous and loves to travel. Our list of places we would like to visit is a mile long. Yet, she is also comfortable spending a rainy day on the couch watching HGTV or Star Wars. She is very athletic. Meg has completed four marathons and played volleyball in college. She is strong and isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty doing projects around the house. She is an expert at painting walls, and is even comfortable hammering in hardwood floors or replacing a toilet. Meg is an excellent cook and would love to open up a small café some day. Her homemade pizza is the best I have ever had!
Meg can be a goofball, yet is the most responsible person I know. She is known to dance, and sing to music in the car. Yes, she is that person that you look over at when stuck in traffic and say, how can she be so happy right now?! Meg can be a loud talker and her laugher can fill a room quickly. It is infectious and people can’t help being in a good mood around her.
Meg is caring and generous. She has spent countless hours volunteering for Big Sister Association and City Year. Jackson loves to be with her. “Mamma” is his favorite word! Megan spends a lot of time reading and playing with Jackson. She loves introducing him to different types of music. I AM AMAZED BY HER ENDLESS ENERGY AND HER ABILITY TO KNOW WHAT JACKSON NEEDS BEFORE HE ASKS FOR IT.
What Makes Me Happy
• Watching JACKSON LAUGH
• Quiet time with JOE
• GOING OUT TO DINNER with friends
• TRAVELING to new places new places
• All of us WALKING WITH THE DOGS
Meet Joe by Megan: JOE BY MEG: I knew right away after meeting Joe that he would change my life. Joe is patient, understanding, loving and of course fun. He knows when I’ve had a long day and wants to do everything he can to help me relax in the evening and that includes cooking dinner (probably mac & cheese or grilling), and doing dishes. Joe loves his friends and family and is always there for them. He volunteers to help them move, lets them borrow tools for yard work, and is happy to hang out and watch a sports game.
Joe is an amazing father. I love watching him with Jackson. They play together, run around and just laugh out loud. Nothing makes me happier than seeing both of them smiling and laughing. He loves reading to Jackson and teaching him new things like how to stack his building blocks. He is patient and always tries to understand what Jackson needs, and takes the opportunity to teach him new things at every turn.
JACKSON AND I ARE BLESSED TO HAVE JOE IN OUR LIVES, AND WE CAN’T WAIT TO SHARE HIM WITH ANOTHER PERSON.
What Makes Me Happy:
• EXPLORING new places with Megan
• Making JACKSON LAUGH
• Being OUTSIDE
• ICE CREAM (anything peanut butter)
Meet Big Brother Jackson, the big brother-to-be: Jackson is an energetic, loving and happy 1 ½ year old boy. He loves to dance, ride his bike and play with the dogs. He loves to read, and his favorite book is ‘Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site’. Jackson is an adventurous eater. He likes everything from pizza and hot dogs to kiwis, avocados and cauliflower. He enjoys being outside and going to the farm in our town to see the cows and moo at them.
Jackson is going to be a great big brother because he loves playing with kids at school and in the neighborhood and has endless energy.
Meet The People We Love: Joe has two sisters and one brother. His parents live near the ocean and he spent a lot of time at the beach when he was younger. We still spend time at their house BBQing and enjoying the ocean just like he did when he was younger. Joe has two nieces and a nephew. We see Joe’s family often for holidays and family gatherings.
Megan has a brother and sister. Her siblings and father all live about an hour away, similar to Joe’s. Megan has one niece. Megan is also very close with her extended family, including her cousins who live near us and are like brothers to Megan.
We have an extraordinary group of friends. We have friends which we have known since we were kids and friends we have met over recent years. Most of our friends have kids, this gives Jackson the opportunity to interact with kids his age. We have gone from going out at night dancing with our friends to hanging out at each others’ houses BBQing and just spending time together.
Our Home & Closing Thoughts
Home Sweet Home: We live in a small town outside of Boston with an excellent school system. Our town has lots of farms and is close to the beach. There is a local dairy farm that has the best ice cream, and we love to go there after dinner on warmer nights. Our house is on a cul-de-sac in a family friendly neighborhood. There are always kids outside playing ball, riding bikes and running around. There is a horse farm on our street and we go visit them often.
We have a great yard that we love. We have a lot of land covered in grass and plenty of area to run around and play.
Meet Neely, Bear and Salem: Neely and Bear are chocolate labs. Neely is 11 years old and Bear is four years old. They both love playing in the yard, going to the beach and snuggling on the couch. They think they are lap dogs. They are great big brothers to Jackson and the unofficial mayors of the neighborhood.
Salem is a nine year old rescued black cat. He is playful and loves to cuddle. He is the one in charge of Neely and Bear, but just don’t tell Neely and Bear that! Salem is so patient with Jackson and loves being around him.
In Closing: We promise we will love your baby with all the love in the world. We will teach him/her about how special they are to have so many people in their lives that love them so much. We will be open and honest with them about their adoption journey and teach them how blessed we are to have all found each other.
We hope that from these few pages you were able to learn about who we are, what we love, and what we like to do.
No matter which family you choose, thank you for your strength and selflessness.
One Last Thank You: Thank you for taking the time to learn about our lives. We know the choices you have to make are very difficult and we admire your strength. We can promise you that we will ensure that your child always knows how special they are and how much love you have for them.