We are Jon and Julie from Texas. We’re a very happy, loving, responsible, laid back couple, and are beyond excited to start growing our family through adoption. As you learn more about us, we hope to show you a glimpse into our lives and all that we have to offer.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and consider us as parents for your baby. We respect and admire your brave decision to consider adoption.
We met on an online dating site (we were skeptical!) while Julie was in grad school in St. Louis, and Jon was working in Dallas. Our relationship started long distance with emails and phone calls, and we definitely built a strong friendship first. After we had our first date, we both knew there was something special between us as we shared a lot of the same interests, values, and hobbies.
After Julie graduated, we moved to Houston – where we are both from. We got married after dating 3 years, and have been married now for 5 years. We enjoy being active and doing all the activities Houston has to offer, but we are just as content having a quiet evening cooking a nice dinner at home and watching a movie. We love just relaxing at home, watching sports, going to baseball games, going to the symphony and musicals, and spending time with our families. Usually at some point over the weekends you can find us cooking a yummy meal before curling up on the couch cheering on the Houston Texans or the Astros. Living a healthy lifestyle is important to us, and we both love to exercise and cook healthy meals. Jon is famous for his tilapia tacos and blackened salmon, and Julie loves making steamed vegetables and fancy salads.
One of our passions is traveling, and we have been fortunate enough to take some amazing trips both in the states and internationally. We love exploring and experiencing different cultures, foods, and people. We always look forward to our next trip, and this is something we would love to continue with our children.
Our families are extremely important to us, and we believe that family always comes first. Julie’s parents live about 30 minutes away, and are so excited to welcome their first grandchild! Julie’s mom works with children as a school nurse, and all her kids there love her. Jon’s parents live about 30 minutes away as well, and this will be their second grandchild. We routinely have family gatherings, especially at holidays and to celebrate birthdays.
We stay close with our extended family as well, even though some of them are spread out around the country. With Julie’s family, we always spend the week between Christmas and New Years with her aunts, uncles, and cousins that live out of state. Most of Jon’s family is in Chicago, and we’ve made several trips up there as well.
We live in a house in a suburb in the Houston area. Our neighborhood is very safe and family friendly, has a park within walking distance, and several walking and bike trails nearby. We are zoned to some of the highest ranked schools in the city. There are several young children on our cul-de-sac that are frequently outside playing with their toys, riding their bikes, and talking with neighbors. Our neighbors are wonderful, and one fun thing we do in our cul-de-sac on Halloween is all get together to have a cook out while we pass out Halloween candy.
We also have two cats – our fur babies! We adopted them right after we got married, and they’re part of our family too. Mia is orange and white, and Maddie is black.
About Julie by Jon
Julie is truly my soulmate, and my prayers were answered with her coming into my life. From our first date, I knew there was something special about us. We literally didn’t want to leave each other the first day we met, so we went out for coffee after dinner, and stood in the parking lot talking for another hour after it closed. I fell in love with her because of her smile, her drive to be the best at everything she dedicates herself to, her brilliance (which leads her to be right nearly all the time), and realizing that she makes me better every day.
A perfect match is a dream and it is a dream to be married to Julie. Every day she makes me smile with her support and love. Julie cares deeply about people and will always do her best to help anyone who needs it. Spending time with loved ones and making the most of every day is one of her mottos. She is the perfect wife and will be a wonderful mother to your wonderful child.
Julie is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and works every day with cancer patients. Her patients constantly write her thank you notes and give her small tokens of appreciation for helping and healing them. Just about every day I get to listen to an amazing story about one of her patients and the impact she is having on them. It gives me great comfort knowing that she is truly making a difference in the world. Julie will take the dedication to her patients into being a parent.
Wellness and a healthy lifestyle is something that Julie is passionate about. She works out nearly every day and plans healthy meals for us during the work week. Julie is also a coach for women who need support, motivation, and accountability in their diet and exercise programs.
When she takes time for herself, Julie loves to read (I can’t count how many e-books she has), travel (we’ve got some stories), relax, and is active in church as a reader and wedding hostess. Helping people find happiness and their fairytale ending is very rewarding to her. Really, anything related to weddings makes her happy! We also both grew up in musical families and she played the harp, flute and piano before settling into her love, the viola. Julie and I both play the viola – talk about soulmates!
About Jon by Julie
Jon is my best friend and soulmate, and I’m thankful every day that he’s a part of my life. He is a very loving, supportive, motivated, and hard-working partner. I never thought I would find someone like him!
Jon is the most loving and supportive husband I could ask for, and always puts my needs before his own. He has always stayed by my side, even in difficult situations. Whether it’s taking care of me when I’m sick or letting me vent after a rough day at work, he has always and will always be there for me. Every day he tells me he loves me and shows affection, no matter how cheesy he sounds! He’s my best friend in the world, and is going to be the best dad!
Jon works as a pricing software consultant implementing new solutions for his customers, and loves anything with technology. He’s a master with spreadsheets, computers, and anything electronic. He even used his expertise in spreadsheets to create one to keep track of our finances and budgeting for our family (it’s VERY detailed and organized!). He is very driven, motivated, and a perfectionist in everything he does including his work, which are some of his many qualities that I was attracted to and I know he will set a good example for our children.
One of Jon’s loves is sports – both playing and watching. He played several sports growing up including baseball, soccer, basketball, and swimming, and was a 4-year letterman swimmer at a major university in Texas. He also worked as a swim coach for kids in the summers, so I’m sure our kids will be little fishes! He still enjoys playing basketball a few nights each week at the gym and at our church, and also enjoys yoga. A couple of his favorite times of year is when college football season starts and the March Madness college basketball tournament. Jon and I always fill out brackets and have a friendly competition to see who picks more winning teams. I can definitely see Jon out in the backyard kicking the soccer ball or playing catch with our child, and sharing his love of sports.
What we hope to offer a child
First and foremost, we want our child to feel loved and to realize the importance of family. We hope that they are close to their siblings, cousins, grandparents, and aunts and uncles. We want to create fun family traditions and happy memories that our kids can look back on. We want to be able to encourage them to pursue hobbies and activities they enjoy, and we will be there to support them every step of the way. We plan to give them tons of hugs and kisses every day and tell them we love them.
Education is very important to both of us, and we plan to make school a priority. We both have college degrees, and hope to see our children through college pursuing a career they will enjoy so that they will be successful, independent, and responsible people. We will start a college fund in order to support them financially through school as well.
Our Christian faith is very important to us, and we plan to raise our child in this manner by having them baptized, praying with them, and taking them to church and Sunday school. We love our church family, and know they will be a second family for our child. God plays an important role in our lives, and hope it does for our child as well.
Thoughts on Adoption
Adoption is something that has always been on our hearts. After several years of praying, we feel that God is leading us toward this option to start our family. We know that we have so much to offer a child, and promise to build a supportive, caring, and stable environment for them.
We are open to discussing how much contact you feel comfortable having. We want to be open and honest with our child about their adoption story since it’s a part of who they are, and tell them about your incredibly brave and selfless decision to choose adoption.
We’re so grateful to you for taking the time to read about us and get to know us. Know that we are already praying for you on this journey, and praying for your sweet baby every day.
If you would like to learn more about us or arrange an initial phone call, please call Cindy (anytime) at A Loving Alternative (800) 556-5635. We’re so excited to meet you and get to know you.
Julie and Jon