FC: Jon and Janilee
1: Dear Friend, Hello, our names are Jon and Janilee. Thank you for taking time to learn more about our family. We hope this book provides for you a good glimpse into who we are, and more importantly, we hope that it might help you find peace and strength in your decision. We want you to know that we have the greatest admiration for you and are in awe of your selflessness and courage. If chosen as the adoptive family for your child, we promise to provide unconditional love, laughter, and support to your child for their entire life. | "A mothers heart is always with her child" - Unknown Author
2: ABOUT US Our story begins when both of us moved to the Salt Lake City, Utah at the same time. Jon was arriving to start a new job and Janilee was moving out from Washington D.C. to be closer to her family. We met when a mutual friend asked Jon to help Janilee move into her new condo. A wonderful friendship began which later blossomed into a beautiful relationship. From the moment we met, we were inseparable. We quickly learned that we have many similar goals and interests that have developed into a strong marriage. We both love to travel, learn new things, and enjoy spending time with our families. We share a strong faith in Jesus Christ and are active in our church. Before we were married, we talked about wanting to adopt, as Janilee's brother is adopted. We want to provide a fulfilling life to each of our future children - a life full of many opportunities and unconditional love.
5: We have traveled all over the world, and have experienced so many wonderful cultures. We want to travel with our children, so they can also learn about different countries, and experience various traditions from around the world!
7: ABOUT JANILEE (by Jon) I was first attracted to Janilee by a sparkle in her eyes and her beautiful smile. She's a happy person who loves living life to its fullest. Janilee is very goal-oriented and after graduating from college she has had a successful career as an interior designer which compliments her creativity. She has worked in all over the country in such places as New York City, San Diego, Washington DC, and Salt Lake City. She now owns her own business and works from home so she can devote her time to her family first. She's a natural with children. I love watching her with our nieces and nephews. She's everyone's favorite aunt because she knows how to make everything fun! She loves dancing, singing, laughing, and exploring the world. I know she'll be an excellent mother!
9: ABOUT JON (by Janilee) Jon will be the funnest dad! He is also very patient and kind. He loves his job working as a marketing director, and has a a strong desire to provide well for his family. While he is a very hard worker, her also makes sure that our family comes first. All of Jon's nieces an nephews love him. He likes to take them hiking, fishing and camping. He loves to play sports with them including soccer, football, and baseball. His love for his family was one of the first reasons I fell in love with him. He always treats others with love and respect and will be the best father ever.
10: All things grow better with love.
12: OUR HOME AND NEIGHBORHOOD We live in a three-bedroom home in a quiet neighborhood near the mountains in Salt Lake City, Utah. The walls of our home display memories of our family. We look forward to making many more memories with our children and having many fun adventures with them. Our neighborhood is filled with families of many different races and nationalities and the children love playing together in the nearby park. We are friends with many of our neighbors and enjoy neighborhood barbecues together. We enjoy taking trips into the city to attend concerts, see the ballet and opera, shop at the farmer's market, and enjoy delicious restaurants. We also enjoy making quick trips to the nearby mountains to spend the day hiking, camping, skiing , sledding, and enjoying the beautiful area where we live!
14: Jon's Family Jon grew up in Washington state and is the oldest of five children. He has many nieces and nephews and enjoys spending lots of time with them. His dad growing up worked in IT, and his mom stayed at home and taught piano lessons. They took many family trips to the beach or to visit relatives in Montana, California, Illinois, and Utah. Today his family is still very close and they look forward to seeing each other every chance they get.
15: Janilee's Family Janilee grew up in Colorado in the heart of the Rocky mountains. She has 3 sisters and 2 brothers, one of whom is adopted from Romania. She also has many nieces and nephews and enjoys seeing them often. Janilee is also very close to her extended family. She has over 60 first cousins and a very loving grandmother. They have many family reunions and are all very loving and supportive of each other.
16: Friends Along with our family we have many friends who are like family to us. They are so supportive and we have learned so much from them. They play such a important role in our family and to our future children. We are so excited for our children to play together and be part of one another's lives.
19: THANK YOU We are so excited to share the love in our family with a child. We love experiencing different cultures and want to adopt a child from a different race other than our own. Whatever the child's cultural background is, we want to incorporate aspects of that into our family as well. We wish that we knew what other questions about us that you may have. We would be happy to answer any that come to your mind. We know this can't be an easy decision for you, but know that your child will grow up knowing that they had birth-parents who loved them and were very courageous. We pray that God will provide you with the peace, love, and support you need while making your decision. Sincerely, Jon and Janilee
20: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace.