S: James & Julia
BC: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
FC: James & Julia
1: Hello! Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child. We cannot imagine what you are going through and how difficult this decision must be for you. While we have not met you, we already know that you have a great deal of love for your baby by the fact that you are considering an adoption plan. We admire the courage, strength and selfless heart that you must have, and we feel honored to even be considered as parents for your child.
2: 2001: We meet while attending college. | 2005: We adopted Kimchee | 2008: We got engaged! | Our Story | We met 10 years ago. We started out as friends months before we started dating. We were married almost 7 years later. If you ask our friends they think we are a very unique couple because we are so different as people, yet so alike in our values and beliefs about what is important in life. Julia is very talkative and will engage in conversation with anyone, while James is more shy and reserved until you get to know him. Julia enjoys doing very social things like shopping, going to the movies with friends or going to concerts. James loves the outdoors and feels most at home fishing or hiking in the woods.
3: 2008: We bought our first house! | 2009: We got Married! | 2011: We decide to pursue adoption! | Why we chose ADOPTION? We always knew we wanted children. Both of us come from very large and close knit families. After we were married we started trying to conceive. When we reached the year mark, we went to the doctor and found out that it was not going to be safe for Julia to become pregnant. Our experience with infertility not only opened our eyes to the beauty of adoption, but also strengthened our marriage and better prepared us to be parents. We feel it is a privilege to bring a child into our family just as God brings us into His.
4: Our wedding day was so special and memorable. We had our first date on the beach and James proposed to Julia on the beach so we got married on the same beach. We were so worried about the weather all week. It rained and stormed, and well we didn't exactly have a backup plan. When it came time to head down to the beach it was as if God just shut off the faucet and parted the clouds. It ended up being the most gorgeous day and best weekend. | Most difficult shot of the day.
5: Julia's Family | James' Family
6: James is truly a one of a kind and God really broke the mold with him. He is the most loving, confident, smart and giving person I have ever met. His sense of humor and wit is what first attracted me to him. He is truly everything I always imagined in my life partner. Kids absolutely love James which is one of the reasons I know he will be an amazing Dad. It is so much fun to watch him playing with them and teaching them so many new things. He cannot wait to take fishing trips, read bedtime stories and watch Saturday morning cartoons (with someone other than me.) | One of his favorite roles Uncle James | Monkey Joe's | JAMES by JULIA
7: Ahh! A shark... | snorkeling in Nassau | " like this Uncle James?" | "no my head is bigger" | "that's right your going to be big and strong..." | FAVORITES: Food: Lasagna Movie: Finding Nemo Author: Michael Chrichton Hobby: Fishing Color: Blue Ice Cream : Mint Chocolate Chip
8: Julia is a constant ray of sunshine. She has a beautiful smile that is only topped by the size of her heart. Julia can turn an awful day great just with her personality alone. Julia is a natural caretaker which is why I know she will make her a great mother. She is extremely creative and cannot wait to start art projects and party planning. | JULIA by JAMES | one of the best ways to spend a Sunday afternoon! | Kimchee loves hiking | Snorkeling in Jamaica
9: FAVORITES: Food: Italian Movie: The Lion King Author: Janet Evanovich Hobby: Reading Color: Purple Ice Cream : Rocky Road | Fun with Aunt Julia | "not as soft and cuddly as he looks" | I got a STRIKE! | Tickle Monster
10: James is the oldest of 4 children. He is the protective big brother and very close with each of them. They live about 4 hours away and we spend tons of time together whenever we can. James' side of the family is very active so when we get together we are usually outdoors, active and ALWAYS having fun! This will be the first grandchild for James' parents and they couldn't be happier!
12: Julia is the second oldest of 6 kids. Her family dynamic is similar to that of the Brady Bunch. She is the heart of her family. They all have a very close relationship and can always depend on each other. The family lives about 4 hours away but we always make time to be in each other's lives. We have 6 nephews and 3 nieces. We love to spend as much time together as possible. Julia's parents are no strangers to being Grandparents at all but are so excited to welcome #10 into the Bunch. The entire family can't wait to love and spoil your child.
14: OUR FRIENDS are some of our biggest supporters in life. They have become like family over the years.
16: We live in a ranch style house with a daylight basement. The home has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a large fenced in back yard. We have relationships with all of our neighbors and enjoy grilling out and each other’s company. There are children of all ages in our neighborhood and a park within walking distance. We live in an excellent school district and have access to many libraries and recreational facilities. | Home Sweet Home | Our neighborhood park.
17: just some ideas | The only thing we know for sure is that there is a fish tank in the nursery and a closet just waiting to be filled with baby clothes.
18: Traditions & Holidays | Some special traditions in our family are Nana's Pajama Party at Christmas, going to the circus, Disney on Ice and our annual kayak and camping trip. We also celebrate the holidays like everyone else, doing things like pumpkin carving, dressing up for Halloween, hiding Easter eggs and picking out the perfect Christmas tree. Birthdays are a big deal in our house. There is always a party with family, friends, food and a lot of laughs.
20: VACATIONS & TRAVEL
21: We both love the water and beach so much that most of our vacations take place around water. We have been very fortunate to see some of the most beautiful beaches. We have spent time in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Jamaica. We spend at least 1 week in the spring on the Gulf Coast. We like to take trips to the mountains and weekend getaways whenever we can. We love exploring new places and can't wait to share that with your child.
23: Most of all we love being TOGETHER!
24: KIMCHEE | 'of course she shared her popsicle' | We adopted Kimchee when she was 5 months old. She is one of the smartest and definitely the most loyal dogs. She enjoys long walks on the beach, trips to the park and going for car rides. She can't wait to be a big sister. | 'water...what water' | tug of war champion!
25: Thank you again for taking the time to get to know us. We hope that you have a better sense of who we are, our love for each other and the love we will pour onto your child as they are welcomed into our family. We promise to always be honest, loving and supportive. Your child will always know how much you love them. We look forward to getting to know about your interests and hobbies so that we may one day share them with your child. Know that we are praying for you and your child every day. | Julia | James | Kimchee