BC: to be continued...
FC: Megan & John | O U R S T O R Y
2: Dear Birth Mother, Our names are John and Megan and we have always wanted a family. If you choose us to be your baby's adoptive parents, they will be coming into a loving and caring home. Your baby will be joining our family as our first child. Please know that your baby will always be surrounded by love, laughter and kindness. We have known for a long time that we would not be able to conceive a child. This led us to the gift of adoption. We are very excited to start this new chapter in our lives. We can only imagine the difficult decision you have ahead of you. We think you are incredibly brave to put together this adoption plan. If we are lucky enough to be selected by you, know that this baby will always know how much you loved them. We will be happy to send you pictures and updates as the baby progresses. Thank you for considering us – we are so grateful for the opportunity to tell you about ourselves.
4: about us | Michigan | Megan | Masters | Cooking, reading | A good education | Name: ___________________________ Birth Place: ___________________________ I value: ___________________________ Education: ____________________________ Hobbies: ____________________________ | Megan was born in a small town where she grow up on a lake. This led to her love of swimming and the outdoors. Megan also enjoys the city life. Her parents are from Chicago where she spent many vacations. These trips gave her a great understanding of city life and she has become a big city girl.
5: John | North Dakota | Military Tech School | Cooking, computers | Work ethic | Name: ___________________________ Birth Place: ___________________________ I value: ___________________________ Education: ____________________________ Hobbies: ____________________________ | John was born and raised in a very small town on a dairy farm. This life gave John a strong work ethic and love of the land. After traveling in the Air Force, we are currently stationed at Minot AFB. John loves being back in North Dakota and close to his parents, who still live on the farm.
6: People have always said John and I are like an old married couple. We love the simple things in life and are happy just being around each other. John and I are always laughing and joking around, even if we are just sitting at home. We hope to share our love and happiness with a little one some day.
7: Happy Moments | ...........................................
8: H O W W E M E T | We met November 2006 in Olympia, Washington. John was stationed there and I had just moved for a new job. We met at church while John was singing in the choir. John and I talked so much that night, we were the last ones to leave. | In 2008 John and I took a trip to North Dakota. This was my first time meeting John's family. We also invited my folks. Everyone had so much fun! My parents milked cows and drove tractors. John's parents enjoyed showing what North Dakota had to offer. | O U R F I R S T TRIP
9: O U R WEDDING | In May 2010, John and I were married. This day took six years in the making. We were so excited to have our family close. Everyone came to North Dakota, many for the first time, to wish us well. We spent our honeymoon at Disney World! | In July 2010, John and I moved to North Dakota. We are so happy to be near family and back in the small town. Our kids will be able to enjoy small town life and all the benefits. They will also learn the value of community. | THE BIG MOVE
10: We love our families very much. John is the oldest of two boys and I also have a younger brother. Having John's family close has been a great blessing and we are enjoying spending time with them. Although we can't see my family as much, we still make time to meet for special events.
12: John learning at the museum | My best girls at our wedding | John and I playing with the camera
13: When we get to spend time with our family and friends, some funny things can happen. We love to cook and play cards, there is never a dull moment. It will be exciting to have a child around to share our traditions and even make some new ones. | John cooking Thanksgiving dinner | John and I ready to see in 4D
14: We share our home with two cats. Both girls were adopted from the animal shelter. They are the most wonderful and caring cats in the world. We love them a lot, even though sometimes they don't love each other. | Our Family Pets | .............................................. | Moo and Quack
15: Both cats are happy to share their home with humans in their own special way. Quack loves people and kids. She is excited to come investigate all newcomers. Moo, on the other hand, is scared of people until she gets to know them. Then she will be putty in your hands.
16: Foreign Exchange Student | ................................ | In the summer of 2009 we were lucky enough to host a foreign student in our home for a weekend. Our student, Soyoung, was from Japan. She thought that we had lots of things in common with her and she enjoyed our energy. John and I also learned a lot from Soyoung. It was very interesting to see her interest in American culture.
17: John and I are the oldest siblings in our families so we do not have any nieces or nephews yet. We have been around children, however, and enjoy caring for them. While living in Washington we became very good friends with a family in our apartment building. We would babysit their young boy, Connor. It felt good that the parents trusted us to take care of their son. | Being Around Kids
18: First Anniversary | Florida | ......................................... | December 2011 | Second Anniversary | Second Anniversary
19: In December 2011, John and I went to my brother's college graduation in Florida. While there, we celebrated our second anniversary by going to Universal Studios We had so much fun enjoying the warm weather! John and I rode roller coasters and our favorite part was Harry Potter World!
20: favorite moments | John is an amazing singer. He sings in the choir at church. I, on the other hand, love to play golf. I was captain of my team in high school and still try to get out when the weather is nice. | Our families are opposites in many ways. My parents are from the city. John's parents are pure North Dakotan. It's fun when we get together because we are always learning new things. | ACTIVITIES | OUR FAMILIES
21: John is a great photographer while I enjoy baking. We love to experiment with different ideas and love to share our creations. John likes to give photos as Christmas presents while I love to bake for the holidays. | John and I have been lucky to travel around the world. We have also lived overseas, John in Germany and I was in Ireland. We love to see beautiful places and learn about different cultures. John and I hope to show the world's wonders to our child. | TRAVEL | HOBBIES
23: In 2005 John lost his younger brother, DJ, in Iraq. Through this event, John became part of the T.A.P.S family. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is a programs that offers support for families suffering a military loss. We work as mentors for grieving children.John enjoys working with the kids while keeping in touch with his own situation and grief.John and I will forever honor the memory of DJ and his sacrifice. | T.A.P.S | .............................................. | Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
24: Dive! Dive! Dive! | John's family playing cards | John found a taste of home in Washington
25: John and I discussing over dinner | Winters in Washington | Our wedding cake | John on his first deployment
26: friendship | I've known John and Megan as friends for almost seven years now. In the time I've gotten to know them, I have seen what caring people they are, not just for family and friends, but also for anyone in need. Their life is based on a strong foundation of faith, which shows through their actions. Their volunteer work and dedication to making the lives of others better is something I truly feel blessed to have been around these years. ~Errin
27: I have known Megan for over half of my life, and I am so thrilled at the prospect of her and John adopting a child. She has been a great friend, confidante and fellow adventurer over the years, and I know these qualities will come through in her parenting. She and John are a great blend of fun and easygoing yet responsible and surefooted. ~Chloe
28: Thank you | John and I would like to thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. We had a wonderful time creating this book and helping you get to know us. It was a fun experience that allowed us to take a moment to reexamine our relationship and get excited about our future. We are proud to open our home and hearts to you and let you know that we are ready to be part of your adoption plan. We pray that through adoption we will begin a new chapter in our lives as a new family unit. John and I are ready to share our love, traditions, and happiness as we raise your child in a very nurturing environment.