JOHN AND MAGGIE
Hello! We’re John and Maggie, and we are so grateful to have this opportunity to connect with you. We are so excited–and super nervous–to write this letter. We’ve been married for 11 years and have so much fun together! We’re truly best friends and spend time going for hikes and walks, watching Netflix, and even running boring errands-it’s more fun when we go together!
One thing to know about us is that we’re an open book. We value honesty, and pride ourselves on being open and accepting of other people. Our relationships with family and friends mean everything to us, and kids are a huge part of that.
Our hearts brought us to adoption. From the very beginning, adoption just felt right, like this is exactly what we are meant to do. Maggie grew up with tons of cousins and loved spending holidays and Sunday dinners with her big family. John’s family is small but very close. They talk or text almost every day.
MAGGIE ABOUT JOHN
John is incredibly brave. He doesn’t think he is because he’s a bit of a worrier, but worrying has never held him back from pursuing what he wants to do, from going to graduate school to moving across country to being there to support his family. He takes his work and his family responsibilities seriously… but be warned that everything else is fair game for poking fun! John loves to crack jokes. He loves all things comic: watching funny movies, stand-up comedy, telling the same silly stories with his friends over and over (and over). He has such a strong balance with those traits—being brave enough to pursue his goals, working hard, being responsible, but also having so much fun along the way. Life is never boring with John! I admire that in him, and I know he’s going to be the most wonderful father. John’s father left when he was a kid, and he learned a lot from that experience. He plans to be an involved, active father and envisions standing on the sidelines at a ball game cheering away or sitting at story-time at the public library. I know that John’s big, kind heart will make him a generous, loving father. Even if our kids get as tired of his old jokes as I do…
JOHN ABOUT MAGGIE
Maggie is the rock star you didn’t know about. She radiates strength, grace, and confidence in a way that comforts and reassures everyone who meets her. She can just as easily offer advice and listen to your troubles as sit around and watch reruns of Gilmore Girls with you. When she makes friends, she makes them for life. She’s not a great singer, but I love it when she sings. Which she does. A lot. She’s my best friend, and she’s my inspiration. She’s funny, smart, and tough, all of which she’ll inspire in our children. Maggie’s family supports each other through thick and thin. She wants to encourage her children to be adventurous and creative, and let them learn to be strong and independent. I know that Maggie’s determination, compassion, and grace will make her a strong mother, and one who will raise a strong, caring child.
Both of us work from home full time. Maggie is a writer for the pet industry, and John is a scientist. Working from home means we won’t need childcare, which we’re grateful for. Plus, with flexible work schedules, we get to do things like meet Maggie’s parents for breakfast before work or take the dogs to the park at lunchtime.
Last year we bought a home that felt right for growing our family. It’s full of warmth and love… and dog and cat hair… Lately we’ve been working on the nursery. Maggie’s sister passed along her crib and dresser from her baby. We painted a bookshelf and picked out tons of children’s books and stuffed animals to decorate the shelves.
The best part about our new house is the backyard, which has a swimming pool. We hoped the dogs would enjoy swimming, but they refuse to get in! But, we’ve had fun inviting friends and family over for pool parties. Since our siblings all have children, we can’t wait to have cookouts for all the cousins this summer. We love playing with our two super-adorable dogs and sweet cat who bring us so much joy. They play and snuggle and hike with us, and the dogs hang out with our nephews who give them way too many treats. We appreciate that there are excellent schools nearby and will encourage our child to be an active learner and pursue different activities they enjoy!
Our extended families are super-excited about the adoption process, too. Maggie’s family lives in Indy, too, and her mom called dibs on being the babysitter! Maggie’s family supports each other through thick and thin! We have a guest room in our new home, and John’s mom says she’s going to make good use of it to get to know her grand baby. Our families inspire us to love fully and welcome others with open arms and without judgement.
No, life isn’t perfect, but we love the life we have! We are so grateful that you took the time to read our letter. I know it’s long, and this was the short version… Maggie can get carried away!
We’d love the opportunity to get to know you and to answer any questions you might have now that you’ve read a bit about us. We hope you’ll consider us as parents as you go through this journey. We wish you all the best,
Maggie and John
- Between my dad’s side of the family and my mom’s side, I have 35 first cousins.
- I have the weirdest luck for bumping into famous people. A few recents: Big Boi from Outkast (at a dog-grooming event), President Jimmy Carter (on an airplane), Larry Bird (at a lobster boil), and Julie Andrews (in an elevator).
- I’m obsessed with office supplies like colorful pens and markers, sticky notes, fun paperclips, etc.
- When I’m super tired, I get the hiccups.
- I keep a great big box of the best birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s, whatever cards I’ve ever received.
- My cat has her own Instagram account.
- I don’t like pizza. I know. Everyone thinks I’m crazy.
- I played rugby in school and broke my nose, which is why it’s crooked.
- John and I make elaborate tacos for dinner every Friday night.
- I love to sing all the time… when I’m cleaning, in the car, walking the dogs, and so on. I only wish (and John does, too) that I was a good singer. I’m terrible!
- I love to knit, especially things that make my dogs look funny.
- I once was accidentally unprepared to run a half marathon, which I ran anyway. I blame my training app…
- I can identify all of the frogs in Maryland only by hearing their calls.
- I love dirt. I love talking about it, learning about it, and looking at it.
- I’ve been scuba diving with sharks.
- I’ve walked along the Great Wall of China.
- I could eat ice cream every day of the year.
- I make wine.
- It’s never too early to eat tacos.
- I can’t float in a pool, I sink like a rock. I have no idea why.