Julie & Jo Ann
Julie & Jo Ann
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: IL
Dear Expectant Mother,
We cannot know what you are going through right now, or how difficult this is for you. That being said, we have deep respect for you and your decision to carry your child this far, not knowing what the future will bring.
We would like you to know that your child will grow up loved, cherished, and doted on. Your baby will have everything they need, and more. We will teach your baby to be kind and helpful, to respect their elders, take care of others, and work hard in school, and we dream of exposing your baby to other cultures by going on vacations around the world as well as right here in the United States. We dream of Christmas mornings filled with love and laughter and taking your baby to the zoo, the beach, museums, parks, pools, and trick-or-treating on Halloween.
We want you to be a part of our life and your child’s life as much or as little as you want to be. We respect your choice, and whether or not that will change as your child gets older. We hope and pray for the best for you and your baby.
We met at the hospital, where Jo Ann completed her Family Medicine Physician Residency and Julie was a charge nurse on the medical-surgical unit. In addition to being a physician, Jo Ann is in seminary to become an Episcopalian priest, while Julie has been a nurse, primarily in pediatrics , for many years now. Through all of life’s challenges and changes, we have remained steadfast and faithful towards each other; in fact, our love has grown deeper each day and with each new challenge. Together, we enjoy traveling and volunteering, both locally and internationally; spending time with family and friends; going to concerts, plays and museums; and attending holiday gatherings and festivals.
We live in a two-story, three-bedroom townhouse on a cul-de-sac in a bucolic, tree-lined suburban neighborhood. Your baby will have a large, bright room that we will fill with toys, games, and clothes. The nearby city and our surrounding suburbs have many recreational and cultural offerings for us and our family to enjoy, and one of these is our local park district, which has both excellent indoor and outdoor facilities, pools, and parks. There is also a pool right here in our quiet subdivision that we use frequently; we cannot wait to take your baby to swimming lessons!
Our Extended Family
Our favorite tradition on Christmas Eve is to have a large family gathering, complete with Santa stopping by, followed by a candlelight Christmas Eve service. In addition, one of our favorite Easter traditions is after church, when Julie dresses up as the Easter Bunny for the family Easter egg hunt! As you can see by our favorite holidays, church is a central part of our lives, and your baby will be welcomed with open arms by our church family as well as our biological family.
We frequently travel to visit Julie’s extended family, who are scattered throughout the United States, and they visit us often, as well. Jo Ann’s family lives locally and are very close-knit. Our four young nieces and one nephew are very important to us, and we try to attend as many of their special events as possible. We have them for sleepovers during spring and summer breaks and stay up late watching movies. They are very excited about welcoming a new little cousin!
We simply cannot wait to make your baby a part of our large loving family!
What Led Us To Adoption
We have both always wanted to be moms through adoption and fostering, and we had also hoped for a biological child. Three years ago, Jo Ann delivered our precious baby boy, Jesse, and he was with us for 13 days before passing. We have pursued foster parenting as well, and we are now ready to complete our family permanently. We know adoption is the path meant for us and are so excited to be on this journey.