Emily & Jonathan

Hi!  We are Jonathan, Emily, and Nellie and we are excited to introduce ourselves to you!


Jonathan and Emily have known each other since we were children, however we didn’t start dating until 2013.  We were engaged within 5 months and married in 2014.  Nellie was a welcome addition to our family in fall 2021, and her adoption was finalized in April 2022.


About Us

Our family and friends are extremely important to us and we love to spend time together as often as we can. Most of our immediate family lives locally so we have plenty of opportunity to hang out.  In our spare time we enjoy going to the theater and seeing live performances and supporting the great performers in our local community.  We enjoy going to the Columbus Zoo as well as COSI, and love to try new activities to keep Nellie busy and active.  Nellie loves to play and dance and visit animals.  We are fortunate to live in a city that has so many wonderful things to offer!


Jonathan grew up on the west side of Columbus, has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Cleveland State University, and an MBA from Ashland University.  After college he lived in Wooster, Ohio for a while before reconnecting with Emily through social media and moving back to Columbus.  In his work, he oversees daily operations including production and facilities, and what he loves about his job is the opportunity to improve processes and ensure people are successful in the work they do.  Family is the most important thing for Jonathan.  He is constantly amazed by the pace at which Nellie changes and develops!  In his free time he loves to watch 80’s movies, work in the yard, and play and dance with Nellie.


From Emily about Jonathan:  I still remember how I felt when Jonathan asked me out the first time.  I was so excited!  He is a dedicated, hardworking, and loving husband and father.  I love his sense of humor and how much we laugh together as a family.


Emily also grew up on the west side of Columbus.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Ohio Dominican and a Master’s degree in Labor and Human Resources from Ohio State and has lived in Columbus her entire life. She works full time as a data analyst and report writer, and what she loves about her job is helping people find the information they need to be able to do their jobs.  One of her goals is to ensure a loving and stable homelife for her family.  She loves watching Nellie grow into the sweet little human she is becoming!  In her free time she likes to read, knit, and snuggle with Nellie.


From Jonathan about Emily: One of the first things Emily and I talked about when we got together is how she’s always wanted to be a mother.  Watching her dream finally come true when we brought Nellie home was the best joy in the world!  She’s an amazing mother and wife and she is the glue that holds our family together.


About our Home/Pets

We live in a great neighborhood on the edge of Columbus with our three dogs.  Clay is a lab mix who just turned 14 years old.  Bea Arthur is a papillon/dachshund mix and is 7 years old.  Lastly, Freddie Mercury is also a papillon/dachshund mix and is 2.  Nellie loves the pups but has a special bond with Freddie who shows her endless patience.


We are very much looking forward to continuing to grow our family through adoption!

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