Thank you for taking the time to read about us and our lives together. We admire and are truly humbled by your courage and strength in taking this difficult step in choosing adoption for your baby. Wherever your journey leads you, we hope you find comfort in knowing that your choice means more than words could ever express to a childless couple such as ourselves.

As you make your important decisions, we hope that this glimpse into our lives will help you to know us better and understand why adoption is our important choice as well. May you find the perfect loving family you seek, and thank you for your time “meeting” us.

We met rather suddenly through mutual friends while Jess was completing her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In March 2007 – right after Jess returned from Mexico – a few of Nick’s friends were headed to campus and they dragged Nick along…. Nick met Jess that one very day…. And well, the rest is History! We’ve been inseparable ever since. After spending some time together and enjoying some laughs, we officially started “dating” later that year in May. And now, we have never left one another’s side – after twelve years! It felt like fate that we met, and maybe it just was. Whatever it was, we are both grateful for it.

After 9 years of dating, Jess half-jokingly said, “Hey, let’s get married on my 30th birthday… wouldn’t that be neat?” And that’s all it took. We bought rings on our lunch break during work, called and scheduled the date and time at the local courthouse, and invited our parents and grandparents and a good friend to take pictures. And that’s all we needed.

We were wedded on September 23, 2015 – Jess’ 30th Birthday – on a warm, sunny day outside the courthouse in downtown Willoughby, Ohio. We both loved the quaint, delicate approach and were happy to have just our immediate family attend. A reception was held the next month at a local hall near the beach for our friends and other family members to celebrate and support us. It was magical and truly special… big things do come in tiny boxes!

After 9 years of dating, Jess half-jokingly said, “Hey, let’s get married on my 30th birthday… wouldn’t that be neat?” And that’s all it took. We bought rings on our lunch break during work, called and scheduled the date and time at the local courthouse, and invited our parents and grandparents and a good friend to take pictures. And that’s all we needed.

We were wedded on September 23, 2015 – Jess’ 30th Birthday – on a warm, sunny day outside the courthouse in downtown Willoughby, Ohio. We both loved the quaint, delicate approach and were happy to have just our immediate family attend. A reception was held the next month at a local hall near the beach for our friends and other family members to celebrate and support us. It was magical and truly special… big things do come in tiny boxes!

We were together before being married for a long time (nine years!). We knew we wanted children and a family together. We tried to get pregnant for a couple of years… with no success. So we sought the help of a fertility clinic.

We then learned, through testing, that we were both carriers for an extremely rare genetic disorder… one that made the chance of us having children incredibly slim, but that child being healthy even slimmer. We tried several fertility treatments over the course of a few years, all of which failed… The specialists told us it was unlikely we would ever conceive. The news was heartbreaking, but at the same time enlightening.

You see, all of the plans we had made were built around us having children. As we dealt with the emotions surrounding the news from the fertility clinic, we considered our options. There was no question… adoption was the path that was meant for us all along.

The thought of raising someone else’s child made us really look deep inside of ourselves – our marriage, our relationship with God, and our family. We knew that this was a decision that could not be taken lightly.

Someone else would be trusting us with their child. We discussed our decision to adopt with our family and friends. We soon realized that life and a higher power had been preparing us for adoption all our lives – conceiving a child in our heart. Thank you for your consideration in blessing us with a family.

Now we would like to introduce ourselves….

Jessica grew up in Mentor, Ohio with her older brother Joe, younger sister Kelsey and parents Ray and Tanya. Growing up in a loving and supporting family, Jessica was able to experience the joy a truly blessed childhood has to offer. She graduated from Mentor High school in 2003, then began college by attending John Carroll University for a year. Afterwards, she missed the companionship of her brother and relocated to Columbus, Ohio to finish her undergrad at the Ohio State University where he attended. They graduated the same year… together! Afterwards, with the support of her family, Jess furthered her education by obtaining her Juris Doctor from the Case Western University School of Law. She currently works as an attorney and human relations specialist for a residential construction company in Northeast Ohio.

Jess is a very crafty person and loves to engage in anything that requires time, patience, and learning new skills. She especially likes activities where she can make something “prettier” – from doing hair and makeup, to creating homemade candles, pictures, or paintings. During spring and summer, she spends a lot of time outside in the garden or going on hikes in one of the nearby parks. Jess also loves strolling on the beach looking for beach glass, which she collects and turns into jewelry or gifts. Jess also loves puzzles or anything that keeps her mind busy. She loves reading – anything from magazines to novels – and writing is one of her strongest attributes. Aside from being a “nerdy” intellectual, Jess definitely loves a good game of pool on the billiards table… her dad started teaching her when she was 13 years old and she still surprises players with how much she knows about the game. Jess has always thought that education and learning new skills is essential in life. Taking care of her pets and her loved ones is one of the most important things to her and she would do anything for her family, friends, or fur-babies.

Nicholas grew up in Willoughby, Ohio with his younger half-brothers, Justin and Brandon, and parents, Beth and John. He spent his childhood playing hockey outside and making friends with other boys in the neighborhood. He also spent a lot of time with his grandmother and grandfather, who taught him how to care for and respect his elders to the fullest. Nicholas graduated from Willoughby South High School in 2005 and began attending Bryant & Stratton College to obtain a degree in Information Technology. Upon graduation, he found a job at a local national construction company working as an IT Administrator. He has now been with the company for over ten years and assists hundreds of coworkers with their IT needs on a day-to-day basis. He’s the “go-to” guy when anything electronic, computer, TV or Internet is not working properly. He not only has patience, but he cares about people and making sure they have what they need.

Nick has always loved hockey – both on the ice and rollerblading. He loves good workouts and boxing! He is teaching Jess how to box and how to be more “coordinated” – which comes with its own challenges. He also enjoys golfing in the summertime, but Jess thinks he could use some more practice. Much like his wife, Nick loves the outdoors and enjoys any activity that involves playing outside. From hiking with the dogs to camping in the woods, he’s always ready for an adventure. Hocking Hills, Ohio is one of Nick – and Jess’ – favorite places to spend time in nature. One of Nick’s favorite things is food and creating new recipes. Nick and Jess cook together almost every night and never miss dinner together. Sitting down together and unwinding at night is Nick’s favorite way to end the day.

Because our pets are such a big part of our lives, we feel that you should be able to meet them too! They really taught us how to care for our “family” – they need love, time, attention and so much of “us”… and we love giving it to them! First in line is Simba, our oldest cat. He’s 14 years old now, but still acts like a kitten. He really runs the house (but don’t tell the dogs!). Storm aka “Meow-Meow” is the little gray furball that puts up with all the dogs’ antics, even when they want to play with her too much. She’s quite a talker (always meowing) , hence her nickname.

Ollie is our oldest pup – he’s about 7 years old now. He is our protector and Dad’s best pal. He loves car rides and camping more than anything. And then there’s Lolo aka “Monkey”… Let’s just say she is and endless ball of energy that won’t leave Jess’ side. She’s incredibly smart and will one day be a frisbee master!

Thank you taking the time to get to know us, and may you find all that you are seeking.

“Born not from our flesh, but born into our hearts. You were longed for, wanted, and loved from the start.”