Hello & Welcome! We are Leah and Jon a mixed-race couple from Illinois.
We know we’ve not met, but we honestly can’t describe what we feel inside writing this; just thinking about how you could change our lives if you decide we are the family who is meant to raise your child! And not just this decision, but everything about you. Your child’s eyes might be the eyes that peer into ours as we say “We love you.” every night. Your child’s laugh might be the laugh that fills our home and hearts with joy. A piece of you will forever hold our hearts. We also want to introduce our 3-year-old daughter, Gemma. We hope that the fact that we have a biological child won’t deter you from considering us as an adoptive family. We want you to know two things: First, your baby will be loved. But more than that, he or she will know our love and feel our love each and every minute of the day. Second, we have thought long and hard about our family, and we chose to adopt because we simply know our family is incomplete without this beautiful process.
We were young when we fell in love; just 16 and 17. A lot of people say that you change too much from that age to have a lasting relationship, and maybe that’s true for some, but we knew our love was a forever love and were married in our early twenties, celebrating ten years in May. We spent our first few married years in Minnesota, but decided to move back home to Illinois to be near family as we put down roots and started a family.
Introducing Leah, written by Jon
Introducing Jon, written by Leah
Meet Big Sister
Gemma is generous with her compliments—“Oh, I like your shirt. Is that new?”—or, to offer her sleeve to a friend to wipe their face if they were crying, and a big hug. She’s a little shy, but once she warms up she lights up the room. Mondays are her favorite because she has dance class, and she loooves to dance. She’s maybe not the most graceful person, but we just love that dance makes her so happy and support her in developing her passions. Other than dancing, Gemma’s favorite thing to do is our crazy family playtime right before we settle in for the night. She’s such a caring little girl, playing “check-up” as a nurse (like mommy) and taking care of “Dooner,” her baby doll (we have no idea where that name came from). She is so excited to be a big sister, and we know she is going to be a wonderful big sister at that.
Home Sweet Home
We live in Illinois, close enough to a major city that we spend almost every weekend there, but we also benefit from the space and pace of a metropolitan suburb. We love the fact that we get to enjoy all four seasons to their fullest—Christmases are white, and summers are hot. We spend a lot of time outdoors, just taking it all in!
But most importantly, we live where we do because of family. They’re not perfect, but we sure do love the joy that our family adds to our lives, and all of our immediate family lives in the area.
Meet Our Furry Friend
Meet our dog, Wrigley. He’s an extra-special guy—so sweet and patient, and a big part of our family.
Our faith is more than just a thing we do on Sunday, it’s more like a journey of discovering who God has called us to be and how He has called us to live. Honestly it’s not as complicated as people make it. Really there are only two things that matter: loving God with all of your heart, soul, and mind, and truly caring for and loving other people. One day, when we look back on our lives, we simply want to know that we served God with everything we had, and that we were generous, humble, gracious, and kind—that we loved people well.
A Few Favorites
Favorite kids’ movie
Favorite vacation spot
These Are Our People: Folks we love and cherish
We’re very close to both of our families. Leah is two years apart from both of her siblings, falling in the middle of an older sister and younger brother. Jon, too, is in the middle — he has two sisters, three stepsisters and a stepbrother. We have four nieces and four nephews, and we love spending time with them. Our parents are incredibly supportive, and they love being grandparents. Our holidays and events are loud and crazy, but are full of laughter and joy. Our families are all so excited to be welcoming another person to our family.
If You Choose Us
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We want you to know that what you are doing is incredibly courageous and your strength is truly admirable. We have been praying for you and your baby for months—for your health, for your safety, and for your peace and comfort through all of this. If you would like, we promise to share photos and updates with you throughout the years so you can see your child grow and flourish!
We Would Love To Hear From You!
If you have additional questions for us or would like to speak to us, please contact The Adoption Alliance by calling 1-800-626-4324.