Meet John & Amanda
A video message from John & Amanda
A Letter from John & Amanda
Hi from Sunny Florida! We are John and Amanda! Thank you for considering our family for your child. Adoption is near and dear to our hearts as Amanda and her mother were both adopted and we were blessed to adopt our first child, Elizabeth Rose at birth. Our home is full of laughter, music, and the scent of chocolate chip cookies! We are open to communication and visits with you, as you feel comfortable.
We first met online, and then quickly found out that we were actually neighbors! We have been together for over 10 years and been married for 6 years and are even happier and more in love now. Amanda was told about her infertility issues when she was a young adult and, when we started dating, we discussed adoption and how it would be the perfect way to expand their family.
Together, we enjoy exploring new restaurants around town, going to church weekly, hosting game nights at our house, watching local sporting events, and taking Elizabeth to the zoo, aquarium, pool, museums, etc. We also love to attend a couple of Broadway plays every year. The weekends are family fun times and we enjoy spending most of our time together as a family.
We look forward to welcoming our next child into the family to share in our fun and our love for each other. Elizabeth is looking forward to becoming a big sister and promises to share her toys.
I adore how nurturing, kind, and loving Amanda is to everyone she comes in contact with. She loves being around children and is the best mother. Amanda’s goal in life is to make those around her feel comfortable and happy.
Amanda loves to read, prepare and cook meals, and spend time with friends and family. She is very enthusiastic about being an event planner for a nonprofit, and working with our Veterans. She loves helping others and is passionate about teaching our children that the world needs more kindness. In her free time, she enjoys baking and creating custom sugar cookies that are even more delicious than they look (and they look amazing)! Our home almost always smells like fresh chocolate chip cookies.
Amanda actually sings in a women’s barbershop chorus that travels internationally and practices her songs while she sings lullabies at bedtime. She is such a warm, nurturing soul and has so much more love to give to our next child.
John is funny, spontaneous, and cares with his whole heart. He puts others before himself and works hard at making a wonderful life for us and our family. He works from home a several days a week for a packaging company and loves his job.
He has a passion for history, traveling, food, watching sports, and playing board games. He is excited to share these many experiences with our children, teaching them how to score a baseball game properly and sharing daily learning experiences (especially math), Sunday School, and our favorite vacation spot; Disney World. He knows Magic Kingdom like the back of his hand and quickly navigates us through the crowds.
John is a wonderful, hands-on father that is quick to jump in to play in princess tea parties, read, or go for a swim and make big splashes with our daughter. He looks forward to teaching our children to be confident and know they have a strong family foundation at home for support.
We adopted our daughter, Elizabeth, at birth almost three years ago. She loves all things princess right now! She is our girlie-girl and loves to dress up in costumes, complete with headpieces and necklaces. She loves to read and play in the pool and cook/bake with us.
John has one older sister and his big Italian family lives in the area so we get to see the grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins quite often. The kids love to play together and it is almost always someone’s birthday.
Amanda is the eldest of 4. She grew up all over the world and got the travel-bug early due to growing up in the military. Her sisters and brothers are all in the military around the country and we try to get together at least a couple of times a year with them.
Our home has 3 bedrooms with high ceilings in the living area and a lot of natural light shining through the windows. We really enjoy our open concept layout because it allows us to stay connected and have plenty of room for us to hang out. Growing up in big families, the kitchen is the heart of the home and where we spend most of our time.
Our backyard is fenced-in and we have a swing set complete with swings and a slide. Elizabeth likes to call it a “princess castle” even though it’s green! We have a screened-in lanai and a firepit to enjoy those few days when the weather is nice enough to linger outside.
We have one cat, Dexter, which has been with the family for over 12 years. He has so much patience with children and loves to cuddle.
As parents, we promise to work our hardest to be the best parents for your child. We will support and encourage your child’s dreams as well as guide, help, and comfort them in all that they do. We look forward to celebrating birthdays, Christmas, and the first days of school with your child. Your child will always know that they are loved and that they can grow up to be whatever they want. We are blessed in many ways and we are excited to share those blessings with your child. We are open to any level of contact that you feel comfortable with, just let us know.
Learn More About John & Amanda
|Our Education||Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering||Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management|
|Our Professions||Packaging Consultant||Nonprofit Event Planner|
|Stay-At-Home||No, but works from home a several days a week||No, but works from home a couple days a week|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of John & Amanda's Favorites|
|Movies||Miracle, Lion King||Princess Bride, Encanto|
|Teaching Moment||How to properly score a baseball game||Kindness and joy|
|Subject in School||Math||History|
|Bucket List Travel||Barcelona, Spain||Rome, Italy|
|More About Our Family|
|Our Special Traditions|
Making new memories with our children and including them in our family traditions is something we look forward to the most.
*Bake Christmas Cookies and have a gingerbread house decorating contest
We are Catholic and are raising our family in the church. Amanda grew up Lutheran and attended church weekly, Vacation Bible School in the summer, and several years of bible study. When Amanda and John got engaged she took classes and became Catholic so we can raise our children united in our faith.
John grew up going to a Catholic private K-8 school before attending an advanced high school. In college he participated in the Catholic Student Union where he has strong friendships to this day.
We attend a local Catholic church consistently and pray before dinner every night. We want our children to know and have a relationship with God and have a strong foundation of hope and encouragement.
|Our Musical Interest|
Music is extremely important in our household. John was a competitive swing dancer in college. Amanda competes internationally, singing with a women's barbershop chorus (think Pitch Perfect). We always have music playing in the house and car, and we all take turns singing loudly for all to hear!
|About Our Extended Family|
Amanda is the eldest of 4 kids. She has 2 younger sisters and a little brother (the last two are twins!). She grew up all over the world and got the travel-bug early due to military; she even graduated high school in Germany! Her sisters and brothers are all in the military around the country and try to get together at least a couple of times a year.
John is the younger of 2 kids. However, his entire family grew up living on the same block. His grandmother, aunts and uncles, and cousins all lived within walking distance of each other and spent every weekend together! After we moved home from Texas we even live just 10 minutes from his sister. Elizabeth loves playing with her cousins and we see each other often.
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...|
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 2 years
Yes, oldest up to 2 years
Thank you again for taking the time to learn about us. We look forward to getting to know you too! Your child will always know that they are loved and that they can grow up to be whatever they want. We look forward to teaching them kindness, joy, and to have fun jumping on the bed! We will always honor the openness that you desire and are happy to share more details about our life with you. We promise that your child will experience a lifetime of love and acceptance.