Hello and thank you for taking the time to get to know our family. We are JP and Devon & our son, Austin, from Orange County, California. Parenting Austin is our greatest joy, and we look forward to welcoming a new baby into our family through the gift of adoption.
We greatly admire your courage and strength in pursuing adoption for your child, as we know your decision is not easy. As parents ourselves, we understand some of the most important decisions we’ll make in our lives are those that impact our children, and we would be both honored and humbled should you select us as your adoptive family.
We promise to provide a nurturing, supportive and fun home environment for your child and most importantly to raise him or her with our unconditional love. We are so excited to be growing our family through adoption. Thank you for considering us to take this journey with.
Getting to Know Us
We met 19 years ago in high school, and dated for close to 10 years before getting married in June 2007. As high school sweethearts, we have a long history as a couple and are deeply committed to each other. We have just as much fun together now as we did when we met as teenagers.
Before we became parents one of our favorite activities was traveling, and we feel fortunate to have visited some beautiful places together. Some favorites are, Costa Rica, Santorini, Greece and Niagara Falls.
In 2012 our biggest adventure began when our son, Austin, was born. Watching him grow has brought us immense joy. Instead of traveling to far off places, now you’ll find us at the local park or in Austin’s playroom building forts and Legos, and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Parenting Austin has enabled us to see the world through a child’s eyes. Austin is full of excitement, wonder and enthusiasm and finds enjoyment in the simplest of things, like jumping in puddles or watching the popcorn pop. He’s a wonderful reminder to us to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.
About Devon by JP
Devon is definitely the sweetest, most modest and selfless person I’ve ever known, and all those who’ve met her will agree she has a heart of gold.
Devon is always putting others in front of herself, this mindset has helped her to succeed in both of her careers as an educator, and now as a full-time mom. Devon is an amazing wife, and has been my loving rock for over 19 years. She is still as loving and nurturing now as she was back in high school, and as a mother she is no different.
When she’s not baking, she can be found crafting the latest idea she’s found on Pinterest or a craft blog. We both enjoy working on crafts together, and I usually end up peaking over her shoulder trying to help even if she doesn’t want the help! I knew early on in our relationship that Devon would be a fantastic mother because of her patience and nurturing personality. We both have older sisters with children, and had the opportunity to not only spend a lot of time with our nephews individually, but also together, so early in our relationship we both witnessed each other interacting with young children.
It’s heart-warming to watch Devon interact with our son, Austin. She maintains constant patience when teaching him new things, and is always going out of her way to find new, fun activities for him to enjoy around the house and in our community.
About JP by Devon
JP is hardworking, loyal and trustworthy. He is well respected in his career and takes his job of providing for our family seriously, yet he also has a completely goofy side. I love that he embraces both aspects of his personality.
JP is a natural romantic. Sometimes on Friday afternoons he’ll come home with flowers for me and a little treat for Austin. In high school he called a radio station and had a song dedicated to me live on the radio, which sounds incredibly cheesy now, but at the time he won me over.
I knew from early on in our relationship that he would be a wonderful dad, and I couldn’t have been more right. JP has embraced his role as daddy and is very present and involved with Austin and his activities. He often takes Austin out for father-son outings and especially enjoys introducing Austin to things he loved to do as a child, like watching Disney movies or building Legos. They also share a love of sports and I envision JP coaching Austin on a sports team in the near future. It’s fun to watch the two of them play together and when I leave the room to do something on my own I love to be just out of sight so I can hear the giggles, there’s always giggling with the two of them, and it warms my heart to hear the laughter fill the house.
When he’s not being a dad, you’ll find JP golfing or watching football with buddies. He also enjoys reading, playing the guitar and doing home improvement projects around the house.
Home Sweet Home
The thing we love most about where we live is our nearby circle of family and friends! In 2015 we bought a fixer upper and with the help of a contractor remodeled the house. Now our home feels exactly like us. We created an open floor plan so that we can all hang out in the same area, even if we’re doing different things. There’s a bedroom next to Austin’s just waiting for a new baby and a playroom that Austin will share.
We chose our neighborhood because it’s noted for its large yards, single story homes and great schools. It turned out to be the perfect neighborhood to raise kids with an annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas Caroling and summer evening potlucks. Our neighborhood feels like a small town even though we live in the heart of Orange County.
We attend a nearby church in our community and feel it is important that our children have a Christian upbringing.
Future Big Brother Austin
Austin is so excited to become a big brother! Austin is a sweet and kind-hearted little boy with a natural love for life. He is always looking for ways to be a big helper around the house, and like most kids has a great imagination. He has also grown to love sports, and baseball is currently his favorite thing, ever! He will be joining a t-ball league very soon and he’s very excited to start.
- Eating dinner as a family each night
- Saying Grace before dinner
- Celebrating the seasons and decorating the house leading up to each holiday
- Taking an annual family trip to someplace new
Our Friends and Family
We live about 20 minutes from both sets of grandparents who are all active and involved in Austin’s life. We love having them nearby and think it’s special that our kids will grow up with their grandparents as important people in their lives. Devon’s sister and her family also live nearby. Her two boys love having a little cousin and take Austin under their wing whenever we’re all together. JP’s sister is the only close family member who lives out of town in Houston, Texas. We look forward to our annual trips to visit them. JP’s sister is great about sending packages. There’s always something special arriving for Austin! We have a large circle of friends who all have kids around Austin’s age and who live nearby. We rotate houses every few weeks for a BBQ where the kids play while the adults catch up. There are about 10 kids there at any given time, and they’re starting to outnumber the adults! We like that our kids will grow up along side these friends of ours who have become so dear to us.
Promises to You
TO LOVE and care for your child unconditionally as our own
TO NURTURE a strong sibling relationship between Austin and his new brother or sister
TO COMMUNICATE openly with our children, especially surrounding the special way we became a family
TO PROVIDE a well-rounded education for them and a foundation to dream big and become whatever they want to be
TO SUPPORT their extracurricular activities and hobbies and be there to coach, cheer for and encourage them
Thank you for taking the time to get to know our family as you consider making an adoption plan. We know the choices you have to make are not easy, and we wish you strength, comfort and peace of mind as you make the decision that’s best for you and your baby. We are excited about the opportunity to get to know you.