JJ + Lo
Hi there! We're JJ and Lo! Along with our sons Miles (6) and Wesley (2.5) we are SO excited to continue growing our family through adoption! When we're not gathering with JJ's enormous family (15 cousins & counting!) or visiting Lo's family at the beach in California, we're often hosting friends for a cookout or exploring the lake by our house. Wherever we are, we just love being together. The boys' birth moms blessed our socks off when they chose us to be the boys' parents - you too are creating a beautiful legacy and you should be so so proud. You got this!
We love where we live!
JJ is a custom home builder by trade, and had the challenge of being his own client in 2019 with the construction of our family home! Lo handled the design & we ended up with a home that has served our family & friends well. Hosting is a major priority for us - whether it's fireside or poolside, we love to gather people together.
Our neighborhood is filled with young families & friendly neighbors, many of whom we've met as they walk past our house on the way to the lake or park. We're at the end of a cul-de-sac that is the neighborhood's main path to a big park complete with playground, field, creek, basketball court, picnic pavillion, & woods. Beyond the park is the lake, which is one of our favorite places to explore with its turtles, ducks, & wildlife galore. Texas isn't always known for its outdoor living experience, so we feel very fortunate to live in a community that allows us to enjoy the outdoors all year long, right out our back door!
A bit about us...
Meet JJ - JJ was born & raised in Texas, and attended college in Oklahoma. He's one of 7 siblings, most of whom are married and live locally with their families. Family gatherings now number 25-plus, and it's the most wonderful, joyful chaos! JJ works as a custom home builder, helping families build their dream homes. Miles & Wesley LOVE visiting JJ's job sites & think their dad has the coolest job EVER! JJ is a jack of all trades - if it involves being outdoors & a proficient level of athleticism, you can bet he's done it and is really good at it! He is seen by our friends as an easygoing, fun-loving, welcoming guy who makes people feel cared-for. He is always calm, cool, & collected, and is never one to complain. He accepts challenges, setbacks, and successes in stride, and is open for whatever God has for him in each new day.
Meet Lo - Lo was born & raised in Southern California, and moved to Texas after college graduation. With a business degree & a background in fashion, she helped build a home & fashion accessories company that employed refugee women resettled in Texas from all over the world. While Lo loved her work, it became clear that being with Miles full-time was the best choice for our family. Lo loves being with the boys full-time! Teaching them to swim, exploring wildlife at the lake nearby, doing art projects, baking, reading, playing... Lo loves being an active, present mom, and can't wait to add another little person to this party!
Meet Miles and Wesley
Meet Miles - Miles is an absolute joy! He is so much fun, is always trying to get a laugh, and is the world's best big brother. He has adored Wesley since day one, and has a spirit of leadership & inclusiveness that gives us confidence in adding another brother or sister to his watchful care. Miles is very active, strong, & capable. He loves being outside and is often swimming, exploring the lake & creek behind our house, or riding his skateboard/scooter/bike/motorcycle. Miles is SMART. He doesn't miss a beat and is very emotionally intuitive. He loves books and is working very hard to learn how to ready by himself!
Meet Wesley - Wesley is a hoot! He is silly, strong-willed, and independent. He loves helping & having a job to do. He is incredibly tender with his stuffed animals & dolls, making us sure he is absolutely going to love having a little brother or sister to take care of. Wesley is strong in body & in spirit - if he has an idea in his head, he will work hard to see it through. The desire to keep up with his active big brother combined with his sheer physical size amounts to one formidable little dude! He loves to dance & picks up song lyrics after hearing a song once! Wesley is extremely intelligent like his older brother, and is the chattiest 2-year-old we've ever met.
The boys absolutely love being brothers - they are certainly God's gift to each other, and they are both so excited to see if God is going to surprise them with a little brother or a little sister!
Find us at the beach!
While we absolutely love the mountains (fresh mountain air, gorgeous views, adventurous hikes, & snowsports.. heck yes!) we tend to find ourselves in the sand when vacation calls.
Lo grew up in Southern California, so we take lots of fun trips back to the beaches where she grew up throughout the year to visit Grandma & Papa (Lo's parents) and other friends & family there. The boys may have been born in the middle of the country, but they are beach babies!
Meanwhile on the other coast... Florida has become a special place for our family. We've made it to the white sands of 30A every November for the past few years, and hope to maintain this tradition as the boys grow older.
JJ & Lo try to get away once or twice a year - just the two of us or often with friends - and have enjoyed trying different beach cities throughout Mexico. We love trips with the boys, but we also know it's important to carve out time for just us, to reconnect, reflect, and vision-cast for what we feel God is calling us toward in each new season as a family.
One last thing we'd like you to know about us is that we're hoping for an open relationship with our next child's birth mom. Our boys' relationships with their birth families differ in their openness and that's totally okay. We are proud to be able to tell both of our boys how much their birth moms love them, and we are so thankful they both get to experience that love in-person in some way.
We understand everyone is different, and has different needs at different times. We just ask that you would consider ways in which you might feel comfortable being available to your child at some point, should he or she have questions, or want a relationship of some kind. We want to know you too! But this is not about us, it's about you and your biological child nurturing a bond that only you will have. We can be many things for this precious kiddo, but his or her biological parent is not one of them. You will always hold a special place in his or her heart, and we want to cultivate that and protect that as best we can.
We know you love this child more than anyone could fathom. And we promise, if we become his or her family, we will do the same.
JJ & Lo
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