Hi, we are Damon and Jill. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about and possibly consider us as prospective parents.
We met in 2010 through a non-profit organization active in South Africa. As our lives took us to various states and countries, we kept in touch but didn’t start dating until four years later. We dated for two years, getting to know each other, our families, and our friends. We spent lots of time talking – while walking, riding bikes, eating meals, watching basketball, and hanging out on the couch.
In February 2016, we were married, and seven years later, we genuinely enjoy spending time together. While we aren’t especially funny people, we laugh a lot when we’re together. What’s the new eHarmony tagline – “get who gets you”? Increasingly over time, we get each other.
When we married, we knew we wanted to grow our family through adoption. Adoption has shaped both our families – one of our parents is adopted, and two are birth parents. It was important to us that we had a strong foundation in our marriage before becoming parents. Communication and learning to navigate life as an interracial couple have been areas of focus for us. Now, we feel as ready as we can be and look forward to being parents.
Growing up, I had two things I loved to do: play basketball and video games. As a kid, I dreamed of playing in the NBA. Unfortunately, I never had the talent or the skill (or the height, if I’m honest) to make that a reality.
Since the NBA wasn’t working out, I focused on my love for playing video games which led to an interest in technology, sparking my curiosity about how things work. In high school, my parents made me attend a summer program that had a computer programming class. I knew during this program that I wanted to do something with computers. I chose to pursue a degree in Computer Engineering, and I am so glad to have made that decision because it led to working in a field where I am continuously learning and solving problems.
Outside of work, I find it relaxing and energizing to work on projects and build things. An ongoing project is my saltwater fish and coral tank. I built the plumbing, electrical, and water filtration system for it. There are eleven fish and numerous colorful corals. Last winter, I had a huge algae breakout, and I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of it. I even thought about shutting down the tank, but I stuck with it, and now it’s peaceful again and beautiful to watch.
I am excited to create amazing projects to help spark a child’s curiosity and make learning about the world – hopefully including engineering and science – fun.
I love to cultivate growth and support the success of others.
For the past 18 years, I have been an educator in various capacities. I keep in touch with students I taught as a high school teacher. Currently, I teach and coach reading teachers. I feel most successful in my work when the teachers I coach and their students grow in confidence and success.
I have also mentored young women for the past decade. Recently on a morning walk with one of my “girls,” I marveled at how much growth and maturity I have gotten to watch over the eleven years we’ve been walking together relationally.
Within our church community, I teach adult classes. I’m always looking for ways that God’s love connects with our daily lives so that our learning can be relevant and meaningful. Damon and I are also members of a board that supports pastors and church planters of color who are women. We are among the founding members of this board because we prioritize supporting spiritual leaders who reflect our family and are too often unsupported.
Our home is filled with plants – lush, green, and live-giving – both inside and out. It makes me smile to see a new leaf or flower thriving. I am frequently delighted by how patient, diligent care cultivates so much beauty.
After years of investing in the growth and joy of others, I’m excited to cultivate and support growth in a child as a mom.