Welcome! Meet:

Jon + Nic

Business Owner / Stay-at-Home-Mom & Business Owner




All About Jon & Nic

We are Jon and Nic! We have been married for 26 years and are the proud parents of 6 AMAZING kids! The oldest 4 are now in their 20s and living on their own and our youngest is 2 years old! We are VERY close to all of our kids (some even work for the family business) and they are all close with each other. We LOVE being parents and feel honored to be called “mama” and “daddy” by these awesome humans! We feel that having successfully raised 4 kids to adulthood and having a toddler makes us “the best of both worlds”--we have “been there, done that” and we still have the time and energy to be active, engaged and FUN parents! We, as a family, have experienced tragedy; our daughter, Liya, passed away at 7 days old due to a birth defect. This experience brought us all closer together in a way we could not have imagined. It also gives us the ability to empathize with the grief experienced by many birth families after placing a baby for adoption and gives us the compassion to offer the highest level of openness in adoption that the birth family desires. Family is the focus of our life and we hope to welcome not only a baby, but also his/her birth parent(s) into our family as well. After adopting our youngest son, we know the beauty of open adoption and hope to maintain those relationships forever! We are a BIG family that supports, encourages and LOVES each other and those around us; we hope to add to the love in our home and family!

Why Adoption?

Adoption has ALWAYS been a part of our “plan” for a family. We don’t believe biology is what makes a family–only love can bond a family for life. We feel that we have the time, energy, finances, space and LOVE to continue parenting and raising kids to be “good humans”. Parenting is the absolute BEST part of our lives and we feel privileged and honored to be parents. For us, it doesn’t matter how a child comes to be a part of our family–they are loved and cherished EQUALLY. KIds are miracles and deserve love and respect and the space to become whomever they are destined to be. We want to continue to love and support all of our kids in every way possible for the rest of our lives! We also feel that the “job” of parenting never ends, not even when a kid turns 18 and becomes an “adult”; we know that kids still need mom and dad in their adult years and are SO HAPPY to have a loving and supportive relationship with ALL of our kids!

Family & Home

We live in a large, 5 bedroom home on the edge of Tucson. Tucson is a large city with a VERY diverse population. It’s a place where different cultures are not only respected but also celebrated! With MANY multicultural events, festivals, traditions, markets, restaurants and organizations, it’s easy to feel that you are a part of the wider world beyond your own doorstep. We have always felt that kids should experience other cultures in every way possible in order to expand their perception of the world. Our whole family  attends SO MANY of these events and venues throughout the year as a way of not only supporting other cultures beyond our own but also to learn and grow as citizens of the world! Our neighborhood is very quiet and very “kid friendly”; with a community pool, MANY playgrounds and walking/hiking paths throughout, we have LOTS to do outside in the sunshine! Our neighborhood is also a multicultural and multigenerational microcosm of the Tucson metro area. With many neighborhood events monthly, it's been really easy to make friends with our neighbors!

How others describe me

Nic about Jon: Jon is the most loving, supportive and generous person! He is always looking for ways to help out anyone in need. Jon has never met a stranger, and accepts everyone as they are with no judgment, just kindness. He’s also extremely hardworking, taking great pride in providing good work for our clients AND for the needs of our family. BUT, being “daddy” is truly where he shines! Jon is so loving, patient and fun-loving–he’s like a big kid himself! Watching him playing “tag” with our 2 year old and teaching new skills to our older kids, fills me with such pride and gratitude; he’s the BEST DAD any kid could ask for. I am humbled and honored that I get to “do life” with him as the best teammate ever! I feel that we complement each other perfectly, strengthening each other’s weaknesses, encouraging and supporting each other through every part of life.  

Jon about Nic: Nic is an amazing woman, the love of my life, an incredible mother, and my best friend.  Nic and I are always together.  My friends all think I'm crazy for wanting to spend that much time with my wife, lol.  She is such a loving & compassionate person and she never puts herself first.  Nic has always been our kids' biggest supporter and always will be.  I knew I was in love with her the first night we went out on a date, in fact I told her that that very night… It took her a few days to say it back!  Nic is the most loyal and fierce friend anyone could ever want; she will never let you down.  We have been together for almost 30 years, married for 26 of them, and I look forward to spending another 40+ more years with her.

how we met

How We Met

We met while working at our local Wendy’s nearly 30 years ago! Jon was working the drive thru, while Nic was learning to make fries! We began talking while taking out the trash one day and realized that we really enjoyed each other’s company–even though we were VERY different! Jon was MUCH more social and talkative–truly a “people person”; Nic was VERY shy and VERY into the music scene of the 90’s! From that day, we have been nearly inseparable; enduring triumph and tragedy as a true team, as best friends and partners for life! Jon said he knew Nic was “the one” after our first date, only a few weeks later she would agree that he was also “the one”! We were only 16 and 17 years old but were deeply in love–and we still are to this day!

Advice to Future Child

Don’t ever believe that you aren't capable of anything—you are capable of EVERYTHING! Don’t delay your dreams, work hard and believe in yourself as much as we believe in you! Love is not earned, it is freely given, and YOU ARE LOVED! Throw kindness like confetti everywhere you go, kindness is in short supply and EVERYONE deserves some kindness! The “right way” usually isn’t the “easy way”--but you will be grateful you put in the effort! Trust yourself, but NEVER be afraid to ask for help. YOU CAN ALWAYS COME HOME! You are strong, you are brave, you are smart and YOU ARE LOVED—never forget any of these things!

Perspectives on Open Adoption

Open adoption is a beautiful opportunity for a child to be surrounded by SO MUCH LOVE! Kids can never be loved too much or by too many people. We think open adoption gives the gift of family to not just a child but also their birth parent(s)/family. It also respects the love a birth parent (first mom/first dad) have for their child and gives that child security in knowing they are NOT a mistake, they have been loved since before they were born. Every child deserves to know where they came from and how that has shaped who they are– we encourage this growth! Open adoption is, in our opinion, the best option for an adopted child, their birth parent(s) and our family; BUT we respect a birth parent(s) decision to not have contact if it becomes too painful. We promise to NEVER “close the door” to a future relationship if that birth parent should ever seek to reconnect. We hope that by being open and honest with our adopted child AND his/her birth parent(s), we are giving them the “whole picture” of who they are, where they came from and who they are growing to be–all within the safety, stability and security of a loving family they can trust. After having lost our daughter, we want to be sure that any birth parent(s) feels secure in the fact that the child they’ve entrusted to us is loved, safe and respected within our family–and we feel the best way to do that is to invite them to be part of our family as well! Whether or not a birth parent chooses to have an open adoption relationship with us is entirely up to them but we will speak about them to our adopted child with respect for the bravery and strength it took to place them for adoption; we will ALWAYS communicate our love and respect for the gift they gave us by choosing adoption for our child!


  • Favorite Movie: “Tommy Boy”
  • Favorite Holiday/Tradition: Christmas Eve! The whole family gathered together for a HUGE Italian dinner, 1 present for each kid to open *always Christmas PJ’s) and everybody sleeping under our roof so we can be together for Christmas morning!
  • Hobbies/Interests: Woodworking, Traveling in our RV, and sports on TV (Specifically Detroit and MSU)
  • Dream Vacation: European tour
  • If I Could Choose a Superpower: mind reading
  • Favorite Movie: 3-way tie between “Almost Famous”, “Singles” and “Tombstone”
  • Favorite Holiday/Tradition: Christmas! Having all of our family wake up together on Christmas morning to open presents and then sit around in our PJ’s all day eating DELICIOUS food!
  • Hobbies/Interests: I LOVE to cook and bake, and I aspire to be crafty!
  • Dream Vacation: Scotland and Ireland
  • If I Could Choose a Superpower: ability to see the future

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