Jill and Donatas are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!
Hello! We are Jill and Donatas and we wanted to say thank you so much for taking a peek into our life together! We are very excited for you to see our profile, but we can’t even begin to understand the magnitude of the decision you are facing. We hope that this book can provide you with a snapshot of what our life is like, as well as the people in our lives that will love your child along with us.
Thank you for taking the time to get to learn a bit about us. We hope to meet you in the future.
Jill & Donatas
To tell you a little bit about ourselves, we have been married for a little over eight years (together for fourteen) and are so excited to start our family! Being parents has always been part of our plan from the very beginning! After being unsuccessful on our own, we completed several rounds of infertility treatments. From the early part of our marriage, adoption was always something that was in our hearts when starting our family. We have a few close friends that have adopted and some that were even adopted themselves.
We are very family oriented and have a great support network that is looking forward to welcoming your child into our family!
How We Met
In 2004, we were introduced by Donatas’ brother who lived down the street from Jill’s childhood home. We both quickly realized we had mutual friends and surprisingly attended the same college. We were studying different programs (Jill in counseling focusing on children and adolescents and Donatas in marketing and operations management) so our paths never crossed. We began dating on October 2, 2004 and married exactly 5 years later. The last 8 years have been amazing, but we can’t wait to add to our story by starting our family!
Favorite Place: Anywhere with family and friends (Florida is a close 2nd)
Favorite Holiday: Christmas!!!!
Favorite Color: Purple
Favorite Vacation Spot: Boca Raton, FL
Favorite TV Show: Golden Girls
Hobbies: Reading, Gardening, Baking, Crafts, Volunteering at Church, Walking our dog.
Jill currently works as the Director of Children’s Programs for a program that provides housing for homeless families. She works full-time but has an extremely flexible schedule and works from home several days per week. With the flexibility of her job, she is mostly looking forward to being able to attend programs and activities at the local park district and library, as well as school programs with their child. Jill is a Licensed Counselor with a focus on child and adolescent development. Prior to working in transitional housing, she was the coordinator of a child abuse prevention program for teenage parents.
What Donatas Loves About Jill
Jill is the most wonderful, kindest, caring person in the world. Jill’s love for people, animals, and her job amazes me every day. She goes above and beyond to help anyone and everyone, especially kids. Jill will make a wonderful mother, has an amazing character and is wonderful to be around. People and kids are drawn to her wherever she is. The first time I saw Jill was during our undergraduate college graduation, she had really poofy beautiful hair. It wasn’t until a few months later that we meet. However, when we did meet it was a match made in heaven. We have been together for over 14 years and it has been wonderful. Jill is the love of my life and my best friend. Nothing would make her happier than you choosing us for the most special gift in the world.
Favorite Place: Home
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Vacation Spot: Boca Raton, FL
Favorite TV Show: Psych & Supernatural
Hobbies: Anything technology related, Working on cars, Bowling (on a league for over 10 years), Playing with and walking our dog.
Donatas currently works as a Territory Sales Manager in the international automotive glass industry. He works in the Chicago suburbs and Milwaukee area. Donatas works full-time and has a pretty set schedule. Three days out of the month, he is in Milwaukee overnight for work. Prior to this, Donatas worked in automotive part sales.
What Jill Loves About Donatas
Donatas is a gentle giant. Standing at 6’5″, he seems so tall but when there is a baby or toddler around, they are just captivated by him. The cute thing is, he is just as captivated with them. Most of our friends have children and to see him play with them warms my heart. Our best friends have two girls and from when they were little, he would come up with little nicknames for them. He is such a patient and kind person. There is no greater feeling than looking over and seeing your best friends’ little girls curled up watching a movie with him. He is amazing with children, that’s one of the qualities he had that made me fall in love with him. Another thing I love about him is that he is absolutely hilarious. I love how he makes up his own words to songs (and then gets the wrong words stuck in my head). As a husband, he is more than any person could want as a spouse. He is there to support and encourage me, lend a hand to anyone that needs it and so much more. He truly is one of the greatest people I am blessed to have in my life. I cannot wait to see him as a Dad!
Family is something that is so important to Jill. Jill is an only child and loves it! As a child, Jill enjoyed spending time with her parents and cousin. Unfortunately, Jill’s Dad, Tom, died unexpectedly when she was 18-years-old. Jill was “Daddy’s girl” and he taught her many things, like how to change a tire and all about computers. After Jill’s Dad died, Jill and her Mom, Joyce, became even closer. Joyce lives within a half a mile from Jill and Donatas, with other relatives living nearby.
Jill’s Mom is very much looking forward to becoming a first-time Grandmother. To say Jill’s family is SO excited to welcome a baby into the family is an understatement!
Donatas was born in Siauliai, Lithuania. He has one brother, Gitanas, who is almost 9 years older. Donatas had a great childhood, playing outside with friends and cousins that lived nearby. He speaks fluent Lithuanian and English, as well as conversational Spanish and Russian. Donatas and his family left Lithuania in 1990 to come to the US when his Grandfather (who lived in the US) died. The family decided to stay in the US and make a life here. Gitanas and his family live less than a half a mile away, two houses down from Jill’s Mom. Donatas and his brother are extremely close and can often be found working on their cars. This grandchild will be the first grandchild in over 18 years. Donatas’ family is so excited and anxious to welcome a new baby into the family.
We live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom brick home. Our home is in a cute neighborhood with a lot of kids! Our home has a fully finished basement with lots of room to play, a backyard with a pool, and a sun room to play in when it’s raining and we want to be outside. We are in walking distance to a park as well as the school our child will attend. Our school district is one of the highest in our county. One of the benefits of having a neighborhood with lots of kids is there will always be someone to play with as well as go to school with.
She is an 8-year-old Black Lab/Belgian Schipperke mix. We adopted her when she was 12-weeks-old and weighed a whopping 8 lbs. She can most often be found laying on anything soft, most likely a blanket. She loves carrying her toys around the house and gets so excited when people come to visit. She has been fantastic around kids from babies to teenagers! We look forward to see the bond between our child and Lylee! There is something special about a childhood pet!
Things We Like To Do
We love to do all sorts of fun things. We love to travel, we’ve been to several countries, and go to Michigan and Florida every year. We are season ticket holders to Chicago Fire, Donatas is a huge soccer fan. We also love to check out new plays and attend concerts. We like going to movies and the zoo. We enjoy hosting family dinners and having friends over to sit out by the fire pit or even have a game night. Jill loves to entertain and cook. While we love going places and doing things, we love being at home, as well. We are enthusiastic about showing your child all the fun things we enjoy.
For the past 13 years, our family has had a wonderful tradition of renting a home in Michigan for a week. It began in 2004 with Jill’s Mom (Joyce), Aunt (Mary), cousin (Ryan), Donatas and Jill. Since then, our family has grown by two. Kaitlyn and Ryan were married in 2013. Zoey was born in June of 2016. We are so excited to be able to continue this tradition with the next expansion of our family! On our family vacations, you can find us cooking meals, shopping the cute stores in the nearby towns, walking the beach at the lake, reading and playing with Zoey, playing games and taking family pictures. We are really looking forward to showing the newest member of our family all the fun things we do! We hope that our baby and Zoey are as close as Ryan and Jill are!
These are the friends in our lives that mean so much to us and will support us through this journey! There are many kids in our circle of friends that will be looking forward to having a new playmate.
Words can truly never express what it means to us and our family that you have taken time to look over our book of pictures (LOTS of pictures). It was difficult for us to choose which pictures to select because we wanted to show you all of the amazing people in our life that will be there to love your baby and watch him or her grow! The pictures you saw in this profile are a small glimpse into the life we have built together.
We will devote our lives to making sure your child has everything they need and more love than they could ever imagine. We promise to make sure your child knows love, laughter and lifetime of happiness.
We promise we will do everything we can to make sure that your child knows where he or she came from and all about the family that loves them so much.
We can’t pretend to know the amount of strength and courage this decision takes. We are truly blessed to be given the opportunity to be chosen by you to be your child’s parents and for that we are forever grateful.
Jill & Donatas