Jon and Maria O’Malley have been blessed with being able to adopt Marta, Getahun, Yonas, Thomas, Peter, and Mari from Ethiopia. After being married for 18 months they decided to adopt an infant. That infant turned into boy/girl twins, which they were thrilled about.
After traveling to Ethiopia to get Peter and Mari, they experienced the need for kids to be adopted as the poverty there is extraordinary. They saw hundreds of kids every day begging, without shoes and proper clothing, without food, without families, without homes, living on streets. They were also moved by how good the people in Ethiopia are, and by the incredible culture.
After bringing Peter and Mari home to America, they decided, about a year later, to start the adoption process again. This time Maria had been contacted about a sibling group of four children who were in need of a family. Jon and Maria looked into it and decided they would adopt them. Eight anxious months later they traveled back to Ethiopia and met their new kids who were 4, 7, 9, and 11 years old. It was an amazing experience. They realized how neat it was to bring children from their background to America.
After a grueling 41 hour trip home in 2007 with four kids who couldn’t speak any English and who had never experienced ice or straws or elevators (not to mention what they understood as flying buildings), they knew they had made the right decision. All six children are, today, happy and flourishing in school and at home.
In 2010 Jon and Maria were surprised and blessed with the arrival of another child, a son, James. And again, in 2012, they joyfully received John Paul into their household (much to his sister Mari’s chagrin. When learning it was a boy she said “Awww, but we already have so many boys!” She’s since come around though).
Jon believes in the power of small businesses. He knows well that without his companies and his success in business, he and Maria would not have been able to create the family they have, and to provide for and raise them as they have. Jon is passionate about helping other small business owners and their employees flourish so that they can provide for their families well, and so they can have more fun and peace in this short life.