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Josh & Kristen
We believe that everything in life happens for a reason. Our journey to become parents has led us to adoption and we could not be more excited to open our hearts and home to a special child. Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about us and we hope you consider us as potential parents.
We enjoy a simple, carefree lifestyle most of the time and are always looking for an excuse to hang out with each other and friends/family. Work can be stressful so we try to relax and enjoy the time we have off. We usually sit down for a family dinner each night so we can catch up and talk about our day and we finish most evenings off by relaxing on our porch. We enjoy being outdoors and watching our dogs run around and play or cuddle up on the couch to watch a movie. On the weekends during the summer we can typically be found out by the pool or at the local lake, barbecuing enjoying the company of our friends and family. We also enjoy visiting local trails, participating in races, hunting and fishing, and going out for dinner with our friends. When we can get away we enjoy going to the mountains. Josh also takes annual trips up north during the winter months with his brother for hunting season and Kristen takes trips with her close friends when she can. During the holidays we spend a lot of time with family at our house or go to theirs as we all live close and get to enjoy the time together.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Kristen About Josh: Josh has so many great qualities its hard to list them all but one of the best qualities that I love about Josh is his honesty. He is never one to shy away from telling the truth about how he feels or what he thinks. Another great quality about Josh is his loyalty. Josh would do anything for his family and close friends. He is always helping out with home projects, working on vehicles, or there for them if they need advice or just someone to talk to. Josh is also adventurous. Josh is always talking me into trying new things, going new places, or trying different foods.
Josh About Kristen: Kristen is one of the kindest, silliest people that I know. She is always taking care of others and is always there for moral support or lending a helping hand if that's what the situation requires. Kristen is an upbeat person who always tries to find the best in every situation. She will be there to cheer you up if you are feeling down and will do whatever she can to put a smile on your face and make you laugh. I can always count on Kristen to be there when I have had a bad day and do anything she can to make the situation better.
Why We Chose Adoption
We have always known that we wanted to have a child. It is something we have discussed since the beginning of our relationship. We have been unable to conceive a child naturally and after trying a few different infertility treatments without success we decided to take a break from it all and reevaluate the things we wanted in life. We spend a lot of time with our friends and family who have children and we always have a blast playing with the kids and love watching them grow. Spending these times around our friends and families children reaffirmed to us that becoming a parent and being able to raise our own child is one of the most important things to us and we decided that we wanted to pursue that dream through adoption. We are excited to be able to provide a loving, happy, and nurturing home to a child and looking forward to making memories together as a family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live on seven acres in the middle of the country about two miles outside of a small rural town. Our home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a large open kitchen and living room. We have a large yard with an in-ground pool in the back. We spend most of our time outdoors playing with our two dogs Hank and Daisy, caring for our chickens, or just relaxing on the porch.
During the hot summer days we can be found in the pool with friends and family barbecuing or taking the short 20 minutes ride to visit the local lake. When the weather does get cool we enjoy having friends over for bonfire and s'mores.
The community we live near is a safe family, friendly community. There is a local elementary school about two miles from our home and the local high school about a ten minute drive. There is a local park for kids to play complete with a jungle gym, swings, and a slide, baseball and basketball court and even a local splash park. Each year the community hosts a Halloween trunk or treat, fall festival, and a Christmas parade. There are also several other festivals and fairs held throughout the year that are fun for the whole family.
Our Extended Families
Spending time with family is something we both cherish. Kristen's family lives just a few miles from us in the next town so we see them just about every week. Kristen's sister lives a little further away about an hour from where we live but we try to see her sister and her family as much as possible. We have a tradition of getting together with Kristen's extended family on most all major holidays and are grateful that we get to spend that time with our nieces and nephew.
Josh's brother and his family live a few hours from us but we are fortunate that we get to see them often. We love being able to spend time with his brother, his wife, and especially our nephews. Josh takes a yearly hunting trip with his brother to Northern Tennessee and he also goes fishing with his brother as much as possible.
Both of our families are beyond excited for us to grow our family through adoption and cannot wait to add another bundle of joy to the crew.
From Us to You
We cannot imagine the decision that you are facing right now but we appreciate that you are considering adoption for your child.
We have known each other for most of our lives; we lived in the same town and went to the same school from elementary school to high school. We began dating after high school and have been married for over 15 years. We still live in the same town we grew up in and so does most of our family. The family that we do have out of town lives close enough that we are still able to visit and get together on a regular basis with only a few hours of travel, which we do often. We have several nieces and nephews and love getting to spend time with them.
We have always wanted to have a child of our own but unfortunately it has not been something we have been able to do naturally. We have a lot of love to give and only wish for the opportunity to give it. If you chose us to parent your child they will know they are adopted from the beginning and will know what a difficult decision it was for you to make and how much you love them. We will happily provide you with letters and pictures throughout the years and a visit early in the child’s life. We will provide a loving happy home for your child.
We have a wonderful home on seven acres with two dogs and a pool. We currently have chickens and are working to clear some of the property to add cows, goats, and possibly some other farm animals. We have plenty of room for a child to run and grow, lots of friends and family with children for them to play with and several local parks and activities for kids in our area. We live in a rural community but are also close enough to a large city that we travel to often and experience things that our community does not have such as museums and concerts to attend. We are also within driving distance to the ocean and several lakes where we spend a lot of time.
We look forward to supporting a child in their interests whatever that maybe and encouraging them along the way. We have a diverse group of friends and family that will be involved in the child’s life as well and will be another support system providing more love, support, and teaching them different talents and skills beyond what we have. We will provide the best education possible and help them reach their full potential in life.
We hope this has helped you gain a little bit of insight into who we are and the life we would provide for a child. We look forward to getting to know about you and answering any questions you might have should you want more contact with us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in whatever decision you should make.
Josh & Kristen