Colby and Meghan

Married Since: 2008

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We will nurture your sweet, little baby. We will sing to them. We will read to them. We will cuddle and snuggle them. We will have fun! We will ride bikes, go swimming, fly kites, play catch, and color the sidewalks with chalk.

Colby and Meghan

from Washington

Colby

Ancestry: German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Merchandising Manager

Education: High School

Hobbies: Working out, Golf, Camping

Meghan

Ancestry: Italian, Scottish, English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Hair Stylist

Education: Cosmetology License

Hobbies: Hiking, Reading, Swimming, Grilling

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: African American, African American / Asian, African American / Caucasian, African American / Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Biracial (African American + any other), Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Native American, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, Native American Indian

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

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From Us to You

Thank you. Thank you for your strength. Thank you for your selflessness. Thank you for your courage. We are so grateful to you. If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be able to bring another child into our family. You are so brave, and we are truly thankful.

We can’t begin to imagine how difficult this is for you. This experience must be so scary and emotional. Although we are not in your position, you are not alone. Hopefully, we can bring you some peace by explaining how we plan to raise your precious child. We want you to feel comfortable with your decision. We want you to know how loved your baby will be. We want you to know how safe your child will be in our care. We want you to know how prepared and ready we are to give your baby the best opportunities we can offer. We want you to know that we will not take this opportunity to parent your child for granted.

We got married over 9 years ago. We spent the first half of our marriage laying the foundation for our future by establishing our careers and buying a home. Then we spent the next four years trying to get pregnant. We tried numerous fertility treatments, and still no success. But we didn’t lose hope. Once we realized DNA and biology doesn’t matter to us, we decided to stop spending our time and money on medical treatments and explore adoption instead. We had experienced some heartbreak, but we could never imagine our lives without children. We refused to give up, and we knew adoption was the best way for our family to grow. We have so much love to give, and we are confident adoption is the best way to make our dreams become a reality.

We welcomed our precious daughter to our family through adoption on April 20, 2018. Josie is our beautiful blessing. We love her beyond measure and we are so fortunate to be her parents. Josie is one-and-a-half and full of energy, sass, laughter and joy. Parenthood has been our greatest adventure and we have truly cherished every moment with our sweet girl. We would love to be able to give Josie a younger sibling that she can grow up with and they can experience their childhoods together.

We’d like to tell you what kind of parents we will be. We will provide your baby with a safe home filled with love and laughter. We will carry on some traditions that our parents did with us, as well as creating new traditions that will be special to us. We will nurture your sweet little baby. We will sing to them. We will read to them. We will cuddle and snuggle them. We will have fun! We will ride bikes, go swimming, fly kites, play catch, and color the sidewalks with chalk. We will hike, go to the beach, and play board games, go sledding, cook, bake, go camping and fishing. We will encourage them to use their imagination. We will support their dreams. We will always be there to listen and offer advice. We will show them, love, teach them how to forgive, and explain the importance of honesty. We will always have open communication about the adoption. We can assure you, your child will be kissed and told, “I love you,” all day, every day!

Again, thank you and bless you. We couldn’t do this without you.

Colby, Meghan & Josie

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About Colby

I think the moment I fell in love with Colby was just a couple weeks after meeting him. He didn’t know I was outside, but I witnessed him help a little, old lady who had tripped and fallen over a curb in a parking lot. He instantly dropped everything and ran to assist her. This instance was just the first of many times I’ve watched Colby do something to help someone else. He is considerate of others thoughtful and selfless. I love that about him. There are so many things I love about Colby. It makes me so happy that all of my friends and family adore him. He’s funny and silly. He always makes me laugh! And he has sweet dance skills! He may look like a big, tough guy, but underneath he’s a softy! He’s so sweet; he’s just a big teddy bear. He’s got a tender heart. He’s so gentle, and he’s a wonderful father. He would do anything for Josie and will for your baby, too. He’s Josie’s biggest fan and I love watching the two of them together! He’s always playing with her and making her giggle. I knew Colby would be a great father, that’s partly why I married him, and I was right! His relationship with our daughter is special and it’s such a joy to watch them together. I know Colby will continue to work hard to provide for his family because he takes pride in that. I am so lucky that Colby is my husband and Josie’s dad. I’m thrilled to see him be an awesome dad for our next child, too!

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About Meghan

We went on our first date, and it was pretty much over from there. She had me; I was head over heels for Meghan. It was the differences in us that drew me to her. She was more of the girly girl, and I was more of a country boy. But for whatever reason, it just clicked with us. Meghan helped me to see a whole new outlook on my life. She saw the potential in me. Meghan helped me realize that I wanted to set goals and fulfill dreams. She has helped motivate and encourage me to achieve all of them. Thanks to Meghan, I have moved up in my career, and now I have a bright future, both professionally and personally. She is an amazing woman. She is such a kind, nurturing, loyal and cheerful person. I would give the world to her if I could. It broke my heart when we couldn’t have a baby naturally. When we decided on adoption, I was so excited because I want Meghan to experience being a mother. I knew, for a fact, she would be an amazing mom, and I was right! When she first met Josie, I saw a major change in Meghan. She became a mom and I could tell, from that moment on, she was going to devote her entire life to being the greatest mom ever. Meghan and Josie are so bonded, I love watching them together. Meghan always puts Josie first and I know she’ll do the same with your baby too. I am so proud to call Meghan my wife and she’s the proudest mother I’ve ever seen.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We are extremely blessed to be adoptive parents. We wear the title with pride. We are grateful to have been chosen to be Josie’s parents, and we take our roles as adoptive parents very seriously. Josie is the light of our lives and with everything we do, we always take into consideration how it will affect our daughter. This is one of the many reasons we have decided to adopt again. We think it will be best for Josie and her sibling to be able to relate to each other and have adoption in common. We want our children to have similar stories. We want our kids to be able to understand each other when we discuss their birth families and cultures, and why they don’t look like us. Our wish is that our kids have each other to lean on and can help each other navigate their childhoods as adoptees together. Adoption is invaluable to us and it is the only way we will grow as a family.

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Our Relationship with Josie's Family

We have an open adoption agreement with Josie’s birth parents. We happily honor that commitment. In the two years of Josie’s life, we have had zero communication. Our text messages to Josie’s birth mom have gone unanswered. But we completely understand that everyone deals with difficult situations in their own way. We have respectfully given them space. We have sent letters with photos every year at Josie’s birthday and at Christmas. We have a mutual friend who remains in contact with Josie’s birth parents and she delivers the mail for us. Regardless, we will always speak positively about Josie’s birth family. We have nothing but the utmost respect and love for them. We will always be gracious and appreciative of their selfless decision to place Josie with us. We are open for communication with Josie’s birth parents, whenever they may be ready. Until then, we will lovingly continue to send letters and pictures.

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Cultural Diversity

Cultural diversity is a top priority for our family. We have a zero-tolerance policy in regards to racism. Fortunately we haven’t had a single issue. But if we ever do, we are not afraid to stand up against racism. When we first pursued adoption, we were open to all races. Josie’s birth parents picked us and trusted us to raise her with pride for her culture, and we promised to do so. We will always honor that promise. We believe it is important for our kids to see mirrors of themselves in the books they read, toys they play with, music they listen to, and TV and movies they watch. We embrace all skin colors and cultures in our home. We want our children to be strong and confident in their identity, so we are doing everything we can to provide a safe and protected environment for their personal growth. As the parents in a transracial family, we are continuously learning. We are reading books, watching documentaries, watching youtube videos, and supporting black businesses. We are dedicated to being the best for our children of color, we want them to succeed and feel understood.

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Our Home

We take a lot of pride in our home. We work hard to keep it clean and comfortable and enjoyable for ourselves and our guests. We enjoy hosting game nights and barbecues with our friends! We have a charming back patio with plenty of seating and overhanging lights that make it so cozy to enjoy during the summer months! The community we live in is very safe and secure. The neighbors on our street really look out for each other, and we find that very comforting. We don’t live in a very big city, so we’re just a 10-minute drive from numerous activities! We are so close to parks, the river, movie theaters, camping grounds, restaurants, concerts, shopping, museums, schools, and hiking trails. We have a local mountain where we can ski, snowboard or go sledding, and it’s so much fun! We live within 20 minutes of our parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews, so we get to see them all the time, and that’s awesome! We love the area we live in; it really is beautiful. We have lived here for so long, and we have a lot of excellent connections to the area. We are very comfortable here and can’t imagine raising a family anywhere else.

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Our Families

We are so blessed to have such a great family. Colby’s parents, brother, and sister-in-law and their three children live close to us. Colby’s grandmother lives close as well. Then he also has aunts, uncles and cousins sprinkled throughout Washington State. Meghan’s mom lives in the same town as us. Her brother and some of her aunts, uncles, and cousins are in Washington, while others are in Nevada and Alaska. We are very close to our families. We really value these relationships. Our family has been incredibly supportive of us our entire marriage, and especially during our first adoption process and they are all very excited for our next adoption. We combine our families for some holidays, which is a lot of fun! Our family is thrilled to welcome your sweet baby into our lives. We had great childhoods, and we’re looking forward to providing our baby with a similar upbringing. We will learn from our family and try to do even better! We feel blessed to have family members that are always there for us.

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Our Lifestyle

We live a simple yet fulfilling life. As parents, we work hard to provide for our family. We also take advantage of our free time together as well. We work on projects around the house, have BBQ’s with our friends, go to the playground or splash pad, take little weekend trips to visit family, walk and explore along the local trail, or go camping. We really love making special memories and watching Josie have fun playing and learning and growing. We also find comfort in our casual, everyday lifestyle. Colby works in the mornings and Meghan works in the evenings so they each get to spend half the day with Josie. Meghan and Josie spend the morning at the park, or visiting the library, maybe even a playdate with friends. Colby and Josie spend afternoons going for a walk, or at music class, or swim lessons. Meghan gets home from work just in time for dinner all together as a family, and then it’s bath and bedtime for Josie. We are fortunate to be able to spend a lot of quality time with our daughter and we never take that for granted. We appreciate the routine and structure of our work/home life, and we feel like we’ve been able to find a healthy balance that suits us all. We’ve found our groove as a family of three and we believe adding our fourth family member into our lifestyle will be an easy transition that we’re very much ready and excited for!

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Our Traditions

When we think of traditions, we think of our holidays spent with our family. Luckily, both of our families get along really well so we spend Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas all together! It’s really wonderful for Josie that she gets to enjoy the company of all her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins for the holidays! Every January Meghan’s extended family gets together to celebrate (late) Christmas, and this gathering always includes sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing, board games and eating delicious meals and treats. During the summer you can always find us at Colby’s parents’ pool or out on the boat on the river. We also like making birthday parties a major priority in our family. Every birthday is spent with our family and friends, eating yummy food and cake! We’ve made sure to have family photos taken every year so we can have professional pictures to look back on some day that have captured our family’s growth. Another tradition we’ve started since Josie was born is that every year on her birthday and at Christmas we write a letter to Josie’s birth parents. We describe what Josie’s been up to, how she’s blossoming, what her favorite things are, and activities she’s loving. We include pictures with the letters, we are happy to be able to share with her birth parents what a bright light Josie is in this world.

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What Kind of Parents We will be

We will be the absolute best parents we can be. We promise to always put our child’s needs in front of our own. We will love our kids with our entire hearts. We will continue to work hard to provide everything our children need. We will allow our kids to make their own decisions and empower them to learn from their mistakes. We will always be proud of them. We will support them, no matter what. We will create a safe home that will allow them to come to us with any problems or questions they may have. We will have understanding hearts and give them grace to grow and mature. We are honored to be parents, we take our job very seriously. We will always be there for our kids, and we will love them unconditionally.

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What We Will Tell Our Children about Their Birth Families

We will be honest from the very beginning. We will not lie to our children or keep secrets. We will answer questions appropriately for their age. We plan on staying positive and genuine with our kids. We understand that our children may have hard questions for us in the future, so we are prepared to handle answering with care and thoughtfulness. Adoption comes with its own complications, emotions and confusion, but we hope our honesty and positive outlook can help our kids navigate through their feelings with ease and confidence. We will do what it takes to help our kids maintain healthy relationships with their birth family. We believe that it is important to support that bond in whatever way is most comfortable for everyone. We have nothing but love and appreciation for our children’s birth families and we intend to respect and honor their wishes.

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What We Will Teach our Children

We grew up in families that had very similar core values, so we easily agreed upon what we want to teach our kids. We want to teach our kids to be kind, respectful, thoughtful, understanding and compassionate. We believe the best way to teach our children these characteristics is to demonstrate by our actions. We talk about our problems, rather than yell. We discuss our issues with our words, rather than our hands. We see ourselves reflected in our children, so it’s very important to us that we practice what we preach. We want to teach our children to be nice to others, lend a helping hand, love everybody, and have a forgiving heart. We’d like our kids to be able to be strong in their beliefs and stand up for those who can’t. We hope our children can learn from us that you don’t have to be perfect, but being the best version of yourself is everything you need to be. We will teach our children with love and grace and understanding.

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What Adoptions Means to Us

Adopting a child means everything to us. We are proud to be a transracial adoptive family and we are thrilled to add another child to our crew. We were honored to have been chosen by Josie’s birth parents and we would love to be chosen again. We understand the complexities of adoption, but we are prepared to be the best adoptive parents we can be. Adoption is the only reason we are able to be parents, and we are appreciative every single day. Being a parent is an opportunity that adoption gifted us and that means the world to us.

Our Promise to You

We promise to love your child with everything we have. We vow to cherish your baby. We promise to provide a safe and adoring home filled with laughter and fun. We promise to protect them. We promise to honor their story and your role in it. We will happily and respectfully share the details of how they came to join our family. We will explain how you lovingly and selflessly chose to place them in our arms, and for that we will be forever grateful. We will always love your child and their birth mother.

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