Married Since: 2010

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: Yes

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and most magical humans on earth. For what they believe is what they will become.” -Brooke Hampton

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

Favorites

Colby

Animal
Dog
Book
The Art of Racing in the Rain
Color
Grey
Family Activity
A day in the backyard
Food
Mexican Food
Hobby
Camping/Boating
Holiday
4th of July
Music
Country
Sport
Football
Thing to Cook
Cheeseburgers

Meghan

Animal
Elephant
Book
The Time Traveler's Wife
Color
Yellow
Family Activity
Going to the park together
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Concerts
Holiday
Christmas
Music
Anything but Country
Sport
Summer Olympics
Thing to Cook
Buffalo Chicken Dip
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From Us to You

We got married in 2010 and spent the first couple years 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 wasn’t necessary for us to create our family, we decided adoption would be our path to becoming parents. We could never imagine our lives without children and refused to give up.

And then on April 20, 2018 we welcomed our precious daughter into our family through adoption. Josie is our beautiful blessing and we love her beyond measure. We are so fortunate to be her parents. Josie is three years old and full of energy, excitement, laughter and joy. Parenthood has been our greatest adventure and we have truly cherished every moment with our sweet girl. We would love for another child to join our family and for Josie to have a sibling that she can grow up with.

We understand you are facing a very difficult decision and you may be scared and filled with a lot of emotions. But we want you to know that you are not alone and we would love the opportunity to join you on this journey should you decide that adoption is the right decision for you and your baby.

We are prepared and ready to give your baby the best opportunities in life, a safe home to grow up in, surrounded by love and happiness. We will never take for granted the love, strength and courage you faced in making this decision.

Thank you for viewing our profile and we are looking forward to hearing from you and getting to know you.

Check out our Instagram account: @thebruehlsadopt

With love,
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.

Our Relationship with Josie's Family

We have an open adoption agreement with Josie’s birth parents. We happily honor that commitment. We send letters with photos every year at Josie’s birthday and at Christmas. 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 always open to communication with Josie’s birth parents, and we respect the level of openness that is most comfortable for them so we will lovingly continue to send letters and pictures.

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

Racial and 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! We also have a big trampoline and inflatable pool in the backyard to play with in the warm weather! We spend a lot of time in our yard running through sprinklers, having water balloon fights, blowing bubbles, taking care of the plants and coloring with chalk! Colby’s convinced we need to add a pool or a basketball court; Meghan thinks a swing set should be the next addition! Inside our home, you’ll find a couple big comfy couches where we snuggle up and read or watch movies together with a bowl of popcorn. Our kitchen has a large island with three bar stools at the center. The kitchen has seen us make meals as a family, bake treats together, create artistic masterpieces with watercolors and playdoh, make multiple gingerbread houses, carve many pumpkins, and host countless dance parties!

Your baby will have their own room right next to our daughter’s and down the hall from our room. The nursery is already set up and fully stocked with everything they’ll need! We can’t wait for that room to be filled with the laughter, coos and cries of a little one. Your baby will have plenty of toys to play with in the playroom downstairs; Josie’s already started a collection and she promises to share!

We chose our home because we knew it would be a great place to raise children. We can envision your baby with us as we decorate the Christmas tree, hunt for Easter eggs in the backyard, play board games, ride bikes in the neighborhood, and cuddle up to read together. We can hear the giggles of your baby as they play with bubbles in the bathtub and run around the house playing hide and seek!

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, which means we’re just a 10-minute drive from numerous activities! We are 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 a lot of 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 a long time, and we have a lot of excellent connections to the community. 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 family lives close by; 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 here 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. Our family is thrilled to welcome your sweet baby into our lives.

When Josie was born, our family fell madly in love with her. Truthfully, they loved her before they met her. Our family members welcomed her with open arms and would do anything for her. Josie facetimes with her aunts and cousins often and we always carve out time to make special memories together. Josie looks forward to her occasional sleepovers at Mimi’s house (Meghan’s mom). She gets to play with her Mimi; they usually make an art project, bake yummy cookies, and then end the night snuggled up with Mimi and her pup, Lola, watching Josie’s favorite movie before bedtime in Meghan’s old bedroom. Josie also loves when we visit her aunt who lives on the beach multiple times throughout the year. While there she’ll search for her favorite sea shell, play on the paddle board, ride on the slip-n-slide, eat delicious BBQ, and go for boat rides. Josie is adored by our entire family, she really is a bright light that shines.

Our family has also taken the extra step of further educating themselves in the areas of adoption and racism. They have joined us in our efforts to be well versed in adoption advocacy and they are fiercely anti-racist. We’ve attended Women’s Marches and Black Lives Matter peaceful protests together as a family because we all firmly support the causes and advocate for the oppressed and marginalized. We created an email address for Josie, so our family members can send her messages that she’ll see when she’s older. On special occasions, or historic moments, or just because, we’ll write a letter to Josie that she’ll find in the future and be able to reflect on memories of her childhood. Josie is very bonded with our family, and we’re grateful for it. We love watching her relationships blossom with our loved ones as she grows up, and we have no doubt that the same affection will be shared with our next child.

We both had great childhoods, and we’re looking forward to providing your 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. 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, play Frisbee golf, or go camping. We really love making special memories and watching Josie have fun playing, learning and growing. We also find comfort in our casual, everyday lifestyle. Colby works in the mornings and Meghan works in the evenings so we 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 Dog, Griffey

We have a sweet dog, Griffey, who everybody loves! He’s 7 years old, and we rescued him from the Humane Society when he was 6 months old. He loves it when we take him for walks, hikes, or swimming! He’s very obedient and eager to please. He’s a snuggly dog and a very important member of our family. He’s great with kids and loves babies! We used to have another dog, unfortunately we lost our sweet Sunny girl to cancer a little while ago. We all miss her very much, but we’re grateful for the time we had together and the memories we shared together. It was hard for our daughter to learn the lesson of loss at such a young age, but she handled it gracefully and now we reminisce about all the things we loved about Sunny.

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Our Traditions

Speaking of traditions, we can’t help but think of all the fun things we look forward to throughout the year. Each season brings its own family traditions for us; winter is filled with cold and snowy activities! We always build a snowman, go sledding, and make snow angels, maybe even compete in a few snowball fights! We’d like to someday learn how to ski or snowboard as a family! A couple nights a week during the weeks leading up to Christmas we’ll cook a batch of Chex mix, make a thermos of hot cocoa and load up in the car to cruise around town admiring all the pretty lights! Josie blows kisses to every Frosty the Snowman she sees, and exclaims “WOW! So cool!” We’re excited to bring another child along on our tour of lights! Every year we make a gingerbread house, decorate the house with all things Christmas, and read a ton of winter books together! We can’t wait to include another kiddo in our holiday cheer! We cherish our family time during the holidays, we definitely take time to reflect on what we’re grateful for and appreciate the loved ones who are our support system.

Springtime brings us outdoors again! After the cold winter months we are anxious to get outside where you can find us riding bikes in the neighborhood, planting flowers, taking the dog for a walk, or doing some spring cleaning. These things may seem mundane or simple, but they’ve become little rituals we’ve come to enjoy doing as a family. Also we celebrate Josie’s birthday in the spring and obviously that’s one of our favorite traditions! We gather our family and friends for a fabulous party to celebrate our beautiful daughter! We share a meal that Josie picks and we indulge in whatever dessert is her current favorite. She gets to choose the theme and activity and we try to make it the best day ever for her! We’d love to be able to throw the most fun bash for our next babe too!

Summer is our busiest and most adventurous season. We spend many weekends camping in our trailer, which has bunk beds for kids! We pack up our clothes, toys, games, food and most importantly s’mores ingredients and hit the road! We don’t have to go far to find a gorgeous campground on a lake or river with luscious grass, a playground, trails to ride bikes along, and a beach to explore! Our friends accompany us and they bring their boat, so we can ride around or go tubing and waterskiing! There’s nothing better than spending the day in the sun! We pack a cooler full of cold drinks, lunch and snacks then play outside until dinner. After multiple sunscreen applications and fun on the water we’ll head back to the trailer to play games (Frisbee, catch, corn hole, ladder golf), cook dinner (burgers, hot dogs, tacos), and relax a little bit. Once it gets dark we’ll have a bonfire, roast marshmallows and devour s’mores. After washing our sticky hands, with full tummies and happy hearts, we go to bed and dream about doing it all again the next day! When we aren’t camping we’re swimming at the public pool or the inflatable one in the backyard, throwing rocks in the river, eating ice cream, or chasing Josie around on her scooter on our street! Summer days are some of our favorite days. We play hard in the mornings and afternoons then love to wind down and relax before bed in the warm evenings. Watch the sun set, listen to the crickets sing their song, tuck Josie into bed, reflect on the day as it ends. We would love nothing more than to experience all of these things as a family of four. Your child would fit right in with our family’s traditions!

Fall is the wrap up of our camping trips, and we welcome cooler temperatures. Josie starts thinking about what she wants to be for Halloween, we plan our annual trip to the pumpkin patch, and invite our friends over for a carving party! Football season begins; Colby and Josie love cheering for the Seahawks! Meghan will partially watch, but will also be reading her book during the very long games. Colby always requests Meghan’s Buffalo Chicken Dip as a half time snack, so Meghan happily whips it up (secretly she wants it too!). Autumn is the beginning of the cozy season that flows into winter and we kind of love that. Our wish is to have another baby to cuddle up with, especially in the fall and winter months. 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. We’d be thrilled to be able to carry on this tradition with you and your baby.

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What Kind of Parents We will be

We are the kind of parents who strive to be the absolute best parents we can be by always putting our child’s needs in front of our own. We love our daughter with our entire hearts and will love your child just as much. We believe as our children grow, learning how to make their own decisions will empower them and help them to learn from their mistakes. We will always be proud of them and will be there to support them, no matter what.

We are the kind of parents who believe in nurturing children by singing to them, reading to them, cuddling and snuggling them. We have lots of fun by riding bikes, going swimming, flying kits, playing catch and coloring on the sidewalks with chalk. We love hiking, going to the beach, playing board games, sledding, cooking and baking together, camping and fishing.

We believe in encouraging our child/children to use their imagination and we will always support their dreams. We are there to listen and offer advice and will always show them love, how to forgive, and the importance of honesty. We are open with our daughter about her adoption story and we are the kind of parents who believe you can never give too many kisses and we say “I love you” all day, and every day!

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What We Will Tell Your Child about You

Just as our daughter knows about her story of adoption and her birth parents, we plan on sharing with your child all about you as well. They will always know their story and the love you have for them and how difficult it was for you to make your decision. We will always show our love and appreciation for you.

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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.

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Our Promise to You

  • We promise to love your child with all of our heart.
  • We promise to provide your child with a safe and loving home filled with laughter and fun.
  • We promise to protect them
  • We promise to honor their story and how you are such a blessing to us.
  • We will happily share with them the story of how they came to join our family.
  • We will express how you lovingly and selflessly chose to place them in our arms, and for that we will be forever grateful.
  • And we promise that we will always love your child and you.

Message Colby and Meghan

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Colby and Meghan

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!