Married Since: 2015

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We respect you for making such a brave and selfless choice, and hope that we can be the family to help you find calm and peace in making your decision.

Joshua and Nicole

from Iowa

Joshua

Ancestry: German Czech

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Programmer

Education: Associates degrees

Hobbies: Fishing, Woodworking, Camping

Nicole

Ancestry: German, Irish, English, Dutch, French

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Teacher

Education: M.Ed.

Hobbies: Reading, Crafts, Baking, Camping

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Favorites

Joshua

Childhood Memory
Riding four-wheelers and snowmobiles around the farm
Color
Orange
Family Activity
Playing games
Food
Nicole's meatloaf
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
National Lampoon's Christmas
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
TV Show
Big Bang Theory
Music
Alternative
Quote
"If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

Nicole

Childhood Memory
Playing hide-n-seek with all the neighborhood kids
Color
Chartreuse
Family Activity
Swimming
Food
Cherries
Holiday
Halloween
Movie
Hocus Pocus and Hamilton
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
TV Show
Gilmore Girls
Music
Alternative, AJR is one of my current favs
Quote
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." ~Albus Dumbledore
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From Us to You

Hi There!

We want to let you know how awesome you are for considering an adoption plan for your child. We respect you for making such a brave and selfless choice, and hope that we can be the family to help you find calm and peace in making your decision. Thank you for considering adding us to the love surrounding your baby. We want to assure you that we will provide your child a wonderful and loving life. We appreciate you taking the time to look at our profile to learn a little about us, and we look forward to hopefully learning more about you and your baby.

With gratitude,
Nicole and Josh

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About Josh

I am so lucky to have Josh in my life. He is my best friend and we work so well together! Josh is affectionate and caring and he takes care of me when I am sick or sad. He is kind and gentle, not just to me, but to everyone. I love how he’s smart and nerdy, and we can be our dorky selves together dancing, telling bad jokes, or chasing each other around the house. Josh is passionate about everything he does, and makes me feel safe. He accepts and loves me as I am, no matter what. Josh is my favorite person in this world, and I know he is going to be an amazing dad to any child entering our family because of how he loves and treats me and others.

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About Nicole

People talk about how much work goes into a relationship, but with Nicole it’s never felt like work. We just clicked from the very beginning. Everyone has a bit of weird in them and she is definitely my kind of weird. From her silly sense of humor to her warm heart, she’s my favorite. When I see her with her students and other children it’s clear she was made for educating and raising children. Some of her happiest moments are when she’s doing activities in which she gets to be a big kid, and of course, going to a teacher store. I love how when I’m not feeling well, she knows just what to say and do to make me feel better, and I know she will do the same with your child.

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Our Lifestyle

We live in a quiet small town in the Midwest, which is a nice combination of both our childhoods. Josh’s parents live on a farm in a small rural town where he grew up. Nicole’s parents live in a nearby city where she grew up. We enjoy spending time with family and friends making memories and having conversations outdoors or on our back porch. We value kindness, caring, and trust in our interactions and surround ourselves with others who show the same character traits.

When we need to relax at home, the two of us can be found chilling on our couch cuddling with our cats and catching up with shows on the DVR. We enjoy being outdoors, going for walks or bike rides around the neighborhood, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and playing games together.

Nicole has the summers and other school breaks off since she is a teacher. She will stay home with your child when she does not have to work. Day-to-day plans may include swimming, baking, park outings, sprinkler play, and local family and youth programs at the library. Neither of us work weekends or evenings, so this will be family time with each other and your child.

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Everything Happens for a Reason

Even when we were dating, we knew we wanted to adopt a child in the future. Our plan was to have a few biological children and then open our home to more children through adoption. Even through our infertility journey, we held on to knowing that everything happens for a reason. That reason has led us to adoption sooner than we planned, and possibly to you and your child.

Our home is so full of love, waiting to embrace your child with it. We are looking forward to holding your baby in our arms as we rock them in the nursery next to our bedroom. We are excited to have moments of snuggling and tickling, going for walks, and playing at the parks in town. Josh is very handy and does a lot of work around the house himself. He is looking forward to having a little helper that he can pass on his skills to. Nicole enjoys being a prankster and looks forward to having a mini partner to hide and jump out at or play pranks on Josh. As an Early Childhood teacher, she looks forward to using her knowledge to help your child grow and develop. We both look forward to tucking your child in each night with bed time stories, kisses, and exchanges of, “I love you more.” We are patiently waiting for the child that is meant to have us wrap our abundance of love around them.

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Having Fun

Family, friends, and fun are important to us. We enjoy hanging out with our friends at local events or staying in to play games like Spot It, Settlers of Catan, or Ticket to Ride. Going on trips with family or to visit family members is an important part of our lives that we look forward to sharing with our future children.

In the summer, we enjoy being outdoors and near water. We spend a lot of time at the lake where Nicole’s parents have a permanent campsite and pontoon boat. Extended family often comes up with lots of children to play with. We all like to go swimming at the beach, share meals, and talk around the campfire. We also go out on our boat on nearby lakes and rivers to go fishing. We enjoy packing a lunch and spending the day on the boat. Josh will fish the whole time, while Nicole will spend half the time fishing and the other half reading and enjoying the sunshine.

While we share a lot of common interests and enjoy spending time with each other. We also enjoy our own different hobbies; Josh enjoys woodworking, metalworking and fishing, while Nicole enjoys reading, baking, and crafting.

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Charlie + Izzy - the Kitties

We have two adorable cats, Izzy and Charlie. Charlie loves to be held and purrs really loud. He acts like a lion, but really, he’s a scaredy-cat! Izzy is very affectionate and loves to show love with nuzzles. She cuddles with us both on the couch or in bed. They both love to wrestle and chase each other around the house. They are also very affectionate and love to curl up on our laps or meow at us for scratches on the ears, be held and loved on, or to play with a ribbon or toy. We joke that Izzy is confused and thinks she is a dog, because she likes to play fetch with her favorite mousie toy. They are curious about the nursery and will become excellent protectors of your child.

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Home Sweet Home

Our house has character and history with a lot of room for children to play and grow. Josh has put in a lot of work improving our home with children in mind, to make it safe and comfortable for our family. We have a main level bedroom that we plan to make a playroom with lots of room to play, and the nursery is ready for a little boy or girl next to our bedroom upstairs. It’s been a good home to families with children in the past, and we look forward to raising our family in it, too.

Our house is in a nice neighborhood filled with a mix of young and older families. There are lots of kids running around playing since our street is fairly quiet with little traffic. We live near a few parks within walking distance where the kiddos like to play. There are several holiday parades in our town where candy, necklaces, and even hot dogs are thrown out into the crowd. Our neighbors are all friendly with a wave as we drive by or conversations on each other’s driveways or helping out if anyone needs a hand. Each year there is a block party where the adults hang out and chat while watching kids’ movies and then later some football on a giant screen that takes up the whole street, and children run around with each other and play. It is an ideal neighborhood for a child to grow up in.

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Our Families and Friends

Family, friends, and fun are important to us. Many of our friends have young children of their own who will be great friends to your future child. We enjoy hanging out with our friends and their families at local events such as fireworks, tubing, street dances, or having water fights. We also enjoy staying in to chat on a patio and play games. Josh is very handy and helps many of our friends with home improvement projects.

Going on trips with family or to visit family members is an important part of our lives we look forward to sharing with your child. With a network of support from our family and friends, we know we are ready for the challenges, the sleepless nights, and the tantrums. We are ready to put in the work to provide the life your baby deserves. Two sets of excited grandparents eagerly await the opportunity to spoil your child with cookies, snuggles, and love. Nicole’s mom is retired and excited to spend time with them when babysitting a few days a week while we are both working. Both of our parents are looking forward to snuggling and spoiling their new grandchild.

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Family Traditions

Both of our large families look forward to making memories and sharing our family traditions of exploring at the family farm, board games, cards, and camping. When either of our families get together, it is usually a large gathering of extended family having cookouts, playing yard games, swimming at pools or lakes, or talking around a bonfire. Josh is the youngest of 8 children, and Nicole’s parents both come from large families that still gather together with lots of cousins and their young children. All of our family members are excited to share love and laughter with your child.

We both have family scattered throughout the country that we enjoy traveling to visit. Holidays for both our families are large events with lots of extended family members, food, games, and conversations. Each year at Christmas, a large group of Nicole’s family bundle up in holiday hats, headbands, and lights to go caroling around her Grandpa’s neighborhood. Both of our families are excited for us to grow our family through adoption. We are blessed to have such an amazing base for emotional support through this journey.

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Our Promise to You

While we can’t predict the future or promise perfection for your child, the following is what we can promise to you:

We promise to…

  • love your child unconditionally,
  • teach and guide them to be a kind person,
  • support your child in their interests and passions,
  • be silly dorks to fill your child’s life with laughter,
  • be firm but loving when they have a challenging moment,
  • work through problems and celebrate successes,
  • take care of your child’s health, heart, and happiness,
  • create a safe home and family for your child to turn to in tough times.

We promise you that we will do everything we can to live up to the enormous gift of parenthood given to us out of trust and hope.

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Racial & Cultural Diversity

We have worked hard to educate ourselves on many areas of adoption, including trans-racial adoption and trans-racial families. We will continue learning and growing in our wait for our child, and if we are chosen to adopt a child of different race, we will do everything we can to be the parents they deserve and need to guide them in learning about their culture, family and themselves. Whether it is how to navigate comments from others about adoption or race, how to take care of their hair, or how to make a recipe that you recommend as a family favorite, we are ready to do the work so that your child can thrive and have a strong identity and self-esteem. Your child’s well-being will be our top priority, no matter what.

As a teacher at a very diverse school, Nicole is experienced in making sure her students’ cultures are represented in the toys, books, language, and activities in her classroom. Because of this and the research we have been doing, we know it is important for a child’s self-esteem and identity that they see themselves represented in the materials they interact with daily. We would be purposeful to include your child’s heritage in the books, toys, TV Shows, movies, and music choices we make as a family.

It takes a village to raise a child, and we believe we have a strong one ready to welcome your child regardless of their race. Nicole has some friends who have shared that they are excited to be your child’s aunties and are willing to help share wisdom and teach our child how to take care of and style their hair and guide us along the way should we be blessed with a son or daughter of a different race. Our family and friends are excited to welcome a child into their homes and hearts and celebrate their personality, their talents, and honor what makes them unique.

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What Kind of Parents We'll Be

We believe we would be amazing parents, but don’t take our word for it. Here is what our family, friends, and coworkers think about us as future parents:

“Josh and Nicole are very patient and caring individuals. They both love being around children at family gatherings. They will sit down and play with children of all ages. Children enjoy interacting and having fun with both of them. In stressful situations, they problem solve together and think things through. Nicole is a preschool teacher and loves spending her day with her students. Josh will love teaching children the skills he has woodworking, fishing, and camping, and teaching them to have fun.”- Nicole’s Parents

“Josh and Nicole are great with my three children. They interact with them, get down on the floor and play with them, and Josh and Nicole as well as the children laugh and have fun. I would not hesitate to leave my children with them. I have observed Josh and Nicole in stressful situations, and they handled the situations with grace. I feel they would make great parents. They have the means to provide for children physically and the character to love and provide for them emotionally.” -Our close friend, Lucas

“Josh and Nicole are both kind, compassionate, warm, fun, supportive and skilled in their interactions. They are trustworthy and mature adults. I know your child would be well cared for and nurtured. They are respectful and loving in their interactions with each other.” -Nicole’s Principal

“They love children. Nicole teaches and Josh helps with making toys and gifts to sell at the yearly school auction. Of all the couples I know, I cannot think of anyone that would make better parents than Josh and Nicole. Their love for each other and their desire to be parents is evident to everyone that knows them.”-Josh’s Boss

Message Joshua and Nicole

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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 Joshua and Nicole

  • 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!