Joshua and Nicole

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

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Dear Expectant Mom,

We want to start this letter off with first telling you 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.

Even when we were dating, we knew we wanted to adopt. Our plan was to have a few biological children and then open our home to more adoptive children. 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, 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.

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. Both of our large families look forward making memories and sharing family traditions of Christmas caroling, exploring at the family farm, and a love of board games, cards, and camping. We all look forward to laughing, crying, and playing with your child.

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.
We promise to teach and guide them to be a kind person.
We promise to support your child in their interests and passions.
We promise to be silly dorks to fill your child’s life with laughter.
We promise to be firm but loving when they are having a challenging moment.
We promise to have messy fun indoors and outdoors.
We promise to work through problems and celebrate successes.
We promise to take care of your child’s health, heart, and happiness.
We promise to create a safe home and family for your child to turn to in tough times.
We promise to do everything we can to live up to the enormous gift of parenthood given to us out of trust and hope.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us, and we look forward to hopefully learning more about you and your baby.

With gratitude,
Nicole and Josh

Q&A

When you have a 3-day weekend, what you like to do?

When we have some extra time, we enjoy spending time with our families and relaxing on our boat. Having an extra day on the weekend also makes it possible to hang out with our friends and their young children.

Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.

We have two kitties, Izzy and Charlie. They are very playful and love to wrestle with each other. They are also very affectionate and cuddle on our laps every evening.

What will you tell your child about his or her birthmom?

We will explain to our child that their birth mom was very brave and loved them very much. She picked us for their Mommy and Daddy because she knew we would love them as much as she did/does and would give them a good home full of love.

How will a child enrich your life?

We have both dreamed of being parents since we were young. Bringing a child into our home would be a blessing of love and laughter at a level we have not yet experienced through parenthood. “We loved you before we knew you, even when there was just a hope for you, we loved you.”

Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.

Our last vacation was to Chicago to go shopping and have some relaxing time together. We had fun swimming in the hotel pool, watching movies, and shopping at Ikea for a storage system for our house. When we make this trip we are both excited to visit specialty stores that are not available in our area. Josh gets to go to a woodworking store and Nicole gets to go to a large teacher store.

Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?

Nicole has the summers and other school breaks off since she is a teacher. She plans to stay home with our child when she does not have to work. Day to day plans may include swimming, baking, park outings, sprinkler play, and local family/youth programming such as the library.

Will you be returning to work? If so, describe your day-care plans.

Josh will be working full time and during the school year, Nicole will be teaching full time. Nicole’s mom will provide childcare a few days per week. The other days of the week, we will use an in-home daycare or daycare center in town. Neither of us work weekends and evenings, so this will be family time with each other and our child.

When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?

Gratitude for her bravery in giving us this precious gift.

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