Married Since: 2002

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We look forward to sharing our lives and our love with a child and want you to know that your child’s life will be filled with love, laughter, knowledge, and happiness.

Joshua and Ann-Marie

from Alaska

Joshua

Ancestry: Austrian, Russian

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Environmental Scientist

Education: M.S.

Hobbies: Kayaking, Skiing, Biking, Backpacking

Ann-Marie

Ancestry: French, Irish, Dutch

Religion: Nondenominational

Occupation: Youth Empowerment Program Manager

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Running, Skiing, Biking, Hiking, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nondenominational

Favorites

Joshua

Animal
Wolf
Book
Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak
Food
Burgers
Hobby
Kayaking
Leisure Activity
Playing the Mandolin
Sport
Running
Subject in School
Math
Thing to Cook
Halibut tacos
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Vacation Spot
Mexican

Ann-Marie

Animal
Narwhal - Horned Whale
Book
"Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Food
Tacos
Hobby
Running
Leisure Activity
Painting
Sport
Soccer
Subject in School
Botany
Thing to Cook
Jamaican jerk salmon with garlic aioli
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Vacation Spot
Hawaii
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From Us to You

We want to give you peace of mind knowing that your child will be well cared for and loved beyond words. We will provide him or her with a stable home, love, and happiness. Your child is a gift and will know of your courage and selfless sacrifice. We cannot have children of our own, but always imagined having a family full of children to share our love with. Knowing that adoption is a possibility has helped us make amends with not being able to have children. We respect that you may want updates of your child. We want your child to know where they come from. We will provide photos and continued communication.

We have surrounded ourselves in Alaska with supportive friends and family, who are excited to provide a support network for your child. Alaska is a big and beautiful place full of adventure. As stewards of the outdoors, we look forward to sharing the natural world with your child. Most of our time is spent outside camping, hiking, skiing, biking, and fishing. We look forward to teaching your son or daughter how to ride a bike, catch a fish, set up a tent, and identify wild plants.

We have a sweet Alaskan husky puppy named Tallulah that loves children. On our daily walks through the neighborhood children frequently ask to pet and play with her. She loves this and is always happy to roll over for a belly pet. We look forward to watching them cuddle and play together.

In the summer we will hike mountains, fish for salmon, berry pick, and enjoy blueberry pancakes. In the winter, we will cross-country ski to cabins and build snow people. We love to travel and try to take a two-week trip each year in addition to our yearly trek to see our families in North Carolina and Florida. Our family visits are a perfect place to spend winter and reconnect with our loved ones. We come from large families and your baby would start their life loved by five older cousins, the youngest of which is almost 2 years old.

We also dabble in the arts. Josh enjoys drawing and playing the mandolin. Annie enjoys painting and photography. We have six chickens all named after female musicians, who provide us with eggs and hours of entertainment. In the summer, our yard turns into a garden full of vegetables and flowers. We live in a small neighborhood surrounded by trails and neighbors who know and look out for one another.

We have loved each other for the past ten years, building a relationship based on respect and caring for one another. We make a point to never leave the house without letting the other person know how much we love them. We look forward to sharing our lives and our love with a child and want you to know that your child’s life will be filled with love, laughter, knowledge, and happiness.

Josh & Annie

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About Josh

Josh and I fell in love with each other’s spirit of adventure. When we met in Alaska, we bonded over our enjoyment of riding bicycles. I learned that Josh plays the mandolin, speaks Spanish, and loves to kayak. His broad interests and sense of adventure caught my eye, and we soon found ourselves spending more time together. During our nine years together, we have forged a life based on trust, understanding, love, adventure, and laughter. He makes a point of telling me he loves me each and every day. His thoughtfulness, love, and willingness to try new things keeps life fun and interesting.

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About Annie

I fell in love with Annie over her enjoyment of the outdoors, amazing laugh, beautiful smile, and spirit of adventure. Annie has developed a passion for marathons and triathlons, keeping me in shape while training and always eating healthy. I credit her with our healthy lifestyle and diet. She gives back to the community by running a youth program that introduces teenagers to life skills and the outdoors through park improvement, trail restoration, and stream restoration projects. Annie cannot wait to be a mother. She has helped raise several of her nieces and nephews, and has enjoyed watching them grow up. She looks forward to playing in the garden and baking cookies with a little one. She knows how to make children smile with her infectious laugh. The neighborhood children make cards for her and enjoy calling her name when they see her on the street.

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Our Lifestyle

We love to get outdoors, either in our garden or exploring Alaska. During the week, we take daily walks in the large park near our house. We enjoy the hundreds of miles of bicycle and hiking paths that Alaska has to offer. Throughout the summer we enjoy harvesting fresh vegetables from the garden and edible fruits and plants from nature. In the summer, we get over 20 hours of daylight, plenty of sunlight for summer activities. In the winter, we get lots of snow for sledding and building snowmen, and enjoy the northern lights at night.

We are both active and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities from running, biking, hiking, rafting or kayaking in the summer to skiing, ice skating, and fat biking in the winter. We enjoy eating good food and making meals together. The kitchen is definitely a favorite place in the house. Once we have a child, we will continue our daily walks in the park with our dog Tallulah. In the winter, we will go sledding at the local sledding hill. In the summer, we’ll play at parks and travel around Alaska in our camper. We belong to the YMCA, which has many opportunities for families including a swimming pool, basketball courts, and gymnasium. We enjoy going to the YMCA and being part of the community.

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Our Families

Family is very important to us. Josh speaks with his family every day and we video chat with both our families often.

We travel to Florida and North Carolina on a regular basis and see family in Washington D.C. and St. Louis every few years. Recently, we have been on video chat with family from all over the country every couple months to keep in touch during COVID.

We value family and realize that not all family is blood family. We have a great group of friends who live near us and support us like family. There are approximately 22 cousins and 5 aunts and uncles on Josh’s side. Annie has 2 sisters who live close to her parents in Florida. Her sister has 4 kids, 3 sons and 1 daughter, all of whom are close to us. On Annie’s maternal side, she has 32 cousins, 4 aunts, and 1 uncle. They have bi-annual family reunions in Connecticut. On her paternal side, Annie has 10 cousins, 3 aunts, and 1 uncle with most of them living in Florida or the Eastern US. With such a large extended family it is hard to see everyone often, but we are all connected and communicate and support each other.

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Our Home

Our house is a three-bedroom, one-bathroom, ranch-style home. We picked the location based on being close to a large public park and an elementary school. We walk our dog, Tallulah, every day after work in the park 4 blocks away. The park connects to the trail system all over the city. Josh commutes to work six miles to midtown, and Annie works in the central building within the park, one mile from our house. We have a large living room with a gas fireplace; three bedrooms, the middle of which would be your baby’s room; and a third bedroom we use for exercise and storage of outdoor equipment, starting plants for the garden, and sewing. We love spending time cooking in the kitchen, and having friends over for dinner or a bbq. Our garage houses bicycles, kayaks, a motorcycle, and our skis. Out back, we have many raised beds for our vegetable garden, a greenhouse, a workshop for crafting, the chicken coop, and a fire circle for friend and family gatherings.

We have many neighbors and friends in the area with children and an elementary school three blocks away. In the summer, a neighbor’s children like to play games over the fence between our yards. Tallulah is very fond of children and loves to get pet by all the neighborhood children.

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Our Traditions

We both grew up in religious families and continue to celebrate the holidays we grew up with. Josh was raised in a Jewish family and enjoys continuing traditions, although he doesn’t go to synagogue much anymore. Annie was raised in a Catholic family and we especially enjoy combining traditions. Each Christmas we head to the national forest and choose our own special Christmas tree. For Passover we invite our friends over and take turns reading prayers. For all holidays, we invite our friends over to celebrate and share meals. Annie loves to cook and potlucks are a tradition in Alaska. There are many local festivals and holidays that center around native Alaskan culture. We enjoy learning about traditional ways of life and participating in these activities.

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Cultural Diversity

Cultural Diversity

We both grew up in pretty diverse communities. Josh is from Atlanta and Annie is from Florida. We appreciate diversity, respect all races and religions, and want to make sure we foster that in our child. We live in one of the most diverse cities in the United States with over a hundred languages spoken in our high schools. Annie works with teens helping to educate them on the importance of inclusion and diversity. We want your child to know where they came from and to have a sense of self. We have been given resources on ways to help us keep a child connected to and embracing their culture. We plan to incorporate traditions, enjoy and explore ethnic cooking, attend community events, and take trips that will help empower him or her and connect them to their culture.

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Four years ago, we discovered that we could not have children of our own without medical intervention. While this news made us very sad, we had always talked about adoption, even before we were married, and knew this would be the path we chose to pursue. A family doesn’t only consist of the people we are related to by blood. Love is what truly makes a family and we have a lot to give. We both have family members who were adopted and know how impactful adoption can be. They are very supportive of our decision to adopt and excited for us to grow our family.

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What Your Child's Life will be Like with Us

When we have a little one at home, we will be able to share everything we love about our house, our neighborhood, our park, and Alaska with them. Winter is a time for building snow men, throwing snowballs, home cooked meals and potlucks, and catching up with friends. We will pull them on a sled through the park near our house and drink hot chocolate in the evenings. Summer will be spent taking walks in the park, working in the garden, pulling them in a trailer with a bicycle, and outdoor movies with neighbors. In the summer we’ll pick flowers and fish for salmon and in the fall, we’ll pick blueberries and bake pies. Every night we will cook dinner together, talk about our day, and read bed time stories before tucking them into bed.

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Our Promise to You

We respect the choice you have made. We know that this is a very difficult decision to make and have nothing but respect for you and your sacrifices. It takes a lot of love to think beyond yourself and to want to give your child the world. We know that your child is a gift of love. We will treat your child as our own and maintain a connection with you so your child will know your love and where they come from. We can never replace you as a birth mother, we can only hope to raise your child with everything they need and love them wholeheartedly. Your child will be well taken care of and supported throughout their life, so that they may grow up to be caring and thoughtful individuals. We will love your child unconditionally and foster their dreams.

Message Joshua and Ann-Marie

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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 Ann-Marie

  • 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!