Married Since: 2015

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We know that you are going through a really hard time in your life right now, but we want you to know that you could be making every dream of ours come true.

Joshua and Kristen

from Indiana

Joshua

Ancestry: Irish, Canadian

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: CAD Manager

Education: Some College

Hobbies: Taking pictures, Editing pictures, Listening to music, Camping, Playing guitar/mandolin , Building computers, Restoring cars

Kristen

Ancestry: German

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Lead Teacher - Preschool

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Writing Reading, Running, Walking my dogs, Listening to music, Camping, Puzzles, Knitting/Crocheting

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Catholic

Photos

Dear Expectant Mom,

We’ve wanted a family and to be parents since we met. We love the idea of taking care of our family and being there for them whenever they need us. Kristen currently works at a private preschool in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom, and loves every minute of it. Joshua is an Applications Manager for a local engineering firm. We got married in June of 2015 and we’ve been trying to start a family ever since. We sought out multiple doctors and even went to a fertility specialist. After two procedures and one surgery, the results were inconclusive. In other words, they had no clue why we weren’t conceiving. Last July Joshua suggested we look into starting the adoption process, and we began to hope again for the family we always wanted.

Joshua has always wanted to adopt at least one child. Our original plan was to have two children of our own, and then adopt the third. Now, after the emotional roller coaster we have been on for the past four years, we understand that adoption was the answer all along; it was part of God’s plan for us. At least once a day we stop and think, we wish we could show this to our daughter, or tell that our son.

Every year we have Christmas at Kristen’s parent’s house. Christmas morning we all wander in and leave our troubles at the door. We wait until everyone is off work and can be there before we open gifts. So, around 4 or 5 in the afternoon, Kristen’s mom plays Santa and passes out the gifts while we all sit around a 12-foot Christmas tree. Each year she picks one of the two granddaughters she already has (our nieces) to be Santa’s little helper, and has them help her pass out the gifts. We can’t wait until your little one gets their chance to help her on Christmas.

During the weekends in the summer Kristen’s whole family retreats up to Michigan where we have seven cottages, full of family, all in a row on a private lake. She grew up on the water learning how to tube, wake-board and surf. Your child will grow up around food, family and the water just like she did.

During the winter months we will visit Josh’s family in Illinois. We love going into the big city to see shows or go to the museums. Other times we just stay in and watch movies with them and catch up on all the missed moments.

You would be giving us the chance we can’t give ourselves. The chance to pass on our dreams, traditions and culture. The chance to be a role model for someone. The chance to share our world and our love with another. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Thank you for considering us, and we can’t wait to meet you and your little one.

Sincerely,
Joshua and Kristen

Q&A

Tell us about your home and neighborhood.

Our home sits on a quiet, little court. The neighborhood is full of older couples and young families. We love living here!

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

We love spending our 3-day weekends at our lake house or in Chicago visiting family

Tell us about your pets.

We have two golden retrievers. Orion is 6 and Olive is 3. They both love snuggling on the couch with us.

What do you hope to teach your child?

We can’t wait to teach out child how to ride a bike, how to stand up for him or herself, and how to love everyone.

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

That she was a brave and courageous woman who made a huge sacrifice to ensure you have a good life.

Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.

We love attending services and socializing with all the other young couples.

How will a child enrich your life?

A child will teach us to find the joy and laughter even in the most stressful times of our lives. Our child will teach us about inspiration and it will be the biggest adventure of our lives.

Describe your last vacation.

We went on a week-long vacation with our entire family. We took a cruise to the west Caribbean with 25 of our closest family members.

Will you be going back to work? If so, what are your daycare plans?

We will both continue to work. Your child will attend preschool where Kristen works at a private preschool.

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?

We are unbelievable lucky to be staring into the face of this adorable baby. Our thoughts would be how selfless their birth mother was when making this impossible decision and how grateful we are that she chose and trusts us.

Message Joshua and Kristen

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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 Kristen

  • 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!