Nickname: Josh and Ruth

Married Since: 2016

Pets: No

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We just want you to know that we care about you and we care about your baby. It would be an honor to welcome your child into our hearts, our home and our family and to love them and raise them as we do our biological children!

Joshua and Ruth

from Minnesota

Joshua

Ancestry: Hispanic, Swiss

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Machine Operator

Education: 8th Grade

Hobbies: Fishing, Singing, Woodwork

Ruth

Ancestry: German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Homemaker

Education: 10th

Hobbies: Sewing, Baking, Singing

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Asian, Caucasian / Asian, Asian / Hispanic, Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic, Caucasian / Indian, Caucasian / Middle Eastern, Caucasian / Native American, Caucasian / Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Hispanic / Middle Eastern, Hispanic / Pacific Islander, Indian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Joshua

Childhood Memory
Flying from Dominican to the US visiting relatives and grandparents. Playing board games
Food
Lobster tail, Mexican and Indian
Subject in School
History and social studies
Thing to Cook
Grilling steak and making wings
Vacation Spot
Dominican Republic
Scripture Verse
Psalms 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Music
Acapella and bluegrass
Family Activity
Board games and ATV rides
Book
Cheaper by the Dozen

Ruth

Childhood Memory
Playing outside in the woods in our treehouse with our dolls, swimming in the creek and combine rides with Dad
Food
Pizza, wings, mac & cheese
Subject in School
Language arts, spelling and art
Thing to cook
Cookies, bread and Indian dishes
Vacation Spot
Saskatchewan and South Dakota
Scripture Verse
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night owl
Music
Old country gospel
Family Activity
Bonfires, golf cart rides, and movie nights
Book
Little Women and The Robe
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From Us to You

We met in the summer of 2014 at Ruth’s church. Joshua was there visiting for a weekend and soon after we realized that we are meant for each other. We married in February of 2016 and we are now the happy parents to a little girl named Jovana, a beautiful boy named Elliot and our new baby, Lesley. They will be wonderful siblings to your baby!

Why do we want to adopt? We have been blessed with a son and 2 daughters and have a passion for spending quality time with them and encouraging them in the things they enjoy doing! We have a stable and loving home, as well as the resources to provide for our family and would love to welcome another child. We have seen the miracle of adoption in our own family as Joshua’s grandparents adopted his favorite aunt and his close cousin has adopted three children. His father attempted adopting 2 girls who lost their father at a young age, but circumstances came in the way and they weren’t able to. They still maintain very close relationship with them and we consider them sisters even though they were never officially adopted. We have so much love to give and are ready to welcome your child into our hearts and our home.

We welcomed the arrival of our daughter, Jovana, at the end of 2017. She’s very much a people person and is always making new friends. She loves story time with Dad every night and painting and coloring. She’s learning her numbers in English and Spanish and learning days of the week, months of the year, etc.

On July 29 of 2019 we welcomed our son, Elliot into our lives and boy oh boy isn’t he a joy! He is very spirited and loves “fixing” stuff even if it isn’t broken. His way of “fixing” stuff more often than not leaves a permanent mark here or there, but that’s part of childhood and we’re confident that someday his desire to fix things will be a bit more practical, useful and welcome.

In May of 2021 we welcomed baby Lesley into our home. She is a sweet little girl and we have enjoyed her immensely! She’s very easygoing and she’s very content and sweet. Of all our children, she seems to be the spunkiest. She gets daily live entertainment from Elliott and Jovana who love nothing better than making her smile.

Elliott and Jovana pray every night for a baby brother or sister. When Lesley was born Jovana thought for a while that this was our adopted baby and she kept asking us if Lesley was our adopted baby. We explain to her what adoption meant and while we’re not sure she totally understands, we do know she’s excited.

We know it must be hard what you are facing and we just want you to know that we care about you and we care about your baby. It would be an honor to welcome your child into our hearts, our home and our family and to love them and raise them as we do our biological children!

We hope to meet you very soon! We are praying for you every night as you make this very important step in your life.

Blessings,
Joshua & Ruth, Jovana & Elliot & Baby Lesley

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About Ruth, by Josh

I knew when I first saw Ruth that she was the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. Ruth is very creative and artistic. She has put so much effort into making our little house a touch of heaven. She loves drawing and is very good at it. She also loves playing guitar and singing, she’s actually pretty good at it too! We enjoy listening to her play sometimes in the evenings. It’s like listening to the angels sing. Ruth has a beautiful heart of compassion; she hurts when there’s someone hurting, and she wants to help people with whatever they’re going through. She deeply cares about the needs she sees around her, sometimes to the point where she makes other people’s problems her own. She also enjoys sewing and baking. I’m sure Ruth will be a great mother to your child. She is a stay-at-home mom and spends most of the time with Jovana, Ellot and Lesley. She does gardening in the summer while Grandma or one of the nieces spends time with the children. Ruth will love your baby with all her heart and provide them with a happy life that everyone wants for their children.

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About Josh, by Ruth

When I saw Josh for the first time, I thought he was the perfect and most handsome man I had ever seen. And I didn’t let my heart fall in love with him because I felt like he was way too special for me. But when we started talking and hanging out more, it didn’t take long before I knew this is the man God has for me. He loves me for who I am and with all my funny quirks and failures. He is a man of so many gifts. He is always serving somewhere to whomever needs his help. I always feel so spoiled with constant care he provides for Jovana, Elliot, Lesley and me. If I need something from him, he is always ready to help out and makes sure all my needs are met. Joshua takes a lot of thought and planning into our special days of the year like Christmas, anniversaries and birthdays. He makes sure I feel special and appreciated. Joshua is also a good cook! He loves cooking his favorite foods like Dominican foods, sushi and his new hobby of smoking meats and other foods. It’s always very tasty and yummy. I love it when he cooks with me. I could say so much more but I would have to write a book to adequately describe him. I can’t wait to watch him take care of your child and love them as much as he loves us! I know he will be a wonderful daddy to your child!

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Our Lifestyle

Our daily life is very much centered on our family and community. Being a stay-at-home mom Ruth spends a lot of time with the children doing things like coloring, painting, and playing with magnet blocks. Going to the playground and our big family garden with our golf cart. We love going to see the chickens and are looking forward to seeing the new animals that will go in the new Barn.

Josh works and the shop where Josh works is within a 5-minute walk from our home, so he can pop in sometimes to see how Mom and children are doing. We love that Daddy doesn’t work far from home because we can take a walk and bring him his favorite cookies and In the winter some Chai or hot cocoa. Weekends we love to hang out with friends and drink coffee together. And go on overnight trips to see friends and family. We live a very lively lifestyle and we are so excited for our new adventure ahead!

The children love looking at books together and the best part of their day is when Daddy reads them a story on the rocking chair right before bedtime. We also enjoy fishing, riding ATV’s, going to the park or lake, swinging, singing, travelling and so much more.

Because we live in the country, we have so much freedom to do all kinds of activities without bothering the neighbors. We have a huge play area, plus a huge backyard. Joshua has different hobbies such as repairing ATVs in his spare time, grilling, smoking meats and cooking in general. He is fantastic cook and has his signature meals that people recognize as original and keep coming back for more. Ruth’s hobbies are sewing, baking, and also painting, drawing etc. She is very artistic and has a great eye for detail. Joshua often says she should take on a job as an illustrator.

Together we enjoy summer days driving around the farm on our golf cart or ATV in the warm summer evenings. Sometimes going on walks, singing, and going to a park with the children. We like to go watch soccer games in the summer as well. Joshua spends his evenings after work with the children, reading, singing, playing, teaching them their numbers, and letters. By the time Elliott could talk he could also count to 10. Joshua enjoys coming home from work and spending time with the children and it gives Ruth a few minutes to relax a bit and attend to other things around the house that need to be looked after.

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Home Sweet Home

Our home is a two-story duplex with a split entry. We live on the top level and Ruth’s mom otherwise known as grandma lives on the bottom level. Grandma is definitely our favorite neighbor.😊 She loves nothing better than when her grandchildren pop in for a visit anytime of the day. Our home is cozy and perfect for raising a family. Our home has a big kitchen, living room, master bedroom, guest room, children’s bedroom, sewing room, storage, and Daddy’s office.

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home because that is where we love to spend time together cooking all our home cooked meals. Josh makes his famous wings and yummy Dominican dishes. Ruth loves helping daddy in the kitchen together we make the best team! Ruth loves to bake cookies and make beautiful cakes. Jovana and Elliot love licking the cake batter and cookie dough mom left just for them. We can hardly wait for your little miracle to join us in the fun.😊

The Kitchen table is also a place where we spend a lot of time playing games with friends and family. Our family is known for hosting people and love nothing better than visitors in our home. Jovana and Elliott love coloring, painting and playing with Play-Doh on the kitchen table and they can’t for their little brother or sister to play with them.

Ruth has a sewing room where she enjoys sewing beautiful dresses, shirts, and she also loves to make quilts. Ruth is looking forward in teaching our girls how to sew doll cloths and small blankets for their dolls. We have a beautiful backyard and porch and in the summer, the children love to swim in their pool and enjoy popsicles and slices of watermelon that mom brings out to them, to help them cool off. No wonder our favorite season is summer!😊

We live on a big community farm surrounded by family and friends, where we have our own private school. Our school has a gym where the children spend a lot of time year round. We love going over there in the evenings and watch the kids play volleyball. Right outside the school is a huge playground where the children love to go anytime of the day. Another favorite in our neighborhood is our big sandbox where the children spend hours of fun. Everything is within a 5-minute walk from our home.

We have access to run around on a big family farm. As a family we love nothing more than taking a ride on the golf cart or dad’s four wheeler. We always go to the garden to pick raspberries, strawberries, peas and our favorite juneberries in the springtime. Since we live on a big family farm there’s always a lot going on in the evenings like baseball or softball and other sports. Our favorite way to end summer evenings is to have a campfire and Roast marshmallows. Daddy brings out his sparklers and Pop-Its. We can hardly wait to share our life with your child!

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Our Families

Most of Ruth’s family live nearby. Her brothers, sisters and mom live within walking distance of us. She also has a few aunts and uncles who live within walking distance. Our frequent walks to visit family keep us a tight knit family who enjoy each other’s company. They are all excited for us as we go into this new venture! Joshua’s family is a bit further away, but they are also very excited and supportive of us adopting.

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Family Traditions

What would life be without our good old family traditions? We have so many but we will just share some of our favorites!

Christmas traditions are probably our favorite. Jovana loves hanging up lights with Mom and Dad and also helped mom make a beautiful handmade pinecone wreath. Ruth made an Advent calendar where we do fun things like make sugar cookies, watch Christmas movies and sing together as a family. Also our church comes together a week before Christmas and have a beautiful evening together. The youth and children do plays, play instruments and sing. We invite all our friends and neighbors. To end the evening we serve a huge assortment of homemade cookies, fresh buns, fruit and coffee. On Christmas Eve we open our gifts and eat our traditional smoked chicken with homemade crab dip and our favorite chestnuts wrapped in bacon.

All the relatives come home for the holidays. Which makes it all so special! Christmas morning we go to church and enjoy beautiful brunch together and hear about our Savior’s coming.
Another favorite tradition is we take a big family trip once a year. Our favorite destination yet is when we flew to Dominican Republic to visit family and friends.

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Our Vacations

We love to travel whenever it’s possible, and take a couple weekends out of the year to visit family living in nearby states like Wisconsin and South Dakota. Our last vacation we took a week and a half trip to Saskatchewan in July to visit friends and from there we made our way down to Washington. We did some sightseeing along the way, drove thru Glacier National Park, then went through Washington and into Oregon to visit more friends. From there we made our way home going across Montana and North Dakota. We are hoping to travel to Dominican Republic again soon to visit with Josh’s family that live there.

What We will Teach your Child

We will teach our children to love God with all their heart, to love and serve others and be respectful and caring. Since we both love music, we would love for our children to learn music. We have private music teachers that we hire to teach our children to play the guitar, piano, violin and any other instrument they may desire to learn how to play.

Josh also speaks Spanish and Ruth German was we also enjoy teaching our children different languages.

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Our Relationship with You and What we will Tell your Child

First, we can’t wait to meet you and we do with you the best in life and hope we can have an ongoing relationship with you if that is something you are interested in. We would love to have an ongoing relationship with you and create a bond through our mutual love for your child. We understand that the situation that brought you here is a very difficult one, and as such you will need love and support just as much as your child.

We also wanted to share with you that Ruth has spent a lot of hours sewing a beautiful quilt and every stitch she made, she thought of you. It is just a small way to let you know that we promise to love you and your baby and that we care for you. Whenever you feel lonely and you miss your baby you can wrap it around yourself and know we love you and baby loves you!

We will tell your child how much you love them and it took a lot of courage for you to make such a hard decision to place your child for adoption. We would also love an ongoing relationship with you so that your child will know you, if that is something you are open to.

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Our Faith

We are very active in our church. One of the things we enjoying doing with other church member is visiting at retirement homes and singing for the residents. Our church is very mission-oriented and we like to be available to help where help is needed. We also sponsor a retirement home and some men and women’s rehabs in Mexico. Joshua went last year on a mission trip to Mexico to see how they are doing.

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Our Promise to You

  • Our promise to you is that your child will be well taken care of and loved just as our own.
  • We will welcome you to visit your child and watch them grow up.
  • We promise to send you pictures as often as you want to see them and to give your child all the love that you wanted to give them!
  • We promise to spend hours of quality time with them teaching them all of life’s important values and lessons and we can’t wait to join him or her in our family traditions and our family home.

Message Joshua and Ruth

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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 Ruth

  • 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!