Joseph and Dana

Married Since: 2015

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We know that the sacrifice you are considering is precious and we want you to know that we are here to help and will forever be grateful. We have a family motto, “Go Team J” and we want to be part of your team as you go through this extraordinary and difficult experience.

Joseph and Dana

from California

 

Joseph

Ancestry: Scottish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Software Engineer

Education: BS

Hobbies: Carpentry

Dana

Ancestry: Mexican, English, Scottish, German, Chinese

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: English Teacher/Dean

Education: MS

Hobbies: Reading, Traveling

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 Parent(s),

We cannot begin to fathom what you are experiencing right now but we hope that we can help you through this process and be a loving family for your baby if you choose us. We have a family motto, “Go Team J” and we want to be part of your team as you go through this extraordinary and difficult experience. We know that the sacrifice you are considering is precious and we want you to know that we are here to help and will forever be grateful. You will always hold a special place in our hearts and our family.

Growing up, Dana was in love with those fairytale love stories, the ones that Disney created and made most of us believe in princes, unexpected musical breaks, and wardrobe makeovers. As she got older, these ideals began to fade until the day she met Joe. While it seems so cheesy, our relationship started like we had known each other for years. We immediately seemed to balance each other out. As a teacher part of Dana’s job’s side effect make her want to plan everything and control situations. Joe, even as a military man, is so much more laid back and a go-with-the-flow kind of guy. It’s so reassuring to be able to be who we are with no conditions placed on our love. We were married in 2015, and we knew that we wanted to have children right away. After a couple of rounds of IVF, tears, and lots of prayers, our son, Everett, was born in 2017. The miracle of our little boy has brought so much joy and additional love to our relationship. The bond of our little family of three has only been strengthened by club feet, deployments, and learning to prioritize our family in everyday life. We love being together and we can’t wait to welcome a new member who will add to and receive this endless love.

Dana knows she was always meant to be a mom. From the moment she could carry around her stuffed animals, she was mothering and nurturing them which even led to her career choice. Becoming a teacher was the path that was just right. Getting in front of that classroom and seeing students understand a lesson, struggle through an analysis until it makes sense, or succeeding in class is such a motiving, emotional journey. Dana considers her students as her kids and is known for helping them long after graduation. Dana’s heart has grown from her students and these experiences, so becoming Everett’s mom was so natural. He completed all those years of longing and makes our heart so full. We are looking forward to sharing this same connection with our newest family member. Besides being a teacher and a mommy, Dana is someone who likes to laugh, go to concerts, and has been known to sing along, loudly, to her favorite musicals. She is known for her sarcasm and likes to get a really good mani and pedi — pretty nails just make you feel good!

Kissing sounds, science experiments, and bad Dad jokes, Joe looks like a big tough guy, but his quirky, funny and loving personality is what we know him to be. He’s the most genuine man who has no fear of being himself. Joe and Everett have so much fun together and their laughter is constantly heard in the background of our house. That joy for life and love for his son is ready to be shared with another child — a new laugh we look forward to hearing. The contradiction of this fun and funny man is that Joe is so hard-working and patriotic. For the last 19 years, Joe has been serving in the military, with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan; however, we are ready for his retirement and focusing on our family. Joe’s civilian job is as a Software Engineer. His mechanical mind is something that he loves to share with our child and our nephews. He knows that our future is based in these two fields and wants to teach our children his love of engineering and science. One of Joe’s most important traits is that he wants to give our children the ability to express themselves and at the same time instill strong family values that will help them to develop a strong moral compass.

Besides our family of three, our family and friend community is filled with an exceptional extended group of people, with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who are family. All of whom are so excited to spoil the newest family member. We are both close with our families and while Dana’s live close, we get to travel to visit Joe’s. These trips are some of the best times for us. We love road trips to Wyoming to see Joe’s Dad, going to Yellowstone, and getting to experience the beauty of our country. Travel is an experience that we plan on doing often as well. At two years old, we took Everett on his first trip to Italy with Dana’s mom. It was the best experience to have three generations adventuring in a foreign land. We can’t wait to take our next trip as a family of four.

We live in Southern California in a small-town suburb near a city. It is close enough to get the best of both worlds. We have the opportunity to experience the beauty of the desert by hiking and exploring the poppy fields, but we also get to visit the multicultural city and the relaxing beautiful beaches. Our home town is a diverse community filled with families of all different backgrounds. We often get a chance to see the B2 bombers, military jets, and cool new tech aircraft because of where we live. Our neighborhood is a safe area with lots of kids riding bikes and playing outside. We enjoy hanging out in the front of our house with our neighbors and chatting with them while watching the kids play.

Thank you for considering us and we hope that you can see the love that we have for each other is so great that it is just waiting for another little family member to share it with. Our family isn’t complete yet and Everett is excited to become a big brother. We know that the sibling relationship is so important and we want our children to experience that lifelong bond. We will encourage a strong, unconditional loving sibling relationship/friendship. We are so grateful that you are considering making our dream a reality. Please know that we will respect your adoption plan and respect your communication wishes. Your child will be surrounded by love and we will all forever be thankful for you, your sacrifice, and your love.

God Bless,
Dana, Joe and Everett – “Team J”

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