Joseph and Tristen

Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Our hope is for you to feel at peace. The present and future can be unpredictable, but we hope that you can always find comfort in knowing your child will be in a loving home and will always be cherished.

Joseph and Tristen

from Nevada

 

Joseph

Ancestry: Basque, English

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Pilot

Education: HS

Hobbies: Camping, Hiking, Woodworking

Tristen

Ancestry: Unknown

Religion: Nonpracticing

Occupation: Homemaker

Education: BA

Hobbies: Travel, Reading, Outdoors

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Nonpracticing

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From Us to You

How do you begin a letter to someone you’ve never met whose brave decision might change your lives forever? Regardless of how this began for you, we believe that unless we had placed a child for adoption, we could never really understand how you must be feeling. The things that we can say with absolute certainty are that our love for your child will be limitless and we will do everything in our power to support them in all ways for our whole lives.

One of the interesting things about our family is our differences. Tristen is a rap-loving city girl from New York and Florida who comes from a somewhat challenging background and Joe is a sports enthusiast from Idaho with a mostly traditional background. What we have in common is what we think is important in the world and it is not based on your career, car, or house. Who you are as a person, how you treat someone who can do nothing to benefit you, or how delicately you can appreciate the world around you is what should be valued. Being compassionate, honest, and kind people is what we believe matters and that is what we would like to pass on to a child.

We know all too well how one decision can alter the course of your life, and for that reason, we don’t judge the decisions of others. Life has a funny way of not going according to plan.

When telling your child about you, it will always be positive and with reverence. Sacrificing for your child, and that comes in so many shapes and forms, is what all good parents do. How could we ever show gratitude for a gift that is invaluable? We are having a hard time putting into words exactly what we think our future relationship will be like. We know that we will be thinking of you every Mother’s Day, but on the flip side can understand why you may not necessarily want a reminder every year. The best way to describe it is we want to always be in touch, but will not put our own expectations on you.

Our hope for you, your child, and us is to feel at peace. The present and future can be unpredictable, but we hope that you can always find comfort in knowing your child will be in a loving home and will always be cherished.

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About Us

We met through a mutual friend while we were both living in Florida. We knew each other for a few years before we started dating in 2014. We moved in together, got engaged, and in 2016, we married. While we have many similarities, we have opposite personalities that help our relationship to be as healthy as it is. Tristen is strong, independent, and intelligent and Joe is smart, easygoing, and kind. Through every obstacle, one of us is able to help the other succeed and get through any situation by relying on the strengths that each of us possesses. It is a relationship that relies on give and take and compromise.

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About Tristen

Tristen is one of the strongest people I have ever met, able to get through just about anything on her own. She is fiercely independent and wickedly smart. She is fearless at times when most would cower and stands up for what she believes in. She also has the biggest heart in the world. She feels things very deeply and cares about the plight of others to the point that she shares their emotions fully. She has so much empathy for the world around her. I fell in love with her intelligence almost immediately as well. She is able to challenge me, unlike anybody I know. These are all among the many traits she possesses that I admire and that would make her an incredible mother.

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About Joe

Joe is intelligent without conceit and confident without arrogance. His easygoing nature is something that I aspire to have and in short, he is fun to be around. I don’t think there has ever been a person who has met him that didn’t like him. He is honest and dependable and those traits can be hard to find. Since our wedding, we have lost important people in our lives and a pet, added new pets, been laid off, sold and bought a home, and moved across the country. If there is ever a time to be thankful for your life partner, it is during all of those times. As they say, when you know you know and I am so glad that I waited for the right person. He will be a supportive father who will fill your child’s life with lots of learning and fun.

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Our Lifestyle

Our lifestyle is active. We love to hike, kayak, paddleboard, swim, and camp. Our passion though is exploring the world through travel. Joe’s travel benefits as an airline pilot allow us to travel for free, and we love taking these opportunities. We try to go on as many trips as possible every year throughout the US and abroad. We are very excited to introduce our passion to your child and teach them about the world. We love trying new foods and experiences, visiting culturally significant, and historical sites. There is so much to do and see when out on the road, and we look forward to a lifetime of learning through exploration.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

The idea of being parents was something we both thought of since we were kids. Marrying someone that did not want children was a deal-breaker for both of us. We talked about adopting for a long time before we started trying to conceive. In fact, it has always been a plan of ours to adopt, regardless of whether or not we had any biological children on our own. Adoption is a good way for us to share our life and love with a child while hopefully giving someone peace of mind knowing that their baby will be loved and well taken care of.

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Home and Neighborhood

Our home is a four-bedroom ranch house at the end of a cul de sac in a quiet neighborhood. We have a big backyard with a hammock, pool, and a hot tub (what we are hoping to be the backdrop of many childhood memories). Across the street is a park with a playground, dog park, baseball diamonds, and basketball hoops. One of the reasons we bought this house was for its central location. We can are driving distance from the city, the top of Mount Charleston (where there is skiing and sledding in the winter), and to Lake Mead (where you can enjoy boating and paddle boarding in the summer).

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Our Cats, Archie and Seymour

We share our home with two sweet and precocious rescue cats named Archie and Seymour. They are both 4 years old and always manage to keep things interesting in our house. Seymour is curious, smart, and always on alert and Archie is loving, gentle, and quick to purr. Both of us are also dog lovers and look forward to adopting one in the future.

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Our Families and Friends

Family and friends are very important to us. Joe’s family is a large, close-knit family that, for the most part, has spent generations living and working near one another. The family farm in Idaho is where his grandparents planted their roots, raised children and grandchildren, where holidays and special occasions are spent and was even the location of our wedding proposal. Joe’s parents, brother and sisters, cousins, nephews, and nieces, are spread out between Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah (all within driving distance to us) and have always made it a priority to see each other as often as possible. After being raised by her mom and grandmother, Tristen, unfortunately, lost them both at a young age. She does have a brother and sister in law that she adores and a cousin she grew up with that she remains close to. Adopting friends as family has enlarged and enriched our lives and we cherish our individual and common friends for a constant source of support.

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Traditions

We have several traditions that we have put into place since we got married. Most of these traditions were passed down through family, but we have some that we started together as well. One tradition is that we try to travel somewhere new every year for birthdays and anniversaries. We also have our tradition of getting the whole family together for holidays. Whether it is in Florida with Tristen’s family for Thanksgivings every year, or in Idaho with Joe’s family for Christmas. Sometimes, we even get both sides of the family together in Wyoming during the summer, for something called Rendezvous (a weekend parade and celebration in Joe’s hometown right after 4th of July). We also have weekly traditions where we try and get out of the house and do something fun and new nearby. Sometimes that is a hike or a paddleboard trip, and sometimes it is just a scenic drive, but it is always something new and fun – a new experience that we get to enjoy together.

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Hobbies

Joe is musically inclined and likes to play the guitar, mandolin, and ukulele, to name a few. Since becoming a homeowner, he realized he enjoys woodworking and home improvement projects. Tristen has recently started practicing yoga and can see it as something she will continue for life. Music has always been a big part of Tristen’s life and she loves to go to concerts and listen to live music. As a couple, we love being outdoors, whether that is camping, hiking, paddle boarding, or kayaking. We enjoy going to the theatre and museums and love to share a good meal together. When staying at home we love a good board/card game and are both big readers.

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Our Travels

We are very blessed to be able to travel frequently. Our adventures have spanned the globe and we have been able to enjoy the world around us. We have zip lined in St. Maartin, swam with manatees in the Crystal River, eaten croissants and drank lattes under the Eiffel Tower, toured the Cliffs of Moher in the Irish countryside, participated in traditional tea ceremonies in Tokyo, visited catacombs in Italy and seen shows on Broadway in Times Square just to name a few. We are very grateful for the opportunities provided by Joe’s job and never take them for granted.

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Cultural Diversity

We are both looking forward to becoming parents so much and recognize that children deserve unconditional love no matter what. Traveling and seeing the world has given us an appreciation for all kinds of different cultures and ways of life. We love learning about and celebrating all types of different cultures. Being different is what makes the world such a fascinating place. We love learning about history, customs, and attempting to immerse ourselves in the language wherever we go. Raising a child that is of a different ethnicity is something that comes with challenges for sure, but we are excited about the opportunity to learn and grow as people, and to be able to nurture a healthy sense of self-identity. We want to respect and celebrate our differences and teach your child about love, tolerance, acceptance, and self-worth.

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Our Relationship with You

The decision to have an open adoption is one we have thought about while keeping everyone involved in mind. Your child’s questions about their birth parents will be inevitable. We hope that getting to know us and trusting us will give you some peace of mind in your decision. Lastly, we would love to know and cherish the person that gave us such an incredible gift. The amount of contact would be mutually agreed upon and there will always be immense respect and gratitude for making us a family. We would love to have an open adoption and would like to maintain contact with you and your child’s birth family. We both feel that supporting your child’s relationship with their birth family is not only healthy but the right thing to do. Self-identity is something that we both value and feel is very important. We want your child to feel connected not only to us but to their genetic and cultural background as well. This is something we both feel very strongly about.

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Our Promise to You

We promise that we will love your child unconditionally and that we will do everything in our power to raise them to be a happy, loving, and caring individual. We will go to any length to ensure their safety and well-being, as well as provide them with support and love for the rest of our lives. Our intentions are to teach empathy above all and to guide them through life’s ups and downs. We will surround them with every opportunity to become successful in their endeavors and promise to nourish their mind, body, and soul. Most of all, we promise to provide the knowledge and comfort that they are loved and that no matter what, we will be in their corner in any situation.

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