Nickname: Josh and Colette

Married Since: 2006

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

Your courage in facing a devastatingly difficult decision is admirable and we want you to begin to see us as a part of your team, and to feel that you are not alone in this journey. We also want you to know that we have so much love to give and that if you choose us, we will make it our mission to pour love, experiences, acceptance, and joy into your child.

Joshua and Colette

from Colorado

Joshua

Ancestry: English, Belgian, German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Systems Engineer

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Boating, Hiking, Traveling, Gardening, DIY

Colette

Ancestry: Caucasian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Stay-at-Home Mom

Education: M.A., Ed.S.

Hobbies: Photography, Travel, Reading, Boating, Hiking, Gardening

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Joshua

Animal
Squirrel
Color
Green
Family Activity
Visiting playgrounds
Food
Sushi and Indian food
Hobby
Boating and DIY projects
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
The Bourne Identity
Sport
Soccer
TV Show
New Girl and HGVT
Vacation Spot
Beach, Barcelona and Kathmandu

Colette

Animal
Elephant
Color
Green
Family Activity
Visiting playgrounds
Food
Indian, Mediterranean
Hobby
Photography and boating
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Movie
The Sound of Music
Sport
Rowing and soccer
TV Show
New Girl and HGTV
Vacation Spot
Beach, Barcelona and Kathmandu
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We want to begin this letter by expressing our sincerest gratitude to you for taking the time to read our words. This is an emotional journey and we want to recognize the selfless act of sacrifice that adoption is. Your courage in facing a devastatingly difficult decision is admirable and we want you to begin to see us as a part of your team, and to feel that you are not alone in this journey. We also want you to know that we have so much love to give and that if you choose us, we will make it our mission to pour love, experiences, acceptance, and joy into your child.

We are Colette and Josh. We grew up in the same city in Northern Indiana, went to junior high and high school together, and even dated during our senior year before heading off to college. We also went to the same university and stayed in touch during our college years. This time apart allowed us to grow, find ourselves without the influence of the other, and to focus on our education. Upon graduating from university, we rekindled our relationship and we were married in 2006.

The waves of life took us for a ride and in 2017 our daughter, Cecelia, was born. Our lives were flipped upside down in the most amazing way possible and we knew right away that we hoped for another child to join our family. Colette was adopted and has always wanted adoption to be a means of adding to our family and Josh has always supported adoption, so it was time to pursue this route.

Becoming parents has shifted our outlook to our children. We want our children to know that they are loved, valued and accepted just as they are. We don’t ever want them to feel uncomfortable bringing anything to us, so we work hard to model transparency, open communication, and acknowledgement. It is important to us that our children approach the world with an open mind and curiosity. We want to spark creativity and to encourage them to pursue activities that make them feel good. We have also worked diligently to incorporate Cecelia’s interests into our schedules, so that she feels included as a valuable member of the family. When we travel, we make note of nearby playgrounds and bike parks that we can visit. Teaching children about different cultures is a priority for us and we will continue to provide opportunities for them to learn about themselves, while getting to know people who are different than they are.

Your child would be an answered prayer and the missing puzzle piece to our family. Cecelia would become a doting big sister and would forever have your child’s best interest at heart. For a time, your child would become the center of our family as we figure out the new norms as a family of four. Then your child would begin to fit into the folds of our daily family life – trips to swim classes, playgrounds, time at the library, cousin time, and grocery pick up. It will be exciting to introduce your child to camping, hiking, boating, and vacations, as well as our other hobbies and adventures. Over time your child’s interests will be incorporated into our schedules to depict their value and importance in our family as we continue to strive to make them feel accepted and integral to our family unit.

Between us we have so many interests and dreams to pursue in this lifetime and adoption is just one of them. Colette loves a riveting story, all things musical, a heated competition, a beautifully composed photograph and exploring the whole world. Josh loves creative building, adventure seeking, exploring curiosities, friendly athletics, and the journey of accomplishment. The journey ahead is both exciting and terrifying, but family makes it all worth it. It is our hope that we could live up to your expectations for the family of your child.

With Love,
Colette and Josh

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

Adopting a child has been an ongoing conversation since before we got married and has been important to Colette since she was young. Choosing to adopt was the easy decision, finding the time to pursue adoption was more difficult. Since our daughter was born in 2017, we knew that we wanted to add more children to our family. After a couple of years of not getting pregnant, we felt that the time was right to begin the adoption process. We are excited to be starting on this journey that we have talked and dreamed about for such a long time. We are striving to provide peace of mind to a seeking birthmother and provide a secure and accepting family to a new baby.

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Adoption in Our Lives

I (Colette) was adopted along with two cousins and a childhood friend, so adoption has been a consistent part of my life for as long as I can remember. I was witness to the experiences of my cousins and childhood friend learning about or having the opportunity to meet and build a relationship with their birth parents. For me, this journey was never one that I was longing to go on. Having a secure relationship with my parents filled those parts of me that may have wanted to seek out the people who gave me life. My parents encouraged questions and were willing to have conversations about my adoption, but they also completely enveloped me into their family and I fit seamlessly with them. I have a younger brother who is not adopted, so I have firsthand experience in a family with a biological child and an adopted child. My parents worked hard to ensure that both my brother and I felt accepted, secure, and as integral parts of the family. Even though I don’t have the desire to seek out my birth parents, I’m forever grateful to the woman who gave me life and made the difficult decision to allow my parents to raise me as their own.

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About Colette by Josh

Colette and I met in high school and ended up getting closer through hanging out in the same group of friends. The more I got to know Colette I knew there was something different, something special about her. Colette has a heart of gold; she always puts others before herself and is the most considerate person I have ever met. Colette places a lot of emphasis on quality time with her people and dedicates time out of her schedule to send thoughtful postcards, text message or make phone calls to family and friends. I knew in my heart Colette would be an amazing mom and when Cecelia joined our family, those assumptions were validated. Cecelia is a spitting image of Colette and for that I am thankful, but it is time for us share our lives and love with a new family member. Colette has a way of always making challenging situations fun and entertaining. (As I type this paragraph Colette and Cecelia are running around the house playing hide and seek. The dead air following the counting is interrupted with squeals, giggles and laughter.) In Colette’s free time I can usually find her listening to an audio book, working on her photography skills, researching some DIY projects for the house or coloring in her human anatomy coloring book. I can always count on Colette to help me slow down, take some deep breaths and not feel overwhelmed with the challenges life can often throw at a person.

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About Josh by Colette

Josh is a doer with a big heart. He takes great satisfaction from completing projects and tasks and he puts all his efforts into doing things well. Josh is a loyal and dedicated friend and has the ability to find the words the people around him need. We are a case of opposites attract, and I appreciate his structure and his task-oriented mindset to balance us out. Not a detail is left unturned when Josh is planning a trip, working on a project, or making plans for the weekend. Josh has a competitive side and spent 12 years working in motorsports. During that time, he traveled the world, visited cities across the U.S. and made lifelong friends. In his unwavering support for his people, Josh keeps in regular contact with friends and family. He loves being a dad and is able to summon the energy, even after a long day’s work, to play dolls, ride bikes, be a jungle gym, and spend quality time with Cecelia. Josh’s moto of “work hard, play hard” truly is the way he lives his life and inspires our family to follow suit. Josh is thrilled that his daughter is an adventure seeker, and he is the perfect person to teach and encourage his children to enjoy life, work hard, and chase their dreams.

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Cecelia

Our daughter, Cecelia, is 4 years old and is a bundle of creative energy. She loves attending preschool and is counting down the days until she gets to ride the bus to Kindergarten. Reading is a favorite pastime and Cecelia has never met a book she didn’t like. She can often be found sitting quietly with a large stack of books and when she isn’t reading, Cecelia loves creating masterpieces at her art table. Her paintings, collages, and other artwork can be found throughout our house and she loves sharing her creations with family and friends. Cecelia has an adventurous spirit and is always eager to explore a new playground, pump track (biking), swimming, hiking trail, learning to water ski, and especially climbing (rocks, boulders, climbing walls) anything. Cecelia is a mother hen who is very in tune with the feelings and needs of the people around her. She is empathetic, caring, and always wants to love on her people. Her heart is big and she cannot wait to be a big sister!

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Our Sweet Pup

Our pup, Mowgli, joined our family in the fall of 2020. #COVIDDOG He was rescued from a reservation in Nebraska and all we know about his breed is that his mother is a Pocket Shepherd. A little guy, the runt of the litter, and at one year, he’s a mere 30 pounds and only stands as tall as a knee. We aim for daily walks with Mowgli and all members of the family can be found playing ball with him in the backyard on any day. Mowgli is playful and loves his family fiercely. He is so sweet with Cecelia and loves a good cuddle at the end of every day.

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Our Home

We have set up our home to be kid friendly and to enable Cecelia and other children to be involved with the daily goings on. Josh built a tower that puts Cecelia at counter height allowing her to help prepare meals and have a space where she can feel like she is a part of the family unit. Books, toys, games, puzzles, and art supplies are easily accessible and there are designated spaces where we can utilize those things. We have worked to create a home that is inviting and welcoming to friends, family, and other guests. We want our home to be a safe and fun place for our children and their friends to hang out and spend time together. Our house is situated in a family-friendly neighborhood, so there are often neighbors outside to say hi to or to strike up a conversation with. There are a number of paved trails close by that we use to bike to playgrounds, or we can even bike to Colette’s brother and sister-in-law’s house. The trail across the street leads to an open space with a small playground, basketball court and duck pond and is used frequently for walking the dog or to get our wiggles out. When we aren’t utilizing the trails and open space, we are playing and making use of our large backyard. We created a kid space with a climbing tower, slide, picnic table, and sandbox. A large swing rounds out the equipment in the yard, and is a fan favorite! Growing our own vegetables has become a priority, so we have a large garden space where we plant strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, peppers, and lettuces. As a family we work together to plant, maintain, and harvest the produce grown. Living close to the light rail allows us to utilize the train system to get around town, and that leads to fun family adventures.

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Our Families

Family is so valuable to us that we opted to move across the country so that we could be within 15 minutes of Colette’s brother, sister-in-law and their children. Colette’s parents are following suit, and are in the process of relocating from Indiana to Colorado, so that they too can be in on the family festivities. It has been so special being close to family and watching Cecelia grow up and have a special bond with her cousins. We know the same would be true for a new baby and having cousin time, and soon grandparent time, will be priceless. Josh is an only child, and his parents live in Indiana and they frequently visit Colorado. Regular visits to Indiana to spend time with grandparents, friends and extended family have become routine for us and will continue. Although we love Colorado and doing life with family, Indiana will always hold a special place in our hearts since so many of our favorite people live there.

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Our Lifestyle

We are an active family, often on the go, traveling, visiting family and friends, attending sporting events, hiking, biking, going to concerts and hosting dinners. On the flip side, we also enjoy a family movie night, time reading books on the couch, playing games or doing puzzles. We love time with our people and we’re quick to lend a helping hand whenever needed. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have become more home-bound and that has allowed us to slow down and be more present as a family. This also means that Josh has been working from home and that has given us the flexibility for lunches together, impromptu family games, and more togetherness. We typically have music playing and we love a dance party to get ourselves ready in the mornings. We are organized planners and prefer to have a game plan for our weekends, whether it’s completing projects around the house, checking out new playgrounds, visiting with our people, or traveling. Our approach to life is with a family-friendly focus and is often centered on outings that kids would enjoy.

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

Learning about different cultures is a great passion of ours and we value the differences between cultures. Colette lived in Kathmandu, Nepal for 5 years (KG-4th grade) and attended an international school while there. We feel strongly that taking the position of embracing differences and choosing to surround ourselves with people who identify as a part of a variety of communities has educated us and helped us become allies. With significant international travel, working with individuals from all over the world, and having friends and family members in the LGBTQ community as well as stemming from different races and ethnic backgrounds, we feel it is important to enlighten our children on their own racial and cultural backgrounds and work to incorporate their background into our family traditions and way of life.

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Family Traditions

We love having traditions that make life feel fun and exciting. On most weekends, Josh and Cecelia make pancakes or waffles. Having that special time together and having a yummy meal is a fun tradition that has become a family favorite. We look forward to holidays, making decorations to hang around the house, and having special meals with family members. Each month Colette and Cecelia work together to decorate postcards that we mail off to our friends as a little way to let them know we are thinking of them. We are excited to continue the tradition of applesauce making, something Colette did with her mom, aunts, cousins, and grandmother. Blueberry picking is another family tradition, adopted from Colette’s family, which has become a highly anticipated tradition each summer.  As a family we visit Dairy Queen for a blizzard when we have little celebrations (anniversaries and accomplishments) to honor. Every night we eat dinner together at the table, sharing about each of our days and what we’re looking forward to. Not a night goes by without bedtime stories, which has become a very special and highly anticipated part of each day. These little traditions make us who we are and we relish in the chance to continue to add new traditions into the mix.

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Vacations

We love to travel and experience different cultures. Visiting new places, learning the history, and experiencing the food scene really bring out our curiosity and appreciation for cultures that are different from our own. Before Cecelia was born, pushing ourselves outside our comfort zone through travel helped us grow as individuals and as a couple. We enjoyed a variety of trips, from hiking along the Appalachian Trail in Tennessee to trekking in the Himalayas on a trip to Nepal with Colette’s family. With the addition of Cecelia to our family, we have introduced her to lots of new places and did not hesitate to take her with us to Spain when she was just over a year old. Introducing Cecelia to new cultures continues to be a way for our family to learn and grow. We thrive being close to water and feel a sense of contentment when visiting a lake or the beach. We love the mountains and though we enjoy the snow, we much prefer warm weather vacations.

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Education

After graduating from high school, we both attended the same university. Josh jumped into the school of Technology, focusing on Electrical Engineering and Colette started in the school of Liberal Arts focusing on Psychology and soon switched to a focus on Health and Fitness. While there, Colette got involved with the Crew Team as a coxswain, a member of the officers’ board, and eventually a graduate assistant coach. Colette is still in close contact with many members of the crew team and many of those friends are more like an extension of our family. During his time at college, Josh focused his energy on his studies, working for the university, and joining a fraternity. He too is still in contact with friends from that time and is an avid sports fan, enjoying supporting our alma mater. Upon graduation, Colette began a Master’s degree in School Counseling and after a year working as a high school counselor, she decided to complete an Education Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling. Josh has stayed in the engineering sector, working in automation, motorsports, and more recently as a systems engineer. Colette worked as a licensed therapist in community mental health with kids and adolescents before becoming a stay-at-home mom when Cecelia was born.

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Our Hobbies

Josh loves to have a project to work on. He inherited many of his grandfather’s woodworking tools, his father’s woodworking expertise, and is always at the ready to create and build something that Colette has requested for the house. After years of dreaming and hard work, a ski boat became our family’s favorite summer entertainment. Josh has been an avid water skier for many years and is thrilled to be sharing his love of the water with Colette and Cecelia. After 12 years working in professional motorsports, Josh still looks forward to tuning in for IndyCar and Formula 1 races on the weekends.

Colette spends a great deal of time behind a camera taking photos of everything. Photography has become an exciting hobby and will maybe become a profession one day. When not taking photos, Colette is often listening to an audiobook or music while scheming creative ways to improve our home. Colette enjoys design (interior, exterior, landscaping) and frequently brings DIY ideas and projects to Josh’s attention. Together we often work through house projects to create a space that we adore. Colette has a love of music and enjoys playing the piano and learning how to play the guitar. Daily we are learning more and more about having a vegetable garden. Josh especially enjoys the process of planting seeds and Colette enjoys harvesting and using fresh produce in evening meals.

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Our Promise to You

We vow to pour love, experience, and acceptance into your child. We will work diligently to spark creativity and learning about the world and cultures around us. We will be open and honest with your child about their adoption and the love and sacrifice you have gifted them. Our job as parents is to envelope your child into our family and make them feel secure and supported no matter what. It is important to us to encourage our children to love themselves, to love others, and to approach each day with an open mind and nonjudgmental attitude. We will demonstrate and encourage respect, honesty and open communication. We will champion our children’s dreams and provide supportive encouragement to help them achieve what they set their mind to.

Message Joshua and Colette

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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 Colette

  • 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!