Nickname: Joe and Dani

Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We will support your child as they explore new interests, cheer them on for their accomplishments, and encourage them to continue learning. We will also be there for your child as they go through challenges that life may bring. We will teach them to navigate these challenging moments, and be right by their side showing them unconditional love and support every step of the way.

Joseph and Danielle

from Wisconsin

Joseph

Ancestry: German, French

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Senior Sales Analyst

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Golfing, Reading, Hunting

Danielle

Ancestry: Polish, German

Religion: Christian

Occupation: 1st Grade Teacher

Education: M.Ed.

Hobbies: Crafts, Sewing, Travel, Reading, Outdoor adventures

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Joseph

Animal
Elk
Children's Book
Owl Moon
Childhood Memory
Boat rides with family
Color
Orange
Family Activity
Walking our dog
Food
Crab Rangoon
Sport
Football
Subject in School
History
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
TV Show
Psych

Danielle

Animal
Dog
Children's Book
Peanut Butter and Cupcake
Childhood Memory
Sleepovers with Friends
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Decorating cookies and eating them
Food
Sushi
Sport
Dance
Subject in School
Reading
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
TV Show
The Resident
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From Us to You

Hello from us to you!

We are grateful to you for taking the time to get to know us a little bit more. We realize that you may be feeling many different emotions at this time, and we want you to know that we will be supportive towards you as well as your child. We will care about you, too.

We will bring your child into a loving home, surrounded by siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Your child will be well loved. As parents, we want all of our children to grow up in an environment where they feel safe, loved, heard, and valued. We will continue to nurture our children’s interests and take them on adventures as our family continues to grow.

We will support your child as they explore new interests, cheer them on for their accomplishments, and encourage them to continue learning. We will also be there for your child as they go through challenges that life may bring. We will teach them to navigate these challenging moments, and be right by their side showing them unconditional love and support every step of the way.

We acknowledge that you have a very important role in your child’s life and we would like to have an open adoption so that your child will know their story. It is important to us that we honor your wishes towards what level of openness you would like to have in your child’s life. We will honor the promises we make together, and always keep your child’s needs at the center of our decisions.

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

For us, adoption is how we have chosen to grow our family. It’s about growing our family in a way that brings in more joy and love, blending our current traditions with new ones that represent our adoptive child(ren), and creating a space where all members of our family feel loved, valued, and a sense of belonging.

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How We Met

We met after a short conversation through an online dating app. Joe suggested that we meet at a local coffee shop for our first date. We drove separately and when we met at the coffee shop, it was closed. So then Joe suggested a restaurant/bar that was just around the corner. We each drove in our cars down the block and that one was closed too. By this point, Dani was thinking that maybe this was a sign…but thankfully it wasn’t. We finally landed at another bar within the same block. We talked for hours and had some appetizers. The conversation was so easy and full of laughter. Two years later, we got married. It was the most beautiful day near the end of summer. We got married outside. Dani rode up in a horse drawn carriage and we each wrote our own vows. We had live music, dueling pianos, and our reception was in a beautiful old barn that is now used only for weddings. It was an incredible day, and we look forward to sharing this story with our kids one day. We hope our kids will learn what love looks like. Not only the joy that love brings, but also how to work through disagreements and challenges in a healthy way.

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About Dani, by Joe

Dani is the most thoughtful and caring person and mother that I know. I could not imagine a better mom for our son, Emerson. When I first met Dani (and her family), I thought, “Wow, they sure hug a lot.” She would even kiss her dog on the nose and say “I love you, Maya.” Little did I know, this would grow on me, and I would become a much more affectionate person, too. Dani makes sure that you know how she feels about you. She tells our son how proud she is of him and says, “I love you.” Dani loves to read. She has Masters Degrees in early childhood education and teaching reading. Her love of reading has been passed down to our son, Emerson, and she will pass this joy onto your child too. Reading before bedtime is one of our favorite family times. She loves building towers and forts with Emerson and teaching him new things.

Dani has been a teacher for over 10 years. She teaches first grade, and I am always amazed by her love for her students. She cares so deeply for them and truly sees them for who they are, not just their academic abilities. She continuously seeks to ensure that every one of her students knows that they are valued, loved, and that she believes in them. Recently, I learned that Dani has been sewing for her students, fixing torn seams, missing buttons, or stitching torn stuffed animals back together. Her students know that she will always be there for them and will help them in any way she can. Her previous students are often found visiting her classroom throughout the day. I share this with you, because I think it shows how much she will love your child unconditionally, too.

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About Joe, by Dani

Joe has a big heart and always strives for ways he can learn and grow. Over the past 7 years that we have been together, I have seen how hard he works to improve himself in both his personal life and in his career. He recently completed his master’s degree in business, which led him to a sales analytics role at work. Joe is incredibly patient and a very good listener. At the end of a hard day, I can always count on him to listen to me talk through what’s going on and to be patient when I tell a rambling story (I tend to ramble or go off on tangents here and there, which we giggle about, too.) He tries hard to gain perspective and be empathetic towards others. It’s a hard quality to find in someone and I feel very grateful to have a partner who is so supportive.

Joe is an amazing dad to our son, Emerson. He is loving and gentle, and very affectionate with him. Whenever Emerson has a meltdown or gets really upset, Joe is right there to hold him and help him work through it. Joe loves taking Emerson on outdoor adventures to explore. Together, they love reading books and cuddling. Joe even turned off the Super Bowl, without hesitation, because Emerson requested that they watch a horse TV show instead. I know that he will be an amazing and supportive dad to your child too. We often talk about how important it is to us that your child know that they are loved and equally important to us. We want them to know that they belong in our family and to know that we love them unconditionally. Joe and I talk about how we will help all of our children feel this way.

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Big Brother, Emerson

Emerson is almost two years old. He is a very happy, giggly, and easy-going toddler with a huge, loving heart. He loves giving hugs to everyone, especially our dog, Addie. Emerson loves playing outside and going for walks or playing at the park. He enjoys playing with toy animals and “cooking” food in his toy kitchen. Right now, his favorite thing to do is to take a bath. He literally runs down the hallway if we say the word “bath.” He likes playing with all the fun bath toys and, of course, the bubbles!

Emerson loves playing with other kids, and gets along well with them. He plays with kids his age at daycare and he has cousins that are around the same age or younger, so he has lots of opportunities to play with other kids. He is looking forward to being a big brother and he has been practicing with his baby doll. Emerson likes to brush his doll’s hair, feed it with a spoon, and give the baby a pacifier. We’re excited to see him be a caring big brother, too.

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Our Sweet Pup

Our dog, Addie, is an over-the-top, friendly and loving golden retriever and is just one year old. Addie loves people so much, especially kids. She gets so excited when people come over that her whole body wags back and forth, not just her tail. We joke that she thinks people come over just to see her. Overall, Addie is very mellow in the house, but can also have lots of energy and be playful outside. She definitely is a “go with the flow” kind of dog.

Addie is great with kids. We have lots of young kids in our family and she loves playing with them. She is gentle and very tolerant of Emerson. She lets him give her lots of hugs and enjoys lying next to him while he plays. Emerson will often lay his head on her, and she doesn’t mind at all. Addie will even play fetch with him. She will make a great best friend to your child too.

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Our Home

When you walk into our home, it is filled with laughter, music, dancing, games, arts and crafts, and toys. Right now, our son loves the song, “The Wheels on the Bus” and he convinces us to sing and dance to it almost every day. Sometimes he insists on playing it over and over again! We recently finished our basement, adding a large playroom and living space. It’s filled with toys, a small slide, play kitchen, books, and a kid-sized table. Emerson loves building blanket forts and tunnels with us in this area too. We have a beautiful backyard that is fenced in. We love playing outside with our dog, Addie, running through the sprinkler, and playing games. In the summer, we enjoy having cookouts and making s’mores over a campfire. In our state, we get to experience all four seasons, so there are lots of opportunities for unique outdoor adventures.

Our home is located in a beautifully diverse city. We live in a family neighborhood with many kids aged newborn to high school, including adopted and foster children. We are within walking distance of our neighborhood school and many parks. Locally, we are very fortunate to have a children’s museum, a zoo, a train museum with real trains to tour, a boardwalk along the water, an amusement park, splash pads, a wildlife sanctuary, and so many more cool places to explore!

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Our Families

Family is very important to us. Our parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles are very involved in our lives and we spend a lot of time together. Dani has a mom, step-dad, dad, and three younger brothers. On Joe’s side he has his parents, who have been married for over 35 years, his sister, brother-in-law, and their two kids (2 years old and 2 months old). Everyone in our family will love your child and bring them into their hearts with open arms. They are so excited to meet our new baby one day. We get together with both sides of our families for every holiday and we love spending time together playing games. The kids love to play with lots of toys, and the grownups always join in on the fun! Dani’s three brothers adore our son, and love to play with him and teach him lots of new things. Our son also loves playing with his two cousins, especially when he gets to explore new toys.

We think of our friends as our chosen family. We have an amazing group of friends, many of whom have young kids and growing families that your child will get to enjoy too. In the summer, we love to have BBQs, pool parties, and outdoor playdates with our friends. We often will travel to our friends’ homes who live in cities a couple hours from us to spend time together. Many of our friends have different experiences than our own. The diversity amongst our friends is an asset to our children, because they will have many people to learn from and help shape them into the amazing adults they will become.

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

It is very important to us that your child feels seen, heard, and a sense of belonging. We will surround your child with things that represent their culture and racial identity, so they can see themselves through their toys, books, movies, and so on.

We will continue to learn more about your child’s culture and racial identity, and help your child feel a sense of belonging, not only in our home, but also in our community. We will make new connections in the community and find local events to participate in. We will intentionally help your child engage with and see others in our community and family that look like them, and that they can relate to. For example, peers, daycare teachers, mentors within our community, friends, other adoptive families and mixed race families. We also have a local transracial adoption group that meets monthly. It’s a great way for us to meet other families that look like our family and we hope this will help our children by connecting with kids who were adopted as well.

We will enroll our children in schools and daycares with high quality education and students from diverse backgrounds. Dani works in an amazing, high quality elementary school with students from diverse backgrounds who are kind and hard-working. We also have a similar school to this in our own neighborhood. Our neighborhood school also offers a bilingual program as an option as well. We will continue to be allies against racism and stand up to racism when we see it. A few years ago, Dani noticed that the line at the airport for a second security check was only filled with black people. When she was told she could go, she asked the TSA workers if it was because she was white that she didn’t have to get checked again. Then she commented on how it seemed clear that it was the color of your skin that determined if you got checked a second time. This experience has motivated her to do more to support anti-racism. Currently, she is teaching her students about racism and how they can speak up when they see something that doesn’t seem fair or right. Through our commitment to be allies against racism and stand up for injustices, your child will also see this. They will learn what racism is and how it affects themselves and others. In our home, we will continue to keep race and culture an open conversation. A topic that we talk about frequently, not just when our child brings it up. We want our children to know where they come from, feel confident in their own identity, and feel proud of who they are.

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Our Lifestyle

We enjoy leading a fairly balanced lifestyle between being active and having time to relax and recharge. We enjoy going on adventures together during the day both near and far. Last summer and fall, Emerson loved feeding the animals at the petting zoo and throwing corn to the ducks at the wildlife sanctuary. Most of the year, you can find us starting and ending the day with a long walk with our dog and our son in the stroller or wagon. Sometimes we even stop at the park for a few pushes on the swing or a ride down the slide. Our puppy, Addie, loves to greet and get pets from anyone who will say hello to her.

We enjoy going to places in our community like the zoo, museums, parks, etc. We also love visiting the area near the football field which is filled with really cool parks, a mini football field for kids, ice skating, and ice sculptures in the winter. Since we live in Wisconsin, we often have “Packer” themed dress up days at work, school, and daycare. There are also lots of kid events throughout the year to participate in.

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Family Traditions

We love celebrating together and with our extended families! We have some traditions currently, but we also hope to see those traditions grow and change as we add another child to our family. It’s important to us that your child is also represented in our family traditions. While some of our traditions are around holidays, we also enjoy seasonal traditions. Every fall, we love going apple picking and making apple pie or apple crisp when we get home. This past year, our son found an apple that was the size of his little head. It was so funny and sweet watching him carry that apple around so proudly. We also love to go strawberry picking in June, and eating strawberries as we pick them!

Holidays are a very special time for us because we enjoy spending quality time together with our family. Our extended family is very close and we get together for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and 4th of July every year. We even see them regularly for pool parties at Dani’s aunt’s house or other random get-togethers.

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On a Typical 3-Day Weekend

On a typical long weekend, we might go up north to Dani’s dad’s lake house. He lives on a lake about 1.5 hours from our home. There are lots of fun things to do outside there. We love going for walks through the woods, boating, fishing, swimming, and playing with the dogs. There’s a small apple orchard and some fruit plants, so we pick blackberries and raspberries in spring and summer, and then apples in fall.

Since Dani is off work in the summer, we often plan mini trips together. We have driven to Nashville, Louisville, Chicago, Door County, and other places within a few hours of us.

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Our Vacations

We love to travel together and find new places to explore. One of our goals is to travel to many different parts of the world as a family. So far we have gone to several states, Italy and the Caribbean. We enjoy finding new places to explore and see the value in providing many experiences for our children. We did not grow up traveling internationally. We never left the country until we were adults, so we hope to be able to provide our children with more opportunities for travel as they grow up. We look forward to making memories as a family.

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What We will Teach your Child

We want our children to be proud of who they are. We want them to know that it is okay to be different and know that their differences make them unique and special. We will teach our children to explore their interests and passions and we will support them. For example, if they are interested in a sport or musical instrument, we will help them get lessons or join a team. We will cheer for them and continue to encourage them along the way.

We will teach our children to be kind and empathetic towards others and themselves. We will teach them how they can speak up when they see someone being treated unfairly. We will teach them the value of learning and instill in them the desire to be a lifelong learner by exploring their curiosity through books and adventures. Recently, when our Emerson showed an interest in giraffes when reading one of his books. We took him to the zoo and fed the giraffes. Then he started talking about giraffes all the time; although, he would call them “rafs.” We will do everything we can to ensure that our children to have the tools and support system they need to be successful in life.

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Our Promise to You

We are so grateful to you for taking the time to view our profile and considering us. We can’t imagine how you may be feeling at this moment. If you do choose us, we promise to love your child and bring them into our family with open arms. We will surround them with friends and family who will love them as much as we do. We promise to be open with your child about you and where they come from, and to include you in sharing their story if you would like to be included.

We promise to be supportive and loving parents. We will be in the front row cheering them on (and maybe slightly embarrassing them with our loud cheers) at every sporting event, school play, dance recital, graduation, or any activity that they are involved in. We will encourage your child to continue to learn and pursue their own interests by supporting and guiding them along the way.

We will teach your child the value of education, and continue to provide them with new experiences.

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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!