Married Since: 2003

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

Our promise to you is that we will provide your child with a loving and nurturing home where they are free to be exactly who God designed them to be. They will always know how much you love them and how selfless you were to make the brave decision to place them for adoption.

Joshua and Kari

from California

Joshua

Ancestry: Scottish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Senior Systems Engineer

Education: BA

Hobbies: Bodyboarding, Jujitsu, Muay Thai

Kari

Ancestry: Mexican, French, English

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Principal

Education: Ed.D.

Hobbies: Reading, Pilates, Hiking

Baby

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

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Joshua

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Summers in Southern Illinois with family
Color
Blue
Family Activity
Being on the lake
Food
Pizza
Hobby
Bodyboarding, water photography and Ju-Jitsu
Personal Hero
My grandpa
Scripture
Romans 10:9
Music
Reggae
Vacation Spot
Hawaii

Kari

Animal
Dog
Childhood Memory
Spending time with my grandparents
Color
Pink
Family Activity
Being on our wakeboard boat
Food
French fries
Hobby
Pilates
Personal Hero
My grandma
Scripture
Jeremiah 29:11
Music
Country
Vacation Spot
Any place tropical
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From Us to You

You don’t know us, but we have been praying for you for a while now. No doubt, you’re feeling a lot of nerves about this process – we are too. You want what is best for your precious baby – we do too. One thing that has been pressed upon our hearts is the very real struggle you are going through with this process. We know that you are an incredibly courageous woman, and we are excited to meet you.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We’re excited for you to learn more about us and are thrilled to become adoptive parents. We admire your compassion for your child and your courage to consider adoption. We have always known we wanted children and after several unsuccessful attempts at fertility treatments, we began to pursue adoption.

Our faith and family are very important to us. Our families are very close and cannot wait to surround your child with love and devotion. We are active in our church and promise to keep God at the center of our lives and teach your child the importance of having a relationship with Him.

Our promise to you is that we will provide your child with a loving and nurturing home where they are free to be exactly who God designed them to be. They will always know how much you love them and how selfless you were to make the brave decision to place them for adoption.

We look forward to getting to know more about you as you learn about us.

With love and admiration,
Josh & Kari

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

When we first fell in love, we started planning a life together including expanding our family. We both have always felt called to be parents, so we started the journey to becoming parents shortly after we wed in 2003. After several years, we sought medical advice. Years of fertility treatments failed, so we took time to heal and focus on our marriage. As we sought God’s plan for our lives, we continued to feel called to be parents. When adoption was put on both our hearts, a new excitement sprang in our hearts.

Adoption has touched our lives through both friends and family. We have a very loving relationship, and we would like to share our love and lives with a child. We are prepared to provide a stable, supportive, and loving home for your son or daughter. We are ready to grow our family through adoption.

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About Josh, from Kari

Everyone loves Josh! He is absolutely hilarious, and his “dad jokes” are simply epic! He has a very gentle spirit that is evident when you talk to him. He has a true relationship with Christ, and that comes through because of his love for people. There is not a judgmental bone in his body, and people feel safe and cared for when they are around him. He has never met a child or animal who does not love him.

Josh has a passion for life that is contagious. His zest for knowledge is insatiable, and he always strives to learn more and be a better human. Because Josh loves the ocean, his favorite hobbies are bodyboarding and water photography. He is a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and teaches the kids’ classes at his gym. He is the sweetest dog daddy in the world, and our six nieces and nephews also adore him. As a Systems Engineer, he is able to work from home while being such a great provider. He is the most generous man I have ever met, and I have known from day one that he is destined to be a dad because of the insurmountable amount of love he has to give.

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About Kari, by Josh

Kari has an infectious personality that draws people in. She is absolutely the glue that keeps our family together. We all depend on her commitment and dedication to keeping our family close and supporting each other. She is the person my mom and her mom call when they need something, and our siblings do the same. She is the most dependable person I have ever met, and she is relentless when it comes to loving her friends and family.

Kari is a nurturer. Her heart is huge, and there is no end to her love. She has dedicated her life to being an educator, and her life mission is to be a champion for her students.  She believes she is an advocate for all students in her care, and she is steadfast in her pursuit to support them. At home, she is an amazing auntie who knows no limits in her ability to take care of and encourage our six nieces and nephews. They call her “auntie mom” because she is much more than just an aunt. Her dream has always been to be a mom.

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Our Home

We live in a family-friendly neighborhood in Southern California. We moved into our forever home in 2007. From the minute we saw it, we dreamed of growing our family in this home. It is a two-story home with four bedrooms and a huge, fenced-in backyard. It sits in the center of a small cul de sac, nestled into the base of a canyon. We have two community pools, a dog park, a splash pad, two playgrounds, a sports park, two elementary schools, and one junior high school all within a five-minute walk from us. It is a very kid-friendly neighborhood, and we often have community block parties and movies in the park around the holidays. It is a great community to raise children in!

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Our Sweet Pups

These girls are the heart of our family! Princess Leia (Leia for short) is an 8-year-old Shih Tzu who absolutely loves belly rubs. She is a total lap dog, so if you have a lap, she will sit in it! She loves her daily walks that she bullies her dad into taking her on, and she loves her backyard. She is not totally thrilled with water, but she swims one lap each day! She absolutely loves kids. She treats our nieces and nephews like they are her babies. She loves to crawl into bed with them at night and snuggle!

Lily is a 4-year-old Golden Retriever who is still a puppy at heart. She loves children and plays with our nieces and nephews very gently. She absolutely loves to swim, so her favorite days of the week are when it is warm outside and the kids are over. She swims for hours with them without getting tired.

Both dogs are both incredibly gentle and great with children! They can’t wait to be big sisters!

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Our Families

Josh is originally from Southern Illinois, and his dad, Tim, step-mom, Melanie, and brother, Matthew, live there. His mom, Carla, and sister, Caitlin, live only a mile from us. His other brother, Philip, his wife, Marissa, and son, Elliot, live an hour away from us by Kari’s parents. We get together often and spend holidays together.

Kari comes from a very close family full of nieces and nephews. Kari’s parents, Art and Pati, live just an hour from us, so we see them often. Kari’s identical twin sister, Kim, and brother-in-law, Justin, and their kids (Kailyn, Emma, Grace, Justin Jr., Brendan, and Shane) live within 15 minutes of our home. We have been like second parents to her sister’s kids since the minute each of them was born. Our weekends are spent with them, and we vacation every year together. They have filled our home with so much joy and laughter. The kids can’t wait to meet their new cousin!

We are so blessed to have such a tremendous support system! Our families are so excited for us as we make this journey to adopt!

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Our Lifestyle

We have a very active lifestyle, but we definitely make time to relax and spend time at home. Josh is a computer engineer and works from home. His schedule is flexible most days, so he is able to make our family the priority. Kari is a school principal, so she enjoys the flexibility that education brings with the holidays and summers off.

When we are not working, we spend time with family and friends. We love staying active whether that is on our wakeboard boat or at the beach, and we regularly have family movie nights. A typical weekend usually starts off with watching one of our nephews’ football or baseball games at the local sports park, then ends with us attending church and then BBQing afterward in our backyard with family and friends. We prioritize our marriage and our family, so we ensure our downtime is meaningful and spent with the people we love the most.

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Family Traditions

We never miss an opportunity to celebrate, so Kari decorates our home for every holiday. Our favorite holiday is Christmas, and we celebrate it every year at Kari’s sister, Kim’s, house. We are joined by both of our families. Our families are extremely close, and Kim’s kids call Josh’s mom “grandma.” Both sides of the family come to our home for Thanksgiving and Halloween, and we BBQ at Kim’s house for Memorial Day and the 4th of July. Easter is spent with Kari’s parents where we all attend church on the beach. Kari has never missed a year of getting all of Kim’s kids Easter baskets.

Birthdays are very special in our family. It’s the only day where each member is able to be celebrated individually (except for Kari and Kim since they are identical twins!!). We have a tradition of singing “Happy Birthday” and then pushing the birthday girl’s or boy’s face into the cake. Sometimes it’s very lovingly done, and sometimes it’s not! Our family loves to have fun and laugh together, so this tradition is one of our favorites!

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Education

Education is something we both value tremendously because it has allowed us to pursue our dreams in careers we love. Josh has been interested in computers ever since high school, so he went to school to earn a degree in Computer Science. He loves the challenges technology presents because it is constantly changing. He is always earning new certifications because he is dedicated to being at the top in his field. He knew from a young age that he did not want to have a typical 9-5 job, so his degree gave him the edge he needed to design a schedule and career that fits his personality best.

Kari is the only female in her family that has graduated from college. This is something she is very proud of because she works with teenage girls as a high school principal, and she is able to inspire them to aim higher. As a young adult, she served in youth ministry and always dreamed of finding a career that fulfilled her calling of working with teenagers. College allowed her to earn the degrees necessary to pursue a career in education.

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How We Met

We both were raised in Southern California, just three miles from each other. We attended the same large high school but never met. We finally met during our first year in college through a mutual friend who worked with Josh at Outback Steakhouse. They arranged for Josh to “run into” Kari in the cafeteria and ask her out. It was obvious by the third date that we were in love. We got engaged six months after we met, and our wedding was nine months later. We have been happily married since July 26, 2003.

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Our Relationship with You

We are open to having an open adoption. We believe the Lord will guide us to the perfect match, and we are happy to respect your wishes with the type of adoption that makes you feel most comfortable – no matter if or how that changes over time. Your child will always know where he or she came from and how you loved him or her.

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Travel

One of our biggest passions in life is traveling and seeing the world. We have been to almost all fifty states including numerous times to Hawaii since Josh is an avid bodyboarder. We have also traveled to other countries including England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, France, Greece, Spain, Samoa, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Many of these trips have been with family and friends so we are able to share lifelong memories with them. We believe traveling and seeing other parts of the world give us a better appreciation for God’s creation.  We haven’t seen the whole world yet, but it’s on our list!

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Our Promise to You

More than anything, we want you to know that we will love your child unconditionally beyond all earthly limits. They will grow up knowing their worth and how truly special they are. We promise to provide an upbringing that is centered in Christ, where values such as kindness, generosity, and respect for others are taught and modeled daily.

We also promise to encourage your child’s hopes and dreams. The sky is the limit for them. They will always know that if they can dream it, they can reach it. Thankfully, we both have consistent and stable employment in careers that we love which has allowed us to have more than enough resources to provide a quality education to your child.

We promise to give your child a safe and secure place to call home, both physically and emotionally. It will be a place they can come to when they need to just be themselves without fear or rejection or judgment. It will be a safe landing space for them where they are surrounded by love. They will forever have a place to come home to no matter how old they are.

Message Joshua and Kari

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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 Kari

  • 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!