Q: Tell us about your home and neighborhood.
A: We live in rural Minnesota on a big, family farm. There are 21 families in our community and we all own a the farm where we raise hogs, run a steel business and rebuild heavy equipment. We also crop farm 300 acres. We live in the upper level of a house, but will be moving into a bigger house later this year, Lord willing. At this point we only have 2 bedrooms along with a spacious kitchen and living room. The house we will be moving to has 4 bedrooms so that will give us a little more space. We are excited about that.
Q: When you have a 3-day weekend, what do you like to do?
A: We love to travel whenever it's possible, and take a couple weekends out of the year to visit family living in nearby states like Wisconsin and South Dakota. We also love to go on rides on our golf cart and 4-wheeler rides. We go fishing occasionally, and out to the park for supper as well. We go camping about every other year. Activities we enjoy are going on walks, singing, playing outdoor games and cooking. :-) Yup, gotta stay alive. We make about 95% of our meals at home and only eat out on special occasions.
Q: Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them.
A: We currently don't have any pets, but we do love small dogs. We hope to get some when the children are old enough to help look after them.
Q: What do you hope to teach your child(ren)?
A: We hope to teach our children to Love God with all their heart, to love and serve others and be respectful and caring. It's also important to be neat and orderly, and we would love for them to learn music. We have private music teachers that we hire to teach guitar, piano, violin etc. Ultimately we will teach our children good work ethics so that in the future they can contribute to society.
Q: What will you tell your child about his or her birth mom?
A: We will tell them that she loved them and that's why she chose adoption. It takes a lot of courage and trust to give birth to a baby and then let someone you don't really know raise him or her. She could have chosen abortion, but she cared enough for her child that she decided on adoption. We will tell him/her that her circumstances were what led her to go the adoption route. We would like continued communication with the birth mother if that is something she is open to.
Q: Are you active in your church? Tell us about your activities.
A: Yes, we are active in our church. We sometimes go sing at old people's homes and also sing on the streets of our city. Our church is very mission oriented and we like to be available where needed. We sponsor an old people's home and some men and women's rehabs in Mexico. Joshua went last year on a mission trip to Mexico to see how they are doing.
Q: How will a child enrich your life?
A: A child will enrich our lives in so many ways. Just to have someone that looks to us to provide, protect and care for them is a huge blessing. Children make for a lot of very interesting moments and bring a lot of joy and laughter. It will be a blessing to watch your child grow into adulthood. It is our desire that they become responsible adults who contribute to society. Bringing in a new child into our home will add a new and interesting dimension to our family life.
Q: Describe your last vacation and/or daytrip.
A: Our last vacation was last year. We took a week and a half trip to Saskatchewan in July to visit friends. From there we made our way down to Washington. We did some sightseeing along the way, drove thru Glacier National Park, then went through Washington and into Oregon to visit more friends. From there we made our way home going across Montana and North Dakota. We love travelling. Also this year we went on a 10-day trip to a wedding in Saskatchewan. We are hoping to travel to Dominican Republic in the next year or two. Josh has relatives living there.
Q: Will you be a stay-at-home parent? If so, what are your day-to-day plans?
A: Josh works at the steel business, manufacturing steel for residential and commercial buildings. Ruth stays at home and washes, sews, does laundry and takes care of the babies. She also does some gardening. But yes, Ruth is a stay-at-home parent.
Q: When you close your eyes and see yourself holding your precious baby in your arms, what are your thoughts regarding his or her birth mother?
A: Wow! She's a hero or maybe a "shero" for choosing life! We are so grateful and blessed that she trusted us with her baby. We do certainly wish her the best in life and do hope to have an ongoing relationship with her if that is something she is interested in.
Q: Do you speak a foreign language?
A: Josh: I speak Spanish and German
Ruth: I speak German