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Josh & Nicole
Thank you so much for reading our profile! We believe adoption is such an amazing gift and a journey that we are so excited to begin. Being parents has become our greatest joy and we would love nothing more than to expand our family through adoption. Our family has so much love and laughter and we look forward to the day we can share that with another child.
Our Life Priorities
Something that we live by and believe is the quote, "The most important things in life aren't things." All the fancy things or expensive possessions in life aren't what matter. The experiences, the moments, the time, the love, the laughter - all of these are what matter most in life.
Our number one priority in life will always be the people in it, first and foremost, our family. We look forward to raising our children to live by these same values. We want to teach them to be kind, to love one another, to care for people, and to work their hardest. It may sound cheesy, but we want to teach them to always chase their dreams. We want to give our children the confidence to know that they are capable of changing the world. We promise to always give them our time, our love, and so many amazing experiences that we hope they will carry with them the rest of their lives.
Our Leisure Time
In our leisure time we enjoy spending time doing fun and adventurous activities as a family. We live by a few different parks and we spend many weekends hiking trails and just enjoying the views outside. When the weather is nice, we take walks with our son, Talan, through the neighborhood every evening.
We also love to travel and look forward to experiencing different parts of the country and the world with our children. We have hiked glaciers in Alaska, taken a bus trip through Ireland, and walked through waterfalls in Iceland. We can not wait to take our children to Disney World and see their faces light up; Nicole's might light up too, as she has never been and is excited to share this special moment as a family.
In addition to our love for traveling and being outdoors, we also share interests of live music, sports, and movies. We love supporting our favorite teams, the Baltimore Orioles and the Baltimore Ravens. We try to attend at least one game a season and can not wait to share these favorite past times with our children.
Since both of us like being crafty and working with our hands, we are constantly doing fun and creative activities with Talan. Josh takes Talan to the Home Depot workshops every month and Nicole organizes frequent craft days with the cousins. Talan loves having older cousins to look up to and learn from and can't wait to be that role model for a younger sibling!
When we just want to have a calm, relaxing time indoors, we love curling up to watch movies together. Talan is always up for some Toy Story!
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Nicole About Josh: Josh is my best friend. I know that I can talk to him about anything and he will always listen and be supportive. He has so many wonderful qualities. He makes me laugh, he is hard working, and most importantly, he is an amazing father. He is so passionate about being a dad. He has so much love for our little boy and is so playful and patient with him that I know his heart would just grow even more with love for a second child.
Josh About Nicole: Nicole is more than I could have ever asked for in a best friend and wife. She has so many great qualities. I love how funny she is, even when she tells me the cheesy jokes that I can't help laughing at. Nicole is also the most thoughtful and caring person I know. That whole-heartedness shows every day with everyone in her life, but especially with our son. It's because of that I know she'll cherish every moment with another little baby.
Our House and Neighborhood
We have lived in our home in Maryland for six years; we actually owned a townhouse down the road prior to that and once we were ready to buy a single family home, we loved the area and neighborhood so much that we decided to move right down the street!
Our house is a two story colonial on a quiet cul-de-sac. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, but our favorite area of the house is our middle level because of its open layout that is perfect for family and friend get-togethers. The sunroom and large deck are great for summer cookouts. We recently remodeled our basement to be a fun playroom for our son and hopefully for another child soon. Our house has a fenced in backyard, complete with a swingset that has a rock wall, swing, and sliding board.
The neighborhood is full of children of all ages and a beautiful, brand new elementary school was recently built within walking distance of our house. The school has three separate playgrounds for different aged children; it's the perfect place to take a child on a sunny day! We take our son to the playground regularly and are always meeting new neighbors with children around his age. The elementary school also hosts a lot of activities and events that are great for young children.
Our Extended Families
Both of our families live less than an hour away and Nicole's sister, brother-in-law, and their kids live only five minutes away.
Given that we all are in close proximity, we get together often, whether that's just stopping in for dinner, meeting at a playground, or going to the zoo. Just this winter, Nicole's whole family took a vacation together to a ski resort. The kids loved spending so much time with their cousins and their grandparents; they also loved the snow!
Our family also gets together for all the holidays. We have Christmas Eve traditions, Easter Egg Hunts, and pool parties for the 4th of July. Having our family close by allows for us all to be together on these special days.
We also have many friends that are just as special to us as family. We get together regularly and it seems every time we do, there is a new child in the mix. It is so much fun seeing all the children play together and exciting to know they will all get to grow up together as lifelong friends.
Our families and friends are extremely supportive of our adoption journey and are excited to welcome a new child to the family. Talan loves the idea of becoming a big brother and he can't wait to have a sibling he can play with and love.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about us! We believe it takes a very special person to consider adoption and words cannot express our admiration of your courage and strength. We know this is a difficult decision and we want you be confident in us as parents, so we will gladly answer any questions you may have about us. We look forward to learning more about you as well.
Our names are Nicole and Josh. We have been together for fifteen years and married for twelve years. We have a relationship full of love, laughter, and fun and we try to extend those qualities to all aspects of our life. We can't imagine adventuring on this road of life with anyone else by our side. We are best friends.
We would describe ourselves as a fun, playful, and adventurous family. We love to travel and can not wait to explore different places and take trips as a family. We love hiking, playing sports, going to museums and zoos, and just making a life full of memories like these that we will cherish forever. We both love board games and crafts and are so excited to do these activities with our children as they grow. We look forward to being the proud parents on the sidelines cheering our kids on in the different sports/activities they do.
From the moment we starting making decisions for our future, adoption has always been part of our plan. We both grew up with best friends that were adopted and we always felt that we would love to bring an adopted child into our lives to make our family whole. We have a biological son, Talan, who is almost two years old. With both of us coming from families with siblings, we embrace the importance of siblings and are so excited for Talan to have the chance to be a big brother!
We promise to raise your child with love, patience, and compassion. We are excited to learn about different cultures together and we will teach the child to embrace and value the differences in people. We will provide for them unselfishly, celebrate their accomplishments, and love them unconditionally. We will provide a quality education for them and we will present them with many opportunities whatever their interests or passions may be in life. We will instill confidence in them and teach them to always chase their dreams. We promise to love them every second of every day.
If you choose us, your child will always know about the special way our families are joined. We are happy to share with you updates of your child through pictures, letters, and e-mails if that is something you would like. We will always be open and honest with our child in regards to their adoption and they will always know what an amazing gift you have given us, and for that we will be forever grateful.
With love and respect,
Josh & Nicole
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