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Josh & Patti

We feel blessed and excited to be growing our family through adoption. We believe everything happens for a reason, and adoption is in our hearts because this is how we were meant to become a family. We know that we have so much love to share, and we cannot wait to become parents! Thank you for reading our profile and getting to know us. We look forward to this journey together!

About Us

Josh
Patti
Job
Senior Engineer
Pediatric Registered Nurse
Education
Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering
Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

What It Means to Become Parents

Our Family on the 4th of July

We have always known that we wanted to be parents. Growing up, Patti loved to play mama to her baby dolls, carrying them with her everywhere. As she got older, she babysat for children of all ages, and she loved every minute of it. She is so thankful for the opportunity to have watched so many children grow. This love of children led her to become a pediatric nurse. Over the past seven years, she has had the blessing of loving on thousands of babies and children at work. Josh has also always known he wanted to be a dad. His sister is seven years younger than he is, so he had a very active part in helping out with her as a child. He also coached children's baseball camps when he was in high school and loved it. We now have friends and family with children, and we cherish the time we get to spend with them. As much as we love all the children we have been gifted with knowing, we are so ready to have a child of our own and finally become parents. Being a parent means more to us than words can express. We cannot wait to experience every aspect of parenthood. We know there will be challenges, but we know they will be worth it as we watch our baby grow into a happy child. We most look forward to experiencing all the firsts with our baby because they will be firsts for us too!

Our Family Dream

Patti Meeting Our Best Friend's Daughter

For years we have prayed for a child and dreamed of what it would be like to be parents. We have imagined our baby's first words, their first steps, the first holidays as a family. We have laughed about the funny things they will say when they are young. We have thought about the sleepless nights, the challenges, the mistakes we know we will probably make. We have pictured our families meeting our baby for the first time, loving them as they grow up. We have imagined them learning to ride a bike, starting to play sports, and finding things they are passionate about. Josh has looked forward to coaching them in sports. Patti has looked forward to making crafts with them. We have thought about the tears, the skinned knees, and worried about keeping them safe. We have pictured our refrigerator covered in our child's artwork. We have talked about what books we will read them. We think about our child playing with our dog, laughing and running around the backyard together. We pray for this baby every day and dream about all these things every night. What we hope most for our child is that they are happy, that they grow up to be good and kind to everyone they meet, that they get all the hugs and kisses they could ever need, and that they know how much their parents (adoptive and birth) love them. They are already so loved, and we haven't even met them yet.

Adoption in Our Family

We feel that we are very fortunate that adoption has directly affected our lives. Josh's mom was adopted as an infant; though growing up, Josh never really knew a difference. The love that he received from his mother's parents was no different than that from his biological grandparents on his father's side. His mother always taught him that family was family and the unconditional love that a parent has for their child is the same no matter how that child comes into their lives. A large part of who Josh is today came through his relationship with his adoptive grandparents, which never would have been possible if his mother's birth parents hadn't made the selfless decision to place her for adoption. We are also very fortunate to have the blessing of having a more open adoption than that of Josh's mother. His mother never had the opportunity to know her ancestry or her biological family's medical information. She never got to have any contact with that part of her history, and because of that, neither did her children. We would not only cherish getting to know the birth mother of our child, but we would also reinforce to the child the importance of knowing where they came from. We have witnessed firsthand the love and opportunity an adoptive family can provide a child, and we would love nothing more than to be able to pass those lessons along and provide that to a child of our own.

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Relaxing in the Hammock
Relaxing in the Hammock
Josh Meeting Our Best Friend's Baby
Josh Meeting Our Best Friend's Baby
Josh Getting Some Batting Practice In
Josh Getting Some Batting Practice In
Patti on a Medical Mission Trip
Patti on a Medical Mission Trip
All Dressed Up for a Wedding
All Dressed Up for a Wedding
A Beautiful Tree at the Local Botanical Gardens
A Beautiful Tree at the Local Botanical Gardens
Cheering on the Atlanta Braves
Cheering on the Atlanta Braves
We Love to Go Hiking Together
We Love to Go Hiking Together
Trip to Pittsburgh
Trip to Pittsburgh
Lake Life is the Best Life!
Lake Life is the Best Life!
Josh Loves Mini Golf
Josh Loves Mini Golf
Patti Having Fun With Her Cousin's Kids
Patti Having Fun With Her Cousin's Kids
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Relaxing in the Hammock
Relaxing in the Hammock
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Josh Meeting Our Best Friend's Baby
Josh Meeting Our Best Friend's Baby
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Josh Getting Some Batting Practice In
Josh Getting Some Batting Practice In
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Patti on a Medical Mission Trip
Patti on a Medical Mission Trip
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All Dressed Up for a Wedding
All Dressed Up for a Wedding
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A Beautiful Tree at the Local Botanical Gardens
A Beautiful Tree at the Local Botanical Gardens
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Cheering on the Atlanta Braves
Cheering on the Atlanta Braves
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We Love to Go Hiking Together
We Love to Go Hiking Together
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Trip to Pittsburgh
Trip to Pittsburgh
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Lake Life is the Best Life!
Lake Life is the Best Life!
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Josh Loves Mini Golf
Josh Loves Mini Golf
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Patti Having Fun With Her Cousin's Kids
Patti Having Fun With Her Cousin's Kids

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a two story brick house in the same town in South Carolina that we grew up in. We love it so much here that we chose to move back to our hometown after we finished with college. Since moving to our house, we have put so much work into it to make it ours, painting and redecorating almost every room. We have lived in our house for over a year, and have kept the nursery empty while we have been praying for our child. We cannot wait to fill the nursery with everything our baby needs! We have a fenced in back yard, and Josh is excited to build a swing set for our child. Our house is in a gated community with two pools where lots of children spend time in the summer, tennis courts, golf courses, ponds to fish in or feed the ducks, and lots of trails to walk or learn how to ride a bike. We also live close to the local library, which has a wonderful playground that is always full of children playing. There is also a botanical garden with lots of ponds that we went to as kids to catch tadpoles. We cannot wait to show our child places like this that we loved as children. We love our house and our neighborhood, but it is too big for just the two of us. We cannot wait to fill our home with the love and laughter a child will bring!

Our Extended Families

Josh's Family

We both feel blessed to be so close to our families. Growing up, our siblings were some of our best friends, and they still are today. We are fortunate enough that our parents and siblings live in the same city as us, so we get to see them weekly for dinner or a game night. We feel especially lucky to live so close to Josh's brother and his wife, as they are expecting their first child! We cannot wait to be involved in that little baby's life and give them a cousin that they can grow up with! We are loved by so many aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents as well. Growing up, we each had grandparents in the area, which has given us so many great memories. One of Josh's favorite childhood memories is playing baseball with his dad and brother, usually with his grandpa watching on the sidelines. Josh is currently on a charity softball team with his brother and is keeping that tradition alive. Patti's extended family is unique in that her dad's side of the family gets together every Fourth of July at the family lake house- almost 40 people! Aunts, uncles, and cousins come from all over to be together to enjoy family time. Our families are so supportive of us adopting a child. They can't wait to meet our future child and include them in our favorite traditions. They already love this baby as much as we do!

Patti's Family

From Us to You

We would like to start by thanking you for taking the time to read our profile and getting to know us and our desire to grow our family through adoption. We have written and rewritten what we want to say to you to express our gratitude, but every time we feel that there are no words to adequately express what this means to us. Just by viewing our profile, you have become part of our adoption journey, and we will be eternally thankful for that. We know that you are making the hardest decision of your life, and we hope that by getting to know us, we have given you some sort of peace of mind as you move forward with your decision, whatever that may be.

We have been together for 13 years and married for 6 of those. In that time, we have always known we wanted to become parents and have talked frequently about the things that we most look forward to. We love our life together. We truly are best friends who enjoy spending time together, whether that is time as a couple or time with friends and family. We have a blessed life, but we feel something is missing from the dreams we have for our life together - a child.

We tried for years to have a biological child, putting ourselves through more disappointments than we thought we could handle. We were lucky though, to have come out the other side with a stronger marriage and an even stronger desire to become parents. Through everything, we have leaned on each other and on our incredible support system. Through all the heartache, we realized that there was a bigger plan for our family. We have faith that adoption is the way we were meant to grow our family. We truly believe that the baby that was meant to be ours, will find its way to us, as they are already here in our hearts.

We know that we can provide a child with a life full of love, happiness, and opportunities. We know that parenting will be hard at times, but we look forward to not only the joys of it but the challenges too. We know that our baby will teach us just as much as we will teach them. We have a strong community of family and friends who are just as hopeful and excited as we are about growing our family. We cannot wait to introduce our baby to the people that will form their village as they grow into the happy and caring child we hope they will be.

We know that this decision is one that you are not taking lightly, and we want you to know that the decision to adopt is one that we have not taken lightly either. We have put a lot of thought into what we will tell our child about their journey to us. Above all else, we want you to understand that we will give your child all the love we have in our hearts and will always let them know about the people that loved them first; the people that made the most selfless decision they could make for them by choosing the path of adoption. We would welcome your involvement in our child's life. We are happy to send updates, with pictures and stories, as well as keepsakes that mark the milestones in your child's life.

By choosing us to parent your child, you would truly be giving us the greatest gift in the world. There is nothing that we could do to thank you for that, but we can say that we would raise your child in a way that would always honor the courage and selflessness that you have shown. Your story and family history will always be one we will be proud to share with our child. It would be become one of the most important parts of our family's story if you choose us to parent your child.

We are so excited to become parents, and know that this journey in our lives would not be possible without you.

Thank you,

Josh & Patti

Favorites

Josh
Patti
Actor
Ryan Reynolds
Chris Hemsworth
Actress
Anna Kendrick
Kristen Wiig
Animal
Tiger
Pig
Author
Dan Brown
Nicholas Sparks
Book
DaVinci Code
Pippy Longstocking
Candy Bar
Reese's Cups
Snickers
Cartoon
Scooby Doo
The Rugrats
Childhood Memory
Fishing with my dad and grandpa
Playing dress up with my mom
Childhood Toy
Bike
Barbies
Children's Book
Green Eggs and Ham
I'll Love You Forever
City
Charleston SC
Charleston SC
Classic Movie
Wizard of Oz
Sound of Music
Color
Orange
Teal
Day of Week
Saturday
Saturday
Dessert
Cheesecake
Any kind of cookie
Disney Movie
Lion King
Beauty and the Beast
Dream Car
Dodge Viper
Any car with car seats!
Dream Job
Professional Athlete
Stay At Home Mom
Dream Vacation
Germany
Italy
Family Activity
Going to the lake
Going to the Beach
Flower / Plant
Willow tree
Daisy
Food
Hamburger
Pizza
Form of Exercise
Baseball
Walking
Fruit
Peach
Watermelon
Game
Monopoly
Skip-Bo
Hobby
Fishing
Crafting
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Holiday Song
Jingle Bells
Silent Night
Holiday Tradition
Fireworks on the Fourth of July
Baking Christmas cookies with my mom
Ice Cream
Salted Caramel
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Junk Food
Kettle cooked potato chips
Popcorn
Leisure Activity
Golfing
Reading
Magazine
Sports Illustrated
Real Simple
Memory with a Child
Coaching children's baseball camp
Watching my best friend's baby girl grow into a feisty 3 year old
Memory with Spouse
Trips to Charleston SC
Our Honeymoon to Punta Cana
Movie
The Sandlot
Ghosbusters (the new one!)
Movie Munchie
Popcorn
Popcorn with lots of butter
Movie Quote
"You're killing me smalls" (The Sandlot)
"Nobody puts baby in a corner" (Dirty Dancing)
Movie Type
Adventure
Romantic Comedy
Musical
Grease
Rent
Musical Group
Zac Brown Band
Backstreet Boys
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Olympic Event
All of them!
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
My dad
My mom
Play
Hamlet
Romeo and Juliet
Poet
T.S. Eliot
Shell Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
How much she cares about other people
He can always make me laugh
Quote
"Those who dare to fail miserably can acheive greatly" (JFK)
"Find out who you are and do it on purpose" (Dolly Parton)
Restaurant
Primanti Brothers
Condado Tacos
Sandwich
Italian sub
Chicken Salad
Scripture
John 3:16
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Shopping Store
Academy Outdoors
Target
Song
The Dance (Garth Brooks)
I Won't Give Up (Jason Mraz)
Sport to Play
Baseball
Soccer
Sport to Watch
Football
Football
Sports Star
Chipper Jones
JJ Watt
Sports Team
Pittsburgh Steelers
Clemson Tigers
Subject in School
Science
Biology
Superhero
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Meatloaf
Pasta
Time of Day
Evening
Evening
Tradition
Going to a Pittsburgh Steelers game every year
Spending the Fourth of July at my family's lake house
TV Show
Scrubs
Fixer Upper
TV Show Character
Shawn Spencer (Psych)
Jessica Day (New Girl)
Type of Music
Country
Pop
Vacation Spot
Any lake
Lakewood NY
Video Game
NCAA Football
Tetris

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