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Joel & Melanie

We want to thank you for taking the time to review our profile. We are excited to grow our family and share the love we have in our hearts with a child. We know that we will be great parents and look forward to the adventures the future holds.

About Us

Joel
Melanie
Job
Sales
Assistant
Education
Some College - Studied Jewelry Technology
Bachelor's Degree in Business Management
Children
None
Relationship
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

Joel With His Mother & Siblings

Joel is the youngest of four children. His two oldest siblings, a sister and then a brother, were adopted at birth. We've talked with them through our journey to adoption. They have both said that they feel blessed that their birth parents chose adoption to give them the loving and caring home they grew up in.

Our entire family has always been very open about the adoption stories of Joel's brother and sister. Joel's sister and her birth mother connected later in life, but sadly her birth mother has since passed away. Although she did connect with her birth mother, she does wish she knew more her biological history. This is something we wish differently for our child. As we begin our own adoption journey, we look forward to sharing our child's life with his/her birth family and keeping in contact through the years through pictures and emails as they grow.

Our entire family is supportive of our decision to adopt and they cannot wait to meet the newest member of the family!

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other

We Can't Wait to Become Parents!

Joel About Melanie: Melanie and I met at work. I was told by several friends that you shouldn't date coworkers, but, it was probably the best decision I ever made. I was very persistent and she finally gave in! On my first visit to meet the family, I got to see how much family meant to her. She has four Godchildren total, two of which are her niece and nephew. From the time she walked in the door they were pretty much right by her side. I could see the family become whole again just in the few minutes of being there. There are so many things about her that I love. Mostly because of her loving spirit, she lights up any room she walks into. She is very supportive of me even when I am down. She knows the right times to be silly and goofy. She will be a great mom.

Melanie About Joel: When I first met Joel, I wasn't sure we were going to click. He quickly made me realize that I was wrong. He showed me early on what a loving, generous, kind person he is. We met through our job, and even though we worked in different departments, we quickly became friends. He was always offering to help anyone that needed it. He makes me laugh all the time, it's hard to stay upset about anything, he just won't have it! I love his love for his parents and family. His eyes shine when he talks about them.

Family Traditions

Between both sides of our family, there are many traditions that we look forward to continuing with a child. Both families have large celebrations for Christmas, with decorating, lots of cooking together, baking, shopping, and sharing old holiday memories. In Louisiana, we attend many Mardi Gras parades with family and friends. For Easter, we have egg hunts, dye eggs as a family, and attend church service. Our home is overly decorated for nearly every holiday.

Other traditions involve yearly trips to the beach, trips to Arkansas for 4th of July gatherings with Joel's family, and family putt putt golf games when on vacation. We also have a New Year's Eve get together with family and close friends where we play board games and have a very competitive Wii Bowling tournament and then pop fireworks at midnight. There is also a huge spread of food for everyone to enjoy.

We look forward to sharing these and making new traditions with a child someday!

Video

Photos

Ready to Cheer for Our Niece at Her Softball Game
Ready to Cheer for Our Niece at Her Softball Game
Melanie Reading With Her Goddaughter
Melanie Reading With Her Goddaughter
Camping Weekend
Camping Weekend
Swimming With Our Nephew
Swimming With Our Nephew
Color Run With Family to Benefit a Special Needs Group in Our Community
Color Run With Family to Benefit a Special Needs Group in Our Community
Another Hike Down the Nature Trail While on a Camping Trip
Another Hike Down the Nature Trail While on a Camping Trip
Joel & His Niece Canoeing
Joel & His Niece Canoeing
Extended Family on a Camping/Beach Trip Together
Extended Family on a Camping/Beach Trip Together
A Peaceful Day at the Beach
A Peaceful Day at the Beach
Waiting in Line at the Waterslide
Waiting in Line at the Waterslide
Putting the Last Minute Touches on Some Christmas Treats
Putting the Last Minute Touches on Some Christmas Treats
Enjoying a Round of Putt Putt
Enjoying a Round of Putt Putt
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Ready to Cheer for Our Niece at Her Softball Game
Ready to Cheer for Our Niece at Her Softball Game
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Melanie Reading With Her Goddaughter
Melanie Reading With Her Goddaughter
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Camping Weekend
Camping Weekend
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Swimming With Our Nephew
Swimming With Our Nephew
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Color Run With Family to Benefit a Special Needs Group in Our Community
Color Run With Family to Benefit a Special Needs Group in Our Community
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Another Hike Down the Nature Trail While on a Camping Trip
Another Hike Down the Nature Trail While on a Camping Trip
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Joel & His Niece Canoeing
Joel & His Niece Canoeing
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Extended Family on a Camping/Beach Trip Together
Extended Family on a Camping/Beach Trip Together
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A Peaceful Day at the Beach
A Peaceful Day at the Beach
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Waiting in Line at the Waterslide
Waiting in Line at the Waterslide
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Putting the Last Minute Touches on Some Christmas Treats
Putting the Last Minute Touches on Some Christmas Treats
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Enjoying a Round of Putt Putt
Enjoying a Round of Putt Putt

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Cozy Home

We live in a very culturally diverse neighborhood. There are many families in the surrounding area with other children that are always out playing basketball or riding bicycles. The community is always hosting some event open to the public: Mardi Gras parades, omelet festival, cracklin' cook-offs, herb and garden festivals, an annual town fair, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas in the park, and much more. There's a neighborhood park nearby with a playground and picnic area. We also have a state park nearby that we enjoy going to for camping, picnics, hiking, fishing, and canoeing.

Our home is a two bedroom, two and a half bath home with two living rooms. One of the living rooms has become the family game room/playroom. Our yard is spacious for a growing child to play soccer, football, or chase. We also have a camper, which is our home away from home. We enjoy camping locally, as well as taking long weekend trips to the beach.

Our Extended Families

Melanie's Family

Melanie's family lives close by, and we get to see them often. Melanie has two siblings and three nieces/nephews. When we're together, we like to play family games such as yard games, Wii bowling tournaments, or cards. Extended family and close family friends are always around to help celebrate loved ones birthdays or holidays. We have monthly birthday gatherings to celebrate any birthdays of that month with lots of food, games, and fun. For major holidays, we have many on-going traditions such as bake day where we make 10-15 different holiday treats for visitors to enjoy, as well as egg hunts, or cookouts just to name a few.

Joel's Family

Joel's family lives a little farther away, about a 6 hour car ride. Joel has three siblings and six nieces/nephews. We don't get to see them nearly as often as we would like to. However, when we are together, it's always a good time. We go to the farm to ride 4-wheelers or horses, we swim in their pool, go shopping, watch sports games and more. We travel to see them every other Christmas and sometimes get to enjoy a white Christmas. For football games, there's always a large lunch/treat spread to enjoy throughout the day.

Both families are excited to welcome a new baby into the family. They look forward to teaching this child our family traditions and backgrounds as well as making many new memories and traditions.

From Us to You

We want to start by saying thank you. Thank you for considering adoption for your child. Thank you for taking the time to read our letter. Thank you for giving us a chance by getting to know us.

We met in June 2009 and were married in 2011. We love to travel and do so often. We took a road trip once from Louisiana to Georgia, Washington, D.C., and back to Louisiana. Talk about a long trip that was definitely fun, but such a loooong way back home!

We enjoy camping on the weekends with family and friends. While camping, we like to cook out, hike, bike ride, play cards or board games, or just sit and visit. We love to just be goofy. We try not to let the other one stew in a bad day by making jokes or just being silly by dancing around the kitchen to music. This helps us stay positive, even on rough days that we know we all have. We play competitive games, but all in good fun. Both of us also like to read as it helps to grow the mind.

We were eager and open to start a family right away, but that wasn't in the plans for us. We've spent the last six years hoping for a child. We've grown together as a couple and look forward to expanding our family through adoption.

As overwhelming of a situation this might be for us, we can in no way fully understand what you are going through. This, we're sure, is one of the toughest decisions you will ever make. We want you to know that we'll be here to support you. We want you to know that if we're chosen, this child will grow up in loving household with two parents that will do everything in their power to help them grow into a successful adult and knowing they can do anything they put their mind and energy into. Our household is a Christian house, Melanie is Catholic and Joel is Baptist. While we grew up and practice two different religions, the basics are the same. This baby will know they were put into your life and ours for reasons beyond our knowledge, only God knows the answer to that. They will know that our paths crossed to help provide them with a future that holds whatever they want it to be. We will be supportive in whatever they do, whether it's school, sports, clubs, girl/boy scouts, etc. This child will be surrounded by a large support group. Between great-grandma, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, they'll have an extended family of around 45 people that will love them unconditionally, and spoil them rotten we're sure!

We look forward to sharing their progress and life with you. We'll send pictures and emails to you as they grow. We never want you to worry about the life you've chosen for them if you choose us.

Sincerely,

Joel & Melanie

Favorites

Joel
Melanie
Actor
Will Smith
Tom Cruise
Actress
Emma Watson
Reese Witherspoon
Animal
Tiger
elephants
Author
J.K. Rowling
Nicholas Sparks
Book
Harry Potter
Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks
Candy Bar
Reeses Peanut Butter Cup
Reese's
Cartoon
Tom and Jerry
Flintstones
Childhood Memory
fishing in the boat with my Dad
family vacation to Six Flags
Childhood Toy
Hotwheels
trolls
Children's Book
Curious George
Berenstain bears
City
Galveston
Dallas
Classic Movie
The Cowboys
The Wizard of Oz
Color
purple and gold
green
Day of Week
Saturday
Thursday
Dessert
Tiramisu
double layer cookie cake
Disney Movie
Lion King
Little Mermaid
Dream Car
65 Corvette Convertible
Chevy Trailblazer
Dream Job
be my own boss
stay at home mom
Dream Vacation
Disney World
tour of Italy
Family Activity
camping
camping
Flower / Plant
yellow rose
dahlia
Food
italian
chicken and sausage gumbo
Form of Exercise
swimming
walking
Fruit
strawberries
strawberry
Game
Texas holdem
Wii bowling
Hobby
cooking
reading
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Christmas
Holiday Song
carol of the bells
Mary Did You Know
Holiday Tradition
looking at Christmas lights
waking up with family on Christmas morning to the excited squeals of children
Ice Cream
neopolitan
chocolate or cookies and cream
Junk Food
chili cheese dogs
chips and dip
Leisure Activity
video games
camping
Magazine
GQ
home & Garden
Memory with a Child
rocking my nephew to sleep
taking one of my nieces on her first airplane ride
Memory with Spouse
marriage proposal
cruise to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cacun
Movie
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Top Gun
Movie Munchie
popcorn with lots of butter
M&Ms
Movie Quote
You're right. I'm going to die, you're going to die, we're all going to die, just not today. - from the movie Battleship
You don't want the truth, because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall. - A Few Good Men
Movie Type
Action Adventure
adventure
Musical
Grease
Annie
Musical Group
Old Dominion
Maroon 5
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Twinkle Twinkle
Olympic Event
swimming
Gymnastics
Personal Hero
Dad
My maternal grandfather
Play
Oklahoma
Annie
Poet
Edgar Allen Poe
Shel Silverstein
Quality about my Spouse
The Way She Lights Up a Room When She Walks In
His Generous & Loving Heart
Quote
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
You are who you are for a reason.
Restaurant
Olive Garden
La Carretta
Sandwich
monte christo
Sunway melt on herb and cheese bread
Scripture
John 14:6
Matthew 25:40 - Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
Shopping Store
Buckle
Hobby Lobby or Kirklands
Song
Baby Blue by George Strait
I Wanna Be That Song
Sport to Play
Bowling
Soccer
Sport to Watch
football
softball
Sports Star
Nolan Ryan
my niece
Sports Team
LSU
LSU
Subject in School
Journalism
math
Superhero
Superman
Superman
Thing to Cook
grilled steak
seafood
Time of Day
morning
lunchtime
Tradition
waking up with family for holidays
birthday get togethers with the family
TV Show
NCIS
The Big Bang Theory
TV Show Character
Agent Hanna
Rajesh Koothrappali
Type of Music
Country
Country
Vacation Spot
Grand Cayman
any pretty white beach
Video Game
Grand Theft Auto
Mario

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