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Josh & Deidra
We absolutely love being parents and consider it a great honor. As parents, we want to raise a family who deeply love and support one another and who make an impact on those around us. We have always wanted a larger family and it would bring us great joy to grow our family through adoption. We can't thank you enough for taking time to read our profile.
Our Leisure Time
On a typical day, we will spend time outside while grilling out, we will dance and sing while playing music, and we will end the day with a good book. Elliot’s favorite way to spend the day is playing outside with his trucks or riding in his ride-along car for walks in the neighborhood. If he is inside, he loves listening to music while he is jumping in the ball pit or playing with trains.
On the weekends, we like to pursue our hobbies of music, hiking, kayaking, sports, and art. We both play guitar and it is important that we share our love of music with our children and expose them to many different styles: from jazz to classical, bluegrass to electronic, and to everything in between! Being active is also very important to us and we will encourage our children to find what type of activities they enjoy the most. It may be something we enjoy such as volleyball, basketball, or tennis; or it may be something new altogether. Since we also love art, we will encourage our children to find the art that they love. It may be writing music like Josh, quilting like Deidra, or something else such as painting or design. We are so excited to share our favorite things in life with our children, but also excited to see what new favorites our children will add to that list.
Fun Facts About Us
1. We are always dancing and beat boxing to music at home.
2. We love to grill out and try new recipes (Yummm!)
3. We build forts in the playroom out of sheets, chairs, and cardboard boxes for the kids, but we secretly love it the most!
4. We would love to get a beach house one day, as we both love reading on the beach!
5. We have both been skydiving and want to encourage our kids to seek all sorts of adventure.
6. Josh proposed to Deidra with a song he wrote while playing guitar.
7. We love waterfalls and have visited over 50 in the US. We cannot wait to share our love of hiking and waterfall chasing with our kids.
8. We have snorkeled with manatees and are excited to share our love of animals and nature with our children one day.
9. Music is a big part of our lives. We both play the guitar and already have a baby piano for our kids to play!
10. We love collecting books as a family and we are slowly growing our little library.
We are so excited in the anticipation of adding another child to our family and we are proud to share their birth story with them from the beginning. Even starting with children's books, we will have the culture of adoption immersed in our home. We also are part of a church that has many adoptive families which will allow us to raise our children around other families who have grown through adoption as well. By raising our children in an environment of familiarity with adoption, we hope to create a comfortable setting for open conversations. As our child grows, we will be there for every question and discussion that they want to have about their beginning.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburb outside of a southeastern city in a friendly neighborhood. We chose our home because it is close to family and it is perfect for hosting events. In our home, we enjoy spending most of our time in the kitchen for family dinners together or hanging out in the playroom with our son. Almost every afternoon you can look out our front window and see kids riding their bikes and playing ball in the cul-de-sac. We live within walking distance to three parks as well as the neighborhood library, pool, and elementary school. On a typical day, we enjoy playing in the backyard, taking our dog Penny for a walk, and taking our son to the playground. Our neighborhood is very lively with many traditions and even has a weekly farmers market. Our favorite tradition happens on Halloween when there are friends sitting around fire pits, haunted houses, and even movie screenings in our neighbor’s front yards. In addition to all of the wonderful amenities close by, we live close enough to the beach and mountains to make an easy weekend trip to either.
Our Extended Families
We are both blessed with incredible parents who live close by. Grandma and PawPaw love dancing, working on the train layout, and playing games with their three grandkids. MiMi and PawPaw Rick enjoy tending to the farm animals and making sugar cookies together in the kitchen with their eight grandchildren. Paw and Di love playing the guitar, fishing, and riding in the pontoon boat with their grandson.
We are also very involved with our extended families as well. Deidra is an only child but has a large and continuously growing extended family who get together often for a holiday or birthday celebration. We are a very active family so when we are together there are always children running around and outdoor activities going on like volleyball and beanbag toss. We relax in between games to enjoy some food off the grill followed by some traditional homemade ice-cream!
Josh’s family is smaller but just as loud and fun. As a family, we love spending time at the lake together. There is typically music playing and people dancing when we get together. We also like to play board games and video games for some family fun. Overall, we have a very supportive family who are all so excited in the hopes of adding a new family member to our lives through adoption!
From Us to You
We could never put into words all of our emotions as we write this to you. Thank you for considering adoption and for taking time to get to know more about us. We hope you will see the love we already have for this child. We will never know your thoughts and emotions as you make this decision, but we do know a few things about the life your child would have as our family:
They will be forever loved and cherished. From the beginning of our relationship, we knew that we wanted a larger family and adoption was always a part of that plan. We never knew how that plan would work out but we trusted God with our future. After five years of marriage, we decided to start our family and were blessed with an amazing little boy. Following the birth of our son, Deidra experienced medical complications and was advised not to become pregnant again. In our hearts, we know it is time for us to start the adoption process because we know someone is still missing from our home.
They will have a large, close-knit and supportive family. We are blessed with over thirty family members who we see regularly. When you have a strong foundation of such a large family, there are always people ready to embark on life’s journeys together. Because we have always had that, we would love nothing more than for our family to keep growing. A child in this family will always have friends to play with growing up who will turn into confidants as they grow older together. They will have their small moments made grand because so many people will be there rooting them on at every event, and all those weekends in between. They will also have a fun and loving big brother. Elliot gives lots of hugs throughout the day and he loves to stop and say hello to all of our neighbors as we pass by on our walks. He also loves to play with other babies and thinks it is fun to help them with their toys. We are very excited to encourage friendship between our children to strengthen a bond that will last a lifetime.
They will be celebrated for the things that make them unique. Our parents always encouraged us to be proud of who we are, whether or not it makes us different from those around us. We believe that just as each child is unique, each family is unique and we will embrace the elements that make us special as individuals and as a family. Adoption is just one aspect that will make our family unique and we are proud to share our child’s birth story with them from the start. We plan to tell and re-tell the adoption story, adding more details as they grow older and can better understand it. If you so choose, we would keep you connected to your child through letters and pictures throughout the years because we would value your roll in this family.
We know that you have a difficult decision ahead of you. A decision that we will never be able to relate to, but will always be able to pray for. We will continue to pray for peace, guidance, and courage to do what you feel is right for both you and your child. We believe that you are strong no matter what decision you make. We simply want you to know that any child who is put into our arms will grow with a never-ending love that surrounds them. They will grow up and go after their dreams for we will always encourage them to be who they want to be in life. We will also embrace their amazing life story by reminding them they are more than a blessing to us, but also a blessing to a beautiful mother.
Josh & Deidra
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