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Joseph & Angie
God has led us on a journey to adoption. We are so excited to become parents though the gift of adoption. Our hearts are full of so much love that we can't wait to share with a child. We are so grateful that you are taking the time to learn a little about us, thank you! Please know that you are in our prayers.
Adoption in Our Lives
From Angie: Adoption has profoundly affected our lives. When I was a teenager my parents adopted twice. Both my little brother Dominic and little sister Mary were 7-week-old babies when they joined our family. They are two of the biggest blessings God has ever given me. I can't imagine my life without them. They are my best friends. I couldn't love them any more than I do.
Since I was a teenager when my parents adopted, I was able to witness first hand their journey of adoption. It has allowed me to see what an amazing blessing adoption is. It's just the norm in my family. It seems so fitting that Joseph and I are now on our own adoption journey.
Dominic and Mary are African American. So we have had the experience of having a multi-racial family already. We think it's going to be so amazing for both Dominic and Mary and our child to have each other. Our child will have an aunt and uncle that not only share their adoption background but their racial background as well.
Our Life Priorities
Our top priority as a family is our Faith. We try to live our faith day in and day out. We go to Mass every Sunday and are actively involved in our church ministries and activities. Angie currently works with the youth and families at our church.
We also prioritize spending time together. We eat meals together, have hobbies together (like golfing, watching movies, going walking/hiking, attending community events etc.), and pray together. Supporting each other as husband and wife and having a healthy marriage are very important to us. We try our best to work at this daily.
Having "stuff" is not a priority for us. We are grateful for the blessings the Lord has provided for us, but things are not the goal of our life. We value God, each other, family, and friends most of all!
Fun Facts About Us:
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a small town in Northern Minnesota. We are surrounded by nature, woods, lakes and wildlife. We also have stores, restaurants, and pretty much anything we need right in town. Our community is very supportive and loving. We have summer, fall, and winter festivals with wonderful activities. Our community is an amazing, wonderful place to live.
There are many other families with children, especially in our Church community that will be great friends and playmates for our child as they grow up. We have wonderful parks, playgrounds, as well as walking and hiking trails. There are so many children's activities to choose from like T-ball/baseball, basketball, cross country skiing, faith formation classes, dance class, and so much more!
We have a three bedroom house with room for us, our two English Bulldogs and a child! Our favorite room in the house is our screened-in front porch. We look forward to spending family time out there, especially reading books!
Our Extended Families
Angie comes from a family of 6. Her two youngest siblings, who were adopted as infants and are African American, are teenagers and still live at home with her parents. She also has an adult brother that lives out of state. We visit her parents' house often. We love to play board games, cards, and video games. We also like to see movies, go to arcades and many other fun activities when we visit. We laugh a lot and there is so much love shared.
We love spending holidays together. Especially Christmas. But our Thanksgiving tradition has become pretty special, too. Joseph's parents come to Angie's parents and we all have one big Thanksgiving together.
Joseph comes from a family of 4. He has one identical twin brother, Ben, who lives with his wife about 8 hours from us. We get together with Joseph's parents quite often and they love coming to visit and stay with us. We usually go on a New Year's mini-vacation with Joseph's side of the family.
Both of our families are very excited for our adoption plan. This child will be the first grandchild on either side and everyone is waiting to love him or her!
From Us to You
First of all, we want you to know that you are a wonderful, amazing person. We are so humbled by the fact that you are taking the time to get to know us. We understand that the journey you are on is not easy. We have been and will continue to support you with our prayers.
We have been married for four years. We longed to be parents from the very beginning, but after two years of trying we found out it's not possible for us to conceive. We believe that adoption is how we are called to be parents. We are so hopeful and joy-filled that this is the journey that God has led us on to become parents.
Joseph is a math instructor at our local community college. He enjoys helping students to learn and to grow. Angie is the Director of Evangelization and Formation at our church. Basically, she leads the kids, youth and families of our parish to learn the faith, helps them encounter Jesus and choose to live for him. She loves her job and the work the Lord has called her to do. We are a happy, loving couple who love to laugh, joke, play, work hard, and journey through life with the hope of God's plans for our future.
We want you to know that if you choose us to parent your child we will love that child with all that we have and all that we are. We will teach and instill in them values and morals that will help them to become a healthy, independent, loving, caring person. As parents to your child we will play together, read together, learn about Jesus together, share in daily life together and journey through life's ups and downs together. We look forward to being a family! We feel very blessed that because Angie can bring baby to work and Joseph has a flexible schedule we will not need to rely on outside child care.
Our extend families are also waiting with joyful anticipation for us to become parents. Your child will have four loving grandparents and many aunts and uncles to love them, too. Angie has two siblings that were adopted and are African American, so our family is already bi-racial and we feel blessed that your child will have an aunt and uncle to share in experiences of adoption and race with.
Our church family is also eagerly waiting for us to welcome a child into our family. They recently supported us with a fundraiser breakfast to help with our Adoption. Your child is already so loved and so wanted by so many.
We can hardly imagine what it is like for you to be faced with the decision you are making. We want to love and support you though this journey. If you choose us to parent your child, you will always be a part of our lives. We will send pictures and letters, we will email, call, text and keep you updated if that is what you desire. We are also open to future visits. Your child will know about you and the beautiful, difficult decision of love you made for them.
Thank you. Thank you for giving your child life. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. Thank you for considering us to parent your child. Please know, you are loved. You are not alone. We are praying for you.
With warmest regards,
Joseph & Angie
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