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Josh & Emily

Hello! We are Josh and Emily. Thank you for taking time to read our profile. We are very excited about bringing another child into our hearts and home through adoption. We hope to offer a home that is full of love, music, laughter, and memories for a child. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you explore adoption for your child.

About Us

Engineering Technician
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Legally Married

Adoption in Our Lives

The Day We Met Kathryn

Adoption has affected our lives in the best way possible as it allowed us to become parents. When we first started down the path of adoption, we were excited and nervous about becoming parents. Through the adoption of our daughter, life brought on a whole new meaning. Every day brings new challenges and surprises. Watching her learn to make funny faces, say new words, or eat new foods, it is these small moments each day that mean more than we could have ever imagined. There are fun and exciting times, such as a birthday or learning to take those first steps. There are also difficult times, such as bandaging up a skinned knee or waking up in the middle of the night to calm her when she is scared and crying. We look forward to sharing many special times with another child.

Adoption has also opened up many conversations with friends who are going through the same issues with infertility that we did. We believe the story of a child’s adoption is one to be cherished. We like to share our story and we find ourselves being advocates for adoption and love to discuss our journey with others. Adoption has given us the opportunity to be parents to the greatest gift that anyone could ever give and we are eternally grateful every day to be able to share, love, and hold our child.

Our Leisure Time

Enjoying a Trip to Wrigley Field

In our free time, we like to spend time in the city and the country. On our date nights, we enjoy attending concerts downtown. We also enjoy spending time in the outdoors, going for walks. We want to share these passions with our children.

Josh has been playing guitar and piano for 26 years and enjoys playing in our church's praise band. He also enjoys fishing and looks forward to teaching our children to fish one day. He also volunteers in the community through a local program that fixes up elderly people's homes. Emily has always enjoyed being creative and likes to sew items friends having babies. She also enjoys baking, especially our daughter's birthday cakes. She can't wait to share this hobby with another child. Gardening is part of her free time in the summer, and she loves teaching our daughter how to care for our plants.

We are both excited to welcome another child into our everyday lives. Whether it is taking walks at the park or going to swim lessons at the local pool, we are ready to shape and cherish another young life that will be full of love, caring, and making special memories. We look forward to getting to know the child's personality and interests.

How We Met

We have been friends for what seems like a lifetime. We met as juniors in a high school French class. Josh offered to teach Emily how to play the guitar and through these lessons our friendship grew, though Emily only learned a few chords! During senior year, we went to prom together, but just as friends. Then after graduation, on a weekend camping trip with friends, Josh asked Emily to be his girlfriend. Through college, our love for each other grew as we studied at rival universities that were two hours apart. After college, we moved to the same city, living in separate apartments, but all the time growing closer. After three years we married. We have been married now for ten years but have known each other for 20 years. Over the past two years parenting our first child, we have learned so much about each other. We look forward to starting the next chapter of our lives as we grow our family.



Our Happy Family
Our Happy Family
Date Night
Date Night
Playing Guitar with Dad
Playing Guitar with Dad
Time to Trick or Treat
Time to Trick or Treat
On a Trip to Boston
On a Trip to Boston
Snow Day!
Snow Day!
Cooking with Mommy
Cooking with Mommy
Christmas as a Family
Christmas as a Family
Great Night at the Symphony
Great Night at the Symphony
Fun Fall Hayride
Fun Fall Hayride
Fun in Chicago
Fun in Chicago
We Can't Wait to be a Family of Four!
We Can't Wait to be a Family of Four!
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Our Happy Family
Our Happy Family
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Date Night
Date Night
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Playing Guitar with Dad
Playing Guitar with Dad
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Time to Trick or Treat
Time to Trick or Treat
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On a Trip to Boston
On a Trip to Boston
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Snow Day!
Snow Day!
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Cooking with Mommy
Cooking with Mommy
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Christmas as a Family
Christmas as a Family
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Great Night at the Symphony
Great Night at the Symphony
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Fun Fall Hayride
Fun Fall Hayride
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Fun in Chicago
Fun in Chicago
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We Can't Wait to be a Family of Four!
We Can't Wait to be a Family of Four!

Our Extended Families

Celebrating Kathryn's Baptism

We both come from loving families. Josh's parents have been married for 39 years and live nearby. Josh has a younger brother who is married with two children and lives just minutes from our house. We enjoy playing Legos with our nephews and spending time together as a family eating meals. Josh's mother is one of ten children, so we attend very large family gatherings filled with aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins, one of which is adopted. There are plenty of kids playing every time they get together!

Emily's Family

Emily has a blended family. Emily has an older half-brother who is married with two children. Emily and her half-sister are very close, though they are years apart in age. For many years, Emily lived with her mom and spent weekends with her dad. This made the bond with each of her parents strong. Today, both Emily's mother and father live nearby. We enjoy going to museums with Emily's family.

Every Thanksgiving, we host a dinner for both sets of parents and siblings. Josh uses a smoker to cook the turkey and we have stuffing and homemade pie. Our families enjoy spending time talking and watching football. Our parents and siblings have walked through our journey to build a family and are excited to add another child to the family. Your child will be surrounded by a loving extended family who will teach, care for, and help raise your child into a wonderful person.

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

Our four-bedroom home is located in a suburban neighborhood just minutes from a major metropolitan area. Our house has a traditional eclectic style with a mix of antiques given to us by family members and modern furniture. We live in the middle of the street and all the neighbors are so friendly. Many of the them have young of school age kids. Our daughter enjoys playing t-ball in the backyard or riding her tricycle along the sidewalk of our street. There is also a neighborhood pool. Emily really enjoys taking our daughter to swim while she is home on summer break! There are also fun neighborhood events, like a neighborhood barbeque on the Fourth of July.

Our Backyard

Just minutes from our house is a popular local park. The park has play equipment and swings, as well as a walking path. In the summer, the park hosts a music festival and children’s theater. Over the years we have enjoyed taking our daughter to listen to live music. We also enjoy going to the nearby zoo. Our favorite animal to see is the giraffes. We also love riding the train! We can’t wait to bring another child to the zoo to enjoy the animals!

From Us to You

Hello! We are Josh and Emily. We have been married for 10 years but have been friends for 20 years, which seems like a lifetime. We would like to thank you for reading a little bit about us and for considering us as potential parents for your child.

We believe life is a journey. Our journey to become parents began five years ago, when we went through infertility treatments, visiting multiple doctors, and were unsuccessful. Through this process, we realized that God had a different plan for us to build a family. We welcomed our daughter into our family through the process of adoption two years ago. We believe that she is a great blessing. We look forward to welcoming another child into our family through adoption.

The journey to adoption starts with two families that meet to form one loving family. Though we don't know how your journey has led you to consider adoption, we are thankful that you are open to this choice for your child. We are committed to loving and caring for another child and giving him or her every possible opportunity to succeed in life. We are hopeful that by reading a little more about us that our journeys may lead us to each other.

We both come from loving families who can't wait to have another family member. Our parents- the grandparents- can't wait to spoil another grandchild, whether it's Josh's dad teaching a child how to fish or Emily's mom pushing her grandchild on the swings at the park. Our siblings also can't wait to become aunts and uncles to a new little one. We look forward to sharing family traditions with another child, especially around Christmas time when we go to Christmas Eve service with Josh's family and open presents on Christmas morning with Emily's family. Every member of our family is excited about the opportunity to create everlasting memories and the chance to teach, love, and cherish a new family member.

From the time your child is young, he or she will know about their adoption story. We plan to explain adoption to your child as soon as they are able to understand what the adoption process means. Emily has a love of books and plans to read children's books with the child to help them understand how all families are different. She wants to create a scrapbook for the child about their adoption story as well. We plan to tell the child that by giving us the ability to become parents again, you gave us the greatest gift anyone can give.

As the child grows, we plan to answer any questions they have regarding their adoption. We think it is special that your child will have a sibling who is also adopted, so they can share the experience together. We feel very connected to our own Russian and German heritage. We celebrate traditions, food, and holidays that reflect these cultures. We hope to teach this child about their heritage through reading books and going to cultural events in our area. We also feel it is important that you stay connected to your child. We plan on sending you letters and pictures, as well as emails if you wish that share how your child is growing.

Thank you for taking time to learn more about us. We know that this journey may not be easy for you, and we are thankful that you are considering adoption as one of your options. We would be eternally grateful if you chose us to be parents to your child.


Josh & Emily


Polar bears
Herman Melville
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Moby Dick
Pride and Prejudice
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Childhood Memory
Getting a guitar for Christmas
Becoming a big sister
Children's Book
The Little Engine that Could
Oh the Places You'll Go!
Day of Week
Ice cream
Family Activity
Going to the Zoo
Playing music
Holiday Tradition
Getting together with family
Opening presents Christmas morning
Ice Cream
Chocolate chip cookie dough
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Playing musical instruments
Memory with a Child
Family Trips to the Zoo
Eating Breakfast Together Every Morning
Memory with Spouse
Taking vacations
Going to the ocean together
Shawshank Redemption
Sixteen Candles
Movie Munchie
Movie Type
Romantic comedies
Sound of Music
Phantom of the Opera
Musical Group
Ben Folds Five
Nursery Rhyme
Rock a Bye Baby
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Olympic Event
Edgar Allen Poe
Emily Dickinson
Quality about my Spouse
Her Caring Personality
His Intelligence
Cheese burger
Shopping Store
Home Depot
I Want to Hold Your Hand
Long Time Nothing New by Pete Yorn
Sport to Watch
Subject in School
English Language Arts
Thing to Cook
Anything with Pasta
TV Show
Gilmore Girls
Type of Music
Alternative Rock
Vacation Spot
Southern US

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