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Josh & Amy
We believe life always gives you challenges along the way. Some challenges are tougher than others but what matters is the outcome. We are very lucky that life has led us to the path of adoption and to have you viewing our profile. We are excited about what the future holds and our next journey with a child. We look forward to you considering us as your child's adoptive parents.
Our Leisure Time
We enjoy going to festivals throughout the year. Most of the festivals are outside and always have music, food and games for all ages. Every Sunday we have “movie night,” taking turns each week on what movie we will be watching that night. We also love watching sports, especially football. Amy, originally from Michigan, is a Lions fans while Josh, originally from Ohio, is a Bengals fan. In addition, we both love every Florida Gator sport! When fall arrives, we go for hikes to find waterfalls and enjoy fires in our backyard at night.
In honor of our son, we also take part in various Leukemia Lymphoma Society fundraiser (LLS) events to raise money that will help fight cancer. Once a year, in Florida, we are part of a fundraiser that includes our parents and extended family to raise money for a cure. We are very passionate about being part of charities that have touched us.
What it Means to be Parents
Being parents was one of the most joyful experiences we have had throughout our life. Even though our son was diagnosed with leukemia at 7 months old, we still enjoyed every moment with him (either good or bad). What we liked most about parenting was giving unconditional love to someone. Regardless how difficult it was once our son was diagnosed, our love for him gave us so much strength to continue. We enjoyed every single first he had (first step, first word, first birthday, first friend). Being parents has shown us how much influence you have on the child. From the way they react to mimicking our phrases. By being parents, we are growing the future of the world.
How We Met
Approximately 13 years ago, we met at Josh’s graduation party. Amy was invited through a friend of a friend. Not wanting to go empty handed, Amy bought a high school graduation card and made some spaghetti salad for the BBQ Josh's parents were throwing him. Once Amy got there, Josh sat next to Amy and started talking to her. He stated that it was his graduation party and he wanted to make sure Amy was having fun. Confused on his age, Amy asked Josh where he graduated from and Josh told her the University of Florida. Embarrassed, Amy told Josh she thought it was a high school graduation. We both laughed when Amy told Josh she even got him a high school graduation card. Amy programmed her number in Josh's phone before she left. Within a week, Josh called Amy and we went out on our first date. From that point on, we have been inseparable.
Our House and Neighborhood
While we have recently moved to North Carolina, this was a state we have always enjoyed visiting. Surrounding us, we have mountains, waterfalls, hiking trails, fresh water and four seasons. There are many annual events held in the area that involve music, arts, hiking, and other outdoor activities for families of all ages.
We live in a rural neighborhood at the end of a cul-de-sac. Our home overlooks the mountains and lush green trees that we are looking forward to changing in the fall. In the mornings we have seen deer and rabbits roaming around in the backyard while having coffee on our back deck. Summer nights we have hundreds of lightning bugs that glow in our yard. We have a 3 bedroom home that includes a downstairs where we watch all of our sporting events.
In the area, we have neighborhood parks and many outdoor areas for children to run and play. The Wild Life Center has many children activities that includes field trips, playground with viewing of animals, educational hikes and festivals. We are surrounded with some of the best schools in the state.
Our Extended Families
Even though we do not live in the same state as our parents or siblings, we always feel close to them regardless of the miles. Amy’s father is a “snow bird” and travels to Florida every year from Michigan. When he begins his drive right before Christmas, he will stop at our house and stay. In April, he will stop again on his way back to Michigan to spend more time with us. Josh’s parents, sister and brother-in-law fly to North Carolina from Florida as often as they can. We spend every Thanksgiving together whether it’s in Florida or North Carolina. During the course of the year, we find fun places to meet and spend long weekends together. We always rent a house/cabin so we can all be together to cook, play games or just sit around and sing Karaoke.
In April, we have a yearly tradition to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society (LLS). All family members that include Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Grandparents and Godparents fly or drive to Florida to attend this event. This fundraiser is hosted by Josh’s mother to raise money for childhood cancer. The family pulls together to get help from companies and individuals to donate a gift for a silent auction. After the fundraiser, we relax and spend family time around the pool enjoying the time we have together.
From Us to You
We are looking to adopt because we miss being parents. After years of trying to conceive, we had a little boy approximately 4 years ago, his name was Jonathan. He was named after Amy’s father and his two grandfathers. At 7 months old, we heard the news that no parent wants to hear “your child has infantile leukemia”. Jonathan fought hard through the chemo and side effects. We stayed a strong and positive family throughout his fight. We lost our child when he was 2 ½ years old. In the past year, we have discussed growing our family again but was not sure if we wanted to try to have another child or adopt. After many conversations together, we decided adoption was the right choice for us.
We can’t wait to become parents again. Through our 13 years together, we have supported each other through everything life gave us. We got married in Florida after 2 years of being together and have been inseparable since the day we met. Every decision we have made throughout our life together was made with each other’s love and support. We never regretted one single decision we made and continue to support each other through our journey in life. When we decided to adopt, we looked at each other and immediately knew it was the right decision. We are very excited about this next journey in life.
Our family is truly excited about having an addition to the family. Amy’s father was very encouraging about our decision to adopt because his youngest brother was adopted by another family due to financial reasons. Josh’s family cannot wait to be grandparents again. They love to travel and they speak of taking their grandchild on family vacations to visit aunts, uncles, cousins and their children. We believe that family is the most valuable element you can have in life. Spending time together is always our top priority. We cherish every weekend together and are looking forward to exploring new places with a child again.
We both grew up in a family that did not have a lot of money. Amy's father was in the military straight out of high school. From there, Amy's father worked at a plant until he retired. Josh’s father also served in the military which caused him to move around. Because of our fathers, we are who we are today. We always value family first. If it wasn’t for our parents and what they sacrificed, we would not be the strong individuals we are today. Because of the financial struggles both our parents went through, we value money and our possessions. Last but not least we value everyone regardless of their financial situation. Our parents taught us that everyone has strengths to help improve the world regardless of their situation.
While we never can choose what life gives us, we always try to put a positive twist on difficult situations. That is how we look at our situation. If it wasn’t for Jonathan showing us how rewarding parenting could be, you would not be reading this letter and considering us to raise your child. We are looking forward to showing our unconditional love to another child. We are very excited about having another chance to watch a child grow up.
As we continue our adoption journey, we are grateful for this opportunity to have you review our profile. If you choose us, your child will be placed in a happy, kind and loving home. We will ensure your child has a happy childhood and is always surrounded by love. We will explain to your child how important they are to be part of our family. Your child will know about their adoption story and honor any traditions you may want us to celebrate. Thank you for considering us to be part of a miracle.
Josh & Amy
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