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Josh & Jamie

Thank you for taking the time to visit our profile and consider us as potential parents (and siblings) for your child. We have been longing to expand our family for quite some time and are overjoyed to be beginning our adoption journey. We know that your journey has likely been hard and you are facing a difficult decision; please know you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we greatly admire your strength and courage.

About Us

Director of IT; Web Developer
Stay-at-Home Mom
Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science
Master's Degree in English Education
Sarah, Daniel
Legally Married

Why We Chose Adoption

Our Happy Family

Before we were ever even married, we talked about kids: how many we wanted, what sexes (as if you get a choice there!), how far apart, how we'd raise them, all that good stuff. And the plan has always been make one or two, then adopt one or two. We have always felt we had so much love to give that one or two children wouldn't be able to hold it all in, and we wanted to share this love with others as well. We really wanted to experience pregnancy and all that comes with it, but we really wanted to adopt, too.

All of that hasn't changed. What did change was Jamie's poor body. Our daughter gave Jamie an easy pregnancy, and rough birth. Our son gave Jamie a miserable pregnancy, and she nearly died in childbirth. They had to perform an emergency C-section to save our son, then an emergency hysterectomy three hours later to save Jamie.

We still long for another child (or two) to complete our family. We know that adoption is the path for us. It feels right. It feels like it's time. And we can hardly wait!

Leisure Time

Baking Together

Most of our free time is generally devoted to two main things: food, and gaming. We absolutely love to cook, especially together as a family, and we love to try new recipes from all kinds of different world cuisines. Indian, Thai, Chinese, Mexican, Cuban, German, Italian: you name it, we'll try it, and probably love it! And Jamie and Sarah love baking together, too - cakes, cupcakes, and cookies especially. Our idea of a perfect family (or at-home date) night is cooking and trying a new recipe together followed by some homemade dessert followed by some gaming.

To that end, we love both video games and board games, from classic Super Mario games to Zero Dawn to SMITE, from Settlers of Catan to Munchkin Wonderland to Spirit Island to Gloomhaven. We often play video games together with our more far-away friends online, and we love getting together with family and introducing them to new table top and card games as well (and sometimes our more successful new recipes); we are slowly-but-surely converting half our family into gamers right along with us!

Cultural Diversity

Jamie on Top of Hierve el Agua in Oaxaca, Mexico

In 2006, we made the decision to move from rather mono-cultural rural Ohio to Atlanta to be closer to Josh's dad and attend college. There, we were exposed to an extensive variety of people and cultures, and our educations were centered on learning to navigate, understand, be open to, and truly accept a culturally diverse America, a diverse world.

As an undergraduate, Jamie spent several semesters tutoring and one teaching in a school at the edge of Atlanta with a population of less than 10% Caucasian students, and during her graduate years, Jamie returned to the same school for a full year of teaching. She spent those years getting to know her students and their diverse cultural backgrounds, learning how to sensitively and openly talk about race and cultural diversity, and learning how to be an ally to people of color; she shared this learning with Josh. Jamie also took a university trip to Mexico in 2018, learning about the language, culture, history, and life there, and making several life-long friends of color as well - some here and some there - and has since returned three times, once with Josh. Since moving back to Ohio, we have both intentionally made the effort to help educate our families - and especially our children - about other cultures and about what it can mean to be a person of color in America, and to spend time in more diverse communities, and we continue to do so daily.


A Sunny Afternoon
A Sunny Afternoon
We Love Playing Games
We Love Playing Games
Dan & Sarah Can't Wait to Have a New Sibling!
Dan & Sarah Can't Wait to Have a New Sibling!
Exploring Mexico City
Exploring Mexico City
Relaxing at Home
Relaxing at Home
Spanish Story Time
Spanish Story Time
Dan Playing Piano
Dan Playing Piano
Sarah Jumping in the Hay
Sarah Jumping in the Hay
Cookie Day
Cookie Day
Josh at His Smoker
Josh at His Smoker
At the Corn Maze
At the Corn Maze
At the Neighborhood Lake
At the Neighborhood Lake
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A Sunny Afternoon
A Sunny Afternoon
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We Love Playing Games
We Love Playing Games
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Dan & Sarah Can't Wait to Have a New Sibling!
Dan & Sarah Can't Wait to Have a New Sibling!
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Exploring Mexico City
Exploring Mexico City
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Relaxing at Home
Relaxing at Home
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Spanish Story Time
Spanish Story Time
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Dan Playing Piano
Dan Playing Piano
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Sarah Jumping in the Hay
Sarah Jumping in the Hay
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Cookie Day
Cookie Day
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Josh at His Smoker
Josh at His Smoker
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At the Corn Maze
At the Corn Maze
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At the Neighborhood Lake
At the Neighborhood Lake

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

We live in a little gem of a neighborhood on a small lake just outside a quaint little farming town in Ohio. It is accessed by a single road ending in a cul-de-sac, so we do not get much outside traffic, which makes it a great place for our kids to run around playing with the neighborhood kids, riding bikes, taking walks, etc. It is a beautiful place that offsets the typical suburban feel of close housing large, wooded lots on both sides of the road; many of the houses are barely visible from the street because of tree cover, and the changing colors of the leaves in the fall turn our little gem into a vibrant Autumn paradise (and it is gorgeous when it snows, too)!

The tiny town nearby boasts an amazing play park, an excellent mom-and-pop pizzeria, and an annual corn festival! There is also a plethora of big farms nearby that have corn mazes and pumpkin patches in the fall, cut-your-own-Christmas-trees for the season, festivals, horseback riding, and all the joys of rural life. However, a smaller city is only 20 minutes away, and two major cities are within an hour, giving us access to all kinds of urban amenities and events as well, including the annual Latinx Heritage Festival we like to attend.

Our Extended Families

S'mores With Cousins

We have quite the large extended family, many of which live within about an hour's drive or less of our rural Ohio home. We love getting together to play games and BBQ, especially with tasty meats on Josh's smoker (he is a master)! Jamie also organizes a Home School Field Day every year in the early Fall, where we have as many as 15 cousins over to run obstacle courses, compete in races and eating contests, throw water balloons at each other, and just generally have an awesome time! We regularly have visits from Jamie's sisters and sister-in-law and their many children, and also usually see Josh's sister and her children a few times a year, though they live further away. Although most of the grandparents are out of state, they all like to come and visit for summers, birthdays, holidays, and vacation, and sometimes we go and visit them. But the best extended-family-day-of-the-year is definitely our annual Cookie Day in December where all the extended family members (and even a few friends) are invited over to make and decorate all our favorite holiday treats. Fair warning, though: icing and sprinkle wars often break out in between the decorating, and any cookie that gets broken must be immediately eaten (oh, no, how terrible!)!

Sisters Painting

From Us to You

Thank you so much for taking the time to consider us as an adoptive family for your child, and thank you for considering the courageous choice of adoption. We cannot imagine the difficulty of the choice you are trying to make, but we absolutely admire your courage and selflessness. We truly believe that adoption is one of the hardest, but bravest and most selfless decisions a parent could make. We promise to give your child a safe, loving environment to grow up in, with an excellent education and a strong emphasis on openness and empathy, and we hope that learning more about us here may help relieve some of the angst you feel.

We have always wanted to grow our family through adoption, and our secondary infertility after the birth of our son feels like a big push in that direction. We still long for another child, a bigger family. Although surrogacy could be a possibility for us, we have always wanted to adopt, and after years of talking about all of our options and thinking long and hard about what we really want, unlike surrogacy, adoption really feels like the right choice for our family. And we want to help put you at ease and help you feel like we are the right choice in a family for you to choose for your child.

We have been together as a couple since high school, 2004, and married since 2007. We chose to finish college and be sure we had a home of our own and a stable financial future before starting a family. Our daughter was born on New Year's Eve of 2012, and our son came along in the Spring of 2015. After complications during the birth of our son left Jamie with a secondary infertility, she returned to school to finish her teaching certification requirements and complete her Master's degree. During that time, we learned to accept the fact that we would not be having any more biological children. But the thought of adopting in order to expand our family still hung strongly in our minds. In 2018, we decided to move back to Ohio to be closer to family again. After getting settled in (and letting finances settle a bit), we talked about adoption again. Then, our best friends had their first baby, and holding that baby cinched it for us - we still really want another one (maybe two!), and adoption is still how we want to grow our family.

So, here we are, eagerly awaiting a wonderful person like you to help us fulfill our dreams and complete our family through adoption. We know this must be terribly difficult for you, but we want you to know that we are here to help. We will share with you your child's growth and achievements throughout his or her lifetime, sending photos, letters, and emails, and connecting on social media, and even sometimes in person, if you so desire. We are committed to maintaining a positive image of you and of our collective adoption journey for your child, so that he or she will always know how much you love him or her, how very hard this decision was for you, and very brave and selfless you have been. We will be sure that you always have a place in our hearts and in your child's life.

Thank you for considering us as potential parents for your child and granting us the time and space to share our dreams with you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers as you walk this difficult journey, and you are not alone.

Josh & Jamie


Idris Elba
Benedict Cumberbatch and Denzel Washington
Nicole Kidman
Dogs and Horses
Stephen King
Isabel Allende
Poisonwood Bible
Harry Potter Series
Candy Bar
Milky Way
Reeses Peanutbutter Cups
Bob's Burgers
The Simpsons
Childhood Memory
Playing games with my (still) best friend
Cookie Days (Holiday Baking Day with extended family)
Childhood Toy
Juggling Sticks
Children's Book
The Diggingest Dog
The Giving Tree
I like the country? But I would love to visit New York
Classic Movie
Kung Fu Hustle
Hocus Pocus
Day of Week
Oreo Cream Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Disney Movie
Mulan (animated version)
Dream Car
Tesla Model S
Dodge Charger
Dream Job
Literature and Theater teacher / director
Dream Vacation
Tour of Europe
A year-long around-the-world trip, hitting all the big spots (Rome, Great Wall of China, Paris, Pyramids of Giza, Chichen Itza, etc.)
Family Activity
Playing Games with the kids
Flower / Plant
Bird of Paradise
Pepperoni Pizza
Form of Exercise
Apples (sweet ones)
Love Letters
Spirit Island
Baking and Reading
Fourth of July
Holiday Song
Jack's Lament
Deseos / Feliz Navidad (duet with Michael Buble and Thalia)
Holiday Tradition
Visiting our best friends for 4th of July
Cookie Day!
Ice Cream
Moose Tracks
Cookies n Cream or Fudge Brownie
Junk Food
Pay Day
Nacho Cheese Doritos
Leisure Activity
Reading and Gaming
The Atlantic
Mad Magazine
Memory with a Child
Teaching our daughter to read
Christmas mornings with our kids - they get so excited!
Memory with Spouse
Travel to Mexico
Any time he makes me laugh till I can't breath (which is often)
Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies
Movie Munchie
Buttered and Salted Popcorn and Peanubutter M&M's (mix it up!)
Movie Quote
Pretty much anything from Emperor's New Groove - still the most hilarious animated movie of all time!
Movie Type
Fantasy, Action/Adventure/Superhero, anything Disney
Musical Group
The Cog is Dead
I listen to so many, I can't choose!!
Nursery Rhyme
You Are My Sunshine
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly...
Olympic Event
Most winter sports
Personal Hero
My dad
Josh - he is always there when you need him, and the most supportive, loving, affectionate spouse a girl could every dream of, let alone ask for.
Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare)
Maya Angelou, Pablo Neruda, John Milton, William Shakespeare
Quality about my Spouse
Generosity of character
He has so many... he is supportive, affectionate, loving... but, best of all, he makes me laugh, hard and often!
"If it hasn't turned out all right, then it's not over yet."
La Gringa
Cheesecake Factory
Chick fil A chicken biscuit
John 15:13: "Greater love hath no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends."
Shopping Store
I'll Rust with You
Echame La Culpa (Demi Lavato and Luis Fonsi)
Sport to Play
Racket Ball
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Sports Team
Subject in School
Literature and Drama, History, Music
Iron Man as played by RDJ
Thing to Cook
General Tso's
Do cookies count? Or pretty much anything Thai or Chinese
Time of Day
Early Afternoon
Mid afternoon
Cookie Day!
TV Show
Anything on HBO
Doctor Who
TV Show Character
Doctor Who
Type of Music
I love all kinds of music, but lately I have been digging 2000s - 2010s Latino and American Pop
Vacation Spot
Any city with amazing food, especially abroad
Video Game

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