Meet Josh and Michelle

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little bit about us.  Our names are Josh and Michelle, and we have been happily married since 2010.  We love to spend time with family and friends, participate in church-related activities, attend concerts and shows, do yoga, and travel (one of our dreams is to visit England and Ireland).  We also enjoy going to Michelle’s family camp every year.  We tried unsuccessfully for a long time to have biological children, but we knew in our hearts that we were meant to be parents.  Adoption has always been a desire of ours, as Josh too was lovingly adopted as an infant and wanted to be able to provide a wonderful life for children and share his personal experiences with them.  Michelle has wanted to be a mother for as long as she can remember, it has been her lifelong dream.  We are so grateful for your consideration in choosing adoption, and us as adoptive parents.  We appreciate, respect, and value every aspect of adoption.  The child will know of his or her unique life journey and how much he or she is loved by both his or her biological family and adoptive family.  Our wish for a child is that he or she is happy and has a fulfilling life, and that we do everything we can to provide that for him or her.  We sincerely hope we can bring joy to your life as you certainly would to ours.

About Josh

Josh loves to make people laugh, and he works hard to provide for his family.  He is a Godly man with a genuine, honest soul.  He loves spending time with his wife, son, and dog and cannot wait to become a dad again.  Josh has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and works as a VP financial analyst for a bank corporation; he used to be an accountant.  He enjoys reading, bowling, other sports (soccer, tennis, hockey, etc.), gaming, and he is very knowledgeable of computers and electronics.

About Michelle

Michelle has worked with babies and children since she was in middle school.  She is a college mathematics instructor, tutor, stay-at-home mom, and loves spending time with her son, nieces, and of course Josh and their dog.  She was also a nursing student for two years.  Michelle has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Mathematics, a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership: Mathematics Education, and is a certified teacher.  She enjoys arts/music and playing the flute and piccolo, playing games (video/board/card games, puzzles, etc.), reading, jazzercise, ceramics, and she has a special place in her heart for animals.

Our Child

We have a son named Zak who was adopted in 2018 through Adoption by Choice.  He is our only child, and he turned two years old in January 2020.  He is sweet, smart, well-mannered, playful, and the center of our lives (just as another child would also be).  Our desire is to provide a life for children in which they have a sibling (brother or sister) to grow up with, be buddies, have a best friend for life, and to never be lonely.  Josh is an only child, and he wants to provide Zak and another child what he didn't have growing up and doesn't have now (a sibling), especially with being adopted.  We plan to only have two children, so baby number two will be the "baby" of the family.  We will prepare Zak to be gentle with him or her, as well as helpful.  He/she would have a loving older brother to teach him or her many things!  Every time Zak sees a baby, he is really interested and says "I see a baby" - points to and smiles at them. 

Our Beginning

We first met in 2004 through a mutual acquaintance while Michelle was attending nursing school and Josh was a sophomore in college.  We began dating a few months after meeting and have been inseparable ever since.  We became engaged in July 2009 (with Josh spelling out “Will You Marry Me?” using 195 tealight candles) and got married on a beautiful September day in 2010.  We lived together for two years in a condo with our fur baby Ralphy before purchasing our current home in 2011. 

Our Lives Together

Josh works full-time in the city, and Michelle teaches part-time at a college (two half-days per week) so that she can be a stay-at-home mom.  We believe in open, gentle communication with each other and with Zak, and we value each other and our loved ones very much.  Our home will always be a place of safety and comfort, and our children will always be able to come to us in good times and bad.  We are looking forward to introducing a second child to many fun activities!  We love to explore all kinds of things and places, and we can't wait to share these experiences with him/her.  We also enjoy going on vacation, story time at local libraries, taking family walks, and visiting indoor play places, museums, the zoo, etc. as well.

Our Families

Our families are of the utmost importance to us.  We are very close with both sets of parents, they have shaped us into the people we are today.  They absolutely love being grandparents and cannot wait to have another grandchild.  Once we are blessed with a second child, Michelle will teach only one course per semester.  During that time, her mom/parents will babysit both children.  Josh’s parents also enjoy babysitting, especially when we attend yoga once a week, and will continue to do so.  Josh is an only child, but Michelle has one older sister who is married with two daughters.  We are extremely close with them, especially our nieces (who are in high school).  We celebrate every holiday with our families, and we cannot wait to have the opportunity to share those special moments with two children.  Our nieces are really excited (and ask all the time) about when they will have another cousin to take care of and play with.

Our Home

We live in a cozy, welcoming ranch in a suburban area close to the city.  Our house has three bedrooms, a finished basement, a large fenced-in backyard, and wall-to-wall carpeting.  We have several play areas set up around the house.  Our Pomeranian Ralphy has a heart of gold and greets everyone that visits.  He loves to cuddle and play, and he can’t wait to be a puppy brother again!  We live in a great school district, but we may decide to enroll our children in private school when the time comes.