BC: I hope that you now know a little bit more about us! As you can see, we live full and happy lives, and we simply want to share it with a child! Thank you for considering us as parents for your baby! We know you have a big choice ahead of you and our thoughts and prayers are with you! -Joe and Candice | We are adopting through Adoption & Beyond. You may call them anytime for more information at 913-381-6919
FC: Joe and Candice
1: Hello! We are Joe and Candice! Thank you for taking a moment to get to know us and for considering us as parents for your child! We know you are faced with a big decision and we are thankful that you are choosing life for your child! We admire you for your courage to choose an adoption plan. Please know that we have much love to give a child and would be thrilled if you chose us! We would be more than happy to send emails, letters and pictures of your child throughout the years! | Why We Chose Adoption We have always dreamed of having children, but infertility has kept that dream from becoming a reality. We both decided long ago, that if we couldnâ€™'t conceive naturally, then fertility treatments were not an option. Instead, we wished to open our hearts and home to a child through adoption. We each have 3 cousins that joined our family through adoption, so it was the perfect choice for us.
2: Our Story | We met when we were 12 years old at a mutual friend's house and quickly became friends! Throughout our high school years we dated off and on, but after graduating, we went our separate ways; Joe to the US Army and Candice to Bible College. A few years down the road, we reconnected and started dating again. We were soon married and have enjoyed 7 years together! During that time our marriage has been strengthened by many things, but mostly by Joe's time in the Army. Joe spent a year deployed to Afghanistan and a year in Iraq. These were hard times for both of us, but it made our marriage stronger and we now treasure our time together even more! Once Joe had fulfilled his time in the Army we moved back to our current home in Kansas to be near family. Joe works as a farm hand with his family, the same farm he worked at during his teenage years before joining the military. He works hard to provide for his family, plus he enjoys his job. Candice enjoys being a stay at home wife, where she cares for the home and the family! It has always been her desire to be a stay at home mom, and she is looking forward to fulfilling that desire!
3: We enjoy spending time with family and friends, sharing meals together, or playing games. In the summer we love to spend time at the lake on our boat and playing in the water! When the evenings are cool, we sometimes take walks together, and usually our dog, Ellie, comes with us! We also like to take a vacation each year and go somewhere new and see new things! Hopefully soon we will have a child to take with us on these adventures! We are involved in our local church and help with the Children's Ministries there. We enjoy the relationships that we have with all of 'our kids' at church. We have a strong faith in God and do our best to follow Him and live a life with good morals and values. It is important to us to one day share that faith with a child, and to teach them those same morals.
4: About Joe, by Candice Joe is such an easy going guy and is well liked by everyone! He always makes me laugh and knows just what to say to make me feel better when I am down! He is truly my best friend! You can always count on Joe, he is loyal to his friends and family, and he is quick to volunteer to help someone out! Joe's Hobbies Joe has many hobbies, and most of them are outdoor activities. Some of his favorites include hunting, fishing, boating, water skiing, and hiking! All of these activities he enjoys best with his close family or friends! He is also the master of the grill and we often indulge in a great steak, burger or brisket that he has prepared!
7: About Candice, by Joe Candice is generous, loving and kind. She is very creative and loves to give homemade birthday cards to family and friends. She loves to spoil her little brother and cook food for him! Candice is quick to offer help to family and friends. She patiently teaches piano to her little brother and two nieces! Candice's Hobbies While Candice does enjoy some of the same outdoor activities as Joe (like boating and hiking), she mostly enjoys being creative. Scrapbooking is her passion! She enjoys taking photos to scrapbook, so she can keep those memories forever! Those scrapbook skills also come in handy as she prepares to teach Children's church as she often makes fun memory verse cards or board game pieces with her scrapbooking supplies. Playing piano, sewing and trying out new recipes are also a few favorites, all of which she hopes to teach her children someday!
8: Family Vacations!
10: Joe as a Dad Joe is caring and patient and eager to make children laugh! Children usually take an instant liking to him! He interacts well with children, even gets down on the floor to play with them! It seems anywhere we go in town, we come across a child that sees Joe and comes running up to say hi! Seeing how he interacts with children, it is for certain that he will make a great dad! Joe is looking forward to doing all sorts of father/son or father/daughter things with his children; teaching them to fish, playing sports, taking them to the playground and lots more!
11: Joe's nieces can usually talk him into anything, whether it's a water fight, baiting their fish hook or riding all the carnival rides with them, he willingly does it all!
12: Candice as a Mom For as long as she can remember, Candice has wanted to be a mom! Watching her with children you can see her care as she helps them out, gives them hugs and talks with them. She is greatly looking forward to rocking her own baby to sleep, giving lots of hugs and kisses, hearing the giggles from her baby, reading bedtime stories, and capturing all the 'firsts' on camera! Candice desires to be a stay at home mom and devote her time and attention to her children. As we both were home schooled, Candice looks forward to teaching her children at home as well.
13: Candice with her niece Aleah | Candice having fun with her friend Alyssa's little girl
14: With the exception of Candice's older brother, all of our family live in the area. We are often getting together for family meals, or to celebrate birthdays! We enjoy vacations together, €usually to the lake! Each of our family members are excited about our decision to adopt a child! Truly our child will be loved with all the attention from grandmas and grandpas and aunts and uncles! There will be lots of cousins to play with too! We have several close friends that live nearby as well! Some are friends we have known since childhood and some are friends we have made through attending our church. If we aren't getting together with our family, then we are most likely spending time with our friends!! Our friends are also excited about our adoption and offer much support! | Family and Friends
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18: Our Home and Community | We live in a simple home with 4 bedrooms and a huge fenced in backyard! With that many rooms, we have plenty of space for children! We are excited to one day hear the pitter patter of little feet running through the halls, or the giggles of children playing together out in the yard! We live in a family friendly community with a park just down the street! There are lots of children living on our street, in fact, it is quite often we have a knock on our door from a neighbor kid wanting to get the ball that got thrown over the fence into our yard!
19: Ellie is our 1 year old Golden Retriever! She is a gentle dog that loves attention! If you arenâ€™t petting her, she will gently paw you until you do! She often will go to work with Joe, and yes, she even rides in the tractor sometimes! Joe loves his furry companion!