S: Josh and Nikki About Us
BC: A Good Beginning Makes a Good Ending
FC: Josh & Nikki: About Us
1: Dear Birth Mother, We are so glad you are taking some time to “get to know us”. We can only imagine all the things you have to think about right now and we know this is a very important decision for you to make. We’ve really thought a lot about what we want to say to you. How can we explain how much we want to be parents? How can we tell you how much we will love your baby and how much your decision will impact our lives? How can we assure you that your decision is a good one? After much thought and prayer we decided it was best for us to just be ourselves and tell you what we can about us so you can feel as comfortable as possible with your decision. We are Josh and Nikki. We met our freshman year of college and started dating the spring of that year. We dated throughout college and got married in 2004. This year we will be celebrating our 8th anniversary! Six years ago, we gave birth to our own son, Aaron Keith. He was born 14 weeks premature in April of 2006. Nikki had preeclampsia and had to deliver by emergency c-section. Aaron courageously fought for life during a 33-day-long struggle in the NICU, but he ultimately succumbed to surgical complications and passed away in our arms on May 31st, 2006. For 6 years, we’ve been parents without a child. We’ve done everything we could to honor Aaron through charity work with the March of Dimes, through family remembrances, and through holiday gift drives in his name. We’ve done what we could to remember our son, but there has always been a missing piece in our family puzzle – the child we’re meant to care for, meant to love, and meant to raise. As the years have passed, we’ve slowly come to the realization that for us to make Aaron a big brother, we need some help. We both have large families that get together often. Our holiday parties, summer get-togethers, frequent family camping trips, and vacations have been filled with the laughter of nieces, new young cousins, and other children in recent years. Our biggest and brightest dream is to do all those things with our own child as well. We want to fill the underside of our Christmas tree with gifts to lovingly spoil our son or daughter, and not just gifts to be taken to the hospital and donated a few days after the holidays have | passed. We want to take our child to a baseball game, to show him or her all the fun of a trip to the beach, or to attend music or dance recitals. We want to be at home on a Saturday night with our son or daughter and pull out a board game, and spend the evening together as a family, laughing and loving. We want to go camping with Grammy and Pop-pop, and spend a weekend staring at the stars around a campfire while we tell silly stories about when Mommy and Daddy and their siblings were little kids, just like our little boy or girl. We want to go over to Pip and Gaga’s house to visit with them and see Lola, their adorable Boston Terrier, and for our son or daughter to play with their cousins. We want to make your baby an important part of our family and love him or her unconditionally. We know raising a child is a roller coaster ride, full of ups and downs, but we are ready and able to be there with them to give them love, time and guidance. We want to laugh with them, play games and cuddle them when they are sick. We’ve been ready for a child to join us for 6 years now, and we sincerely believe that God will find a way to make sure our dream comes true. We hope you feel the same way, and that this letter will help alleviate some of the fears, concerns, and worries you must be feeling during this time. Your child will know as much about you as you want him or her to know. Also, we are happy to provide you with updates and pictures and more if that is what you would like. No matter what you choose, know that we are praying for you and your baby, as we pray constantly that God will lead us to the right birth mother and baby for us. If you choose us, know that your child will never question why his or her birth-mother selected us to raise them – we will always be happy to tell them their adoption story. There will never be a question of if they are loved, or how much because we will tell them every single day. Thank you again for your time and consideration. We would be happy to meet you! Thinking of you, Josh and Nikki | A Letter to the Birth Mother
2: We met our freshman year of college and started dating the spring of that year. After dating for 6 years we got married on August 21, 2004. We have been happily married since and look forward to being parents! | How we met...
4: My name is Nikki. I am a grant specialist at a large university and I really enjoy what I do. I like spending time with our family and friends. It doesn't matter if it's stopping by to visit with them, weekend get-togethers or game night (we LOVE playing games!). I also enjoy watching baseball and going to games when we have the chance. More than anything else I just can't WAIT to be a mom. In the meantime I enjoy spoiling our nieces! (pictured above niece Lydia as a baby!)
5: Hi! I'm Josh. I'm a web and database programmer for a small private college, and I love my job. Outside of work, I enjoy watching sports on TV (especially baseball), reading, going to the movies, and playing card or board games with a good group of friends or my family. I can't wait to be a father, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Nikki and I will be great parents. We both love kids - I love to play with my nieces, anything from "Pretend", to just running around and chasing them in good fun.
6: Our Baby Boy...
7: Aaron was born 14 weeks premature, and was with us for 33 days before passing away due to surgical complications. We still love our son deeply, and can't wait to make him a big brother.
8: Each year, our entire family fund raises and walks in the March for Babies event for the March of Dimes, in memory of our son Aaron. To date, we've raised over $40,000 in Aaron's name!
9: In addition to our March of Dimes work, we also collect items every Christmas to be donated to local hospitals and health clinics. It's another way for us to remember and honor Aaron each year at the holidays.
11: We live in a medium sized rural town. We have a twin house on a corner lot. Our neighborhood has lots of young families. We have 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms a garage and basement as well as a deck and nice sized yard to play in! We also have one goofy cat named Gracie who likes when the kids come to play. | Our House
13: Our immediate family can't wait to welcome a new family member. Sofia, now 5 can't wait to be a big cousin! Aunt Jess, Uncle Dan, and Lydia are ready to welcome a new baby girl into their family and since we live close Lydia and her new sister will love having another playmate! Uncle Matt, Aunt Sarah, Pop Pop and Grammy look forward to camping with us. And Gaga and Pip will LOVE being grandparents for the 4th time!
14: is a little world created by love.
15: We are very lucky to both come from large families that see each other often. We have 2 nieces (with a third about to make her appearance). We also have lots of cousins. Nikki's family all lives relatively close (within 20 minutes of each other). Josh's family is about 1.5 hours away.
16: LIVE | L A U G H
17: Some of our favorite things to do. Go to the beach with Nikki's family (left). Go camping with Josh's family(right). Go to a baseball game whenever we can!
18: We really enjoy spending time with our friends and family. Whether we're playing games, just relaxing or taking trips - we always have fun!