BC: Thank You
FC: Josh & Sara
1: Words alone can not express the thankful hearts we have as perspective parents for the adoption of your child. Blessing a family with the precious gift of a child is the most generous and selfless act of love that one person could ever perform. | We cannot imagine how hard this must be for you but we hope to relieve some of your heartache by assuring you that your child will be raised in an environment full of unconditional love and support.
2: Why we choose Adoption... We have always known that we wanted children. What we didn't know is that we would have issues producing them. We feel that God gave us a blessing once when he allowed us to have a child and now we would like to be that blessing for someone else because adding to our family naturally is no longer an option for us.
3: What we are hoping for in our Adoption... We are interested in an open adoption but want to respect your privacy and wishes as well. We would like to get to know you and be a part of the birth, be at the hospital, and provide as much support as possible if you are comfortable with that. We are more than willing to send pictures and letters to you for as long as you would like. | We look forward to hearing the pitter-patter of little feet...
4: Favorite Things... Music: Lady Antebellum Food: Italian Treat: Chocolate Activities: Family Fun, Camping, Crafting, Cooking, and Party Planning | About Sara Beth | Occupation: Special Needs Educator &' Resource Coordinator | Age: 29 | Personality: * Outgoing * Passionate * Fun
5: Age: 28 Occupation: Mechanical Engineer Personality: * Funny * Calm * Loyal Favorite Things: Music: Metallica Food: My Wife's Activities: Family Time, Golfing, and Camping | About Josh
6: After offering to help some friends move I moved more than just Josh's recliner up 3 flights of stairs (as he watched from the street light below) I also moved his heart. It was under that same street light where we shared our first kiss... sitting in that recliner when Josh asked me to be his girlfriend...3 years to that day when we became husband and wife...and after 10 years together we continue to move toward our Happily Ever After
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10: What Sara says about Josh... Josh is a very funny person which makes him fun to be around. I can't help but laugh at the cheesy things he says and how he cracks himself up. Josh is calm and reserved which makes us a great pair because I am the exact opposite. The qualities that I don't possess he does, and he makes me a better person because of that. Josh's dedication and loyalty are just a few things that make Josh such an amazing father, friend, and husband. Thank God He found me! | What Josh says about Sara... Sara is one of the most passionate people I have ever met. She truly puts her whole heart into what she does. Sara would do anything for anyone. She goes above and beyond at home, work, with family, friends, and definitely when it comes to our son. Sara’s outgoing personality and beautiful smile are contagious. She is an amazing cook, mother, friend, and wife. I am continually amazed at her selflessness and nurturing ways. I am a lucky man!
11: A father is his daughters first and his sons first
12: Field of Dreams | Education Expectations Each child has their own learning style, and as already done with Aiden we will also advocate for your child to receive education at a rate that is appropriate for them. Education is very important to us, so if there are any special needs or supports that are needed it will be our priority to provide that assistance.
13: Our Parenting Philosophy Through positive praise and behavior reinforcement we realize that treating the child as an individual placing emphasis on their strengths rather than weaknesses teaches the child how to make better choices and offers the child not just emotional support but also provides a sense of independence yet knowing their expectations. We believe in raising our children in a Christian environment with core principles but also with the understanding that there is nothing too big or too small that we can't address as a family. We understand that communication is key in interpreting and understanding, therefore communication is to be respected by all family members. We acknowledge that all children don't learn the same, so we are prepared to support and offer assistance to help our children accomplish all educational and life goals in whatever means that child needs. It is the lessons learned and values instilled in us as children that help set the foundation for adulthood, and it is our prayer to help our children be happy, loved, and successful in whatever and whoever they choose to become.
14: About Aiden | Aiden's Top Picks book: Where the wild things are SOng: Frosty the snowman snack: Cheetos treat: gummy bears activities: family fun, zoo, camping and swimming | Age: 4 personality: - silly - sweet - sincere
15: Big brother duties (According to aiden) 1. share toys 2. share My mommy & daddy 3. treat daisy nice 4. give hugs not kisses "yuck"
16: Have you ever tried watching TV with no sound? Perhaps you tried reading the subtitles, only to realize they are in a different language. Maybe you just sat there and watched the expressions or personalities on the screen and could follow along because sound isn't that important, but if you could ever find that remote you would no doubt increase the volume. Imagine raising a child like this. They speak but you can't understand them. Their expressions, however, speak volumes with no words needed. Now let us introduce you to our son Aiden. Aiden was born with a genetic disorder that directly affects speech and can lead to other mild developmental delays. Early childhood interventions through the utilization of speech, occupational, and behavioral therapy allowed Aiden to surpass the expectations of the numerous medical professionals who questioned our alternative treatment methods. We thank God everyday that Aiden has come so far and deserves the chance to have the all the opportunities that other children do which includes having siblings. Aiden loves to play with other children and is a very compassionate little boy. He likes baking with mommy because he likes cracking eggs. Aiden is very curious and likes to know exactly how or why things are the way they are. For that reason and his long toes he was given the nickname “Monkey” just like Curious George.
17: In making additions to our family we asked Aiden to assist us by kissing the envelope containing our application and then by putting the envelope in the mailbox. Aiden eagerly assisted and EVERY day since he checks the mail and lifts the flag signaling for the of his "baby brother or sister."
18: Mommy & Daddy
19: Even after a long day at work the first thing Josh does is get in the floor and play with Aiden. I believe it's the best part of both their days! We share the job of drop off and pick up for school as well as taking turns to stay home when Aiden is sick or needs to go to a therapy appointment. While I clean up after dinner Josh will start the bedtime routine. While I am helping with homework Josh will finish up a load of laundry or walk the dog. When things are broken Aiden will say “my Daddy fix it” and when Aiden isn't feeling well or is scared of the dark he comes to Mommy who will hold him and read "just one more story."
21: Friends may come and go but family is a forever bond.
23: Our Home & Community We live in a newly developed subdivision which includes access to 4 top schools in our district. Our home is complete with 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Our finished basement has been converted to a play area. Our backyard is complete with a play yard, sand box, and technology capabilities to project outdoor movies which the neighborhood families love. Our neighborhood is full of young children and growing families. We are only minutes away from 2 nationally recognized recreational parks. Our city has a magnificent Zoo which we are members and visit frequently. Our church is only ten minutes away and the nearest hospital is equally as close. | ome
24: Sara’s Family & Friends My mother was adopted which provides an overall sense of compassion and understanding for the adoption process as a whole. Both of my parents passed away when I was younger leaving behind my sisters and small family to love and support me. My friends are like my family and we have play dates with their children often. | Josh’s Family & Friends Being an only child I always wanted my children to have siblings. Both of my parents are alive, healthy, and have been happily married for almost 30 years. They are known as “Nana and Papaw.” My family consists of 13 aunts/uncles, 15 cousins and one set of grandparents. I have great friends who are like family.
25: The Art of | Friendship
28: We hope that you learned more about us. Here are 4 promises to leave you with that we hope can provide comfort and encouragement when choosing a family for your child. | 1. Your child will always know you. 2. Your child will always know the sacrifices you made. 3. Your child will always be loved. 4. Your child will always be treated as an equal part of our family. | U | PROMISES
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30: Thank you for taking time to look at our portfolio. In reading our story may you sense the love we have for one another, our commitment to our family, faith, and friends. The longing we have for adding another child to our family through adoption can be fulfilled through your acceptance and adding the missing piece to our puzzle. We are eager to welcome a precious new child into our home and hearts. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this journey.