S: Joshua and Christine
BC: Trust in the Lord with all your heart... And He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
FC: Joshua & Christine
1: THANK YOU! Your strength and courage right now will help a lucky couple like us become a family. What an amazing gift! Every day we pray for you and your child. We hope your life is filled with positive influences and all the love and support you need. We dream of the day we can add even more joy to our lives by adopting a child. Our hearts are overflowing with love that we can't wait to share with a little one of our own. We are excited that you would consider us as loving parents and we pray that this book will give you a glimpse of who we are and who we hope to be as parents. Thank you for considering us! Joshua & Christine
3: Our Story Josh and I met in 2006 through his mom at my yearly dance recital. We then met at a local Caribou Coffee House. It was soon after that we started dating. Josh took Christine to restaurants she had never been before. Christine got Josh to try foods he had never eaten before. Four months after we started dating Josh got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. A year later on September 29th we were married and have been living happily ever after for about six years.
5: JOSHUA Joshua loves watching the Iowa Hawkeyes football team, enjoys playing golf, and plays volleyball in the summer. He is a train enthusiast. He graduated from UNI where he majored in history. While in college Josh worked at Living History Farms. Today he works as a Farm Processor with a national insurance company. Joshua was born in Des Moines and grew up in a small Iowa town. Today Joshua and Christine live in the Des Moines area.
7: Christine Growing up Christine loved dance and continues to love it today. Photography, making greeting cards, and animals are a few of her interests today. Christine majored in child development in college. She then became a nanny for triplets. A year later she had her own child care business. She also managed a nursery at Knox Presbyterian Church for many years. Today she works for a major corporation. Christine is a city girl though and through. She grew up in the Des Moines area and loves the family atmosphere Iowa has to offer.
8: Our home
9: Why we love Iowa... Great place for an education. Our families live in Iowa. There are always family oriented activities to do. Great opportunities in the job market. The friendly people. Iowa football.
10: kIARA | Likes: Short walks Chasing her sister Watching football Pillows Cuddling Going cruising Meeting new people Carrots Going to see the "Grandparents "
11: MADDIE | Likes: Long walks Football with Dad Massages Cuddling Going cruising Meeting new people Going to see the "Grandparents" Carrots & Peas
12: We are family... | Christine's family: brother's Jon and Tim. Her parents Sandy and Bill. | Josh's mom Deb, brothers Caleb and Jed. Sister In-law Cara, Sister Holly, Brother In-law Dan, niece Madison and nephews Braxton and Ben.
13: In this day and age we are called a typical family. Christine' parents have been married for 49 years. She has two younger brothers. Tim lives in the Des Moines area and Jon lives in Florida. Josh's family is much larger. His parents are divorced. His mom Deb has remarried as did his dad Larry. Josh has several step siblings, although he is only close to Matt and Amanda. We all have several family outings and gatherings throughout the year. We enjoy game nights, family reunions, birthday celebrations, getting together for dinners, and holiday celebrations. | Josh's dad Larry, step mom Leann, Step siblings Matt and Amanda with the rest of the family.
14: Joshua through the years...
16: Christine through the years...
18: Getting to know Christine... I was born in California. Growing up I was blessed to have traveled to other states. My favorite places are the southern states. A quote I live by "Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend." Goals I have are to start a family, travel to Germany and China. I would also like to learn more sign language, and to have a photography studio.
19: Getting to know Josh... | I was born in Iowa. I am blessed to have been raised here in the Midwest with good Midwestern values. I have traveled to the West Coast as well as the southeastern states. A quote I really like is "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." by Booker T. Washington. Goals I have are to start a family, and move up in my company to become a farm underwriter. I also would like to travel to Scotland someday.
20: Around Town | Going to church is something both Josh and I enjoy. | Every so often Christine enjoys shopping at Archivers.
21: Josh and I are big on supporting our local business. One of which is a local Ice Cream Shop. | HuHot is one of the restaurants Josh introduced me to while we were dating. It remains one of our favorites places to eat today.
22: Special words for our loved ones...
25: Josh and Christi have been praying for a family for a long time. We Know that the Lord has a plan and we are praying that we can be grandparents to another grandchild in the feature. Larry- Father of Josh
26: A Friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17
27: No words can describe how blessed we have been to have such a support system we have had with our church friends and our bible study group. | Sue and Marty are not only good friends but they are like patents to both of us. We are truly blessed to have them in our lives.
29: Josh and I are so excited about the possibility of sharing our life with your precious child and hope this book has given you a glimpse of what that life would be like. We want you to know that our home is a warm and happy place and will always be a place of love and encouragement. Together Josh and I believe that life is a celebration... and will always celebrate you. We wish you courage in the days ahead and will pray for you and your child. Thank you for learning more about us. Thank you so much for considering us! Joshua & Christine