Dear Friend, Thank you for taking the time to know us more. Joel and I have learned enough about the adoption process to realize how difficult this decision must be. You love this child so much that you are choosing what you feel is best for her. You are brave and courageous as you consider this selfless act. We don't pretend to know all the feelings you are facing as you look at your adoption options but know that we pray the Lord guides you and gives you peace in your decision. Joel and I have been joyfully married for 14 years. He grew up the youngest of 6 siblings and I the youngest of 7. We know how special it is to be the "baby" of the family and we want to create that for a daughter through adoption. We have four biological children and have learned what it takes to be good parents. We feel there is another child God has called us to love and care for to be part of our family. We believe that no child is truly ours, they are all God's children and He simply entrusts them to us for a while. We've learned how each child is a unique individual with their own story. We will honor this child's story, and your role in it, as we honor each of our other children's story. She will know where she's from, she will know you, and the others who've loved her along the way. Should you choose us to raise this child, know that we will dedicate our time, energy, and love to her. We will do everything in our power to raise her well. We will teach her of the love of God. We will teach her of your love for her. She will have a wonderful, safe, and happy home with brothers and a sister who are already enthralled by her and can't wait to meet her, to play with her, and to love her. Grace and Peace, Joel and Linda
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More About Our Family
Having children has been a wonderful experience and we would love to expand our family through the beauty of adoption. We are very involved in our children's lives and deliberate about parenting. We highly value spending time together as a family. Our children are Elijah 11, Silas 9, Jude 7 (daughter), and Nathanael 3. We love the outdoors and enjoy the parks, pool, and splash pad that are in our neighborhood. Our kids' lives are full of activity - swimming, soccer, music, ballet and dance, youth group and church. We believe in living full lives and enjoying all that God has equipped us to do. For vacation we camp and canoe in northern lakes, hike and ski in the mountains, swim and play at beaches from Florida to Canada. We work hard and play hard. We love learning and read wonderful literature together. Most importantly, we seek to serve God as a family as we care for one another, serve one another, and love one another.
More About Joel
Joel is an outgoing, honest, and trustworthy man. These qualities make him an engaged and dedicated father, husband, and friend. He is passionately devoted to our children, his business, and me. His approachable and loving disposition has put him in many leadership positions in our church and community. Joel is the kind of person people look to for help or advice when they are in a difficult situation. Being a teacher for seven years, Joel has developed a great understanding of the complexities young people face, a true blessing to our children. He is always up for spontaneous fun and also enjoys camping, art, playing guitar and preaching at our church.
More About Linda
Linda is a devoted stay-at-home mom. She delights in homeschooling our four children and is committed to their spiritual, mental, and physical growth. She runs our home well planning family dinner every night, activities for our children, fun trips, and creative ways to spend meaningful family time together. As someone who lost her own mother at a young age, Linda is committed to healing and helping others along their own healing journey. She leads a women's bible study which is committed to this type of personal growth. She is a wonderful partner to me and we have a deep love, respect, and friendship with each other.