Our Family

Our Family

Our Family Letter

Dear Friend,

            We are grateful for the opportunity for you to get to know us. We are humbled and blessed for this chance to add to our family through adoption and hope that we can instill a sense of peace and comfort for you about us. It’s difficult to put into words how we feel about you and admire your strength with the difficult choice that is set before you.

            We met at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah in 2003 through a mutual friend. We were married on April 1, 2004. We know, April Fools Day, why choose that day? We love it. The Fail’s getting married on April Fools Day, it just worked! After graduating from Snow College, we moved to Logan, Utah where we spent 4 wonderful years while attending school. Joe completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at Utah State University in Accounting. Amy went to nursing school in Logan via an extension program through Weber State University. We have now been in our home in Utah County for the past 6 years. It’s crazy that we have been married over 10 years. We had a few years of infertility and treatments, but are so grateful for the 8 years we had to build a strong marriage and foundation that has prepared us to enjoy parenting. We feel at peace that adoption is the right path for us. We were blessed in 2012 to have our daughter Ellie join our family through adoption. We recently had to put our 13 year old dog Xander down. We sure miss him. He was a big part of our family.

            Hello, this is Amy. I would like to tell a little about myself. I am the youngest of 4 children. I have to say that I was raised in a wonderful family of which my parents were so supportive of us all. I was a tomboy growing up and enjoyed playing sports and being outside. I have been an ER nurse now for over 7 years.  I love the ER; I feel that it gives me a good, well-rounded knowledge of medicine. It has definitely come in handy as a mother. I have enjoyed cutting back to part-time to spend more time at home with Ellie. It is truly a joy to be able to have such a lively and loving girl in our home. I am so grateful for adoption and the blessings it has brought into my life. I plan on still working part-time or on an as need basis to maintain my license. I work at night so that Joe can be home with Ellie. We only have to get a babysitter no more than 3 times a month so that I can sleep after working a mid-week shift.

            Now Joe is such a wonderful person. He has a personality that can light up any room. I see this every evening when he comes home from work and Ellie see’s him. They are both so excited. Joe can make friends wherever he goes. People are drawn to him because he loves to tease them and they love to tease him back.  He is the definition of a hard worker. When he puts his mind to something, he never gives up. He loves completing projects in our home. He recently finished our basement. He has a love for sports and anything related to it. He is close with his family and tries to talk to them on a regular basis.  He is a very fun and loving Dad. He loves to get Ellie to laugh. She is one lucky girl to have a father that truly enjoys spending time with her. He is a great husband as well. He always tries to make me happy. He supports me in any interests I have and encourages them as well.

Hey there, this is Joe. I would now like to share a bit about us. I am the middle of 3 kids. We grew up in a very small town in Eastern Utah. I loved growing up in a small town because it gave me an opportunity to participate in everything from athletics to school plays. After high school, I served a mission for the LDS Church in Southern California - Vietnamese speaking. I still think I got the best of both worlds… I got to learn a new language & culture, but could still eat at Burger King if I wanted to. I love to laugh and do it on a regular basis. I have never been one to take life or myself too seriously and I am not afraid to laugh at myself. I have absolutely loved being a dad. There is no better feeling than being greeted by Ellie’s bright, beautiful smile when I get home from work each day. 

As for my wife Amy, she is the kindest, most nurturing woman I have ever spent time with. She is extremely selfless and puts others needs before her own on a regular basis. This has always been evident in her approach to her profession, but has carried over to being a mother. She loves to spend time with family and friends every chance she gets. Her greatest strength is her desire to always be better in all aspects of her life. She is also a very tidy person and does her best to keep our home clean and beautiful despite the fact that Ellie and I both do our best to terrorize the house.

            Ellie is a very lively and energetic girl. She loves to dance, run around the house, and get into everything. She loves going places and playing with other children. She has a special love of animals and wearing "pretty" dresses. She enjoys rocking to music in the car with Mom and loves music in general. She loves being outside and going for walks.

            We have so much love to give and are excited to add to our family again through adoption. We have an open adoption with both of Ellie’s birth parents and their families. We are so grateful to have a relationship with them and for Ellie to know how much they love her. We look forward to building new relationships going forward.

            We look forward to getting to know you better through letters, emails, phone calls, texts, or visits and are open to a relationship that is comfortable for everyone. We think of you often and pray that you may have peace and comfort in the decision placed before you.

Much love,

Joe and Amy