|Our Education||BS in Elementary Education, BS in Child Development and Family Sciences||AS in Sales and Marketing|
|Our Professions||Teacher & coach||School Administrative Assistant|
|Stay-At-Home||Summers off||Summers off, possible full-time after baby arrives|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Joe & Amanda's Favorites
|Favorite holiday?||4th of July||Christmas or the 4th|
|Favorite Sport?||to watch: football to play: golf||to watch: baseball to play: volleyball|
|Favorite food?||pizza||Mexican...or pasta...or cheese ; )|
|Favorite vacation spot?||The lakes||Put me on the beach next to the water and I'm a happy camper!|
|Favorite TV Show?||The Office, Criminal Minds, NCIS||Grey's Anatomy, This is Us, Criminal Minds|
|Favorite Pizza Topping?||Supreme ||Sausage and Green Olives|
|Favorite Smell?||Fresh cut grass||Black Cherry Merlot soap from Bath and Body Works|
|More About Our Family
|Things We Like To Do|
We both grew up as athletes in high school and into college, and sports continue to be a big part of our life. We love golfing, fishing, and playing beanbags at the family lake house. We spend a lot of our free time doing house projects in our home we've remodeled! We like hanging out with our friends watching the local college football team on Saturdays or going on a weekend getaway with them to see a fun band. In the summer we love to be outside- Amanda in the garden and Joe working in the yard. We also try to go on a camping trip each summer. We like to spend time with our families. We also like to curl up with a blanket on the couch and watch our favorite shows with just the two of us.
|We Live In...|
North Dakota! Amanda was raised in North Dakota, and Joe in Minnesota.
We both grew up with family dogs and Amanda had an occasional fish. Right now we share our home with Teddy, our 12-year old Shiranian. He is a playful, loving, snuggly little guy who is the cutest dog we've ever seen.
We are both blessed to have been raised by parents that have fun and loving marriages that are still going strong today. Amanda was raised in a loving home as the only child and spent a lot of family time with her cousins with whom she is close. Joe was raised in a busy home as the oldest of four; one brother and two sisters.
|Faith and Values|
We were both raised in Christian families. Amanda grew up attending Bible camps in the summer and went to a private Christian school K-12. We want our child to grow up going to Sunday School, camps, and always knowing that Jesus loves them. We strive to live our life according to the Christian morals and standards we were raised with and what we believe to be right.
|What We Want to Teach Our Children|
We strive to raise kind, adventurous, creative kids. Amanda is excited to pass on her love of gardening and planting flowers and canning salsa. Joe is excited to teach them how to kick a football, how to keep the grass green, the perfect way to grill a burger. Sports have been a big part of our lives and we're excited to pass on the love of lifelong activities to our kids. Amanda also loves the theater and Joe loves to sing. Think more along the lines of 'car karaoke' than in an actual choir.
We want our children to grow up to be well-rounded individuals who stand up for what they believe is right and to never be afraid to pursue what makes them truly happy.
|What Lead Us to Adoption|
Amanda has always known that she wanted to adopt. She was adopted as an infant, and has experienced first-hand the blessings that adoption can provide, not only in her own life but in the lives of three of her cousins who were also adopted. Adoption has always been an amazing, beautiful, and very normal part of her family.
We struggled for many years to conceive, but were not successful. Since we had always known adoption would be apart of our story we are excited to start this journey!
Our whole family is SO EXCITED to welcome a child into our fun, loving, and crazy clan!
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 3 months old
We would be ecstatic to welcome twins into our family!
We are open to either gender.
|Ethnicity of Child||Caucasian, Asian, African American, Caucasian/ Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic, Caucasian/African American|
|Future Contact with Birth Family|
We would love to work with you in building open contact that you are comfortable with. We are open to sharing letters, pictures, and visits!
Thank you for taking the time to read through our website and for getting to know a little about us in a nutshell! If you'd like to know more or have any questions, or maybe you'd like to get in contact with us, please call or text Lifetime at 1(800)923-6784. We would love to get to know you as well! We hope to hear from you soon!