|Occupation:||Financial Controller & Orchestra Director|
|Education:||Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree|
|Interest:||Saltwater aquariums, bbq smoking, camping/hunting|
|Education:||Bachelor’s and Master’s|
|Interest:||Cooking, reading, traveling, & finding best restaurants|
|Pets:||Dog and fish|
Dear Birth Mother & Birth Family,
We are Josh and Katie and we are truly honored that you are considering including our family as part of your adoption journey. We are completely overwhelmed with your bravery, courage, and selflessness. Know that you and your precious baby are prayed for daily, not only by us, but by our family and friends. We pray for God’s guidance and for peace in making this decision, whatever that decision may be. We hope this letter gives you a glimpse into our lives and all the love and support your child will receive. We would be incredibly blessed by your confidence in our family.
Josh and I (Katie) met in a high school orchestra group; I was a freshman and Josh a junior. After being friends for a little bit, we started dating in December 2006 and have been together ever since! We were married in June 2012 after college graduations. Fast forward to today, Josh works at our church in a very unique role: he is the Financial Controller and the Orchestra Director. Not many people have Masters degrees in both Orchestral Conducting and Accounting, but Josh does! He is the ultimate protector and provider, a big goofball, but has the sweetest heart and cares deeply about his family and friends. I have been a high school math teacher for seven years and I am currently teaching at a Christian private school in Oklahoma City. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and I love making math fun (or at least less boring) for my students! We both plan on continuing to work after we take some time off initially but we have a few friends/family members who watch children during the day and would love to love on the baby while we are at work. Family is important to both of us and we are fortunate to have so many family members living here in OKC: both of our sets of parents, one set of grandparents, Josh’s brother, both of my siblings and a brother-in-law, our two sweet nieces, and tons of aunts/uncles/cousins, etc. We enjoy spending time together all crammed around the dining room table.
Josh and I have been asked many times, “Why adoption?” The answer is simple: adoption so beautifully mirrors God’s great love for us. Adoption has always been on our hearts as a way to grow our family, even before we were married. We had been trying for a few years to get pregnant and, after some testing, found out that it may be more difficult for us to have children, though not impossible. Despite that news, Josh and I still felt God telling us, “I have a plan for your family. Just trust me, follow me.” Our following has led us here to Deaconess and to you. Josh and I know that this decision is not an easy one to make but, that fact that you have chosen this option, we know you love your child to the moon and back. We want you to know that we have been praying for you every day since we started this process. We would be honored to have you and your family as apart of our lives, but do not want to force anything on you. We want you to be comfortable with the amount of “openness” we have and the frequency. We will always update you with pictures and achievements throughout the child’s life, be it through text, email, or in person. You would be giving us the greatest gift we’ve ever received and we would be honored to share our lives with you. This child will know where they came from and how much they are loved.
The verse that God has laid on our hearts during this whole process is Psalm 139: 13-14.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” This baby is known by our Heavenly Father, made reverently and perfectly down to their innermost parts. This baby is a gift and loved by so many already, as are you and your family. We would be so honored to surround you, your family, and this child with a loving and supportive community. We promise our home will be safe, full of joy, & abounding with unconditional love. We promise you will always be a part of our story and we will never forget or diminish the sacrifice you made for this baby. We hope you find peace and clarity as you make your placement decision. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about us.
Josh and Katie