We have talked about adopting for years and is something we really want to be a part of. Your child is someone we are prepared to treasure with all our hearts. Being parents already of a 2 ½ year-old has allowed us to grow in so many ways and given us a renewed purpose in life. Your child will have dedicated, experienced parents and a loving older brother to care for him/her. Thank you for considering us to adopt your baby. We are so full of joy to have the opportunity to add another member to our family!
Hi! We are Michelle & Joey from sunny Southern California
Things We Will Teach Our Children
- Positive attitude
This Is Us
From the very beginning it was clear that we were meant for each other. We both grew up in suburban Ohio homes with loving families. 7 years ago we met while working at the same marketing company. After a year and a half of friendship we began dating. We moved to California together for a bigger career opportunity and then married in 2016. We felt blessed to have so many loved ones fly out from all around the country to join us on our big day. We are huge animal lovers and our wedding would not have been complete without our 2 dogs in attendance and dressed to the nines as ring-bearer and flower girl! To this day, our friends all agree we must have been made for each other.
We enjoy an active lifestyle and staying physically fit is important to us. We do cross-training exercises several times a week out back in the fresh air. On the weekends, we may go hiking on nearby mountain trails or take strolls on the neighborhood walkways. We love taking Braxton to the beach, which is only an hour drive away. Of course we also enjoy our down-time for things like cuddling on the couch, lounging by our pool and quality spending time with family. Our relationship is strong because we built it on a foundation of honesty, trust, consideration and communication. We’ve only grown closer together over the years and we are grateful we have found in each other a best friend and partner in life.
Meet Joey, By Michelle
- Joey is one of the easiest people to get along with. He makes fast friends and enjoys getting people to laugh as much as he loves deep connecting conversations.
- Joey a natural born leader. He has the ability to connect and inspire people from all walks of life. He is a man of strong integrity, always doing what he says he will and speaking in truth. He has a caring heart and shows that with his kind generosity toward others. Joey had a close relationship with his dad (now passed) and is grateful for so much of what his dad taught him about having a good character and how to be successful in life. Joey is excited to be that same kind of role model for our kids as his dad was for him. For now, Joey enjoys every opportunity to play around with our son and getting him to laugh.
- Joey inspires me every day with his positive attitude and dedication to both his work team members and our son.
Joey’s Hobbies and Interests
- Working out, hiking, watching sports, coaching sports, yoga, music, playing golf
- Reading about successful or inspiring leaders
- Having vision conversations and helping people find inspiration to achieve what they ultimately want
Meet Michelle, By Joey
Michelle is the most caring, compassionate and outward focused person I have ever met. She is driven by a passion to make our world a better place. She spends her time volunteering: as a CASA - advocating for children in foster care, periodically working with animal rescues, cleaning up trash at parks and coming up with ways of inspiring children in the community to connect with nature. Michelle often gets booked as a guest speaker on the topic of plant-based nutrition and environmental sustainability.
Aside from her volunteering, Michelle is a stay-at-home mom. She spends most of her days with Braxton doing fun activities, like play dates, swimming lessons, toddler sing-a-longs at the library, and spending a lot of time outdoors in nature. She is consistently teaching the values we feel are important and running the house with healthy habits. I am more in love with Michelle than the day we got married and feel I found my soul mate, best friend and the most amazing mother possible. Braxton and I are extremely lucky to have her love and another child will be as well
Michelle’s Hobbes and Interests
- Nature! Hiking, backpacking, gardening
- Learning. About plants, animals, spiritual development, child development, everything!
- Facilitates a family nature exploration group every week for the community
- Yoga, healthy plant-based cooking, volunteering & community involvement
Our Family & Home
Joey’s family – mom, sister, brother-in-law and twin nephews – live just 3 miles away from us. We are all close and see each other every week. The boys all have so much fun playing together. Joey’s sister is a nurse and it’s really been great to have one in the family! His mom spent years working in the classroom as a preschool aide and is great at using her teaching skills for the kids in our family.
Michelle’s family lives in Ohio. We go to visit her mom & dad, 2 sisters and 13-year-old nephew twice a year. Her parents also come to visit us frequently. Michelle’s dad is talented at fixing things around the house and also very computer and tech savvy. He enjoys sharing his skills when needed! Michelle’s mom is one of the best listeners you’ve ever met and always there for the family when we need anything.
Our parents both have lasting marriages (both married 40+ years) setting a great example for us. Joey’s grandparents are married 70 years and counting. We are grateful to have a supportive, loving and tight-knit family, which includes our large extended family of cousins, aunts and uncles. Some of our family traditions include Christmas (and snow!) in Ohio with Michelle’s family, Thanksgiving at our house joined by Joey’s family and our close friends, and our annual 4th of July week vacation!
Meet Brother Braxton
Braxton is an active and adventurous boy who loves climbing and exploring. He is also very cuddly and often goofs around. He enjoys the company of other children and is fascinated by babies. He especially enjoys his time with his older cousins and quickly becomes interested in anything they are doing.
We have 3 dogs and 1 cat, all who adore our son and are very gentle with children. We believe there are so many great things children can learn from being raised with pets!
We live in a 5-bedroom house on 1.7 acres in a gated community. We are continually enhancing the landscaping around our home to include more organic edibles such as fruit trees, vegetables and herbs for fresh picking. We have a nature trail down a slope in our backyard leading to a city park with more hiking trails. The southern California suburb we live in is known for being extremely family-friendly and one of the safest cities in the nation. We love the ongoing family events in our community and one of our favorite is the free concerts in the parks during summer months. The schools in our community are among the highest rated in the state. We are so fortunate to live in California where our children are able to play outside all year long, in our pool, trampoline, or any of the nearby parks and lakes. Things we love in our community – 1) Concerts at Central Park, 2) “Paseos” network of trails that interconnect neighborhoods and parks throughout the community, 3) Nature center with special programs for children, 4) close proximity to beach and mountains, 5) Safe family community.
List of Favorites!
Joey: Dances With Wolves
Michelle: Angelina Jolie
Joey: Sylvester Stallone
Favorite TV Show
Michelle: Modern Family
Joey: Game of Thrones
Joey: Fourth of July
Michelle: Bora Bora
Joey: Bora Bora
Michelle: Nahko and Medicine for the People
- To encourage and empower our child to pursue his or her passions
- To challenge him or her to be their best self
- Unconditional love
- To show our children to learn through experiences and adventures
Thank you for considering us to parent your child, something we will be eternally grateful for when chosen! We promise to give our whole hearts to raising and loving your child as our own. It is our intention to offer our children a life of opportunity and to provide all the support they need to live happy and fulfilled lives.