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Samantha and Joel

Things That Make US Happy

Samantha
  • 1. Being with friends/family
  • 2. Riding bikes at the beach
  • 3. Coffee/ sweets
  • 4. Being a mom
  • 5. Disneyland
Joel
  • 1. The beach
  • 2. Being with friends/family
  • 3. Movie nights
  • 4. Bike rides
  • 5. Country concerts

Dear Birth Mother – 

We are Joel and Samantha and we are honored that you are taking the time to get to know us better.

Thank you so much for taking a glimpse into our lives through this profile. We cannot begin to understand what you must be going through at this time. We know that you love and care deeply for your baby, and we admire your incredible selflessness. We hope this will show you more about who we are as a family, what we love, and what we like to do.

We could not have been more blessed with the adoption of our son and cannot wait for a brother or sister to join him. We can’t wait to show another little one the joys and challenges of life through love. We are beyond ready to begin the next phase of our life as a family of four.

 

Our Story

We met and became friends in high school, but didn’t start dating until we graduated in 2006. We knew instantly that God placed us together. We loved spending time together, had similar interests, and enjoyed being with each other’s families. We went on many dates to Disneyland, the beach, bike rides, and simple movie nights at home. After four years dating we were engaged and got married in 2010. We have been beyond happily married ever since. We still love every minute we spend together.

Joel is a firefighter and Samantha is a former teacher, who now enjoys being a stay at home mom with Tucker. Joel loves his job as a firefighter paramedic. He enjoys getting to help others while at work. Joel’s non-traditional work schedule provides a lot of time together. We plan many fun family adventures, such as trips to the park, walks on the beach, bike rides, Disneyland days, time with loved ones, as well as relaxing days at home.

We are both huge family people and are looking forward to growing our family through adoption again. We are really close with our friend group (they are basically family) as well. We spend most of our time with our friends and their kiddos. After a long journey of trying to grow our family, and losing a baby, then being blessed with adoption we could not have asked for anything more. Adoption is the perfect way to continue and grow the family we have always dreamed of. We cannot wait to become an adventurous loving family of four.

About Samantha by Joel 

Samantha is one of the most kindhearted and loving individuals I have ever met, and I feel so blessed to call her my wife. Her love and positive energy will fill up any room. She will always brighten your day. Samantha loves to spend time with family and friends, go to the beach, travel, and bake desserts.  One thing you will quickly find out about Samantha is that she is very loving and compassionate toward children. Samantha is the best nurturing mother any child could ask for. Samantha grew up babysitting at a young age, taking care of her younger sisters, and ultimately ended up in a career path where she could be surrounded by children.

As a teacher she has impacted and shaped many of her students’ lives. Samantha’s compassion and loving tender heart made her a great teacher. Prior to her teaching career, Samantha attended Vanguard University and obtained a degree in Liberal Studies, which she did in only three years. Samantha is a very determined individual. When she puts her mind and effort into something, she will go above and beyond to make it happen.

Samantha is always surrounded by a solid group of friends, as well as their little ones. On days I am working, Samantha will come by the fire station with Tucker for visits. Tucker adores Samantha and is always so excited to be with her. Samantha enjoys taking Tucker to Disneyland, the park, on play-dates, and playing at the house with him.

Things I love about Samantha  

  • She loves helping others
  • She is tenderhearted
  •  She loves being a mom
  • She has a beautiful smile
  • She loves God

About Joel by Samantha

I fell in love with Joel because of his compassion toward others, sense of humor, and commitment to all that he does. He is an amazing man of God, and so much fun to be around. His laugh is contagious and fills any room. Joel is also very sensitive and aware of other’s needs. He is very loving and thoughtful which make him an amazing father.  I am so blessed to have him as my husband and best friend. I love watching him as a father!

Joel is adored by Tucker and all our friends kiddos. All the kiddos love to play with Joel, chase him, tease him, and copy what he does. Joel is kind and loving and mostly makes Tucker laugh.

Joel is a firefighter and paramedic. He also has a degree in Kinesiology from Vanguard University. His compassion and commitment to others make him a wonderful firefighter. Although his schedule is somewhat random, he gets about four days off at a time! Thankfully Joel works close to our home so we can visit him while he is at work.

In his free time Joel loves to work out, spend time with friends and family, relax at home and watch a movie, go on bike rides, go to the beach, or go on a weekend getaway.

Things I love about Joel 

  • He is compassionate
  • He has the best contagious laugh
  • He is a dedicated hard worker
  • He is an incredible dad
  • He is an amazing Godly man

 

Family

Samantha has an older brother, two younger sisters, a brother-in-law, and sister-in-law. Her parents live close by, in the home she grew up in. Her family spends a lot of time together BBQing, playing games, and hanging out by the pool in the backyard. Samantha also has a large close extended family who gets together frequently.

Joel has two younger sisters. His mom lives close to the beach in the house he grew up in. His mom is always planning fun activities to do together, such as camping trips with the RV, family dinners, or gathering with friends. Joel’s dad doesn’t live too far either, so we get to spend time with him frequently as well.

We both grew up in Orange County, California, and had similar upbringings. We were raised in families that established strong morals and ethics in us. Our families modeled the importance of putting family first. Our families set great examples for us, and we are excited that we get to continue to pass that along as we grow our family. Since both of our families are close by we get to spend a lot of time with them.

Another huge part of our “family” is our church family. We are blessed to be connected to a large group of friends all with families in the same life stages.  We get to see them multiple times a week. We meet for bible study, attend church, go out to dinner, to parks, movies, BBQ, and just spend time together. We support one another and encourage each other as we go through life together.

Everyone in our family (including our friends) is super excited to welcome another little one to our family. We are so excited to continue family values, take family trips, and create new traditions as our family grows. We look forward to being surrounded by so many people who will love and support another little one.

 

Home Sweet Home    

We live in Orange County, near the beach. Our community has many beaches, parks, places for bike rides, and walking trails around the bay. We love having people over and spending time in our home. We cannot wait to have another little one running around to add to the charm of our place. We love to decorate a little for every holiday, especially Christmas. We enjoy making our house feel like a comfortable home.

When we are home, we enjoy playing games and reading with Tucker, being in the backyard, or making a meal together. We also enjoy being out in the community on bike rides, trips to the beach, going to Disneyland, going to the zoo, going to the local farm, and walking around outdoors. Being that we live in Southern California we have beautiful weather year round and are able to enjoy outdoor activities all year. We love where we live, and it is a great place to raise our family.

Things that make us happy

  • We love being outdoors and going on bike rides at the beach.
  • We love going and getting coffee together and spending time chatting.
  • We enjoy spoiling Tucker.
  • We enjoy going to Disneyland as a family .
  • We love going on adventures to different parks.

Our Thoughts about Parenting

Our goal is to raise happy, loving, caring, and well-rounded children, who will have all the adequate tools to navigate their way through life. We want to instill strong morals and ethics in our children that will help guide their decisions. We will maintain an environment that is secure and supportive. We want to make our children laugh every day. We want to raise children who will always feel the bond of a loving family.

As parents we do our best to build a safe and loving environment where our children can:

  • Develop strong Christian values and become established in their faith
  • Follow their dreams
  • Develop long lasting relationships
  • Learn compassion for others
  • Be grounded and confident in who they are
  • Know how to have fun and laugh everyday

Fun things to know about us

  • Joel spent many summers as a teen lifeguarding in Huntington Beach
  • Samantha grew up riding horses
  • We love planning and taking family vacations
  • Samantha loves to bake sweet treats
  • Joel is always making people laugh with his one liners
  • We love going to the beach, on bike rides, and parks as a family
  • Samantha raised guide dog puppies as a teen
  • Joel twisted balloons making all sorts of characters and animals

 

Thank you

Thank you so much for learning more about us. We can’t even begin to imagine the journey you are on. We want you to know that we are ready and excited to grow our family through adoption again. We are committed to our family, and continuing to grow it through adoption. We are confident that God will bless us with the perfect family. We want to thank you for this incredible opportunity.

If you have any questions for us or would like to speak with us about adopting your child, please contact your case worker at AdoptHelp by calling 1-800-637-7999.