Hi! We're Amy and Joe.
First, thank you for taking the time to want to learn more about us.
We are going to do our best to give you an idea of who we are, where we came from and where we think we are going.
You'll see in our pictures that we smile a lot. We really do! Mostly because we appreciate the good we have with each other.
We met about 10 years ago at a special event that was going on at church. Before leaving Joe asked me out to dinner. We went to Ruby Tuesdays and haven't looked back! We learned at dinner that we grew up 6 blocks away from each other but never met because Joe is a few years older. Joe used to ride his bike past my house all the time as a kid. We both moved back to our hometowns within a few months of each other so it really felt like it was meant to be and we got married 3 years to the day that we met. We love that our anniversary is also the anniversary of the day we met. This year we will have been married for 7 years,
We also wrote a little about each of us under our parent bios.
So where to go from here? Why don't we share a little bit about what a typical day looks like in our world...
For me Amy, I work from home for a dot com and am a marketing manager. My team designs materials and emails used by our sales team.
When our family grows, I plan to take an extended leave to be a full-time mom. Since I work from home I plan to try working from home after the leave. If I believe I can be the mom I want to be and be the employee I want to me I will consider doing both. If I am not doing both well then, I plan to quit my job.
I had a stay at home mom and it's important to me to give that to my family.
Hi it's Joe. I work from home too! I work in IT and can choose the 8-hour block of time I want to work. I'm a morning person so I tend to work earlier in the morning.
After working for a bit around 7a.m. I usually head out and meet some of my friends for breakfast and work from there for a while. When I am done with work in the afternoon I tend to do projects around the house or go swimming in the pool.
When our family grows I plan on spending the afternoons enjoying it together as a family I also hope my morning breakfasts include a kid's menu!
We like to travel. Something we share that is similar is that we traveled with our families as kids in a similar way. We would both go on weekend trips, travel with scouting. I was a boy scout and Amy was a girl scout. We are always up for a good road trip!
With Amy coming from such a big family we have a special place in our hearts for siblings. We know there can be situations where an older sibling may be involved and we are open to talking about that too. Siblings are special and we believe keeping them together is important.
We have some photos below of our extended family— Amy’s sisters and brother and all the nephews and niece. We also added a photo of Amy with two of her sisters when they were little. Her other two siblings were still a sparkle in their parents eyes at the time!
This is just a little bit about us. We hope this gives you an idea about who we are. We're always open to sharing more.
We have what you would call a typical southern home. It's one story and has 3 bedrooms, a living room, dining room, kitchen and a little office area with an in ground pool in the back and a patio for grilling.
The best thing we like about our house is how the kitchen is open to the living room so we can talk and cook at dinner time.
Hi, I'm Amy. I'm the oldest of five. I have three sisters and a brother. Being a part of a big family is such a part of who I am. I love my sisters and brother. It was funny when I told them Joe and I were planning on adopting. They were all so excited. I have always wanted to adopt since I was young. It was just something I have known I was meant to do.
As long as I can remember I have had dreams and goals. It's just a part of who I am. I have always been very driven but driven only in the things that were important to me.
My two little kid dreams were to go to an ivy league school and to run for elected office. While it was very disappointing to me that I didn't get into an ivy league college my first try I did go to college.
I didn't give up on my dream and tried again when applying for my masters I was accepted to an ivy league school! The day I graduated was the most amazing experience. I think not getting in the first time made it that much sweeter.
I also do a lot of community work and had the opportunity to run for office. This dream I achieved on my first try! By the time I was 30 I achieved both of my childhood dreams. Now I spend my spare time helping others achieve their dreams. I have helped people start their own non-profits and businesses.
But when it all comes down to it-- what it is important to me is family. I have 8 nephews and a niece and along with my siblings and my parents we spend all of the holidays together and try to spend some time in the summer together. It has always been important to us to stay close with one another.
It's Joe. I am not sure if you can see the wing I'm standing next to in the photo. I'm standing next to a plane up in Alaska. Going to Alaska was a dream come true for me. I mention the plane because another dream of mine was learning how to fly. Over the last 10 years I have worked hard to make that dream come true.
Growing up there were people in my life who didn't believe that I would accomplish much. A few didn't even think I would make it through high school. But. I did. While I chose not to go to college I was able to turn my computer hobby in to a job and then into a career. Today, I work on technology that protects planes.
I'm really proud of my work and more proud that I worked hard to become the person I am today despite what some people thought when I was growing up.
For me, my family story is a little different. Both of my parents are no longer with us and my immediate family was much smaller than Amy's. I often tell Amy that without her I'd be a lonely meatball in a big pot of sauce!
God is good. He has brought us together and has brought many amazing people into my life. Even though I may not have had biological brothers I have many men who are my brothers.
While Amy isn't always good at sharing the little things-- like a piece of candy or the blankets at night-- she has shared her family graciously with me.
Like Amy I have always wanted to adopt. It is something that we were pleasantly surprised to learn about each other when we first met.