We’re Brad and Joanna, and we’re both so grateful that you’re taking a moment to get to know us. We can only imagine how heavy this decision must feel, and all the big emotions that may come with it, so we hope you’re giving yourself the time and space to find the best match for you.
We hope we can be that match.
We were so lucky to find each other when we did. We both worked for Redwood National Park in California for many years. We must have passed each other a hundred times, but only actually met once or twice. It wasn’t until we both became newly single that we were brought together by a mutual colleague. We had both recently come out of relationships that were clearly not right for us. When we met, we were both committed to finding our perfect partner, and not settling like we had in the past. We felt a strong pull to one another and instantly became friends. We took our time to get to know each other, and enjoyed learning about one another while hiking, fishing, walking along the nearby beach, and making meals together. Our friendship was fun and full of laughter, but it was also very honest. We confided in each other about what we wanted from a future partner. When it became clear that we were a perfect match, Brad finally admitted his feelings for Joanna and they began a relationship that is still absolutely amazing after seven years.
We are still so grateful that we met each other when we did, and that we found such a great match. We have a ritual of saying how grateful we are for each other so that we never take our relationship for granted. We recognize that we’re so lucky, and that we have something very special. To this day, our home is still full of laughter, honesty, and respect.
We have both always wanted to be parents, and to raise good people who can have a positive impact on the people around them. After we got married in 2020, we started trying to get pregnant. It wasn’t until 2022 that we learned that we were infertile, and we would never be able to have biological children. Of course, the news felt devastating at the time, but we gave ourselves time to grieve and heal. We had discussed adoption as an option for us before learning about our infertility, so the decision to pursue adoption was an easy one. We have family and friends who have incredible adoption stories, both as adoptees and adoptive parents, so we know how harmonious, nurturing, and unconditionally loving an adoptive family can be.
We are so ready for this. We have spent the last three years preparing for a baby, and we’re ready for all of it. We can’t wait to experience the joy, the fear, the excitement, the heartache, and everything that comes with raising a child.
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