Hello, we are Joey and T.J. We live in Columbia, South Carolina with our son and daughter and we have been married for more than 11 years. We laugh...a lot! We sincerely enjoy one another's company, and we have very compatible ideals and dreams for the future. A perfect day for us would be a trip to the zoo or a local park with our kids and then some downtime relaxing at home. Our evenings often end with a family tickle pile and reading. We are always reading with the kids. We have a tendency to be homebodies and appreciate the simple life, but we also love to travel to the mountains, the beach, and Disney World. Even through hard times, we have found happiness, hope, and support in one another, in our family and friends, and in our faith.
We met through a mutual friend who was volunteering with me, T.J., in an AmeriCorps program. Soon after we met, Joey began volunteering on the weekends, too! Eighteen months after we started dating, we were married. We always knew we wanted children, and we hoped to have three. Unfortunately, our path to having children has not been easy. After six pregnancies, we are grateful to have two beautiful living children, Liam and Lizzy. In 2016, our daughter Laura was born prematurely at 24 weeks gestation, and she lived for a brief but meaningful 10 hours in the NICU. The miscarriages and loss of Laura were so hard, but we have become a stronger family because of them. Those losses have brought us here--to adoption! After mourning Laura for a year and carefully considering our options for growing our family, we started the home study process to adopt. We believe everything happens for a reason, and we are excited to bring another beloved child into our family through this amazing process.
Our family is full of joy, silliness, adventures, books, impromptu dance parties, and hope for a bright future with more love to share. Thanks for joining us on this journey!