About Us

We believe we must honestly embrace loss and darkness in life in order to embrace growth and joy. This blog is titled Joy Embraced as we highlight the ups and downs in our personal journey. On this (public) blog, we mostly choose to celebrate. But we are not strangers to difficulty. And we certainly do our best to limit sharing our kids’ stories.

This blog is the perspective of foster and adoptive parents — and, in that, it’s view is limited. We learn from each other. As our own children mature, they may begin telling their stories. That’s their choice. Until then, we encourage you to seek out adult adoptees who are currently writing and speaking. Adoptee voices are so important — most important, we believe.

2017-July

Joey and Elaine with our children, 2017

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Our Story and Journey

We met in college. Joey was a first-year nursing student when he met Elaine, who was in her second year as an education major at the time. However, we didn’t begin dating until after graduation.

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A few years into marriage, we wanted to start a family. Then, we faced infertility. We had some choices to make and we ultimately chose to fill our empty home with children in the state’s temporary custody.  (Read more about why we made that decision here.) We began the process of training and applying with the local Children Services agency in 2011, and received both foster and adoptive licenses six months later. We welcomed our first two children into our home right away.

As foster parents, we provide a caring home for babies and toddlers but we also find joy in loving on their original (birth) families. The little ones will probably never remember being in our home, but their parents will. We believe our positive interaction with the family is what makes the most impact. We find ways to encourage them and to let them know their children are safe while they work through things. We support reunification. Elaine enjoys photography and loves taking photos of the kids for their parents.

We are also parents to four children who joined our family through adoption. We respect and pray often for their first families.

(Read What we believe about adoption.)

2017-April

We strive to be parents who provide both physical and spiritual nutrition for our children. We are Christians; our faith and hope rest in the finished work of Jesus Christ.  We also believe children also need fun, educational play which helps them develop into the adults they’re meant to be!

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“Love takes us all a lifetime to tell.”

                                                         – Michael Card

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Our Thoughts

We support relationships between adoptive and birth families, when possible. Like all relationships, there are times when the adults will have conflicting feelings. We need to talk and adjust to do what’s best for the kids. We believe it’s a delicate balance, and one that is very difficult but very important. Adoption is complex. It can be healthy with honest dialogue and assessment.

Please read What we believe about adoption.

– Contact us via email: joyembraced (at) gmail.com

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“There’s so much of the story that’s still yet to unfold”

                                                                                                              –Steven Curtis Chapman

 

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