CPA / Executive Assistant
Hello! We are Josh, Anjie, and our son, Sam. We’re a fun family living in the suburbs just north of Seattle, Washington, along with our cat, Turbo. Josh is a CPA at a local accounting firm. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, fishing, or tweaking a recipe to make it better. He is a hard worker, but also knows how to put work aside and have fun with his family. He’s known for his great sense of humor, especially his extensive repertoire of dad jokes. Anjie is an Executive Assistant for an asset management firm and can be found taking pictures at every opportunity or baking. She loves her friends and family and is grateful for the role they play in her life. Sam is enjoying first grade at the nearby elementary school. He plays soccer, basketball and baseball and is often invited to his friends’ homes to play. He’s quite social!
Weekends include getting outside as a family, rain or shine. (And let’s be honest, in the Seattle area, it’s often raining.) We love driving to the local beaches on Puget Sound for rock skipping and shell collecting. We enjoy heading out for a bike ride, walking, or hiking in the woods. When the weather is nice, we use our membership to spend the day at the zoo or pack up a picnic and hit up one of the many nearby playgrounds. In the summer, we can be found camping with friends or having people over to hang out in our sunny front yard.
We’re so glad to be able to give you a glimpse into our lives, and we thank you for taking the time to get to know a little about us.
After getting married, we were excited to start a family right away. However, we struggled with pregnancy loss and infertility for a few years. In late 2016, we were blessed with the miracle of our biological son, Sam. Now that we are ready to grow our family again, we know in our hearts that open adoption is the natural next step.
We recently moved to the most amazing neighborhood and couldn’t feel more blessed. So many friendly, helpful and thoughtful families close by and a huge park at the end of the street. We can safely walk to school, go to coffee shops, restaurants, more parks and a movie theater!
We love to host friends and family for any type of gathering in our home: holiday meals, watching Seahawks games, summer barbecues, and our weekly “Sunday Night Supper Club” with close friends, just to name a few. When we were searching for our current house, we knew we needed to find a home where we could use our gift of hospitality, and we have been pleasantly surprised at how many people we’ve been able to make space for!
Both sets of grandparents live in Washington state. And while not in Seattle, they are still a drivable distance away, so we get to see them often. We have siblings, nieces and nephews, aunt, uncles and cousins galore, many of whom live within a 30 minute drive, so we are never too far from family. We gather in large groups for Easter, Thanksgiving, summer adventures and other celebrations.
From Anjie: I love that Josh is hard-working, funny, and the most amazing dad. He loves me for exactly who I am and makes me feel safe. He would do anything for his family, a friend (or a stranger!), can fix almost anything, and tells the best dad jokes.
From Josh: I appreciate that Anjie is compassionate, thoughtful, and gracious. She radiates beauty from within, and can talk with anyone - making her a wonderful host. Her superpower is being a mom - it is a joy to watch her with Sam (and other kids).
We met at work in 2008 and became friends when we realized how much we had in common. After spending most of our spare time together, we started dating in early 2009, and got married in the fall of 2013.
Our hearts' desire for our children is that they know they are unconditionally loved, valued, and supported. We want them to follow their passion, whatever that may be. We will do our best to expose them to diverse experiences and will teach them to develop a respect for all people. We will nurture their curiosity and admit when we don't have all the answers.
We will model kindness, humor, and integrity, with the intent of instilling these things in our children. We hope they will find safety and security in family, friends and community. We will offer every opportunity that we are able to, including education, health, spirituality, sports and other activities, to the extent that they form an interest in any of these things.
We dream all of this for them while also letting them have fun and supporting them as they learn to become their best selves.
We believe that every child deserves to know their whole story and be in relationship with their birth family.
Our family has so much love to give, and we wish to be able to offer this love and support to a child and their birth family. We are choosing open adoption as it's the best way for an adopted child to know their whole story and be able to live into it. We hope for a fruitful, honest relationship with a birth family - one of genuine friendship without a feeling of obligation to be in each others' lives.
Families come in all forms. We will honor the fact that this will be a unique, and sometimes complex situation. We know that we have the vulnerability, grace, commitment, hospitality, and respect for others to thrive in an open adoption relationship, even when we may not always know exactly what to do.
We believe that there can never be too many people loving and cherishing a child, so we look forward to welcoming any and all of our child's birth family as part of our own.