Joe & Audra

“While we love our little family, we also have so much more love to give and always envisioned we would adopt.”

Location: Virginia

Ages: 39 and 40

Religion: Christian/Catholic

Professions: US Army/Political Consultant

Other Kids: 1 daughter

Preferences: Any Race, Either Gender, Newborn up to 2.5 years of age

How We Met: WE MET IN LONDON IN 2011. Some people meet at the gym. Well, we met at a BBQ that our gym was hosting. It was late Summer and Joe was finishing up his degree at the University of London. Audra was in an internship with her graduate school program. The first few days we hung out consisted of us walking all through London and going on long runs together. Joe actually went back to Boston about 2 weeks after our first meeting and we continued “dating” via Google video calls for 2 more months. Once Audra’s internship was done, she decided to join Joe in Boston.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other: Joe is the most kind, loving, patient human I’ve ever met. He’s a wonderful father and I love watching how he interacts with River. He loves exploring the world with her and patiently pointing new things out to her and allowing her to investigate those things. Audra is a true “mama bear” in every sense of the term. She passionately protects and advocates for the people around her, while also being incredibly kind and gentle. This passion sits beautifully alongside the caring and sensitive way she cares for people.

Our Hobbies and Interests: We love the water and the outdoors. One of our favorite family activities is simply taking very long walks. We live close to the James river, where we like to take walks on the trails. And we love walking around the very large park near our house. Joe loves music and playing the guitar and Audra loves dancing to silly music with our daughter. We enjoy golfing and swimming – really any excuse to go outside.

Why We Want to Adopt: While we love our little family, we also have so much more love to give and always envisioned we would adopt. We had our daughter, River, after several miscarriages and in-vitro fertilization. Miraculously, modern science helped bring her to us. But her birth was medically difficult for Audra and so it helped us finally take the plunge to fully pursue adoption!