Joel and Sara - Ellen Kaplan Adoptions
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Joel and Sara

“We believe we have a lot to offer a child and we know how much love and joy we have gained from our first adoption experience!”

Location: Virginia

Ages: 54 and 46

Religion: Catholic

Professions: Residential Manager/CEO

Other Kids: 1 son

Preferences: Caucasian/Hispanic/Bi-Racial, Either Gender, Newborn up to 2 years of age

How We Met: Joel and I met at a wedding in San Miguel, Mexico. The bride produced a wedding guest booklet so the many out-of-town guests could get to know each other better. I had scoped out Joel before meeting him and the bride re-arranged the rehearsal dinner seating so we could be seated next to each other. It was love at first sight, and I knew it was meant to be when we discovered that we grew up three hours apart in Iowa along the Mississippi River. We started dating shortly after the wedding and we have been together ever since.

Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other: In the words of Joel: Sara fills me with love and joy. She is my biggest supporter, and I love her for it. God has graced me with a wonderful soulmate and I feel blessed every day to be her husband. A few things I love about Sara is her discipline, her integrity, and her devotion to our family and friends. Sara is one of the most organized people I have ever met, and I often think she accomplishes more by noon than most people do all day. I really admire how much she has accomplished as a young woman in male-dominated fields. She has had to be tough, and people who don’t know Sara well often think she has a tougher exterior than she really does. I love that I see a side of Sara that only her closest friends and family know. In the words of Sara: What I love most about Joel is his kindness. Joel has never met a stranger. He is the first person standing there when you most need a friend. When you are having a rough day, he can turn life’s little challenges into lifetime memories. Joel loves his family in big and small ways and he is incredibly sweet. He is always buying me flowers and giving me small gifts. He gets great joy out of making me happy. Words do not describe how much I love him and what he means to me. Joel has worked behind the scenes in the television news business. His work has allowed him to witness important history and meet some incredible people. Yet, he treats every person he meets with total respect. I really admire how much he genuinely cares for complete strangers.

Our Hobbies and Interests: We love to travel and have taken many great trips over the years. We both enjoy politics and we often discuss the news of the day. We like movies and music and hiking. We are best friends and have a great time together. We love doing things together as a family, admittedly more parks and kid activities these days than movies and concerts!

Why We Want to Adopt: We love being parents and would like to see our family grow. When we first decided to add to our family, we struggled with infertility and quickly realized pursuing treatments wasn’t for us. The thought of adoption was exciting to us, and we were blessed to add our son, Isaac, to our family through adoption. We couldn’t imagine life without him! We believe we have a lot to offer a child and we know how much love and joy we have gained from our first adoption experience!

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