Galen & Josh
Galen & Josh
Race of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
Family Type: LGBT
State we live in: CA
Religion: Spiritual, non-denominational/Jewish
Dear Expectant Mother,
We know that adoption is not an easy decision and is one you are putting a lot of thought into. We hope you know how grateful we would be to adopt your child and how much love we have to share. We will create a supportive home full of laughter, joy, and positivity. We will instill strong values, teach your child to treat others with compassion, and to love wholeheartedly.
We will devote ourselves to helping your child grow and navigate their way through life. We will encourage your child to follow his or her dreams and realize their fullest potential. We know that as hard as we try to shield them from disappointment and heartbreak, that’s just part of growing up. We will, however, equip them with the tools to get through it!
If we are fortunate enough to adopt your child, we will give them everything we have to give. We will try our hardest not to spoil them but can’t make any promises (our dog, Maddie, needs to be carried over wet grass and shivers if the temperature outside dips below 65). We know we won’t be perfect, but we promise to do our absolute best.
Thank you for considering us, and we look forward to learning more about you!
We originally met in Chicago, city of freezing winters and deep dish pizza! We moved to California three years ago and have been living here since. We recently tied the knot and are enjoying newly married life. Galen is a business lead for a national healthcare company, and Josh is an associate for a leading investment bank. We both earned master’s degrees while together and supported each other every step of the way. In our free time, we both enjoy hiking, gardening, cooking, volunteering, and going on new adventures. We are fortunate to have a great network of friends and family nearby, many of whom have children, and we regularly get together. We are truly a team and each other’s best friends, and are ecstatic to grow our family!
We live in a charming two-bedroom house. The backyard is perfect for a child to play in. The weather is beautiful here year round, so we spend a lot of time outside. We love to garden and incorporate the home-grown fruits and veggies into our cooking. Our neighborhood is full of young families with plenty of kids to play with! We are also in a great school district and within walking distance of the schools. Maddie Mae is our adorable toy poodle. You will see from our photos that she goes everywhere with us. We are also the temporary foster parents of Tesha, a rabbit in need of a home. We volunteer for Rabbit Haven, a non-profit that finds homes for over 700 rabbits a year.
Our Extended Family
We are very close with our families. Josh’s immediate family lives in New York and includes his mom, dad, and sister. Josh grew up in a Jewish household, so when we visit, Josh’s mom cooks up a storm for Shabbat dinner—matzo ball soup, challah, and brisket with a side of Jewish guilt (I’m so glad you’re here, but you don’t visit enough!). Some of Josh’s cousins live near us, and we enjoy getting together with them on weekends.
Galen has a very large immediate family, and we are very close with his dad, stepmom, two sisters, and two step-brothers. We are also close with his sisters’ spouses, identical twin nephews, aunts, and grandparents. They all live in San Antonio, and we travel there several times a year to visit.
Our families started spending Christmas in Texas together, which has quickly become an annual tradition. Josh’s family really enjoys the Texas experience—visiting the Alamo, listening to Garth Brooks, and eating a delicious Tex-Mex dinner with tamales, pozole, and chili-spiced mangos! It is such a joy having both of our families there to celebrate the holidays together.
What Led Us To Adoption
We are beyond excited to adopt! Both of us have always envisioned having a family, and it was a big reason why we knew we would be compatible. One thing that has been incredibly reaffirming for us is seeing the joy children bring to the people in our lives. Seeing a baby smile, laugh, experience new things, and even cry melts our hearts and underscores how important having children is to us. We also know how challenging it will be; our parents have all said having children was the most difficult thing they ever did in life, yet it was also the most rewarding. Our families are very supportive of our decision to adopt and excited to see our family grow.