Josh and Anjie
Hello! We are Josh, Anjie and our son Sam, a fun family living in the suburbs just north of Seattle. 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.
We became friends at work in 2008 and after spending most of our spare time together, started dating just over a year later. We married in the fall of 2013 and within a year bought our first house, which is coincidentally when we also adopted our cat, Liz Lemon. We were hoping to start a family right away but 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’re ready to grow our family again, we know in our hearts that open adoption is the natural next step. We believe that every child deserves to know their whole story and be in relationship with their birth family.
Josh is an accountant at a local accounting firm. 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 and can be found taking pictures at every opportunity. Or baking. She loves her family and friends and is grateful for their wisdom, laughter, and support – emotionally and with everything that goes along with being parents.
Sam attends a nearby preschool and couldn’t be happier there. He tells us all about his “great day!” when we pick him up in the afternoons and is always so excited to go back. We enjoy eating dinner together on weeknights and look forward to “Family Days” on weekends. Josh does most of the cooking, and we are so lucky that Sam will eat just about anything, as he likes to have a voice in the weekly meal planning. He comes up with some great ideas, but if it were up to him, we would have roast beef every week! Sam is very excited about becoming a big brother and we know he will be so good at it. He’s caring, thoughtful and the best little helper.
Weekends include getting outside as a family, rain or shine. (And let’s be honest, in the Seattle area, it’s often rain.) We love driving to the local beaches on Puget Sound for rock skipping and shell collecting. Or we head out for a bike ride, walk, or hike in the woods. On sunny days, we head to the zoo, the playground, or out for a picnic. We actually love the zoo so much that we are members and go as often as possible. Grandmas and Grandpas live a few hours away on the other side of the mountains in Washington, so we can easily set out to one of their houses for the weekend. (Although we’re pretty sure they wish it was every weekend.)
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!
We look forward to welcoming a birth family into our lives and creating new traditions, as well as developing the traditions we already have in new ways together. We can’t wait to see how we all learn and grow from the lifelong relationship. Our hope is that everyone involved will feel loved, safe, and have a true sense of belonging.
With gratitude and respect,
Josh, Anjie and Sam (and Liz Lemon)