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Family Type: Traditional Couple
Children: Yes
Location: IL
Religion: Lutheran

dear expectant mother

We are in awe of your bravery and courage as you make this choice. While we know this is incredibly difficult, we wanted to share with you how you considering us to raise your baby is a blessing.

Lana thought her life was complete with her three children, but after Joel entered her life, things began to change. He has been a wonderful role model for her children, and helps raise them as his own. Raising our children has been one of the biggest blessings in our lives. We would cherish the opportunity to shower our love on another child. Your baby would be raised in a house filled with faith and we will instill values within him or her. We are active in a variety of sports and activities, and your child would experience these throughout his or her life. We value many different traditions and can’t wait to share them with your child. We have shared our adoption plans with our children, and they are ecstatic to be a big brother and big sister. Our family is excited and can’t wait to welcome a new baby into our home and hearts. We will pray for you as you make your choice.

About Us

Joel is an elementary school teacher, football coach, and children’s author. Lana is a customer service representative for a hospital linens company. Our relationship is full of fun and laughter. We complement one another and balance each other out. Every day is an adventure to us as we love to try new and exciting things. Lana has three children from a previous relationship and we enjoy watching and supporting them in their activities. We love to cheer them on.

We are proud of our relationship as we feel it is built on trust, communication, and, most importantly, love. Our love is not just any type of love but a love that protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. We enjoy “doing life” with one another as we firmly believe we are each other’s “person.”

Our Home & Pets

Our home is located in Illinois. It is a two-story home with five bedrooms. Our favorite part is our backyard. It has been the perfect spot to spend time with family and friends, and has seen many cookouts, celebrations, bonfires (complete with smores), and various sports and games. We can’t wait to share these things with your child! Our backyard is also the ideal space for our family dogs, Riggins,and Athena, to run around in. Our neighborhood is quiet and safe and is nestled between two different parks. The community boasts a variety of sports and recreation programs. We like to keep our children active and will do the same if we’re blessed with another child.

Our Extended Family

Our extended family is spread out across the United States. Joel’s extended family is mainly in Wisconsin, with relatives in Michigan and Arizona. Lana’s extended family is mainly in Texas and Arizona, with relatives in California and Virginia.

Many of our family traditions are focused on Christmas. One of our favorite traditions is on Christmas Eve. Each child gets to open one gift, which is a pair of pajamas. We then watch a Christmas movie together in our new pajamas . Another Christmas tradition that we enjoy is getting an ornament for each child every year. The ornament is specific to something that is going on in their lives, accomplishments they have achieved, interests, etc. The kids are always excited to see what their ornament will be each year!

What Led Us To Adoption

Soon after getting married, we tried unsuccessfully to conceive a child. We sought the help of a fertility doctor, but after various treatments only resulted in miscarriages, we knew it was time to look at adoption. We now know the miracle of adoption is the path intended for us to grow our family. Our hearts are bursting with joy and anticipation at the thought of welcoming a child into our home. The pastor that married us recently adopted a child with his wife, and we have seen firsthand what joy it brought to their whole family. We are confident that this child will complete our family and make our hearts whole, and we can’t wait to meet him or her!

Fun Facts

About Joel
Occupation Teacher, coach, author
Education Master’s degree
Race Caucasian
Favorite Food Gyros
Favorite Hobby Golf
Favorite Movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Favorite Sport Football
Favorite Music Group A Day to Remember
Favorite Book The Outsiders
Favorite Activity Traveling to Texas
Favorite Tradition Golf outing with friends
About Lana
Occupation Customer service representative
Education Bachelor’s degree
Race Asian/Italian
Favorite Food Pasta
Favorite Hobby Scrapbooking
Favorite Movie Urban Cowboy
Favorite Sport Basketball
Favorite Music Group Bon Jovi
Favorite Book Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Favorite Activity Annual family vacation
Favorite Tradition Christmas traditions

Contact Joel & Lana

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Choose a Family for
Your Baby With Confidence

As you browse our list of hopeful adoptive parents, you can feel confident in knowing that all of the adoptive families working with Angel Adoption are prepared to offer your baby a safe, stable, and loving environment along with a wealth of opportunities for a happy and fulfilling life.

Each adoptive parent has been thoroughly evaluated through a home study course conducted by a licensed agency. A completed home study means the family is emotionally, physically, and financially ready to adopt a baby.

The home study process includes assessments of each parent’s character, marital stability, financial situation, lifestyle, and medical history. The agency also runs background checks to verify there is no record of criminal activity or child abuse. In addition, a social worker will inspect the family’s home to ensure it is a safe environment for a child.

Furthermore, Angel Adoption requires each family to be educated on adopting and parenting. After a baby has been placed with the adoptive family, a social worker will continue to monitor and supervise the family. We go to great lengths to make sure all the families you have to choose from are going to be excellent parents for your baby!

Not sure how to start? See our How to Choose an Adoptive Family resource page.
If you need more help, you’re always welcome to contact us any time!

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