April 25, 2018
Delia took her first tractor ride with Daddy! We enjoyed the beautiful weather and helped Grandma Janet gather fire wood for next winter. Delia is a great little helper.
Steffanie & Joe
May 21, 2018
We had a fun day at Grandma's house this weekend! Delia got to play with her cousins, chase the puppies and feed the chickens corn. We enjoyed playing outdoor games and had a great taco dinner!
June 18, 2018
The Gehl Family kicked off summer with a vacation in Hayward, WI. We went for boat rides and fishing, visited the animals at the zoo and of course went to the candy shop!
March 26, 2018
We had our Easter celebration with our family, hosted by Delia's Great Grandma, Gigi.
Dear Birthmother/ Birthparents,
Please allow us to introduce ourselves, we are Joe, Steffanie and Delia. It is with the utmost gratitude and respect we write you this letter to be considered in your adoption plan. We are excited to take this journey with you!
On our first date, we shared a hope to one day become parents. Within a year of dating, Joe proposed and we were married on August 2, 2014. Adoption has always been at the forefront of our decision in becoming parents. On December 13, 2016 we received one of the best phone calls, we were chosen by a loving couple to become parents. The following day we brought our precious daughter Delia home from the hospital. Delia is a sweet, silly and happy little girl. She likes puzzles, books and chasing the dogs around the house. She will be a great big sister and teach her little brother or sister all the tricks of the trade.
We chose open adoption in order to have the answers to our childrens questions regarding their birth family, ethnicity, and heritage. With Delia’s birthparents we have a private Facebook page to share pictures and updates. Also, we hope to have a good relationship with you too.
Joe was born and raised by his parents in a small farm town in Wisconsin, along with his older brother and sister. This leads to his love for the great outdoors, whether it is doing chores on our small farm, fishing out on the lake or hunting in the woods. Joe can be heard singing silly made up songs and dancing around the house with Delia. Delia has her Dada wrapped around her finger.
Steffanie was born in Illinois and raised by her parents in Ohio and Delaware before making Wisconsin home, along with her older sister. She has an array of interests from reading about American History, to sewing quilts, to cooking up delicious meals and planning family gatherings. Steffanie loves being a mom and all that entails, from making healthy meals to reading books and always lots of snuggles. A simple smile from Delia makes the day great for her.
In 2017, we built our home on the 40 acre farm where Joe grew up. We share our home with our dogs, Lucy a spunky Cocker Spaniel and Olly a goofy Black Lab mix. On our farm, we raise and care for our chickens, pigs, turkeys, cows, and two mini donkeys. Our mini donkeys, Sugar and Cookie, who are always up for a handful of animal crackers and a scratch on the back.
Joe and Steffanie work as logistics agents in the transportation industry, which allows us a flexible work schedule to care for Delia and a new little one. During our free time, we enjoy spending time together and getting together with our family and friends. Each summer, we take a road trip to discover this beautiful country in which we live in. Also, we like to go four wheeling on the trails by our cabin in Suring, Wisconsin. No matter where we go or what we do, as long as we are all together, we have fun!
We are excited to welcome a new bundle of joy into our lives. We are ready and willing to welcome you into our life as well. Our hearts are open and our home is ready.
It is an honor and a privilege to be considered in your adoption plan.
Joe, Steffanie & Delia