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​3 Hearts, 2 Journeys, 1 Family

February 26, 2019

Before the crazy Wisconsin weather hit this weekend, Steffanie and Delia got a chance to feed treats to Sugar, Cookie and the cows. Grandma Janet came for dinner Saturday night and played dress up with Delia. Delia will be a great big sister. She loves to share her apples with Olly and her yogurt with Carebear. She loves to play with her baby dolls and color in her coloring books.

October 18, 2018

We celebrated Steffanie's Birthday this past weekend! We had ice cream cake and nachos, her favorite. Saturday we went to the pumpkin patch. Delia choose the biggest pumpkins she could find and Grandma had to ride home with a pumpkin on her lap. Then Steffanie's Grandma had a surprise birthday party for her on Sunday. Delia loved playing with her cousins, going for 4 wheeler rides with Grandpa and snuggling with her Great Grandma. 

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. 

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

October 10, 2018

Delia loves taking four wheeler rides to Grandmas house! They fed the chickens crackers and swung on the swing. Olly, our black lab mix, loves visits to Grandmas house too! She gets to play with her friend Copper, Grandmas yellow lab.

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! 

February 5, 2019

Christmas truly is the best time of the year, from making cookies to sledding and most importantly spending time with family. The best part was seeing Delia's excitement as we put up decorations, opened presents and playing with her cousins. 

December 4, 2018

Delia is turning 2! We had the first of her two birthday parties this weekend on Saturday. We had a Construction Birthday party with 2 of her cousins who also celebrated birthdays this month with our extended family. Then we had breakfast with Santa on Sunday. 

July 18, 2018

We had a full house this weekend! Delia had her cousins, Grandma and Great Grandma spend the weekend to play in the pool, feed treats to the cows and donkeys and finish off the day with ice cream. It was a fun weekend!

July 9, 2018

Joe is a 3rd Generation Milk Hauler and Delia might be the 4th Generation! Delia loves seeing the big truck and honking the horn. Steffanie, Grandma Janet and Delia went to the farmers market last year and picked out the 'Delia Tree'. We had to wait and plant it at our new house this year. We will watch it grow along with our family!

September 19, 2018
From decorating for Halloween to cheering on the Packers we had a fun weekend at home. Joe was in charge of breakfast Saturday morning and so we had doughnuts!  

August 1, 2018
Our summer has been busy, but we finally made it up north to our cabin in Suring, WI. It was Delia's first trip up to the cabin with Grandma Janet and her dog Copper. We enjoyed a Friday night fish fry, visiting Steffanie's Grandma/ Delia's Great Grandma- Gigi and relaxing by the campfire.

March 26, 2018

We had our Easter celebration with our family, hosted by Delia's Great Grandma, Gigi.

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! We had a nice day for Trick or Treating this weekend with family and friend. Delia dressed up as her favorite animal, a chicken! Uncle John helped out with a pig back ride too!


August 15, 2018
Between tractor rides, wagon rides and playing with her cousins Delia has had a fun summer! This past weekend we had our annual Crab Feast with Steffanie's family that started when they lived in Delaware when she was younger. We enjoyed the fresh country air, spending time with family and a delicious feast!