ATLANTA — For Joey and Josh Bolton-Rogers, life now can be a little hectic. Especially with two toddlers.
“They have personalities and they have opinions, so it has definitely been exciting and fun, but a little bit more stressful at times,” Josh mentioned.
These two dads have their hands full with their son, Micah, who is two and his big sister Myles, who is three.
“That little bump of energy at the end of the day, we look forward to it,” Joey said.
It all began in 2013 when Joey and Josh met on a dating app. They fell in love and got married.
Their next step was the road to adoption.
“We didn’t have the capital at that time, so we started selling homes. Renovating them and taking that money to pay for the adoption,”Josh explained.
Both used their passion for flipping homes, as a side hustle, to help pay the hefty adoption price tag.
They adopted Myles in 2016 and the following year they brought home their son Micah.
“With our daughter we had to put $26,000 down. Then we were a young, newly married couple. So, I don’t know too many people in our situation that have that chunk of money willing to put that down,” Joey stated.
They have flipped seven homes in the Atlanta area.
“These are big renovations! These are like taking down walls. This is all new flooring,” Josh explained.
“It is definitely our passion. We are very hands on. We pick out every single item and detail, down to the handles on the counter top,” Joey described.
A few years ago, the couple also started sharing their story online and began using the hashtag “property gays” and “property dads.”
It got a lot of attention online.
“I don’t even know how to put in words what it meant to us. Just to have that support from people we’ve never met. Then you have messages you try not to read,” Joey said as he smiled.
“You just stick with what’s important to you and you keep that at the forefront of everything,” Josh mentioned.
Joey and Josh said they may consider expanding their family, but in the meantime, they are enjoying life and plan to spend the rest of the year traveling.
“I learned that this is my best friend in the entire world and we can get through anything,” Joey proclaimed.
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