Growing up we both wanted families of our own. We ended up meeting in our 30's. At the time of our wedding in 2014, Brian’s daughter, Sailor, was 4. We wanted to expand our new family and give her siblings. After our wedding, we immediately started trying for a baby and were faced with the reality of infertility. We made it through 3 IUIs, 4 rounds of IVF, and 2 miscarriages with no luck.
Around the same time a new Washington state law was enacted opening up pre-adoption birth certificates for adoptees. Soon after Brian met his birth mom, Rita. It was the start of a new and beautiful relationship. The timing of this reunification was something that really hit us hard. It was like everything came full circle and we realized that it made perfect sense for us to adopt.
In August 2016 we received the opportunity to parent a beautiful baby girl, Raylee. Our hearts were instantly filled with so much joy! On that day we not only gained a daughter but her birth parents became part of our family as well. We were able to meet them in person and have since developed a wonderful ongoing relationship. We communicate with pictures and texts multiple times per week and wouldn’t have it any other way. The amount of love and respect we have for them overflows from our hearts.
Our family has grown not through biology but through love. Sailor is Brian’s biological daughter and lives with us full time. Her biological mom has struggled with addiction and is not currently in her life. Sailor is now 8 years old going on 16! She is a very outgoing, funny, and social girl who loves being around kids and adults. She becomes instant friends with everyone. She loves anything “tweenager” and “girly” and has a loving and caring heart. She is very artistic and creative and loves to make art. She also excels in dance and enjoys jazz, tap, and hip hop! She is an awesome big sister and we can’t wait to see her love and help take care of another sibling!
Raylee turned one year old in August 2017 and keeps us on our toes. She is very strong and determined and we’re predicting will be athletic. Raylee walked one day after turning 10 months old and was running and climbing up on things by her first birthday. She is petite but very active. Words cannot describe the love we have for her and how well she just fits in our family. We look forward to watching her grow and change and become a big sister!
We have enjoyed becoming a family of four. We keep busy with Sailor’s activities and especially enjoy family days on the weekends. We love taking the girls on outdoor adventures on the waterfront and going hiking. We also spend a lot of time with family and friends watching football, having big family dinners, and attending neighborhood events. We make a point to surround our children with positive role models on a daily basis. Our lives are forever blessed by both of our spirited girls but we feel like we have one more missing piece and are hopeful to complete our family with another baby.
We are very humbled and grateful for the opportunity to give you a look into our family, home, and our hopes to adopt to see if we might be a good match. We pray that God will help you uncover your story and give you the strength and guidance to make the best choice for you and your child.
With love and respect,
Brian and Kim
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