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Kyle & Maddie
Your baby deserves to know the unending love, safety and joy of a family. We cannot wait to give it to them. Kyle and I have been married for nearly 7 years (and together for much longer than that!). There is so much love between us, and we know that giving that love to a child is the next chapter of our story. We'd love for you to be a part of it.
Why We Chose Adoption
Adoption has already affected us in many deep and personal ways. It is a part of our families and friend groups. We have friends who are adopted. We have friends who are adoptive parents. And we have friends who are birth mothers. Adoption is all over our lives.
Adoption, in a way, was always going to be a part of our family. Kyle's entire career has been about adoption — first for a nonprofit that served medically fragile children in other countries' orphanage systems, and now with a media company that provides services for adoption agencies. He likes to say that he's thought about adoption every day for the last seven years.
So, when it became clear that starting a family biologically was not working for us, adoption made the most sense in the world. "Of course," we thought, "it was always going to be adoption for us."
If you are at all worried that we see adoption as a sort of "plan B" or secondary option: we promise that is not the case.
We could not be more excited about adoption, because we know that family is not about blood. Family is about love. When we dream of our future, adoption is central to that dream.
We live a very active and healthy lifestyle, surrounded by a close community of friends and family.
You can usually find us outside. Whether we are working on the yard, tending to our garden, walking through our neighborhood, hiking on a trail or fishing in a stream. We like to get out and enjoy the world.
We also live a very healthy lifestyle. We grow as much of our own produce as we can, especially during the warmer months of the year. We eat fresh, with lots of veggies. We enjoy cooking together, especially when we can fire up the grill on cool summer evenings.
Along with being active and healthy, a lot of our lifestyle is based around the people we go through life with. We see family every week, and you can usually find us hosting friends several nights a week. We have great people around us, and we love to be together.
We have thought long and hard about being two white parents of a child who is not white. Of course, we don't know if this will be the case. But if we are a transracial family, we are prepared to put in the work to do what is best for our child, and hopeful for the beauty that comes from such a special family situation.
Our plan is to:
We know that being a transracial family won't be easy. But, in our experience, most things in life worth doing take a little extra work. We're ready to put in the work, because we believe in the joy that's to come.
Our Extended Families
Kyle's family lives nearby and is an incredibly important part of our lives. His brother (and his fiance), his sister and brother-in-law, and his parents are all within 20 minutes. His parents' home — a log cabin with a pool on two beautiful acres — is kind of like the family retreat.
We see each other all the time — at least once a week. This family plays games, watches sports, grills out, plays in the pool and travels together. We also tend to get a little bit competitive. The "Cabin Games," hosted at Kyle's parents' cabin, have become a legendary tradition.
Maddie's family is further away, but no less important. She is one of seven siblings, which makes family get-togethers pretty fun. Originally from Tennessee, the siblings are spread out across the country now. But, her childhood home is still the gathering place for holidays.
We love getting back together with the whole, big group — which now includes many amazing nieces and nephews. We are so excited for our child to grow up playing with their cousins!
Our House and Neighborhood
When we think of our home, we think of peace. We think of calm mornings with music playing, coffee brewing, and dogs cuddling on the couch. We think of warm sunlight streaming through the windows and a light breeze coming in from the field behind the yard.
Our home is a place of safety and happiness — often full of laughter from friends and family. We have a very open floor plan, with the kitchen, dining room and living room all connected, which means we are always together. Whether we are playing games, watching our favorite teams, or hosting a large dinner with friends, our goal is for our home to feel like a place of rest and rejuvenation for all who enter.
The nursery (one of three bedrooms) will be right across the hall from our bedroom. We are already dreaming of the space we'll create for a child to grow in, as well as the playroom we are planning for the basement (with all of the toys, and a space for art and creativity).
We live in a wonderful, quiet neighborhood about 25 minutes from the downtown area of a large Midwestern city in Missouri. Our house backs up to open fields for miles and miles. Our neighborhood is full of big, beautiful trees, a small wooded area with a walking path, and a pool.
Quite honestly, we can't imagine a better home and neighborhood for our lives. The only thing missing is the new life of a child.
From Us to You
Life is an unfolding story. The chapter we're in isn't the end — there is so much left to come. For our story, we know that the next chapter is about becoming a family. But, as with every good story, there were unexpected twists and turns. We have not been able to start a family biologically.
Your story, like ours, has probably had some unplanned twists and turns. You've become pregnant unexpectedly, and we can't imagine how challenging that must be. It's probably not a chapter of the story you saw coming, and certainly not one you asked for.
What if our two stories, and the challenges neither of us asked for, could come together to create something beautiful?
We would love nothing more than to welcome your baby into our family. We believe that every child deserves to know the protection, love and joy of a family. And we believe that every woman considering adoption — like you — deserves to be encouraged, respected and supported.
The truth is that we don't know what the remaining chapters of our story hold. Will we adopt fast, or will it take a long time? Will you want an open adoption (with pictures, letters and even in-person visits) so that you, also, become a part of our lives? What will the baby look like? What limitless potential does their young life hold?
We do know this: Our love for this child is already unending. Our love and respect for you, wherever you are, is already strong - we pray for you daily. And the future of this story is going to be beautiful.
We once read that, "you don't yet know everyone who will love you."
We think about this often when we think of our future children — and when we think of you.
We didn't think it would be a challenge to have children biologically. You never asked for an unwanted pregnancy. And while these situations are hard, they create an opportunity to find new love.
That's what we believe, and that's why we cannot wait to adopt. If you take a look at our profile and you believe we could be the right parents for your baby, please reach out to us.
Regardless of whether you contact us or not, we hope you are well. We hope you are safe and healthy. We hope you, and your baby, have a bright future, full of more and more love.
Kyle & Maddie