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David & Kara
Hi! Weâ??re an outgoing and fun-loving family, looking to share our lives with another child through adoption. As part of our family, your child will be surrounded by all the laughter, support, and unconditional love that we have to give. We value experiencing all our world has to offer through travel, education, and interacting with all different types of people. Thank you for considering adoption and for taking a look at our profile page.
The two words that best describe our lifestyle are: active and laid-back. On the active side, we both love getting outside. We frequently go running around our neighborhood and hiking on local trails. We like to take our dogs on walks with our son around the neighborhood. We also both love to travel, and have had adventures in places like Cuba, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, France, and Japan.
Of course, an important part of our lifestyle is our four-year old son, Cab. Being active now is about incorporating him into our lifestyle. We take Cab out to parks and swimming, or on a nature hike but at a slower pace so that Cab can enjoy it. And our love of travel is something we are already sharing with our son. Last summer, we took Cab on trip to France with David’s extended family. He had a wonderful time, especially riding in an airplane across the ocean!We also equally love the quiet moments at home. We’ve been known to spend a weekend binge-watching a season of a TV shows (usually something science fiction or fantasy, which we both enjoy). With our son, we enjoy laid-back weekend afternoons just playing around the house and exploring our yard. So being active is an important part of who we are, but we also appreciate the low-key moments.
Our Family Traditions
Like many families, we’ve adopted some traditions from our individual families and have created some of our own. One of our favorite holiday traditions is the Christmas “lay-in." After presents in the morning, we all spend the day laying on the couch in pajamas, watching holiday movies, and only getting up for food and other necessities. As we grow our family, we are looking forward to enjoying the Christmas Day “lay-in” of family-friendly holiday movies with all our children.A family tradition we adopted from Kara’s side of the family is half-birthdays. Since Kara was an only child, her parents tried to come up with creative ways to have more family celebrations. Half-birthdays were one way they did this. So if it is your half-birthday, you get served half a birthday cake and receive half of a birthday card (a card with the front torn off). Half-birthday presents include things like one sock (half a pair of socks) or a magazine with half the pages missing. And no half birthday is complete without singing the half birthday song, where you sing only every other syllable of the “Happy Birthday” song (i.e. “hap birth to, hap birth to …”). It’s silly but it’s something special and unique we do as a family. We will love continuing this tradition with our children.
We will strive every day to make all our children feel loved, valued, and accepted. However, we recognize that cultural/ethnic heritage is an important part of identity. We want our adopted child to feel special because of their heritage and proud of where they come from. And we recognize that this will require constant work on our part.
Some aspects of our lives now will help us address these issues of cultural diversity. We have multi-racial families we are close friends with. Our son’s best friend is an adopted African-American girl with white parents. Our city is culturally and ethnically diverse, and diversity will be an important factor in choosing what schools our children will attend. Kara’s extended family is very ethnically diverse, including cousins with African-American, Latino, and Native American heritage, so our children will be a part of a multi-cultural family network.But we also recognize we will need to actively seek out spaces where our non-white child (and our multi-racial family) feels comfortable and accepted. For example, we will ensure our children regularly interact with authority figures and role models who have a similar cultural heritage as our adopted child. And we will need to have open, honest, and age-appropriate discussions about race/ethnicity and racism with our children. As white people, we can never fully understand what it is like to live as a person of color. All we can do is our best to help our child feel loved, accepted, and proud of who they are.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a ”suburban-urban” neighborhood in Kansas right in the middle of a large Midwestern city, which gives us the best of both worlds. Our immediate neighborhood has lots of tree-lined streets, away from busy roads, and perfect for riding bicycles and taking family walks. However, because we live very close to downtown, a 5-10 minute car ride allows us to enjoy city amenities - museums, parks, the zoo, the aquarium, theaters, concerts, restaurants, festivals, and the like.
Our neighborhood is a fantastic place for kids. We have multiple parks and rec centers nearby, with swimming, sports lessons, and summer camps. There are about a dozen playgrounds within a few miles from our house. And our neighborhood association hosts multiple festivals and community gatherings throughout the year for local families. Our son already enjoys all of these activities.We also value our community for its cultural diversity and educational opportunities. For the Midwest, we live in a racially/ethnically diverse city, with a large African-American community, and long-standing Latino and South Asian communities. For example, our son’s preschool is only about half white. We make it a point to expose our son to the rich cultural heritage of the many communities in our city. Also, the schools in our neighborhood are considered some of the best in the state, and the city offers many opportunities for educational experiences for kids beyond the classroom.
Our Extended Families
We are both lucky to have loving and supportive families that we spent a lot of time with. We look forward to introducing our next child into this close-knit family environment.
Kara and her parents have a very close relationship, and we see them frequently as they live close by. Cab loves going for weekend visits at Gammy and Papa’s (what our son calls Kara’s parents) house. We also travel with Kara’s parents, going places like San Francisco, Miami, and Paris. Kara is an only child, but has been close to many of her cousins, aunts, and uncles since she was young, and we see them regularly as most of them live nearby. Kara’s parents throw a giant Christmas party every year for the extended family, with presents for the kids and a gag gift exchange for the adults. Everyone is looking forward to meeting the new addition to our family at the next party.
David’s parents and two sisters are important parts of our lives even though they live on the East Coast. One of his sisters is married with children, and our son loves spending time with his cousins over the summer and during the holidays. David’s other sister loves visiting us and playing with her nephew. Nana Sly and the Chief (what our son calls David’s parents) come to visit a few times each year and Facetime with our son every week. When we visit David’s family, we head to his parents’ place in the woods for nature hikes, bonfires, and family fun. We can’t wait to share these experiences with our next child.
From Us to You
First off, we’d like you to know how grateful we are that you’re considering adoption and that you are viewing our profile. We know it is out of the immense love you have for your child that you are making this decision. Rest assured that if you pick us as your child’s adoptive family, he/she will hear only positivity and respect from us about you and your decision. Our child will know how much you love them and that you chose adoption because of that love.
So what are we like and what will you child’s life with us be like? It’s kind of strange to think that you have to make such as incredibly important and life-changing decision based on a few pages of words and pictures. It’s hard to convey who we are and what kind of parents we are in such a short amount of space. But hopefully this letter will give you a glimpse of what are lives are like and the future life of your child in our family.
David is a business consultant who runs his own small company. He loves cars, electronics, and tinkering with both. For example, he personally set up a home automation system in our house, which means we can control the music, TV, lights, and blinds all with an app on our phones. He can’t wait to teach our children how to fix cars and build their own computers. Kara is an American history professor at a small college. She is passionate about education, reading, and social justice issues. She can’t wait to introduce her kids to her favorite science fiction books! We both love traveling, meeting new people, and experiencing new adventures. We will try our best to raise curious and compassionate children who appreciate this amazing and diverse world we live in.
We have been together as a couple for 15 years and married for over 12 years. Being together for so long has solidified our stable and very loving relationship. We have a biological son, Cabot (Cab for short), who is four years old. He is extremely excited about being an older brother, and can’t wait for his new sibling to arrive. The past three years with Cab have taught us a lot about parenting … mainly that there are no set rules when it comes to children!
Both of our sets of parents have been happily married for over 40 years, and we look upon them as roles models for our own relationship and for how we raise our children. However, we also believe that families (both born and chosen) come in all shapes and sizes and don’t have to be traditional married couples. What is important is that everyone unconditionally love and support one another. We are both very close to our extended families. David has two sisters, one of whom is married with children. While Kara is an only child, she is close to a number of her cousins, aunts and uncles. So family for us is not just about us and our children, but being a part of this larger family network. We have a Brazilian nanny, Ulisses, who has watched Cab while we are at work since he was 7 weeks old. Ulisses is like a part of our family and is excited about another child too.
We would like our child to consider you, their birth mother and your family, as part of their extended family too. Therefore, we plan to be extremely open and honest to our children about the adoption. We prefer an open adoption with contact between us and you. We can send you letters and pictures on a regular basis. We are open to occasional in-person visits, and are open to discussing other kinds of contact that you prefer. What is important to us is that our child has a connection with their entire family, both biological and adopted.So thank you again for taking a look at our profile and for choosing adoption. We know you will make the best decision for you and your child.
David & Kara
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