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Brad & Karey
Isn't it crazy how life works? Never in a million years did we think we'd be writing a letter like this, and you probably never thought you'd be reading letters like these yet, here we all are. We know it takes love and courage making an adoption plan. We'd love to learn your hopes and dreams for your child. In the meantime, we'd like to share a bit about ourselves and our family.
Our Leisure Time
We enjoy being outside, whether that is taking a walk around our neighborhood most nights after dinner or taking a picnic to a park where we can go hiking, biking and exploring. We like to spend lots of time outside at our family’s lake cottage, which is about 2 hours from our home. We spend most weekends in the summer at the cottage, with a lot of our family and friends. It is a great place to relax, spend time in the water, tube, wakeboard, swim, fish, etc. We have four families that share our lane with us at the lakes. There are always tons of kids outside playing, sharing meals together, having bonfires and just relaxing. We can’t wait to start making special memories with our child at the lake and watching them play with all the lake kids!We enjoy spending time with our family and friends, whether that is sharing a home cooked meal together or discovering a new restaurant, or watching movies and simply hanging out. We love having our nieces and nephews over for sleepovers, cheering for them at sporting events or supporting their other extracurricular activities, playing games, reading books, and so much more. Two of our nieces are in college and we enjoy visiting them, taking them out for a meal, sending them care packages, hearing what they are learning and discovering while in college.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Karey About Brad: Brad is fiercely loyal in relationships. I appreciate the way he makes it a priority that we spend quality time with our families. He shows this same dedication to our close friends. He is generous especially with his time, as he loves to surprise a friend by completing one of their home improvement projects, helping one of our nephews build a model car or supporting and encouraging me to pursue my interests. He gives more than he receives. He is compassionate, caring and has a passion for life. Brad is very patient and diligent, especially when he is trying to figure something out, he will research and learn the best solution. He makes me smile and has a calming effect on me.
Brad About Karey: Karey is very kind, loving and giving. She always tries to see the best in people. She will often put other people’s need above hers. One of her talents is knitting, which she learned from her grandmother. She uses this gift to create toys, hats, etc. for friends and family. She is also great at hand writing notes and cards of thanks and encouragement to friends and family. She will often ask friends if we can watch their children, so that they may enjoy a night out. Spending time with nieces and nephews is a priority, as family is very important to her. When we travel, she is always willing to try something new.
Our Hopes for an Open Adoption
Every adoptive and birth family brings their unique story and love with them in an open adoption. We see this as an opportunity to open our hearts to an entire family. By getting to know our child's birth family, we hope to learn their story, their family history and what makes them unique. We hope that having an open adoption will provide us with a sense of contentment and help us aspire to be the best parent that we can be. Our belief is that we all win when we collectively put the child's needs first and being open-minded - and more importantly open-hearted, is the way to go. We are caring, compassionate and true to our word and we hope we respect each other’s boundaries in our open adoption. We wait expectantly and are honored to be part of this adoption story and to celebrate this extraordinary connection through open adoption.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live on the outskirts of a large metropolitan city in the Midwest. Our home is in a quaint neighborhood with a park-like setting. It is heavily wooded, and has a flowing creek that runs along the sidewalks. We regularly see deer and other wildlife in our back yard. Our neighborhood has an annual fall bonfire, a holiday light ‘flip the switch’ party, and luminaries are set up along the sidewalks for Christmas. One of the highlights of our neighborhood is that it is close to everything. Our home is close to the largest public city park in our state. It has lots of playgrounds, woods to explore, and a nature center. It also has a couple of lakes, with a swimming beach and boating activities. We enjoy taking a picnic there and exploring the hiking trails. We are close to our downtown area where we have a wonderful children’s museum, a large zoo, and libraries. There are also lots of green spaces to explore, sporting events to enjoy and great places to dine. We can’t wait to bring our child to our city, home and introduce them to all of our neighbors.
Our Extended Families
Both of us grew up in very close families and have extremely supportive families. All our grandparents lived close by. We have lots of family/shared meals together, along with celebrations and holiday traditions with our families. Both of our parents have been married 50+ years. Family has played a huge and important part in our lives and will continue to do so with our child. Karey’s parents, two younger sisters and their families live within an hour away. This includes one niece and five nephews, ranging in age from 4-15. We get together regularly and spend almost every summer weekend together at our grandparent’s lake cottage about 2 hours away. Karey’s family has been making memories at our lake cottage for over 60 years. We can’t wait to begin making new ones with our child. Brad’s parents, older brother, and his family live within 30 minutes from us. His brother’s family includes two nieces that are college students. Everyone in both of our families is thrilled that we are pursuing adoption, especially all of our nieces and nephews. They are excited to have another cousin to play and hang out with.
Our extended family includes our close circle of friends. We typically hang out every Thursday evening, sometimes sharing a meal. We enjoy sharing in the lives of our friends as they raise their children, and we can’t wait to add to the chaos of our group get-togethers with a new baby.
From Us to You
We are Brad and Karey. We would like to share a bit about ourselves, our families and our friends.
We grew up in small towns with very close families. We met through mutual friends at church. Our relationship is formed around friendship, trust, kindness, loyalty, respect, giving, honesty, laughter and lots of love, Together, we're fun, energetic, silly, adventurous and enjoy laughter. We love to be outside and we live life to the fullest. One of our first adventures was a 10-mile canoe trip in pouring down rain. We came up with every song about rain and laughed our way through our rain-soaked adventure!
Although we are very happy with our lives, having a family has always been our biggest dream. We chose adoption as we believe it is the best option to grow our family. We know it will be the answer to our prayers. We feel a part of our heart is currently missing and it will become completely full when we are able to add a child to our family. We would be forever grateful if you feel that we are worthy to raise your child.
We know raising a child is not just about our happiness. We are ready to sacrifice whatever it takes to help bring happiness into our child’s life, knowing he or she will be fully loved, supported and encouraged by us every moment of his or her life. We know that parenting will not always be easy but expect it to be one of the most rewarding and humbling things we will ever do in our lifetimes. We are prepared for sleepless nights, comforting a toddler after a bad dream, helping with school work, coaching their sports team (or other activities) and doing whatever it takes to help our child grow into a confident young adult.
We can’t wait to share with him or her how excited and nervous we were to speak to you for the first time. How we hoped you’d fall in love with us and give us the gift of being the parents for your child. We love the idea of staying connected with you because we believe this will be best for everyone involved. Photography is one of our hobbies and we can’t wait to share photos with you.
Our child will grow up spending time at the lakes either fishing with Grandpa, hanging out, boating, tubing and swimming with friends, many aunts and uncles and lots of cousins. There will be lots of family celebrations and holiday traditions and family adventures near and far. There will be lots of hugs every single day with lots of love and laughter, shared family meals, and a room to mess up with toys.
We want to be parents. We will be incredible parents and will give this child all the love, support, education and opportunities that we possibly can. We know our lives are about to change in so many ways that we can’t imagine. We are so looking forward to these changes because we are ready for chaos, smiles, kisses, hugs, and the many, many firsts a child will bring. We believe having a child will open our minds and hearts to so many new experiences and in ways we have not yet dreamed nor thought of, and our lives will be forever blessed because of this.
Adoption is the ultimate, most unselfish gift that we could ever receive and we are grateful beyond measure for your interest in us. Thank you so much for taking the time to read about us.With love and respect,
Brad & Karey
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