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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.

About Us

Systems Analyst
Delegation Services Manager
Bachelor's Degree in Public Health
Bachelor's Degree in International Business/French
Legally Married

Our Leisure Time

With Family at the Lake Cottage

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

Waiting for Our Time to Become Parents

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.



A Spring Day Together
A Spring Day Together
Reading to Our Nephew
Reading to Our Nephew
All the Kids at the Lake Cottage
All the Kids at the Lake Cottage
Building a Model With Our Nephew
Building a Model With Our Nephew
Exploring a Tulip Field
Exploring a Tulip Field
Driving the Pacific Coast Highway
Driving the Pacific Coast Highway
Going for a Hike
Going for a Hike
Building Sandcastles With Our Nephew
Building Sandcastles With Our Nephew
Sharing a Milkshake
Sharing a Milkshake
Cheering On Our Nephew at His Bike Race
Cheering On Our Nephew at His Bike Race
Enjoying a Beautiful Sunset
Enjoying a Beautiful Sunset
Enjoying Another Beautiful Day in Hawaii
Enjoying Another Beautiful Day in Hawaii
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A Spring Day Together
A Spring Day Together
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Reading to Our Nephew
Reading to Our Nephew
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All the Kids at the Lake Cottage
All the Kids at the Lake Cottage
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Building a Model With Our Nephew
Building a Model With Our Nephew
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Exploring a Tulip Field
Exploring a Tulip Field
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Driving the Pacific Coast Highway
Driving the Pacific Coast Highway
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Going for a Hike
Going for a Hike
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Building Sandcastles With Our Nephew
Building Sandcastles With Our Nephew
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Sharing a Milkshake
Sharing a Milkshake
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Cheering On Our Nephew at His Bike Race
Cheering On Our Nephew at His Bike Race
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Enjoying a Beautiful Sunset
Enjoying a Beautiful Sunset
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Enjoying Another Beautiful Day in Hawaii
Enjoying Another Beautiful Day in Hawaii

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Home

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

Brad With Our Youngest Nephew

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.

Karey With Our Nephews

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


Ryan Reynolds
Leonardo DiCaprio
Jennifer Lawrence
Julie Andrews
Max Lucado
Shel Silverstein
The Shack
Oh the Places you will go
Candy Bar
Nestle Crunch
Winnie the Pooh
Childhood Memory
Our Family's Month Long Vacation Out West
Childhood Toy
Children's Book
Anything Winnie the Pooh
Green Eggs and Ham
Bonita Springs or New York City
San Francisco or New York City
Classic Movie
The Princess Bride
Sound of Music
Day of Week
Boston Cream Pie
Anything mint chocolate
Disney Movie
Toy Story
Dream Car
Shelby Cobra
Corvette Convertible
Dream Job
Real Estate Flipper
Owning a knit shop
Dream Vacation
Trip around the world
Family Activity
Time at Our Family Lake Cottage
Time at Our Family Lake Cottage
Flower / Plant
gerbera daisy
Form of Exercise
Swimming,Yoga, Hiking
Hungry Hippo
Photography, Boating, DIY Projects
Knitting, Swimming, Yoga & Hiking
Holiday Song
O Holy Night
Silent Night
Holiday Tradition
Extended Family Christmas Party
Taking our annual family Christmas morning photo in our pajamas.
Ice Cream
Caramel Pecan Turtle
Mint Chocolate Chip
Junk Food
Sweet and Salty Chex Mix
Leisure Activity
Knitting, Boating
HGTV Magazine
Real Simple
Memory with a Child
Seeing my nieces and nephews the day they were born
Spending time with my niece when she was born.
Memory with Spouse
Honeymoon in Hawaii
Our wedding day
Sound of Music
Movie Munchie
Sno Caps or Dots
My Dad's popcorn
Movie Quote
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing for all the world to hear
Movie Type
Beauty and the Beast
Sound of Music
Musical Group
Nursery Rhyme
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock
Olympic Event
All of them, Go Team USA!
Personal Hero
My parents
My parents
Sunday in the Park with George
Mary Poppins
Robert Frost
Maya Angelou
Quality about my Spouse
Her thoughtfulness
Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. ? Dr. Seuss
Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain
The Melting Pot
Mama Carolla's
Hot Turkey and Cheese
Grilled Cheese
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, Love your neighbor as yourself. - Matthew 22:37-39
Be still and know that I am God. ~ Psalm 46:10
Shopping Store
TJ Maxx
Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo?ole
Sport to Play
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Peyton Manning
Kerri Walsh
Sports Team
Team USA at Olympics
Team USA during the Olympics
Subject in School
German or Art
Iron Man
Wonder Woman
Thing to Cook
Chicken Pot Pie
Time of Day
Getting together for family birthdays
Christmas morning
TV Show
This is Us
Parenthood, This is Us & The Amazing Race
TV Show Character
Sheldon Cooper
Granny from Dowton Abbey
Type of Music
Vacation Spot
Anywhere There is a Beach
Anywhere There is Water, a Beach or a Mountain
Video Game
Mario Bros

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