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Brad & Karey
We know it takes love and courage making an adoption plan. We'd love to learn your hopes and dreams for your child. Our home is full of love and laughter, a marriage based on true friendship, the only thing missing is a child. We know that no matter what you decide, this is a decision based on pure love and what you believe to be best for your child, we can only hope to be part of that choice.
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 your story, your family history and what makes you unique. We hope that having an open adoption will provide us with a sense of contentment and help us aspire to be the best parents 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. We are caring, compassionate, true to our word and we will respect each other’s boundaries in our open adoption. We will always be open to discussing our adoption journey with our child at any stage in their lives. Loving, nurturing, encouraging and supporting our child will be our top focus for the rest of our lives. We wait expectantly and are honored to be part of this adoption story and to celebrate this extraordinary connection through open adoption.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Karey About Brad: Brad is ﬁercely loyal in relationships. Brad will be a kind, loving and awesome father as he is really a kid at heart and will love and care for our child with all of his heart. I appreciate the way we both make it a priority that we spend quality time with families and friends. He is especially generous with his time, as he loves to surprise a friend by completing projects for them, helping our nephew build a model car and encourages me to pursue my interests. He gives more than he receives. He is compassionate, caring, patient and has a passion for life. He makes me smile, feel fully loved and brings out the best in me.
Brad About Karey: Karey is kind, loving, giving, and is a very positive person, always looking for the good in people, putting other people's needs above hers. Karey will be a wonderful mother as she has an easy-going and fun-loving personality. Our child will be blessed by her imagination, creativity and adventurous way of life. One of her talents is knitting, which she learned from her grandmother. She has knitted toys, blankets and Christmas stockings for our family, friends and also in anticipation for our new little one. She is also great at hand writing notes 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. Our relationship is formed around friendship, trust, kindness, giving, honesty, laughter and lots of love.
Our Leisure Time
We love to travel to discover and explore new places and cultures. 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, exploring and watching a sunset. We like to spend lots of time outside at our family's lake cottage. Karey's family has been making memories here for over 60 years. 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, enjoy water sports, swim, ﬁsh, etc. Everyone learns to swim at an early age and wears life jackets anytime they are near the water as water safety is of upmost importance to us. 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 discovering a new restaurant, watching movies, going to a park or 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.
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, bunny rabbits, owls, squirrels and other wildlife in our back yard, with lots of birds eating from our bird feeders. Our neighborhood has an annual fall bonﬁre, a holiday light 'ﬂip the switch' party and luminaries are set up along the neighborhood 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 eat. We can't wait to bring our child to our home, city and introduce them to all of our neighbors. We have also begun getting the nursery ready for our new little one's arrival.
Our Extended Families
Both of us grew up in very close and extremely supportive families. All of our grandparents lived close by. We have lots of shared meals together, along with celebrations and holiday traditions with our families. 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 ages from 4-15. 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. One of our favorite holiday traditions is to have our nieces and nephews over to bake and decorate holiday cookies, see the neighborhood Christmas lights and to help decorate our Christmas tree. 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 have a lot of friends that have either been adopted or adopted their children and we have learned a lot through them and their experiences. 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 Karey and Brad. We would like to share a bit about ourselves, our families and our friends. We met through mutual friends at church. One of our ?rst 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. We have been together for 12 years, our relationship is formed around friendship, trust, kindness, loyalty, respect, giving, honesty, laughter and lots of love, which was guided by our parents who have been married 50+ years. They lead by example, and we aspire to the do the same.
We grew up in small towns with very close families and our extended families were nearby. We're educated, fun, energetic, silly, adventurous and we enjoy laughter. We love to be outside and we live life to the fullest. 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 as we are unable to have a child on our own. 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 sacri?ce 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, assisting with other activities and doing whatever it takes to help our child grow into a con?dent young adult.
We can't wait to share with him or her how excited and nervous we were to speak to you for the ?rst 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 ?shing with Grandpa, hanging out, boating, water sports and swimming with friends and family including grandparents, aunts and uncles and lots of cousins. There will be lots of family celebrations and holiday traditions and adventures near and far. We are life-long learners and will encourage this love of learning onto our child. We have already painted and are getting the nursery ready for our little one's arrival. There will be lots of hugs every single day with lots of love and laughter, shared family meals, and lots of places to play and adventures to be had as a family.
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 ?rsts 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 unsel?sh 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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