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Doug & Kassie
We are so terribly excited to begin building our family! We have worked hard to build a life and home that will allow us to really dedicate ourselves to raising this child. We hope that after looking through our profile you will consider our home and family as the right fit for your child. We are really looking forward to beginning this adventure!
Our Most Memorable Moment
Our most memorable moment is actually three weeks long. Over the course of seven months we were married, Kassie defended her Master’s thesis, Doug defended his Ph.D. dissertation, and we started our solar technology research company. We had a month to wait before funding started for the company and we were just worn thin by the last half year. We decided we needed to take some time to get away from it all, so we loaded up our dogs and camping gear and we hit the road. We went on a 6,000 mile road trip with four dogs and what we could fit in the Explorer. We saw as many national parks as we could hit. We visited snowy mountains in Glacier National park and dipped our toes in the oceans of the Pacific Northwest. We never had much of a plan, except for what was the latest day we could arrive home. We pitched the tent in whatever camping ground we could find in the road atlas each night, and if it was too cold or windy we slept in the back of the Explorer with all the dogs. It was both exciting and relaxing. We built so many memories and still reference the trip regularly. To this day it is one of the best trips of our lives!
We live a very laid-back lifestyle. We work for ourselves so are able to take time off for travel, to get things done around the house, or just when we need a mental health day. We’ve known most of our friends since grad school, if not undergrad, so we are all super comfortable with each other and happy to just hang out at someone’s house with a fire, rather than going out on the town. As our friends have gotten older and started having kids our house has become popular so the kids can feed the mini horses and chase the chickens.When we are not travelling we most like to just stay at home and work around the farm. During the nicer months we will spend the afternoon in our hammocks on the porch with the dogs, or out in the pasture rolling a ball for the horses (really!). In the evenings and cold months we love to spend a night on the couch playing video games, watching TV, or reading with a dog in our laps. We save up most of our adventure for when we travel and in between try to relax and enjoy the hobby farm we have been so very fortunate to build.
What it Means to Become Parents
There are so many things that excite us about raising a child! We each have our individual things that excite us (Kassie can’t wait to introduce a child to her favorite fictional characters from books, and teach them to cook. Doug really hopes to get them to love science and tinkering with technology.) But as a couple, there are two things that make us eager to have a child. First, we want to show a child the world. We both love travelling and absolutely can’t wait to experience our favorite places through the eyes of this child. It will be like visiting them all for the first time again. There is so much that can be learned from travelling and experiencing other cultures! Besides, who doesn’t love seeing a child’s face when they see Disney for the first time?Second, we want to teach a child to love being outside and active. We want them to be excited to help in the garden, or help us teach the filly to wear a saddle. We want to help them plan and build their first fort and tree house, and to watch them join the neighbor’s grandkids fishing in the tiny pond that is probably too small to actually hold fish. We both grew up in trees and with skinned knees and it was amazing. We hope to be able to provide those same sorts of lifelong memories for a child.
Our House and Neighborhood
Our community is an amazing place to live. We are in the heart of the Ozarks and so surrounded by literally hundreds of acres of gorgeous green spaces and thousands of miles of hiking trails and canoeing rivers. Despite the rural setting, Fayetteville is a very progressive community. We were just nationally ranked in the top five best cities to live in the U.S. We have great free community parks, swimming pools, athletic centres, and ice skating rinks. We have a vibrant, diverse community that works hard to support entrepreneurship and is always excited to back any local (new or old) wanting to add great things to our community.
Our house is seated on five acres and we have built it up to be a small hobby farm with miniature horses, chickens, ducks, cows, and a couple of barn cats. The pasture is on a hill that is just perfect for sledding when we get our one real snow per year. Our house has four bedrooms, an office, and a giant family kitchen that is just dying to be filled with baked goods for little hands! The house is all electric and we are working to get a portion of the property outfitted with solar panels to power it and use to raise community awareness.Our neighbors have 12 grandchildren of all ages and there is a great neighborhood two minutes down the road with many young families. We are ready to fill our home with laughing little voices.
Our Extended Families
Kassie comes from a large family with three younger sisters and an older brother. A sister (Maddie) and brother (Tyler) live within a few miles of us and Allie and Sammie are less than three hours away in her hometown with their children. We are always able to gather for holidays and family birthdays, so this baby will be surrounded by extended family from day one! Our niece, Lucy, is getting old enough to join groups and teams; we love making the trek down to see her peewee soccer matches and ninja level placement tests.
Doug’s family all lives in Great Britain. It is definitely difficult not getting to see them as often as we’d like, but technology is a great help. We love getting to FaceTime with our nephew, Phillip. Nothing makes you smile like a 2-year-old with a British accent! Though we don’t get to see Doug’s family as often as we would like, we do make sure to see them all regularly. We meet up with James (brother), Claire (sister-in-law), and Phillip all over the world, which is so much fun! Last year we met with them in the Netherlands (Phillip loves the windmills) and in Austria. For Christmas we took Doug’s mother to Paris. It’s never enough time together, but we make the most of it with great adventures and lifelong memories!
From Us to You
First off, thank you for considering adoption. There are many families that would be overjoyed if you selected them and you happened upon us. We know we won’t be a fit with everyone, but we hope we are a fit with you! Through this letter, we want to give you an idea of the life we hope to share with your child.
After being together for seven years, we got married in 2010 when we had completed graduate school. We are incredibly fortunate to live on a five-acre farm in a city that was recently ranked as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States. There is a lot of grass to mow and so we enlisted some help. We rescued a couple of miniature horses and they are happily keeping the grass short. To keep the property clean we enlisted a flock of chickens which have the side benefit of producing delicious eggs. To round things out we share our home with four wonderful dogs (all great with kids). Sometimes we get the suspicion that our friends think we are a little different because we are happier staying home doing farm work than hitting the town Friday night. We do not know if we would disagree with them, but it is a wonderful life and we would only change one thing - sharing it with a child.
We are both entrepreneurs by nature and the company we started has enabled us a lot of flexibility in our daily lives. A big passion of ours is seeing new places and we often travel for both business and pleasure. We are working on visiting every national park in the U.S. and to visit every continent (except Antarctica). There are so many amazing places to see and explore and we want the opportunity to share them with a child. We visit Europe at least once a year to meet up with Doug's family from Great Britain. Maybe our nephew can teach his new cousin to do a good British accent! We think it is important to experience different cultures first hand and look forward to exploring the world through the eyes of a child.
Your child would be loved absolutely and grow up in an environment that encourages them to push their limits and explore their passions. We believe that the sort of chores needed on a farm teach important life skills like being self-reliant and compassionate. Your child will experience life and growth first hand in a way that not many kids get to anymore. Right in our backyard they will be able to explore nature, build forts in the “woods”, braid the horse’s tails, and just have all the little adventures that are so amazing as a child. While we love the outdoors, we are also huge fans of technology. We play video games, watch TV and enjoy exploring new ways for technology to improve the property (building things like a homemade automatic door for the chicken coop). It is fun to incorporate engineering on the farm and kids always come up with the most creative solutions to problems. We can’t wait to help a child bring life to whatever solutions they can imagine.
We know that the adoption process is not easy and we commend you for considering it. You are an incredibly important part of your child and we commit to providing letters and pictures of the child doing everything described above on a regular basis. Emails work as well! The child will always know where they came from and that being adopted only means that even more people love them and have their best interests at heart.Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us and our lives. We hope to get to speak with you soon!
Doug & Kassie
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