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Nate & Kelsey
We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for taking the time to review our profile. Our small-town values of faith and family are at the center of our everyday lives. We know that we will make excellent parents and welcome the opportunity to expand our family. Thank you again for considering us and we look forward to the journey that lies ahead!
Our Life Priorities
We both have very Type A personalities and therefore spend a lot of our time in the evenings openly discussing our feelings and plans for the future. During these conversations we tend to focus on our two priorities in life; family and faith.
At the top of our list is family. Regardless of how the rest of our day/week has played out, the happiness and safety of our family is of the utmost importance to us. Nate has been a strong leader in our family, always stating that "together, we can do anything". As a family, it is imperative that we remain unified and supportive of one another, which is why "quality time" with friends and family holds such a special place in our hearts.
Though we may place the majority of our thoughts and attention on the value of family, faith is at the core of everything we do. Every evening before bed, we read from our Daily Devotional book and on the weekends we attend mass as a family. We prayed for a very long time for God to show us how he planned for us to grow our family and through that we were led on our journey to adoption.
After our very first date, we decided to start a journal where we could document all of the adventures we experienced together and we continue this habit today. Sometimes the entries are capturing the big moments in our lives, such as our first trip as a couple to Colorado or the awards conferences we attended for Nate's work in Palm Springs and Banff, Canada. Other times they are reflective of the meaningful junctures in our life such as when our parents met for the first time, when Alaina learned to crawl or when we made the decision to begin our journey to adoption.
Both of our mothers have cultivated this adventurous spirit in us and the ability to create memorable moments in our daily lives. We've turned rainy days into opportunities for play time in the muddy puddles and a simple bath into a glow stick filled "rainbow bath." Regardless of the situation or circumstance, we enjoy thinking outside of the box and making it a moment to remember forever!
Though we are unable to have children of our own together, we are blessed to be co-parenting Nate's daughter (Kelsey's step-daughter) Alaina. We have an excellent relationship with her mother and currently have a shared custody arrangement where we get her every Wednesday and every other weekend (Friday through Monday).
Alaina brings so much joy to this family. She just celebrated her 4th birthday, loves the color orange and wants to be a police officer when she grows up. Alaina looks and acts just like her Daddy and has him wrapped around her little finger. We jokingly refer to Nate as a "helicopter Dad" as he is very protective of Alaina's safety and feelings. Though she goes to Daddy for the boo boo kisses, Alaina is Kelsey's little shadow. She is always sitting on her lap or as close as she can be, requests to use her chaptstick and makeup and most recently prefers when they are dressed the same.The toy of choice for Alaina is a baby doll and her favorite game to play is "school." She has proven in so many ways that she is ready to be a big sister, and we are so excited to provide her with this opportunity soon!
Our House and Neighborhood
We fell in love with our small-town, four-bedroom home instantly. The initial draw was the central location to several parks, the city library and the elementary school. However our interest grew as we learned of the close-knit relationships among the neighbors, the majority of which are all raising a young family as well. From the time the school bus drops nearly 40 children off on our block in the late afternoon, we will see dozens of them outside riding bikes, doing sidewalk chalk and playing games in their front yards.
Across the street from our home is the new baseball and softball complex. We frequently walk over to watch the youth games and support many of our neighbors' children. Most recently they have began construction to add two soccer fields to the complex, which we are very excited for!
We both graduated from a small-town school and were appreciative of the involvement opportunities it can present. As Alaina and this child approach school age, we look forward to having them attend the local elementary school and some day enroll in the high school. The community prides itself on an excellent academic program, offering a full range of performing arts and extracurricular activities. Their marching band happens to be one of the best in the state!
Our Extended Families
We jokingly refer to our home as our "vacation home" because we spend many weekends visiting family. Both of our families are similar in that our parents and two sets of grandparents still reside in the hometowns we grew up in. This means that every visit back home provides an opportunity to get together with several friends and extended family members. There have been several instances where multiple cousins arrive to grandma's house unannounced, only to have homemade hot cocoa, waffles and an entire breakfast spread ready within minutes!
We feel blessed to be raising Alaina alongside Kelsey's brothers and numerous cousins who are raising families themselves. Kelsey's parents lake house is an hour from our home. During the summer months, there is an open door policy for our extended family. Jet skiing, tube riding and s'mores around the fire become a normal routine. Needless to say, whether we are at home or visiting grandparents, our weekends are never dull.
Everyone is beyond excited and supportive of our adoptive plan and cannot wait to be a part of the child's life. They will be surrounded with love, fun and laughter!
From Us to You
We sincerely appreciate you considering adoption for your child. Our hearts and home are ready to accept a child and we couldn't be more honored to be acknowledged as potential adoptive parents.
When we each accepted a position with our current employer seven years ago, we didn't anticipate that it meant we would be working side-by-side with our future spouse. But as they say, "the rest is history." We quickly became best friends and were married five years later. We are a team for sure. We provide a support system for one another both intellectually and physically. We enjoy physical fitness and last year competed together in a duathalon race. Nate won by a couple of minutes, but Kelsey is certain her bike was to blame!
Currently we are co-parenting Nate's beautiful four-year-old daughter Alaina in a small suburb outside of the city where we work. We quickly fell in love with our four-bedroom home when we first purchased it two years ago. We are a young and active couple with adventurous spirits and we were fortunate to find a neighborhood full of families' with a similar dynamic and energy. Imaginations run wild in our home as our basement living room is frequently transformed into an ice cream shop or daycare center and our large, fenced-in backyard it utilized as a soccer field or race track.
Our family is just as excited as we are about adopting. We are blessed to have both sides of the family within a few hours drive. Family gatherings take place almost weekly and we look forward to watching this child grow up among several of our cousins' children, two nieces and two nephews. Our friends are an extension of our family and when we told them of our plans to adopt, they were similarly supportive and insistent on throwing a baby shower upon the child's arrival in celebration. This child will be so very loved!
We have so much love in our hearts to give and are excited by the opportunity to grow our family through adoption. We feel prepared to guide a child through this journey as well, educating them on who they are, where they were born and who their birth parents are. The maturity of the child will dictate when they are ready to have these conversations, but we will be there to answer their questions and provide them with the background of their culture and history that they need to fully grasp their true identity.
Our commitment is to love this child with all of our hearts. We also commit to be open and welcome to you to the extent that you feel comfortable. Through letters and pictures, we hope to keep you updated on the growth, happiness and abilities of your child.
We cannot begin to imagine what you must be feeling, thinking and experiencing during this time. Our hearts break with you as you make life-changing decisions for you and your child. We know that what might be the happiest day of our lives might very well be the hardest of yours. As you face this difficult decision, please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of two total strangers who would be blessed to meet you and your little one. And, if you so choose, we would be honored to be a part of this journey with you.
Nate & Kelsey
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