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Kennie & Nicole
Thank you so much for taking the time to learn more about us. We are an active, fun couple from Maryland ready to share laughter, unconditional love, and everyday life with a child. We can't wait to introduce a little one to our amazing extended family and friends and to get to know you and your hopes for this child.
Our Leisure Time
In our leisure time, we enjoy spending time together doing the things that make us laugh and have fun. We really enjoy the simple pleasures in life such as going for run or walk at the local trail, having a picnic in the park, or enjoying our favorite ice cream on a nice summer day.
Since we recently built our home, we spend a lot of time decorating and making improvements to it. We recently installed the backsplash in our kitchen and are now redesigning Nicole’s closet. So, we are typically in Home Depot and Lowes getting supplies for these projects. We also love to host dinner with family and friends at our home. Nicole enjoys showing off her cooking skills in our kitchen. We usually eat a home cooked meal but sometimes we get dressed up and go to a nice restaurant.
We both ran track and field in high school. We have participated in several organized races throughout the area such as, the Marine Corps Marathon, Army 10 Miler, Annapolis 10 Miler and a number of half marathon races. We also enjoy watching regular and championship football and basketball games, as well as World and Olympic track and field championship games.
Our child will know the strength and courage of his or her birth parents and the act of love that brought us together. It is very exciting to know that this child will make our family's story complete. From the very beginning, we will inform, educate, and celebrate this child and his or her story. Reading children's books and using a Lifebook are ways that we plan to discuss adoption with our child. Sharing memories of our first moments as a family and how long we waited for his or her precious arrival are much anticipated conversations. As our child grows and matures we will help him or her discover who they are in an environment of unconditional love. When our child has questions about his or her birth family, we will seek to have the answers from the resources available to us. Our child will be supported and loved, knowing that adoption is what allowed us to expand our family. We look forward to celebrating who they are as a child and helping them grow through every stage in life.
Education We will Provide
Education is very important to us, and we believe that it starts at home. We will always lead by example and will instill in our child, the core values of honesty, integrity, respect and compassion.
We believe in hands-on parenting that goes beyond reading and writing. In our area, we have the Smithsonian along with six other museums and the National Zoo in the National Capital Area. Additionally, through our future travels, our child will be exposed to different cultures and ways of life. We would take advantage of all these opportunities to allow our child to discover and explore.
As our child grows and matures, we look forward to helping with homework and making sure he or she understands what is necessary for him or her to excel. As a college professor in accounting, Kennie will definitely be helping with Math, and Nicole with Science and English. We will never pressure our child to achieve certain grades; instead, we will provide a loving environment where he or she can come to us for help. We know that not all children learn at the same rate and sometimes children require special help and attention. We are committed to finding and providing whatever resources necessary to help our child with school.
Our Extended Families
We both come from big, fun, and outgoing families who are a big part of our lives. Kennie is the fifth oldest of 7 kids and Nicole is the third oldest of 5. There are many grandchildren on both sides of our family. We have received an overwhelming amount of support from our families on our decision to adopt. This child will grow up with grandparents, uncles, aunts, and lots of cousins to play with!
Nicole’s family is originally from the Caribbean and have been living in the U.S. for over 25 years. Kennie’s family is from the southern part of the U.S. We enjoy combining and sharing our cultural heritage through food, music, traditions, among other things, at family reunions and other family events. Our families love sports. We are competitive and love cheering on our favorite track and field team, football teams, and soccer team. Food is often the center of our gatherings, we crowd around the table laughing over delicious BBQ and jerk chicken, rice and beans, mac and cheese, green beans, plantains and other homemade family recipes. We love to travel and often vacation at Nicole’s family home in the Caribbean or Kennie’s family home in the South.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a very family-oriented community in Maryland. Our community includes walking trails, tot lots, a swimming pool, tennis courts, soccer field, a restaurant, 24-hour guard at the gate, and many more amenities. Our Homeowners Association typically plans annual holiday and family-oriented events including Halloween trick-or-treat events, kids Christmas holiday party events, and monthly parents’ night out events where parents can relax and enjoy dinner at the onsite restaurant while their children watch Disney movies, eat pizza and have fun. Our home is a newly constructed single family home with plenty of room to accommodate our new addition.
We are surrounded by families with small children. We constantly see moms and dads pushing strollers on nice days. We are within a short distance of an elementary school, amusement park, neighborhood parks, shopping area and churches. The schools that serve our neighborhood are excellent, so your child will be provided a quality education. Our community was definitely created to support new and growing families.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to consider us as parents to your child. We admire your courage and selflessness in considering adoption for your child. If given the opportunity, we promise your child will be loved unconditionally and provided a loving, nurturing and stable home.
From the beginning of our relationship, we both shared the desire of expanding our family. After a few months of fertility treatments, we have decided to expand our family through adoption. Kennie has one adult daughter from a previous relationship who will be a great big sister to this child. Like her dad, Kennie’s daughter recently completed a Master of Business Administration degree and his working on enhancing her career. We also have one granddaughter who is four years old. She is a very happy, curious and intelligent little girl. We look forward to continuing to celebrate future birthdays, holidays, vacations, family reunions with them and our new addition. We also have a "fur baby" Teddy who is very friendly and loving.
Kennie is a college professor and have taught in some capacity for over 25 years. Nicole works for the U.S. Federal government and have done so for the past 15 years. We both have stable employment and flexible work schedules that will allow plenty of time for us to spend with our new addition. We have been together for approximately 3 years, and truly feel that we are soulmates. Education is important to us. We will provide many opportunities for your child to learn, be active, and discover new things and cultures. The schools that serve our neighborhood are excellent, so your child will be provided a quality education. Our community was definitely created to support new and growing families. Our home is a single family home with plenty of room to accommodate our new addition.
Your child will grow up in a family that loves running, hiking, adventures, laughing, celebrating birthdays and holidays and making special moments and memories every day. We believe in creating experiences that will expand his or her understanding of the world including things such as travelling (domestically and internationally) and participating in age appropriate events. In our family, your child will be surrounded by people of faith and love.
We have received an overwhelming amount of love and support from our friends and family from the moment we told them about our adoption plan. They say it takes a village to raise a child and our own little village cannot wait for us to bring home this child. We are going to love this child as our own and he or she will be welcomed by our families as well. This child will grow up with the love of grandparents, uncles, aunts, and lots of cousins to play with!
As provided in our adoption plan, we are open to the exchange of emails, phone calls, and visits to provide you with reassurance that you child is happy, safe and loved. We believe that an open adoption benefits everyone involved. We hope to keep the lines of communication open as your child grows and matures.
Again, we believe that you are an incredibly brave and selfless person for considering adoption for your child. We are ready and committed to providing your child with a loving, nurturing and stable home environment. And, we are filled with anticipation to welcome your child to our forever family.
Kennie & Nicole
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