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Brian & Kelley
Our vision of adoption is a family full of love, experiencing new things together and enjoying the little moments that make each day special. Both sides of our family are thrilled we are adopting, and can't wait to have another child to shower with love and attention. We hope you join us on this journey, but no matter your decision we hope you find the absolute best home for your baby.
Our Leisure Time
One of our favorite things to do is take drives on the weekends. We live about an hour away from Disneyland and are there at least once a month. Whether it's going down there to ride a ride, to catch a parade, or to see the fireworks (Kelley's favorite), we always have a great time. We can't wait to get our child their first pair of ears!
Another favorite outing is the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. It's a couple of hours away, and we love to drive down there and see the elephants, especially the two babies that were born a few months ago. They're adorable! We also take Maddie, our dog, to the dog beach. She loves digging in the sand and playing chase with the other dogs. Since Brian is a teacher, during summer vacation he puts Maddie in the car and the two of them go for day trips up the coast or out to the desert.
We also enjoy camping and being outside. One of our favorite recent trips was an anniversary weekend camping trip to the Grand Canyon. We look forward to taking our child on outings with us to explore the world around them.
The most important thing we want our child to know is that your decision was made from a place of incredible love. We want to make adoption a natural part of their story, so that they feel completely comfortable with it from day one. We will have age appropriate books with stories about adopted kids, like "A Mother For Choco" and "Over The Moon: An Adoption Tale". We also want you to be a part of telling that story, through visits, phone calls, and pictures. There are pictures of our nephew's birth mother in his bedroom next to other family pictures, an idea we will be using. If you feel comfortable with it, we'd also love to be able to show them pictures of you as a child so they can see similarities and have a better sense of connection to you. We want you to be a part of this child's life as much you want to be, and for this child to know they are loved by so many people.
Our Family Traditions
Our favorite holiday is Christmas and we love celebrating it with our entire family. We spend the weekend after Thanksgiving decorating the whole house. We have to go to Disneyland at least once for the Christmas parade and to sit on Main Street drinking hot chocolate while waiting for the fireworks. After Brian's school gets out for break we head to South Carolina. We prefer driving instead of flying because we get to see and experience so much more, such as Memphis barbecue, seeing the Cadillac Ranch in Texas, and visiting the Blue Hole in New Mexico.
When we finally get there the whole visit is a flurry of present wrapping, baking, and any last-minute shopping. We split our time between our parent's houses, since they're only about an hour apart. Christmas Eve is spent at Brian's parent's house, then we get up Christmas morning and open presents and go to church. That afternoon we head over to Kelley's mom's house, where there is more present opening, then extended family and friends come over that night for ridiculous amounts of food and games. It's an amazing time, and both sets of grandparents can't wait to have another grandchild to play Santa for.
Our Extended Families
Brian has an older brother who lives in Oregon with his wife and two children. One of their children was adopted, and we've been able to see up close how they've handled open adoption, as well as how much Brian's whole family has embraced our nephew. Brian's parents are both retired and live in South Carolina. His parents drive across the country at least once a year to visit Brian's brother and family, then drive to Southern California to visit us. Brian is one of nineteen cousins, we love going to the east coast for family reunions every couple of years.
Kelley comes from a small but very close knit family. She has a younger sister and a niece who she's very close with. Kelley's sister and mom both live in South Carolina, about an hour away from Brian's parents. Kelley loves to plan and to travel, and has organized trips for her family to Washington DC, Orlando, as well as whitewater rafting trips and zoo trips. She has also hosted her teenage niece and friends for weeks at a time in the summer, tromping all over Southern California from music festivals to anime conventions to Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo.
Both sides of our family are familiar with adoption and are thrilled we are wanting to adopt a child. We plan on moving back to South Carolina to be closer to both of our families so that our child can know their grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousins.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a two bedroom condominium that we share with our dog, Maddie, and our cat, Katie. There are multiple families with small children in our complex, and we are a tight-knit community. We have progressive parties that start at one family's house for appetizers, move to someone else's for dinner, and finish at the third house for dessert. We also have impromptu gatherings in the courtyard where all the kids and dogs come out to run and play.
Our town hosts the Rose Bowl and the Rose Parade and we live three blocks from the parade route. It's fun to see everybody camping out on the parade route then to walk up and see the parade in the morning. We have a kid’s museum where the kids are encouraged to play in the water, dig in the dirt, and touch everything in order to learn about the world around them. We also have botanical gardens, which have a great kids garden that also offers interactive experiences. We want to give our child as many experiences as possible to spark their love of learning and play, and this is great place to do that.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us! We met in college and have been married for over twenty years. We have been attempting to grow our family for quite some time. We tried for years to get pregnant and dealt with the heartbreak of miscarriage. We knew that IVF wasn't right for us, and after much thought we decided on open adoption to fulfill our dream of becoming parents.
We want to give you a look into the life we will provide your child. We are a family who makes time to say “I love you” every day and to make sure we show it by doing little, thoughtful things for each other. We enjoy going on adventures and exploring the world around us, from museums and zoos to Disneyland and local parks. Both of us love history and love visiting places that have a story. We joke that our family t-shirt would say “We learn things”. We want our child’s life to be full of books, imagination, and a love of learning.
We also are a family who believes in celebrating the little things in life and in being silly and whimsical. Kelley has been known to throw puppy showers for friends with new dogs and Brian brings home flowers just because it’s Tuesday. We look forward to sharing family traditions with our child, from Kelley’s Christmas baking to Brian’s road trips in the summer with our dog to experience all the parks in Southern California. We love animals and can’t imagine having a home without our dog and cat in it. We also believe in taking joy in the small, everyday moments. One of our favorite parts of each day is right before bedtime when we pile into bed, dog and cat included, and cuddle up and talk about our day.
We look forward to the hard moments of parenting as much as the fun ones. The teachable moments when a child has a tough decision to make, when life gets messy, when they have to figure out what kind of person they want to be. We want them to look to the values and lessons they've learned over the years and ask themselves what would make all of my parents proud. As parents we feel the most important thing we can give our child is a strong foundation built on communication and unlimited love. We know there is a line between giving your child unlimited support and giving them the space to be themselves, to make their own mistakes and to learn from them. We want to support them without propping them up. We want our child to feel confident going out into the world and facing life's challenges, while knowing they always have a family and home to turn to for unconditional love.
We welcome you into our family with open arms and want you to be as involved as you want to be in this child's life, through emails, pictures, videos, and visits. We want you to know that your child is growing up in a home full of love and we want to share their adventures, both big and small, with you. We want you to feel incredibly proud of the person your child is becoming. We also feel it's important for a child to know where they come from and for them to feel a sense of connection. We want them to know they have many people in their life who love and support them, and we want you to be part of that team.
Wishing you all the best as you make this decision,
Brian & Kelley
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