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Kevin & Missy
We haven't met you yet, but we carry you in our hearts each day. We're praying for courage, peace, and support to surround you as you take each step on this journey. Our home is a peaceful place of rest and safety for our family, full of kindness and love. Our biggest dream is adding a child to our family--we're so humbled and blessed that you would consider us!
Adoption in Our Lives
For us, our biggest dream has always been to be parents. Even very early in our dating relationship, we often talked about our desire for children, to have a big family, and all of the adventures we would have together. When we learned we likely could not have biological children, we were pretty shaken. After taking time to process, adoption was our natural choice.
Three years ago we adopted our beautiful son Daniel at birth. Daniel's adoption is a comfortable and special part of our family story. We've talked with him about his adoption story and birth family ever since he was born, so even at age three he's very familiar with his adoption story. As a family we often discuss his adoption in our everyday conversation and look at Daniel's Life Book together. His Life Book includes pictures and mementos from his birth that help him to understand his story, as well as pictures of his birth family. Daniel's birth mom has sent him several presents, which we have in his room and often talk about. We include his birth family in our prayers and always speak of them with respect and love. As a family we are very intentional about creating a safe environment for Daniel to talk about adoption and ask questions. We have an open adoption and are also very intentional about honoring his birth mom's wishes, especially regarding her privacy and her communication preferences.
How We Met
For us our high school lunch room will always be a special place because it's where we met over 20 years ago. Kevin would casually drop by Missy's lunch table to talk to her every day. It took him several months to work up the courage to ask Missy out but he finally did as we left the library one day after school. We had our first date a couple weeks later at his youth group's Valentine's banquet. He was shy and sweet, but it was those kind, hazel-green eyes that swept Missy off her feet. From that time on were together every week. Even when Kevin left for college he came home every other weekend to see Missy. When Missy chose a college the next year it was, of course, very near Kevin's school so she could be closer to him. We love looking at all the pictures: homecoming, prom, high school graduation, college graduation and everything in between--we've done it all together.
Spending time together, no matter what we're doing, is our favorite family pass time. Each night we eat a meal together. Sometimes it's homemade favorite family recipe. Other times it's takeout or pizza, but we make it a point to have dinner together every night and talk. It's our favorite time of the day--we love hearing the details of each other's day, especially Daniel's preschool stories. For our family, it's also a priority that we have time each week to hang out and have fun together. Some of our weekly favorites are going for walks with our dog, going to the park, getting our favorite local ice cream, watching a movie, or having a campfire in our backyard fire pit.
But by far our favorite thing to do together is spend time camping and hiking in our beautiful state. There is something about being outside that relaxes us more than anything else. Maybe it's because we unplug from our routine, or just the peacefulness and beauty of the mountains, but nothing is more refreshing to us than being outdoors. In the winter we like to snow shoe, ice fish, or enjoy the local hot springs. In the summer, we love to be outside with friends barbecuing, hiking, fishing, camping, visiting state parks and national parks, and exploring our part of the world. We're so excited to add another baby to our family and to share adventures together as they grow up.
Our Extended Families
The sun is shining and boats hum in the background. Homemade apple pies, still warm, are just waiting to be eaten when the smoked BBQ is ready. Kids run, while adults take turns playing yard games and bouncing babies, waiting their turn for a ride on Grandpa's boat. Maybe we'll hike after lunch, if we can move after eating all that food. It's summertime, our favorite time of year, and we're with our family.
For us, family centers around good food, conversation, and doing fun things together. Raised with 2 brothers, Kevin grew up with many fun days on the lake, fishing and tubing. Now the fun continues with our 2 nephews, and always includes sports. Watching football (go Chiefs), going to baseball games, or watching our nephews play soccer are some of our favorites.
Missy grew up in a large family as the oldest of five kids. Now, with 10 nieces and nephews, everything even more fun. Many happy weekends have been spent camping and hiking. And don't forget baking! Favorite family recipes, like buttermilk cake and homemade biscuits, always seem to find their way to the table for family meals.
Though we live in different states, we are very close to our families and always make a way to visit several times a year. With 2 adopted children already in our extended family, trans-racial adoption is a normal part of our family story. Each of our family members are beyond excited to welcome another child into our family!
Our House and Neighborhood
Each morning we sit on the couch together and drink coffee as we watch the Colorado sunrise over the mountains. From our living room, we can see both snowcapped mountains and desert rock formations. Located in an amazing neighborhood in with community parks, walking paths, and great neighbors (not to mention lots of kids), our home is a peaceful refuge where we love to be.
Every room in our three-bedroom, two-bath house has a vaulted ceiling and lots of big windows. And our backyard and neighborhood parks are pretty beautiful, too. Because we live in a fertile river valley, our neighborhood is full of apple trees, peach trees, grape vines, and flowering trees. Spring is gorgeous, with tulips and daffodils everywhere, but might be beat by the explosion of colors in the fall.
Our community includes amazing activities for kids too including many parks and playgrounds, both indoor and outdoor pools, great little leagues for kids sports, science and nature centers, and a fantastic children's library with a large Spanish section, Spanish-speaking librarians, Hora de Cuentos each week in Spanish, and Hispanic cultural activities throughout the year. And the mountains and rivers offer unlimited opportunities for hiking, fishing, camping, rafting, and mountain-biking as a family.
Our community also offers amazing schools. Options include a bilingual dual immersion school we are considering where kids learn in both English and Spanish, as well as excellent STEAM charter schools, and respected public schools. Can you tell we love where we live?
From Us to You
Words can't express how humbled we are that you would consider us as an adoptive family for your baby. At times we're overwhelmed as we think of the emotions and challenges you may be facing as you walk through this season and make big decisions. Our hearts are full of love and compassion for you and we pray for you daily!
One of our mentors chose adoption for her first baby over 40 ago. When she shares her story with us, her eyes fill with tears of love for her son and she reminds us, "No one can have the strength to choose adoption for their baby unless they are acting completely out of love for their child." Our eyes fill with tears too, knowing that adoption includes joy and heartache for all involved, but more than anything it means love: your love for the baby you carry and our love for a baby we've not yet met but long for every day. Love that we hope will give this child a strong foundation, and solid identity, and a heart full of love to share with others.
High school sweethearts, we fell in love over 20 years ago have been together ever since. We married 18 years ago and have gone through all of life's ups and downs together. Our lives have been full of joy, but also some heartache, especially learning about our infertility. We live in beautiful Colorado, where Kevin works as the children's pastor at our church. Missy has a very flexible part-time job working from home doing the business side of medical research. Because our jobs are so flexible, we plan to stagger our schedules so that when we adopt we can share caring for the baby, without using daycare.
As a couple, our biggest dream has always been to have a large family. Three years ago, our dream began to come true when we adopted our son, Daniel. Daniel's adoption is an open adoption and we share pictures, letters, and texts with his birth mom. And, we are committed to sharing emails, letters, pictures, and/or texts with you, if you're comfortable with this. To help Daniel understand his whole story, we've made him a life book with mementos and pictures of both his birth family and us. We hope to make a similar book for our new baby as well. Please know that in our home you will always be honored and talked about with kindness and respect. Even at age three Daniel understands that he's adopted and how special adoption is to our family. Daniel is Hispanic and his culture is also an important part of our family.
We've always known that our family would not be complete with only one child and that we would definitely adopt again. Not only have we always wanted multiple children, but we are excited for our children to have the experience of growing up with a sibling. Daniel is very excited to be a big brother and tells us every week that he's a big boy now and we need to adopt another baby!
We want you to know that we are committed to giving all that we have to love and care for our children. As we've parented for past three years we've realized that parenting is not about being perfect. Instead it's about loving well, saying you're sorry when you mess up, and forgiving each other. It's about showing our children that no matter what choices they make we will always love them just like they are and be there for them no matter what. This is what we want to offer our next baby, not perfection but a family that loves them completely.
Our hearts are with you as you consider this important decision. May you have peace as you take each step of this journey. Much love from our hearts to yours!
Kevin & Missy
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