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Keenan & Kat
It is with humble hearts we thank you for considering our profile as potential parents to your child. We hold the responsibility of parenthood in the highest regard, and with love as the foundation of our relationship, we look forward to showering this child with the same unconditional love and affection we show our family each and every day. We are excitedly awaiting this special addition and starting the next chapter of our lives.
Adoption in Our Lives
In early September 2017, we received a phone call that would change our lives forever. All the careful planning, fervent prayer, and "what if" scenarios had come to this moment, the moment we received a call that a mother across the country had chosen us as part of her adoption plan. That phone call was the beginning of a powerful journey that allowed us to adopt our son, Christian.
We spent the three short months leading up to Christian's delivery building a relationship with his birth mother. We called, texted and emailed and when we finally arrived in New Jersey we spent time with her enjoying our new friendship. We are still in contact with Christian's birth mom and are so happy we are able to share in the joy of watching him grow.
Although our path to parenthood has been unique, we never gave up on the dream of growing our family. We feel incredibly blessed to have Christian and Annie in our lives and are so excited to be expanding our family through adoption again.
We would describe our lifestyle as balanced. Kat is like the energizer bunny, she wants to always be doing something or going somewhere. Keenan, on the other hand, loves to relax and enjoy downtime. We have figured out how to accommodate both our lifestyles in a balanced way. Some weekends Kat may get up before the sun to go hiking, while Keenan sleeps in with the kids. Later, Keenan will make breakfast and we lounge around the house. Our lives revolve around our family, so we make sure we have experiences as often as we can. They can be big like going to Florida to visit family or small like walking to the park to feed the ducks. We also love celebrating holidays, even the little ones, which means we have lots of causes for celebrations. We put family first, but work extra hard as well. We see ourselves as a team, with each player playing their role. Parents focus on providing, loving, nurturing, and leading, while the children focus on being kids, learning, and try their best at everything they do. Our lives are ready for a new addition and we look forward to spreading our love and traditions with another young life. Our home is central to many of our family friends as the place to come get a healthy meal, get some love, and to relax and spend some quality family time.
We have many different individual passions, but the one passion that brought us together and we continue to do together, is work with children. We met working and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club. Keenan continues to volunteer his time with a variety of children-focused organizations. He organizes quarterly volunteer events with his company such as, organizing diapers and other baby necessities at a warehouse, setting up for Shriner's Christmas Charity event, and making and packing meals for families in Haiti, the Philippines and other countries in need. Kat is an Assistant Principal at a local high school and continues to teach in the classroom and coach track & field and tennis. She also volunteers at church with children's sermons on Sunday and youth group activities throughout the week. We pushed this passion to another level by becoming foster parents for a few years as well. We have taken this passion and shared and participated in it alongside our friends and family. Our lives are built around supporting kids of all ages, both at home, at school and in our community.
Our House and Neighborhood
We have a spacious bungalow with three bedrooms and a large playroom in Central Arizona. Our favorite room is the playroom because it is set up with lots of space to play and has bookshelves overflowing with books against one of the walls. We also spend a lot of time in the kitchen because Keenan, Kat, and Annie love to cook. Keenan is a great baker, his chocolate cakes are legendary! Kat really enjoys cooking and trying new recipes, her favorite dish to make is jambalaya.
We live right next to a big park that has a pond, playgrounds and recreation centers. On the weekends we enjoy walking or biking to the park to play, and Annie enjoys the classes at the recreation center. She really loves their swim classes and has made a lot of friends from class. This year, Christian gets to start classes too! The park also hosts a variety of events from Halloween costume parties to monthly activity days that offer kayaking, paddle boarding, and t-ball. We have an amazing group of friends that we spend time with on a weekly and monthly basis. They have children ranging from 6 down to newborns, so a child would have playmates for life! Some of the activities we do together are: going to splash pads, the community pool, or the library. All of these places are within 3 miles of our home which makes it convenient to visit and plan activities.
Our Extended Families
Kat is the oldest of three sisters and grew up on a farm in rural Michigan. She lived a quarter mile from the lake and between the farm and the beach; she spent a majority of her time outside. Keenan is the little brother to two older sisters. His mother was a teacher, which meant he was very involved in school, extra-curricular activities, and sports.
Our families do not live in the same state as us, but we travel to see them at least twice a year. Here in Arizona, we have a unique group of friends that we consider family because they have supported us through many of our life events.
We try to get together with our friends whenever we can. It may be to order pizza and play cards with Josh, Courtney and their daughters or go to a new restaurant in town with Micah and Amanda. Other times, we invite Daniel, Gabi, and their kids over for movies and playtime. One of our traditions is every Sunday afternoon we have lunch with our "Arizona Family." Our friends all have children that we have amazing relationships with as well as awesome parents who love our children as their own. Our families and our friends are over the moon about our decision to adopt again and pray continually for the health and wellbeing of the child and our journey.
From Us to You
We would once again like to thank you for considering our profile as potential parents to your child. To describe the excitement, anticipation, and responsibility that we feel during this process would take a book because it is so immense. We know that you are probably feeling many of the same emotions and would like to share with you more about us to hopefully ease some of the unknown.
Our names are Kat and Keenan, we have been together for 10 years total and counting and we have two children, Annie & Christian. We have built our entire relationship on a foundation of love, trust, and communication. We have gone through 10 years of ups and downs and backward and twists and turns and everything life throws our way, and are still in love. We have taken our foundation and spent time building up those around us by using our relationship as an example. We want to say we are great parents and know all the answers to everything, but that would be terribly misleading. Parenting is instinctual, unplanned and sometimes messy. What works with one child, may not with the next. No matter what, we do promise to love and care for a child that comes into our home and we will never give up or throw our hands up in frustration. We know life can be messy and unplanned, but through all of it, we will hold honesty, communication, and love at the center of our relationships. Some of our priorities as parents are making sure the child feels loved, has ample opportunities for education and other activities and are confident in themselves.
We want to be able to extend these same priorities and opportunities to you and the child. We think it is imperative to communicate through letters or emails, for everyone involved in the adoption plan. We also believe sending pictures and video of the child is important because as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. We want to spend time getting to know you and your adoption plan so we can move forward together. We would like you to know we are open to visits depending on travel and timing throughout this journey. We believe that a child needs to know about themselves in order to maintain and develop their identity. Therefore, we would never hide the fact that the child was adopted or shame them if they were inquisitive about their adoption plan. We hold honesty in the highest regard and would be transparent with the child about their history and background. Knowing where they come from, what their backstory is, is imperative to their selfhood. We would never discourage a child from reaching out to you because having answers to who oneself is important. Although we have experienced adoption with our son, Christian, we know no two adoptions are the same and will treat each child as a unique individual, with their own story.
We know you have a story on how you came to this adoption plan, we also know you have a plan and we want to hear about it all. We also want to share our story and plan with you. As we begin to develop our relationship, the adoption plan will only be stronger and more relevant to both of us. We thank you again for giving our profile a chance and we look forward to hearing your story.
Take care and God bless.
Keenan & Kat
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