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Zack & Kari
Hi, welcome to our profile! Thank you for stopping by and getting to know us better. We are looking forward to getting to know you and telling you about our home and the love we have to offer your baby. We are honored that you are considering us as potential adoptive parents for your child.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has always been close to our hearts; especially for Kari. Kari having been adopted and having family members also adopted; adoption was something we have always been open to in building our future family.
Kari- My brother and I were adopted from Korea when we were very young. My grandma was also adopted when she was an infant.
Growing up, my mom always made sure to seek out other adoptive families for us to play with and spend time with. My brother and I have always known we were adopted. The obvious is that we are a completely different ethnicity than our parents, but also my mom freely talked about adoption.
While my experience and story is not necessarily unique, it is important as I feel it will allow Zack and myself to support and help our child make sense of their own adoption story.
Our Leisure Time
We both work hard but have always believed in the motto "Work to live, not live to work." Our leisure time is important to us to connect with each other, our friends and family. We each have our own hobbies, but also shared activities that allow us to grow as a couple.
Zack enjoys working on home projects and taking care of the lawn. He also likes playing golf with friends and his dad as well as playing video games and reading up on the latest tech gadgets. Zack has unofficially become our family and friends go-to computer tech.
Kari in her leisure time likes going to spin classes, trying new recipes and baking for her co-workers and neighbors. Kari's work partners with many different organizations in the area and she has been able to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, College Possible and Journey House.
Together, often on weekends, we can be found biking or hiking on one of the many nearby trails and exploring our state. We enjoy getting together with our friends and Kari's mom to try new restaurants, attend different festivals and play board games. Traveling is a passion we both share. Every year we try to visit a new place and hope to continue this tradition as our family grows.
When we had foster children in our home, we loved finding new playgrounds and different orchards and pumpkin patches. Traditionally, we attend the China Lights Festival, the arrival of the Christmas Train, and Breakfast with Santa.
Our Pup, Jasper
This is Jasper, our furbaby. We have had Jasper since he was a couple months old and he is a very important part of our family. Jasper is twelve years young, but you would never know he is an older dog. He loves hiking and road tripping with us. He comes with us pretty much anywhere we can take him. Jasper is very chill and loves children. He was very excited by all the attention he received during our time as foster parents, but he was sad to see the kids leave our home. People say dogs have a sixth sense and can tell when their humans are having a bad day. Jasper definitely has this sense as he goes in for extra cuddles when we've had a "ruff" day. We lovingly joke that he is part cat. He loves sunning himself and sleeping all day long. It is fun to watch him move throughout the house to different napping spots, looking for the warm sunshine. Jasper has brought a lot of joy to our lives and truly is one of a kind.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in the suburbs of a large city in Wisconsin. Our four bedroom home is at the entrance to a quiet court. Our favorite rooms in the house are the family room and the kitchen. The family room has a fireplace and a lot of space for toys and a play area. We spend most of our time in the family room, especially when hosting guests. We like our neighborhood because we can count on our neighbors if we need anything, the area is quiet and the surrounding families are varied in age and cultural background. We regularly see many different types of wildlife in our yard like turkeys and deer.
Living near a large city offers opportunities to attend many different cultural and musical festivals, sporting events, museums and the performing arts. There is always something going on. Our community is tight knit with a lot of local high school pride. Annually the downtown area hosts Fourth of July and Homecoming parades. Our downtown area sits on a large lake and Thursdays during the summer months offers a free, family friendly, water ski show. There are many additional lakes nearby which offer boating, fishing and swimming. The surrounding area offers many parks that feature things such as farmers markets, splash pads, biking and hiking trails and community events.
Our Extended Families
We both grew up in small towns in Wisconsin where we were raised with strong family values. While growing up, Kari and her brother, Chad, participated in different organized sporting activities, played multiple musical instruments and enjoyed exploring the outdoors. Kari's family has strong roots in German tradition so we often cook traditional German food and practice a German Christmas tradition of hiding a pickle ornament on the tree. Kari's mom was an elementary school teacher and since retiring, she has traveled to many places around the world and enjoys volunteer work.
Zack grew up with his mom and dad and brother, AJ. While growing up Zack and his brother participated in team sports, played the saxophone and trumpet and were involved with the Boy Scouts. Zack's grandparents lived close by which allowed the family to get together often. Zack's mom spent years working in medical offices and his Dad worked as an accountant. Both of Zack's parents have since retired to Arizona where they enjoy golfing and playing cards with friends.
Although Zack's parents do not live close by, we still visit with them at least once per year for an extended period of time. Zack's brother lives close by with his family which includes his wife and three young children. We get together for birthday celebrations and holidays. Kari's brother also currently lives in Arizona and we see him around holiday time. Kari's mom lives close by and we get together often. One our favorite activities with Kari's mom is trying new restaurants.
From Us to You
Thank you so much for reviewing our profile and considering us. We know this is a very big decision to make and we are humbled and excited to share our story with you.
We met about eight years ago when we were setup by Kari's co-worker and Zack's high school friend. Little did we know that snowy meeting in January would result in something special. We hit it off right away and soon knew we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together and have a family. We wanted to do something different for our wedding, so we got married in Vegas by Elvis surrounded by our friends and family. After the ceremony we treated everyone to a Vegas buffet.
We've been married for over five years now. We have had our ups and downs dealing with infertility and navigating the foster system, but we have managed to get through each situation by communicating with each other and leaning on one another as well as our family and friends.
While we are different in many ways, we are also very similar. We both are the oldest sibling in our families, we both have younger brothers and both grew up in smaller towns in Wisconsin. We are both very driven, have strong work ethic and family values. We don't let work dictate our lives and enjoy life to the fullest. We try not to take our selves too seriously and make sure we take time to laugh and joke around with each other. We don't sweat the small stuff. We try to be active and spend time outdoors as much as possible, but we also cherish our downtime as well by watching a movie or just hanging out enjoying a good cup of coffee and talking.
We knew early on in our relationship that we wanted to have a family. Soon after we were married we became pregnant. Sadly, that pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. After the miscarriage we experienced infertility and an unsuccessful round of IVF. We remained focused on our dream of building our family and we decided to become foster parents. We fostered two different sets of siblings. Going in, we knew the main goal of fostering is reunification of the children with their parents. While these children will forever be in our hearts and memories, they have since been placed with relatives or reunified with their parents. What keeps us going is our love for one another and our hope of having a family.
We look forward to being parents and have felt a void in our hearts since our foster children left our home. We loved being parents to our kiddos and watching them hit their milestones, take their first steps and say their first words. We truly enjoyed teaching them life skills and watching their eyes light up with joy when they had new experiences. There isn't anything quite like hearing a three year old say they had the best day ever.
Both of us come from a family of educators; education is very important in our lives. We will encourage your child and support them in their learning not only in school but also through life experiences. Our community has several highly-rated schools for us to choose from.
Your child will grow up in a home with supportive parents who will love him or her unconditionally. We will always be open and honest with this child about their adoption story. It is very important to us that this child know where they came from and that they are loved by us as well as you. We pledge to always speak highly of you with this child. We would love for you to be a part of your child's future, if that is something you would like. We will share with you your child's growth and experiences through photos, letters and emails. If you choose, we are also open to making arrangements for visits when the time is right.
We are grateful that you would consider us. We hope this gave you a better picture our lives and who we are.
Zack & Kari
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