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Jim & Kristin
We are a family created by adoption and we are eager to grow our family once more in this beautiful way. We are humbled that you would consider us as parents and we respect and honor your decision. We want nothing more than to be the best parents we can be and hope to do so with music, traveling and family adventures. Thank you for looking at our profile.
Adoption in Our Lives
Adoption has changed our lives forever. We talked about adoption in high school, when we would secretly talk about the future we wanted to have. We were married for many years before we knew infertility was a reality for us but we knew right away the answer for us was adoption. With that decision, we were given the incredible, humbling, beautiful job of raising our sons and the excitement and joy of looking forward to completing our family.
Josiah, our eldest, is intelligent, sweet, social and takes being a brother very seriously. He loved helping when his younger brother was little. Our second son, Levi, is very happy, curious and in love with his big brother. Both have characteristics that remind us so much of their birth mothers and it makes us so grateful to see these traits come out. While Josiah and Levi have different backgrounds, they both are a mixture of races and we celebrate that and do our best to share and honor that with them as well as expose them to diverse people and cultures.
We know we haven't just gained children but we have also gained relationships with the people who also love them. We are so excited to have another son or daughter join our family and make lasting relationships with those who love him or her. Adoption brought us other people whose bravery, kindness, selflessness and love have taught us in amazing ways. Adoption brought us the opportunity to encourage and be there for people we never would have met otherwise.
Life in our home is simple. We try to keep our schedules light and our hearts lighter. We try to focus on experience over material things. We enjoy healthy, home cooked meals in the evenings and listening to Kristin playing the piano. Sometimes Jim will read the Bible or a favorite book out loud before bed. Kristin runs in the morning before everyone else is up and Jim rides his bike a few evenings a week and we take the dogs for long walks every day. We are almost always listening to or playing music when we are home.
If we aren't at the house, we can be found at church or community events or traveling. We visit at least a few states every year and try to enjoy the unique outdoors in every state through hiking, running or cycling. We camp and make our own meals and use the savings to do extra experiences like feeding sharks, behind the scenes tours and other fun opportunities. We both love taking pictures during all of our travels and at home. We like sitting on our back deck, riding our bikes to the ice cream shop or going to our small local movie theater.
Our Family Traditions
Our favorite family tradition happens on Thanksgiving. We invite all of the people we know who might be alone on that day to join us around our table. We have had people from India and Japan, good friends and near strangers. We love sharing what we are grateful for with everyone who can join us.
At Christmas time, we drive around our town with hot chocolate and festive music. When we see a house decorated well, we sneak to the door and leave a note telling them how much we appreciate the time it took for them to decorate and how much we enjoyed their lights! We spend Christmas morning at Kristin's parents' house across town, the kids are showered with gifts and we have a good meal.
At Easter we typically travel to see Jim's family. We sit around and share family stories or go for hikes with the whole family. All the cousins play all weekend and on Sunday we take up at least one pew at church as a whole family.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a small town in Nebraska, near a beautiful lake with sandy beaches. It's the kind of town where everyone knows your name and we all show up to every parade, which we have about once a month. We have an outdoor and indoor pool and great parks.
In the fall, we have a festival that includes outdoor concerts, a craft fair and car show. In the summer, we have a concert series every Thursday night where everyone turns up in lawn chairs to watch. We are heavily involved in our church and our church family is incredibly supportive and loving. At the end of the school year, our church hosts a celebration with bouncy houses, games and free food.
Our neighbors are mostly young families with multiple children or grandparents who enjoy spoiling the neighbor kids. We rarely leave the house without seeing a neighborhood kid riding their bike or playing outside.
Our house isn't fancy, but it is our warm, comfortable home. We live on a corner lot with a large back yard, an open kitchen and living room, plenty of bedrooms, a play room and a room devoted to music. We enjoy our TV room for movies but spend most of our time in the kitchen where we can bake cookies together or play together while Kristin makes dinner.
Our Extended Families
Kristin's parents live five minutes from us and relish being grandparents. We visit them many times a week and we help in their garden, bake, or get spoiled by grandma and grandpa. Kristin's parents' home has a room devoted to grandchildren, filled with toys and clothes. Since they live here, they are a large part of all of our traditions. We have Thanksgiving at their house and we invite all of the bachelors and people celebrating alone to celebrate with us. Last year we had people from India and Japan at our Thanksgiving table!
The rest of our extended family spans across the United States but we get together frequently. Jim's family loves to make large, homemade meals including homemade bread and dessert. We often hike as an extended family or tell stories. Jim comes from a family of four kids and Kristin has two older siblings so there are an abundance of cousins in all different age ranges and they all love to get together to run around in the yard or watch movies.
From Us to You
It is a privilege to be considered as potential adoptive parents and we thank you for allowing us to introduce ourselves. We are Jim and Kristin and as parents of two adopted children we respect and honor you and your decision as you consider an adoption plan for your child. We are not only committed to raising our children to the best of our abilities but to having an open, honest and true relationship with you. We have always dedicated ourselves to going above and beyond what is required of us to make sure everyone involved knows they are loved and valued.
We are willing to be flexible, knowing that your thoughts might change as time goes on. We are looking forward to speaking with you about contact, including whatever kind of pictures, emails, phone class or potential visits you might be interested in. We will do whatever we can to make ourselves available to you and are willing to adjust as you see fit. We will always remain open and allow you to make the choice as to how open you would like to be.
Adoption has been such an important part of our lives for so many years now. Without the gift of adoption, we wouldn't have our current family or the opportunity to grow our family one last time. We have both grown so much through parenthood and through the path of adoption that we are forever grateful for the impact it has had and will have on our lives. Adoption is a conversation we have every day in our home. We want to share with our children where they came from, who they are, and how amazing their futures can be.
Our home isn't fancy, but it's always clean, except for the little bit of dog hair here and there. Our lives are calm and simple. What we lack in excitement we make up for in joy, happiness, and a solid family life. We have been happily married for 13 years and as high school sweethearts, we were together for five before that.
We are surrounded by friends and family who support and love us and have accepted our children fully. Kristin's parents, who live right across town, are so excited to become grandparents again. Everyone in our extended family is praying and hoping to have another cousin to join the family. Our church is incredibly supportive and ready to help in anyway they can. We even have a friend that fly in from Texas to spend time with our kids!
We can't promise the world, but we can promise our corner of it. We promise a lot of music, a lot of travel, and always having at least one dog. We can promise we will do everything we can give our kids the best education possible and to always teach them, above all else, to live by the fruits of the spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness and self-control. We can't wait to open our home and our hearts to another little one and look forward to the day we meet them and every single day after.
Jim & Kristin
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