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Andy & Katie
Hello! Thanks for taking the time to read our profile. We are a fun-loving family of three dedicated to a home filled with support for one another, curiosity for life, and finding joy in everyday things. We hope you find a family that is a perfect fit for you and your child. We promise to show you our true selves in this profile in hopes that we may be that perfect fit.
Education We Will Provide
Education is very important to us. We both worked hard in school and have carried our love of the classroom well into adulthood.
We also both love to read for fun and can get carried away researching something that piques our interest easily. Our parents encouraged this love of and reverence for learning at a young age.
We do feel that there is much more to the education of a child than teaching them the importance of school and reading. As a family, we love to go to museums, visit new places, and share in new experiences together. We feel that the most important thing we can teach our child – outside of being compassionate and caring – is to be curious about the world around them. This certainly means doing well in school and learning what you can from reading, but it also means getting out in your community, traveling, meeting new people, and hearing others' perspectives. We hope to lead by example as we live our own curious lives. As parents, we pledge to give our kids as many experiences as we can to foster the growth of this lifelong flame within themselves.
Our Life Priorities
We have many goals as individuals and as a couple. Andy is thoughtful, he loves to build things and discover new ways to look at the world. Katie is outgoing and loves to be around people. She cares fiercely for her pediatric patients and enjoys being there for their families, being able to provide guidance and warmth during a scary time. While at any given time one partner may be focused on their personal goals and pursuits, the other is always ready to pitch in and play a supportive role, never allowing our top priority - our family - to be neglected. Our first love has always been and will always be spending quality time with each other. We have chosen where we live, where we work, and have otherwise built our lives with this priority in mind. Our choices have allowed us to maintain our sense of fulfillment and personhood while carving out time that is highly protected to be with our family. While we have a comfortable house and feel very lucky to live in a safe neighborhood with access to good schools and green space, we have chosen to prioritize experiences together over working more to afford nicer things. So far we are really enjoying our time, our friends, and the memories we are all making together.
Any child who is in the minority either because of race or ability may experience some prejudice in their life. Those children whose parents have never experienced this same hardship or bias may feel alone. We see it as our job to put ourselves in our child's corner. While we may not ever fully understand, we can promise to be there for our child. We can also promise to not ignore these real issues and will strive to keep a dialogue open about the unique challenges facing minorities in our country. In addition to having important conversations with our kids, and being someone they can turn to in times of need, we also hope to surround our child with people from many different cultures and backgrounds. We see cultural and racial diversity as a strength to be celebrated. Andy’s family is Italian, and this heritage plays a strong role in their family’s sense of identity. We plan to celebrate and foster our adoptive child’s sense of cultural identity - to help him or her feel rooted and secure in who they are. It is possible to not only belong to several groups but to celebrate and rejoice in your place in those various groups. This child will be firmly rooted in our family, while encouraged to love and know about where he or she came from and all the unique and beautiful strengths associated with that history.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in Nebraska in a safe and cosmopolitan neighborhood inside the city with lots of fun things nearby. Our home is a cozy old brick house on a corner lot with a fenced-in backyard where our son and dog can play. Our neighborhood is one of the older ones in town and it definitely has its own fun and unique identity within the city where we live. it is a close-knit community with several big parks within walking distance, a couple of city pools, and a neighborhood center with restaurants, an ice cream place, and small local shops. During holidays there are parades and gatherings and every block has its own summertime block party. The sidewalks are always filled with kids on bikes, people walking dogs, and families out together.
Our neighborhood elementary school is only a couple blocks away and we often go there with our son, Sam, to play on the playground and meet up with other families with kids nearby. The school is diverse both culturally and socio-economically, and we feel lucky that our neighborhood matches that diversity and celebrates it as one of our strengths. Our neighbors are wonderful and though we have only lived here for a couple of years, we already feel we have people around that we could count on anytime and vice versa.
Our Extended Families
Our extended family is a lot of fun and very much a part of our lives. Katie's mom, dad, and sister all live nearby and we get together with them often. Her parents live in the country just outside the city limits and have horses and woods to hike through. Katie's dad was born to be a grandpa and loves showing Sam how to work on the farm and telling him stories.
Andy's family is a little more spread out but in the true spirit of their Italian heritage are all involved in each other's lives and love to get together for some loud, happy times with lots of good food! Andy's brother and sister both have young kids, so it has been fun watching them all form that special cousin bond with our son, Sam. Both of our families have been so wonderfully supportive of our plans to adopt and are excited to welcome a new family member with open arms. We know they will provide so much learning and love to our adoptive child and we feel lucky to have them in our lives.
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us a little bit. We are Andy and Katie and we have been together for 16 years—starting out as two bright-eyed teenagers who became best friends, then college sweethearts, and have now been happily married for the past six years.
We have been together through years of long-distance, Katie's million years of medical training, and lots of time and energy struggling to build our family on our own. Through all the changes and challenges, we have grown stronger and more sure-footed as a couple.
We have a happy and healthy 4-year-old son who has brought us more joy than we ever could have imagined. He has endless energy and everything near him becomes a fort, a castle, or a trampoline. He also loves to cuddle and read and is so gentle with our dog, Stella, and his baby cousins. We know he will be a great big brother and we are all so ready to grow our family through adoption.
Our family and friends are supportive of our plans to adopt and continue to ask questions and provide insight that sparks discussion, excitement, and thoughtful consideration. Parenting any child is a never-ending journey that changes with each new stage just when you feel you are getting the hang of things. Parenting a child of adoption will surely bring its own unique bridges to cross. We believe firmly that it takes a village to raise a child and as parents, our love and guidance can only go so far. Our friends and families have filled many rolls that we, as parents, cannot fill in our son's life—adding such a rich dimension to his world view and his personality that we are forever grateful for. We know that our smart, diverse, and caring friends will be especially important for our adopted son or daughter. They will fold him or her into our village and teach things we do not know, help us as we navigate cultural and racial issues should our child come from a heritage or race different from our own, and give our adopted child the understanding that he or she is so very loved and special.
We cannot pretend to understand what a difficult decision is facing you right now. All we can do is promise that if you choose to move forward with us, we will be there to provide support and hope to foster and keep an open relationship with you that grows over time. We know that children do best when their adoption is open and when a relationship with their birth parents is allowed and encouraged. We want this child to know and love you and plan to send pictures, videos, and organize calls or visits if this is something you would like, as well.
Please reach out if we can answer any questions or provide more information about ourselves and our life as a family. We look forward to talking with you and are sending you our hope for peace and comfort during this time.
Andy & Katie
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