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Kevin & Emily

We recognized from early on in our relationship, almost eight years ago, that becoming parents through adoption was something we felt passionate about. We are incredibly fortunate to be in a position where we can provide a child with a joyful, supportive and loving environment. To consider us to be your child's parents would be an honor; To choose us would mean the world the world to us.

About Us

Retail Banking
Project Manager
Master's Degree in Marketing
Bachelor's Degree in Political Science
Legally Married

How We Met

Hiking a Glacier in Iceland

Have you heard this one? A camel and a baby alligator walk into a bar…

Interestingly enough a camel and a baby alligator played a role in the story of how we met. Instead of walking into a bar, we met at a Chicago Starbucks on New Year’s Day for a very safe afternoon coffee date. Emily arrived first and ordered a tall Americano, primarily because it is the cheapest thing on the menu. Kevin walked in at 2 p.m. on the nose and ordered a hot chocolate, primarily because he doesn’t like coffee. One might wonder why he suggested a coffee date when he didn’t drink coffee but, like the heart, the palate wants what it wants.

Coffee led to a game of pool, then dinner, then plans to see each other later that week. January 1st, 2013 serves as both anniversary and the day we met. Many things clicked that day: a similar sense of humor, a passion for travel, a love for all thing’s fast food, and similar values, to name just a few. So where do the alligator and the camel come into the story? The year prior to that coffee date Emily took a swamp tour in New Orleans and held a baby alligator. Kevin went to Egypt and sat on a camel. Pictures of these events, shared on the internet, ultimately brought us to where we are today.

Our Leisure Time

Exploring Portugal

In our free time we like to explore and learn new things.

Together, we enjoy going for walks or bike rides on the many nearby trails and in the winter we love to go snowshoeing. We are currently taking a course together through the local community center and we both enjoy reading­­—in 2019 Emily read over 200 books!

Individually, Emily enjoys going for a run in a new neighborhood, Kevin is always finding new parks and towns to check out.

We LOVE to travel and explore new countries, towns, food and be exposed to different cultures. Recently we traveled to Lisbon, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. We are always looking for new and interesting places to travel to and planning our next trip. We look forward to sharing our love of reading, learning, travel and adventure with a child.

Adoption in Our Lives

For us, the journey towards adopt began years before we even met each other. For Kevin it began shortly after graduation while living in Charlotte North Carolina where he volunteered as Guardian AD Litem (GAL) working as an advocate for children in the foster care system. For Emily, she can’t remember a time when adoption didn’t touch her life; Growing up a blended family, both parents were previously married, Emily was adopted by her mother’s second husband when she as four years old. These experiences, along with countless others including: Emily’s family volunteering with Healing the Children as a host family for the International inbound program, both Kevin and Emily growing up with friends who were adopted, and later as adults having friends that have adopted firmly planted adoption in our path.


Ready for a Bike Ride
Ready for a Bike Ride
Emily Running a Half Marathon
Emily Running a Half Marathon
Hiking in Colorado
Hiking in Colorado
Kevin Getting Some Fresh Air With Our Nephew
Kevin Getting Some Fresh Air With Our Nephew
Minehaha Falls With Emily's Best Friends
Minehaha Falls With Emily's Best Friends
Beautiful Sedona
Beautiful Sedona
At the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas
At the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas
Coffee & a Morning Walk
Coffee & a Morning Walk
Enjoying the View in Portugal
Enjoying the View in Portugal
Flat Stanley's Adventure in Cabo for Our Nephew's School Project
Flat Stanley's Adventure in Cabo for Our Nephew's School Project
On Our Wedding Day Along the Chicago River
On Our Wedding Day Along the Chicago River
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Ready for a Bike Ride
Ready for a Bike Ride
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Emily Running a Half Marathon
Emily Running a Half Marathon
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Hiking in Colorado
Hiking in Colorado
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Kevin Getting Some Fresh Air With Our Nephew
Kevin Getting Some Fresh Air With Our Nephew
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Minehaha Falls With Emily's Best Friends
Minehaha Falls With Emily's Best Friends
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Beautiful Sedona
Beautiful Sedona
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At the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas
At the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas
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Coffee & a Morning Walk
Coffee & a Morning Walk
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Enjoying the View in Portugal
Enjoying the View in Portugal
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Flat Stanley's Adventure in Cabo for Our Nephew's School Project
Flat Stanley's Adventure in Cabo for Our Nephew's School Project
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On Our Wedding Day Along the Chicago River
On Our Wedding Day Along the Chicago River

Our House and Neighborhood

Our Cute Home

We live in an incredible community of globally minded, locally acting families. Our Minnesota neighborhood includes shops, restaurants, parks, lakes, and some of the highest-ranking schools in the state all within a short walk. There is an annual art fair, Halloween trick-or-treating event and kids’ fair day held a few blocks from where we live. Our block is a tight knit eclectic mix of young couples, families, and empty nesters. People wave and say hello when they see you on the street and several times a year we have a block party where all the families from our block come together for a potluck dinner and enjoy sitting around a fire pit or playing games together in the street.

Our Sunsoaked Backyard

Our house is a 1½ story cape cod style home built in the 1940’s. The house was fully renovated inside 10 years ago; When we moved in a few years ago we did a few updates to the outside. The house has four bedrooms, of which we use one for an office as we have flexible schedules that allow us to work from home. Upstairs is the master bedroom, bathroom, and a guest bedroom that we plan to turn into a child’s bedroom. The main floor holds the dining room, guest bedroom, office, kitchen, and our living room where we spend most of our time. The basement if fully finished and will make a great playroom in addition to how we currently use it as a workout space and movie room.

Our Extended Families

Emily & the Moms

Our extended families live all over the U.S. including: Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Florida. Having our family so spread out allows us the opportunity to travel and spend quality, intentional time with our parents, siblings, nieces and nephews. Kevin has one older brother and his parents, who live in Florida and love to spend the day at the beach, just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Emily’s dad is one of 13 kids and she is the middle child in a family with five kids that includes an older brother and sister and a younger brother and sister. Our moms have formed a close and unique bond and often come to visit us together and truly enjoy each other’s company.

Emily & Our New Nephew

Visits with both sides of our family typically entail breakfast at a local diner, a walk outside, and lots of laughter. We take every opportunity to visit our family including spending Thanksgiving in Florida with Kevin’s parents and alternating Christmas destinations. Our families, including parents, siblings and 10 nieces and nephews, are committed to maintaining a close connection despite physical distance. Our families have so much love for us and each other they are excited for this next adventure as we begin our adoption journey; They are completely over the moon for us.

From Us to You

To be where you are ... we can’t begin to imagine what your journey has been to this point. What we can say is how thankful we are that you are reading this letter. That you have made the decision to choose a family for your baby. The very best family. The family that will raise your child and exceed your greatest expectations. Are we that family? We truly believe we could be. Hopefully by the end of this letter you will know for sure, because that is what we desire most; For you to feel reassured that in picking us we are right for your child. We recognize that entrusting us to love, cherish, and guide a child into adulthood is the greatest gift we will ever receive.

So, who are we really? We are a married couple, composed of two individuals with a strong sense of self, who are ready to bring a child into our home and begin the journey of parenthood. We are established in our careers and took our time getting to know each other, dating for almost seven years, before we eventually tied the knot. We are thoughtful in our decision making and analyze every angle before taking action. One of our greatest strengths as a couple is what a great team we make; We are able to navigate difficult situations calmly, with poise, and often with humor. We have a strong relationship, that includes open communication (usually while taking long walks around a park or lake) trust and kindness. We genuinely like each other and enjoy spending time together; Laughter is an essential part of our relationship with each other and with our friends and family.

We were both raised by two loving parents that instilled strong values and sense of social responsibility. Our childhoods were vastly different (big family vs. small family, athletic vs. academic, Midwest vs. East coast, etc.) but filled with wonderful memories and a true sense of what it feels like to belong to loving family. It is that type of home and family, supportive, warm loving, that we long to share with a child of our own. Our siblings all have children of their own and make great aunts and uncles, and our parents are very active in their grandchildren’s lives. We know that the child we bring into our home will have an entire village of extended family to learn from, lean on and grow from. We love the active roll we take in our nieces and nephews lives and look forward to witnessing our child create similar relationships with our siblings and their cousins.

At this point it feels important to emphasize that we don’t just want to be parents; we want to be the parents to your child. We want to form a relationship with you (whatever that looks like and however that evolves), that makes sense for both you and the child you entrust us with. We don’t know what the future holds, that makes this process both exciting and scary. As we navigate this together, you can rest assured that we want to support you as best we can. Certainly, we will send letters and pictures to you but are open to more contact, such as exchanging emails or phone calls if that feels right. Our lives will forever be intertwined, and we embrace the inherent complexity as well as the opportunities that adoption presents.

We sincerely hope that if you connect with our letter and profile that you consider us knowing will do everything in our power to live up to your every expectation as we do our own. Sending you all the best as you continue through this journey of selecting the very best family for your baby.

Kevin & Emily


Tom Hanks
Robert De Niro
Anna Kendrick
Anna Kendrick
Manta Ray
Baby Otters
Tom Clancy
John Hemingway
Devil in the White City
One Flew Over the Cukoo's Next
Candy Bar
Reece's peanut butter cup
Peppermint Patti
Care Bears
Childhood Memory
Spending time with my family on Cape Cod
Roadtripping and camping with my family; We drove from WI out to Seattle, WA and back one summer hitting all the major national parks along the way.
Childhood Toy
Stuffed bear named Fred Bear
Lite Brite
Children's Book
Island of the Blue Dolphin
Berenstain Bears
Classic Movie
Hunt for Red October
White Christmas
Blue or Green
Day of Week
Vanilla Cupcake
Disney Movie
Ferdinand the Bull
Little Mermaid
Dream Car
Land Rover 110
Jeep Wagoneer
Dream Job
College Professor
Professional Runner
Dream Vacation
World Cruise
Trip around the world
Family Activity
Going for walks
Flower / Plant
Anything colorful
Mexican or Indian
Form of Exercise
Kalamata Olives
Holiday Song
All I want for Christmas is you
Holiday Tradition
Christmas Eve Mass
Putting your boot out for St. Nick
Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip (green)
Mint Chocolate Chip
Junk Food
Leisure Activity
Taking a nap
Runners World
Memory with a Child
Taking my nieces and nephew for a walk in the state park
Playing cook (chef) with my 5yr old niece. Using a picture book as our cookbook we make recipes for each other, which you have to sample. We primarily use the contents of the pantry, but things get interesting when items from the fridge get involved (imag
Memory with Spouse
Trip to Ireland
Sitting outside a cafe in Dublin, just the two of us, listening to this amazing street performer and enjoying the sun on our faces. Sitting comfortably next to him, not talking, enjoying a simple moment is when I really started to see a future with him.
The Accountant
16 Candles
Movie Munchie
Movie Quote
I'll be back
'I feel the need, the need for speed' from Top Gun
Movie Type
Sound of Music
Musical Group
James Taylor
Joseph (band)
Nursery Rhyme
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Its bitsy spider
Olympic Event
Track & Field
Personal Hero
My Father
My Mom
Henry David Thoreau
Kate Tempest
Quality about my Spouse
Sense of humor
His sense of humor
Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation; Every possession, a duty
Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you are right by Henry Ford
Legal Seafood
Isles Bun & Coffee for Sunday morning cinnamon rolls!
Grilled Cheese
Shopping Store
Used Book Store
The load out and stay
As Is by Ani DiFranco
Sport to Play
Track & Field
Sport to Watch
Sports Star
Eliud Kipchoge
Sports Team
Florida Bulls
Subject in School
Thing to Cook
Microwave Popcorn
Time of Day
Late Afternoon
Going out for breakfast Sunday morning
Lighting a candle whenever we visit a church, no matter what city or country we are in, in remembrance of those no longer with us
TV Show
West Wing
Big Bang Theory
TV Show Character
Shelton (Big Bang Theory)
Type of Music
Vacation Spot
Any place in Maine
Video Game
Sonic the Hedgehog

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