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Dan & Katrina
Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile and for the courage to consider this decision. We have always known that we wanted to add to our family through adoption. While we don't expect raising a child to be easy, we would be overjoyed to raise your child in a caring home full of patience, dad jokes and love.
What Makes Us Unique
We think what makes us unique is that we both have big senses of humor and that is the way we communicate and interact with each other. We aren't serious people and like to joke around a lot. We each think we are funnier then the other person. We are also very aware and honest with each other and believe that has made our relationship and marriage stronger. We are able to be introspective and acknowledge when we didn't handle a situation appropriately and later laugh about it.
We are open and genuine with each other and don't try to compare our relationship or family with others. We often get in trouble, or at least scolding looks, for making inappropriate jokes in public and will often confuse people around us because they think we are fighting but we are really just joking around. We will definitely need to change our inside jokes away from giving each other the finger all the time to something more kid friendly, but we will always try to keep things in perspective and make each other laugh or at least smile.
We are also honest with each other when we need some space or when something is bothering one of us. We believe that relationships constantly evolve and we try to be empathic and understanding when listening to each other.
Our Leisure Time
We are enthusiastic fans of our hometown sports teams, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals and attend games regularly.
We also consider ourselves big adventurers and love to travel. We have been fortunate enough to experience places all over the world and look forward to sharing these experiences with the child.
We love taking our dogs to the park and enjoy coming home and watching movies together on the couch. We have different tastes in movies so we take turns watching what the other person wants to watch.
We also believe many of life's best experiences involve food, so we both like to cook. Dan loves to grill while Katrina enjoys baking. She also loves to make her mom's famous chilli rellanos. Though we still find ourselves ordering out after we over estimate our cooking skills and ruin a tough recipe.
Dan loves to play video games and every year signs up for Extra Life which is a charity benefiting Children's Miracle Network hospitals.
Katrina is a huge animal lover and volunteers at our local animal shelter.
Our family has a lake house where we often go to get away. We enjoy fishing, taking the boat out on the water or just relaxing.
How we address cultural diversity is not something we are taking lightly. In fact it might be one of the items we discuss the most. We are excited at the opportunity to raise a child of a different race but understand that it will come with its own unique sets of challenges. We are fortunate to have close friends from many races support our decision to adopt. They have offered what help they can to help our child form their own identity. We want our kid to know that their race and heritage is something to embrace and take pride in. While we don't understand what it is to be another race, we want our kid to know that we support them as they explore their identity. We imagine they must be very confused at times and we think the first thing we can do is let them know that is okay. I guess in the end, we will want them to know everything will be okay and we will love them no matter what. We want to make sure our kid is able to be whoever they want, but they will be a part of our family no matter what.
Our House and Neighborhood
We just moved into a small, quiet neighborhood in Missouri, consisting of about 30 homes. We often see our new neighbors and their kids playing in the street, walking their dogs or working in their yards.
The house was recently purchased and remodeled with the idea of this being our long term family home in mind. The house has 4 bedrooms, a loft, a basement, and a home gym. Walking in to the living room or kitchen you are immediately drawn to the wall to wall windows that look out in the woods and our backyard. We love sitting at the kitchen table and looking at the wildlife, in fact, we just set up our first bird feeder. The only thing separating the kitchen and living is a large fireplace which is easy to walk around to get more popcorn during movie nights. Our backyard is mostly fenced to both keep the dogs in and to try and keep deer and other wildlife out.
Our community has a small town feel although it is only 20 minutes from downtown. There is a large park nearby that provides awesome views of our local river. Being so close to the park allows us to take our dogs to the dog park or explore the many walking trails that lead to community areas, basketball courts, playgrounds, baseball fields among other facilities. The park also hosts several community events such as fireworks for 4th of July, a Turkey Trot, and Christmas on the River.
Our Extended Families
Dan grew up as the second oldest of four kids and has four nieces/nephews. His siblings have scattered across the country, but still remain very close. When they see each other they will often play card games like crazy eights and watch movies. One family tradition that we are looking to continue is referred to as "High, Low, Ha," where everyone says their best, worst and funniest moment for whatever event we are gathered for. Dan's parents love being grandparents and are very supportive of our decision to adopt, they will spoil any child despite anyone's best protestations. Our family are also big supporters of the local sports teams, both the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals and often attend games as a family.
Katrina has an older brother and sister and has one niece. Her family currently lives in Reno, Nevada. She doesn't get to see them all that often, but when she does they enjoy cooking and baking together. Her dad unexpectedly passed away in August of 2017. Her mom is an expert on making her famous chili rellanos and has passed that recipe down. Katrina is looking forward to teaching your child one day how to make them. Her family is extremely excited and supportive of our decision to adopt.
From Us to You
Anybody you ever talk to that is a parent, talks about how difficult it can be, how difficult the pregnancy was, how difficult it is to raise a child. But nobody ever talks about how difficult it is to make the decision to place their child for adoption. We cannot imagine what is going through your head right now or what you are possibly feeling. But as we write this letter, we hope to show you that you are making the right decision and to put your worries at ease.
We have been together a total of nine years, five and a half of those married. We have been trying to start a family for the past couple of years and finally started trying fertility treatments last spring. We were incredibly hopeful, seeing as the doctors could not find any reason, we could not get pregnant. After four failed fertility treatments, we decided to move forward with adoption. Adoption was something we both have always wanted from the beginning of our relationship whether we could have our own biological children or not. All of that has now led us too here, hoping you will choose us to be parents.
To get to know us as a couple, we thought we would start with you getting to know us as individuals.
Katrina is a huge animal lover and will go out of her way to help an animal in need. She would have 20 rescue animals if Dan allowed it, but instead she plans to one day start an animal sanctuary. She cares deeply about the environment and continues to find ways to make a positive impact. Katrina constantly volunteers towards causes she believes in and Dan must sometimes reign her in to prevent her from overextending herself. Katrina believes herself to be extremely funny even though Dan would say otherwise.
Dan is a little kid at heart and he feels fatherhood could be his true calling. He loves to play with Legos, build forts, and is known for having a wild imagination, which has come in handy with his nieces and nephew. He aspires to someday bottle his imagination and use it to write a book. While he no longer regularly attends church, one Bible School rule did stick with him, "Treat others as you would like to be treated." Trying to keep this thought constant in his mind helps him be empathetic and patient with others, which could be a weakness of his otherwise. As a parent he looks forward to helping his kids solve problems and encouraging them to explore whatever interests them.
We as a couple try not to take anything for granted and are always looking for new experiences. We have family all over the country that we love to visit. While every couple has their rough patches, we think we have hit our stride in knowing how to deal with each other in stressful situations. Our constant banter helps us stay attuned to each other and gives us an open communication channel even if we are frustrated with each other.
We will always do what is in the best interest of the child, and feel that communication with their birth parents is vital for all parties. We would be open to email, facetime/zoom calls, in person visits and whatever other communication would help our child understand who they are. We also believe this communication will help the birth parents feel confident in their decision and know that their child is in a loving home.
Dan & Katrina