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Mike & Kelsey
Hello! We are Mike and Kelsey, and we truly thank you for reading our profile. We have so much love and energy to share with a child and are eager to become parents. We believe adoption is a gift that we would be honored to be chosen for. We hope you enjoy getting to know us a bit and that you consider us for this gift of adoption.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our passion for traveling was one of the main things we had in common and discussed a lot when we first met. Our favorite places to travel are national parks, both in the United States and other countries. We have a goal to visit every U.S. national park and are well on our way there! Our favorites are Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and Yosemite National Park. Our favorite international vacation spot is New Zealand, where we explored many of their beautiful parks. Travels to other international destinations has exposed us to various cultures, foods, and lifestyles.
We will very much enjoy traveling with our children to national parks around the country and spending time outside exploring and hiking with them. We have seen the wonder and excitement of others' children when we are out hiking, and we believe being outside in nature is a healthy and fun way to both learn and relax. It is especially exciting to see wild animals in their natural habitat. We hope that traveling will instill curiosity, love of nature, and appreciation of other cultures in our children.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
Mike About Kelsey: Kelsey is a wonderful wife and friend to me. Her smile and positive attitude make it a joy to be with her. She helps to keep me from taking things too seriously! I admire Kelsey's dedication to the people in her life, her job, and her hobbies. She is a loving person and sees the best in people; she brings innovative ideas and optimism to her work; and she enjoys staying healthy by exercising and cooking healthy meals. She always is looking for new recipes to make and ensures they have plenty of vegetables! Kelsey is excited for parenthood and will be a devoted and supportive mother.
Kelsey About Mike: Mike is my best friend and favorite person! He is one of the most friendly, intelligent and energetic people I know. He would do anything for me and I know he will do the same for our future child. If I'm having a bad day or stressed out about something he tries to cheer me up by trying to be funny or doing nice things for me. Mike is a hardworking person but at the same time truly values the importance of family and he always makes time to spend with me and our family. Mike will be the best fun, loving, caring dad!
What it Means to Become Parents
We were both very fortunate to grow up in loving families and would provide the same for our child. We believe being a parent is one of the most important things we will do with our lives and would be honored to be given to the chance to raise a child. A child would bring much fulfillment and meaning to our lives. Being a mother and father would be both a great blessing and a great responsibility. It means pouring love and teaching into the child so that they grow to become a caring, bright, and hard working person.
We know that raising a child will not always be easy but we are ready to take on the adventure together. We will love to teach our child how to do everyday things such as riding a bike, swimming, and playing a game. We will also enjoy introducing our child to the world by traveling with them. Beyond that though, we want to embrace and help foster our child's unique passions and believe watching them grow into their own person would be a true joy of parenthood.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a suburban Louisiana neighborhood within short driving distance to a large city. We live in a well-rated, diverse school district. Our street is quiet where kids can ride their bikes and scooters. We enjoy going for walks and running around the neighborhood, where we often see kids playing outside.
Our home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The family room, kitchen, and eating area are all open to one another which is our favorite aspect of the home. This open space will be nice for a child so we can easily watch them while we are cooking and allow for a lot of play space. We also have an open backyard for a child to run around and play in.
Family is a very important part of our community and there are a lot of family friendly activities to do throughout the year. Music, food, and other festivals are an especially big part of the Louisiana culture and many have family-focused areas. There are also a lot of open areas and playgrounds in our city, as well as bike paths on lakes and the river. Warm winters allow us to experience year-round outdoor activity, making our community a great place to raise children.
Our Extended Families
Kelsey grew up in a suburb in Minnesota with one younger brother. Her family still lives in Minnesota with her parents now retired to a lake home in northern Minnesota. Kelsey's family loves to get together at the lake in both summer and winter and do outdoor activities. We love to go boating, fishing, swimming in the lake in the summers and snowmobiling and ice fishing in the winter with family.
Mike grew up in Ohio as the oldest of three children. His parents, brother, and sister all still live in Ohio. When the family is together, we enjoy visiting parks and playing games. About every-other year, Mike's family vacations to the beach together which offers time for fun and relaxation. They continue to visit the same beach as they did when Mike was a child.
Although we live far away from our family we make an effort to visit our families throughout the year and our families come visit us too. Both of our families are very excited about our decision to adopt and are looking forward to welcoming a child into the family!
From Us to You
Thank you for taking the time to read our profile. We know that this is a difficult process but we appreciate the opportunity to share more about ourselves. We have been very blessed with love, a wonderful family, and financial stability. We are excited to share all of our blessings and love with a child.
We have known each other for eight years and have been married for five. We love spending time with each other and in fact do most things together (although you won't catch Mike at a yoga class with Kelsey!) We love to be outside and go hiking, especially in picturesque locations like national parks. We also enjoy spending time at home, just cooking together, cuddling on the couch, or playing board games (which can get a bit competitive.) We are easy going people who would rather spend a night with each other or close friends than going out with a lot of people.
We are each other's best friend and dream of bringing a child into our family. We are well balanced people who work hard but at the same time cherish and value family time. We will raise a child with this same balance. We will stress the importance of education, something that both of us value. We also want to have fun, be outside, play, and interact with our child. We will be a constant loving presence in our child's life. We have many friends with children, so our child will have many friends and lots of playtime with other children.
Our families are well aware of our plans to adopt and are so excited for us. They will provide additional love and support to a child. Although we do not live close to our family, we visit each other throughout the year. Our child will have loving grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
Growing our family through adoption is something we are very excited to do. We have always known we have wanted to be parents and after being unable to have a biological child we are ready to become parents and know adoption is how we are to build our family. Adoption will bring our greatest desire, to be parents and raise children, to a reality.
We know this is a big and difficult decision. We plan to talk to our child about adoption from an early age. Adoption will be a welcome topic in our household. Conversations with our child will be open and honest and will stress the love that you, the birthmother, has for the child. We are committed, if you desire, to send letters, pictures, and updates to you so you can see how your child is doing. These letters and photos will share some of the experiences your child is going through as they grow and learn. We are also open to some future in-person visits with you and your child. Overall we are open to the adoption plan that you desire and want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the process.
We are happy that you are considering us as potential adoptive parents. You are doing something courageous and selfless out of love for your child, and you would be a giving us the best gift we could ever imagine. We will offer your child love, fun, happiness, and security and will cherish the gift of a child forever. We will be fully committed to our child and will love them unconditionally.
We truly thank you again for considering us for adoption of your child.
Mike & Kelsey