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Tyler & Kelly
We are so excited to expand our family and very thankful for the gift of adoption! Thank you for reading our profile as you consider the loving act of adoption for your child. We have so much love in our little family and long to share that love with another child. We look forward to raising this child to be the best person that they can be!
How Adoption has Affected Us
Adoption made us a family! It has brought us more joy than we could ever imagine. We adopted our daughter, Elizabeth! From the moment we chose to adopt we knew we were in for something special. We have always loved children and from the time we were married, we were excited to grow our family. Our inability to conceive a biological child led us to further explore adoption. However, even before we tried to grow our family we discussed that adoption was something we were drawn to and was in our hearts.
After many years of trying to conceive a biological child, it became clear that adoption was the way we would grow our family, and what a gift it has been! Adoption has given us the blessing of a child and has allowed us to become parents. We hope to have a home full of smiling and laughing little faces. Our hearts long to grow our family and they are bursting with love that we want to share with another child!
How We Met
We went to college together but didn't really know each other until two good friends of ours were married. Unknown to us, they always thought that we would make a great couple so they set up a dinner. Kelly was having these two friends over for dinner and received a message from them the day of the dinner asking if their friend, Tyler, could join. Of course, Kelly said yes, and thankfully so, as we immediately hit it off having many similar interests.
Tyler was drawn to Kelly's warmness and drive. Kelly was drawn to Tyler's sense of humor and fun-loving personality. After this initial meeting, we went out on a few more double dates with our good friends and then started dating each other. It was a whirlwind of a romance with time spent at dinners, going to sporting events, picnics, lots of walking and talking, traveling, and getting to know each other's family and friends, all while falling in love. It did not take long for us to realize that we were "the one" God made for each other and we were engaged in 10 months.
Qualities We Love, Admire and Respect in Each Other
I admire Kelly's empathy and big heart. She is a loving, caring, and thoughtful woman who is always aware of others' emotions. She naturally wants to care for others. When someone is sad she is there to cheer them up. People are always commenting on how much love she has for everyone. She is our glue and her spirit and natural tendencies make our house a home.
I admire Tyler's unconditional love and patience. Tyler is there to love those around him in their best moments and their worst moments. Always quick to forgive and never passing judgment. He is extremely patient, never gets his feathers ruffled and carries himself with a deep sense of calmness and rationality. Kelly also admires Tyler's enthusiasm for trying new things. Tyler is always learning more about the vast world around him and he has a zest for life that continually allows us new experiences.
We admire Elizabeth's good nature, love of learning, and fun spirit. She seems to be always happy, ready to share her favorite toy or snack, and ready to explore new things. She has a wonderful demeanor and is meant to be a big sister.
Our Extended Families
Our daughter Elizabeth, and our extended family is the center of our world. We truly enjoy each other's company and are not only family but the best of friends. We live within minutes of many members of our family and see them as often as we can. We grew up surrounded by our grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins and still treasure those close relationships today. It takes a village to raise a child and we are happy to know that we can count on the support of our families. This child will grow up with many grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and of course, a big sister to love them!
We have lots of family traditions and activities that we look forward to sharing with this child. In the summers we barbeque, go to baseball games, watch fireworks and take family vacations to the beach and lake. We go fishing, boating, and make s'mores around a bonfire. We have lots of holiday traditions that are special to us. Watching the Thanksgiving Day parade in the morning and later that day the breaking of the wishbone before enjoying Thanksgiving meals with our family. On Christmas Eve we attend Church as a family and then go to our parents' house for a big meal. Later we exchange gifts and watch our favorite Christmas movies.
We had a wonderful childhood due to the people who were in it and we know our families are ready and excited to give that experience to this child.
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in an idyllic community in Missouri that has many young families, historic homes, sidewalks, and beautiful trees. We are walking distance to wonderful churches, schools, and parks with playgrounds and playing fields. Just down the street is a community rec center with swimming pools, an ice rink, basketball courts, and tennis courts. Parades and outdoor celebrations are commonplace in our community. The Fourth of July is the biggest of these celebrations. The parade is up the street from our home. Every year our neighbors come out to watch the high school band and all of the floats. There is also a carnival with many rides and games then a huge fireworks display.
We built our home in 2018 and it has plenty of room for another child. It is one and a half stories and has an open floor plan allowing us to keep our eyes on little ones. Our home is bright with many windows that look out on our yard which has lots of space for us to play under the shade of tall trees. When we are not outside, you will find us around the table with family and friends sharing in Kelly's homemade lasagna and Tyler's famous cheesecake while catching up and telling stories. We also like to play games, watch sporting events, and listen to music with the occasional dance party. Our home is a place where everyone feels comfortable and leaves with a full belly and a smile on their face.
From Us to You
Hi, we are Tyler and Kelly and we are honored that you are learning more about us. We admire your strength and believe that you are very brave in considering adoption for your child. Your love for your child is evident and we promise to love your child with the same selfless love that you are showing them now.
Love is what started this journey for us nine years ago when we met. There was an instant spark and the kind of butterflies in your stomach that keep you up all night dreaming about the possibilities of having found your forever person. Quickly these butterflies turned into love and that love has been the greatest joy of our lives. We have been married for seven years and each day that love grows deeper and stronger. In 2019 we were able to add another dimension to this love, the shared love of a child, when our family grew by the adoption of our daughter, Elizabeth. It's amazing how someone so little can make your hearts grow so big and we can feel our hearts wanting to grow again with more love to share.
Tyler is a banker at a local bank. During his fourteen years with his employer, he has built strong bonds with small business owners as they start and grow their companies. He finds it truly rewarding work to help others make their dreams a reality. Tyler is able to set his own schedule which is very helpful in meeting the needs of a child. Kelly has been employed by another local bank for thirteen years and finances the construction of buildings in our community. She finds great satisfaction in providing places for people to live, work, and play. Kelly's office is close to our home and she has the flexibility to work from home when needed. Our relationship is one of our greatest strengths. We are not just a married couple, we are each other's best friend. We enjoy spending our free time together just hanging out and laughing. Together we are at our best. The love that we have for each other is deeply rooted and immense. We became closer and our relationship stronger as we suffered together through infertility for over five years. We each knew we were called to be parents before we even fell in love and once we fell in love, the desire to share our love with a child only grew greater.
Adoption has always had a place in our hearts but our love and admiration for it grew in 2019 with the adoption of our daughter and now again by providing us with the opportunity to grow our family and to share our love. Your child is already so loved by us. Our hearts are deeply and completely dedicated to loving, caring, and raising your child. We will give the best of ourselves and do anything we can to make sure that your child feels loved and safe. We will give them a childhood free of worry and full of support, laughter, and learning.
Our support structure is huge. From day one, your child will have an extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins that shower them with love. It is important that you know we are thinking about you and that you are already very special to our family. We look forward to getting to know you. We will faithfully send you pictures, letters, and emails throughout your child's life. We believe that you are brave and courageous and will make sure that your child shares in our beliefs. It is our hope that we have brought you some comfort and peace as you consider this selfless act of love for your child. Thank you for considering adoption and thank you for considering us.
With love and gratitude,
Tyler & Kelly