You are probably browsing through a lot of parent profiles and overwhelmed with the choices you are considering. You want the best for your baby and we hope we can help you every step of the way. You may be wondering what makes us unique or different from other couples seeking to adopt. Well, if you like penguins and Star Wars then keep reading.
Our story begins at church where we met. We became instant friends because we have a lot in common. Our friendship grew into love and of course the rest is history. We were married in the Mount Timpanogos Temple on May 21, 2009. If you haven’t already guessed, we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Our religion is extremely important to us. It’s part of who we are and everything we do.
The first thing that makes us different is our perspective when it comes to diversity. Kevin was born with a birth defect called Spina Bifida. It affects the way he walks and because of that there are some things he has to do differently. He uses leg braces to help him walk. We call them his Star Wars Stormtrooper legs! He also walks like a penguin so we like to think of ourselves as a family of penguins but that’s okay because who doesn’t like penguins?
Our challenges have given us greater compassion for all types of people. It has helped us learn to be more positive about life, have a sense of humor, never give up, and look at diversity as a beautiful thing. Our goal is to teach our children that it’s okay to be different, that everyone is a child of God and to always treat others with love and respect. We want our children to grow up not being afraid of people who look, act, or sound different.
Adoption has always felt like something we were called to do, we just weren't sure when the right time was. We struggled for years with infertility and were approved for adoption in 2014. We waited a year and a half for our child to come to us through adoption but instead were blessed with our biological son, Kayson. He is truly a miracle, a gift from God whom we cherish every day. Since then we have been unable to have any more biological children, however we know that children can become a part of a family in many different ways. When we felt that it was time for another child we both prayed fervently and received an answer from God that now is the time to adopt. We know that a baby out there is meant to join our family through adoption.
We live in Utah close to a lot of extended family and we enjoy being close together. Our extended family gets together frequently. We always have a family reunion each year and get together for birthday parties, holidays, and sometimes just to have fun. We love going on mini adventures like trips to the park, the zoo, the library, or the museum. We love going out for snow cones or ice cream.
The second thing that makes us unique is that we are obsessed with traditions! In fact, we have a long list of all the fun and sometimes silly things we like to do as a family. Want to know what the cranberry rock-off is? Ask us about it!
Our greatest desire is to have a safe, happy, and loving home. As parents, we encourage kindness and service to those in our family as well as those in our community. We believe in having rules, consequences, and routines but also believe in frequently expressing love and encouragement through positive reinforcement. We hope to instill self-discipline and hard work. We both have a passion for good and wholesome music so naturally you can hear music streaming throughout our home. We want our children to grow up with the opportunity to learn how to play an instrument of their choice or to be involved in other musical endeavors. We are both avid readers so our home has plenty of books. Chrissy is an educator and has the desire to homeschool. Education is important to us, we strive to make our home a place of learning. We want to provide our children with a quality education.
We love open adoption! We want your child to know who their birth family is, to know where they came from, and to be proud of their genetic, ethnic, and cultural background. When we adopt a baby, we believe that we also adopt their family. We want you, your family, grandparents and other extended family to be a part of our family. We hope to be in contact with you through email, letters, blogs, phone calls, and face-to-face visits, whichever you are most comfortable with. We promise you three things: 1) We won't judge you 2) We promise that we will be honest with you and keep our commitments. If we say we will do something we will try our best to follow through on those promises 3) We will love you, your baby, and your family.
We do not pretend to understand what you are going through. We can only imagine that it must be scary and lonely. We want you to know that we care, that you are not alone and that you are loved. You are a child of God. He loves you and He has a plan for you. Even though you are going through a difficult time right now, He will never give up on you. We know this because He has never given up on us. We know that even during dark times there is a light of healing and hope at the end of the tunnel and that Jesus Christ is that light.
Kevin, Chrissy & Kayson