Our story begins at Utah State University when Kristie went to go play tennis with her roommate. On the way to the tennis courts, they stopped to borrow some tennis balls. That is where Kristie's roommate met Brett, the tall blue eye boy dribbling a basketball in the hall. Her roommate came back to the car and said “Kristie I just met the man you are going to marry.” Kristie laughed and didn’t think anything of it until a while later when that persistent roommate made sure we went on a date. Both of us were busy with school, but we made time and had a blast dating. We quickly realized that we had lots in common and enjoyed being together. Slowly we started falling in love! We were married 18 months later.
We have now been married for eight years. We're committed to each other and plan to stay together forever! We're unable to have biological children, but we're so grateful that through the gift of adoption we are able to be parents. We were blessed to adopt Carson two years ago. Adding Carson to our family has enriched our lives and being parents has made us a stronger couple. Carson's birth parents chose to have a semi-open adoption, but we're also open to having an open adoption.
Carson is an energetic fun loving two-year-old! He is always talking and doesn't like to sit still. He is our little shadow and always wants to do what Mom and Dad are doing. He loves reading books, eating, playing with balls, and likes to start dancing whenever he hears music. He LOVES being outside and likes to play at the park, play in the water, go sledding, follow around our dog Mazey, and go for bike rides with his Dad. Carson is also very sweet and gives the best hugs, likes to snuggle, and blows the sweetest kisses. He is pretty social and loves being with his friends and family.
We're an active family and love to do many things together. It has been so fun seeing the world through Carson's eyes. We like to take him on little adventures and see his cute reactions to new things. We enjoy going to the aquarium, children's museums, baby animal days, water parks, and sporting events. We LOVE to play outside and enjoy family bike rides, hiking, boating, playing in the snow, going to splash pads, and playing at the park.
Traveling is our favorite thing to do together. We enjoy experiencing new places and cultures. We have been very fortunate to have gone to many different places together, and we have had many memorable experiences.
We are so excited to travel with our kids, but it is the little things that are the most important to us. We love to read books together, eat dinner as a family, play outside, and all the fun things that come with being a family.
We love to celebrate holidays and have carried on many family traditions and started some of our own. For Easter, we love to decorate eggs. Then we go to an egg hunt at both sides of Kristie's extended family. Even the adults get to hunt! For Halloween, we like to carve pumpkins, watch Hocus Pocus, and make caramel apples. Our Christmas traditions include looking at lights, a service project, matching pajamas, acting out the nativity, and lots of family fun!
Thanks for reading! We're so grateful for adoption and excited to start this journey again!
We live in Utah in a nice neighborhood with lots of kids. We live within walking distance to a park. We're active members in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We love to take Carson to church and teach him about Jesus. We have a dog named Mazey who loves kids.
Brett grew up in Utah. He has two brothers, six sisters, and lots of nieces and nephews. His family enjoys being together and all of the kids have fun together.
After Brett graduated from high school he served a two-year mission for our church in the Philippines. After his mission, Brett attended Utah State University and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently working as a design engineer. Brett is very athletic and competitive. He played basketball and tennis in high school and still enjoys playing any sport any chance he gets. Brett also really enjoys the water. He loves snorkeling and scuba diving. At home, Brett spends his time playing with Carson, fixing our cars or something around the house, baking, and reading about travel destinations. Brett is an amazing husband. He is very respectful to me and is always supportive. We have so much fun together! He is a big goof ball and can always make me laugh. I love watching Brett interact and play with Carson. He is an amazing Dad! He is very involved in caring for Carson and loves to play with him.
Kristie grew up in Idaho with an older brother and sister and a younger brother. We love spending time with her family. Carson loves spending time with his cousins and talks about them all the time!
Kristie graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Math Education. Kristie taught high school math for seven years and is now enjoying being a stay at home mom. Kristie is adventurous and always willing to try new things with me. We have had many memorable and fun times together. Kristie is a great mom to Carson. He adores her and loves being with her. She works hard to take good care of him and fulfill all her other responsibilities. I'm grateful for her amazing example to Carson. Kristie is thoughtful and enjoys serving and helping others. She enjoys serving in the youth program in our church. Kristie's everyday hobbies are reading and digital scrapbooking. Kristie loves the water and enjoys water skiing, wake boarding, surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Kristie is athletic and enjoys playing most sports especially volleyball and basketball.