~~~OUR LOVE STORY~~~
We met in 2007 through mutual friends, and became immediately connected. Our friends and families instantly noticed our natural compatibility - sharing the same sense of humor, fun-loving nature, and passion for life.
We grew deeper in love for each other, and Kurt popped the question at a small café in Paris in 2010. Through tears, Shaun said yes, and we married at a large ceremony in 2012.
~~~HAYDEN'S ADOPTION STORY~~~
A dear friend said to us shortly after Hayden's birth, "I'm so glad the three of you found each other." What a great truth. No one in our family is connected genetically, but fate and love brought us all together. No one was simply born into our clan. Our family is intentional; it was built on purpose.
Hayden's wonderful birthmother loves him dearly. She knew she wasn't in a place in her life to provide the best for him, so made the hard decision to find his ideal forever-family. She wasn't looking for perfection; it just had to feel right. She found our profile online, and decided to reach out. Those first phone conversations were anxiety producing for all of us. But as we got to know each other over the following weeks, it all felt right.
When Hayden came into this world in October of 2014, he wasn't breathing for the first 4 minutes. As we huddled in the corner of the delivery room, in terrified tears, that's when it was obvious that he was our son in our heart of hearts. The love, fear, and connection were palpable. Once he started breathing, we all held him and each other. Hayden's birthmother said that when she saw us together, she knew that she had made the right decision. It was clear that we were a family.
We own a wonderful home (complete with a playground and a white picket fence) in a small community just south of San Francisco. In a sleepy town, nestled at the foot of San Bruno Mountain, we enjoy the best of both worlds: small town charm, set within the lively Bay Area. We specifically moved here from the city of San Francisco, as it is a great place to raise a family. It has many other children and families, it’s own school district, and everyone seems to know everyone else.
The San Francisco Bay Area is a vibrant and diverse region with amazing access to beaches and parks. We’ll love boating with our kids in Golden Gate Park, playing catch at Ocean Beach, and hiking in the beautiful headlands across the Golden Gate Bridge. The Bay Area’s proximity to everything is pretty great too. Within a very short drive, we can be skiing in the mountains, hiking in the redwoods, in wine country, or running on the beach.
There are so many words I could use to describe Kurt, but above all others, he is incredibly loving and nurturing.
Kurt’s open mindedness and patience give him the ability to take a difficult situation and apply a little logic and insight to find a positive resolution. He’s is also amazingly handy and creative. From piano playing, to woodworking, to his beautiful artwork, he has a knack for problem solving and creativity. He loves spending hours tinkering in his work shed, and when the kids are old enough, he’s excited to teach them home improvement projects.
With a natural ability to make children smile and feel loved, he is an amazing father.
Shaun is a charming, funny, and likable Midwest boy with a strong, stable character. One of the things I love most about him is his selflessness. He’ll go out of his way to help a friend, cook a meal, or volunteer to run a local softball team.
He is just as content to spend the day cuddling on the couch as he is traveling to visit loved ones. I’ve watched his skill as a father, and I am struck by his nurturing patience.
Shaun’s favorite room is the kitchen where he enjoys making birthday cakes, Christmas cookies, and family meals with our family. Shaun is truly a wonderful dad, and I am honored to share the job with him.