Kristen and Zak

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Kristen and Zak

Loving family of three hoping to add to our family through adoption!

Thank you for taking the time to visit our adoption profile! We can’t imagine how difficult of a decision this is for you. To be able to make a decision like this shows how much love you have for your child. We have nothing but compassion and gratitude for you.

Our names are Zak and Kristen and we have a 5 year old daughter named Katie. We have been married for 10 years. After becoming parents, we knew we wanted to add to our family again. Our struggles with infertility led us to adoption. We enjoy being parents and our daughter wants nothing more than to be a big sister! She wants a lifelong companion that she can play with and share secrets with.

If you choose us to parent your child, we will love them unconditionally and provide them with a safe environment to grow up in. We believe you as a birth parent are important. We would let your child know how much you love them and we would welcome you to maintain contact with us and your child, if you wish.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have at larterfamilyadopts@gmail.com.

With love,

Kristen and Zak

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Who We Are

We met 14 years ago when we were in college. We were living in the same small town and Zak had recently gotten back from a deployment with the Marines and was new to town. He was looking to meet people his age to hang out with and ended up messaging me through MySpace. We eventually found out that we lived on the same street about 4 blocks apart. It was then that we decided to finally meet in person. We also attended the same college, so we started hanging out and driving to campus together. We became friends and eventually started dating. We tied the knot in 2010.

We have struggled with infertility for 10 years. In 2015, after years of fertility treatments, we were blessed with our daughter, Katie. After she was born, we knew we wanted more children. We had difficulty getting good quality embryos during our fertility treatments, so in 2018 we went through the process of embryo adoption. The couple we adopted embryos from were absolutely amazing. Kristen became pregnant with our first adopted embryo, but unfortunately, we lost the baby at 12 weeks of pregnancy in early 2019. We had 3 embryos left from those that we adopted. We attempted one more embryo transfer. Two of the three did not make it through the thawing process. We transferred our last embryo, but unfortunately it did not result in a pregnancy. We went through a grieving process, but still felt in our hearts that we were meant to have more children.

We talked about our next step and decided that adoption would be the best route for us. It felt like a natural next step. The more educated we became on adoption, the more we knew it was right for us. The agency we are working with is Graceful Adoptions out of West Des Monies, IA. We have completed the required adoption training classes and home study required which helped us prepare to bring a new child into our lives. We feel more than ready to add to our family and are now just waiting to be connected with a birth mother.

We spend a lot of time together as a family. We enjoy playing board games and card games, playing outside, biking, kayaking, hiking, and traveling. There is a lot of laughter in our home. We enjoy having spur of the moment family “dance parties” in our living room. We have a playroom filled with toys and have more than enough space for another child to join our family.

Our daughter is an active 5 year old that has been ready to be a big sister for years now! She wants nothing more than a sibling to play with and to share her toys with. There is no doubt in our minds that she will make a great big sister and be accepting of any child that joins our family.

Our family also has a dog named Danny. He's a yellow lab and is the sweetest dog ever! We adopted him from a pet rescue 9 years ago. He loves being around people and is very gentle with our daughter and other kids that he's been around.

Our family values kindness, compassion, love, and knowledge. We believe that people should be treated with kindness because we never know what they are going through. It’s important to us to be non-judgmental about people’s situations. We believe that love is what makes a family. Both of us work in multicultural environments. We strive to keep an open mind and educate ourselves about other cultures. We hope to pass these values down to our children by showing them our values and being good role models.

One thing that we feel is important with adoption, is to openly talk with our child about them being adopted and about their birth parents. We are open to contact with the birth parents, if that is your wish. We believe that having more people to love our child can only be a good thing. We know that you have so much love for your child and will honor that love.

Adoption Diary

Beach Days

We had a trip to the Wisconsin Dells planned for a family reunion this weekend, but that was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so we are spending this weekend exploring some Iowa beaches. This is something we really haven’t done before in our own state. Living in Iowa, we didn’t think there were any “beaches” around, but there actually are! Clear Lake was beautiful and had a nice beach area. It was great to be able to soak up some sun, let our daughter play in the sand, and play with some new friends. We enjoyed some shaved ice at the beach as well. We will definitely be heading back to that beach in the future. Only 3 more weeks until the school year starts, so we are trying to soak up the last little bit of summer while we can.

Fun weekend!

We did a variety of activities this weekend! School shopping is always fun, but looked a little different this year with getting to pick out some fun masks for our daughter to wear. The masks will be mandatory at her school, but she’s pretty excited as she got some fun designs. We also spent some time painting rocks and having a “water balloon fight” with crocheted water balloons that a friend of mine made for us. Two of our Monarch butterflies came out of their chrysalis and we released them. Quarantine has been great for our family as we have been able to focus more on family time and relaxing. Hope you have a good week!

Thank You for Visiting Our Adoption Profile

We want to thank you for considering us as adoptive parents for your child.

We truly appreciate your kindness and strength and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Kristen and Zak

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