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Emily & Kyle

Hello! We’re Kyle and Emily!

We’ve been joyfully married for ten years, and a decade of life together has led us through 4 states, 2 countries, and the deep desire to build community wherever we are—including in our own family.

In each place we’ve called home—Maryland, North Carolina, Congo, and Minnesota—we have loved ones who have shared with us the gift of family, even when we don’t share DNA. We have been the ones welcomed into new cultures and new homes, and our desire to adopt is born of our own experiences of receiving hospitality and welcome. We can’t wait to welcome a child into our family and offer them a home of love and belonging.

Here are a couple fun facts you should know about us:
1. We love cooking and eating. We think great things happen around full tables.
2. We’re from opposite ends of the country: Kyle from Wisconsin, Emily from Louisiana. This means our family celebrations include equal parts bratwursts and jambalaya.
3. We love adventure and travel. Whether trying a new bike trail in the Twin Cities, or hiking a crater lake in Uganda, we’re energized by exploring new places.

Thanks for taking to time to get to know us a bit more!

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Who We Are

We’ve been joyfully married for ten years, and a decade of life together has led us through 4 states, 2 countries, and the deep desire to build community wherever we are—including in our own family.

Maryland is where we met, and we learned there about the importance of integrating our faith and our work and how building community is just as much about doing dishes as it is about good conversations.

We got married and went to seminary in North Carolina. Our years there taught us the importance of hospitality and the beauty of a Parker and Otis pimento cheese sandwich.

We then spent 2.5 years in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, teaching theology and doing community development. We loved our friends and work in DRC. In addition to friends, some of the things we miss most from that time are 12 hours of light and dark each day, the best fruit on the planet, and hearing church choirs sings through the night.

We moved back to the US and landed in Minnesota, and after years of struggling with infertility, we decided to take 40 days in spring 2019 to prayerfully reflect on the future of our family. We embraced this season to pause, rest, reconnect, and create some space for a new conversation. By Easter, we were ready to pursue adoption.

We have come to realize our desire to adopt is born of our experience of community over the last ten years. In each place we've called home--Maryland, North Carolina, DR Congo, and Minnesota--we've received the gift of true kinship beyond the bonds of genetics and biology. We have been the ones welcomed into new cultures and new homes. We have been loved like family. In light of this, adoption is our overwhelmingly clear next step.

When I (Emily) was first thinking about becoming a pastor, Kyle was the first person to tell me to go for it. He told me that he believed in me and that he would be excited for how that journey might unfold for us. When I (Kyle) began to realize I wanted us to move to Congo for a season, Emily was always willing to take the next step of discovery, partnering with me in the risks and unknowns of an overseas move. Through ups and downs, dreams and disappointments, desires and adventures, our relationship has always been about giving each other wings. Now, as we dream about becoming parents, that is what we hope to do more than anything for a child. The greatest gift we could offer would be to instill in him or her that they are lovable, capable, and worthwhile—in short, to give them wings.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving looked a little different this year, but it included our top 2 activities of 2020: biking + sourdough! After a lovely (cold!) ride down the Mississippi, we settled in for some yummy food—including Emily’s grandma’s cornbread dressing which is Thanksgiving in a bite. Grateful for so many things this year!

South Dakota Biking Adventure

Kyle has always loved biking, but for years, I was more of a hold out. (I blame the time I fell of my bike at age 7 and knocked out my front tooth…cute school pics that year and all the jokes around this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI02_UJ1C6I).

Well, COVID made it a lot harder to be physically active in the ways I most enjoyed. So, I got my first adult bike this spring, and now I can’t get enough. During a season when travel and going out was limited, hopping on the bike helped me feel less trapped, like I could go on little adventures, and explore parts of the city I’d never seen before. There’s been something sweet about discovering a new hobby as an adult—it feels fun and playful in a season when a lot of the ways we used to play and have fun became pretty limited.

In September, we put our bikes on the car and drove west to South Dakota and biked through the Badlands, Black Hills, and the incredibly beautiful Spearfish Canyon. We had a blast!

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