Nate and McKell

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Nate and McKell

We are Nate, McKell, Bryant, and Chase and we are hoping to adopt! We are home study approved and live in Utah.

We are Nate, McKell, Bryant, and Chase.
We are home study approved and live in Utah.
We are ready and willing to travel!

We are a family that loves to be outside! We love to travel to new places together and spend time outside hiking and exploring the beauty around us. Utah has so much to offer, from the gorgeous mountains to the many lakes we visit throughout the summer. We are surrounded by extended family that we love and see often. We have an incredible support system. We have annual passes to our zoo, aquarium and museums that surround us. Most of all, we love building memories together. Our boys are really invested in our hope to adopt and will be the most protective, loving big brothers to a sweet baby girl.

We have so many thoughts and emotions that flood in as we begin writing. First, we want you to know that we think you are a very courageous woman. You have a miracle inside of you and we will do whatever we can to help you on this seemingly impossible journey. Our two sons are our biological kids. We have a deep respect for the bonds of blood and want to emphasize that your bond to this baby will always be a priority.

We wanted to give you the top 5 reasons why we would be wonderful parents/family for your sweet baby.

1.Family is our number-one priority. Spending time together is so important to us. We have really enjoyed creating our own traditions as our family has grown. Something we have especially loved recently is taking our kids on “dates.” It’s such a fun time to focus on them one-on-one and enjoy things together that make us happy!

2.We’re pretty fun. We make crepes every Saturday morning. According to my 6-year-old, there could be nothing better. Who doesn’t love crepes? As our boys grow and interests change, we plan to create more and more traditions like this.

3.We love being outside and learning about our world. We live in a beautiful place and it’s amazing to explore it. Our boys are the best explorers and love to take the lead on some of our adventures.

4.We love to bake together. We make cakes, cookies, brownies, muffins, and sweet rolls. This process is very messy, but so worth it. Our kids love to add the ingredients and do lots of taste testing. If you like eating the cookie dough before actually ever cooking the cookies, you would fit right in.

5.Lastly and most importantly, we want you to know that we will always welcome you with open arms. In our family, a birth-parent will always be highly respected. If desired, we would love to have an open relationship with you. We have so much family and love it. The more the merrier. You would be giving us the best gift anyone could ask for.

We have a unique situation where we have two biological children, which has made us hesitant in moving forward with adoption. We have felt selfish, even guilty at times, for wanting this for our family, because we already have two kids. We have realized that those feelings are completely normal and don’t want them to prevent us from finding the sweet baby that is meant to be a part of our family. We do feel like it could give us a greater connection. McKell has experienced pregnancy and child birth and the many emotions that flood in during that time. We want to be a support to you in any way we can. We would absolutely love to have an open adoption and have you in our lives. Our boys will be the best big brothers to a little sister. They are very invested in our hope to adopt and have a fierce love for her already. She will be a miracle for our family and her big brothers will always love and protect her. Thank you for reading about our family. We wish you the best in this difficult process.

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Who We Are

Nate and I grew up just a few houses apart. Nate was best friends with my older sister, Whitlie. Lucky for me, she let me tag along and hang out with her and her friends even though I was 3 years younger. I always thought Nate was a cute boy, but I was pretty shy, and we didn't interact much.

​I went to Utah State for my freshman year of college. Nate was attending school at BYU a few hours away from me. I saw him at a few gatherings at my sister’s house and we slowly started talking more and more. After my freshman year at Utah State, I came home for the summer. Nate was also living at home for the summer, and that's when our dating life really began. We started spending every day together, and I decided to continue my education at Utah Valley University since Nate was attending BYU and these schools were closer together. We both moved to Provo for the fall semester and continued spending every second we could with each other.

By the time fall semester ended and the holidays arrived, we had talked in depth about moving forward with our relationship. We really loved each other and decided we wanted to get married. Nate proposed on Christmas day with quite an elaborate scheme. I traveled around Alpine to all of our favorite spots, collecting clues and memories in a sort of scavenger hunt. It ended with a rose-covered little trailer that he had all set up in the spot where we had our first kiss. (I was so grateful for the warm trailer, because it was cold!). He knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes! Nate is the best decision I've ever made.

We have been married for 10 years in May. We are surrounded by family, it wouldn't be a normal day if a grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle or cousin didn't drop by to say hello. Nate works from his home office in our basement as a Technical Integration Manager for a payments company. McKell is a busy stay at home mom. She loves volunteering at both of her kid’s schools. We love creating, exploring and building together. Both of our boys have entered the world of sports, which has become some of our favorite family times cheering each other on! We absolutely love birthdays, boating, Legos, and spending time together.

Words that describe Nate: Soccer, outdoors, trail running, slalom skiing, BYU, projects, expert YouTuber, handy man, good friend, boating, kind, ESPN, computers (Mac), camping, exercising, ice cream, MBA, buying second hand, Cadbury eggs, Santiago, Lake Powell, road trips, HIS BOYS.

Words that describe McKell: planning, organization, mom-ing, Christmas cards, birthdays, TEACHING, projects, learning, girl time, fashion, shopping, boating, hiking, reading, children’s books, scrapbooking, memories, HG SURVIVOR, swimming, journaling, the zoo, Lake Powell, my family ranch, date night, matching, weddings, sunshine, morning snuggles with my boys, packing cubes, Disney Plus, cleaning, decorating, holidays, gift giving, chocolate chip cookies, heated blankets.

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What We’re All About

One of the mottos our family lives by is work hard, play hard. We are passionate about raising our kids to be their best selves. Every day we strive to be the best parents we can be to our kids. We are constantly evaluating and finding new ways to improve our parenting. Our greatest goal in life is to help our children know they are loved and for them to reach their potential.

As parents we feel educating is important and that many life lessons can be learned through learning. For this reason, we want our children to develop a love of learning. Currently our boy’s favorite things to do is learn about new animals or discover new facts. Through books, educational activities, and visiting nearby attractions we have helped them accomplish their love of learning. Additionally, over the years we have built an impressive library of children’s books. It is not uncommon for our boys to be quietly reading for long periods of time. It warms our hearts to see them enjoy learning.

Love is the most important value we want our kids to experience in our family. This means we want them to know they are loved regardless of their life choices, but also that they know how to love those around them, whether that be a neighbor, classmate, or someone with differing views. We ensure our kids feel comfortable talking with us. We strive to listen to them as often as we can so we can foster a healthy relationship as they grow older. These moments of listening have become cherished memories we will hold dear forever.

The thing we are most excited about with adopting is to be able to grow our family. We feel strongly that we need to adopt a girl. We both have relationships with our sisters that are among the strongest relationships in life. We desire the same for our boys. A sister is someone you can trust, tell anything to, or lends a listening ear. Likewise, we want our daughter to feel the same way about her brothers. Our sons have already said they will always protect their baby sister and will watch over her forever. We constantly imagine the strong bond they will have between themselves. Since we considered adoption as the form to grow our family we felt inspired to adopt a girl. We both feel like our family is incomplete without one. We long for a daughter to be a constant guide, confidant, and friend for life. There is such a wonderful relationship between a mother and a daughter as well as a father and a daughter, and we feel like we can make that relationship magnificent. It will always be a focus of ours and we hope to make that happen.

We hope to have the pleasure of sharing this love and these successes with her birth family; for our child to grow up knowing, loving, and bonding with her birth family. We know this can be a unique relationship with mutual blessings and encouragement for all parties. We know you, as birth parents, will have something special to offer. We want her to know her unique story and be proud of where she comes from.

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.


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