Katlyn has known since she was young that she may not be able to have children of her own due to fertility concerns. She was very upfront about this when we started dating and introduced the idea of adoption early on. We value the opportunity to help a child learn about their culture and foster healthy connections to their racial, ethnic, or gender identity. Since we were both raised in large, loving families, we knew that having children was something we wanted no matter what from the very beginning. After struggling with infertility for the past two years, we decided it was time to open our hearts to the next great adventure of adoption. Adoption is the best way for us to love and support a child like our parents did for us.
Most of our best memories involve our families and friends. Our hearts are always full of love and laughter when we can be together with them. We are both very fortunate to have loving, supportive families. Both of our parents have been married for over 30 years. They have been a prime example of what love, communication, and hard work look like. All of our family has been supportive in this journey and are so excited to add baby to the group. Our five nieces and nephews absolutely cannot wait to have a new cousin. They have already started to plan all the things they can do with a six person cousin crew.
We have a close friend group that we look forward to raising children together with. Our friends have become family over the years and we cannot imagine our life without them. We cannot wait for trips to the zoo, water adventures, and creating memories along the way. One of our favorite things to do with friends is play spike ball or board games. It is always a healthy mix of friendly competition and laughter. We are very fortunate to have a great group of people to share this journey with.
We moved into our home a little over two years ago. We love the back patio space and large fenced yard. The backyard meets a nature preserve which allows us to enjoy all the wild life. We live on a quiet cul-de-sac where all the neighborhood kids love to play. We are in walking distance to the elementary school, fire department, multiple parks and bike paths. We live about 20 minutes from a major city and have easy access to hospitals, educational opportunities, and fun attractions like the zoo.
I have known Katlyn for over 5 years now, and she is an amazing woman.
She is the most kind, caring, and loving person I have ever met. She is
selfless and always puts others thoughts and feelings above hers. As a
pediatric nurse, Katlyn loves children and will do anything to make sure
they have the best opportunity to have a successful life. Family is very
important to her. She is an amazing Aunt to our 5 nieces and nephews. She
always puts them first and makes time for the kids whether it is just to see
them for a few hours or planning fun activities at the zoo. Two of Katlyn’s
favorite activities are going on walks around the neighborhood and going
to explore new things or places. She also enjoys exploring new restaurants
to find new and delicious foods around town. She loves to replicate them
at home and lucky for me, she is an amazing cook. I like to tell a lot of
jokes because Katlyn has a the best laugh and she has a great sense of
humor, even though she makes fun of my “dad jokes”. Katlyn is an amazing
woman and I know she will be an even better role model for a child.
Matt quickly and easily became my person from the day we first met. He is the
best support system in all life has thrown our way. I cannot imagine a better
combination of shoulder to lean on and person to keep me laughing. Matt has
the perfect level of dad jokes mixed with wit. He keeps my outgoing, on the
go personality balanced with his easy-going, calm demeanor. I am always
impressed with his ability to adapt to any situation. If I had to explain a perfect
day for Matt, it would be football Saturday, curled up on the couch with family
and the pups, eating pizza, and napping at half time. I know he looks forward
to sharing his love for the game with children. I am in awe of his ability to love
unconditionally and support everyone in his life. He puts his heart into everything
he does and I know that will make him a wonderful dad someday.