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Outdoorsy writer who loves to explore, learn and teach.

Dear Future Family,

I'd like to thank you for your courage. I pray that you can see your strength and believe how precious you are. You deserve the hope of the future. I pray that one day your baby will show the same strength of character: to choose life and hope in every circumstance.

My name is Kristi. I'm a homestudy-ready single lady in my thirties, with a steady job in customer service, a 100-year-old house (it's had a lot of updates, but still bears a few creaky floorboards to maintain character) and a bunch of pets. I'm a small-time Indie novelist and occasional-poet who loves to sing in the car - ONLY the car, because I can't carry a tune in a bucket. Maybe not even in a cow trough.

I grew up in a tiny farming town. My family didn't have livestock, but they were all over the place. I was 16 the first time I saw a sign warning drivers that cows might cross the highway; why didn't everyone know that?!?
When we moved to a college town of 14,000 people, I thought it was the big city! I'd never lived within walking distance of a library, which was marvelous; never had to shovel a sidewalk, which was fun the first few times.

In my home, we laugh a lot. We work together, welcome friends, raise critters, flowers and food. Rather than travel long distances for long time periods, we take quarterly day trips; there's a lot to see around here, and it's more cost-effective. We're friendly with our neighbors and want to see everyone succeed. Life can be really hard sometimes, but it can also be really good - and that is what I want to show a child or children.

My mom and I combined our resources and credit scores in 2020, and bought a house. We split the bills, housework and yardwork. After my company-provided maternity leave Grandma will be able to watch the baby(ies) while I'm at work.

From my earliest memories, I've always wanted to be a mom - and wanted to adopt. This was my first choice for building a family, even before I learned that I am physically incapable of carrying a child.

My older sister is a birthmom, and my younger sister was adopted. My grandparents adopted three of their five kids; one of Mom’s cousins was adopted; one of my cousins and her husband adopted their two kids. My best friend and her husband recently adopted a young sibling group out of foster care. In my church and work communities alike, there are many families formed through adoption: kinship, domestic, international, foster, private. Some of the families look eerily similar in spite of not sharing DNA, while others are beautifully, brazenly conspicuous. My tribe is excited to embrace another child, and adoption is familiar to all of them.

I believe our hearts are elastic, and can always stretch around "one more" no matter how many times "one more" comes into our lives. If you let me, I will wrap my heart around your child and love them wholly, unreservedly, with every fiber of my being. I will love you, too. I will appreciate you for who you are. I will honor and speak well of you, and will always want you to thrive. I will always want your child to know you.

Thank you for considering me to parent your baby. I pray that you will have peace, clarity, and confidence in your decision, and that your hopes are fulfilled. Whatever choice you make out of pure love, is the right choice.

With gratitude,


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Who I Am

All my life, I have wanted to be two things: a writer and a mom.

I'm a "starving artist" kind of novelist. I love the concept stage, research, first draft, editing. I've even become somewhat competent in designing my own covers. Marketing is scary; I couldn't even sell Girl Scout cookies as a kid. Fortunately I know enough not to quit my day job!

When my mom adopted as a single parent, I committed to staying. To helping raise my little sister. She came home to us already 2 years old, and is seventeen now. L is smart, creative, and resourceful. She has a different hair color every month or so, enjoys her part-time job, and is planning to get her own place next year. Co-parenting her has stretched my heart and mind in ways both expected and surprising, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I love the woods, the lake, the mountains, the prairies. One day I'd like to see an ocean, and a desert.

My best friend's kids are getting old enough to logroll down hills. I joke that my childhood is coming back to haunt them ... but other than the 90's movies, it was good. As a kid I learned about flowers, birds, trees, how to read the wind and smell the rain. These pieces of childhood still bring me peace and joy. I'm grateful for the chance to share those things with the ones I love, and excited to share them with my child(ren), too.

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Hometown Concert

On Friday night my family went back to the little town where I grew up. My best hometown friend, A, organizes an annual benefit concert for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and it’s fun to go see everyone.

A’s dad decided in his fifties to start a garage band, and they got good enough to go perform in bars, clubs and dance-halls around the region. The friends they’ve made during their travels over the years donate their time, so we usually have several hours’ worth of Blues and Jazz.


I was blessed to attend a friend’s second-wedding-vowel-renewal yesterday. It was a beautiful day, in a beautiful location, with a few old friends and a few new. M’s family is beautiful, too: blended, with all seven kids (five grown and flown) there for the celebration.
M and her husband wanted to have a destination wedding ... that their loved ones could drive to. So they booked a place in Wisconsin Dells. It was such an honor to be invited to this intimate gathering.
She’s the friend who found a child-sized rocking chair for the nursery, so that Baby and I can match. And the friend who promised to teach me hair and skin care if I am chosen by a Black birth family.
Whether my child is cool-toned like me, warm-toned like her or somewhere in between, she’ll be Auntie M.

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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