Michael and Kristen
Approved and Waiting Adoptive Family
At A Glance
Names: Michael and Kristen
Ages: 35, 33
Children: (All of our children are adopted) Jayla-8 Caucasian, Jessa-7 African American/Caucasian, Mikey-4 Caucasian/Hispanic, Kellan-3 Caucasian, Quinton-1 Caucasian/African American
Reason for Adopting: Sterility and desire to love another child
Number of Years Married: 13 years
We met twelve years ago at a college dance where Kristen gave Michael detailed instruction to her house. Months went by and no sign of Michael. (Michael still claims to this day that Kristen gave him the wrong address.) Eventually, we found each other through a mutual friend (thank goodness) and we have loved spending time together ever since. We enjoy playing softball, soccer, basketball, baseball and other sports. We also like to hike, camp, snowboard, wakeboard, travel, bake, sing and listen to music, watch movies and spend time with family. We are always up for an adventure. Between the good times we have been through some tough times together, but in the end it has always brought us closer to each other and has made our commitment even stronger.
We both come from amazing families. Our grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and cousins all get together every chance we get. They love our children deeply and are so excited for us to adopt again. When we get together there is always a fun activity planned, whether it is rolling Easter eggs, sledding, going ATV riding, boating, playing games, or just hanging out and laughing. Most of all, we love playing with our beautiful children Jayla, Jessa, Mikey and Kellan. We truly love being their Mom and Dad! We have enjoyed them so much that we would be so grateful for the opportunity to adopt again.
Being parents is second nature to us and we enjoy every minute of it. We love that our house is usually loud, that there is always a cheek to kiss, a small hand to hold, or a soccer game to cheer at. We have found so much joy in spending time with each of our children one-on-one, truly getting to know who they are, and celebrating their uniqueness. The thrills we get from hearing our baby giggle for the first time, holding them close when they are sick, watching them master something difficult, or see them run up to us after being at school are unlike anything else in this world. That is why we want to adopt again. Some may feel adopting for a sixth time is a sacrifice, but for us as adoptive parents, the joys far outweigh any small, insignificant sacrifices that might have to be made. One thing we have learned as adoptive parents is that great joy can follow sacrifice, and we are so excited to experience the great joy of adopting one last time.
We have always dreamed of having a big family and we made plans for it from the very beginning. We worked hard to get Michael a good job to support a large family and a stay-at-home mom. We have room in our schedule to spend one on one time with each child. We have space in our home for another chair around the dinner table. We have time in our life to shuttle kids to various activities. Most of all, we have room in our hearts to love and dedicate everything we have to another child, to lovingly guide them, and to help them reach their full potential.
We believe it is important that children are taught values and principles with love and patience. This is done when parents put their children first. As parents we feel that it is important for us to be there emotionally and physically for our children so we can give them what they need and not just what they want. It is also important to take the time to help each child develop their own talents and interests, even if they are different than our own. We look forward to outings as a family, coaching our children in sports, attending recitals and enjoying various other activities as we help them grow. We believe that education is also important. We make sure that our children are given many different opportunities to succeed academically as well as individually. We teach our children to embrace their birth cultures and their adoption stories, but most importantly we make sure our children know how much we love them and how grateful we are to be their parents.
I would like to tell you about my beautiful wife Kristen. She was raised on a dairy farm in rural Utah with her parents, 2 brothers, 1 sister, and around 200 cows. She is a very happy and enthusiastic individual. She is a real 'go-getter.' She is very spiritual, loving, and genuinely concerned for others. I trust her completely and depend upon her for love and support. Nobody can make me laugh and bring joy to my life like her.
Kristen is very athletic and grew up dancing, and playing sports of all kinds (especially soccer!). For three years she started varsity for her high school soccer team. After high school she went to nursing school where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree. She then worked in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 6 years. While there she learned valuable skills that she seamlessly applies in motherhood. Now as a stay at home mom she always knows just what to do when our kids get sick or they’re not feeling well. Not only is she our families nurse, Kristen is a very involved mother. She is always taking the kids to the park, reading to them at the library, inventing fun games around the house, or teaching them new skills. She truly loves being a mother and has a passion for helping our children develop mentally, physically, and spiritually. (Oh, and for the record, she really did give me the wrong address.)
My best friend Michael grew up in a small town with a big family. He has 7 brothers and 2 sisters so he naturally loves being around kids. In high school Michael participated in baseball, basketball and track. He is a natural athlete and enjoys all sports. He loves fixing cars and computers, going to sporting events, and learning about new technology (of course, his favorite activity is hanging out with me and the kids!). He has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. Michael has a really great job as an Electrical Engineer working on nuclear weapons. His job allows him to spend a lot of time with family.
I was immediately drawn to Michael because of his natural happiness and sincere concern for others. He is the type of person who people seek out to receive comfort from their troubles. He has a contagious laugh that radiates throughout his entire body. He has a talent for spreading that joy to others. He is always singing some crazy ‘old school’ song around the house making me laugh. I appreciate his ability to see the good in everyone and his love for life. I am always amazed at his many talents. One of which is his ability to interact with children. The first thing that he says when he comes home from work is, “Where are the kids?” Then he literally mauls them with hugs and kisses… poor things! He freely offers them his most valuable possessions, his time and love. My favorite thing to do is watch him chase, hug, dance with, and sing to our precious kids.
There is no way for us to be able to comprehend what you are going through. Our hearts go out to you. We feel honored that you are reading our profile. It truly takes a noble and selfless person to consider adoption. We pray that you may be guided in your decisions and that you will find peace no matter what you choose. We appreciate your interest in us. We are excited to share more about our lives with you.
We absolutely adore our children. They are our world. All 5 of them were adopted and we are grateful to have open adoptions with their birth families. Our kids have very different adoption stories, but we love and cherish them all. They also have varying degrees of openness because we have let their birthmothers choose the level and type of contact that is most comfortable for them. We are flexible as these comfort levels change and have been willing to accommodate their desires.
We continue to find joy in strengthening these relationships through emails, pictures, visits and phone calls. Even though we have birth families in many different states the distance has not been a barrier to having openness with them - including visits.
Our family is possible because of our children’s courageous birthmothers. Our kids have no doubt of their love. Their birth mothers will always be dear to our hearts and our children can see how much we love and respect their birth families. We look forward to sharing the achievements and experiences of our future adopted child with their birthmother and birth family. We will teach them how unique they are and help them know about the selfless act that brought them into our lives.
The easiest and most important decision we have ever made was to adopt. We know that God intended for our little family to grow through the beautiful gift of adoption. It has brought us so much joy! We look forward to welcoming another little one into our home. Love, courage, faith and sacrifice are the means by which adoption is possible. We have found peace and joy in pursuing the path that God intended for us to follow. We pray that you too may feel such peace and joy.
We hope you feel our love and concern for you. You are in our thoughts and our hearts.
With all our love,
Michael, Kristen, Jayla, Jessa, Mikey, Kellan and Quinton
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