To potential expectant parents who are considering adoption:
Hi, we’re Daniel and Kelly,
We planned and dreamed individually about becoming parents for most of our lives. It was evident early on in our relationship that we shared the same dream of raising children and growing our family. Our parents and siblings have been a tremendous blessing in our lives and we hope to someday be able to be that same love and support to our children. A few years ago, we discovered it would be difficult to impossible to have biological children. Early on in our relationship, we had discussed the possibility of adopting children someday. After prayer and thought, we decided together that God was leading us down the path of adoption and we took a leap of faith to begin this journey.
We want to thank you for taking the time to read our story and learn a little about us. We would love to get to know you more and see if we fit in your adoption plan. Whatever your decision, we pray that God will guide your steps and give you clear direction in your life and the life of your baby.
Daniel & Kelly
Who we are as a family:
We met around 2013 while attending our church. We became close friends and even started gardening together. While digging in the dirt, we found there was more than just friendship together. We began dating and got married the summer of 2015. We have been inseparable since, and we truly are each other’s best friend. Daniel works as an electrical engineer. Kelly works as a people manager but plans to stay home when we adopt.
Daniel has two brothers and two sisters and three of his siblings are married. He has enjoyed being Uncle Daniel to his three young nephews on his side. Daniel’s parents and siblings all live in the Twin Cities and we enjoy getting together with them for birthdays, picnics, bonfires, and games. Each summer, we take a family trip to northern Minnesota with Daniel’s family to spend a week of quality time together at a cabin. Kelly has a brother and a sister and her sister is married. She is Auntie Kelly to her elementary school aged niece and nephew and has enjoyed babysitting them and watching them grow. Kelly’s parents and sibling also live close by in the Twin Cities. We frequently get together for family dinners, holidays, and birthdays. We can often be found at Kelly’s parents’ house cooking something delicious or hanging out with their chickens in the backyard.
We’ve been attending the same church for over eight years. We both are members and very involved in different ministries within the church. Together we’ve led Bible studies in our home for a number of years. Daniel serves by helping put together the audio/visual parts of the services and volunteers on Sundays behind the tech booth. Kelly loves teaching a group of elementary aged school girls during Sunday school and also is on the financial ministry team. There are a lot of young families at our church and we are grateful to have a community of other families and people to support us.
We enjoy our slower pace Saturday mornings, one of those days where we can make a fancy breakfast and just be together. We still continue to garden together. We have numerous plants, flowers, and a vegetable garden in the summertime that we get to eat from. We can often be found in the yard or around the bonfire pit enjoying a summer night. When the weather keeps us indoors, we like having fires in our fireplace, playing board games, making afternoon coffee on the stove, and reading a book on the couch with our two cats. For fun we like to get out into nature and hike. A few years ago we were inspired to hike trails at each of the Minnesota State Parks. We have completed over half of the parks so far and look forward to making our goal soon. We also enjoy camping together and with our families. The North Shore is one of our favorite places to visit. We find the water and the woods incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating. Daniel enjoys working on house and yard projects, playing games with friends, and is keen to research and learn more about just about anything. Kelly likes to read, crochet, cook and bake, clean the house, and visit with friends. We are excited to share these activities and who we are with our children someday and we hope we can make new traditions and memories as a family!
Our views on openness in adoption:
We do not yet have personal experience with openness in adoption. However, from what we have read and heard from others about openness, it has great potential to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone involved. There are challenges that come with maintaining an open relationship, but we believe that the relationships and connection this child could have with you, their birth parent, is important and invaluable. We view openness as a commitment and we will be faithful to stay committed to openness for this child and their future. If you choose us, we hope to get to know you before your baby is born. We are open to keeping in contact throughout this child’s life via in-person visits, letters, emails, and pictures. We would like to make the plan for openness with you.