Hello! We are Walker, Sarah and Lydia.
We are excited to once again grow our family through adoption and are looking forward to welcoming another little one into our hearts and home. We hope the information on this page will give you a glimpse into our lives and help you decide whether or not we are to be the family you desire for your precious baby.
It’s difficult to know what to write because we haven’t yet met you. We don’t know anything about you or the details of your situation. We do know that the decision you are making is not an easy or simple one and we know that you would not be looking for an adoptive family for your baby if you didn’t believe it was necessary and in the best interest of your child. We hope you have found support and wise counsel as you are deciding what is best for you and your baby. We hope the information shared here enables you to get to know our family and we thank you for considering us as you search to find adoptive parents for your child.
The Beginning of our Story
We both grew up in a small, mid-Missouri town where we met in high school. After four years of dating, we were married on August 12, 2006. Marriage has been an incredible journey. We are the best of friends and love spending time together.
After trying to conceive for many years, we learned that having a biological child is not likely. In 2013 we made the decision to walk away from further fertility treatments and pursue adoption. It’s a decision we embraced wholeheartedly. We were fortunate to be surrounded by several families who had experience with domestic adoption and we were excited about growing our little family in this way. Our daughter, Lydia, was born in 2014 and stole our hearts immediately. She is an absolute joy and we couldn’t imagine our family without her.
Walker and Sarah
Walker is 33 years old and works as a bank analyst. He enjoys cycling, running, reading, board games and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. Sarah is 30 years old. She stays home full-time with our sweet girl. Prior to Lydia’s birth, Sarah was a sixth grade teacher. Our goal is for her to continue to be home with Lydia and any future children we might have. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities, photography, completing DIY projects, trying new recipes in the kitchen and reading.
Although most of our time is now spent with Lydia, it's important for us to spend time having fun with each other. We believe a strong marriage is critical to the health and well-being of our family. As a couple, we enjoy cooking and trying new types of food. We love trying new restaurants, so date nights usually include a nice dinner out. We also try to plan a couple of weekend getaways each year. This gives us a chance to reconnect with each other. Lydia loves these times as well because it means she gets to spend time creating fun memories with her grandparents or her aunt and uncle.
We are sports enthusiasts and love attending live sporting events, especially baseball games. And, although we are often reluctant to admit it, we are huge board gaming fans. We have found that this hobby gives us a unique avenue of building friendships. We love hosting large groups of friends for game nights.
Our faith in Jesus Christ is front and center in our lives and is central to how we will raise and guide our children. We are actively involved with a church in Midtown Kansas City. We have volunteered with the children’s ministry for several years and are very involved in a small group. Within this group are other families with young children and we’ve enjoyed watching Lydia become such good friends with their kids.
Lydia was born in 2014 and turned our world upside down in the most incredible way. She has brought so much joy to our lives and we are so blessed to be her parents. Our blue eyed, curly headed girl is a ball of energy and she definitely keeps us on our toes. She loves to be on the go and is happiest when doing anything outside. Some of her favorite activities include swinging at the park, going for walks, visiting the zoo and aquarium, bubble baths, music, books, and going for runs with Daddy in the stroller.
Lydia is soaking up new information and seems to have new words and skills every day. We love hearing her expanding vocabulary and watching her discover new things. We are looking forward to her experiencing some new activities this summer including the beach, tent camping and swim lessons. This is such a fun stage!
Lydia laughs easily, snuggles sweetly and is sensitive to the feelings of those around her. She loves being around other kids and we think she is going to be a fantastic big sister.
Our Extended Family
It is very important to us that we remain close to our family both geographically and relationally. We see our extended family often and love that our kids will grow up near their grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.
Walker's parents currently live in mid-Missouri and are frequently in the Kansas City area to visit. They plan to move to this area within the next couple of years. We can't wait to have them closer to us! Walker's brother lives in the Kansas City area with his wife and five children. We see them often and the kids love playing together. Lydia’s cousins are some of her favorite people!
Sarah’s mom, grandmother, sister and brother-in-law live in mid-Missouri. It's only a two and a half hour drive from Kansas City, so we are able to visit often. They also love to visit us in Kansas City. The frequency of their visits has definitely increased since Lydia's arrival! Sarah’s dad moved to the Kansas City area in 2015 to be closer to us. He lives about 10 minutes from us so we usually see him several times each week. He enjoys stopping by for lunch and accompanying us to the zoo or aquarium. Our extended families are excited that we are again pursuing adoption and look forward to welcoming a new family member.
We moved to Kansas City in 2009 to pursue job opportunities and be closer to family. Little did we know how much we would love the Kansas City area. This is our home and we have no intention of leaving.
We believe that the location of our home gives us the best of both worlds: city and suburb. We are a short drive from downtown and love going into the city to visit restaurants and other attractions. Our home is located in a quiet neighborhood on a cul-de-sac where we often hear children playing outside.
Our neighborhood is in an excellent location for families with children. We are close to walking trails, shopping and sporting venues. We are also within walking distance of a park and an elementary school. Because education is important to us, we made an intentional effort to live in a great school district. We look forward to walking our kids to the elementary school down the street.
Our Thoughts on Open Adoption
When we adopted Lydia, her birth family became a part of our extended family. Our relationship with them functions similarly to our relationship with other members of our extended families. We talk on the phone, text and email regularly. We enjoy seeing them several times each year. We realize that no two relationships are ever identical and the one we form with our next child’s birth family will likely be a little different than the one we have with Lydia’s birth family. However, we are committed to approaching that relationship with open hearts, respect and honesty because we believe healthy open adoption relationships are in the best interests of our children.
You might also be wondering how we approach the subject of adoption with our children. We believe in fostering open, honest communication with our kids regarding their adoptions and the way in which we became a family. Adoption is discussed openly in our home. Although Lydia does not yet understand the concept of adoption, we regularly talk about how we became a family. We have books on her book shelf that feature main characters who have been adopted and we often look at pictures of her birth family while talking about their significance in her life. We want our kids to know their stories and we pray that they always know how greatly they are loved by us and by their birth families.
Your decision to make an adoption plan for your child shows an incredible amount of courage and love. We realize that the decision to place your child for adoption and that of choosing parents for your baby is likely the hardest decision you will ever make. There’s no doubt in our minds that you love and want what’s best for your baby. If you decide that we are to become the parents of your child then know that he or she will be unconditionally loved, cherished and welcomed into our family.
Walker & Sarah