Thank you for taking the time to get to know more about us. We have been praying for you and your sweet baby from the moment God laid the desire to adopt on our hearts. The decisions that lay ahead for you are not easy ones and we pray that you are filled with peace as you plan for your future and your baby's future. We are amazed at the depth of your love for your child and can't imagine the emotions you are experiencing throughout this journey.
We met at church as Freshmen in High School and were friends for several years. We started dating at the beginning of our senior year in high school and have been together ever since. We were married in September 2013. One of our greatest adventures as a couple was a Mission Trip to Ethiopia. It was a life-changing experience. It solidified our desire to be parents and hopefully adopt at some point in our life. We are both avid readers, which is one of the things that drew us together when we first started dating. We love to play board games and often host game nights with friends and family and we look forward to future game nights with our children. We both grew up in the outdoors, fishing and spending time camping or at the lake with our families. We have continued these family traditions after marrying. It has been so fun sharing these favorite places and activities with Kaylee.
We love exploring the fun family places Kansas City has to offer. We have memberships to the local zoo and children’s museum. We try to spend as much time outside as possible with Kaylee. She loves getting to play outside on the slide, run around the yard with our dog and explore the local trails and parks in our area.
We had always known that biological children were not likely for us and before we were married we knew that adoption would be a part of building our family. After 2 years of infertility treatments, we began the process of gaining our foster license. We were foster parents for 6 years. During that time we have fostered 14 children. We know that the goal of foster care is reunification with birth families and our goal is permanency and adding forever kids to our family.
Family is a huge value in our lives. We love spending time with our family. We live just a mile away from Abby’s parents and Brant’s sister, with Brant’s parents living a short 15-minute drive away. Our parents were ecstatic to become grandparents when Kaylee was born and can’t wait to meet our newest addition. We both have very strong relationships with our parents and our siblings. We are thankful for their support through our fostering & adoption journey. We are so thankful to live close enough for our children to build strong relationships with their grandparents.
A little about Abby
I was born in Kansas City and have lived in this area all of my life. My older brother and I are just 11 months apart! His son and my daughter are 11 months apart, and we love getting to watch our kiddos grow up together. I am blessed to have my dream job. I teach 4h grade in a small district. I can’t wait until my kiddos are in kindergarten and can go to work with me every day. I love getting to spend my summers and breaks with Kaylee going to our favorite places and playing at home.
I have always loved school and enjoyed being involved in lots of activities throughout my school years. I love music and began playing the piano and singing from a very young age. I spent a large portion of my years in school involved in music activities. I can’t wait to share my love of music with our future little one. I also enjoy cooking and think my baking skills might be part of the reason Brant agreed to marry me!
A little about Brant
I grew up on a gravel road in what some may call “the country.” Most of my childhood days were spent outdoors with my sister Lindsey. We could be found riding our bikes, swimming in our pool, or fishing in the pond at my parent’s house. Many of my fondest memories were made camping with my family. It has been so fun getting to share my love of the outdoors and camping with our daughter.
Friendships have always been important to me. I spent a lot of my teenage years spending time with a strong group of friends. We spent time playing board games, video games and in the summer we could often be found at the park playing ultimate frisbee. My best friend from my high school days, Matt, and I are still very close. He recently became a first-time dad and we are thankful our children are close in age.
A little about Kaylee
Kaylee is such a joy to our family. We are beyond grateful to have her in our lives. Kaylee loves playing outside, exploring bugs, creatures and jumping in puddles. She loves to play catch, read books, and color. Kaylee can almost always be found carrying her favorite stuffed monkey or a baby doll. She is so sweet to her baby cousins and loves to make them laugh. We are excited to watch her grow as a big sister and see her meet her future brother/sister for the first time.
We are filled with excitement to share our lives, hearts, and home with another little one. We look forward to nurturing, loving, and laughing with them as they grow to become the unique person God designed them to be. Our family strives to create an environment where everyone feels loved, welcomed, and accepted.
We thank you for taking the time to learn about our family. We hope to build a strong relationship with not only our child but you as well through open adoption. We hope to do regular visits, phone contact/email, and regular updates. Your child will always have a connection to you and we hope to foster a positive relationship to maintain a connection throughout their life. We would not only be adding a little one to our family but you as well. Thank you for considering us as the family who will love, teach, and care for your precious little one.
Brant and Abby