Dear Birth Parents,
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 hope to build a strong relationship with not only our child, but you as well through an open adoption. We hope to do regular visits, phone contact/email and regular updates. Your child will always have a connection to youand 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.
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. We worked with an organization in Ethiopia that opened up a school and had a child sponsorship program. We worked alongside local school teachers and social workers for 6 weeks. It was a life changing experience. It solidified our desire to be parents and hopefully adopt at some point in our life.
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, God opened our hearts up to foster care. We have been foster parents since 2015 and have fostered 11 children during our 3-year foster parenting journey. We have learned a lot about the process and understand the goal of fostering is not adoption, this has led us to open up a new door to build our family. We hope to foster in the future, but we will put our license on hold when we bring home our son or daughter.
Abby always longed to be a teacher and has fulfilled her lifelong dream as a fourth-grade teacher. Abby works in a small rural district where she will be able to take our children when they begin school. We are excited for our future son or daughter to enjoy summers off with Abby, traveling and enjoying fun activities in the area. Brant works as a Warehouse tech for a large pharmaceutical company. He works 12-hour shifts, so he only works 3-4 days per week which gives us extra long weekends throughout the year, to visit family and travel.
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 and look forward to sharing them with our future child.
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 are beyond excited to become first-time grandparents, and we are so thankful to live close enough for our future child to build strong relationships with their grandparents.
We both have very strong relationships with our parents and our siblings. We are thankful for their support through our fostering journey. They have been loving and attentive foster grandparents. They are looking forward to grandparenthood and will be an integral part of our children’s lives.
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 (He was adopted and then my mom unexpectedly found out she was pregnant with me). Because we are so close in age we spent a lot of time playing together growing up and had lots of mutual friends throughout our school years. We spent a lot of our time, at church, or playing with our friends that lived on our street. My dad built a treehouse, so we spent a lot of time using our imaginations playing in the tree house.
I have always loved school, and enjoyed being involved in lots of activities throughout my high 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 enjoy cooking and think my baking skills might be part of the reason Brant agreed to marry me! During the summer I enjoy getting extra time to cook. I am looking forward to the day when I have a “chef in training” to assist me in the kitchen. I have a “famous cheesecake” recipe that was used as our wedding cake, that I will pass down to my future children.
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. We had several different campers throughout my childhood and we would travel near and far and camp with friends and family. We would spend time riding bikes on the trails, fishing, or playing outside. My parents still have a camper, and I am so excited to share some of my favorite camping spots with our future son or 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 has become a part of my family and spends special holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrating with us. We also have family game nights and he is always there. I hope to be able to bring my kids with me to these family game nights in the future.
We (along with very excited future grandparents) are filled with excitement to share our lives, hearts and home with our future child. We look forward to nurturing, loving and laughing with them as they grow to become the unique person God designed them to be. We have an amazing support system that will be extended to our future child. We live near both of our parents and siblings and are members of a loving church family. Our family strives to create an environment where everyone feels loved, welcome and accepted.
We thank you for taking the time to learn about our family. Thank you for considering us as the family who will love, teach, and care for your precious little one.
Brant and Abby