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Brian and Kristin

We thank you for taking your time to learn about us. There is nothing more we want more in this world than to share our love with a child. We thank you for taking your time to learn about us. There is nothing more we want more in this world than to share our love with a child.

 

HELLO AND WELCOME:

We are Kristin and Brian. The decision you are making is harder than we can ever imagine but please know that we will love and protect your baby with all that we have. We have so much love to offer and we would be honored to share that love with a child. When Kristin’s brother was adopted many years ago, her mother hung a poem over his bed that continued to hang there through his teen years. It was titled “The Legacy of an Adopted Child”. They believed that her brother should always know where he came from and this poem perfectly portrays our family’s views on adoption. We truly believe that we are meant to be parents. We can offer a child unconditional love and acceptance to be his or her own self. We will also provide structure, stability and consistency that every child deserves. We come from a very large extended family. Your baby will grow up being loved by so many who are supportive of our desire to adopt.

 

”THE LEGACY OF AN ADOPTED CHILD”

Once there were two women who never knew each other, One – you do not remember, the other

you call mother. Two different lives shaped to make yours, One became your guiding star, the other

became your sun. The first gave you life, and the second taught you to live in it. The first gave you a

need for love and the second was there to give it. One gave you a nationality; the other gave you a

name. One gave you the seed of talent; the other gave you an aim. One gave you emotions; the other

calmed your fears. One saw your first sweet smile; the other dried your tears. One gave you up – that’s

all she could do. The other prayed for a child and God led her straight to you. NOW YOU ASK

THROUGH ALL YOUR TEARS THE AGE-OLD QUESTION THROUGH THE YEARS; HEREDITY OR

ENVIRONMENT – WHICH ARE YOU A PRODUCT OF? NEITHER, MY DARLING – NEITHER – JUST

TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF LOVE.

– Author Unknown

 

A LITTLE ABOUT US

We dreamed of having a family since we started dating. Kristin’s family adopted her brother when he was an infant so Kristin has always wanted to adopt a child too. We tried to have children naturally as well but we learned that most likely that was not possible so we are now excitedly pursuing our dream of adopting. We spend much of our spare time either at the gym or outside with our dogs. We love to walk the dogs in the nature trails near our home. We enter community races together and with our three nieces. We support our nieces in their adventures including dance, hockey, lacrosse and school activities and look forward to providing those experiences and opportunities to your child.

 

HOW WE MET

We  both have a love for fitness (sports, running, weight training) which led us to each other in the Fall of 2014. At the time Brian was working as a Personal Trainer and Kristin signed up to train with him. A year later we were engaged. Kristin dreamed of having her reception in a big tent in the backyard of her childhood home where her parents have resided for over 35 years. So in the summer of 2015 we were married at her home surrounded by our families and friends.

 

 

INTRODUCING KRISTIN:

Kristin, (known as “KiKi” to her family), would describe herself as strong, caring and passionate! Her parents taught her to be an individual with values and morals. KRISTIN TRULY BELIEVES THAT SHE IS MEANT TO BE A MOTHER AND WILL OFFER A CHILD UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE TO BE HIS OR HER OWN SELF.

 

When Kristin was 6 years old her family adopted her brother as an infant. Although Kristin wasn’t so sure about him when he first came home, because she was the baby of the family for so many years, eventually she learned to accept and truly love her brother. Kristin’s family has always been open about her brother’s adoption and have talked about it often.

 

KRISTIN’S WORK

Kristin is an attorney and practices with her father in his law office.  She is also employed by the local college to offer legal consultation to students. Kristin also opened her own horse farm several years ago and, with the help of her sister who is a school psychologist, initiated a summer camp program called “Read and Ride”. Campers learned to care for the horses, were given riding lessons and read a book to the horses daily.

 

INTRODUCING BRIAN:
Brian came from a non-traditional lifestyle. He has always desired stability, consistency, and tradition because those were things that he didn’t have growing up. Brian’s best friend’s family took him in during high school where he learned the values that he continues to have today. After high school he joined the U.S. Army where he served twelve months in Afghanistan. Being away from the people he loved made him appreciate them even more.  HE HAS A LOVE FOR PEOPLE AS INDIVIDUALS AND PRIDES HIMSELF ON BEING ABLE TO SEE THE GOOD IN EVERYONE. HE WANTS TO PASS THAT ON TO HIS CHILDREN and give a child the chance to have the consistency and stability that he searched for his whole life. As a father he wants to be the one to guide his child while encouraging their uniqueness and individuality. Everyone deserves the chance to make mistakes and find who they are. Brian wants to be a father that his child can look up to and count on to always be there.

 

BRIAN’S WORK:

Brian is a police officer for the local police force. He feels passionate about giving back to the safe community that we live in and enjoys interacting with the public.  His experience in the Army prepared him for a life as a police officer and he loves his job!

 

OUR HOME AND COMMUNITY:

We live in an old, large brick house. Kristin bought the house before we met because it has a huge fenced in yard for the dogs. WE HAVE FRIENDLY NEIGHBORS AND LIVE IN A WONDERFUL NEIGHBORHOOD JUST BLOCKS FROM THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS. Our yard is full of trees and flowers and it is ideal for a swing set or play ground.

 

Inside, our house is full of high ceilings, original woodwork on the walls and banisters and lots of unique art work that we have picked up in our travels. There are two large bedrooms upstairs, one for us and one for our child. There is a third bedroom downstairs as well as a dining room, living room and large, open kitchen. We have worked very hard to make our home “homey” and we love it!

 

MEET OUR FURRY FRIENDS:

Kristin’s dog, Tulip, was adopted before she met Brian. Brian’s dog, Meka, came to us last year. She was rescued from a bad situation and immediately attached herself to Brian.  She still cries in excitement every night when Brian gets home from work. Much to Brian’s dismay, we also have two cats. They drive Brian crazy when he tries to sleep at night. Daisy and Smush get along with the dogs and have the run of the house.

 

MEET OUR FAMILY:

WE ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE OUR FAMILY CLOSE BY! THEY ARE ALL EXCITED ABOUT OUR DECISION TO ADOPT AND CAN’T WAIT TO WELCOME OUR CHILD TO THE FAMILY! Every summer we travel to the Adirondacks for a week with Kristin’s family. We stay right on the lake and spend the week kayaking, tubing, waterskiing and hiking. It is our idea of a perfect vacation; relaxing, spending time with our family, staying physically active and exploring the outdoors.

 

Kristin’s parents have been married for almost 45 years. They live close by and we visit them weekly. Kristin works with her father and visits her mother daily when she brings the dogs to her mother’s house to run during lunch time. Yes, our dogs are spoiled! Kristin’s sister and her family live in our city as well. We are very involved in our nieces’ lives and we are sure to attend as many games, dance recitals, piano recitals and school activities as we can. We help out with transportation when needed and babysit the girls often.

 

Kristin’s brother recently moved back to the area from Costa Rica where he lived for several years teaching the English language. He is a talented artist who loves to travel.

 

Brian’s mom and stepfather live within 15 minutes of our home. Brian talks to his mother regularly. Brian also has two brothers who live near his mother. Brian’s father lives locally and Brian enjoys an occasional dinner or lunch with him too.

 

OUR INTERESTS AND HOBBIES:

KRISTIN is the president of the local humane society so we spend much of our free time volunteering for the organization. Each year she helps organize a 5K dog run and a formal event called the “Fur Ball”.  Kristin’s passion for animals stems from early childhood and she always finds a way to help if there is an animal in need.

 

BRIAN loves to participate in Crossfit competitions and spends time training for the competitions after work and on the weekends. He loves a challenge, especially a physical challenge, and enjoys meeting people at the competitions.

 

OUR THOUGHTS ON FAITH:

Kristin grew up in a Catholic household. She attended St. Mary’s through elementary school and continues to attend her local church with her family on a regular basis. We were married in the same church her family has been connected to for many generations.

 

Brian was not raised with a specific faith however he learned about the many different religious options before he deployed in the Army. Brian attends church with Kristin on holidays and special occasions and wants to also be baptized when our child is baptized.

 

We plan to raise our child in the Catholic faith, just as his or her cousins continue to be. Kristin’s family is very active in their church; working Friday night Bingo, reading at mass, the children participating in the Christmas and Easter pageants. We believe that faith plays a huge part in our everyday lives. We have had some obstacles to overcome since we were married but we have always been able to move forward because we believe in ourselves, our relationship and what we want our lives to be.

 

THANK YOU:

Thank you for viewing our profile! We hope you have a glimpse of who we are and the life we live. We hope, through the pictures, that you are able to see the absolute love we feel for each other and our family. We hope we were able to portray our desire to become parents. Lastly, we hope that you are able to picture your child being part of our family.

 

Please know that we respect your wishes and encourage you to make the best decisions for yourself and your baby. But also please know that we are willing to offer your child the world and will dedicate our lives to raising this child with compassion, understanding, protection, values and most of all LOVE. If you desire, we are happy to keep in touch with you and send photos and updates so you can see your child grow