Ethnicity: African American,Asian/Pacific Islander,Biracial,Caucasian,Hispanic/Latino,Middle Eastern,Native American
Age: 00-03 Months
Our story begins at the church where we met. We spent a lot of time together with our friends going to fun places, hosting or attending parties, and seeing outdoor movies. We discovered that we felt comfortable around each other and had many common interests. We also just so happened to work together at the same grocery store. Coincidence? We think not! Some of our friends noticed something more in our friendship and nudged us to start dating. Our first date was on a beautiful fall day in October. We went to a park, grabbed some sandwiches and played on the playground like we were kids. Our friendship quickly grew into love. Kevin proposed on Friday the 13th in February so now that’s our lucky day! We were married on May 21, 2009. Adoption has always felt like something we were called to do, we just weren't sure of the timing. We struggled for years with infertility and were approved for adoption in 2014. In 2015, we were surprised by the arrival of our biological son, Kayson. He is truly a miracle, a gift from God whom we cherish every day. We have been unable to have another biological child but we know that children can become a part of a family in many different ways. We have prayed fervently and received an answer from God that now is the time to adopt. We are so excited for a child to join our family through adoption.
Kevin and Chrissy
We live in a three-bedroom condo next to some beautiful mountains in Utah. There is plenty of space for children to play outside. Our son loves riding his bike on the basketball court and on the walking trails. Our complex has two private playgrounds, a clubhouse, and an indoor swimming pool. We love music and books and have quite the collection of both! Music is often playing in our home. What makes our home special are the people that live there and what happens inside. The living room is where we study the scriptures and enjoy watching movies together as a family. It's also the perfect place for building forts made from pillows and blankets. We strive to have the love of God in our home. The atmosphere is peaceful, it's a refuge and a safe place away from the stresses of the outside world. Our kitchen table is always open for family, friends, and neighbors. We like to invite people over for dinner. It's also not uncommon for our kitchen table to be used for playing our favorite board games. Our home is surrounded by a beautiful community, and is in a safe area; it’s a great place to raise a family. Our neighbors are wonderful friends. We like to attend city celebrations and be involved in community events.
Our Extended Family
Our extended family is awesome - dare we say...the best?! We have many nieces and nephews between both sides of our family so there are plenty of cousins to play with and never a dull moment. Kevin has five siblings and most of them live close by.
Chrissy has two biological sisters and eleven step-siblings. One of her sisters lives in Florida, so we like to visit when we can. We have two adopted nephews and two adopted neices. We also have cousins and an aunt and uncle who have adopted. Our family is very supportive of adoption.
Kayson loves his cousins! He always asks to have a sleepover with them. He also loves grandma’s house because she has fun toys and treats.
We get together with our extended family frequently for reunions, celebrations, birthday parties, holidays, and sometimes just to have fun. We are passionate about traditions and have a long list of all the fun and sometimes silly things we like to do as a family. For example, we have a Christmas gift exchange as an extended family and have a reunion every other year. Another favorite tradition is the Thanksgiving cranberry rock-off. We play an intense game of rock, paper, scissors. The loser gets a trophy and has to eat cranberry sauce (or any other disliked food).
We have so many great family traditions and can’t wait to create some more!
It doesn't matter what we do as long as it's with family. We know that good memories are often the simple ones. We are laid-back and easygoing so a night at home in our PJs with a good Disney movie, popcorn, and M&Ms is a favorite pastime.
We enjoy doing things in our community like visiting the library, learning something new at the museum or zoo, going out for ice cream or snow cones, swimming at the pool, having picnics at the park, or watching a parade.
Holidays and birthdays are big events at our house. We love to celebrate. Usually, our celebrations involve food and lots of it! Our favorite 4th of July tradition involves delicious homemade sloppy joes and root beer.
Christmas is also a big event. The Sunday before Christmas we gather with extended family for what has been traditionally called “The Tasting Table.” It's a tradition handed down from Kevin's grandmother. It involves a lot of food and socializing. Some other traditions include family breakfast on New Year’s Day, a red party on Valentine's Day, a green party on St. Patrick's Day, and a visit to the pumpkin patch in the fall. Those are just some examples, we have many more!
We belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints and are active, faithful members. We love the community and so many of our church friends have become like family. Our religion is important to us and we strive to teach our son by living what we believe.
Our Promise to You
We want to work with you on an adoption plan you are most comfortable with, whether it is open, semi-open or closed. If you decide to place your baby with us we promise you three things:
1) We won't judge you and we will welcome you with open arms to our family.
2) We will strive to be honest with you and keep our commitments. If we say we will do something we will try our best to follow through on those promises.
3) We will love you, your baby, and your family.
We do not pretend to understand what you are going through. We can only imagine that it must be scary and hard. We want you to know that we care, that you are not alone, and that you are loved. You are a child of God. He loves you and He has a plan for you. Even though you are going through a difficult time right now, He will never give up on you. We know this because He has never given up on us.
Kevin, Chrissy, and Kayson
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