Kirsten & Miki
Kirsten & Miki
Race of child interested in adopting: Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/African American, Caucasian/Hispanic, Hispanic or South/Central American
Gender of child interested in adopting: No Preference
State we live in: WA
Dear Expectant Mother,
We are immeasurably grateful that you are reading this letter, if only because it offers us the chance to acknowledge your strength and courage. We do not pretend to know what you are feeling, and imagine that you might be at the same loss for words that we are. We’ve never before been this vulnerable, but believe it’s time to risk it all because parents should be willing to show courage. We are honored by yours.
A child in our home will grow up knowing how deeply loved they are each and every day, by you, by us, and by our entire collective of relatives and friends. We ache to share our lives with a child, to nurture and guide and support a child so they can grow and thrive. Our story includes adoption because our family is destined to grow uniquely and beautifully. Amazing love comes from working together, and we hope we can build something amazing with you. If you are scared, please know, so are we. However, we are confident that because we are doing this in love, we are doing something remarkable.
We have readied our hearts and our lives for a child and for you. Our hope is that you are able to peek at our lives in our profile and see the incredible joy we want to share.
With deep respect, prayer and love,
We met on an honest-to-goodness blind date, through mutual friends. We knew on date one that we shared a sense of humor and a love for family, and by the third date we suspected we were in it for the long haul. We’ve never looked back.
Miki is a veteran and currently works with soldiers and staff at the local military hospital, which allows him to serve those who support our troops. Kirsten teaches middle school special education math, a job she’s passionately loved for more than 17 years. We love to travel and explore and have never met a road trip we didn’t like-- especially if it’s raining. We enjoy the outdoors; We camp and fish, and laugh every day as much as we can.
We live in a lovely home on 2 and a half acres, directly behind an elementary school and just outside a small town on the water. We share our 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath home with a little rescue kitty named Poppy, who is trying to convince us that she is a dog by greeting us every day with meows and playing fetch with her toys. We fell in love with our home because it is surrounded by green trees and we can watch beautiful sunsets from the front porch. We are often visited by a family of deer, and love the sounds of nature when we open the windows.
Our Extended Family
We have a large extended family across the US. Miki grew up surrounded by 17 aunts and uncles, his parents, brothers and more than 12 cousins. Most of his brothers and cousins have expanded their family with spouses and children, and we visit them at least once a year. We love to spend time together at a family lake cabin in the summer, sitting on the screened porch talking, beating each other at cribbage, or just reading. Despite a lot of physical distance (and an intense football rivalry) between our homes, we are close. Miki’s closest cousin and her husband have come to visit several times, and we’ve met up and vacationed together.
Kirsten’s immediate family is smaller than Miki’s, she grew up in a loving and laughing home with her parents and a younger brother. We love to spend time with Kirsten’s brother and his wife we frequently have family dinners together, including her parents-- often laughing over too much great food since we each love to cook! In fact, we always say that if you leave our house hungry, you’ve done something wrong.
Our family truly includes our best friends. We have become so close with the aunts, uncles, cousins, parents and children of our closest friends that when we vacation together, we’re often having to remind them that, no, we are not actually related… it just feels that way. Our most treasured traditions include camping together on the Fourth of July, or attending the community parade and potluck in their neighborhood. We also often Christmas tree hunt with family and friends, turning the day into it’s own special event tradition.
What Led Us To Adoption
More than any one shared interest, it is the love of family that rooted us together. From the beginning, we have wanted to raise a child together. Despite trying to get pregnant for 6 years, we have come to realize that our family is meant to grow differently. For us, we believe adoption will allow us to share our blessings and grow our family in a special way. Some of our biggest blessings have come through unexpected means.