|Education||Credits toward Masters||Law Degree|
|Ages/Names of Children (indicate if adopted or biological)||Dalton, 1 (adopted)|
We met on an elevator! We were seventeen years old. John was working at a hotel, bringing up a room service order, and Kaycee was attending an event with her fellow lifeguards. John only had five floors to get this beautiful lifeguard’s attention, so he said the only thing he could think of: “Would you like some free food?” John got Kaycee’s room number and ran back to the kitchen to beg the Chef for some free appetizers. Seven years later, we returned to the hotel on our wedding day to take a photograph in the elevator where we first laid eyes on one another.
Now, we’ve been married for nine years, and although we might be slightly more mature, we’re still each other’s childhood sweethearts. From back when we were newlywed grad students, to now as adoptive parents to our amazing son, Dalton, there has been one overwhelming constant: love. Looking ahead as a family, we hope to love each other more and more each day, continue serving God and be blessed with the opportunity to grow our family.
Our lives changed forever in 2016 when we adopted Dalton! He is the joy of our lives, such a happy, incredible son. We love him more than we could ever describe. We are thankful for the family God has already provided and pray He will bless us even more with another child!
We are Christians and try to go to church every Sunday and be involved in church activities. Before we adopted Dalton, we helped lead the Youth Group and went on missions trips to El Salvador and Nicaragua. We want to teach our children about the Bible, but ultimately they must decide for themselves whether to trust Jesus as we do. Either way, we hope to impart Biblical values of loving others and never acting out of selfishness.
We try to have family dinner once a month with John’s parents and siblings (John is the eldest of nine children!), and Kaycee and her Mom regularly hang out (usually, shopping ensues). Our Moms eagerly seek opportunities to babysit Dalton.
Dog-sitters are harder to come by! We rescued our old man, Bowser, just before we were married. His rescued baby sister, Layla, is already five, and her primary activity in life is melting hearts. Bowser is an Australian Shepherd, and Layla is, well, just plain adorbs!
We love to travel. We love going out to eat, whether to a fancy restaurant or Chinese takeout, falafel, anything! Kaycee plays the harp, and John loves when the beautiful music fills the house. Dalton loves going to the park, running around, throwing stuff, and exploring. We have so much fun playing with him!
We have a nice home in a good neighborhood known for its excellent public schools, in the same town where John grew up. There are a lot of kids in the neighborhood, and we always see them playing in the front yards or biking up and down the sidewalks or going to the park around the block. We think it is the perfect place to raise children!
Adopting Dalton has been the best part of our life. We are so thankful for Dalton’s birth family and the way they handled the whole situation, their strength and bravery. However, not all adoption experiences are the same, and we want what works for your comfort level and is in the best interests of the child. We love the idea of annual visits and communications through Family Options to keep you updated!
Our family cherishes diversity, and if we are blessed with an opportunity to adopt a child diverse to ourselves, we will cherish the child’s background and work diligently to treat the child’s diversity with the utmost sensitivity and respect. One of the many benefits of having a
large extended family like we do is that we have been able to welcome ethnically and racially diverse people, specifically our siblings’ significant others, into our family and gotten to know their families. Many of our friends, including the Maid of Honor and Best Man at our wedding, are of different races and ethnicities than us. We also have friends in Central America whom we met on our church missions trips and with whom we still keep in touch. In fact, on those trips we gained a great love generally for the people and culture there.
|Genre of Music||80's||Christian|
|Quote||In humility, value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3||We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19|
|Subject in School||History||History|
|Movie||Goldeneye||The Sound of Music|
|Sport to watch or play||Football||Baseball|
|Early Riser or Night Owl?||Night Owl||Early Riser|
We trust that God’s will shall be done in each of our situations: that you will find the perfect family to adopt your child, that your child will find the perfect adoptive parent(s), and that God will provide us the family He wants us to have! God bless!
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