Karen & Andrew
Race of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Let us start by saying that we commend your braveness and strength! You are so courageous! With that being said, we are so thankful and blessed that you have taken the time to read our profile. We are Andrew and Karen and are so very excited to start this journey with you! We have waited for such a long time to begin our family and feel like we have come close so many times before. Six years ago, Karen gave birth to a little girl who was premature at 27 weeks. Sadly, she was with us for only 7 glorious weeks until she passed away. We have been given an overflowing amount of love, nurturing spirits, and fun-loving personalities that we can’t wait to pour out onto your child. We are truly honored that you are considering us to be adoptive parents, and after reading through our profile, hope that you find that we are a perfect match for you! We are already so grateful for you and want to personally say thank you. We wish nothing but the best! Sincerely, Andrew and Karen
We are a fun and lively couple! We met each other eight years ago (2008) in the airport terminal in Seattle, Washington. Despite our disagreement on this fact, Karen was the first one to spark a conversation! Once we boarded the plane, Andrew switched seats with another gentleman to sit next to this little firecracker (AKA…..Karen)! The entire three hour flight went by full of conversation and word search puzzles. When the flight reached its’ destination, we both went our separate ways. An entire week went by until the first phone call was made and here we are today, still sparking the conversation and taking every chance we can to hang out with one another. Andrew is a member of the US Army and Karen is his supportive side kick. Being in the military allows us all kinds of great opportunities including meeting new and interesting people, traveling and always having family friendly functions to attend. We’ve had the great pleasure of not only traveling, but living in more than one country. Karen is a jack of all trades. She volunteers just about anywhere she can; whether it is as the administrative assistant on the executive board within her bible study, leading a bible study or taking a friend to the airport. Karen is also currently attending graduate school online to obtain her Master’s in Counseling. After the devastating heartbreak of our daughter passing away and everything else that happened, Karen started coming along with Andrew to church. Our priorities shifted and we started to look at the more important things in life. We really feel as though having a family is in the plan for us, we just need to find the path. We truly feel that adoption is the direction we need to go to start our family.
We live in a little, safe and quiet housing community that is tucked away down in a valley. Neighbors here are very friendly and often offer an occasional chat when passing by. Children are always playing outside with their friends. Our home lies off of a private drive, slightly revealing the creek behind the fence line. Many clear and calm nights are spent outside hanging out after an evening of grilling. The creek adds to the charm and character of the neighborhood, allowing many residents the peace and tranquility it brings. We find that living on the corner and having only one direct neighbor adds to that tranquility. Down the street from our housing community is a large park, equipped with a playground, tennis courts, and a basketball court. Being an active duty Army family, we really enjoy the fact that the neighborhood (as tucked away as it is) is close to the military base. This allows for cultural diversity. Many military families choose this neighborhood because of this closeness to the base, which allows for people from different cultures to come together.
Our Extended Family
Even though being in the military provides us opportunities that we might not have ever had, it does come with its challenges as well. Visiting family is sometimes a struggle. The holidays look very different than if we were within driving distance to family. However, we make the most of it! We have adopted the military mentality of creating a very large extended family through the friendships in which we form. Every military installation that we have been, we have involved ourselves in various social groups….such as Bible studies and church organizations that have become like family to us. We all gather together for the various holiday celebrations when we cannot be with our own family. When we are able to visit with parents, in laws, and cousins, we make sure to have a great time! We feel so blessed with parents and extended family that we tend to forget that we are both only children!
Our Family Traditions
When we are far away from family, we are able to create new couple traditions or even implement our family traditions within gathered social groups. Christmas time always comes with an evergreen tree and lots of wonderful decorations to bring joy and cheer to the home. Karen grew up always being taken by her parents to see the various Christmas lights throughout their community neighborhoods. Andrew would go out with his family to his grandmother’s house and have a Christmas Eve dinner. Then, because his father worked on Christmas as a firefighter, they would go home and open presents. Other holidays come with either romantic evenings out or office get-together's. We also cannot forget the decorations that Karen loves to place around the house! We can’t wait to create some new family traditions while at the same time implementing some of our own!
What Led Us To Adoption
In 2010, Andrew and I were pregnant and so excited! Our daughter, Grace, was born premature at 27 weeks gestation where she was immediately placed in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We loved on her so much! We felt like our hopes and dreams of having a family were coming to a screeching halt when her little body and lungs weren’t developing in the way they should have been. We had to say good bye to Grace just after seven weeks and three days. We were devastated and heartbroken. How could this have been the plan God had for us? A couple of years later and in a foreign country, we were pregnant again and this time felt like it was going to be better! Well, after just twelve weeks gestation, I developed a few blood clots inside my uterus and the doctor was forced to remove the fetus. Heartbroken again, Andrew and I decided to relax a little bit and take a step away from trying to conceive. After moving to Hawaii a little over a year ago, we decided to start trying again, but with the help of infertility specialists. Despite having no luck, I feel like God is telling me that it’s time for a baby! I think that I have been putting all of my hope and desire into the wrong place. Adoption is a place full of the love and joy children bring and Andrew and I are ready to share ours!