State of Residence: Minnesota
Children already in family: None
Type of work:
Chelsie – Business Analyst
Kat – Legal Secretary in Patent Litigation
BA from Gustavus Adolphus College
Major: Financial Economics
BS from University of WI – Stevens Point
Major: Youth Programming and Camp Management
Minors: Environmental Education; Spanish
We are a Minneapolis family who can’t wait for summers to go kayaking and biking around Lake Harriet, get excited for winters to snowshoe down the trails of Minnehaha Falls, and welcome rainy days to stay inside to read and watch movies. Our newest hobby is taking aerial arts classes.
Plans for Working and/or Daycare: Kat plans to be a stay-at-home mom.
Ethnicity of Child Open to: Any
Plans for Number of Children: 2 or 3
Pets: A lab mix named Flint
We met the summer of 2010 when we worked together at a camp for people with disabilities in Wisconsin. That summer, Chelsie was the dorm leader and Kat was the ropes course and climbing wall director. Throughout the summer, we learned each others’ strengths and weaknesses and how to depend on each other to get through the hard times and celebrate the good. When camp ended, we both knew we couldn’t let the other get away and finally made our relationship official. Now, six years later, we are excited to expand our family through adoption.
About Kat by Chelsie:
Kat has an amazing singing voice. Every week after church I wait for someone to turn around and compliment her (rarely does it not happen). When I first met her, she introduced me to a world of adventure sports; biking, kayaking, and rock climbing. Her confidence is what first attracted me to her and is still one of the many things I admire about her.
About Chelsie by Kat:
Chelsie is a charismatic person who loves to be the center of attention when with her friends. She just wants to make people laugh and smile. I have never met anyone who doesn’t like her. Even kids flock to her – especially my nephew, who doesn’t always warm up quickly to others. Chelsie has a special way of making others feel loved and appreciated and I can always count on her to make a bad day better.
From Both of Us:
“When my kids were born, I made two prayers. One, that they would be healthy. Two, that they would be happy.” These words were spoken to us at our wedding by Chelsie’s father. They are the same prayers that we have for our future children. We hope to instill in them an active lifestyle, a love for the outdoors, and a sense of purpose while being surrounded by family and friends that love them.
When it comes to open adoption, we can’t say we know all the answers, but we are excited to meet you and discover the possibilities of what open adoption means. We are open to providing pictures and letters as well as talking about what visits could look like if you are interested.
Although we are not parenting yet, we aim to be involved parents who are nurturing and accepting. Kat even hopes to be a stay at home mother in the future. We aim to avoid over-scheduling, refrain from being overprotective, and to take into account the goals and desires of our children when setting expectations for behavior and success.
We will provide consistent support and guidance as our children grow to teach them independence, self-worth, and compassion for others. We hope that our standards for behavior are clear by providing positive encouragement and natural consequences.
We wish you the best in your decision and if you choose to parent, congratulations! We couldn’t be happier for you.