Thank you so much for letting us introduce ourselves and tell you about our family. We are Kim and Don, and we’re grateful that you are considering an adoption plan. The two of us met in 1995 and married in 1997. At the beginning of our relationship, we learned to overcome the challenges of a long distance relationship as our meeting was weeks before the end of Don’s time in the U.S. Navy. It was Fourth of July weekend, with Don’s ship visiting Santa Barbara for the holiday and Kim enjoying time off from work.
Somehow, we found ourselves playing pool at a local restaurant at tables across from each other. Kim recalls Don running after her when she was leaving the restaurant to ask if she wanted to join him for a game; Don remembers walking quickly and not running at all! It was a whirlwind romance for those first few weeks, and included Don’s first visit to Disneyland. It was great fun, and we knew our meeting was something special, we wanted to spend as much time as possible together before Don was to move back to New Zealand in a few short months. The time apart was difficult, but frequent letters and phone calls kept us close. After 10 months apart, Don moved back to the U.S. and we began our lives together!
The two of us soon discovered a shared love of travel and exploring new places. As a couple, we enjoyed taking scenic drives close to home and exploring walking paths in local parks and beaches. The area around Santa Barbara reminded Don of the beautiful scenery he had grown up with in New Zealand.
Our journey to becoming parents included many challenges. Kim’s first pregnancy in 2006 came after years of trying to build a family, yet sadly it ended with miscarriage. Despite this loss, we remained optimistic and supportive of one another; our prayers were finally answered the following year with a successful second pregnancy and our son Lachlan was born in 2007. He is an active, intelligent and beautiful boy who longs to be a big brother.
As parents, it was important to us to instill that love of travel and seeking out new places to our child. There’s always an air of excitement as we plan the next family adventure, whether a long weekend close to home or a longer vacation abroad.
Our family lives in a beautiful suburb of Los Angeles close to other members of our extended family. The area is safe and family friendly, and allows us to enjoy many wonderful activities as a family. Living close to our extended family allows us to get together regularly for dinners, birthdays and holidays, and spending an afternoon in Grandma’s swimming pool with Kim’s sister, brother in law and friends.
Our home is very comfortable, and we have great multiple use spaces. Lachlan does his homework at our dining room table. The kitchen’s oversized doorway connecting it to the dining room makes prepping meals and helping with homework a breeze. The two bedrooms in our home are very large, and each has its own bathroom. We have more than enough space in the master bedroom for the baby’s crib. There are many large windows to let in lots of natural light. Lachlan is anxiously awaiting the day he gets to share his bedroom with his brother or sister. While we love our home, we are realistic that we will need a third bedroom by the time our new family member grows to be a toddler.
The room we spend most of our time together is our family room. It has Don’s home office space, a fireplace with a raised hearth that Lachlan likes to use as a stage, and our entertainment center with television and game console. Playing Lego Marvel Superheroes is one of our favorite activities as a family, and we interact more that just watching TV. Kim follows tips for the game online, while Don and Lachlan play the game and trade off the superhero characters. The decorations in our home consist mostly of photos and special finds from our travels, Lachlan’s school pictures, and items passed to us from family.
As a family, we like to keep ourselves busy with a variety of activities, especially the ones we can enjoy together; exploring the parks and botanical gardens close to home, hiking various trails in the nearby foothills, and, most recently, camping with the Cub Scouts. Lachlan has been taking ice hockey lessons and is becoming a good skater, and Kim loves getting on the ice with him for a friendly race. Don enjoys teaching Lachlan how to pass and kick a rugby ball, and it keeps him in practice for next season.
Don is a self-employed General Contractor specializing in home remodels and also runs his own residential home inspection company; he enjoys educating new home buyers about having a safe and well-maintained home. Being self-employed has allowed Don to have a flexible schedule for Lachlan’s school commitments and after school activities.
Kim works in the legal department for a large Los Angeles based investment company. Her responsibilities include ensuring all employees of the organization are in compliance with the company’s Code of Ethics and regulatory policies. Her office is close to home and allows for flexibility in her schedule.
In 2013, our family added a rescue dog named Bella. As parents, we felt strongly that we wanted our child to have the opportunity and responsibility of loving a pet. Bella and Lachlan have become fast friends and are very protective of each other.
As a couple we are very focused on lots of quality family time, we enjoy building memories with Lachlan, whether it is travelling and recording our trip in a photo journal or just teaching Bella a new trick. We are very conscious of bolstering Lachlan’s self confidence, while ensuring he maintains his sweet and caring demeanor.
The two of us feel extremely fortunate to have a joyful, loving family and look forward to having another precious little one in our home. We are eager to share our love with another child and our family and friends are waiting to love a new baby and to support them every step of the way. Be assured that your child will be raised in an environment full of love.
As parents, we take a common sense approach and consider ourselves very capable, competent parents, and will do our best to teach, provide positive guidance and encouragement for the passions and dreams your child will develop. We are committed to loving your child unconditionally while providing a secure and happy home. In addition, we are open to the adoption plan that feels right to you. We will respect the level of openness that you are comfortable with and your child will always know the love that you have for him or her. You will always have a special place in our family’s hearts.
Thank you for taking the time to consider us as parents for your baby. Please be assured that your child will know that you love them beyond measure as well as the care you showed in finding the very best home for him or her.
Kim and Don