Gary + Krissa
We want you to know that before even meeting you that we believe in you. We believe you are strong, courageous, selfless, and you are worthy. We want to reassure you that we will be the very best parents we can be to your baby. We will spend the rest of our lives loving, teaching, and raising our child to be the very best person that they can be. And we will never let them forget how brave and loving you are.
We cannot begin to understand how you are feeling as you consider placing your child for adoption. We know you have had to make some really tough and life-altering choices. We know heartache and loss and that when you go through hard times, they seem to consume you and it feels that they may go on forever. We can also say that from our life experiences, these times, and these feelings, don't go on forever. These experiences that we go through will always be a part of us, as they shape us into who we are today.
We were high school sweethearts! We dated for five years and then went separate ways. Gary got married and had a daughter, Rylee. Gary's first marriage didn't work out and they divorced when Rylee was four years old. Our paths crossed again about six months later. It was really as if we never missed a beat! We were married a year later in 2010. Our wedding song was, "God Blessed the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts. It was destiny that we were able to rekindle the love we had when we were younger. We have been married almost 10 years, this September. We love each other. We love the Lord. We love our family, especially Rylee, and we love when we get to spend time with her. We love being at home with all of our animals and relaxing outdoors.
Really, the thing we most enjoy about our life is being together. It is such a blessing and a relief to be able to come home to a place every day and just be with your people. In our case our people are a lot of animals too! We can't wait to add to our family through adoption! It has been a long road, but we are excited and thankful to have an outlet to connect us to you.
We started trying to add to our family shortly after we got married. We had problems from the beginning and lost several pregnancies. We tried IVF (in vitro fertilization) in 2013, and it worked! We were pregnant with two baby boys, Benjamin and Gavin. However, at six months, I developed pre-eclampsia and we lost our sons.
We have had many years to grieve, heal, and to pray. We feel happy and blessed that God allowed us to be their parents, even if it was just for a tiny bit.
We are ready to welcome a new child into our lives! We love kids. We didn't grow up in large families, but we want to experience the love and joy that children will bring to our family. We have so much love to give a child, and we have loving families too. We are both blessed with good jobs that will help us provide for a growing family, and also allow us freedom to be with our family and enjoy our time off. We are so excited to grow our family! We have so many more memories to make in the future, and that gives us hope.
I work in the oil field watching over wells and the production. During my time off I try to make time to relax and have fun. It's important to me to keep time set aside to spend with my family. I enjoy going out and spending the day with my wife, kayaking, fishing, playing golf, or walking at the lake. We love adventures, big and small. I'm excited to add a child to our life to share our love of the outdoors. I want to teach someone about the things I love to do, while helping my child figure out what things they love to do.
I work at a hospital on the trauma/surgical/orthopedic floor as a registered nurse. I also teach students that are about to graduate from nursing school all about our floor and what it takes to be a nurse. I love sharing my enthusiasm and passion for nursing. Being a nurse is stressful at times, and there are definitely tough days, but I have a job where I help people. I don't just help people recover physically, but there are moments when people just need a little extra compassion and I love being there for them in those moments. Both of my grandmas were in health care, one also a nurse and one as a paramedic. They were my inspirations to become a nurse too. They both had the biggest hearts, opening their arms and doors to anyone that needed a little help. I love my family. I am proud of the country dirt roads I grew up on and had many of my fondest memories growing up on the farm with my grandparents and cousins. We fished and walked the river, played on cotton bales, and ran around with all the animals on the farm. I want my children to be able to experience these things, too.
Rylee is Gary's daughter from his first marriage and Krissa's stepdaughter. She turned 16 in April (speaking of how time flies!). She lives with her mother but spends a lot of time at the house with us. She visits mostly two weekends a month and lots of holidays as well. We enjoy the summers when she stays with us. Rylee loves animals so we visit places like zoos and aquariums. She loves music, and of course, spending time with her friends. She is already making plans for college!
We love our animals! We have two dogs, Annie and Lilly. Annie is a border collie and Bassett hound mix (she was free at a yard sale), and she is hands-down the sweetest dog with the kindest soul you'll ever meet!
Lillybell is a Boston terrier with a whole lot of spunk! She is only three years old. They both love to go on the boat while we go fishing. We also have a cat named Tommy. Tommy is one of five kitties I rescued while I was going through nursing school. I bottle fed them all and they all survived! Tommy is the last one of them we have around here. Rylee recently moved a new cat into town named Pablo. He's an ornery kitty, but cute.
Pico is a pineapple green-cheeked conure (like a mini parrot). We've had Pico for about five years. He is a fancy boy and he knows it! He likes to go outside when it is warm, and he loves singing with the other wild birds. He likes music and can say a few words.
And then we have our goats! As we mentioned earlier, Rylee has always loved animals. She went through a stage where she loved parrots and would draw them and research all about them, so enter Pico. We all love to watch goats, and we have enough land at the house for them so we decided we would give goat farming a try.
We live in a home on the outskirts of town right outside the city limits. We have space between houses, but are close enough to enjoy knowing our neighbors and being part of a close-knit neighborhood. Our house is on more than six acres of land so we have plenty of yard space and places to visit and spend time together. And of course plenty of room for the goats! We have a swimming pool and backyard patio to hang out during the summer with family and friends. We spend almost every evening in spring, summer, and fall in the yard! We water flowers, swing golf clubs, work on crafts, watch the dogs play, and enjoy being together!
There are so many memories we are looking forward to making! We want to make new traditions for the holidays like Santa at Christmas, Elf on the shelf, Christmas candy/movie countdowns and more. We always wake up early and go to grandparents Christmas morning to see what Santa brought everyone. We always celebrate other holidays and birthdays together with our families, too. We enjoy cooking together, playing games, grilling outdoors. We can't wait to have children of our own to make these dreams become our life!
Together, we want to thank you for taking time to learn about us. We know you have a lot of things weighing heavy on your mind and on your heart. Take your time. Pray and ask God for answers, or if you don't pray give yourself time to reflect. We hope you will feel confident in the choice you make.
Love, prayers and air-hugs to you for now.
-Krissa & Gary
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