Grant + Kimberly
We were both born and raised in Texas. We met 18 years ago, when we were in college. We started dating soon after we met and knew early on that we would end up together. We were married 3 years later. We both come from families that are very close, so we have always wanted kids. Family is extremely important to us. We adopted our first child, Ian through Gladney 3 years ago. He has been the greatest addition to our family and such a joy. We cannot believe what a blessing he is everyday. We are very thankful for the gift of adoption. After going through a forth painful miscarriage, we have decide that we will no longer try to have biological children. This was a difficult decision that we both have grieved but we are to thankful for the gift of adoption. We are excited to start the adoption process again. We are looking forward to seeing what special child God has planned for our family.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read through this profile. We are thrilled to introduce you to our story, our family, our passions and our dream of becoming parents. It is with great joy that we look forward to welcoming a child into our home and family through adoption.
We have long felt an affinity toward the idea of adoption. We both grew up alongside several adopted family members. We believe that adoption is a beautiful picture of the way through which God welcomes us into His family. After trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for a few years, we decided to start the adoption process rather than pursue fertility treatment. We now know that God has called us to adopt, and we cannot wait to meet the child He has chosen for us.
We want you to know that we are thinking of you as you make this important decision. We believe that you are so brave and strong. We know that you want what is best for your child. There is so much we want to share with you to help you choose the right family for your child, but more than anything else we want you to know how much we admire your strength and respect your choice.
Grant and Kimberly
What Kimberly has to say about Grant
Grant is a devoted and hands-on dad! He is fun-loving and always the life of the party. Grant is caring and loving and loves to be with people. He enjoys traveling and learning about history, places and cultures. His favorite sport is basketball which he loves to watch and play. Grant and Ian play basketball together almost everyday. Grant has always loved children. He loves to invent games, songs and rhymes. He has really enjoyed becoming a dad and I enjoy watching what a patient and attentive parent he has become.
What Grant Has to Say About Kimberly
Kimberly was born to be a Mom. She loves kids, and interacts with them every chance she gets! Whether at church or out in public, I will often notice Kimberly smiling as she watches children at play and activity; their personalities bring her so much joy! As a children's minister, Kimberly excelled in understanding child development and made it her goal to create and adapt programs and Bible lesson plans to effectively engage the minds of each and every child. She is so creative & has such a knack for cooking, baking, decorating, party planning, crafting, scrapbooking, and sewing, and loves to share these interests & create memories with Ian. Kimberly is also quite ambitious, adventurous, and courageous; never afraid to take on new challenges. Lastly, she is so kind and pure of heart. Her children will never doubt her love and loyalty.
We have one child, Ian. He is three years old. He is smart, curious, and very loving. He loves to play basketball, run fast, and he likes to sing. He loves to go outside and play in the backyard, and is at times quite fearless. We love to end each day as a family rocking together, singing "Jesus Loves Me" and then reading books before bed. He plays well with his friends at church and at daycare. He is tender-hearted and will be a great big brother when that day arrives!
Our Pup Gilly
Our Sweet Gilly Boy has brought us so much joy over the past 9 years. He has been a constant companion. We could have not asked for a more gentle, affectionate and obedient little dog. Gilly loves blankets, a warm lap, and chasing squirrels. He and Ian get along really well and enjoy playing and cuddling. He especially enjoys cleaning up after Ian's snacks!
My family is very close and we love spending time together. My mother is a retired Kindergarten teacher. She loves to read with children, make crafts and bake. My father is a retired pastor and he now enjoys being a rancher on his property. He enjoys working with tools and fishing. I am the oldest of two children. My brother Michael is a high school baseball coach and he has been married to his wife Blaine for 7 years and they are expecting their first child. We often get together at our parent's ranch. It is a peaceful retreat and we love to make memories together - like riding in DanDan's mule around the property. GranGran and DanDan, love Ian so much. They look forward to every one of his visits and always have fun activities planned. They are looking forward to adding more grandchildren to the family.
I also have a very large extended family. We do not live close, but we cherish our times together. My fondest family memories include: watching the movie White Christmas every Christmas eve, marching in the Roundtop, TX 4th of July parade, and having Christmas cookie contests with my cousins.
My family is one tight-knit group! As an only child, I received all my parent's love and attention, and thus remain very close to them to this day. My parents have supported each and every one of my life decisions and endeavors; often making great sacrifices to do so. Throughout our marriage, they have loved, cherished, and spoiled Kimberly as well; for which I am most thankful. We meet up with them for dinner regularly, and occasionally take trips together. Pops and Gigi love being grandparents. They stop by and see Ian every chance that they get. They love to play with him and take him on outings like to the petting zoo or to see Christmas lights. They are so excited to welcome another little one into the family.
We are very close to my extended family, and regularly get together for game nights and parties. My fondest family memories include: wrestling with my Dad on the living room floor, rooting on our local sports teams every Thanksgiving Day over a homemade feast, and spending summers at my grandparent's house.
Faith and Parenting
Our faith stories are quite similar. In our high school years, we both individually counted the costs of following Jesus and surrendered to a life of serving God in vocational ministry. We each have worked on church staffs and served in the roll of Children's minister and Youth Minister. Because of this calling, we are very passionate about training the future generation to know and love God.
The greatest goal of our lives is to love Him and love others and we will happily raise our children to do the same. We both love being a part of a wonderful local church and we love to serve our community through service projects, mission trips and meeting new people. It has been so much fun to do these activities with our first adopted child, Ian and to teach them how to put other people first and to share God's love. We look forward to continuing this legacy with another child entering our family.
We want our children to understand the unconditional love of God and his perfect character. We do this by praying as a family before meals, reading Bible stories to our child and talking about how God is revealing Himself to them and leading them. As teachers of the Bible ourselves, we long for teachable moments that life provides, discovering with our children God's glory and goodness in everything. We will be an active part of our children's spiritual growth.
Our church community is very diverse. It is full of people from many racial backgrounds as well as many adopted and foster children. Our community has been so excited and supportive of us through the adoption of Ian and since we announced our desire to adopt again. We know that our children will feel loved, accepted and find many friendships as he/she grows up in our faith community.
We cannot possibly imagine everything you have been through to this point and all you are feeling right now. Your adoption plan is the most generous gift anyone could receive.
We will honor this miracle by always making the best interest of our child our first priority in everything we do. We will raise our child in an environment where he or she knows and feels the unconditional love of Jesus, our love as his adoptive family, and your love as his or her birth parent.
Our child will always feel accepted, appreciated, and safe in our family. We want our child to know, from the beginning, of the special way he or she came into our lives. We will always celebrate your amazing gift and our child's unique family heritage. You will always be our child's mother and we will raise him or her to know you and think of you that way.