Kandace & Kenya

You have created the most precious gift that God has and unselfishly chosen to share that gift with us. Words alone cannot explain how grateful, thankful and blessed we are to have this opportunity. You are brave, kind, and loving to want a different life for your child that you cannot give them at this moment. We recognize that this is not an easy decision but one that you are making for all of the right reasons in the best interest of your child. You exhibit all the qualities of a great parent, putting your child and their needs before those of your own. We are forever grateful for you.

The Story of Kandace & Kenya

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We met in the Spring of 1997 at the University of Southern Mississippi. Kenya was working as a library student worker and Kandace came in looking for a particular book. She couldn't locate it on her own so she asked for Kenya's help. He showed her where to find the book and asked her name, she said Kandace and he said that was his sister's name as well. We became fast friends from that one conversation, Kandace finished college the following year and Kenya went on to the join the US Air Force. We always kept in touch as we were good friends. We began to date in 2016 and Kandace invited Kenya to come to Georgia to visit to see how our chemistry would be in person between us and Khylan, Kandace's son from a previous marriage. We all got along great and had the best of times together. It's funny how we can overlook the great things that God has placed right in front of us the entire time. Later that year Kenya proposed on Kandace's birthday (did we mention that our birthdays are exactly one week apart) and we were married in July of 2017. We both love the beach so we planned a beach wedding in Mississippi, it was a destination wedding including all of our closest friends and family, about 150 people. The weather did not agree so we ended up bringing the wedding inside but we still had the beach front view which was gorgeous. After the wedding, Kandace and Khylan moved to Texas and this has been the best relationship of both of our lives. We've known and been the best of friends for so long that it seems we've been married a lifetime because we know each other so well. We all have so much love for one another (as Kenya has known Khylan, our son, his entire life).

Why We're Here

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Kenya has no biological children and Khylan has always wanted a sibling, we have such love for children we knew we wanted to grow our family immediately. We went to a fertility specialist and it was determined that IVF was our best chance at having a biological child. We went through the IVF procedures as partners, as we are in everything we do. It was a long and painful journey, and was ultimately unsuccessful. We couldn't understand how God had allowed this to happen to us as we prayed to him to grow our family. Then one day we were at the grocery store and we looked up as we felt someone starring at us, it was this little boy who was with parents obviously not his biological ones. He looked at us as if to say, "why couldn't you two be my parents?" It seemed every aisle we went on, this little boy happened to be on it as well. We didn't say anything in the store but as soon as we got in our car we both said together "DID YOU SEE THAT LITTLE BOY?" It was then that we knew God's plan to grow our family, was through adoption as it's not simply about us, but helping others as well. That was 2 years ago and that little boy has never left our minds, every time we share the story we tear up thinking about how he looked at us. We would love to be able to tell him the impact that he had on us and our lives from that quick but life changing encounter. We cannot wait for the opportunity to pay it forward by giving a child the opportunity that the little boy afforded us. It's our life's journey to provide a gift that keeps on giving.

Meet Kandace

I am Kandace, I love my name as I adore candy. I also love the fact that my name is spelled with a K as I always want to be unique, a leader and not a follower. I love having fun and a great time, one of my favorite hobbies is dancing, it's been like that since I was 4 years old. A commercial with a jingle cannot come on that I don't sway to the beat, it's impossible for me to hear any beat and not move that includes anything from someone hammering, while listening to hymnals in church, to a concert. I love going to live music concerts as well, festivals and farmers markets are my jam! I'm very organized, I try to keep those around me that way as well. I work as an Accountant but not the typical one, as although I'm serious when I need to be, I also have a silly side as well.Another one of my favorite things is giving back and doing community services, I'm a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and that's a huge reason of why I chose to join this sorority because of the community services that they support. I also do my own individual community service by volunteering an entire summer at the Boys and Girls Club in my hometown, I love children so much and want to help each and every one of them that I can. I honestly and genuinely love helping others and giving back to my community. It's simply a part of my personality, I never meet a stranger. I'm a multitasker and doer the "get things done girl" in my family. I'm always in charge of the family events and making sure everything is done properly, runs smoothly and on done on time. I'm kind and giving, I will give my last to any one in need, If I feel I can do something to make you smile, I'll do it, simple as that. I'm a well-rounded down to earth kinda of girl. I love my family and friends and they love me.

Meet Kenya

I am Kenya, husband of Kandace, the most amazing wife and mother. I am the oldest of four siblings and the only son. I always had to be an example and set standards. Having three little sisters made me feel like Superman because they thought there wasn't anything that I couldn't do. Realizing that I played an important impact on my sisters, after high school I decided to further my education by going to college and majoring in mechanical engineering. I didn't complete college, but I didn't let it stop me from completing my education. Immediately after leaving college, I enlisted in the United States Air Force where I began a career in Heavy Equipment. I got an opportunity to travel the world and observe different cultures. Some of the many places I traveled are Spain, Germany, Kuwait, Iraq and Italy.While in the Air Force I trained as a fireman and took up Hazmat training. After leaving the military, I began a career on the railroad. I have worked for the railroad for over 14 years now as a heavy equipment operator. My main responsibilities are replacing and building tracks to keep the nation's infrastructure moving. My time served in the military helped enhance my ability to be a leader. My being a leader and having a compassion to help children led me to become a mentor for teens at my church. This is a very rewarding position knowing that you have the opportunity to shape and effect youth lives in a positive way.To sum me up I feel I am self driven, fun loving, family oriented person and who cares about others and always willing to lend a helping hand.

Meet Khylan

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Khylan is a laid-back child, nothing gets him too excited or too upset. He's always wanted to be a big brother as he has several friends and cousins with brothers and or sisters and he's the only one that's an only child. He's on the middle school football team and plays the position of linebacker, a defensive position, which explains a lot of Khylan's personality. He doesn't want the limelight, just to get the job done - and the win. They went undefeated this year for the third straight year, so he was very proud of that. He worked very hard academically this year and his English/Language teacher named him her best student, and we were all very proud of him! Khylan has lots of friends and enjoys playing video games and card games such as UNO. He also enjoys caring for our pets. His favorite thing to do is visit our family in Mississippi, his "Nana", (grandmother), is his favorite person in the whole world.

Our Pets

We have two dogs! Kashmere, "Kash" is our 6 year old all chocolate Shih Tzu. This is Khylan's dog that we have had since Kash was 8 weeks old. He has a sweet demeanor, is very lovable, and likes to sit in your lap. Our other dog is Kayjah! She is our 3 year old Yorkie. She thinks she runs the show and anything and everyone belongs to her. She is very protective of her family and has lots of energy for playing which she always loves to do. She's a true sweetheart though! She loves to give kisses and curl up in your lap for a quick nap. We have two turtles Kardi B and Kylie we've had since they were babies. They are 3 now and we keep them in an aquarium where they swim around.

Home Sweet Home

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We live in a 3,000 square foot 4 bedroom 3 bath home that is in a multicultural subdivision close enough where Khylan walks home from school. We have a media room with a theatre size screen for watching movies as well as an open play area upstairs. We have a huge backyard where we have lots of barbeques and seafood boils. There is a park right down the street from our house where Khylan plays basketball, rides his hover board, there's a playground for smaller children. We also have a clubhouse and pool in our subdivision. We attend church about 15 minutes from our home. We enjoy living here because it's safe, quiet and close enough to shopping and we can get to the places we need to rather quickly. We would love to raise another child here as they can experience attending greats schools, superb opportunities, they'll see a multi culture community and lots of space to play while feeling safe.

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