About US...

Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile. Here's a little about us!
Our story may vary slightly depending on who you ask….But for the sake of time, we’ll just say that the first time that we “officially” met was at a mutual friend’s ugly Christmas sweater party right before Brad went home to Calgary for the holidays. Soon after he got back into town, we went on our first date.

We have always dreamed of having a big family and can't wait to add another little one.

It was unlike any other date that either of us had been on. Both of us like to tease and the banter throughout the night was different than with anyone we’d ever met. At one point in our conversation there was a moment of silence, in which I thought it was a good idea to ask Brad how many people were in his family. His response was “No.”.. I was like, “Excuse me?!?” Apparently, that was too serious of a question for the first date! And he never did answer that question...at least for a few more dates after that!

We dated for almost a year before we were married. And from the moment we were married we were both excited to start trying to expand our family right away. While things didn’t work out exactly the way we planned, we’d have to say they worked out better. After years of infertility, we were led to adoption and that is when we were chosen by Maverick’s birth mother to be his parents. Adoption is a beautiful thing. The amount of love Maverick's birth mother had, to give him a life that she couldn’t, is the most selfless thing either of us have ever witnessed. We were both changed by her choice to give him life and to place him in our care. Maverick will always know where he came from, and even at his young age we have already started telling him that he didn’t grow in mommy’s tummy, but in M’s tummy. She made us parents and gave us the chance to take care of her beautiful baby boy. Since that day, we have always had adoption on our minds and hoping for the chance to be chosen again.

Exactly 3 months after we brought Maverick home, we found out about our second miracle. We were pregnant with our sweet little Scarlett. We had been pregnant 6 other times before this one, but for some miraculous reason this one stuck. It's crazy how much can change in such a short amount of time, but the only way to describe it is an absolute miracle. Watching our kids get older, we can see how much they both needed each other and how much we’ve needed them. Having 2 kids ten and a half months apart is kind of insane, but we wouldn’t have had it any other way. We have always dreamed of having a big family and cannot wait to add another little one.
We keep each other smiling through the good and the tough times.

We keep each other smiling through the good and the tough times.

WHAT WE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT EACH OTHER...

KATIE (in Brad's words)

Katie wears her heart on her sleeve. She is passionate and not afraid to put her feelings on the line. I remember talking to my roommate about Katie right before we got engaged, and even then I knew Katie would love me unconditionally for the rest of my life.

But seriously, if I could bottle up her laugh and sell it, I would be a millionaire… it’s that adorable and infectious!

She’s extremely loyal to those around her and is always concerned about others more than herself.

Katie is an amazing wife and mom! While she’s considered going back to work many times since having kids, she can’t imagine not being with them everyday, especially after all the years of waiting for them to be a part of our lives. She even misses them like crazy after being separated for even just a day. The kids and I love her sense of humor, her contagious laugh and her authenticity. But seriously, if I could bottle up her laugh and sell it, I would be a millionaire… it’s that adorable and infectious! The same can be said about her singing voice. For the first 2 years of both Maverick and Scarlett’s lives, Katie would sing them a song goodnight which helped calm them down and build a loving bond.

Katie is very hard working and takes pride in what she does. When she was a hairdresser, she also learned to be a friend, a confidant, a therapist and a listener. She was loyal to her clients and extremely good at her job. Just as she took pride in her job, she takes pride in raising our kids - from playing games, reading books, and teaching many life skills to loving, caring and protecting them day in and day out. It’s no wonder both of our kids are way ahead of the curve on their vocabulary, talking and telling stories, singing and even using their imagination.


BRAD (in Katie's words)

From the moment I took Brad home to meet my family for the first time I knew he was going to be an awesome dad. Within minutes he was tossing my nieces and nephews around and having fun with them. Since we've had kids, he is still that same fun loving guy. The moment he walks in the door from work both of our kids are running to him and begging to be tickled, chased around the kitchen, or thrown up in the air. Its amazing that even at the end of a long day he can find release of the pressures of his job by playing with his kids. He is a very hands on dad and husband, and from day one he has always shared in the not so fun tasks; like changing diapers and doing the dishes.

Brad is a very hard worker, I have never doubted him being able to take care of me or our family. He's very motivated and is not a quitter. Something that always catches me by surprise is even if I give him a list of things to do at home, he won't stop until all the things are crossed off the list.  Even if I try and convince him that not all of the things need to get done right that second he still is insistent that he needs to finish that list! I see this quality not only at home, but also at work and with his church calling. Even when things are hard and less than pleasurable to do, he finishes everything he sets his mind to.

Brad is very patient, loving, and always puts our needs above his own. Brad is also always trying to teach these qualities to our children. He has a love for others without judgment and he literally would give the shirt off his back if he thought someone needed it more than him. He is constantly sacrificing his time and things that he wants for the needs of our family and for others. In my mind that truly is what love is and Brad radiates that.
They love each other...most days!!

They love each other...most days!!

OUR KIDDOS...

MAVERICK

Maverick is a very passionate little boy. He finds something he likes and he obsesses over it. Take for instance his Halloween costume.

One of the funniest things is when you don’t see anyone, but you hear Maverick scream and then Scarlett’s cute chunky little feet pattering the floor as Maverick chases her because she stole one of his toys!

We bought his costume 2 months before Halloween and he has been a fireman more days than we can count. Even since Halloween he asks, “Can I be a fireman today?” We just laugh at the looks we get at the grocery store or at the gym, but he is unapologically himself and that’s what we love about him.

Maverick is very smart. Since even before he was 2 years old he could not only sing his alphabet, but also pick out the letters and count to ten. He loves to sing though and has now since started making up his own songs. Mav loves to talk and he will talk your ears off! If you make eye contact with him, watch out, because he will talk and talk and talk! From the moment we go get him out of bed in the morning he is telling you about his cars or talking about construction vehicles. One day we were driving down the road and Brad said “Hey Mav, look at that excavator” (because he loves construction vehicles), and he responded with, “that’s not an excavator, that’s a backhoe!” We were shocked and could only respond with “touché, Mav!” (as if we know the difference?!)

Maverick is all boy and loves balls, sticks, dirt, and making anything into a sword. We have since had to hide all things resembling a sword or ban all sticks to stay outside. But we love watching his imagination flourish and the crazy things he thinks up. He is definitely a class clown and will do anything for a laugh!


SCARLETT

Scarlett is our little miss sass. She is only 2 but opinionated about everything, and must do everything on her own. We are always getting in trouble for opening her banana, or breaking her graham cracker into squares instead of letting her do it herself. Her most common phrase is “No my do it!” She’d change her own diaper if you'd let her!

Scarlett is also very fun and playful. She loves to tease her brother. One of the funniest things is when you don’t see anyone, but you hear Maverick scream and then Scarlett’s cute chunky little feet pattering the floor as Maverick chases her because she stole one of his toys!

Scarlett’s favorite color changes daily. For a while every night she had to have blue socks on. We would try to put any other color on her and she would say.. “Not white! Not white!” or “Not pink, Not pink!”. We had to start putting her socks on in the dark so she wouldn’t see what color she actually got. Scarlett is a momma’s girl, through and through. Don’t get us wrong, she loves playing with daddy, especially when he chases her or tickles her, but more often than not she is chasing mom throughout the house demanding for her to pick her up. And If Katie is sitting on the couch or sitting anywhere really, Scarlett finds her way into her lap usually with a baby doll of her own.
We couldn’t be more excited about adoption!

We couldn’t be more excited about adoption!

OUR FAMILY...

Our family has significantly changed over the last few years, but we wouldn't change a thing. Even during the tantrums, nights without sleep, or trying to negotiate over what to eat (or not eat) for dinner, we're able to look back at our life before kids and just feel blessed! And while we've had our share of ups and downs over the years, knowing we have each other gives us the strength to get through anything!

Adoption is near and dear to our hearts and has already brought us so much happiness. We’ve already seen how amazing open adoption can be, and know Maverick has even more people in his life who love and care for him.

Adoption is near and dear to our hearts and has already brought us so much happiness.

While every circumstance is unique, we feel lucky to have gone through adoption once and have both felt like we would love to have the chance to adopt again!
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