Hi! We are Noah and Kira. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us, and who we are as potential parents for your child. We sincerely appreciate you for giving us a chance to grow our family with another child through adoption.
We hope this letter highlights how much love we have in our family and how we have room for more love. As Noah’s 92-year-old grandma famously says, “If you have your health and your family, you’ve got everything.” We like to live by those wise words and we strive to live our lives with joy, fun and laughter. Hopefully, this letter gives you a glimpse into our family and the life we can offer your child.
We met in high school while working summer jobs as lifeguards and we’ve been inseparable ever since. After dating for 10 years (why rush?), we pulled the trigger and have been married since 2009. Altogether, we’ve been a couple for 18 years!
We live in a family-friendly, mid-sized college town in central Illinois. Our community has small town charm with big city amenities. Knowing we can stroll through a corn field or along a vibrant downtown street makes us happy to have so many options. Plus, we are a short drive away from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis and we enjoy road trips to these bigger cities when we want to take in a sporting event, see a show or take advantage of their many cultural offerings.
A typical day in our family is spent doting on our son, John, who we adopted in 2014. We love going to sporting and cultural events at the local university and our free time is spent at parks, festivals, and museums as a family. Every day begins and ends with hugs, kisses and snuggles for John, and we are so excited to grow our hearts with another child. John is excited about being a big brother. He loves spending time with his cousins who range from infants through college age.
John is a gentle, inquisitive, and funny three-year-old boy. His perfect day consists of playing with Matchbox cars, eating watermelon, and running wild at a playground. When he’s not with us, he attends an amazing mixed-age daycare where he plays with other children as young as six-weeks-old through five-years-old, so he has exposure to all different age groups. He loves to be around other children. He is a nurturing boy and a great playmate. We cannot wait for him to be a big brother.
We live in a five bedroom, 100-year-old house that is full of nooks and crannies and whimsical spaces for a child to play in and explore. We also have a large fenced in yard and we are within walking distance to a top-rated grade school that has a fantastic playground and park.
Friends would describe us as warm, kind, funny, and loving. We balance each other out. Kira is a list maker, while Noah has a more go-with-the-flow spirit. We know that each day is a blessing, and we are so thankful for each other and our family.
Our parents are a huge part of our lives. Kira’s parents and Noah’s mom live in nearby towns. We lost Noah’s dad in 2013, and we miss him every day. Our parents fully embrace adoption, and cannot wait to spoil another grandchild. Noah’s mom cares for John once a week and Kira’s parents make the most of every opportunity to babysit or just be near their grandson.
Spending time with our big, happy extended family is a regular and raucous occasion. Noah has four older brothers and Kira has one younger sister. All of our siblings have kids ranging from toddlers to college students. While none of our siblings live in the same town as us, most are a short car ride away, and we see them regularly at family get-togethers. In addition to our siblings, nieces and nephews, our family also includes many aunts, uncles and cousins. Holidays are large gatherings full of kids, stories, laughing and great food.
About Kira by Noah
There aren’t enough adjectives to fully describe Kira. A few of the most fitting are nurturing, smart, giving, determined and very talkative. Part of the reason I love her is that she is a natural mother; she was meant to be a parent. I jokingly call her “the child whisperer,” but the moniker is true. Kids are drawn to her and vice versa. They respond to her sweet voice, kind eyes, and effortless way. As a mother to our son, she works hard every day to make sure he is happy and healthy. She has so much love to share, and I cannot wait to see how she blossoms as a mother again.
Most of Kira’s parenting style is natural, but she also has a complementing professional background. She has undergraduate and Master’s degrees in early childhood education, and she also has a Doctorate degree in the education field. She worked as an award-winning preschool teacher for several years, and she is now a college professor where she teaches university students to become early childhood teachers. I am proud that our son and future child have such an intelligent and hard-working mother.
As a college professor, Kira is blessed to have a flexible work schedule that follows a school calendar. She is generally home with our son one day a week, and she enjoys long breaks over Thanksgiving, Christmas, spring break, and summers that allow her to be home.
Outside of motherhood and work, Kira has plenty to keep her busy. She loves doing projects around the house. She redesigned our first house from top to bottom, and she is in the process of doing the same for our current home. She is a DIY-queen and she has a real gift for crafts and design.
She also loves spending time in our yard and gardening. She is passing that love of the outdoors to our son, and the two of them can often be found digging in the dirt together.
I am very lucky to be on the journey of life with Kira. She is the bedrock of our family, and I am thankful that she and I have been together for so long. Who knew a high school couple could last so long? I am excited for her to become a mother again. Nothing makes her happier. She has so much love to give, and I cannot wait to see her heart grow even more with another child.
About Noah by Kira
Noah is one of the funniest, kindest, and most thoughtful men I know. At this point in my life, I have loved him for over half my life and many of the initial reasons for love remain. He is considerate and respectful and truly listens when he asks about my day. He makes me laugh harder than anyone else, and we have so much fun together. He is thoughtful and romantic with surprise flowers, kind words, and respect within our marriage.
As a father, Noah has truly blossomed. The love he has for John is immeasurable, and he loves to tell him and show him this. John is truly a “daddy’s boy,” and he often wants to do things just with his “Daddy.” Noah loves this. They do everything together! Noah and I share in our parenting responsibilities, and he truly sees himself as an equal partner, giving baths, prepping meals, and taking wonderful care of our son. For this, I appreciate him more and more every day.
He takes wonderful care of our family through his work as an attorney in town. While his day has set hours that he is in the office, his work also gives him flexibility and was hugely supportive of our adoption process with John. When Noah comes home at day’s end, he is 100% with his family. He enjoys taking time off for vacations with our family. He keeps us organized and truly sees the big picture of what is best for our family.
Noah has many interests outside of work. He also works hard on our new house and has made our yard gorgeous. He enjoys going to sporting events at our local university, attending events in town, visiting restaurants, and hanging out with friends and family. What Noah loves most is downtime with John and me at home, either watching a movie together or playing as a family.
Noah is the kind of father that any child is lucky to have. He is caring and loving, and he puts his family as his top priority. I cannot wait to see how he welcomes a new baby into our lives, and I am so blessed that I get to spend my life parenting with him—he is truly an amazing partner.
What we hope to offer a child
We are so excited to become parents again. It is cliché, but we want to share our hearts, home, and lives with another child. We will always work to make your child proud of whom they are, and adoption will always be celebrated in our family.
Your child will get unconditional love in our family. He or she will always feel safe and protected, and his/her happiness will always be the main priority. Hug, kisses, and laughter will be plentiful.
Education will also be a top priority. With Kira’s background as a teacher and college professor, she has connections and resources to ensure our children will get access to the best teachers and schools. We also encourage learning in our home with a library of children’s books, toys and games, and we value the chance for our children to learn about the world firsthand. We want them to explore and discover by participating in everyday life in our community, along with trips to museums, vacations, and other firsthand experiences. We foster a home where curiosity is encouraged.
We offer financial stability. We both have established careers. We are savers, and we plan to fully pay for our children’s college education. We will teach your child the value of hard work, and the importance of planning for the future.
Your child will also have a loving big brother. John will be a friend and protector to a sibling. We both grew up with siblings, and we cannot wait for our kids to experience the joys of having a sibling, playmate, and best friend.
Our extended family is large and will wrap its arms around your child and adoption just as they have done before. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family abound. Birthdays, holidays, and regular get-togethers are full of family and love.
Thoughts on adoption
Adoption chose us, and we are indefinitely grateful for you and the many people who have helped to make parenting a reality for us. Our child will always know your love, and that our family includes adoptive parents and birth parents. We are very open to sending you pictures, videos and letters as often as you are comfortable. We also are open to phone calls, emails, and visits. Most importantly, we want you to be comfortable with this process and your decision. We support you 100%.
If you want to know more about us, please call Cindy at (800) 556-5635. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time to read this letter. We hope to speak with you soon.
Kira & Noah