Hi, we’re Jim and Kelly.

We are both writers and teachers, and we love storytelling. We want to take a moment to share our favorite story from this summer:

It’s our last day in Hawaii (where we’re celebrating Jim’s parent’s 50th wedding anniversary), and we want to squeeze in one more swim before we catch our flight. Kelly loves tropical fish, so she runs out into the water. Jim hopes to see one more sea turtle, so he dives in after her. As he dives, he feels his wedding ring slip. He watches it float off his finger and into the ocean. Kelly hears him gasp and sees panic in his eyes.

Together we search in chin-deep water. We take deep breaths and dive down to dig through rocks and sand on the ocean floor. The waves come in fast, and we are tired, but we search and search and search.

Now we are out of time: If we don’t leave, we will miss our flight. Kelly takes one more big breath and dives down deep. Suddenly, a ray of sunlight breaks through the clouds, into the water, and there it is: Jim’s wedding ring. In rough waters on a cloudy day, with the entire ocean stretched out before them, they found Jim’s ring.

We want to share this story with you because it captures the things we care about the most. Most of all, we are dedicated to each other and our marriage. We always work together and support each other—especially if the odds are against us. We love and celebrate our families; we get outside or travel for adventures whenever we can; and, we enjoy all sorts of animals – from our two dogs at home to tropical fish and sea turtles when we are able to travel.

We can’t wait to bring a child into our story. Thank you so very much for taking time to get to know us and for considering us as part of your adoption plan. We wish you the best of luck in your journey and hope you find the right match for your child.

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