Amrit & Kelly

Amrit & Kelly

A Heartfelt Hello from California! We are Amrit and Kelly, we have a 3 year-old son named Sage. We can’t say that we know how you’re feeling in this moment or what this experience is like for you, but we imagine you are doing everything in your power to make the best decision for you and your baby.

We respect you so much for that and for following your heart in choosing the family you believe will provide your child with a joyful life. Our goal is always to be truthful and honest with our children and you will remain an important part of our story.

We wish you love and nothing but the best as you take this journey and throughout your life. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about us.

Our Life Together: This August, we celebrated our five year wedding anniversary and spent time reminiscing about what a magical weekend it was and how much life has changed since then. We are now “Mama” and “Mommy” to our beautiful three year old son, Sage, and so much of our life revolves around this bright, silly, loving little guy.

We are excited to welcome a second child into our home, knowing this baby will have a wonderful older brother excitedly waiting for him or her. We are both life-long educators who have spent our professional careers working to make a difference in the lives of our students.

We are passionate about doing what we can to make the world a kinder and more loving place. These same values guide us everyday as parents.

Things We Love To Do: We are lucky enough to live within walking distance to several parks and schools. Most afternoons, you will find us at one: riding scooters, chasing Sage on the playground, or exploring.

We are both former college athletes (Amrit played field hockey and Kelly played lacrosse) and love to stay active by going to the gym or taking walks or hikes. Kelly is an avid meditator and Amrit is an aspiring woodworker. We are lifelong learners, with three master’s degrees between us.

We love to spend time with our family and friends, hosting dinners or relaxing in the backyard. When we can get a babysitter, we might head to a concert (saw Brandi Carlile last month) or dinner out.

We also enjoy creative projects, whether it be building bean bag boards for Sage’s preschool carnival or taking a shot at making homemade plum jam from the fruit off our own trees in the backyard (it turned out pretty good!).

Amrit & Kelly

Kelly

Meet Kelly through Amrit’s Eyes: One of the first things people might notice about Kelly is that she has a huge and compassionate heart. She is a fierce advocate for her students, especially the ones that others may have given up on or judged as “bad.” Kelly manages to see the best in those kids, and everyone. She really, truly believes that all children, regardless of life circumstance, are worthy of love and investment.

In the moments I get overly focused on the plans and the details and the responsibility of it all, Kelly ensures the fun and the joy are present. She reminds us to be grateful. Kelly is a dedicated and lifelong educator, but also a writer who expresses her talent and creativity through the written word. She has two masters’ degrees, and attended two of the best schools in the country, but she rarely reveals that to others.

Kelly balances the stresses of the life and harshness of today’s world through meditation, by taking the quiet time to breathe and appreciate what is good about life, and people, and the world.

Kelly is a wonderful mom to Sage and is so very eager to add another child to our family. Like Sage, she will nurture this child’s hopes and dreams, and always make sure he or she feels loved and supported.

Kelly, by Kelly: One of the best gifts my parents gave my two older brothers and I was a childhood without cable. Instead of spending hours in front of the TV, I spent almost all of my free time outdoors — feeding sugar cubes to the horses at a neighboring farm and playing with my next door neighbor/best friend (who’s married to my brother now!).

I’ve always been an avid writer and engaged student. My love of reading and writing led me to pursue a degree in Literature. I’ve spent most of my career teaching in urban middle schools. I’ve learned so much from my students about overcoming adversity, not taking things personally, and the transformative power of love.

I currently work at the district-level coaching middle school teachers, developing social justice curriculum, and facilitating professional learning for educators.

Kelly

Amrit

Meet Amrit through Kelly’s Eyes: I was enchanted by Amrit from the start, as is most everybody who meets her. She’s the kind of person who can enter a room and endear herself to anyone, charming them with her quick wit, engaging stories, and genuine warmth. The first time I brought her home to meet my closest childhood friends, more than one of them took me aside and said, “She’s amazing — don’t let her go!”

Amrit has also always excelled at athletics and was a stand-out Division 1 athlete. The same charisma that impressed my friends and woos strangers has served her well in her career as an educator, coach, and school administrator, as she quickly earns the respect, admiration, and affinity of students, parents, and colleagues alike. Her greatest attribute, however, is her deep and unwavering devotion to the people she loves. She is the quintessential big sister, relied on by family members and friends alike for her sage wisdom and fierce loyalty.

This dedication is revealed most profoundly in her unconditional love and care for our son, Sage. From time to time, when I watch her send the whole family into a fit of laughter or sing our son to sleep, I’m filled with a deep sense of gratitude to have her as my partner in life, love, and parenthood.

Amrit by Amrit: I’m one of four kids (an older brother and two younger sisters) and I couldn’t imagine my life without my siblings. At the age of four, I joined my first athletic team. Fifteen years later, I earned an athletic scholarship to Stanford University.

After graduating college, I took my first international trip to Australia with money I had saved. From there, I caught the travel bug that took me to such places as the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Peru, Nepal, Costa Rica, and the Swiss Alps.

I currently work as a dean at a high school in the Bay Area and have spent most of my career working directly with students of all ages and backgrounds. I love all kinds of food (from sushi to tacos), walks with friends, laughing with my siblings, and working on crafty projects.

Amrit

Our Family

Meet Big Brother: Our son, Sage, is a curious, energetic, and happy kid who loves to play and explore. He attends a wonderful preschool where he is surrounded by friends and compassionate teachers who promote play and kindness. He has two favorite parks that we frequent most afternoons and loves zooming around the neighborhood on his scooter. This has given us a great excuse to buy an adult scooter so we can keep up and join in the fun!

When we recently asked him about having a new baby in the house he responded by saying: “I’ll show my baby all my toys…and the baby will say ‘yes, I want to play with your toys’ and I’ll say ‘let’s play!'” Sage usually convinces us to read “just one more book” at night before bed and spends time playing with his toys and thinking up imaginary worlds inspired by characters from some of his favorite shows. He can’t wait for a new baby sibling to join him!

It Takes A Village: We have an amazing extended family, full of loving grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins who are eager to shower love on a new baby cousin. This past summer we spent time with Kelly’s brothers and their kids, and Sage was doted on by his adoring older cousins. As the youngest of 7 grandkids on that side of the family, he gets more love and attention than you can imagine. The cousins are already negotiating who gets to hold the new baby first!

All of Amrit’s siblings and parents live in California, so we see them on a regular basis and they are a fixture in Sage’s life and ours.

As for Kelly’s family, they are spread out across the country, in places like Hawaii, Colorado, and Virginia, so there is always a fun travel destination.

We are lucky to live in a very diverse part of the country and our friend group reflects that. From preschool parents, to work friends, and lifelong best friends, the adults in Sage’s life have supported him (and us) in many important ways.

Our friends are from across the country and around the world, and share our values of loving and respecting all people and pursuing lives of purpose and fulfillment. We know they will help teach our children to do the same.

Our Life As Parents: Parenting has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of our lives. Sage has kept us on our toes from the beginning, starting when Amrit gave birth almost 7 weeks early due to preeclampsia that developed unexpectedly.

We have learned so much about life, about love, about sacrifice, and joy. We know that adding another child to the mix will bring new and different challenges, and new and different rewards.

Together, we will raise our children to always feel unconditionally loved for who they are as human beings and to love each other. Our children will learn the value of education and will be encouraged to follow whatever passions or interests they have in their lives.

We are firm believers in the power of community, so we will surround our children with others, those that look like them and those that don’t, who will also love them and embrace them for their unique selves. We believe that our identities are multi-faceted and not just defined by roles of mommy and mama and hope to model that for our children.

We will tell our children the stories of their lives often and openly. We will make sure this child knows that you, birth mother, chose us intentionally out of love.

Our Family

Our Home and Closing Thoughts

The Place We Call Home: We live in a wonderful residential neighborhood surrounded by kind neighbors. We can walk to multiple parks, the farmer’s market, a community center, and local shops.

Our house is full of light and too many toys! We love to spend time at home and in our beautiful backyard, picking plums, figs, and apples off our fruit trees. We often play host to dinners, parties, and play-dates, enjoying the chance to share our home with family and friends.

Final Thoughts: Thank you for considering us as you make this important decision. We hope to have provided you a glimpse of who we are as individuals and as a family, and that you got a sense of the unconditional love we are eager to provide your child.

We have no doubt that he or she will add immense joy to our already joyful family and we will be eternally grateful to you for giving us such a gift. We wish you all the best in life.

Our Home and Closing Thoughts