Bri and Kyle
We are Kyle, Bri & Owen from Visalia, California. Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little about us. Your selflessness and courage to choose the path of adoption speaks volumes for the love you have for your baby and for that, we are forever grateful.
About Us: When they say opposites attract… our relationship is living proof. Although we are opposite in a lot of ways we also have a lot of similarities. We love our family and friends, we enjoy staying busy, we value hard work, honesty and kindness, we are athletic, and we both cannot wait to adopt.
Our Story: We met back in 2004 in English class at the local junior college and were quickly inseparable. Side by side we finished junior college, went to our respective universities, graduated with Bachelors degrees, continued onto school for our specialties, and both started our careers. We got married in 2011 and 2 years later welcomed Owen, whom we now know was our miracle baby. Owen is 7 years old and has been anxiously awaiting being a big brother. Over the past few years, we have struggled with infertility and in the midst of treatment we felt God calling us in a different direction. So, we have set forth on our journey to adopt and could not be more excited. We hope you enjoy seeing a glimpse into our lives.
The Fun Side of Life: Our family is very active and enjoys being on the go.
- One of our newest adventures is spending time at the BMX track where Owen started riding.
- While at home we can usually be found out front playing soccer, basketball, baseball, or football. While it’s fun to play out front as a family, we recently started coaching both soccer and baseball and absolutely love it.
- We are also a big baseball family, and everyone who knows us knows that we love the Boston Red Sox! Our favorite trip thus far was going to Boston and watching the Red Sox play the Yankees.
- When summer rolls around, or weekends permit, we enjoy camping in the mountains or the beach. We love our time together relaxing in the outdoors, fishing, skim boarding, boogie boarding, taking walks, cooking great meals, and of course roasting marshmallows for smores.
- We enjoy trips to the Ice Cream Parlor, too!
Our Faith: Faith and religion have been extremely important to us throughout our relationship and building our family. Life has many ups and downs. The only way we have found to get through it thus far is with God by our side.
Bri by Kyle: If you could put a picture next to the word selflessness in the dictionary, it would without a doubt be a picture of Bri. No matter what the situation is, you will always find Bri helping someone in some fashion. Whether it’s simply picking up a dropped item off the ground, or helping a kid she’s never met before down the starting ramp at the BMX track for his first time (yes she really did this), she will always help someone in need. This is a testament to her heart and the person she truly is. It is this kind of spirit that makes her an amazing wife, sister, aunt, daughter, nurse, and mother.
Bri’s Work: Bri found her true calling when she became an ICU nurse. She loves taking care of critical patients who require her to be on top of her game and advocate for them when needed. She gets to know their families and can offer support at the scariest and hardest moments of their life. We are extremely grateful that she can work just when it is convenient for our family, sometimes taking months off at a time.
After 10 years of having a set work schedule, Bri recently changed over to become a per diem nurse which allows her to be home with Owen as much as needed and help watch our niece and nephews. It has always been our dream to have multiple children and for Bri to be a stay-at-home mom, and now we are anxiously awaiting that dream to come true.
- Iced coffee
- Doing puzzles
- Eating dessert
Kyle by Bri: Kyle is a dedicated and loving dad and husband. He is a man of few words… at first. Once you get to know Kyle he opens up and is very witty. His one liners keep everyone laughing. He is low key, mild mannered, very organized, and an extremely hard worker. Kyle is incredible with kids and recently started coaching Owens baseball team consisting of twelve 6 & 7 year old boys all at different levels. Watching his patience with the children, his ability to make it fun for the kids, and seeing each and every one improve throughout the season was an incredible sight.
When it comes to our nieces and nephews Kyle is certainly a fan favorite… the rest of us are still trying to figure out how to take his place!
Kyle’s Work: Kyle followed in his father’s footsteps when he became a fire fighter. Now a training captain at the local fire department, Kyle dedicates his weekdays to training new recruits and giving them the knowledge needed to be successful in their career. When summer comes, Kyle is ready to hit the road as part of a strike team fighting wildfires up and down the state. Kyle loves his job and the people he works with and has never once complained about going to work.
- The Red Sox
- Chile Verde
- Food so spicy it makes him sweat
- Everything slightly overcooked/crispy
- Wearing hats
Meet Future Big Brother Owen
Owen is 7 going on 15. He is sweet, kind, mature, and very shy at first. He stays active playing soccer, basketball, football, baseball, golf, skateboarding, riding his scooter and bike, and climbing anything he can find. He loves to play Fortnite with his friends and knows all the different dances. Have you ever heard of “the floss”? Well, he can floss faster than anyone I have ever seen!
He is extremely good with young children and his little cousins adore him. Emma, his 5 year old cousin refers to Owen as her “best friend”. Owen is also remarkably close with his cousin Charlie. Charlie is a year older than Owen, and in his same class. Charlie has autism and Owen helps him any chance he can. He looks out for him, protects him, understands him, loves him, and does not see anything different about Charlie. Although Owen loves time with his cousins he’s anxiously awaiting meeting his very own brother or sister.
According to Owen, Who…
Is funnier? Mom
Is best at sports? Dad
Sings better? Neither
Meet Our Pups: We have 2 spoiled pups. Franklin is our 4-year-old teacup poodle and Brock is our 1.5-year-old miniature golden doodle. Franklin who is just a little guy at 7 pounds is known for jumping up and down like a pogo stick 3 feet in the air when the Netflix logo or any animal appears on the TV. Although we are used to it, everyone who comes to our house ends up in hysterics and pulls out their phone to record it. Brock is our bigger doodle who loves to play fetch and swim… all day long!
Our Home and Village
We live in Visalia which is a growing city in Central California. Visalia is known for farming, and let me tell you, our local fruit stands, open all summer, provide the best fruits and vegetables. We are located 2 hours from the beautiful central coast, and an hour from the amazing Sequoia National Park.
We live in a very safe neighborhood full of custom-built homes. We love biking through the neighborhood to the local park, where we can always find lots of neighborhood kids playing. We are extremely fortunate to be located right next to a brand new elementary school with small class sizes and amazing teachers and administration.
Our Family: We are so blessed to have both our parents living in town and close by. Kyle’s parents live a mile down the road, and we see them regularly. His parents are so loving, supportive, and always willing to help us any chance they can. Bri has two sisters and a brother who we are incredibly close with. Her parents and oldest sister live in town and we spend a lot of time together. A peek at our lives any given day may include: riding to school together, hanging out after school, having movie nights, decorating cookies, playing outside, and weekly family dinners. Bri’s mom is retired and spends time with her grandchildren every day and offers more support than we could ever ask for. Her dad still works full time but is always willing to drop everything to assist us. We are so grateful for the support and encouragement both our families give us. Currently our family has 10 grandchildren: 5 boys and 5 girls. We are all anxiously awaiting getting to meet our much-loved tie breaker.
Our Promises to You: As parents, we have always desired a large family with kids running around, a noisy house, and staying busy with sports, friends, family, and school. We cannot wait for that dream to come true and add another child to our family. We have so much love to give and cannot wait to share our love of sports, family, and camping with our future child.
- We promise to provide the best life we can, full of love and laughter.
- We promise to have patience.
- We promise to teach kindness, respect, honesty, and determination.
- We promise to teach the importance of family, God, and education.
- We promise to put band-aids on boo-boos even when there is no blood.
- We promise to provide comfort, give hugs every day, and wipe away tears when needed.
- We promise to laugh at knock-knock jokes that do not make sense, and listen to every story that is told, even if we have heard it 100 times before.
- We even promise to tell one more bedtime story even though we have already told enough.
- BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, we promise to love with absolutely everything we have and provide the best life we possibly can.
Our Thanks: There are no words to express how grateful we are that you took the time to get to know us a little better. We are incredibly blessed to be on this journey to adopt and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering us. We have dreamt about this day for as long as we can remember, and we hope to hear from you soon.
Bri & Kyle