Chiropractor/Co-owner of chiropractic office / Co-owner of chiropractic office
We are so honored to get to share these moments with you. As you continue through the following pages, we pray you are able to feel the love we have for each other and the love we have to share with you and your child. We hope you see the joy we experience with our family and friends in our everyday moments. We pray you feel welcomed into these moments with us. We look forward to meeting you and getting to learn more about you. Our hearts are open and ready to walk through this journey with you.
With love and appreciation,
Kevin & Ashley Powell
When we first started dating, we talked and dreamed of a future together. We shared goals, expectations, and hopes for a family. Even then, we knew we wanted adoption to be a part of our story.
A few years into marriage, we were ready to start our family. We struggled trying to conceive for a couple years when we felt the Lord's very clear calling that it was the right time for us to adopt.
We started the adoption process slowly, letting the Lord guide us in our direction. Each step of the way we felt encouraged, hopeful, and peace knowing that this was the way He would bless our family with our first child.
We have been in our little brick home for two years now. It is our first house together. We knew as soon as we stepped inside that this would be home for our family. It has three bedrooms with a bonus room over the garage. The kitchen opens up into the dining room, and then all the way into the living room. The windows let in the sunlight and make the space feel airy and bright and welcoming. As our family grows, we pray that our home is a safe space to create new memories, full of love, laughter, and grace upon grace. We are blessed to live in the same neighborhood as some of our closest friends. It is a very social and active community with lots of neighborhood family events. We love our home and where we live, but what we love most is being together - wherever that may be.
Blessed upon blessed. We have the greatest community. These people are our constant encouraging prayer partners and the best friends we could ask for. Some of them we have known for twenty years, some of them only two, but they each play such an important role in our relationship. These people are family. We are in community groups and book clubs with them. We serve at church with them. We have game nights and celebrate shared birthdays with them. We do life together, learning about raising and leading families, taking trips together, sharing recipes, and a lot of laughter.
What I want you to know first about me is that I am a sinner saved by grace. I am loved deeply by a redeeming Savior, and I pray that that is shown in the way I love others. My favorite time of year is Christmas, and my favorite song of all time is O' Holy Night, Celine Dion's version brings me to tears, and I have some of the lyrics tattooed on my left shoulder. My favorite season is summer, and my preferred vacation spot is the beach. I love everything warm and sunny. My favorite color is blue, and my grandma is my hero. My favorite food is bread, and I believe that ice cream is the perfect dessert because it melts to fill all the leftover space in your belly. I cry when I laugh really hard, and my favorite Disney movie is Aladdin. My degree is in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and I spent 5 years as a teacher. I also have twelve years of nannying experience, and now we own our own family-centered chiropractic practice. Overall, I think my best job is getting to be Aunt Ash. Seven years ago, I was made an aunt for the first time and my heart grew with a love that I never realized was possible. Since then, my title has expanded as I have become known as Aunt Ash to my dearest friends' children as well, and nothing gives me greater joy. I believe, however, that my greatest calling is to be a momma. The Lord has given me this deep desire. I will love your little one so deeply, unconditionally, and fiercely. They will be my greatest joy and my heart will forever be theirs.
I love cuddling with our dogs and taking care of my plants. I love to make bread and kombucha. I am a part of a book club with the greatest group of girls, and my two favorite TV shows are F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Gilmore Girls.
My faith is my foundation. Through my faith, I am able to lead my family well and lead my practice well. I am a chiropractor, and I love what I do. I love getting to serve my community and provide care that brings health and healing. As a chiropractor, I believe in taking care of your body, and I love being active in any way possible. I love playing and watching sports. My favorite sport is baseball, and my favorite team is St. Louis, Cardinals. Going to baseball games is one of my favorite activities to do with Ashley, and we can not wait to bring our kids one day! Along with Cardinal baseball, I cannot wait to share with our kids my love for all things Harry Potter, the color green, and sushi! I love to travel to the mountains, and I love camping. Growing up, we went camping and completed triathlons together as a family. In high school, I was a competitive swimmer, which led to me becoming a swim coach for several years. I loved being called Coach, and I love even more being called Uncle, but I am most excited to be called Dad. I can't wait to coach, support, and walk alongside our children in whatever sport, hobby, or activity excites them most!
I love staying active, whether that's through exercising, or playing pickle-ball with friends. I love playing with our dogs and watching new movies with Ashley. I love to bake, and I get excited about trying new things, new food, new activities, and new projects.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT ASHLEY
Ashley is the rock of our family. She is incredibly supportive and loyal. She cares so much about our family and friends and will stop anything she is doing to be there for those she loves. She keeps me grounded. She loves to host our friends for game nights or think of creative ways we can go on a date. Otherwise, she loves cuddling up with me and the doggos to watch a good show.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT KEVIN
Kevin is one of the kindest people you will meet. He is genuine and thoughtful. As my mom will tell you, he is very charming and will win you over with one flash of his smile. Kevin makes me feel loved and safe. He is patient and passionate and he makes me laugh harder than anyone. His greatest desire is to care for others and show them the love of our Savior. He leads our family well. I love getting to do life with him.
We first met when a mutual friend brought Kevin to a college lunch, hosted by my church group. Soon after that, we went on our first date to dinner and then Dave & Buster's. It was a long drive from the restaurant to Dave & Buster's, and Kevin started panicking that he might have to pull over on the side of the road to pee. We made it without incident, and still today, that is one of our favorite things to laugh about. It was awkward, and humbling, and hilarious, and when he walked me to the door and asked if he could kiss me goodnight. I, of course, said yes.
Two years later, Kevin proposed. It was two days after Christmas, and as we were leaving my family's annual Christmas party, my great aunt pulled me in tight and whispered in my ear to "remember every moment of this day." As we were driving home, my dad told me we were going to stop at the church where my grandparents got married so that we could get some family pictures for my nephew's first Christmas. When I opened the doors, I walked in to find Kevin at the end of the aisle with a ring in his hand. He had my favorite flowers and a runner with pictures and memories of our two years together trailing down the center aisle to where he was standing at the end. His family was there, my family was there, and one of my dearest friends captured it all on video. It was absolutely magical.
Eight months later, we got married. It was the most fabulous party with as many family and friends that we could pack into the chapel. My brother-in-law officiated the ceremony, some of our sweetest friends performed live music, and I walked down the aisle to a stunning, classical piano mashup of our two favorite Disney songs. Everything about the wedding was perfectly us, all the way down to having breakfast for dinner and chocolate chip banana bread as our wedding cake.
Almost seven years later and he still gives me butterflies. We make it a point to continue dating each other and try to remember to celebrate the little things, making moments matter. We believe that communication is one of the most important aspects of a healthy marriage when things are happy and joyful, but especially when things are hard and upsetting. We communicate about what we need and how we feel, and we respect each other immensely. Looking back to see how much we have grown together gives me so much hope and anticipation for all the ways our relationship will continue to grow as our family grows. Our marriage is not perfect, but there is no one else I would rather have holding my hand.
We pray that our children know how deeply we love them, but even more, how much God loves them and desires good things for them. We want to raise our children in the church, seeing firsthand how believers live out their faith in service and love. We pray they will learn grace and humility and know how valued they are. We want our children to grow and learn in a safe space where they have the freedom to explore all the possibilities ahead of them. We hope they are curious and have the audacity to dream big dreams. We pray for kindness and hearts that love like Jesus.
We want to thank you again for reading these pages of our story; for opening your heart to us. We believe that adoption isn't just about a child but about two families coming together with love in the center. We want to hear all the hopes and dreams you have for your baby, to always keep communication open, and to listen to your heart in this journey. We will always speak of you with love and admiration sharing with your child your bravery and love. We want you to know how deeply valued you are. We are continually praying for you and for your little one.