Medical Physicist / Dental Hygienist
Greetings from South Carolina! We are Levi and Kathryn, and we are so grateful to have the opportunity to tell you about ourselves. Married for almost eight years, we are excited to begin growing our family through adoption. While you are here to learn a little bit about us, first and foremost, we wish to extend our love and support to you. Thank you for taking the time to take a peek into our life as a married couple.
Adoption has always had a special place in our hearts. We have a niece and nephew who are adopted. Even before learning about our infertility, adoption was something we talked about as a way to grow our family. As we have learned more about adoption, we have felt an overwhelming peace that this is the next step in growing our family. Our own parents were tremendous examples of supportive spouses and parents for us. We can’t wait to do our best to imitate and honor them through our own journey of parenthood. Our dream is to provide this baby with an abundance of love. We want to show them the love and beauty of the world and to inspire them to find their special place in it. Our dream is to raise them to know the Lord Jesus, and be a disciple of him in this world. We will provide this child with a Christian foundation informed by the church and its teachings. We commit to giving this child everything we possibly can, and providing the child a loving home, supportive parents, and forever friendship that is unconditional.
We live in a quaint, three-bedroom, two-bath, 1950s home that is nestled in a quiet neighborhood close to downtown. We know all our neighbors by name and count many of them as friends. We have managed to preserve a lot of the original charms of our home, while updating it to fit our lifestyle. With food being such a big part of our culture and passion, our kitchen is by far our favorite space. Our home is an open layout which makes spending time together, even when doing daily activities, easy. We also have a fenced-in
backyard and concrete patio perfect for entertaining and family fellowship. We love being
outside and look forward to seasonal activities all year long. Our house is directly across from a children’s park. One of the best things about looking out our front window is getting to see families playing on the playground, tossing a ball for their dogs, and playing basketball. One of the many reasons why we are in the process of adding a front porch to our home. While most of the homes in our neighborhood are older, a lot of new young families are settling in. Our neighbors are now some of our best friends.
Kathryn comes from a big, tight-knit family with my parents celebrating 49 years of marriage. She is the baby of six children (two sisters and three brothers). All six of them are married and all five of her siblings have children
Levi’s family also live in Georgia (right around the corner from Kathryn’s parents!). Two of my brothers and my mom live in the same town and my eldest brother, who is a Catholic priest, lives a couple hours away serving his parish assignment. I have three nieces and four nephews.
Last, but not least, Brinkley is our fluffy, three-year-old Goldendoodle. He is the sweetest boy and a true joy in our lives. We take him on errands, hikes, family jogs, trips to see family, and even vacations. He is a chill dog, but is known to get the zoomies out with the nieces and nephews.
“Kathryn is my soul mate. She comforts me, challenges me, and laughs and cries with me. She encourages me, plays with me, and points me in the right direction. She always puts me, and others, before herself. She is deeply good and has so much love to give. She loves the Lord, which is evident in her life. She is hospitable, funny, kind-hearted, and creative. She will be a great mother because of all the reasons above, but mostly because being a mom is what she was born to be.” -Levi
“Compassionate, generous, and devout are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think about Levi. I love and admire Levi for many things, but one of the reasons I fell in love with him was the way he took care of his mom after his father passed. From making sure the kitchen was clean when she got home from work, to mowing the lawn, and to being a friend during a difficult time, he was there for her. I love that Levi can make a friend out of anyone, always giving them the benefit of the doubt, and seeing good in them. Most importantly, I love the way he prays for and leads our family. He will be the best parent. He will be a cheerleader, teacher, advocate, friend, and wonderful dad.” -Kathryn
Our story really begins in college, when we started dating after realizing we were both interested in each other. We both grew up in the same town in Georgia and attended the same K-12 school. Our older siblings were even friends! Because we already knew each other, and each other’s families pretty well, our relationship became serious quickly. Levi proposed in 2014 in Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City on a chilly evening just after sunset. We’ve been married since 2015 and love how easy it is to be together! We put our marriage before all other things. We aren’t perfect, but we make sure to prioritize dignity and respect for one another. We’re also not afraid to challenge each other to keep growing. Religion plays a huge role in our lives, and we believe our childhood experiences with religion were a foundational and invaluable gift that made us who we are today. We seek the Lord in all areas of our lives and approach challenges through prayer and quieting the storms of our hearts and minds. We also get through difficulties with humor – trying to keep it light and laugh at ourselves. These strengths will support us as we raise a child (or children). We are not afraid to be serious, silly, and our authentic selves whether we are at home or we are out in public. With enough coffee and a good dance party, we know we can overcome anything together.
Our advice to our future child/children would be to put the Lord first in their life and to love their family fiercely. To have compassion, empathy, and respect for the dignity of all human beings, especially those most vulnerable. To be open to the uncertainties that life can often give and live it to its fullest.
We believe that every adoptee has two mothers and two fathers. We will never deny our child the right to know your story and your wishes for them. We believe that an open adoption, while challenging at times, can bear beautiful fruit for every person in the adoption triad. Though we do not know what it will look like right now, we commit to earnestly and mutually forming a plan for open adoption should you request one now or in the future.