We are Kevin & Justin, and we are grateful to you for taking the time to read this letter.
Starting our family is something we look forward to and we couldn’t be more excited to be on this journey!
You probably have a million things on your mind. That’s ok, so do we. We have never done this before, so we are going to embrace our newness and hope that our simple message reaches you. We want you to know that:
We think you are strong.
You may ask us anything.
It is alright to feel overwhelmed; sometimes we do to.
We love deeply and are committed to each other.
We show up for each other, for our friends, and for our family.
This is new to us and we are very excited.
Our home is safe and stable.
We have strong role models in our lives.
We are happy.
Adoption is one of the most powerful expressions of love and this was always how we wanted to grow our family.
Kevin & Justin
We met in 2011 while working together at a grocery store. We worked in different areas; however it was not long before we found excuses to run into each other throughout the day!
We still laugh about our first date! We decided to meet some friends and go dancing downtown. It was the first time we had spent time together outside of work and we thought it would be a good way to break the ice. We did dance, but only a little! Most of the night we waited in line at the bar and searching for friends that wandered away. To top it all off, we didn’t even have a first kiss at the end of the night!
Thankfully, we got it right the second time around.
[Fast Forward 6 years]
Justin proposed at sunset on a secluded deck of the cruise ship we were traveling on. It turns out he had planned to propose at Chichén Itzá, however after a day of sea sickness, a hot bus ride, and a rushed tour he reconsidered the timing. Lucky for me, I got the quiet romantic proposal that I always wanted. Lucky for us, we bought a commemorative Mayan calendar marking the day we didn’t get engaged. We still laugh about the whole thing!
Our wedding was incredible! We chose to be married in the city we both love! We were married in a small art gallery in Lincoln Park, just one block from south pond. Our families were very supportive of us and the night was unforgettable! We really pulled out our best [OK, terrible] dance moves.
As we continue to grow together, we find that we rely heavily on the trust, humor, and acceptance we have found in each other. We continue to surprise ourselves and one another and find that we’re never done learning!