City Boy Finds the Kansas Kid
When we first became friends in 2003 in New York, we discovered our mutual appreciation for theater, travel and spirituality. In addition, both of us had overcome some difficult situations. In doing so we learned to forgive others and to embace and celebrate our own unique identity.
J.D. is the youngest of three children and was raised in Catholic western Kansas. His parents were not expecting him, but considered him a surprise blessing. His mom passed away 12 years ago in JD's arms and in the same hopital that she gave bith to him. Because of her and his dad's encourngeent and dedication JD was taught that he could do anything he set his mind to and has created a career in Higher Education that allows him to help people communicate and understand each other better.
Ken grew up in New Orleans, the second of four children. As a young boy he often would spend time with his maternal grandmother who took him on streetcar rides to the French Quarter and taught him to garden. As a teenager in High School, Ken developed an interest in theater and dance. His parents, who at the time didn't see a future in this career path, didn’t encourage his dream to perform. But Ken had the courage to continue and eventually moved to New York and became a sucessful Broadway performer. His parents, quickly became his biggest fans.
As young adults, we went through tough times, and sometimes struggled to find our place in world. We relied on our failth, our families and community to help us through and to provide encourgement. From this we know that loving relationships, close-knit families and rewarding careers are essential to happiness. When we met 11 years ago, it was the turning-point where we both could imagine becomeing parenets together.
The Adoption Journey
Some people might assume that a couple who prioritized career and each other didn’t always want children. They’d be wrong.
For 20 years, J.D. had been writing letters in a journal to a child he imagined for himself, sharing his greatest hopes. He is amazed by the exuberance of children, and their hunger for learning; he looks forward to reading books and singing songs with his child.
To Ken – who has been nicknamed “The Baby Whisperer” for his ability to sooth infants – every child is a delight. A dedicated uncle to dozens of children, Ken once invited a nephew having family trouble to live with him. He had just started a relationship with J.D., and both offered love and guidance, getting the boy back on track at school. When the boy got into the college of his choice, it was time to create own family.
Making that a reality, however, has been much more difficult than we imagined. Many international adoption avenues have closed off, and hundreds of couples are seeking a child. We can only imagine what it is like for you on the other side. But like all the things we’ve set our hearts on and accomplished in our lives, we believe that starting our new family will become possible through patience, resolve and faith.
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