Married Since: 2018

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: No

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

You are an incredibly brave and strong woman making a decision that will impact many lives for the better. Although this decision is probably the biggest decision of your life, you have the power to give your baby the best possible life. You are making this choice out of your love for your baby.

Konrad and Kristen

from California

Konrad

Ancestry: Polish

Religion: Catholic

Occupation: Engineer

Education: B.S.

Hobbies: Model painting, Tabletop gaming, Archery, Hiking

Kristen

Ancestry: Polish, English, Irish, Scottish

Religion: Spiritual

Occupation: Gas Technical Specialist

Education: B.A.

Hobbies: Photography, Hiking, Archery, Board games

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: Caucasian, Caucasian / Hispanic

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Konrad

Animal
Wolf
Childhood Memory
Building with Legos
Color
Red
Holiday
Christmas
Sport
Soccer
Subject in School
History
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Season
Fall
Toy as a Kid
Jurassic Park T-Rex Figure
Board Game
Elder Sign

Kristen

Animal
Penguin
Childhood Memory
Camping
Color
Green
Holiday
Thanksgiving
Sport
Soccer
Subject in School
Band
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early Bird
Season
Fall
Toy as a Kid
K'Nex
Board Game
Patchwork
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From Us to You

The greatest gift in life is love. We have each other and are incredibly happy with our lives. But we have been so focused on ourselves, our health, and our careers, that we realize we are missing something bigger: we want to grow our family. We would like to thank you for your consideration of us and, while these words cannot describe our full gratitude, we hope this letter offers you some peace during this challenging time. You are an incredibly brave and strong woman making a decision that will impact many lives for the better. Although this decision is probably the biggest decision of your life, you have the power to give your baby the best possible life. You are making this choice out of your love for your baby.

We want to tell you a little bit about ourselves and how we got to this point in our lives. We have been happily married for 3 years, have been blessed to have successful careers, and are comfortable in life with a house, a dog, and are secure for our future. We are fortunate to have our families live in nearby towns so we get to see them on a regular basis and are available for each other when we need it. We have wanted to grow our family since we got married. However, we experienced a traumatic event in our lives that put our dreams on hold. Rather than letting this trauma overtake us, we learned to at first manage and then eventually overcome our challenges. We adapted our lives to our sensitivities to foods, started practicing meditations, and reduced our anxieties drastically with the help of professionals and determination on our part. We are extremely resourceful and learned the skills and tools necessary to improve our lives. We never gave up, and now can look back and be grateful for this life-changing event that made us the people we are today. We learned to appreciate even the smallest things and realized that we have so much to be grateful for in our lives.

We want a family. After going through such a challenging time, we reflected on our lives and realized that we want and are ready to be parents. We realized that having a child on our own was not the best choice for us and that thanks to You, we can have this chance to grow our family. We want to show the love that is in our hearts to a little one and be able to share the lives that we are building. We overcame what we thought was impossible and feel that there is nothing that can stop us now from being loving, caring and attentive parents. This is our chance for us to have the life that we have wanted for a long time.

We promise take care of your child as our own and give them a loving home. We have the emotional maturity and financial means to ensure that your child has everything they need to thrive in their life. We will raise your child knowing that we are there for them every day no matter what and can do this without any hesitation. We ask that you take the time you need to make this life-changing decision, listen to your heart and trust yourself that you are making the right choice for you and your baby. We will make sure that your child knows that you made a courageous decision and that you made this choice because you knew this was the best thing for everyone.

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Why We're Choosing to Adopt

We believe a child will enrich our lives and we long to give a child a home filled with love and support. We are ready to build our family and know that we will be kind and loving parents. We fell in love with each other and feel that we are missing the joy of parenting. We are ready to provide a child with a family and we are ready to start this next chapter in our lives. We have given this a lot of thought and after many conversations we decided that adoption is the best way for us to enrich our lives with the joy of a child.

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About Konrad

Konrad is kind, genuine, smart, loyal, and knows how to make people laugh and feel comfortable. He does not shy away from being himself. Konrad came to the United States from Poland when he was 12 years old, and he made his American dreams come true with hard work and determination. He put himself through college to become an Engineer and found an excellent, stable job. Konrad has learned that life is too short to be serious all the time! He is a kid at heart, and I am excited to see how this translates in parenthood. I do not doubt for a second that he will be an incredible father. His care and attention for his family, friends, me and especially our dog, Daisy, has shown me that he is ready to be a parent. He is truly a good man and I could not have found a better partner.

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About Kristen

From the time I met Kristen, I knew that that she was someone special. She is the strongest, smartest, and kindest person that I have ever met, willing to take the time to listen, give advice and help anyone with their problems. Kristen also has a drive and determination that is not seen in a lot of people. She is always looking for how things could be more efficient and better. She continuously strives to learn new skills to increase her overall knowledge.

During our time together, Kristen has encountered health issues that did set her back. We did not know what to do in the beginning, but she never gave up. It was her determination and her positive outlook that would not let her give up. Over time, she realized that the situation has, in fact, made her a stronger and wiser person in the long run. Through this time, she picked up a lot of useful, healthy, and powerful tools and techniques that she used to manage and reduce her sensitivities and issues. She also used this knowledge to help others.

Kristen is always there for me no matter the situation. Even when she was not at her best, she would make sure that I was taken care of. I know that she will be an amazing mother who will give 110% of herself to our child. I am the luckiest man in the world to have Kristen by my side and I could not ask for a better partner to start this next chapter in our lives.

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Our Pup, Daisy

Daisy is our 10-year-old Border Collie mix rescue dog. Kristen adopted her when she was 2 years old; prior to meeting Konrad. When Daisy first met Konrad, it was an instant bond between them. Daisy enjoys going on runs and hikes with us, but anything over 6 miles and she requests that we carry her home! Daisy is a gentle soul that loves human affection (mostly belly rubs and head scratches). She will nudge your hand until you pet her or tell her “enough.” Daisy has been around children of all ages including when Kristen’s niece, Ella, was a baby; Daisy was extremely gentle with Ella.

In Daisy’s older age, she loves sunbathing on our deck, on the floor in our bedroom in the mornings, and chasing the sunspots in the house throughout the day. Since we have been working from home during the weekdays, Daisy has learned to follow us around all day and spends most of the days lying on her beds and dog blankets in each of our offices until we are done with our workday.

We know Daisy is getting older. In the last year, she was diagnosed with Kidney Disease. She has had her fair share of trips to the vet for illnesses related to her health, but she has a strong spirit. We know she will not be around forever, but we will enjoy every minute we have left with her.

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Our Home

We bought our home thinking of our future family. We live 3 houses away from an elementary school and decided to keep the little free library house in our front yard that was already there. When we were looking to purchase our home, our cover letter mentioned that we want to put up a play area in our large backyard and cook the home-grown vegetables from the garden beds that we have. We made a carved, wooden sign with our family name for the front door area as a reminder to us that our family has a home filled with love.

One of the best parts of our house is the large deck that we have in our backyard that has a distant view of the bay. Whether we are out on the deck enjoying a family celebration, BBQing a delicious dinner, or reading a book in the sunshine with the water fountain on, we love to use our deck.

We live in a diverse area and have access to many resources, but are still able to be far enough away from the freeways and busy streets so that we feel safe and can enjoy the peaceful neighborhood. We love walking our dog, Daisy, throughout our hilly suburban neighborhood as we look out to views of the bay and enjoy the morning fog that rolls over us.

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Our Family

Family is important to us. We typically call our parents at least once and sometimes twice a week. Both of our parents are within 30 minutes of our home and we visit with each other every few weekends for a lunch or dinner together.

Kristen’s parents have been blessed to live a fortunate lifestyle. Cheryl and Dave started with an average life and built their way up. Having lived abroad for years in Singapore, they have a strong sense of cultural diversity and acceptance of all people. They are proud grandparents of Ella, a smart, witty and athletic 7-year-old girl. In the beginning of the Pandemic, Cheryl was Ella’s virtual teacher while Ella was at her home in Canada with Kristen’s sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Marko. Dave and Cheryl do not get to see Michelle, Marko, and Ella as much as they would like, but they commonly speak daily with each other and even have daily jokes that they read to each other.

Konrad’s parents are hard-working people from Poland who came to the United States to provide a better life for their child. Jolanta and Roman are loving, caring and responsible people who understand the value of hard work. Jolanta is a nanny and has worked with newborn babies, toddlers, and young children. Roman is a contractor who installs hardwood floors. Both have spent a lot of their time with children and are looking forward to the day that they are grandparents.

How a Child will Enrich our Lives

The greatest gift in life is love. We have each other and are incredibly happy with our lives. But we have been so focused on ourselves, our health, and our careers, that we realize we are missing something bigger: we want to grow our family. We see how happy our friends and families are raising their children and we know that we want this too. A child will help us be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. Raising a child will teach us what is important in life. We are so looking forward to having a little one to be focused on and ensuring that they have what they need to be healthy, happy, and loved.

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What Kind of Parents We will Be

We envision our parenting style to be loving and supportive where all we ask is that our child does their best, is honest, open, and respectful. If our child wants to do sports, we will be there, supporting their decision, but will also teach them about committing to something when they sign up. We will support our child trying new activities while steering them for a balanced lifestyle. We want your child to be a kid, to experience life, but also not be overwhelmed.

We will provide your child with everything we grew up with and more; a strong value doing the right thing and being a good person, a solid education, and opportunities to choose their own path. We will guide your child with advice, knowledge, and experience to help them be able to succeed in live.

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Our Faith

We are spiritual but not religious. We were both raised as Catholic, but we do not practice any religion in our adulthood. For us, our relationship with God is spiritual, not religious. After a childhood of strict religious upbringing, we both learned that the best way for us to have a relationship with God is by being out in nature and seeing the wonderful creations that He made. There is a photo of Proxy Waterfalls (in Oregon) that Kristen took on one of our vacations that evokes the feeling that God is communicating with us. We have this photo on our bedroom wall and look at this every day as a reminder to us as to what is important in life and a moment to speak with God.

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How We Met

We met through our work. At the time, we were strictly focused on business. Kristen noticed how kind and funny Konrad was, but it was not the right time for her. It was not until a few years later when our paths crossed again that we both realized we had a connection. We started taking short walks together for our work breaks and talked about how we both enjoyed playing board games and hiking. Konrad asked Kristen to go on a hike along the ocean and we were both so nervous but knew that we liked each other. This is also when Konrad met Daisy. When Kristen saw how good Konrad was with Daisy and how quickly Daisy took to Konrad, she knew that this guy was a keeper. That next weekend we went on another hike in the nearby Redwoods forest and officially started dating. We still joke to this day about who kissed who first!

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Our Lifestyle

We focus on the positive things in our lives, know what is important in our lives and we are in-tune with ourselves (mind, body, soul). We cook gluten-free food together most evenings, watch a TV show or movie together and sometimes play board games together to have some fun. It is important to us to be in-tune with nature as well. We do this by spending as much time outdoors as we can, whether it is hiking, biking, paddle boarding, or even Kristen doing landscape photography while Konrad enjoys the scenery. When we need some alone time, we both recharge with our individual hobbies, meditations, and finding our inner peace.

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On a Typical 3-Day Weekend

A typical 3-day weekend for us is a little bit of outdoor activities, a little bit of house chores, and a little bit of relaxation time. We like to have a balance of what we want to do and what we have to do. When we have a 3-day weekend, we’ll usually start with either going on a hike, bike ride, or to the nearby archery outdoor course. After a day of sunshine and enjoying ourselves, we come back home and relax with either a board game, watching TV, or reading. Once we’ve had our fun, it’s time to focus on what needs to get done: grocery store, cooking, cleaning, laundry. We also try to see both of our parents at least every few weekends, so any 3-day weekend makes this easier for everyone!

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Our Personalities

The reason we work well as a couple is because our personalities have a lot in common. We are both introverts who are analytical by nature. Throughout our relationship we have learned that we are both genuine, caring, and loyal with everyone. We also enjoy being creative. What makes us stronger as a couple is that our strengths complement each other’s weaknesses. Some of Konrad’s qualities are that he is funny, cautious (perceptive with his safety and environment), headstrong (good when getting things done but bad when being stubborn). He is outgoing in social settings but usually leaves the activity planning to Kristen. Some of Kristen’s qualities are that she is reserved, open-minded, mindful, loves to learn and is a teacher by nature. She is always looking for ideas for the next activities or things to do and having Konrad narrow the scope to the best option. We are strong individually, but even stronger as a couple.

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Our Hobbies

Both of us enjoy being creative in our spare time. Konrad has been assembling and painting tabletop miniature models for over 15 years. He thoroughly enjoys spending time perfecting his painting technique while listening to historic YouTube videos and tabletop game podcasts. Kristen has been doing photography for over 15 years. Her focus is on landscape, wildlife and travel photography. While it might not be possible to go take photos on workdays, there are always lots of photos to edit and techniques to research and try. Together, we enjoy playing board games, hiking, biking, and archery. We both like to sit down at our dining table and play one of our many board games, like Takenoko, Patchwork, or 7 Wonders. It is always fun to have a little competition with each other.

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Our Favorite Vacation

For our honeymoon, we went to Belize for a two-week getaway that was incredible! We split the time between being inland and along the beach so that we could experience as many attractions as possible that Belize had to offer. When we stayed inland, we saw ancient Mayan ruins, wildlife and went spelunking (cave exploration). Konrad learned how much he enjoyed spelunking and that he is terrified of the giant spiders! Kristen has spent time in tropical locations before and loved being back in a rainforest and hearing the birds and monkeys. The beaches are beautiful in Belize. Snorkeling with sea turtles, sting rays and nursing sharks along the world’s second longest reef was a once in a lifetime opportunity. One of the perks of staying right at the ocean was the amazing fresh seafood! The 2018 World Cup was also during our Honeymoon and we loved watching the games while resting in our room. We had such a great time on this trip that we plan to go back one day.

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Family Traditions

In our new house, we started our traditions of hosting holiday meals with our parents. For the last few years, we have hosted Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and most specially, Christmas Eve Dinner. In Poland, Christmas Eve is especially important. Konrad’s mom and Kristen make traditional Polish foods such as borscht with uszka (beet soup with tortellini) and pierogi (dumplings). We typically celebrate Christmas Morning with Kristen’s parents with a big breakfast. We are learning to make our own traditions because we understand the importance of traditions. The day does not make the holiday, the people and the atmosphere are what makes it truly special.

Another important tradition that we started this past year is a daily routine that we feel is worth mentioning. Most days, especially if we are having a tougher day, we ask each other what our 5-Gratefuls are for the day. When we are stuck in a rut or worrying about getting things done, it is time for us to step back and reflect on 5 things that we are grateful in our lives. We find that when we pause in our busy lives, we get some perspective and realize what is important to us. We will continue this tradition with your child as it is part of who we are.

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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is that your child will know love. They will know that they are cared for, supported, and inspired to be themselves. We know that this is a very challenging and difficult time for you. You are making a life-changing decision that will impact many lives. Imagine that your child can have everything they need in life to be healthy, happy, and successful. We promise to give everything we can to ensure that this dream comes true. The most important values that we follow and promise to teach your child are: Never give up, listen to your heart, and you are loved.

Message Konrad and Kristen

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Konrad and Kristen

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!