Kevin & Kellie
We met in the northeast of England at a barbeque hosted by a mutual friend in the summer of 2007 and have been together ever since. Both of us knew that we had found the person we wanted to go through the peaks and valleys of life with. We moved from London, England to Indianapolis in 2014. Kevin is an HVAC Service Technician Apprentice with a background in carpentry, so he is a very handy guy. Kellie is a scientist and proud to be a nerd. Dealing with medical issues including endometriosis and infertility has made our relationship even stronger. We love going to concerts together and exploring Indianapolis restaurants, museums, parks, and shopping. We have also enjoyed traveling together to places such as Rome, Paris, Athens, Dublin, Cancun, Las Vegas, Orlando, and Gulf Shores. We hope that you are interested in learning more about us because we can’t wait to get to know you!
MEET KEVIN (BY KELLIE)
Kevin is a caring, cheeky, clever, loyal, hard-working man. Making people laugh comes naturally to him. One of the many reasons I love him is that I have always seen that he will be a great dad. He is bursting at the seams to kick the soccer ball around with a child, read books with them, and give lots of hugs. He’s a wonderful uncle to our nephew. Although he will always consider himself British, he is looking forward to gaining his American citizenship so that he can vote! Kevin is a very supportive husband and a great listener. He might seem (rightly so) like he is tough and masculine, but I also know his soft side: the tender playful side with a heart of gold that loves cats, especially our kitties Faustino and Miss Elizabeth.
MEET KELLIE (BY KEVIN)
Kellie is one of the sweetest girls you will ever meet. Everyone who meets her falls in love with her gentle, caring nature. I love her selflessness which shows when she gives her spare time to help others by tutoring kids and helping with homework at the Julian Center or fundraising for charity. Kellie has always wanted to be a mom, and I can see her being an amazing one. When she dotes on our nephew, I can see her tenderness and the joy she takes in being with children. She is super smart and driven. When she sets her mind to do a task she does not rest until it is done. The list of things I love about Kellie is endless but the most important is how she cares about helping other people. That shows in her work as a scientist, in her spare time and everything in between. She is someone who would offer you her umbrella on a rainy day and go get soaked herself. The world is a better place with Kellie in it.
We live in Indianapolis on 1 acre in a diverse neighborhood near good schools, parks, shopping, and entertainment. There is a good mix of young families and retired couples. Our house was built in 1965 and it is made for family, which is why we chose it to be our home! With 5 bedrooms, there is plenty of space for the baby’s bedroom and a guest room for our family whenever they come to visit. Currently one bedroom is set up as a home gym, and another is a home office, which Kellie uses occasionally to work from home instead of commuting to work. There is a swimming pool in the back yard where we spend all of our free time in the summer, and we have lots of extra green space to run around and kick the soccer ball. There is a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and making S’mores. We have a basketball goal along the driveway where we can practice shooting hoops.
Inside the split-level and open plan layout allow the whole family to be in view from the kitchen, dining room, living room, sunroom, and family room on the first floor. We enjoy 2 fireplaces in the wintertime, especially when we can be surrounded by the warm twinkling glow of lights on the Christmas tree inside and on the house and trees outside.
OUR KITTY CATS
We adopted 2 cats from our friends who live on a farm. Faustino was the first one we brought home on New Year’s Eve. He is named after one of Kevin’s favorite football players Faustino Asprilla from Colombia. He’s also named after one of Kevin’s favorite Spanish wines. In September of the next year we brought home Miss Elizabeth, who is named after the manager and wife of “Macho Man” Randy Savage. They love to sunbathe in their cat tree in the sun room with the windows open, smell the fresh air, hear the birds chirp, and stalk the squirrels scampering around the garden.
OUR IDEAS ON PARENTING
Balance is the key to our parenting philosophy. We will encourage our child to be independent, generous, work hard, and equally we will ensure that they enjoy their childhood. We want them to have ample time to play, be creative, develop their talents, and do the things that they love. We want them to experience the real world and nature, not just staring at computer screens and iPads for hours on end. We want to teach our child to be kind and to work to make the world a better place. We see ourselves as global citizens, and we want to inspire a thirst for knowledge and appreciation of diverse cultures.
OUR EXTENDED FAMILY
Kevin has a big family who all live in Newcastle in England. We keep in touch with them regularly on WhatsApp and Skype.
Kellie’s mom, dad, and 98-year-old grandmother still live in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Her sister, brother-in-law, and nephew live in Atlanta, Georgia, and we traditionally spend Thanksgiving with them. It’s part cooking and feasting, part riding four-wheelers and making target practice on the farm in Kentucky. We spend the time between Christmas and New Year with Kellie’s parents and grandmother in Memphis. We are also close with Kellie’s cousins who live in Knoxville, TN and Raleigh, NC. The whole extended family gathers throughout the year for birthdays and special occasions.
In Indianapolis, we have a network of close supportive friends that we have made through work and volunteering in the community. We have dinners with our friends, in their homes or ours. We love to play games or sing karaoke with our friends. This diverse network of friends and family all support us in the journey to grow our family and are excited to see us welcome a baby into our family.
We are an open book and welcome any questions that you have. We would love to know you as well!