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Kody & Meghan

Kody & Meghan

As a family, we strive to create memories together. We enjoy being on the go and taking in different experiences and seeing new places. Since we try to visit different places, we have created a few traditions to remember our travels and moments together. One tradition is that we try to get a postcard wherever we visit. Whether it be on a family trip or if Kody is away on business, we write a note about our trip and memories.

We can’t wait to build our snow globe and postcard collection with the newest family member!

When Kody travels, he will find a postcard and write a note to Finn about what he is doing and how he is thinking about us. Another tradition that we have started is collecting mini snow globes. Whether we visit a new zoo, a new state, or a new museum we document by finding a mini snow globe. We value our family time together and cherish all of the fun things we do as a family. We can’t wait to build our snow globe and postcard collection with the newest family member!

our adoption hopes

Gender:A Boy or A Girl
Ethnicities:Any Race and Ethnicity
Age:Newborn to 12 Months
Total of:1 Child

a snapshot of us

We Live In:Wyoming, Michigan
Our Faith:Christian
Pets:No Pets
Kids Already:One Child Now
Child Care:Licensed Child Care Center, 

Our Story

In 2008, we were both attending college at Grand Valley State University. We met each other at a college function, where Kody sought me out and asked if I would like to perform a stunt. Being the new young freshman, I excitedly said yes! After trying to impress me, Kody endured an injury causing him to bleed and need minor medical attention. I was happy to help him out and attend to his medical needs and I knew it was love at first sight.

Soon after, Meghan did a little harmless stalking but it didn’t take long for Kody to ask Meghan to be his girlfriend. Meghan has always admired Kody’s sense of humor and his adventurous spirit. Kody fell in love with Meghan’s passion for her family and her outgoing personality.

A few years later in 2014, on the hottest day of the year, we proudly declared our love for each other in front of our most beloved family and friends. From that moment on we knew that we were an unstoppable team and that with each other love and support we could do anything!

Kody sought me out and asked if I would like to perform a stunt.
We love to be outdoors, on the go, and making memories together.

Our Relaxation & Fun

We are a very adventurous family. We love to be outdoors, on the go, and making memories together. When it is warm out, we enjoy riding bikes, visiting different local playgrounds, splashing in Lake Michigan, or roasted marshmallows around a fire as we camp. At home, we love to play in our fenced backyard that is full of toys; including a sandbox, a little house, and an outdoor sensory table.

Playing outside is one of Finn’s favorite things to do along with riding his bike. During the winter months, you will find us outside building snowmen and making sledding hills in our backyard, and sippin’ on hot chocolate by a fire. Kody enjoys snowboarding and can’t wait to teach Finn and our future child.

Kody is an avid golfer and will typically golf once a week as a way to relax and decompress. Meghan can be found in her craft room creating something fun or experimenting in the kitchen with some good country tunes. Finn loves playing with his garbage trucks, trains, and reading books. Spending time together as a family is so important to us! We try to stay active and create lasting memories together.

our adoption hopes

Gender: A Boy or A Girl

Ethnicities: Any Race and Ethnicity

Age: Newborn to 12 Months

Total of: 1 Child

a snapshot
of us

We Live In: Wyoming, Michigan

Our Faith: Christian

Pets: No Pets

Kids Already: One Child Now

Child Care Plan: Licensed Child Care Center, 

Our Family & Friends

We are extremely blessed to have a fantastic and supportive family and friends. Meghan’s immediate family is very close and local. Mimi and Papa (Meghan’s parents) adore their grandchildren and make every attempt to see them weekly. A yearly vacation is planned with Meghan’s side of the family.

Whether it is a week spent camping or a trip to the sandy beaches in Florida – we are intentional about our family time with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Kody’s family is a short drive and a flight away! One of Finn’s favorite times is when cousin Bryce comes over to sleep over!

We are extremely blessed to have a variety of friends. We have a few close couples locally and a few close friends in Kalamazoo that we strive to meet and connect with. All of our closest friends have kids from the age of 1-16. When we get together with friends we love playing board games, laughing, and just catching up on life. We will frequently set up playdates for the kids at the zoo, a playground, or just at each other’s homes! We cherish all of our friends and their support through our lives and our adoption journey.

Whether it is a week spent camping or a trip to the sandy beaches in Florida - we are intentional about our family time.
We have enough space for multiple play spaces and space to entertain friends and family.

Our Home & Neighborhood

In the fall of 2020, we moved into a new house. Frequently referred to as the “new house” by Finn, we have enough space for multiple play spaces and space to entertain friends and family. We have enjoyed transforming the “new house” into our home. One of the reasons we purchased this house was for the large spacious deck and the fenced-in backyard. We knew with how much we enjoy being outside, we wanted a space for friends and family to visit and enjoy time together.

Our home is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story home is full of toys, love, and laughter. We have a very open main level of the house that consists of a kitchen, living room, and dining room – plenty of room to run in circles and play ‘chase’ as we frequently do with Finn. In the future, we plan to do some updates to the main level flooring and a bathroom remodel.

We have quickly become acclimated to our neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Our culturally and racially diverse neighborhood provides us access to two parks within walking distance, a quick drive to Grand Rapids, and the appeal of a quiet corner lot with minimal traffic. We have already developed a close relationship with a family across the street. We are excited to continue to explore the neighborhood and continue to build neighborly friendships with other families.

Our Thoughts On...

Education

Meghan and her family are all educators, and we view education as the foundation for a successful childhood. We believe that education is a lifelong process that not only includes science and math, but also creativity, critical thinking, self-expression, and compassion among other things.

We both have continued education as adults and have filled our home with books and spend countless hours reading to our son who has a love for stories. We plan to have our children enrolled in the public schools district where Meghan works. We vow to support our children through their school careers and help to foster and make their dreams come true.

Correction & Discipline

We view discipline as a learning opportunity (for both our child and ourselves) rather than an opportunity for pain and anger. We prefer to take a minute (or two) to breathe, discuss what happened, how we can learn, and what choices we can make the next time. We believe that this approach shows our children that we love them, and also gives them real-world solutions (and consequences) to their choices and actions.

Currently, we are implementing a strategy called “1-2-3 magic” which removes all emotions from a situation and sets clear expectations for the parent and the child. Physical punishment is not an option that is on the table in our household as it is not a healthy (or realistic) way to express, learn from, or modify a behavior.

Our Faith Views

Religion is a large part of our lives. We attend a very welcoming and dynamic church every Sunday morning. Our faith is the center of our marriage, parenting, and lifestyle. We enjoy jamming to Christian music wherever we are!

In addition to attending church weekly, we are a part of a small group that helps to grow and facilitate Christian relationships with other families and challenges us in our faith. It is our hope that we raise our children in a strong faith-filled home where God is the center of their life. We promise to read our children Bible stories, pray at mealtimes/bedtime, and to help facilitate a relationship with God.

We enjoy jamming to Christian music wherever we are!
Overall my job is very rewarding and allows me to contribute to the lives of others.

Kody's Career

I work in the world of Substance Abuse and Mental Health treatment. My job consists of networking, marketing, and being a professional problem solver. My days are spent talking to doctors, therapists, families, and potential patients about the importance of getting treatment for their addiction to allow them to live the happiest and healthiest lives possible.

I work primarily from home (when I’m not in meetings) which allows me to have the flexibility to attend doctor appointments, field trips, and even work from campsites once in a while (don’t tell my boss). I do travel sometimes for work, and try to plan trips to allow for my family to tag along and visit local attractions while I work. Overall my job is very rewarding and allows me to contribute to the lives of others.

I plan on taking some time off when baby arrives to help support the growth of our family. After some time off, I plan on going back to work and continuing to support our family by dropping and picking the kids up from daycare.

Meghan's Career

I love my job! Every day, I get the privilege to work with little kids that have a speech and language delay or a cognitive delay. I love using my knowledge and skillset to help my students reach their highest potential. I enjoy using my creativity to come up with different activities for my students to work on that focus on different academic areas.

Often the activities that I create in the classroom come home so they can also be used with Finn. My father was always my inspiration for being a special education teacher, as I would frequently visit his classroom. I have been teaching for about 7 years and know that teaching is my passion and my lifelong career. Since I am a teacher, I am off June – August which allows time for travel and time to spend at home with Finn.

I plan on taking a minimum of 6-12 weeks maternity leave. In the event where more time is needed, I am able to do this. I believe it is so important to bond and create a relationship with the child during this transition period. When we feel as a family we have created a routine and that our child is emotionally ready, we plan to have our child attend a licensed daycare center while we are both at work.

Teaching is my passion and my lifelong career.

Kody

Year of Birth: 1986
Education: Bachelors in Exercise Science from Grand Valley State
Occupation: Business Development Representative
Family Background:

My mother came from an all German family. My dad’s heritage consisted of English and German. My mother would often make German meals that consisted of Rouladen, purple cabbage, and potatoes. German food was a staple in our household.

Meghan

Year of Birth: 1989
Education: Masters in Early Childhood Education from Grand Valley State University
Occupation: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
Family Background:

My mother’s heritage is mostly Dutch and my father’s heritage is Polish. Every year you will find us attending a polish festival with friends and family indulging in kielbasa and pierogies. We also have many traditions that we partake in around the Christmas season such as baking cookies and opening stockings

We just want to say

Thank you so much for taking the opportunity to get to know us and see a glimpse of our family. We want to express our sincere thankfulness that you chose life for your child. We want you to know that we have been praying for you as you go through this process. We’ve known from the minute we met- we wanted to grow our family with children. After numerous years of fertility treatments and unsuccessful pregnancies, God led us down the path of adoption.

Since then we have been blessed with our little guy Finn who makes life so much more exciting. However, our family is not complete yet! We are excited to continue on the adoption journey and see what is in store for our family! We want you to know that our family and friends are also praying for our future baby and birth family- and you are already so loved.

We want you to know that you will always be respected and honored in our home and it will be such a blessing for your child to be loved by so many people. We pray that God gives you peace with your decisions and adoption plan.

Sincerely,

Kody
 and Meghan
Completed Educational Sessions
  • Behavioral and Emotional Needs of Adoptive Children
  • Child Separation, Attachment, and Bonding

Our ideal situation would be for you to be involved in the child’s life. We would love to be a part of your pregnancy journey and hospital plan if that is possible. Then we would like time for us to bond as a family at the beginning and then slowly continue building a relationship with you! We would love to send pictures and updates and set times to get together for special occasions. You will always be respected and honored in our household. You are and will always be a special part of our family.

OUR COMFORT LEVEL WITH DIFFERENT ADOPTION OPTIONS

Meeting together before placement:  
Meeting your family members:  
Exchanging phone numbers:  
Following each other on social media:  
Supporting your adoption counseling:  
Being with you for your prenatal visits:  
Discussing baby names with you:  
Shopping together for baby’s needs:  
Inviting you to see the nursery:  
Being at the hospital during delivery:  
Caring for baby when you are ready:  
Inviting you to workshops, picnics, etc.:  
Keeping you up-to-date with photos:  
Keeping in touch by written messages:  
Keeping in touch with phone calls:  
Keeping in touch with video chats:  
Getting together in person:  
Sharing your photos, gifts, etc. you send:  
Including you in some family photos:  
Introducing you to our extended family:  
Inviting you to some family events:  
LEGEND
Very Comfortable
Mostly Comfortable
Unsure
A Bit Uneasy
Not Comfortable

Our ideal situation would be for you to be involved in the child’s life. We would love to be a part of your pregnancy journey and hospital plan if that is possible. Then we would like time for us to bond as a family at the beginning and then slowly continue building a relationship with you! We would love to send pictures and updates and set times to get together for special occasions. You will always be respected and honored in our household. You are and will always be a special part of our family.

Just one more thing...

Our ideal situation would be for you to be involved in the child’s life. We would love to be a part of your pregnancy journey and hospital plan if that is possible. Then we would like time for us to bond as a family at the beginning and then slowly continue building a relationship with you! We would love to send pictures and updates and set times to get together for special occasions. You will always be respected and honored in our household. You are and will always be a special part of our family.

To Learn More About This Family
Call or Text: 616-451-0245
(616) 451-0245
(616) 451-0245
Greater Hopes
2453 28th Street SW
Wyoming, MI 49519