Hello! We are Patrick and Kathryn. Thank you for taking time to hear our story.

Our romance started when we met as teenage grocery store cashiers. A few years later, Kathryn was giving her first email address to anyone who would listen, so we began writing and fell in love. It was like an internet romance with someone you already know! That summer our relationship was cemented when we spent a month visiting friends in England. One of the highlights was stumbling into a world-famous ballroom in a building called Blackpool Tower. Years later, we took lessons before our next trip and were able to dance in the same stunning setting!

Since our marriage in “2004-ever,” we have called many places home, experiencing aurora in North Dakota, and leading friends on our unofficial “monuments at night” tour when we lived near Washington D.C. After all of our adventures, we are putting down roots and we’re ready to start a family. Pregnancy is medically not an option for Kathryn, so we are excited to see our family grow through adoption. It’s humbling to hear what our closest friends have said, that we are thoughtful, positive, and gentle. We lead active lives and enjoy quality time at home. We are often found exploring a museum, cooking a meal together, or playing board games. If our 13-year-old cat could talk, he would say that any child living here will be spoiled and loved.

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Financial Support

Expectant mothers who choose to make an adoption plan may qualify for some level of financial assistance during their pregnancy. However, each person's situation and specific needs are different. Your adoption social worker can help you determine what level of assistance you qualify for and deserve. Many expectant mothers qualify for financial assistance to cover basic pregnancy and living expenses, including but not limited to - transportation reimbursement, utility assistance for phone, water, and electricity/gas, maternity clothing and supplements, etc.

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FAQ’s about placing a baby for Adoption

I'm considering giving my baby up for adoption. How much does that cost?

It won't cost you anything. If you choose to place your baby for adoption, all of your medical and legal fees will be covered and you may be eligible for financial assistance with other pregnancy-related expenses.

I'm experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and don't know who the birth father is. Can I still place my baby for adoption?

Yes. Even if you don’t know the identity of the birth father, you can still choose to make an adoption plan. However, every adoption situation is different. The adoption social worker you’re assigned to will get to know you and your story first, and then guide you through the process accordingly.

When is the right time to talk with an adoption professional?

You can make an adoption plan at any point in your pregnancy, even after the baby has been born. But, it's important to start the process as early in your pregnancy as possible. Connecting with those resources will allow you to gain access to important medical services, including prenatal care, to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

When I create an adoption plan, will I get to choose who is in the room with me during delivery?

One aspect of your adoption plan is the "Hospital Plan" an outline of how you'd like your hospital stay and delivery to go. You can craft this on your own or with the help of your adoption social worker. But everything is up to you. You’ll be able to choose who comes to the hospital with you, who is in the room with you during delivery, and how much time you’d like to spend with the baby before signing the final papers.

How much contact will I have with the adoptive family after I place my baby with them?

As part of your adoption plan, you'll determine whether or not you’d like to have an open or closed adoption or something in between. Open adoptions may include phone calls, messaging (via social media, email, or text), and/or periodic visits each year. Closed adoptions may include no contact at all or annual updates provided to the birth parent(s) by the adoptive family. Each post-adoption relationship is different and can vary based on what an expectant mother chooses in her adoption plan.

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Golden Books

09/03/2022

On most nights I read a few pages of a book to Kathryn. This helps her drift off to sleep, and helps me to get sleepy too. On August 19th this year, with all the hustle of the first days of school going on, she was a little surprised and let out a laugh when I opened up and began to read "Too Many Carrots." This is from the Little Golden Book series which was a staple when we were growing up. My late father would read many of these books to me when I was a child. He often got tired of reading the same book, so he would change the story in creative ways just to have a little fun and see if I was paying attention. My favorite was always the Bugs Bunny story, Too Many Carrots, in which Bugs wins a carrot-pie eating contest. He eats so many pies, and wins so many bushels of carrots from his friends that he suddenly loses his appetite, ending the book with the quote, "Too many carrots is too many carrots." After my dad passed away, I searched the internet for this book, and now we have an annual...

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Back to School & Work

08/28/2022

Kathryn started back at school this week !  And Patrick attended a weather conference in Pittsburgh. The Burkes have been busy. This is Kathryn's second year in this school district, and she's starting to really make friends with the other teachers.  Here is a look at the 9th grade English teachers (Kathryn on the far left). So far this year's batch of kids has been good! Maybe the effects of COVID and being cooped up at home all the time are fading. Meanwhile, Patrick's conference was one of the two biggest weather conferences that take place annually in the U.S., and it was a lot of fun. Patrick went to spread the word about his office's experimental predictions - here is an example of the very accurate forecasts of damaging winds in South Dakota this May. The red splotch is the forecast, and the blue dots are where severe winds occurred. Patrick got to see a lot of friends who are both weather forecasters and researchers. In between meetings and presentations, they managed to go for a group run, catch a Pittsburgh Pirates game, and photograph some storms!   Meanwhile, Kathryn and Avior couldn't wait for Patrick to return home....

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Summer Vacation

08/19/2022

Knowing we could become adoptive parents any day now, we only took one small trip away from home this summer. One of Patrick's favorite sports is baseball, and our team, the Oklahoma Sooners, made it to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. We got tickets for two games, but Oklahoma kept playing so well that only one of those games ended up being necessary. Still, we decided we would drive up for the one game and just make it an adventure. And it really was an adventure! We stopped in Wichita, Kansas, where we toured their "Museum of World Treasures." Such an unexpected find in Wichita. Patrick has a coin collection and enjoyed seeing coins from as far back as Julius Caesar! That evening we were driving through eastern Nebraska near sunset, and thousands of fireflies came out to line the road on either side. There were no other cars around, and it was a magical moment for us. We saw a sign for an apple orchard, and decided we'd call this place Firefly Orchard. Then it turned out to be the place where we had booked our hotel. The whole place is run by the Arbor Day Foundation....

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Birthday Season!

08/08/2022

Kathryn's birthday is in late July, and Patrick's is in early August. Birthday season! This year we invited people to our home. Kathryn's parents came over to celebrate her birthday with dinner and conversation. They brought some beautiful flowers. For Patrick's birthday we set up a game night with Patrick's two brothers and a few long-time friends. Kathryn made an amazing spread of food, and Patrick enjoyed playing board games all evening long with his guests. We even bought a piñata that we had stumbled into while shopping for food. After the tie suspending the piñata broke, it was very silly to see Patrick swinging a baseball bat at the flying piñata, which was in the shape of a video game controller. The featured picture for this post shows Patrick (middle) with his two younger brothers at the end of a fun evening. We can't wait until we have a little one's birthday to celebrate.  

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Creativity

09/21/2022

In August it finally started raining a little bit in Oklahoma. The lawn and garden perked up, and we're really happy with it. The daily temperatures have still been unbearably hot right through September - we may have a record high today (Sep 21) - but at least the outdoors looks nice on the surface. Avior's been enjoying it, too. We put him in a harness so we can keep him tethered to us on the porch. He wouldn't run away, but the problem is if we let him roam free he always eats the grass and later throws it up in the house. You can see him longing to eat the vegetation and then throw it up, in this picture. Silly cats! Since the heat is keeping us inside most of the time, we've used this month to work on creative projects. Kathryn likes to embroider, and she spent a good two weeks working to put an elaborate image of her school mascot on a blouse. She's planning to wear it to school this Friday. And Patrick continued his songwriting efforts. Patrick writes the songs and records the lead guitar, and his best friend from high school helps to...

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