Keenan is doing great! In fact, since we moved to LA he’s told us he wants to be an entertainer, so we put him in glee, musical theater, hip hop and broadway dance. He also started modeling in December and has been shooting for Gymboree. You can see him on the website, in stores and on mailers.
He is a great student, his teachers and other parents ADORE him, and he’s an all-round athlete. He just learned to snowboard at Lake Tahoe over spring break. He happens to also be great at math and robots, and he loves babies and animals. In fact, he and big sister Vanessa keep begging us to adopt more babies.
Open adoption has worked out great for all of us. Keenan knows both birth parents and feels those beams of love from them at all times. We helped Keenan’s birth mama Nikkie do her family tree using DNA, and she miraculously connected with her own (late) birth mother’s family, found out she has two half sisters who she has connected with, and found out who her birth father is. He had never been married, has no other kids, and didn’t know about Nikkie. She has two giant new families now! What an experience someone who grew up as an adopted only child.
We continue to shape our open adoption with insights from Mama Nikkie and how her adoption story has unfolded. We are also helping Keenan’s birth father do his family tree. He was raised by his maternal grandmother and doesn’t really know his father. As with Mama Nikkie, we are offering to make some connections together, to support Keenan and his family of origin. Mama Nikkie, Jack and I keep talking about the book we are going to write. Adoption has changed our lives in so many awesome, exciting, powerful ways!