Hola, we are Pancho and Merilee, a multi-racial, blended, bilingual (Spanish) family from Kansas who understands the joys found in celebrating our uniqueness. For two people who generally would rather talk about anything other than themselves, pouring our collective life and heart on this page is not a simple task. But the motivation is powerful and the intentions are sincere. Adoption has been on our hearts and minds for years and we know that it is time to act!
Pancho’s sense of humor sets the mood of our home. He has the ability to turn any situation into a game; even studying for a spelling test becomes fun when he uses his surfer dude voice. Not having any biological children of his own, he has gracefully taken his place in the hearts of the kids and supports them in every way possible. I could not ask for a better person by my side, he lets me talk his ear off, gives the best hugs, and pushes me to continually learn and grow. (Written by Merilee) Pancho is a Middle School Principal who is respected and enjoyed by both the teachers and students in his school. Together our family embraces both American and Hispanic cultures. Pancho and his family are fluent Spanish speakers and trips to visit his Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins in Mexico are always an adventure.
Merilee is truly one of the kindest and most resourceful people you will ever meet. No problem is ever too big or too small for her to lend a helping hand and caring heart. She possess the uncanny ability to look at a particular situation, pick it apart and somehow figure out the best way to address or handle it where others may have given up hope of some sort of resolution altogether. She is truly a kind soul that lives by the Golden Rule and her love for life is simply contagious. (Written by Pancho) Merilee is a School Psychologist and is always thinking outside of the box in order to help the kids that she works with. The time off in the summer, extended school breaks, and school ‘work’ hours gives us flexibility and extra time together as a family.