Hello mamma, we're glad you're here! We both grew up in smaller families with just one sibling each. Everyone lives within 40 minutes of us, and they are all really excited about our decision to adopt. In fact, we have several members who have adopted and fostered children, so adoption is already a part of our family story. Between our family and friends, we have a great support system. Of course, we get together for all major holidays but we also love to just enjoy each other’s company.
From the moment that I met Chris, I knew there was something special about him. Looking back, it probably only took me a couple of times of hanging out with him to realize that I had feelings for him. Chris is the most kind and generous man that I’ve ever gotten to know. He goes out of his way to comfort and help those around us. If someone in our bible study is struggling, Chris makes sure to check in on them or take them out to lunch just talk and help process what’s going on. If I’m facing a challenge at work or in my personal life, Chris takes that challenge on with me. He supports, encourages me and will do all he can to help me succeed. He’s also just a lot of fun to be around! No one makes me laugh like Chris, and I can say with confidence that he’s already got plenty of dad jokes ready for when he finally becomes a father! I know that any child would be lucky to call Chris, “dad.” He’s such a gentle and supportive man, and will be an incredible parent.
When Emily and I first started spending time together, alongside our church friends, I wasn’t really looking for a relationship. I was concentrating on my career and just taking each day one step at a time. But as we really got to know each other, I grew closer and closer to her. She was so warm and comforting, and listened better than anyone I had met before. When my family went through a pretty major crisis, I didn’t hesitate. Emily was the first person I called. I knew that no one else could help me find calm like she could, and I was right. After that, it was only a matter of months before I was completely in love with her. There’s something really special about Emily. She has this way of making everyone around her feel at ease. I notice this a lot when she’s helping teach Sunday school. Although the kids didn’t really know her prior to joining the class, they all gravitated to her. They trust that she’s there for them, and I think they really respect how she gets down on their level. Having witnessed this at church, I can only imagine how wonderful she’ll be with the child that we adopt. I know that she’s going to be an incredible mom, and I can’t wait to see the special relationship that she develops with a little one.