Dear Expectant Parent(s),
Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about our story. Before you go any further in this letter, know that we are praying for you. We do not know the circumstances that have led you to this decision, but we do know the challenge of making difficult choices and the back-and-forth about making sure you make the ‘right choice’. We know that your decision is one that is made with love and courage. For that, we are thankful even if you don’t choose us to parent your child. If you choose us, we pray that we are able to fulfill the hopes and dreams you have for your child.
We are Chris and Kelly. We’ve been together for 9 years and married for 5. We first met while in college at a local church group event. Early on in our relationship we had both discussed the idea of adopting children in our future. Back then, we thought adoption would happen after having biological children. God’s plans were different from our plans. After struggling with infertility for 3 years we learned we would not be able to have biological children. During the infertility struggles we also became more convinced that God wanted us to be parents, the more we waited the more clear it became that we would become parents through adoption.
About Chris (written by Kelly):
Chris is genuine, kind, friendly, compassionate, and committed to family. Chris loves people, and will take the time to ensure that everyone he meets feels comfortable and welcomed. He greets people by name and asks them how they are doing no matter where he is, and he has a genuine servant’s heart towards everyone he meets. This desire to serve others is necessary in Chris’ job as a banker who works with churches. He loves finding ways to help churches and ministries grow. Chris loves sports, especially baseball as he played growing up. He also loves working with his hands. He has built furniture, a deck in the backyard, and has worked on various remodels we’ve done to our home. Chris will make an amazing father, and I cannot wait to see all that he will teach our child and the love he will share with them.
About Kelly (written by Chris):
Somebody said to me one time ‘I love how you and Kelly love each other’ and at first I didn’t understand what that meant. Then I started thinking about why they said that and I realized how much I adore my wife. Kelly is kind, compassionate, and genuinely wants to see others succeed in whatever they are pursuing. I see this in the way she teaches her students at work or in how she is always looking for ways to strengthen our marriage. Kelly is a giver and loves to see other people smile, which always puts a smile on her face (and her smile will light up a room). I’ve never doubted that she will be a great mom because she is always willing to selflessly sacrifice for others. I look forward to the day she can pour her love into the life of our children.
About our Dog:
We adopted our black lab/pointer mix, Kayla, from a rescue shelter. We got her as a puppy and have loved having her ever since. She has a great personality; very protective, but super friendly when she knows you are safe. She loves playing with our friends’ kids and enjoys entertaining people by running around with them in the yard, playing fetch, and even doing tricks.
Hobbies and Interests:
We love to do life together. Every weekend we go on a walk with our dog and when we get home Chris makes a big breakfast. Binge watching TV shows on Netflix, and curling up in front of the fire is a great Saturday night for us. We also love to go to baseball games. We go to a lot of Angel games with family and friends throughout the season and if we aren’t at the game, it’s usually on in the background while we are hanging out at home. We also love to explore. When we aren’t home, we are traveling. We make annual weekend trips to Palm Springs, and in the last few years our vacations have included places like Hawaii, New York, Portland, Nashville, Florida, and Michigan. We’ve always talked about how we want to instill the love of travel and discovery in our children. Exploring also takes us to great new restaurants. We love to find unique places to eat and get out of our comfort zones to try new things.
Because we always knew we would be parents one day, we wanted to find a home that had enough space for our kids and our dog to run around. We both care about education so we wanted a home that was in a good school district. We purchased a 3-bedroom home in a nice family-oriented community with great schools and lots of kids. The first 6-months in our home was spent remodeling it to make it more kid-friendly and family-oriented. With all the remodeling and construction work we’ve done, we now tell people we are ready to expand our home by ‘two little feet’. During the year we regularly host family functions, game-nights, holidays, or just Sunday after church get-together’s. Living just a few miles from many of our family members makes it convenient to just drop-by and it also means we have lots of babysitters when the need arises.
As committed Christians we promise to love your child with the same sacrificial love Jesus showed us. We promise to teach them about God, and build into them a strong faith that will sustain them even during trying times. With the support of our large extended family we will nurture him or her in an environment filled with encouragement and security. We promise to continually remind them of the love you have for them. And as you face this heartfelt decision know that you are covered in prayer.
Thank you for reading our letter. We would be honored to meet you and get to know you better. We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you want more information about us or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight at 888-933-2287.
Chris and Kelly
Adoptive Family at a Glance
|Father’s Name: Christopher||Mother’s Name: Kelly|
|Occupation: Banker||Occupation: Teacher|
|Education: Master’s Degree, Business||Education: Master’s Degree, Education|
|Religion: Christian||Religion: Christian|
|Date of Birth: February 28, 1985||Date of Birth: April 3, 1985|
|Ethnicity: 1/2 Mexican, 1/2 Caucasian||Ethnicity: Caucasian|
|Hair Color: Brown||Hair Color: Brown|
|Eye Color: Hazel||Eye Color: Brown|
|Height: 5’10”||Height: 5’2”|
|General Health: Excellent||General Health: Excellent|
Date of marriage: June 28, 2009
Interests and hobbies: We love doing life together. We are all about making memories. We go on trips, try new restaurants, go to Angel games or host family parties and holidays. When we aren’t doing something together Chris is often found working on a project around the house (he is very handy and loves building furniture or other renovation projects). Kelly is a big reader and loves to enjoy a good book and play with the dog.
Home: We own a 3 bedroom home that we have just finished renovating. There are a lot of families in our neighborhood because of the great schools that are nearby.
Pets: 5 year old female black lab named Kayla. She loves to go on walks through the neighborhood, running around the backyard and playing with her toys. She always greets people and quickly makes friends with anybody who will pet her.
Finances: We are very stable financially with no debt other than our home.
Why are you interested in building your family through adoption? We discussed adoption as part of our family plan very early in our relationship. We assumed it would come after having biological children. Through a 3-year infertility struggle God showed us adoption was His plan. We have a few friends who have adopted children and after discussing their journey we are very excited to begin our family through adoption.
Openness to birthparent(s): We are very open to having a relationship with you. The biggest priority for us is consistency. We would love to connect on social media to provide pictures and update you with regular phone calls or letters. We also recognize that you may have a particular level of desired relationship so we want to work with you to establish that relationship and maintain consistency throughout the child’s life.
Childcare plans: When we have a child placed in our home the plan is for Kelly to become a stay-at-home mom. Depending on the timing of having a child, Kelly would likely finish out the school year and then leave her job to stay at home. Both of our parents live within 10 minutes of our home and would be willing to watch the child through the end of the school year if necessary.
We are represented by Nightlight Christian Adoptions. If you need more information about us, or would like to meet us, please contact Nightlight toll-free at 888.933.2237.