BC: The End
FC: Robert and Christi
1: Thank you for taking the time to look more closely at our lives. This book will provide you with a glimpse into who we are and what is important to us. We hope that through looking at our pictures and reading a bit more about us you will see that we are not perfect but we are two people that love each other very much, enjoy being together, and want to share that with children. Most importantly we want you to know that for us, adoption is not "plan B." Adoption is just as important to us as having biological children. When we decided that we wanted to grow our family with children we knew that one way that we wanted to do that was through adoption, we would like to have biological children one day, but we are content adopting all of our children if that is what God has for us. We pray that we will be blessed with more than one child in our family. We are Christians and believe that every child is wanted and should have the opportunity to grow up in a family with parents who love them and will strive to provide for them. We also believe that God has a plan for our lives and we believe that his plan for us involves adoption. We are praying for you as you read our book that you would have peace as you make this very big decision in your life and the life of your unborn child. We are so thankful for you and your selfless decision to carry your child and to place him or her into a loving family. We understand that not every prospective parent is the right fit for your child. We are trusting God to place the right child into our family in His perfect time. We hope that you enjoy getting to know us better and please know that we are praying for you. | Welcome
2: Christi is going to be a great mom. That's because she cares about others deeply and works hard to do her best at whatever she sets her mind to. I first saw how much she cared for people when I was overseas in China and Afghanistan. She wrote to me almost every day even though she wasn't sure if she would ever even see me in person when I returned to the U.S. She wrote just because she cared about what I was doing and wanted to be a friend to me. I can see how hard Christi works to do her best when I hear stories from her work as a nurse. .Even when she is tired or when a patient isn't nice to her, she doesn't let those things deter her from giving the best care she can. And time after time she makes good decisions in dangerous situations and her patients say that she was the best nurse they could ask for. She is an amazing woman! -Robert | About Christi
3: Christi works as a Labor and Delivery Nurse. In February 2010 she traveled to Haiti to help with medical care after the earthquake. While there, she got to help deliver this baby.
4: The first thing that attracted me to Robert was how passionate he was about his faith. He was willing to take a risk and travel overseas just to share with others about his love for Jesus. Robert is very adventurous. He is compassionate, easy going and smart. His favorite thing to do is read and learn new things. Robert is going to make a great dad because he is a patient teacher and is very easy going. He is able to explain things in a way that is easy to understand. Robert is so even tempered that in the 4 years we have been married I cannot remember him even raising his voice at me. Robert is a servant leader. He is always willing to help a friend and takes charge in our family when decisions need to be made. I am so thankful that God has given me such a faithful husband and I am confident that he is going to be an excellent dad. -Christi | About Robert
5: Robert is in seminary studying to be a pastor. He had the opportunity to use his preaching skills on a trip to Ethiopia last January.
6: Christi's Family
7: Christi's dad just retired from serving 30 years as an Army chaplain and her mom just finished her masters in counseling. They recently moved 7 miles away from us. Christi's dad now teaches counseling at the seminary where Robert studies. | Christi's older brother Ben is in the Army. His wife Marena is a teacher. They have a sweet little son, Vincent James born May 26, 2011. | Christi's little brother Karsten is in the Air Force training to be a combat rescue officer. His wife Meg is an ER nurse.
8: Robert's Family
9: Robert's dad retired from the Army and now works for a military truck company. His mom volunteers with the community Bible study and works part time. They live about 5 hours away from us. | Robert's older sister, Mary is a reading teacher. Her husband, Micah is an ER physician. Brenda is a former student of Mary's that lives with them during the school year to attend school. She is in 7th grade. | Margaret is Robert's younger sister. She just graduated from college with an English literature degree.
10: We live in a multi-unit house downtown. Our neighborhood is very diverse. We have people of many educational, economic, and cultural backgrounds. We enjoy where we live because it is close to work and school. Living in an urban setting provides lots of opportunities to meet and interact with people of different backgrounds and there is always something fun going on in the neighborhood. | Robert often cooks dinner on the grill in our backyard. | Our Home
11: Our city offers lots of great parks where we can enjoy an outdoor concert, a bike ride or a play-date with friends. | Our 4 year old neighbor loves Robert. He comes over to "help" with yard work or play football. | We love having friends over to play games or have dinner.
12: In January of 2010 we traveled to Ethiopia on a mission trip. Here we are teaching the kids to play "duck, duck, goose." | Philadelphia, PA
13: Boston, MA | Coney Island, NYC | Niagara, Falls, Canada | Kitty Hawk, NC | For vacation we often take road trips to see new sights. We try to involve destinations where we can visit friends or family on the way. | Vacation Fun
14: Spending time at Christi's family cabin | Backpacking or camping | Christi is a Kansas Basketball fanatic | When we have a long weekend or and evening free we like to spend it outside. We go on walks or enjoy an outdoor baseball game.
15: Even in the winter we find ways to be outside. | We love watching sports together. | In our | In our Free Time
16: Both of us grew up in military families. We first met in Kansas when we were in the 6th grade. At that time I (Christi) thought Robert was really cute and had a crush on him. But Robert was more popular than me and I was shy so we didn't really spend much time together. Our families moved many times after our first meeting and it was not until our Sophomore year of college that we were reconnected. Robert was attending the United States Military Academy at the time and I was there visiting some friends. While there, Robert and I started to talk about his plans to take two years off of school to go overseas to do missionary work. He was initially headed to China. I was very interested in his work and we started to correspond. Over the next two years we exchanged many letters and emails and it was over the course of that time that we began to realize our shared passions and our interest and our relationship began to grow. In May of 2006, Robert returned to the United States and decided that he was being led to ministry and not the military. He decided not to go back to the military academy but rather to finish his degree at another university closer to me where we could pursue our life together. On June 16, 2007, we committed that, for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness or health, we would remain faithful to one another for as long as we both live. This is one vow we will fight to keep. We want our children to grow up in a stable home with parents who love each other and love them in turn.
17: Education is important to us. We will strive for our children to have the best education possible for them and will encourage them to continue their education after high school by either attending college or a trade school. We will support our children in whatever it is that they dream of doing. As a family, it is our dream to work with or start an inner city church once Robert completes his seminary training. We want our church to be a place where people of all backgrounds will feel welcomed and loved and we want our children to grow up in a diverse environment learning to love all people and value them for who they have been created by God to be. We want our children to grow up knowing about their adoption and loving you for the selfless decision you made to place them into our family. We would like to share letters and pictures with you and, as he or she grows, it is our hope that he or she could have an opportunity to meet you and have you as part of his or her life if that is what he or she desires. Once Robert finishes seminary, it is our goal for Christi to be a stay-at-home mom. Until that time, she will be working part time. Christi works the night shift so that one of us will always be able to be home with our children. If childcare is needed, Christi's parents live just 5 miles away. Most importantly to us, we want to raise our children in the Christian faith, teaching them that Jesus loves them and died to rescue them from a life of emptiness. We will encourage them each day to grow in their trust and faith in Him. Thank you again for looking more into our lives. We are praying for God's richest blessing on you. Humbly,
18: Snapshots | Christi's dad's retirement ceremony | The beach on family vacation
19: Visiting one of the boys we sponsor in Ethiopia | lobster dinner on our family vacation to Massachusetts | At a wedding
20: On the shore of Christi's family cabin