S: Chris and Pam
BC: Thank You
FC: Chris and Pam
1: Thank you! | Thank you for this opportunity to tell you about our family. It certainly cannot be easy to go through the process to select a new family for your child. We respect the love you have for your child and the tremendous sacrifice you are making. We admire your strength, and we feel honored to share our story with you. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us.
2: We met during summer break from college while working in a restaurant. Chris was a bus boy and Pam was a waitress. We quickly became friends and then best friends. Years later, we began dating. The day we started dating we knew we were taking a risk. We risked losing each other as a best friend if the relationship didn't work out or we would end up getting married and spending the rest of our lives together. We are pleased to say it was worth the risk! We have been happily married for 10 years. | About Us
3: Over the course of our marriage we struggled with infertility. We had always dreamed of a big family as we were both blessed with having siblings. We knew the importance of having a relationship with a brother or sister and we wished that same experience for our children.
4: Infertility had us take a new look at the goals for our family. We were fortunate to have been blessed with the birth of our son Jack through the help of a donor egg. We struggled for 6 years to have a baby. After Jack was born we eagerly began medical treatments to have more children. After 3 failed attempts we knew that our chances to conceive a child were over. We knew adoption was a wonderful option for growing our family. We love Jack more than words can describe and we are thrilled to share that love with our new baby.
5: My Wife, Pam | I am truly blessed to have Pam as my wife and best friend. She is the most thoughtful, considerate, patient and smart person I know. Over the 10 years we've been married my love for her has grown stronger and deeper. We share many common interests that have nurtured our bond.
6: Pam values the strong ties of family and friends. She's always the one to send a card on an anniversary or birthday, to call a friend that is going through a challenging time, or call friends or family when someone is sick. I am a better person because of her. We share many common interests: spending time with our friends, sports, hiking, travel, and playing with our son. Our son Jack is the center of our world.
7: Pam is a wonderful mom. Whether it is reading books, bath time, playing games, or family hugs she is a role model with the patience of a saint. She always has the time and patience to involve Jack in her day, from working in the garden, sorting clothes, or helping with dinner. Pam works for a bank and is able to work from home. This allows her to spend a lot of time with Jack and any future children.
9: My Husband, Chris | I can't remember a time when Chris wasn't part of my life. We had been friends and then best friends. Years ago before we started dating, I remember telling my girlfriend all about what I was looking for in a boyfriend. I described someone who was funny, easy going, had strong family values, outgoing, fun to be around, and of course tall and good looking. As I talked through what seemed like an unrealistic list of characteristics, my girlfriend looked at me and asked, "What about Chris?" It is hard to believe, but it was at that moment that I realized my ideal man was standing in front of me all along and best of all, he was my best friend.
10: My life has been enriched in so many ways because of Chris. He is an amazing man and I am grateful to have him in my life. He is a supportive, loving husband and best friend. He has always been the one in our relationship who likes to try something new. It could be as basic as trying out a new restaurant or as adventurous as learning to snowboard. He has never been one to sit back and watch life pass him by.
11: Chris is hard working and successful in his job as a project manager for a large company. I believe his success comes from his genuine desire to do a good job and to be the best he can be. He will be the first to tell you, his job is not his life. His priority has always been to his family.
12: I believe in my heart Chris was born to be a dad. It is as if he instinctively knows how to make things fun and kid friendly. He has a gift of turning every day activities like getting dressed or brushing teeth into something magical and exciting. Our son loves spending time with his father and he eagerly dances with anticipation while he waits for Daddy to get home from work. I smile when I think of one of our son's favorite toys. It is the card board "castle" my husband built from a box he found in the garage. Chris loves children and it is heartwarming to see how much he cherishes the responsibility of being a father.
14: Our Son Jack | Jack is a loving, calm, and happy 2 1/2-year old. He is a very observant and thoughtful boy who loves to learn. You can see him studying things and learning everyday. We love bringing new experiences to his world whether is it hiking in the woods, playing basketball or "shoot the basket", "zooming the car", or "jumping high in the sky". Spending time with Jack is our favorite part of the day.
16: We recognize that our family is not complete. We love being parents and we always thought we would have a large family. Chris was raised in a family of 4 kids and Pam was raised in a family of 3 kids. We both cherish our family relationships and we want our son to experience the unique bond of having a brother or sister. It is a relationship unlike any other and one that lasts a lifetime. We are honored and would be blessed to have you consider our family as the loving home to raise your child.
18: Our Cat, Kitty | Yes, our cat is named Kitty. We adopted Kitty 9 years ago from our neighbors. At the time, they had 2 kids, with a third on the way, plus they had a dog and another cat. They knew Kitty wasn't getting the attention she craved in their growing household and they knew we were looking for a cat. Kitty quickly became a key member of our family. She adjusted quickly to her new home. We believe she adjusted so quickly because she knew she now had 2 families who loved her.
20: We are blessed with families that are close-knit and supportive. Although they live in other states, we see them all frequently. Our parents are retired and anxiously awaiting another grandchild.
21: Chris' parents have been married for 45 years and Pam's parents will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Between the two families, our parents are blessed with 7 wonderful children and 8 grandchildren. Together, we are fortunate to have been raised in strong loving families. They have supported us during our challenges whether it be with infertility, using a donor egg with Jack, and now in our decision to grow our family through adoption. Together, they join us in our commitment to love and cherish our children.
22: We have lived in our home for the past 8 years. We decided on this house because it is in a family friendly neighborhood and is in close proximity to great schools. Our home is designed with children in mind. We live in a large traditional house with lots of areas for kids to play, including a large playroom filled with toys and games. The nursery is warm and cozy and ready to welcome our new child. | Our Home
25: Our house is on a corner lot next to a cul-de-sac. There is plenty of room in our yard to play and our neighborhood has several smaller playgrounds throughout the development. There is also a large playground for the kids, including 8 tennis courts, a basketball court, and 2 swimming pools.
26: We have always lived an active lifestyle. Growing up in New England, we spent our winters snowboarding and our summers in-line skating. Having moved to the south, we have developed a love of hiking and playing tennis. We also enjoy traveling. We joke that although Jack is only 2 1/2 he is already a frequent flier. He loves airplanes and "going way up high in the sky!". | What we do for fun...
27: Whatever we are doing or wherever we go, we always seem to have fun. We enjoy our time together and love finding new fun and exciting things to do with Jack. We cherish these memories and look forward to the future when we are able to create new memories with all our children.
28: We promise to provide your child with a secure loving home and family. Education is important to us and we will encourage our children to pursue higher education, if it is their desire. We understand and respect the enormity of the decision you are about to make. We hope that we have been able to provide you with information to help you in making the best decision for the future of your child. | Our promise to you...
29: Thank you, Pam, Chris, and Jack