S: chris, amanda, & amelia
BC: We are excited about what God has in store for us as a family, and we know that He is faithful to see us through this process. We also know that He is faithful to see you through this process. We cannot imagine how difficult this decision must be for you to make, but we know that it is a decision you are making out of love for your child. We would love to meet you in person if you would like that opportunity. May God grant you His grace and peace during this time. -Chris & Amanda
FC: chris, amanda, & amelia
1: Dear Birthparent, We are so grateful you are taking the time to read our profile and to get to know us. We do not know your situation, but we can only imagine that considering adoptive parents for your child is a difficult decision. It must take a great deal of courage and love for you to make this choice. Although we expected to be able to begin a family naturally, we are eager to adopt a child as our very own for the second time. Ultimately, we want what is best for you and your child, and we would be thrilled and honored to invest our lives in him or her.
2: 1999: We meet while attending college. | 2002: We get married! | 2006: We move to Michigan to work at a Christian school. | our story | We met during our sophomore year of college, and we began dating almost immediately. We loved attending football games together and soon shared a common love for Mexican food. During college we were very involved in our church and campus ministries, and we both decided that we wanted to spend our lives in Christian service. We had a small wedding with family and friends and left Texas to attend Bible College together. | 2003: We attend Bible College
3: 2011: We adopt Amelia after trying to have a baby for 8 years. | We tried to have children after our first year of marriage, but were never able to get pregnant. Although our inability to have children has been trying at times, we grew so much in our marriage and friendship with one another. We adopted Amelia in 2011, and she has been an absolute blessing as our daughter. She makes us laugh every day, and she fit in our family from the very beginning. | 2012: We're ready to adopt again!!!
4: Chris is my friend, my sweetheart, my handy man, my mechanic, my teacher, and my biggest fan. He is so patient with me and is so considerate of me and my needs. He desires to serve those around him and is the first to volunteer when help is needed. He serves as a Sunday School teacher at our church and is an excellent communicator. Chris is surprisingly silly when he is at home. He knows exactly how to make me laugh with a silly song and dance. He is the hardest worker I know, but he's also quick to prioritize family time. | chris by amanda
5: Chris loves being outdoors. I often find him in our back yard reading a book when the weather is nice. He loves spicy food and ventures to make new recipes from time to time. Chris grew up playing football, but would rather toss a frisbee these days. Chris is an incredible father. He adores Amelia and is involved in caring for her. | baking Xmas morning | snorkling in Mexico | summer time fun | at the North Shore in Hawaii
6: There is no one I would rather spend time with than my wife, my best friend. I get so excited to find an hour or a weekend for us to spend together as a family. She knows me better than anyone else, and no one makes me laugh like her. I love the fact that we share the same passion in life and work together every day. Amanda is unstoppable when she sets her mind on something. We are definitely a team, and I am convinced that I am far better with her as my partner. | amanda, by chris | cooking Christmas dinner | girls' lunch out
7: Amanda loves food and is an amazing cook. Friends ask her to help them decorate their home and take them out for shopping and fashion advice. She is a great hairstylist even though she has had no formal training. Without question, Amanda is one of the smartest people I know. Amanda is an incredible mom, and I am amazed by the energy and attention she gives toward Amelia everyday. She is patient, kind, and inspires me to be a better dad. | lunch time with Amelia | cutting hair | watching the Thanksgiving Day parade
8: amelia | We were at the hospital for Amelia's birth 6 days after we met her birthmom. Amelia was born with some special medical needs, but has already grown out of most of them. She was home with us for 2 weeks before being readmitted to the NICU for another 3. She had a feeding tube for 7 months, and received oxygen at night for 8 months. She is doing so well these days, and her doctor visits have all but disappeared.
9: Amelia has a sweet yet spunky personality. She loves reading books, playing with her dolls and kitchen, and playing in the bath tub. She is very social and loves being with kids her age. We anticipate her being a kind and gentle big sister. We continue to send her birthmother updates with pictures and letters.
10: get to know amanda a little better... 1. Amanda is 33 years old and is 5'7", 145 pounds. 2. Amanda sings and dances in the kitchen while she's preparing dinner. Sometimes Chris joins her! 3. Amanda received her Bachelor degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She originally wanted to use it to teach Parenting Skills. 4. Amanda is a city girl through and through. She grew up in Houston, TX and loves the culture that a city offers. 5. Amanda is a bargain shopper. She loves finding a good deal on just about anything.
11: get to know chris a little better... 1. Chris is also 33 years old and is 5'10", 180 pounds. 2. Chris is very health conscious. He makes time to exercise and is intentional to eat healthy. 3. Chris has a Bachelor degree in Business and is working on receiving his Master's Degree in Theological Studies. He loves studying and learning. 4. Chris grew up in the country, going on daylong adventures with his friends in the woods. 5. Chris enjoys hiking and camping and hopes to own his own kayak one day.
12: We have both been blessed to grow up in homes with loving and supportive parents who always wanted the very best for us. Our parents have taught us the value of a positive work ethic and responsibility. They are extremely supportive of our choice to adopt and can't wait for the newest addition to the family. Chris is an only child, and his parents love being grandparents. They live in Texas, and we're able to see them twice a year. They enjoy taking us out for Mexican food and value spending time together as a family. | family
13: Amanda's parents also live in Texas. She has a brother 3 years older who is engaged to be married and a sister 4 years younger who is married with two sweet boys and another baby on the way. Her family loves playing games when they get together and value family traditions and memories. Her dad has taught her how to have fun, and her mom has been an example of generosity.
14: our friends are some of our biggest supporters in life. They have become like family over the years.
15: Working together is a privilege not all couples are able to experience. We have served the Lord for 6 years at a Christian school. Chris works full-time as a teacher, & Amanda is a secretary part-time. The school provides childcare for staff children. Amelia is in her class from 9 to noon weekdays and home with Amanda in the afternoon. | working together | Chris and two graduating students | Amanda hosting a bridal shower for a student | Amelia at childcare
16: Our house is one block away from a large park, excellent medical care, and where we work. We walk to work everyday! There are both public and private schools nearby and a number of families with young children too. Our house has 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, a finished basement, and a spacious living and dining room. We love our home! | home sweet home | our half of the house
17: Chris takes care of the front lawn, and Amanda loves to work in the back yard garden. When the weather is warm, we spend time grilling and entertaining outdoors.
18: Amelia's bedroom: We have such special memories in her room. As she has grown, we've spent more time in there playing on the floor with her toys. | Our living room: We spend time in this space everyday. We're in here almost every Saturday morning watching cartoons and eating breakfast together.
19: The kitchen: This is Amanda's favorite room of the house! She looks forward to teaching our children how to cook and bake. | Our dining room: We love having friends over for meals and parties.
20: Tate has been a part of our family for 3 years. He is a Bichon Poodle mix and is 14 pounds of fur and fun. We've never met a dog before that loves people so much. He has a very kind and gentle temperament and is so smart. He loves Amelia, and she loves him. They play so well together. | little man tate
21: we love eating From fast food to fine dining, food is our favorite hobby. | Cruise to Mexico | Amanda's 28th Birthday | McDonald's on a road trip | Amanda processing TX peaches | 6th Anniversary in Chicago | Frozen coffees with friends
22: Going to a musical in Chicago | Tacky Christmas Sweater Party | Stealing a kiss in Central Park in New York City | precious
23: 1st outing with Amelia to the pumpkin patch | Summer Family Fun | Amelia's Adoption Finalization | memories
24: our faith in God is the center of our family. We intend to raise our children in light of His Word. We want our children growing up in an environment that promotes serving and loving others. Our intention is to discipline and teach them to be respectful of others, and by God's grace, we will be able to serve as a model for them of His love and kindness.