S: Chris and Maggie
BC: Where ever your journey leads you, may you find the perfect loving family you seek.
FC: Chris & Maggie | with love and respect
1: Hello! We are Chris, Maggie, and Finley. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. We can not imagine how difficult this decision must be for you, and we admire your strength and courage. We hope that by looking at our photos and reading about our lives, you will find comfort in knowing who we are and the kind of parents we will be to your child. Our family laughs often, loves completely, and cherishes each day together. We hope to share this joy and happiness with another child. .
2: Our life together | , We met during our freshman year of college and started as friends who had classes together. As sophomores, we had a date to the first football game of the year. From then on, we were inseparable and dated through college to graduation. We accepted job offers, graduated college and got engaged all in one weekend. We were married one year later, surrounded by all our friends and family. We love the life we have built together and feel the foundation of our marriage is our friendship. We genuinely like each other and enjoy being together. We have shared values and goals and always find a way to enjoy the journey together. Our home is a place of warmth, love and laughter. It is our source of strength and the place we most like to be. | We were married in the church where Maggie grew up and was baptized.
3: Hiking with our dog, Shug | We love to spend time exploring new places.
4: Only love can be divided endlessly, and still not diminish. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh | Things that are important in my life. By Chris My Family. Every decision I make is based on what is best for my family. They keep me grounded, and they make me want to be the best person I can be. Community Service. As a society, we are the sum of our parts. I believe that we all must work together to make our communities stronger. Education. Education is deeply valued in our home. It is a key building block for a solid, successful future, and we will ensure that our children have the best educational opportunities available. | Meet Chris | Chris is one of those people that you like immediately. He has a big personality and is always talking, smiling and laughing. From the beginning, I have always been drawn to his honesty and integrity. I am proud of his strong work ethic and his commitment to our marriage and family. In making decisions, he always puts his family first and is someone I can always depend on. He is truly a man of his word. I love watching Chris be a father. All the best parts of him come together as he plays and guides Finley each day.
5: Things that are important in my life. By Maggie My Family. Our family keeps me focused on what is most important in life--relationships with those we love. Being a Good Parent. One of my greatest joys is a story book and goodnight hug at the end of the day. Always Learning New Things. My job as a therapist keeps me open to new ideas and ways of looking at the world. Giving Back. I have a strong commitment to volunteering and making my community better. | Meet Maggie | Maggie is simply amazing. She somehow balances being a wife, mom, small business owner, volunteer, and community leader all in one day. Even with all her activities, she always makes family her first priority. She has a wonderful sense of humor, incredible energy and manages life with a sense of calmness and peace. Maggie is smart and responsible. She believes in working hard and having fun at the same time. She likes to travel and try new things, yet she has a respect for tradition that I admire and appreciate. She is a thoughtful, loving wife and mother and I don't know what I would do without her.
6: Our son Finley | Finley is a great kid. | Finley is a smart, fun-loving and energetic boy who wakes up with a smile on his face each day. He laughs all day long and loves to run and play. He enjoys soccer, tee ball and riding his bike. He also adores the water, so we spend tons of time at the pool or at the lake. Finley has a huge heart and is always ready with plenty of hugs and kisses.
7: Finley is ready to be a big brother. He puts his favorite stuffed animal, Froggy, to bed every night and often asks when we will get a "real" baby.
8: Our Home | We live in a mid-sized Southern city. We chose our neighborhood and home because we wanted to raise our family in a place that reminded us of our own childhoods--with tree-lined streets and kids playing all around us. We have a big backyard and also live between two parks: one has hiking trails with a small creek, while the other has a play ground, picnic areas, tennis courts and a softball field. We live near many of our friends and we have our own little "downtown" area with shops and restaurants close enough that we will often walk to dinner. Our neighborhood is always filled with joggers and people walking their babies and dogs. We can't wait to be out there again with a stroller.
9: We also have a lake house less than an hour away from our home where we spend many summer days. We love being outside on the water. We fish and swim from our party barge, and often invite friends and family to join us. We treasure our time there to relax and re-energize. | Our Get-Away | It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home. -Unknown | We are sticklers for water safety at the lake. Life jackets for everyone!
10: Family Means Everything to us | We are a small but close-knit family and we cherish our time together, whether it's fishing at the lake, wearing funny hats at Easter, or gathering for Christmas or other special occasions. Maggie is an only child who is very close to her mother. Her father, Dick, died several years ago, and he is still missed. Maggie's mother, "Mimi" to Finley and our new child, lives about an hour away. She and Maggie's stepfather, John, come to town often to spend time with us. They cannot wait to have another grandchild to dote on. Maggie's Aunt Jayne lives about 10 minutes away. She comes over for dinner when she can, and she is excited about having another great-niece or great-nephew. Chris' parents live several hours away, along with his brother, Carson. We visit them at Thanksgiving and other times in the year. They are very supportive of our decision to adopt and look forward to another grandbaby to love and to spoil. | Finley with his great- grandmother
11: Everyone gets to be a kid and be silly in our family.
12: However motherhood comes to you it's a miracle. -Valerie Harper | Family Traditions | Summers are lazy days at the lake. Fall is when things pick up. We love college football and never miss a chance to tailgate with friends. Every October we go to the pumpkin patch with the whole family. Thanksgiving is a family affair, and Mimi brings all the fun. Last year it was hats for everyone. Our families also have a big Christmas gathering with tons of presents and good food.
13: He who can reach a child's heart can reach the world's heart. - Rudyard Kipling | Our dog, Shug, is sweet and gentle-natured. She is protective of Finley and our home and loves to run and play with Finley in the yard and at the lake. | Shug
14: Work and Fun | We are fortunate that we both have work that we enjoy and that gives us flexibility. Chris is a regional manager for a dental equipment and supply distributer, and through his work in this industry, he volunteers his time to three different non-profit organizations which provide free dental care to the less fortunate. Maggie owns a counseling firm and is a licensed therapist. She inherited the business from her father and is in her 10th year of running the company. Because the business is well-established her days are quite flexible and she is able to take time for her family. She plans to take at least three months off when when we bring home our new baby. | “Work as if you were to live a thousand years, play as if you were to die tomorrow.” -Benjamin Franklin
15: Fun Facts | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Chris loves to iron and does it perfectly. He will even touch up a shirt from the cleaners. | Chris can eat a half gallon of ice cream in one day. | We once hiked and camped along the Appalachian Trail for a week without a shower. | We both played basketball and tennis as kids. | Maggie learned to break dance as a kid and can still do the wave. | Recognizing a need for balance, we put just as much energy into our time away from work. We value the experience of visiting new places and learning new things. We believe these opportunities are important for our children.
16: The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. -E.E. Cummings | Our large group of friends serves as our extended family. We have good friends with whom we have maintained strong connections from our childhoods, college and our home town. We spend time together regularly, go on vacations and trips and celebrate our successes. Our friends are a great source of joy and strength. They are tremendously supportive of our decision to adopt and are excited to be a part of our process. Their involvement will only increase the amount of love and support that we have to offer a child. | Friends
17: We are Christians and believe in a loving God. We have both been raised with faith in God as a central part of our families and we view parenting as both a sacred privilege and as a sacred responsibility. We will encourage the spiritual growth of our children as we carry out our baptismal vows in our own family by attending church regularly, participating in Sunday School and through daily rituals such as blessings before meals and nightly prayers. In all aspects of our family life, we will seek to love and serve the Lord. | The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because he loves us. -C.S. Lewis | Faith
18: , Chris and I have always longed to be parents and have known from the beginning that we wanted more than one child. Adoption is the logical choice for us to grow our family because it is already part of our family. My mother is adopted, as is her sister, my Aunt Jayne. I can remember the stories of my birth, as well as the stories of my mother and aunt being brought home, all told together. The joy of each new life brought into the family was treasured and special. This created my early understanding of adoption as a natural way that families are created and grow. Adoption has simply always been a part of our family story and we look forward to telling our children their own family stories. | You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them. -Desmond Tutu | Adoption as Part of Our Family
19: "The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller | On Parenting | Our philosophy on parenting is centered around the ideas of unconditional love and personal responsibility. We want our children to be happy, confident, responsible, loving adults some day, so we both take an active role. We share tasks involved in our household equally and take a team approach to parenting. Discipline in our house has less to do with punishment and more to do with teaching better choices. This often takes more time, but for us, it is the approach that speaks to the heart of good parenting. Also, we believe in FUN. We are a family that laughs jokes and plays together. We are all eager to share our lives with another child. | On Parenting
20: Our promise to you. Thank you for taking the time to look through our profile. We deeply respect and admire the path you have chosen. We promise your child will be loved unconditionally and given all the support and guidance he or she needs to reach his or her full potential. We promise your child will know the meaning of courage and strength through the decisions you have made by choosing adoption. We promise your child will be raised in a Christian home built on faith. We will provide a life full of opportunity and experiences to open the world to them, while providing them with the safety and security they need to have a sense of belonging and self-confidence. And fun, always fun. We promise to provide a home full of fun, laughter and joy. We would like you to know that being parents has been our greatest joy. The love we have for our son is beyond words. We can't wait for the opportunity to share our hearts, our lives, our dreams and our future with another child. | alkdhfkjhadj