FC: Michael and Kristin Gateway to a Loving Family
1: Michael & Kristin
3: Hello! Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit about us. We think what you are doing is an amazing thing. We know this will not be an easy decision and we thank you for considering us! We're a fun, loving, and caring couple who cannot wait to parent a child. Our hope is that you will find, through the pages of this book, some answers to your questions that will help you make a decision that is right for you and your baby.
4: About Us | We are Michael and Kristin. We met 9 years ago at Michael's sister's wedding. We have been married for 5 years and have a very loving, openly affectionate relationship. We share the same Christian beliefs and strong moral values. We both love being outdoors and we share a love for animals.
5: Becoming parents is something we have both always wanted. We have been unable to have biological children, and we are so excited to have children through the adoption process. We both have a lot of experience with children through caring for our nieces and nephews and through Kristin's job as an elementary school teacher. | We love vacations and experiencing new things. We have friends and family that live in many fun and interesting cities across the United States, so visits to them are some of our favorite trips. | We are both certified Scuba Divers. It is so cool to see life from underwater.!
6: Michael will share his love of the great outdoors with our son or daughter.
7: Michael | From Kristin: Michael is a funloving person with a passion for life. He is truly a people person and that is reflected in the relationships he builds. Michael works with his sister at our family owned Italian restaurant. He spends lots of time with our nephew Giovanni and has been a strong male role model in his life over the years since our brother-in-law passed away. Michael enjoys outdoor acivities like camping, sailing, boating, and bike riding. He is an Eagle Scout and he is very involved in Boy Scouts with the troop from his childhood and with Giovanni's Cub Scout troop. We spend a lot of weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks where his parents have a lake cabin. He has a visionary mind, enjoys painting and creating, and he can fix almost anything. Michael has so many traits that will make him a terrific dad. Michael is my perfect balance.
8: We hope to keep our child engaged and active.
9: Kristin | From Michael: Kristin is an organized, goal oriented person. She loves to run and has a stong interest in health and fitness. At her school she is the head coach of a group called Girls on the Run that is a national organization promoting health and fitness in young girls. Kristin was a third grade teacher for six years. Now for the past five years she has been the librarian at her school. This year I was so proud when she was elected Teacher of the Year at her school . She loves working with children and has a passion for education, books, and learning. She is always in the middle of a good book and loves to talk about the books she is reading with her book club. She is going to be an amazing mother. To me, Kristin is the complete package.
10: Our Family | Michael and I have strong relationships with our siblings and our parents. We are blessed with six nieces and nephews with whom we spend a lot of time. We live close to many members of our family. Kristin has one sister and Michael has two sisters and a brother. Kristin's mom is a recently retired teacher who lives a mile from us and is going to be part of our childcare plan during the school year for our son or daughter. We both have a big extended family with lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins with whom we spend holidays.
12: Our Home
13: We live in an established suburban St. Louis neighborhood in an outstanding school district with a great reputation. Our home is in a central location, close to museums, parks, pools, sports, theatres, and we have friendly, caring neighbors. We have a small dog, Lucy, whom we adore as a part of our family. We love to take walks in our neighborhood with Lucy and hang out in our backyard. We enjoy entertaining and like to have friends and family over to our home often for BBQ's, birthday and holiday parties, or just to relax on a weekend afternoon.
14: Our Promise We are so excited to become parents for the first time. We'll treasure your baby and shower him or her with tons of love, attention, encouragement, and nurturing in a lovng, fun and happy home. We are committed to raising our children to value honesty, respect, and responsibility. Your baby will have an excellent education and will have the opportunity to go to the college of his or her choice. Your child will be able to explore all of his or her interests, hobbies, talents, and dreams. Thank you for letting us share a little about ourselves with you! We look forward to the opportunity to talk to you and meet you, if you wish. With love, Michael and Kristin