Chris & Isabel – Lifetime Adoption

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State We Live in: Michigan
Our Religion: Catholic
Stay At Home Parent: Yes
Our Age Preferences: Newborn-3 Months
Our Gender Preferences: Either Gender
Our Race Preferences: Any Race, African American, African American/Hispanic, Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian/African American, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic, East Indian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Native American
Open to Twins: Yes

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Hello from the Mitten state! We are fun-loving college sweethearts, and after accepting God’s will for our infertility, we are excited to respond to His call to become first-time parents through adoption. Thank you for considering us as you discern God's plan for your child.

We can’t wait to share with your child our Catholic faith, our love of music, and summers at the family cabin on the lake. We will raise your child in a loving, stable, and nurturing environment that fosters their growth into the person they have been called to be by the Lord. We will encourage them to discover and pursue their talents and interests, but more importantly, their relationship with Jesus and compassion for others.

We look forward to getting to know you, and based on your comfort level, we are open to photos, letters, and visits.

About Us

We met in our college choir 10 years ago. It was love at first sound! We were first drawn to each other through our worship together in prayerful song. After journeying through infertility for 4 years, we felt convicted that now is the right time to pursue adoption. We are especially looking forward to sharing our faith, reading bedtime stories, having family dinners, and visiting our families with your child.

 Some of Our Favorite Things:

  • Praying together

  • Singing together

  • Summers at Isabel’s family cabin on the lake

  • Exploring nature on walks/hikes

  • Visiting our alma mater for Homecoming Weekend

  • Dancing, including swing, merengue and rumba

  • Puzzles and board games such as Farkle, Isabel's Grandma's "31" card game, and Scrabble

  • Road trips

  • Reading together

About Isabel

According to Chris: Isabel is the most contagiously fun and fiercely loyal person I've ever known. I was first drawn to her by her boldness in confronting difficult challenges and her big heart, especially for the Lord. She is all about making time for experiences that bring us closer together. She's always finding the fun in the most mundane tasks, even things like cleaning up after a meal.

Isabel currently enjoys nannying for a family, using the Montessori principles she has picked up through her work in childcare. Isabel also has a soft spot for the elderly, and she has enjoyed entertaining them by singing oldies on the guitar.

Isabel can't wait to share her love of wholesome movies, such as "It's A Wonderful Life". She can't wait to sing and play the guitar and piano for our child, to teach them how to make her Mary Engelbreit "signature” cards, and to just be on "lake time" with them.

Some Things Isabel Likes to Do:
• Singing and playing guitar and piano
• Going to musicals such as Wicked, Les Misérables, etc.
• Walks in the park
• Watching movies/shows such as Up, Little House on the Prairie, and Soul Surfer
• Traveling

About Chris

According to Isabel: Chris is an amazing man whom I have been blessed to have had in my life for more than 10 years now. He has the kindest, purest, and gentlest soul I have ever known. He has such a strong, solid faith in the Lord and his bold, child-like spirit just exudes from everything he does. He also works so hard to provide a good, comfortable life for me and our future family. Everything he does is out of great love, and he can’t wait to finally be a daddy!

Chris is a client solutions specialist in the automotive industry. In this role,  he grows relationships with his car dealer clients and helps manage their wholesale inventory. He is so incredibly hardworking and has been very calm and patient in the midst of some difficult situations. In how he is at home and at work, I know he will be an incredibly kind, gentle, but strong, and patient, loving father. He is looking forward to reading to your child, having races, and singing together with them.

Some Things Chris Loves to Do:
• Running
• Singing
• Cooking
• Gardening
• Riding roller coasters

Our Family

Isabel’s Family: Isabel’s parents live in Upstate Michigan on a lake in the summer and in Florida for the winter, so anytime we visit, it's a vacation! She also has two brothers and many aunts, uncles, and cousins nearby in Michigan. It is easy to keep in touch through visits and weekly phone calls, as well as big family gatherings.

Chris’ Family: Chris comes from a big family scattered across the country, but many of whom still live in his home state of Nebraska. We love to visit his home for family gatherings, and we keep in touch via weekly calls/Skype.

Our whole family is excited for us to adopt! Chris has 2 cousins who were adopted, so his side is already familiar with the beautiful way adoption can grow a family. Isabel's parents can’t wait to become 1st time grandparents!

Our Michigan Home

We live in a 2-bedroom apartment in a beautiful suburb. We enjoy sitting on our balcony and enjoying the woodsy view, as well as playing board games and the Wii, doing puzzles, and watching movies in our family room. We love going for long walks through our pond-filled neighborhood. We also have nice pools and a playground we can’t wait to spend time at with our child.

We enjoy visiting many nearby parks and museums, especially The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. We also love attending classical music concerts. Being on the fringe of town also allows us to take advantage of farmer’s markets, apple/cherry picking, and the Michigan State Fair.

Our Promise

We promise to provide a loving, safe and laughter-filled environment for your child to thrive in. We will share our love of God and our strong community of faith, family, and friends. We look forward to sharing our great love for music, spending time outside in nature, and visiting family, especially Up North at the lake.

We promise to lay down our desires and put your child’s needs first in everything. We promise to promote the free exploration and development of your child’s natural gifts and desires. We promise to provide your child with a good Catholic education.

We promise to share with your child their adoption story. We will teach your child to honor you for the special, irreplaceable role you have in their life. We would love to make you part of the family through pictures, letters and occasional visits, whatever you're comfortable with.  We’d love to talk. Please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

More About Chris

Education: MA in Philosophy
Profession: Sales, wholesale automotive industry
Stay-At-Home: No
Racial Background: Caucasian

His Favorites:

Book : "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis
Movie: Lord of the Rings
Vacation Activity: Mackinac Island-biking through the state park
Food : Lasagna
Family Tradition: Family reunions in rural Nebraska - one big party!
Childhood Memory: Christmas Eve homemade chili and crib blessing at Grandma and Grandpa's
Flowers : Knockout Roses

More About Isabel

Education: BA in Sacred Music Voice
Profession: Nanny
Stay-At-Home: Yes (once a parent)
Racial Background: Caucasian

Her Favorites:

Book : "Arms of Love" by Carmen Marcoux
Movie: The Sound of Music
Vacation Activity: Mackinac Island-Demitasse at the Grand Hotel
Food : Indian Butter Chicken
Family Tradition: Annual Pierogi making
Childhood Memory: Spending most of the summer Up North as a family
Flowers : Pale pink roses

More About Our Family

Our Special Interests

Isabel has had a love for music from a young age. She took piano lessons starting in 2nd grade and formal voice lessons starting in 8th grade. She continues to sing and play the piano and the guitar to this day. She especially loves to sing for church events, including weddings and funerals, and for young children and the elderly. It gives her the greatest joy! She loves sacred classical music, opera and praise and worship.

Chris also grew up surrounded by music. He has sung in choirs consistently since 3rd grade. He also loves exploring new recipes through cooking. He has made tasty dishes ranging from Polish potato soup to the best-ever gluten free fudge brownies! Long distance running has been another favorite hobby of his since college. Chris has been a garden lover since childhood, and he always nurtures our flowers with the utmost of care.

A Picture of Summers Up North

We spend as many weekends up North as possible in the summer with Isabel's family! Some of our favorite activities include:
- Boating, kayaking, and swimming
- Watching for loons, bald eagles, bears, deer, and other wildlife
- Reading together on the dock and soaking in the sun
- Frequent grilled meals like barbecue chicken and ribs
- Walking/biking around the peninsula
- Spending time with Isabel's childhood friends
- A special 4th of July fireworks show on the water
- Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes
- An annual cherry festival
- Driving along the scenic shores of Lake Michigan and visiting historic towns
- Cherry picking
- Family game nights
- Bonfires with s'mores
- Star gazing
- Gwen Frostic Art Studio

Our Favorite Traditions

- Isabel’s family makes her great-grandma’s homemade pierogies every year for Christmas
- Decking out our home for Christmas
- Watching “It’s A Wonderful Life” every Christmas Eve
- Collecting Christmas ornaments to commemorate special trips
- Staying up until midnight on New Year’s Eve while reminiscing on the blessings of the past year
- Going to Mackinac Island frequently
- Saturday night movies with homemade popcorn and Sunday night ice cream
- Writing letters to each other for special occasions (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.)
- Singing “Happy Birthday” in harmony to relatives

Fun Facts About Us

Fun Facts About Chris
- He has 7 siblings
- Chris has a fun baseball and coin collection
- Chris loves philosophy and some of his favorite philosophers include Thomas Aquinas, Aristotle, and Dietrich Von Hildebrand
- He has witnessed a tornado (waterspout) close up back in Nebraska

Fun Facts About Isabel:
- She is the middle child between 2 brothers
- She has gotten to travel all over the world, even as a child, including Costa Rica, Hungary, and England
- She was named after her great grandma, Isabel , who was born one day later, 100 years apart
- She is an avid skier both on water and snow

Fun Facts About Us Together:
- We got married in 2020
- We scored high marks in the 1st annual Paul Phoenix Academy International Music Festival
- We once spent 22 hours driving in one day
- We got to sing at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee for a friend’s wedding

In Closing

We are so excited that God's plan for us is becoming first-time parents through adoption! We promise to give your child a Christ-centered family, modeled after His unconditional love for us. We will share with them our strong community of extended family and friends and our love of music, cooking, and summers at the lake. We will teach your child the value of their own dignity and foster their growth into the person God has called them to be in this world.
Lastly, you will always be a special part of their story. We are open to letters, pictures, and occasional visits with you, whatever you are comfortable with. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us! Know of our daily prayers for you and your child. We can’t wait to meet you. Ask Lifetime about us if you’d like to set up a phone or video call.