A Letter from Chris & Jennifer
Hello! We have been happily married over 9 years and we’re excited to be in this process of becoming first-time parents through open adoption. Respecting others and creating a home where people feel cared for and included matters to us. We’d love to share this life we’ve built with a child! After 7 years of unexplained infertility, treatments, and multiple miscarriages, adoption was laid on our hearts. We trust God has led us down this path and believe there is a child meant to join our family through adoption. We’d love to learn more about you and the life you want for your child.
How we met, as told by Jennifer: We met online! I saw Chris’ profile show up as a possible match, only there was no picture. I messaged him to ask for a picture and the rest is history! We’ve been together over 13 years now.
Together we enjoy:
• Going to the beach
• Sports (on TV or going to games!)
• Hosting family parties
• Grilling out or relaxing by the fire pit in our yard
• Riding bikes
• Traveling to new cities to try some of the things that each place is known for
• Golfing (or trying to golf!)
• Swimming at the pool
• Watching our nephews play sports
• Being in our yard, whether it’s watching the birds, growing a vegetable garden, or doing yardwork
Chris says: Jennifer is fun, nurturing, and puts her heart into everything she does. She puts others first, enjoys the simple things in life, and works toward her goals. She soaks up any chance to make memories with our families. Watching Jennifer with our nieces and nephews, I know she’ll be a great mom!
• Volunteering to help others
• Crafting, sewing, crocheting, cross stitching, and making stained glass projects
• Playing sports on recreational leagues (ultimate Frisbee was so fun and I’m currently learning golf!)
Jennifer says: Chris may seem quiet at first, but he always has a lot to say! He is thoughtful of others and their opinions and always a good source of reason in conflict. Chris is calm, sincere, funny, and looks out for people around him, always making sure they know he cares. Seeing him with our nieces and nephews, there is a joy in him that I know will multiply when he’s a father!
• Watching or attending hockey games
• Building an awesome fire in the fire pit
• Attending car shows with his dad
• Home improvement projects
We bought this place as our forever home where we dream of raising our family! We live in a two-story house with 4 bedrooms and a huge yard that sits up on a hill (perfect for snow sledding!). Our home is in a small town near the beach, outside of a large city. The neighbors here gather outside to talk, grill, and watch the kids play. We also enjoy the neighborhood pool, walking trails, and annual activities in our community.
Our backyard is our favorite place to be. We have a screened porch, patio, fire pit, and a flat part of the lawn that’s good for playing catch or cornhole. The property backs up to 100 acres of woods so we love to watch wildlife and put out food for the birds, squirrels, and deer. Inside we enjoy hosting our families around our big dining table. We’ve already started a nursery and will convert a space downstairs into a playroom after we adopt.
We have a lot of family nearby, as well as relatives in Colorado, Georgia, and Florida. We see our parents, grandparents, and siblings regularly for birthdays, holidays, game nights, and family dinners. We have 2 nieces and 9 nephews and we love time with them! Our families make it a priority to stay connected, even with loved ones outside of our area. We also have dear friends from Jennifer’s childhood who are as close as family to us. Everyone is excited about our plans to adopt!
Thank you for considering us as adoptive parents! We promise to honor our commitment to you and your child. If you’d like, we are open to sharing updates, photos, and visits with you as your child grows up. We welcome an open adoption at your comfort level.
As parents we will:
• Teach right from wrong and do our best to help our child make good choices and learn from outcomes of those choices.
• Be supportive and there for him or her through all things.
• Raise this child to respect others.
• Put school first and encourage them to learn what they need to know, and to work hard, in order to reach their dreams.
• Talk openly with him or her about our family’s adoption story and raise your child to know how much you mean to us.
With love, Chris & Jennifer
Learn More About Chris & Jennifer
|Our Education||Some College||Bachelor's Degree|
|Our Professions||Firefighter||HR Business Partner|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Chris & Jennifer's Favorites|
|Way to Spend a Weekend||Do things outside and grilling with family and friends||Going shopping and having dinner with loved ones|
|Thing About Christmas||Opening gifts with family while sharing the true meaning of Christmas||Spending the day with both sides of our family|
|Room in the House||Screened porch (being inside AND outdoors at the same time!)||Kitchen (where I easily lose track of time cooking for others!)|
|Food||Steak||Chicken and pasta|
|Rainy Day Activity||Watching TV and laying low||Binging movies all day|
|Sports||Playing basketball or watching hockey||Watching hockey or playing soccer and softball|
|More About Our Family|
|Fun Facts About Us|
As told by Chris: We both have backgrounds in emergency medical care. Before Jennifer went back to school, she was an EMT for years, and I have been a firefighter for most of my life.
Jennifer shares: I will try almost anything once and appear calm, while inside I’m totally freaking out! I’ve been on crazy roller coasters, parasailing, ATV riding, ropes courses, and zip lining, to name a few.
Chris shares: I collect bottle caps to display them on my fire hat and axe cutouts on the wall.
As told by Jennifer: My mom owns a local hobby store for nature and wildlife. We both help out there sometimes and it will be such a fun place for our child to grow up exploring when we visit grandma at her store!
|What We Value|
• Connections with our whole family, near or far
Paxton is our friendly Pomeranian. People love to be around our dog and sometimes we think he gets more visitors than we do!
• Every year Santa brings Jennifer’s mom a potato! (Jennifer loved this tradition as a kid and keeps it going.)
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...|
|Age of Child|
Either boy or girl
Thank you for learning about the life we'd love to share with your child. We will honor the kind of contact you'd like to maintain after the adoption, if you'd like updates, or even occasional visits, as your child grows up. We've dreamed and prayed about becoming parents and we're ready to share all we have with a child through adoption! We hope to hear from you and learn more about you and the future you picture for your child. To talk with us, just ask Lifetime to set up a call.