There are not enough words on this planet to explain the importance of your gift, and how humbled and honored we would be to become parents to your baby and we are excited to get to know you and welcome you into our family!
Chris and I met through a mutual friend. While dating each other, Chris introduced me to his then 1 ½ year old son, Chase. I fell in love right away! He was a sweet, kind-hearted, hilarious little boy who was on life greatest adventure to have some fun! It has been so amazing to be part of his life and watch him grow. Fast forward to now, he is an 11 year old who enjoys football, karate, school, and video games. Chase lives with us part time, and our relationship with his mom and bonus dad are great! We are able to work with each other on schedules to ensure Chase doesn’t miss any big family events on either side of his family. Having a relationship with them has also allowed us to easily communicate on happenings in Chase’s life and how we can all help in different ways.
In 2013 I donated my kidney to a young boy that was dying. I didn’t know at the time that by donating my kidney it would lead me on a journey of infertility. While Chris and I may not be able to give life to our own child, I was able to give life back to a precious little boy and give him a second chance.
When talking about having a family in our early relationship, Chris and I knew instantly that adoption was how we wanted to build our family. We cherish the dream of raising a baby together and would love nothing more than to be parents to another child. We want to have a little one to hold, snuggle and care for. But we want you to take comfort in knowing that we will unconditionally love and support them through his or her entire lifetime as a baby, a toddler, a teenager, and an adult. Your child will be surrounded by an abundance of love, laughter and adventure with a large family who are anxiously awaiting his or her arrival.
Chris and Chase have a wonderful father-son relationship and love doing things together. They work on wood working and robotics projects, video games, drawing, creating a comic book together, and playing board games. Chase and I also have a great relationship. We love to talk about the most random things, tell jokes that make both of us laugh so hard we cry, do different arts and craft projects, and we love to cook and bake goodies together. All three of us love going on adventures. Traveling together is something all three of us greatly enjoy! We having a growing bucket list of places we are going to visit after we adopt.
Chase is very excited to be a big brother. He often talks about adventures he wants to share with a brother or sister and how excited he is to help him or her learn new things. He is especially excited to show him or her their new room, as he was beyond excited to help us put it together. He is already beaming with pride! It is so precious to see his excitement about having a new brother or sister!
Chris works locally for a company as a warehouse manager. He has wonderful people skills and is very good as his job. I work from home as a medical coder, and being home allows me so much flexibility! I also teach a few hours a week at a local dance studio. We both believe in raising children with mutual respect. We believe it I important to work with children to help them gain their confidence and independence, rather than just telling them what they need to do. In my experience with all of my students (ages 5 to 62) as well as with Chase, this has been a very positive experience. It allows them to try things on their own, and ask for help when they are ready. Every person have their own individual gifts and strengths. We want to be there for your child to help guide them and support them. We have no expectations for what our children to grow up to be. We want to be there for your child to guide them, help and support them in all the things they want to experience in life, from sports, to school, to art and beyond.
We are very close to our families, and we think family is very important. My parents are actually our neighbors! Chris’s parents live just a short drive from us! In addition, I have two sisters and four brothers, and Chris has two brothers. In all, there is a grand total of 6 cousins! We see them often and make lots of plans for family dinners, and fun local activities. Needless to say, family plays a pretty big part in our lives.
Our home life is fun and happy with a dash of relaxation. We often have lots of get-togethers, holidays, and special events at our house. We love having family and friends over and sharing stories, laughs and games! Even aside from all the fun local activities and family fun events, we still make sure to take time to relax and enjoy some family time with just us. We are dog lovers and we have an English bulldog named Watson. He is two years old and has the cutest little face! He is so great with little kids, always being extra gentle. Watson’s favorite past time is napping and snuggling-he is a professional! We honestly couldn’t ask for a sweeter more well behaved dog. We love to take him on walks and take him to the park to let him run and chase his favorite ball. We also love to take him on fun local adventures to lakes, walks along the river and special car rides to Starbucks where he gets his favorite treat of all time… a pup-achino!
We are so blessed to be part of a big family, but greatly desire to grow our family. Thank you so much for taking the time read our letter and get to know a little bit about our family. No matter what you decide, please know that we wish you the very best in your decision. You have our love and respect for your courage and determination.
Ashley, Chris, Chase and Watson