Windows Systems Engineer / Preschool Teacher’s Assistant
We are Chris and Kelly. We live in Washington State in a beautiful city north of Seattle. Chris grew up in Shoreline and Kelly grew up in Seattle. Chris works in IT Support and he loves to help people with their computer issues and to teach people how to make better use of their technology. He enjoys camping and hiking along with playing games. Kelly works in the field of Early Childhood Education. Kelly is a music lover and took piano lessons for many years and she loves to sing. Kelly shares Chris’s love for the outdoors and enjoys camping and hiking. Kelly also enjoys reading, watching TV and movies and playing board games/card games.
We have a strong desire to be parents and we have a ton of love to give. We are not able to have biological children and we are pursuing adoption. We already enjoy family friendly activities-such as board games, card games, going to the movies, perusing the local library, and spending time at the local parks-and we cannot wait to invite our child into these pastimes. I (Kelly) love to read. I minored in English/Language arts in college. We have a small library of books for our future child in their room including board books to start with. I (Kelly) am really looking forward to reading books with our future child and enjoying that bonding time together. I have a fond memory of my Dad reading to my siblings and I when we were kids in the station wagon on our drive to California to visit relatives on his side of the family. He read C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and he did the voices and I loved it!
We live in a great community with lots of parks, a library, schools and stores. We often take our dog for a walk around the library. Our dog Hannah and our cat Mochi are great with kids. They both love to curl up and snooze. They are such a great addition to our family and we are blessed. There are a lot of different activities going on in our community that we enjoy going to. In the summer there is live outdoor music and movies that we attend with our family and friends. Our close friends have two boys, who are our godsons, and we enjoy taking them to outdoor community events and spending time together. We are close with our family and friends and we enjoy spending time together. We have two godsons and eight nieces and nephews, and we enjoy spending time together whenever possible. We already enjoy family friendly activities-such as board games, card games, going to the movies, perusing the local library, and spending time at the local parks-and we cannot wait to invite our child into these pastimes.
We are so great together. We complement each other so well and we are each other’s soul mates and best friends. Kelly appreciates Chris’ sense of humor, his love for his family and animals, and his patience working in IT Support. Chris appreciates Kelly’s love for children and her patience working as a teacher and her willingness to try new things and play video games with him.
We went to school together from preschool through our senior year of high school. Kelly’s parents both taught at that school. We dated in high school and went to Junior/Senior Banquet (prom) together but lost touch after high school. We got together for coffee at Starbucks, Barnes and Noble bookstore, and a Mariner’s game. We dated for a year and a half and then got engaged, and almost a year later, we were married.
Unconditionally loving, nurturing and supporting our child. We acknowledge adopting a child will be difficult and challenging in its own way. We are committed to walking with our child through all of these difficulties and challenges. We agree it is important to discuss and disclose the adoption story with our child from the beginning. We plan to integrate adoption into our regular vocabulary and discuss adoption in thoughtful and age-appropriate ways with our child. We are aware that our child will understand adoption differently at various developmental stages, requiring continued and developing conversations throughout our child’s life. We hope to help our child understand our home is a safe place for them to process adoption issues, concerns and questions. We have a solid foundation of knowledge regarding how to nurture, love and care for our child. We have gained valuable experience by spending time with our nieces and nephews, with our godsons, and (for Kelly) with the preschool children she teaches on a regular basis.
We live in a safe, loving and nurturing environment and we have a ton of love to give. We also look forward to the possibility of having an open, sincere and honest relationship with our child’s birth parents. The frequent and honest communication aspect of open adoption really appeals to us. Communication with our child’s birth parents could take place in a variety of manners including the exchange of pictures and letters, phone calls, or face to-face contact. Zoom is also great! Building an organic relationship where everyone feels respected, included and welcomed is important to us. We look forward to welcoming our child’s birth family to events at their school. We envision attending local events together, such as the holiday lighting festivities, parades, and outdoor movies in the park.