We are so very appreciative that you're taking the time to view our profile. But above that appreciation, we have so much respect for the intentional approach you are taking to provide your child with the best life possible. We currently have one son and are thrilled at the prospect of adding another child - there is truly no greater gift in the world! We hope that our profile provides you with the look into our lives you'll need to determine if we are the family unit you are looking for.
We had always intended to have more than one child. Chris has a brother who he is very close to, and Courtney has a brother and a sister who play huge roles in her life. Our parents all had siblings (our aunts and uncles) and they are all still very close. So, for Dylan to have a sibling was something we had always envisioned and was very important to us.
Though we had no struggles with fertility when we tried for our first child, when it came time to have another, that was not the case. We encountered what is called “secondary infertility," and after some tests and treatments - though we had not exhausted our options - it felt to us that more biological children were not in the cards for us. Rather than continuing to pursue additional opinions or treatments, we felt adoption was the right choice for us.
Though we’ve never placed a child for adoption, we believe that the reasons we want to adopt are similar to the reasons birth parents choose adoption; because all children deserve a life of love, security and joy. All children deserve to maximize their potential and to chose a path that brings them happiness and fulfillment. It will be our greatest privilege to provide that life for two children, and we truly believe that the way those children make their way into our lives will be they way they were meant to. The child we adopt will naturally complete our family.
Because we both work full-time, it is important to us that we maximize our leisure time. At this stage in life, leisure time is primarily spent as a family, though we recognize that as our children become more independent, that dynamic could change. For now, we’ll enjoy making memories as a family unit!
Most of our leisure activities fall into two categories - being outdoors or sports events ... sometimes they are one in the same! Courtney grew up with a family who loved to watch sports and she married a guy who does too! We’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy a variety of sports live - including hockey, baseball and football. We also enjoy rooting for our favorite teams from home - football Saturdays generally mean we throw on our sports gear and make special snacks for the game. Dylan is also beginning to play sports and has gotten involved in Little League. We’ve all enjoyed the sense of community that we’ve gained from his participation. In general, the camaraderie and tradition that come from being sports fans is what we love the most.
We also love the outdoors and are lucky to live in a state with mild seasons - it allows us to have year-round outdoor fun. Most evenings someone from our family can be found in the driveway or backyard, and we can frequently be seen walking in the neighborhood or at the park. Our weekends and vacations also always have an element of the outdoors baked in.
Our family traditions vary from the most basic weekly traditions to only slightly larger, less frequent traditions. Every Friday night without fail, we dedicate to family time. After a long week of work and school, it has become a favorite time for all three of us to wind down and begin our weekend. Chris prepares homemade nachos every Friday night - they are one of our son’s favorite foods. While Chris cooks, we typically have some sporting event or other family show on the TV; often Dylan and Courtney will play a game or with toys in the same open living area. While portions of the meal are cooking, Chris takes the dogs out in the backyard to play fetch; Dylan will often join them. When the nachos are ready, the dogs and cat get treats, and then Chris, Courtney and Dylan gather around the coffee table for a special treat to eat and watch cooking shows. It may seem simple, but it is one of our favorite times as a family.
We certainly have other traditions, too, with our extended families. We spend every Thanksgiving at the home Chris grew up in with his family, and we spend every Christmas at Courtney’s parents’ house with about 15 other family members - Christmas morning is magical! We also take an annual Easter trip to Florida, and have several other traditions throughout the summer - mostly involving travel - with friends and family. Tradition is very meaningful to both of us!
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