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Chris & Audrey
Thank you so much for reading our profile! We love being parents and nothing would make us happier than to add another child to our family! We will love your precious child with all of our hearts and provide to him or her a life full of love, joy and laughter! If chosen, you will help make our family complete and give us the most precious gift of all. You are in our thoughts and prayers as you make this difficult decision.
Adoption in Our Lives
We love being parents and have struggled to have a second child for several years. We tried on our own to get pregnant for over two years then decided to see a fertility specialist. After several different protocols and three IVF procedures, our specialist explained that he had done all he could do. We were devastated. Our doctor suggested other options such as using an egg donor, embryo adoption and domestic adoption. After praying and learning more about these options, we knew in our hearts domestic adoption was the route we were supposed to follow to grow our family.
Adoption is not new to us. Chris’ parents adopted his sister, Marlene, when she was three years old. Soon after the adoption, his parents had Chris and they became a family of four.
Audrey’s cousin and her husband adopted a baby girl from China fourteen years ago. They already had two girls and felt called to International adoption. Their daughter, Emma, has been the biggest joy and blessing to them as well as our entire family. We can’t imagine our family without her.Adoption is already a part of our lives and we are excited to experience it even more personally as adoptive parents! This child will have a family that will not only love them unconditionally but will have family members that can personally relate and understand their thoughts, feelings and questions regarding adoption.
Education We Will Provide
Education is extremely important to us. Chris was a science and math teacher to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders for 2 years. He also served on the school board for 4½ years. Audrey has a health education degree and used to go into the area schools and educate students on various health topics.
Our community has a wonderful school district that strives to guide students toward educational excellence by providing a safe and positive learning environment. Audrey volunteers on the school’s Parents Teachers Organization, PTO, and loves supporting the school and teachers! Audrey helps in Emma’s classroom when they have special activities and helps plan her class holiday parties.
The community also has a wonderful private preschool that prepares children for Kindergarten and the elementary years.We feel one can never start too early teaching their child and that children are born ready to learn. We worked with our daughter at a very early age at home mastering age-appropriate developmental milestones. We will always make education a priority for our children, however; please know we will do our best to guide, support and encourage them in whatever interests they may want to explore outside of school.
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Our families’ favorite vacation spot is Destin, Florida! We went 6 years in a row before Emma was born and Emma has gone 4 years now. It is a place we look forward going to every year.
We love the beach and Destin has some of the most beautiful white sand. We love to build sandcastles and play frisbee on the beach. We also love the pools at the condo where we stay. We have been known to get caught up playing at the pool some days and never make it down to the beach.
We also love the restaurants in Destin! Louisiana Lagnappe has the best seafood, specifically grouper and shrimp. They also have the best hushpuppies you will ever eat! McGuire’s Irish Pub is another favorite which has steaks and nachos to die for!
When we need a break from the beach and pool we head to the outlet malls for a little shopping and ice cream!We truly enjoy our time here as a family and cannot wait to share it with another child!
Our House and Neighborhood
We live in a safe, rural town of about 12,000 people in Southeast Missouri. Currently, we live in a blended age neighborhood with a beautiful pond/lake in the center. We like to ride our bike and/or walk to the pond and feed the ducks. We live less than 5 minutes from our schools, parks, and our main business district. We have a great community pool for all ages with water buckets, sprinklers and two heart-racing slides! Our 3 parks are full of new equipment and we love to meet friends at them for play dates! We also have a wonderful public library where we attend story hour and check out books regularly.
Our home has 3 bedrooms and an additional playroom for our daughter. We spend most of our time in the playroom and our bedroom. Our bedroom is very large and includes a sitting area where we watch TV. It serves as our 2nd living room. We have a wooden play ground in our backyard with swings, a fort house, and two slides for extra fun!Our community has numerous annual, family events that we wouldn’t miss! One of our favorite events is the Annual Fourth of July parade where kids decorate their bikes and trikes with red, white, and blue and ride to the local post office and sing patriotic songs! We love our small town and feel it is a wonderful place to raise a family!
Our Extended Families
We are blessed to have close relationships with both of our families. Both of our immediate families live only one hour away. This makes it very convenient for us to see them often.
Chris’ mom, also known as Mimi, comes to visit every Monday afternoon and picks our daughter up from school and spends a few hours with her. This is a weekly highlight for both of them. A trip to Sonic is usually in their afternoon plan!
Audrey's mom and dad invite us and her sister’s family over for holiday meals, frequent fish frys and family meals, and birthday celebrations. Our meal and desert of choice is always prepared for our birthday and never disappoints! We have been known to break out the game, Pie In The Face, or another fun game during these dinners! Our three nieces are very active in sports and activities in their schools and we enjoy cheering them on and supporting them.
Both of our families are very supportive and excited that we are pursing adoption! However, Audrey's sister, Aunt Millie, is the most excited! She cannot wait to be an aunt again!
From Us to You
Hi! We are Audrey and Chris and we are beyond excited that you are reading our profile and taking the time to get to know us better!
We live in a small town in Southeast Missouri and are blessed with many friends and family nearby. We have one daughter, Emma, who is seven years old and we just love doing life with her! She is so much fun!! We love doing things as a family such as going out to eat, traveling, shopping and just playing. We ride bikes and play ball in the yard and dress Barbies and play baby dolls inside her play room. We just enjoy being together.
We met through a mutual friend at a BBQ cook off in Chris’ hometown 17 years ago and have been together ever since!! We have been married for 13 years! We also work together in the insurance field. When we are both working, the grandparents are planning on babysitting and can’t wait to spoil this child with love and affection!
We love being parents to our daughter but we have always known we wanted more children. Because of infertility, we are no longer able to conceive. We feel God placed adoption on our hearts and this is the plan He has for us to grow our family. Adoption is a precious gift and love is what truly makes a family.
We cannot imagine how hard this decision is for you and we pray God provides you with strength and peace. But we want you to know if you choose us to be parents to your precious child we will make sure he or she knows how much you love them and how courageous, strong and selfless you are. This child will always know his or her story of adoption and we will always celebrate his or her life and birth story.
Being parents to another child is our dream. We feel we have so much more love to give and can’t wait to share our lives with another child. We have an amazing circle of friends with babies and young children that this child will automatically be welcomed into. He or she will grow up in a church that focuses on children and their faith. Our community has a wonderful school district where this child’s education will be a priority. And he or she has an excited big sister waiting and praying for him or her!
It is important to us that you know you made the right decision in selecting us to parent your child and that you know he or she is loved and cared for. We would love the opportunity to stay in contact with you through open communication. We not only want to share your child’s special moments and milestones with you, but we also want to learn more about you and share in what is going on in your life. But please know, we will follow your lead on whatever level of communication you are comfortable with.
Thank you so very much for taking the time to get to know us. We admire your strength and courage as you consider adoption for your child. You are in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.Sincerely,
Chris & Audrey
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