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Chris & Mitzi
Thank you for taking the time to get to know our family! If given the chance, we will provide your child with endless love, stability, fun, laughter and hugs. From the moment we adopted our son, Colin, on the day he was born, we fell in love with him. We cannot wait to become parents again. We admire you for considering adoption and would embrace the chance to walk through this journey with you.
Our lifestyle is pretty easygoing. We love spending time with our son, family and friends. We enjoy good food, traveling and fun activities, such as football and baseball games, art and music.
In Mitzi's free time, she volunteers at a children's hospital and loves it. She began several years ago as a volunteer in their NICU; she is now on their fundraising committee and has had great success in raising money for this incredible cause. Growing up, Chris was very active in sports. Currently he is an avid golfer. He is an incredible cook and makes the most delicious Italian feasts and the best BBQ.
Our lifestyle with our son is very loving, encouraging and fun! Chris is such a wonderful father. As he does with our son now, he will teach our next child about the importance of education, good sportsmanship and compassion for others. He cannot wait to coach soccer, little league, or whatever interest your child may develop. Chris is also excited to take your child skiing, fishing, hiking and camping.
Mitzi is a truly amazing mom. She will nurture and adore this child, guide him or her to the right path and teach him or her about the joys of life. She already has Mommy-and-Me classes and fun trips planned, such as the first trip to the beach, children's museum, baseball games and the zoo.
Our Most Memorable Moment
Our most memorable moment was the moment we met our son and his birth parents! We remember everything like it was yesterday.
We received a call that we had a potential match with a birth couple, but they would like to meet us over the phone first. We were so excited and nervous. We talked for about 45 minutes and fell in love with each other immediately. She was due in a couple of weeks and didn't know the sex of the baby yet. We kept in contact with them via email every day until she went into labor. When we received the call that she’d gone to the hospital, we jumped on a plane immediately! We couldn't wait to meet them and the baby!
We arrived in their hometown at 7 PM that night and Colin was born the next morning. When we got to the hospital she asked if we were ready to meet the baby and we yelled "YES!" with so much excitement.
That was the very moment that changed our lives forever! We met the most beautiful and perfect baby boy! We held him and rocked him in the chair for hours while talking with the birth parents. We all got to know each other so well. We still communicate with them and we love to hear from them and see pictures about how everyone is doing.
How We Met
We first met while skiing at the lake, where our mutual friends introduced us to each other. We hit it off from the beginning! After a couple months of dating, we decided to be friends because it was hard to make time to see each other since both of us were traveling so much for work. We cared deeply for each other, but it just wasn't the right time.
A few months later, we saw each other again at the same mutual friend's wedding. It was like we’d never stopped dating. We had so much fun talking, laughing and dancing together. We knew from that night on we would be together forever. It sounds like such a cliché, but it is true. Our friends who introduced us to each other like to take all the credit.
Two years later we were married in Mitzi's hometown. During that two-year courtship, we not only fell more in love with each other, but we also fell in love with each other's families. We have now been married for 10 years and are so excited to start this new chapter in our lives!
Our Extended Families
We both have very close, large families. Mitzi has four older siblings, Chris has two older siblings and we have a total of 10 nieces and nephews. Adoption is already a very special part of our family as our son, Mitzi's older brother and sister, and Chris's nephews are all adopted. Everyone is very excited and supportive of our plans to adopt again and cannot wait to grow our family once more through adoption!
One of Mitzi's many family traditions is for the entire family to meet at her parents' lake house every 4th of July weekend. It is so much fun seeing our son and all of his cousins play together. We jet ski, tube, fish, swim, BBQ, play board games, watch the fireworks, and most of all spend time talking and laughing with each other.
Our favorite tradition with Chris's family is Christmas. It is filled with great food, Italian traditions and love. We all travel to one sibling's home and stay the entire week together. We watch movies, bake cookies, play cards, do puzzles and make yummy dinners together. On Christmas Eve, we attend church, eat a delicious dinner, and put cookies out for Santa and feed for the reindeer. Christmas morning is so much fun watching the kids dig into their stockings and presents. We cannot wait to start sharing these wonderful memories with your child!
Our House and Neighborhood
We love our city, neighborhood and home and are excited to grow our family here! We are minutes from several great hike and bike trails, where we go several times a week to enjoy the beautiful weather. We are also close to gorgeous lakes, where we try to go every summer weekend to ski and relax with our friends and their children. Our city also has incredible live music and activities for the whole family, including a kite festival, a children's museum, parks, a nature and science center, and baseball and football games.
Our neighborhood is so friendly and ideal for a growing family. We have become the best of friends with our neighbors. All of them have children or are expecting, and they can't wait for us to grow our family once again through adoption! Once a month, we all get together at one of our houses for dinner and games. The adults cook, talk and laugh, while the kids play tag in the backyard or basketball in the cul-de-sac. We can't wait to introduce your child to his/her lifelong friends!We absolutely love our warm and inviting home! It has four bedrooms, three baths and a beautiful kitchen that is open to the dining room and family room. Our backyard is perfect for BBQs and for kids playing soccer, baseball and other fun games. We look forward to introducing your child to all the fun and exciting things our city, neighborhood and home have to offer!
From Us to You
Adoption is the most loving, courageous and selfless act. We are both honored and humbled that you are considering us to be parents to your child. We cannot imagine the difficult decision you are making. Your child is a miracle of life and a precious gift. If given the opportunity, we promise to love your child unconditionally and treasure him or her every day.
We have experienced so much joy and laughter together during our 10 years of marriage. In that time, we have also spent years yearning for children. It has been a long journey to get to where we are today, but it has made our hearts even more open and loving. Looking back, adoption was the plan that was meant for us all along. We just had to go through the path to fully appreciate the truth. We know your journey has not been easy as well. We want you to know that we are so ready, anxious and excited to support and raise a child. We will make certain your child knows that you made the hardest decision in the world in choosing us to raise your baby, and how that decision was made out of pure, great and unending love.
Being parents is undoubtedly the greatest gift of our lives. We are committed to giving this child the best life possible. We know we are not perfect, and we will make our fair share of mistakes, but you have our word that we will love, support, teach and encourage your child always.
We would like to honor you and your loving decision by creating an adoption book for your child. In it, we will include information about your child's birth and adoption. When ready, we will share the story of his or her adoption, and explain how incredibly difficult the decision was for you. Your child will know how much you wanted the best for him or her and that it was your generous love and selflessness that brought us together as a family. If you desire, we will send you letters and pictures throughout the years of your child's growth and milestones.
In a nutshell, we are an honest, hardworking, loving couple. We enjoy adventures and know we will be together in good times and in bad. We love our family and know we would not be who we are today without them. Every family member on both Chris and Mitzi's side have all stated how excited and happy they are for us about our decision to adopt again. Our son may be the most excited! He cannot wait to meet his new best friend. He will be such a wonderful role model. They will have this instant love and connection, and be able to talk and relate to each other as they get older.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our letter. We know this only gives you a small glimpse of who we are and what our lives are like. Ultimately, we just want you to know that your child will be the center of our lives. Our days will be filled with love, laughter, singing and games, helping with homework, reading bedtime stories and teaching many wonderful life lessons. We could not be more honored to be considered to raise your beautiful child. We know that it is the greatest honor we could ever receive.
With all our love and respect,
Chris & Mitzi
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