dear expectant mother
Dear Expectant Mother,
We want to affirm your strength and bravery. We can’t imagine a more difficult choice and understand that considering adoption comes from the kind of courageous love that only our children can move us to.
If you allow us the privilege of raising your child, know that he or she will be so very cherished, and they will be welcomed into a home with the most eager and adoring big brother and sister. We can’t wait to share our traditions, like epic hide and seek games, over-the-top birthday cakes, and our annual leprechaun mystery hunt. We also look forward to new adventures and traditions as our family grows.
We strive to raise our children to love those around them and to serve in their community in whatever way they are able. One of our greatest goals is to empower them to live in a posture of abundant life and not to act out of fear or anxiety, no matter what their circumstances might be. We pray this for you as well.
Being parents has been an incredible experience for us, even in the face of major health challenges and loss. And we have been just as touched by our babies we did not get an opportunity to parent. Whether you choose to parent your sweet little one or to move forward with adoption, may you arrive at a place of peace and assurance about your decision.
We’re an active family who love each other and our community. We both work from home. Daniel is a data scientist, and Christen works part-time as an epidemiologist. We have two biological kids who are excited about a new sibling. We are involved in church, music (Christen plays viola and the kids are learning piano), drama, and swimming. We love being outdoors, especially hiking and kayaking. We also try to maintain a good balance of being at home. We try to keep weekly rhythms like Monday night tea, Friday movie night, Saturday special breakfast, and Sunday rest/art time.
Our Home & Pets
We live in a small, quiet neighborhood across from a nature preserve where we love to hike and kayak. Our neighborhood has access to a small beach on a river where we often go to hunt for fossilized shark teeth. We also spend a lot of time in our pool during the summer. Our dog, an athletic red heeler mix, plays lifeguard while we swim and also watches out for our 15 chickens, several of whom love to cuddle. We live near a college town with wonderful music and arts opportunities. We’ve lived in a lot of places, but we love this as a place to raise our family for its diverse education opportunities, tight-knit community, and character. We also have great access to a major city with world-class museums and cultural opportunities.
Our Extended Family
We are blessed to have a really supportive extended family. Daniel’s parent’s and Christen’s mom have been there for us through some very tough times with our son’s early medical challenges. Daniel has a brother and sister who are both married and who each have one young child so far (aged two and under). We are excited that Daniel’s sister will be moving home from living abroad. As a family, we are trying to learn/brush up on Spanish to welcome her husband and daughter.
Christen’s parents and sister live near us, and we try to spend a lot of time with the six cousins. We do a lot of school activities with them, like pioneer day and science labs. It’s always a circus in the best way! Christen’s other sister is in the military and lives in another state, but she’s also pretty cool.
We also have a few families in the area who have grown from college friends to be basically extended family at this point. They have become like extra aunts, uncles, and cousins.
What Led Us To Adoption
We have always been interested in adoption as Daniel’s mom was adopted. After we had two biological kids, we learned we would not be able to have more children naturally, so we felt affirmed that adoption was the right path for us. We started the process of trying to adopt through foster care. As we learned about the adoption process, we realized we wanted to be close to our extended families and moved back to our home state. We were certified for foster care and have been happy to support families in the foster system as they work to be reunified. However, we are just really ready for a little one to come stay with us and know they are a forever part of our family.
|Favorite Food||Anything herby and spicy|
|Favorite Hobby||Baking, viola|
|Favorite Movie||O Brother Where Art Thou|
|Favorite Music Group||ABBA|
|Favorite Subject in School||Spanish|
|Favorite Tradition||Leprechaun pranks|
|Favorite Movie||The Matrix|
|Favorite Music Group||Imagine Dragons|
|Favorite Subject in School||Math|
|Favorite Tradition||Family movie night|
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Choose a Family for
Your Baby With Confidence
As you browse our list of hopeful adoptive parents, you can feel confident in knowing that all of the adoptive families working with Angel Adoption are prepared to offer your baby a safe, stable, and loving environment along with a wealth of opportunities for a happy and fulfilling life.
Each adoptive parent has been thoroughly evaluated through a home study course conducted by a licensed agency. A completed home study means the family is emotionally, physically, and financially ready to adopt a baby.
The home study process includes assessments of each parent’s character, marital stability, financial situation, lifestyle, and medical history. The agency also runs background checks to verify there is no record of criminal activity or child abuse. In addition, a social worker will inspect the family’s home to ensure it is a safe environment for a child.
Furthermore, Angel Adoption requires each family to be educated on adopting and parenting. After a baby has been placed with the adoptive family, a social worker will continue to monitor and supervise the family. We go to great lengths to make sure all the families you have to choose from are going to be excellent parents for your baby!
Not sure how to start? See our How to Choose an Adoptive Family resource page.
If you need more help, you’re always welcome to contact us any time!