Chris and Jennifer
Approved and Waiting Adoptive
At A Glance
Names: Chris and Jennifer
Ages: 45 and 42
Reason for adopting: infertility and risk to health
Number of Years Married: 8, together 17, known each other 19
Ethnicity: Greek, French, Spanish, Irish, and probably a few we don’t know
We met while both working at Sandia Laboratories 19 years ago. We started as friends but one day Chris decided to call and when Jennifer saw on caller id that “Catechis, Christ” was calling her friend said to her “When the Lord calls you should probably answer”. That was a biblical intervention that Jennifer has never regretted answering. Sometimes God really does know best.
We are not always the quickest to a decision (Hello! We’ve known each other 19 years, friends for 2, dated for 8 ½ and been married for 8). However, when we commit we commit completely! Neither of us is going anywhere and couldn’t imagine life without the other. We truly are best friends and bring out the best in each other.
We have a shared passion for travel and exploring new places. Jennifer has seen all but one state and Chris has expanded her travel curiosity to beyond the US. We are geeks at heart who can watch Star Wars over and over but we also love to see new things to. Both of us enjoy running and being outdoors, mostly because we really love to cook and eat. Every year we host a Big Fat Greek Easter at our house for over 100 people where we roast lamb and chicken, have an Easter Egg hunt and just enjoy the whole day. This is part of our family tradition. At Christmas Jennifer loves to write our God Children letters from Santa telling them they better be kind and good; while Chris enjoys playing Santa for family and friends. Every couple of years Chris’ family gets together and goes on a big family vacation somewhere. We rent a house, cook for each other and just have a great time together.
Neither of us comes from a “traditional” family but what is that anyway? Jennifer is adopted and Chris’ parents divorced and remarried when he was younger. In 2015 we hosted a foreign exchange daughter from Spain and our whole family instantly took her in. That was a great year of learning, exploring and adventuring into something new outside our comfort zone. In fact we are planning to go visit her and her family in Spain soon! We believe family is what you make it and who you create it with; this has given us a pretty good family all in all. We are so ready to make our special family one person bigger and better!
This is harder than we thought it would be. Like any new meeting or relationship we are nervous that you won’t like us, or we will say something dumb, have food in our teeth, or just be our awkward selves. When in the end we just want to be the best parents you chose for your child. We know that your decision is not easy or without personal sacrifice and we want to fully recognize the miracle you are giving to a family. There doesn’t seem to be adequate words to say everything we feel. We care for you, appreciate you and marvel at your strength. Jennifer as an adopted child, who knew her birth parents, understands just how complex this is but deeply understands the beautiful family that adoption creates. She always says that she doesn’t always get the answers she wants but she got the family she was meant to have exactly the way it was meant to be.
We have always wanted to be parents and have talked endlessly of “when we have children we will….” moments. We are unable to have biological children of our own due to infertility and doctors recommendations against pregnancy. This has not stopped us from wanting a family of our own, it just has lead us to another way of creating that family.
We can say this about ourselves, our marriage has grown stronger and our love has grown deeper over time. When we met 19 years ago neither of us could have imagined being on this journey together today but now we could not imagine the next 19 years or more without each other. We would love to make your child a part of that journey with us as their parents.
We can’t say we will be perfect parents but we can say we will love your child and do everything we can to be the family they are meant to have. We will read them stories, teach them to swim, stay up with them when they are sick, protect them with every fiber of our being, tell them how much you loved them and how much you mean to us. We will be a home that laughs, cries, prays and sings karaoke together, but most of all we will be a family perfect or not. Thank you so much for just reading this, for being brave and for letting us share a little about ourselves with you. May God bless you.
Chris and Jennifer