It all started in a high school algebra class. We soon started talking online every night and were casual friends for a while, not knowing that there was always something more. After graduation, we instant messaged each other once or twice every year and stayed in touch for several years...we then reconnected on Facebook and communicated, occasionally. One particular post on Facebook that Chris made, of his drawings that Amanda admired, sparked an ongoing conversation throughout that day. That evening, we decided to get together in person...that’s when we really realized that there was so much more between us! We enjoyed many adventures out in nature, realizing our mutual love for chasing sunsets...our strong friendship and deep love for each other grew and blossomed…we got engaged 8 months later. We truly are best friends! Our wedding was a celebration of our love...surrounded by our family and friends who shared in our special day!
Our nieces and nephews think that we are the exciting aunt and uncle because we always enjoy doing fun things with them: throwing a ball, doing crafts, baking cookies or numerous other activities. There's never a dull moment with us when we are all together!
Amanda's feelings for Chris:
Chris has such a big heart. I'm so thankful every day that we both woke up and realized what a perfect couple we make! I can't imagine my life without him. He's very close with my family and his own which is so important to me, considering that family means the world to me. He's such a hard worker and always makes sure things are always taken care of….from the house, to helping our families if there is ever a need. I go to bed with a smile on my face every single night! Chris is the type of guy who will drop everything to help someone in need. The dedication and love he has to offer is beyond measure. He turns into a big kid when our niece and nephews come around. Tucker, who is our youngest nephew, born in February 2017, is mesmerized by Chris. The two of them are in their own
world when they spend time together, just gazing at each other smiling and making noises back and forth. Our other niece and nephews get so excited to see him because they know his attention is 100% theirs. The joy and patience he has with children makes my heart melt. I'm truly blessed to be able to call my best friend my husband. Some of my favorite dates with him are as simple as going to our special spot and watching the sunset.
Chris' feelings for Amanda:
The reason I fell in love with Amanda is because she is the kindest person with the biggest heart out of everyone that I have ever met! She makes me melt when I am with her. She's a very family oriented person and goes out of her way to make sure her time is spent with both of our families. Amanda loves like no other, always putting the needs of others before herself. Amanda loves spending time with her sister and her nephew and her face glows whenever she holds him. She has such a warming touch about her. Whenever anyone comes over to our house, she makes sure that they always feel at home. She has selflessness like no other and that's what will make her the best mother. One of my favorite things is to wake up and have her tell me we're going on an adventure that day. One of my favorite memories with Amanda, so far, was our first sunset chase to find the best spot to watch it. I’m the luckiest guy in the world to be able to share my life with Amanda!
Every New Year’s Eve, we have friends over for dinner and play games until the ball drops. Valentine’s Day is a day that we prepare an extra special dinner for two to enjoy. Easter morning and Christmas morning, we have brunch at our house with Chris' Gram, brother, sister, brother in law, niece and nephew, Amanda's mom, dad, sister, brother in law and nephews. In the evening we go to dinner at Amanda's grandmother’s house to celebrate with the whole family...close to 40 of us! Although many of us are adults, Amanda's parents hide Easter baskets for everyone to find. It's a tradition that we refuse to give up. Every June, we go to Virginia Beach for a week to go hiking, enjoy the beach and take sunset cruises. Every summer, we enjoy Amanda’s family reunion where the entire extended family meets at a park. We spend the day playing games and catching up. Thanksgiving dinner is at Amanda's sister’s house with each family bringing their traditional favorite dish to share. Christmas is always a special time for us. We spend a week decorating the inside and outside of our house...our whole family goes to a tree farm to select and cut down trees every year. The tree farm we go to has reindeer, hot cocoa, candy canes and a campfire to relax by. We have a get together with friends every December. We love to go sledding at least a few times every winter.
Our favorite traditions happen every week throughout the year: We have dinner every Friday with Amanda's Grandma, Amanda’s parents, Amanda's sister, husband and two children who live about 20 minutes away.
We visit Chris’s Gram every Saturday afternoon with Chris' sister, her husband and two children who live about 10 minutes away. We also enjoy our weekly Sunday rides in the country with a cup of coffee to enjoy the scenery as it changes through the seasons.
We look forward to starting new traditions as our family grows: nighttime routines which will include bathtime and storytime, swinging on swings, laying in the hammock on the front porch, baking cookies, making family Valentine’s Day cards for each other, extra good morning and bedtime snuggles...and more!
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for taking the time to get to know more about us and the wonderful life that we can offer a child…
Our families and friends are also incredibly excited to welcome a precious little one into our family with open hearts and arms!
If you choose us to be the adoptive parents of your precious baby, please know that you will always be in our hearts and never forgotten. Your son or daughter will become a part of a warm and loving family and will always feel cherished. He or she will always know that you made the most loving and unselfish decision to allow them to become a part of our family. We promise a lifetime of unconditional love, laughter, support in every aspect of his or her life, as well as every opportunity for him or her to learn, grow and blossom into the incredible person that they dream to become.
Feel free to contact us at (229)598-1363 firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Amanda and Chris