We were both born and raised in Kansas. Chris in the North and Venessa in central Kansas. We met when we were eighteen through mutual friends, and our friendship quickly grew into something more. After dating for nearly four years Chris proposed and we were married the following fall, in September 2005. We have always had a strong desire to grow our family, but over the last seven years we have walked through infertility. This journey opened our hearts to understand the gift and blessing of adoption, and grew in our hearts a strong desire to grow our family through adoption. Having a child for us to love and nurture would be a dream come true.
We live in a quiet neighborhood in Louisiana. Our home was brand new when we moved in, which was a big departure from the normal fixer uppers we had purchased before. It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms with a spacious backyard that is perfect for playing games. In our neighborhood there is a community pond and swimming pool. There are many families with young children in our subdivision that participate in community events like the annual Easter egg hunt and trick-or-treating.
We feel very fortunate to live close to our church and a short distance to excellent outdoor parks and many other attractions that are fun for all ages.
Chris will be an amazing dad! He has a calm nature and is a great listener. He encourages people to strive for their best and helps support them along the way. These qualities have served him well in his career as a manager and will be immensely beneficial as a father. Chris is kind and caring, quick to help friends, family and neighbors in need. He is smart and enjoys reading and learning about anything and everything-especially how things work. Be it physical or mental, whether it is his first 10k or his his nightly crossword puzzles, he loves a challenge. His playful nature makes him a hit with our nieces, nephews and friends' children. As a father, Chris will be nothing but supportive, loving and patient.
Venessa will be a fantastic mom! She has an energy about her that is upbeat and infectious. She is constantly trying new places, activities and ideas. Her love of travel and food mean that new experiences are guaranteed frequently. She also enjoys baking, drawing, cooking, music and anything else that allows her to use her creativity. Venessa is an extremely caring and loving person that is looking forward to sharing the love she has received her entire life with a new child. I know she will always provide a loving and nuturing environment for a child, along with the right dose of fun and adventure.