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Christian & Melissa in Idaho


Christian & Melissa in Idaho
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Dear Birth Parent(s)

Thanks for taking the time to get to know us and our story. We are Christian and Melissa and we live in Southern Idaho. We would love the opportunity to get to know you, as you are considering your options and potentially the right family for your child. We can only imagine this is a scary and challenging process. We also feel it’s a very courageous and selfless act. We really feel that an open adoption is the healthiest for the child and everyone involved.

We’d like to tell you a little about us and our life.
• We have been together for about 8 years. We met while I was starting a non-profit community climbing gym. There Melissa learned about climbing and we fell in love. Christian proposed to Melissa at a remote cabin in the Canadian Rockies. We were married the next year on a mountain lake surrounded by friends and family.

• We are both working professionals. Christian attended BSU where he received his bachelors in English Literature and competed in Track & Field. Christian is currently a Residential Real Estate Agent and is lucky to have the flexibility of working from home. Melissa attended The Art Institute of Seattle and became a graphic designer. She is now a Web Design Manager.

• We both love the outdoors and love to rock climb, fly fish, hike and travel. We regularly take trips to national parks like Yosemite, Red Rocks and more to climb, paint, hike and explore.

• Melissa is a lover of the arts. Melissa is a wonderful painter. Christian loves taking photos and looking at the stars as well as reading about economics, current events, and science. We recently spent a few days in New York where we spent an entire day exploring the museum of modern art.

• Family and traditions are very important to us. We are close to our parents and siblings. We regularly spend time together whether its dinner, or day out fishing, or celebrating the holidays together. We also believe it is important to have family traditions. We love to go skiing together on Christmas day. This is something Christian used to do with his parents growing up and hope to be able to share it with our son or daughter in the future.

Thank you for spending a few moments getting to know us. We feel honored to be considered.
Christian & Melissa

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Who We Are

We met through mutual friends while Christian was starting a non-profit climbing gym in Sandpoint. We started running in the mornings together, then started meeting up for coffee breaks, lunches and up on the ski hill.

We began dating soon after and quickly fell in love and started to build a life together. We are each others biggest cheerleaders and support system. We have a lot of the same interests and usually take a climbing trip or two somewhere in the west every year.

Christian proposed to Melissa at a remote cabin in the Canadian Rockies that overlooks a glacier (we can’t wait to bring our child there someday). We were married the next year on a mountain lake surrounded by friends and family.

We have been on a challenging journey of loss and infertility. Thankfully we have grown closer because of it and have thought long & hard on what is the best way for us to start a family. The answer became clear to us that we are meant to adopt and someday we can’t wait to meet the new addition that God intends to enrich our lives with.

Adoption Diary

A letter to the birthparents from Melissa

Dear Birth Parent(s),

Hello and thank you so much for considering us! Since you are reading this letter right now, I am guessing that you are considering the future of your son or daughter. I have so much admiration for you as you consider adoption and as you build a parenting plan for your child.

Christian and I have been together for 8 years. He is the best thing that has ever happened to me, I’ve never been happier. We’ve been married for 4 years now and have built a marriage based on love, open communication and supporting each other in personal goals and creating goals to work towards together as a family.

After trying to concieve a baby of our own, I had a few miscarriages and learned that I would never carry to a full-term pregnancy. We gave it some thought & checked out adoption and it just felt right… as if we were always meant to build our family this way.

We are interested in an open adoption and we would love to see how the relationship develops organically. In the beginning we see it starting with sending pictures electronically (maybe via email or Instagram) and getting together for a visit occasionally. If you don’t live nearby perhaps we can use FaceTime or Skype.

The outdoors are a huge part of our life together & we’re excited to someday have a child to share this beautiful world with. We really enjoy mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing & skiing. Sharing those passions with a little one has been a vision that we have shared since the beginning of our marriage. I taught my little brother to ski at 3 years old & it was so fun to see his joy on the slopes and I can’t wait to share that with our child someday.

In addition to the outdoors I love doing yoga, painting, admiring art, baking treats for loved ones and hanging out with friends and family… especially in coffee shops. I just love the smell and atmosphere of a coffee shop!

When we get placed with a little one, I plan to take three months off of work and after that Christian will be able to work from home. We are lucky enough to have my parents as well as Christian’s mom & sister living nearby & I know we will be grateful for their support.

I grew up going to church, singing in the choir & volunteering in our community. We aren’t currently active in a church, however I do consider myself to be spiritual and believe in God. I really appreciate my Christian roots and the values I was raised with.

I have many hopes & dreams for how we raise our future child, like:
• Building memories with them experiencing nature as they grow up. With our backyard being the Sawtooth and Owyhee mountains, there is a lot of exploring to do.
• Giving them the support, confidence and skills they need so they can follow their dreams.
• Helping them navigate adolescence to adulthood by teaching them how to be strong and kind, independent and responsible as well as having a love and passion for life.
• Sharing our amazing world with them. We would love to live overseas for a year or two when they’re growing up, maybe learn a foreign language. We also have a desire to visit as many of our nations gorgeous National Parks as we can.

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little about us. We wish you the very best in your journey, and know that you are in our hearts. We hope we get the chance to meet you.

With Gratitude,

A letter to the birthparents from Christian

Dear Birth Parent(s),

Thank you for taking the time to look at our profile.  I just want to say how much we appreciate your courage to consider adoption.  We can’t imagine how hard this may be and wish the best for you and your child. 

Melissa and I have been together for about 7 years.  We met while I was starting a non-profit community climbing gym in my home town.  One of the board members knew her and asked if she could help out on a project and she was kind enough to lend us her graphic design talents. After that we then kept running into each other at the same community events.  We became friends, then running partners.  I eventually proposed to Melissa at a remote cabin in the Canadian Rockies. We were married the next year on a mountain lake surrounded by friends and family.  Melissa is the best thing to come into my life.  And I am looking forward to sharing the experience of parenthood with her. 

Family ties are important to me.  Our family is large and very diverse with lots of cousins, aunts and uncles. I have an aunt and uncle that adopted two children who I spent a lot of time with growing up.  I think it is important to have a connection to our roots.  I believe that open adoption is important as I want our child to grow up knowing his/her family and its history.  I thing it will be an important part of his/her own story growing up. 

I grew up in a Christian household.  I spent a lot of time with our church youth group.  It was instrumental in shaping my faith in God.  I think Christian values are very important and I want to pass those values along to my children. 

I am a lifelong learner.  I never saw graduating from college as the end of my education, but just the beginning.  I have interests in economics, politics, current events, history and culture.  And, I want to be able to encourage our child to be curious, read, and explore the world through reading, writing, science and art.

I have a passion for adventure.  My parents instilled it in me from a young age.  I love to travel, hike, climb mountains, run rivers, and explore wild places.  My experiences hunting, fishing, skiing and hiking with my family are some of my most fond memories.  I hope to share similar experiences with my future children.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my wife Melissa.  I want to wish you the very best with whatever decision you end up making.  I am sure you will find a good family to entrust your child with.


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