We met in high school while working summers at an amusement park. Despite the many hints Felicia was giving Chris, it took him a couple of months to finally ask Felicia on a date. We have been inseparable ever since. We were married in 2010 and made the decision to grow our family a few years later, but health issues have prevented us from having children naturally. Ultimately, we believe this was just life pushing us in the right direction since both of Felicia’s parents were adopted and we have always felt a desire to adopt ourselves one day.
Felicia grew up with her dad and stepmom alongside four other siblings. She spent much of her childhood living in the country, and even recalls a time when she was woken up by a cow outside of her bedroom window! While most of her family is spread across the state, they all live within a few hour’s drive of home. As the oldest of five children, family has always played an important role in Felicia’s life. She has been a mentor to her siblings and has always prided herself on setting a good example for them.
Chris grew up with his mom and stepdad alongside his younger brother and sister. He has also reconnected with his biological father and has since fostered a relationship with his three other siblings. Some of Chris’ favorite childhood memories include camping and fishing trips with his family, and summer road trips with his grandparents. Chris cannot wait to introduce his kid to all of his favorite hobbies (in fact, he has already been eyeing a few baby backpacks for hiking).
We also have a second family in our group of close friends, many of whom have been in our lives for over a decade. On weekends, we like to spend time together playing softball or board games – both of which can get pretty competitive! While some of our friends are spread out across the country, we always make time to visit each other regularly. They have all been very supportive of our adoption journey and are just as excited as we are to introduce a little one into our tribe.
We love our community! Our home is in a safe and quiet neighborhood comprised of many younger families with children. We live within walking distance of four city parks, one of which has a “storybook trail” that features a new children’s story every month. We also live within a short drive of a scenic river great for canoe trips and a bike trail that wanders through our city’s historical downtown area.
We are also close to several amenities, which include shopping centers, daycare centers, multiple amusement parks, nature preserves, and a swimming club. We are a short drive from the closest major hospital and are in an excellent school district rated in the top 10% of the state.
Our house sits on a wooded lot along a small creek. Our favorite features include our deck and big back yard, which is where we spend a lot of our time in the summer hosting parties and grill outs. We live with two dogs (Riley and Maddie) and recently adopted a cat (Montana). Riley and Maddie enjoy sleeping by the fireplace, going on road trips, and playing in the backyard. Montana’s favorite activities include birdwatching and wrestling with the dogs.
Chris is the most caring and levelheaded person I’ve ever known. Many of our friends come to him for advice and see him as a big brother. I admire him for his big heart. He gives so much of himself to everyone and makes time for family and friends whenever needed. He has stepped up to help his siblings through many difficult times. Our five-year old godchildren look up to him, and when asked to recite their family’s names, he’s always in the top five. Seeing him with children almost brings tears to my eyes because of how tender, fun, and nurturing he is with them. I am so excited to parent with Chris, and to see him grow into a dad will be our most amazing adventure.
For as long as I have known Felicia, she has wanted to be a mother. She has always been a positive role model for her five siblings and helped look after them when they were younger. Felicia loves being around children, and children love being around her. They always seem to be drawn to her – maybe because of the way she plays with them, but I think its more because they sense a comforting, motherly presence about her. In fact, when our young, twin godsons come to visit, they start to cry just at the thought of having to leave and say goodbye. Felicia will be a great mother and she will make our child the center of our universe. I can’t wait to take this journey with her and watch her become a mother to children of her own.