Chris & Christina

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Dear Birth-parents,

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about us. We are thrilled at the prospect of becoming parents to a very special little one and are committed to providing you and your child a place in our hearts and our family. We would love to learn more about you and your hopes for the future.

We met through the online dating service, Match.com, in July 2000. As we started getting to know each other, it was amazing that we hadn’t met before! We both worked in the same mall in Tempe, AZ, and had lived in the same apartment complex. As children, we had even played in the same park!

In July 2003, we were married at a beautiful bed and breakfast in Eugene, OR – exactly three years from our first date. The rock that we have built our relationship on is open communication and laughter. We have taken many journeys during our relationship and are (hopefully) ready for the journey of parenthood.

Adoption is something that we have talked about since the beginning. Our original plan was to have four children – two biological and two adopted. Now, we have no idea what we were thinking! We did try and conceive naturally but were unsuccessful. Christina has a poor history with hormonal therapies. So, rather than try fertility treatments, we immediately turned to adoption as a way to grow our family.

From Christina

Hello, my name is Christina. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, the oldest of three girls. My family still lives there and we stay in touch via the phone and social media. When possible, Chris and I visit the Valley of the Sun in order to spend time with my family. I’d have to say I had a relatively unremarkable childhood. I did participate a lot in music, playing clarinet through high school, and oboe through my first semester of college. Thanks to four years of marching band, I have a healthy understanding of football and basketball, but I don’t really care for sports.

Chris and I met through a Match.com ad in July 2000. I remember that he came to pick me up wearing a shirt printed with Monopoly money. As he put it, “I wanted you to know what you were getting into from the beginning.” I suppose it worked because we have been together ever since. I actually remember the exact moment that I knew that Chris was the person I was going to spend the rest of my life with. We had gone to Disneyland for New Year’s Eve, and were waiting inline for a restaurant in New Orleans Square. I looked at him and just had this amazing feeling come over me and I have not had a moment of doubt about us since.

We moved to Eugene in 2001, so that I could take advantage of the Psychology program at the University of Oregon. I was first treated for depression at age 18, and I knew that I wanted to help others facing their own challenges with mental illness. I graduated from the U of O in 2003 with my BA. Currently, I am a social worker, working with adults who have severe and persistent mental illness. My job has its challenges but I must say that I love what I do!

It may sound cliché, but we really do balance each other very well. The benefit is that both of us are not “panicking” about something at the same time. The downside is that the “panicking” person is annoyed by the other for being logical and grounded. Above all, this is what gives me confidence in our (as of yet untested) ability to parent.

Chris is truly the best person that I know. He has always been kind and loving towards me and is supportive of our friends and family. I know that our child will bring out these qualities even more. Chris has a good sense of humor (although it mainly consists of puns) and is very insightful. We have a bad habit of pausing movies and TV so that we can discuss what is happening – even if it is something we have seen multiple times. Chris is very creative and is always coming up with new ideas or things that he wants to build. I know that he will involve our child in his creations and will take part when our little one has something that they want to build. I have no doubt that he will be a wonderful and involved father.

From Chris

Hi, my name is Chris short for Christopher. I was born in Prescott, Arizona. Growing up my family moved around a lot, I lived in Prescott, Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona as well as Kent, Port Angeles and Sequim, Washington. I have two sisters one older and one younger, and an older brother.

We grew up as a “Scouting Family” both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, even my parents where leaders in the Scout troops. Our family enjoyed camping during the spring, summer and fall as well as the typical crafting and banquets throughout the year. I can remember cutting down my wooden block into a fantastic pinewood derby car that even though it wobbled down the track, it still earned me a third place ribbon. We had always been a close family and even though we are spread out across the country we still stay in touch.

After I graduated high school I moved from Port Angeles back to Phoenix and that is where I met Christina. I can remember for our first date, I picked her up and we went to Mimi’s Cafe for dinner. She must have put something in my drink, because after that I knew I had someone special. I sometimes can’t even believe that I got a second date with her because I was wearing that tattered Monopoly money shirt.

We moved to Eugene on our one year anniversary and got married on our three year anniversary. Then after my father passed away in 2004 we moved to Kent so I could spend some time with my mother and be there for her. Even though Seattle is my favorite city it is an expensive place to live, and our hearts belong here in Eugene, so we moved back and this is where we call home.

Christina has a loving personality and a great sense of humor, she is the most creative, honest, and intelligent person I have ever known. She is very open with her thoughts and feelings, and is always dedicated to her life goals and our family. She gets along well with everybody and has a large circle of friends. I am glad she is my best friend and soul-mate and I know she will be an incredible role model for our child.

From Us to You

Thank you for taking the time to learn a little about us. We are very excited to become parents and understand that this is not a decision to be made lightly. We wish you the best of luck on this journey and hope to be a part of it with you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris and Christina

 
Ryan Imondi