Married Since: 2012

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Yes

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: Yes

We are a young, active family who enjoys raising our children. We both have adopted children in our extended families, so we are familiar with how to share about adoption with compassion and honesty. If we are so fortunate to expand our family, know there will be a lot of living, a lot of life experiences and memories made, a lot of laughs, and when there are downs, we will work on them together and grow even stronger as a family.

Owen and Christin

from Colorado

Owen

Ancestry: American, Scottish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Land Manager

Education: MS

Hobbies: Hockey, Skiing, Tennis, Reading, Golf

Christin

Ancestry: American, German, Norwegian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Stay-At-Home Mom

Education: Elementary Education & Hospitality Management

Hobbies: Baking, Cooking family dinners, Interior design, Hiking, Tennis

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Owen

Book
"The Big Short"
Color
Blue
Food
Mexican, Sushi, and Italian
Movie
"The Departed"
Personal Hero
My dad and grandfather
Subject in School
History
Sport
Hockey, golf, and tennis
Early Bird or Night Owl
Night Owl
Music
90's Jams
Scripture
Psalm 23

Christin

Animal
Horses and dogs
Color
Green, blue, and pink
Food
Mexican and BBQ
Movie
"Pretty Woman", "The Notebook", and "This is 40"
Family Activity
Biking around the neighborhood
Hobby
Volunteering in the girls' classrooms
Sport
Basketball and pickle ball
Early Bird or Night Owl
Early bird
Music
Country and 90's Rock
Quote
"Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody."
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We are honored and blessed to be considered as potential adoptive parents for your child.  Our names are Owen and Christin and we have two daughters, Lalande (7) and Harper (4). We are a young, active family who enjoys raising our children, but due to complications giving birth, are unable to expand our family.  When we first met, we instantly shared the bond and desire to adopt and provide the kind of life we aspire to provide our own daughters.

Owen was originally born in California and then raised in New York until age 11, until his parents settled in Colorado. Christin was born in North Dakota and stayed there until she became the first in her immediate family to graduate from college in Nevada.  After college, Christin moved back to North Dakota until she met Owen, who was working up there on an extended assignment in the energy business.  Our love was instant and we moved back to Colorado for a couple of years, while Owen finished some additional education until we moved to Texas for a few years.  It was here, during our formative years, where our first two children were born and our hearts have been [filled with joy] watching Lalande and Harper grow.   We moved back to Colorado in 2017 in order to raise our children closer to our two extended families and near the mountains.

As an adoptive family, we are open to maintaining a relationship with you. We both have adopted children in our extended families, so we are familiar with how to share about adoption in a healthy way. We will handle the subject with compassion and honesty. We also understand that your child’s emotional maturity is a top consideration and we will introduce adoption and their story in ways that are age appropriate for them. We think it is critical for your child to know how much you love and care for them. While we as adoptive parents will never replace your biological connection, we will provide emotional, moral, and spiritual support to your child that will allow them to explore and take comfort in who they are as an individual.

We also understand that you have had your own unique life experience. We are hopeful that we can be caring, loving, and nurturing adoptive parents, so that you can take comfort that your child is in a loving house.  We wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy and pray that you will be guided to the family that is the best fit for you and your baby.

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Why We Are Choosing to Adopt

We feel it would be the ultimate blessing and honor to provide the best life possible for a child, while also growing and adding to our family.  Since we both have adopted cousins, we have seen firsthand the blessing the adopted child has been to their respective families.  To us, it is a truly profound experience to provide a child the opportunity to flourish in a large, loving family.  It brings us to tears thinking of the impact we can make by welcoming them into our family. We enjoy the challenge and reward of parenting our two daughters and hope to extend our own family’s values and experiences to your child.  Owen has a younger adopted cousin from Russia, who from the very first day of her arrival, instantly became part of the family; while Christin has a younger adopted nephew from a Native American Reservation, and his brother adopted as well.  These firsthand relationships are also part of the inspiration for us as we are eager to become a family of 5.

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About Christin, by Owen

Christin is truly a wonderful wife and mother.  She is deeply rooted in her traditional family values, which makes her down to Earth and grounded in her beliefs.  She believes in family and God above all else, which has guided her throughout her life.  She is a wonderful caregiver to our two daughters and coming from a large family, has always seen herself with a large family.  She is constantly wanting to provide that same love to her own family, whether it be having her own children, adopting a child, or adding another dog or cat to the family.  She has taught me the value of family since my family was a bit broken growing up. She has been an inspiration and rock to our marriage, providing comfort and strength in difficult times. She doesn’t sweat the small stuff and rises above petty drama.  I have also found a lot of happiness being welcomed into her family, which being from North Dakota, was something far different than what I grew up in; now our children are blessed to have her greater family and values as part of their lives. Christin lives for making memories with her children and finds a lot of her purpose in spending time with her children. She always tells them we need to take care of each other, never keep secrets from one another, and be each other’s biggest cheerleaders.

Owen and Christin
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About Owen, by Christin

Owen is an amazing dad. He loves sports: hockey, football, golf, and tennis. He’s big into being part of a team, always playing fair and being a team player. He is passionate about raising his children to love their country, be a proud American, and respect other people. He has them write handwritten thank you cards when a gift is given. Harper is 4 and can’t write yet, so he has her draw a picture, and she helps address and mail it. He’s always a professional. Very involved in the energy industry, president of the petroleum club, and wanting to make a difference in the industry. As a father, he wants to teach our kids to be grateful for what we have and help others that may not be as fortunate. During Thanksgiving, he takes the girls to buy turkeys, and they deliver them to the homeless shelter. He strives to be a good role model in their lives, teaching them to always do their best, and finish what they started. Always respect others and look them in the eyes when you are being spoken to. I think Owen is such a wonderful husband and father because he is able to balance a successful career, family life, and do good for others. Owen also enjoys going to concerts and the girls love dancing to his music while he plays the guitar.

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Our Lifestyle

While we have our share of family adventures, we believe it is important for our children to have a stable routine to look forward to. Most weeknights, we eat dinner together as a family. The girls love to go around the table saying their high and low of the day, followed up with their favorite colors or season. During the school year, we strive for an early dinner, so the girls can get to bed by 7:30.  After dinner, we have our evening routine of bath, brushing teeth, reading books, laying out clothes for the following morning, and lights out. If we get the girls upstairs in time, we do something special they enjoy like braiding hair, painting nails, or switching out their earrings, which is a big deal and fun for them at this age.

On the weekends, we have a chore chart and the girls randomly select 2-3 wooden sticks from the jar. Whatever they draw is the chore they must complete. Some examples could be vacuuming the stairs, wiping the baseboards on the main floor, brushing the dogs, or even selecting 1-2 books from their bookcase that they want to donate. The girls also have a chore/giving stick that says to pick out items of clothes to donate. Sometimes those are difficult things for them to do at this age, but we know in the long run this habit of giving will soften their hearts.

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Education

Both Lalande and Harper attend a small private school only a few minutes away. If the weather is nice outside, we can ride our bikes, which the girls love to do. The school is nondenominational, but it is rooted in Christian values and teaches children something we strongly feel as a family, treat others as you would want to be treated.  While the school is largely white, it is very purposeful in celebrating different heritages, cultures, and experiences.  This is one of the main reasons we selected the school, it teaches its students to judge people on the content of their character. The school has a lot of community-wide gatherings like a fall carnival, holiday sing-along, and bingo night, which offers frequent opportunities to gather and celebrate together. The school is also big on parent involvement or “character power” as they call it. This program supplements focus on academics, fine arts, and athletics by helping develop moral character. It relies on parents’ commitment and presence in their children’s classrooms, which is one of Christin’s favorite things to participate in. The selected virtues are respect, honesty, justice, loyalty, love, courage, hope, and service/faith. The kids love when their parents can come into their classroom and teach a lesson. When not at school, the girls spend the days playing with their neighborhood friends, visiting the local pool, biking around the neighborhood, and getting ice cream for a treat. They also love a good game of hide-and-seek and playing games like Memory and Old Maid.

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Home & Neighborhood

We live in Colorado in a neighborhood with many young children. It always puts a smile on our face when we turn the corner to drive down our street, as it’s usually filled with children. A baseball game, lemonade stand, or the girls are often playing dress-up or family. You also might see a bicycle, scooter, or sidewalk chalk you have to drive around. We are an active family that believes in exposing our children to a variety of sports and activities so that they can find the things they are passionate about.  They have been involved in basketball, soccer, ice-skating, skiing, lacrosse, and swimming. Lalande gravitated towards swimming this summer, winning several races on her local pool team.  Harper is four, and while she is just being introduced to sports, she is a creative mind that loves arts and crafts and building things like blocks, legos and puzzles. Every night, when we put Harper to bed, we can hear her playing in her room, making sure all her play horses have also done their nightly routine – washed up, brushed teeth, and tucked into their barn which she constructs from her Magna-tiles. Both girls have hearts of gold and are extremely excited to help care for a younger sibling.

Racial & Cultural Diversity

We will do our best to make sure we work with your child to connect with their cultural background. We will continue to educate ourselves to better understand and acknowledge differences in race and culture. We will create a home and family life that reflects your child’s heritage. We will also engage all of our children in discussions, interactions, and experiences that will help them better understand and to help promote a healthy sense of self-worth and personal identity. At the appropriate age, sadly children need to know that racism does exist. We do think times are changing and eyes are opening, however, it is still out there. At an appropriate age, we want to do our best to help them recognize racist behavior, and how to stand up for what they know is right. We will help him/her build relationships with people who share their racial and cultural heritage. We will also locate a group in our area, where your child can talk with other adoptees’ diverse families. The school our daughters attend, and that your child will attend, has a group for parents of students of color, and students of color. In these groups, they discuss topics such as the emotional needs of our kids and ways we can support each other. It’s a safe forum for meaningful and purposeful dialogue that strengthens a sense of belonging in our community as well as ownership and in one’s own identity. It also provides diverse extracurricular activities to our children. The private school is a welcoming place for all and truly seeks to foster a unified community.

Owen and Christin Adopting Parent with Child
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Our Families

Christin was born and raised in North Dakota, about 45 minutes south of the Canadian border. She has a very large extended family. Her mom is 1 of 7, and her dad is 1 of 8. She has 20 cousins on her mom’s side of the family, and 18 on her dad’s side of the family. All of them reside in ND. Every summer we travel to North Dakota, which is where we have a camper that sits close to a lake. Christin’s parents have a lake house and her brother owns campers, along with other family members. We all camp in the same area. The days consist of boating, jet skiing, playing in the sand, ATV and golf cart rides, late nights around the campfire with cousins making s’mores. We usually stay 4-6 weeks. Our goal is to get a lake house, so our children can grow up around their cousins, Grandparents, and family. We are firm believers that being around family, and having close cousins can build great confidence, purpose, and show what life is about.

Owen’s sister and their families live here in Colorado. His oldest sister has a four-year-old and two-year-old daughter. Their oldest and our youngest have so much fun growing up and playing together. They love playing on the playground swimming at the local pool. They plan on taking skiing lessons together this winter.

Owen and Christin
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Family Traditions

Along with visits to see Christin’s family, we like to go on 1-2 family vacations a year. Last year we went to Kona, Hawaii. The girls had so much fun swimming, playing on the beach, and paddleboarding. We saw sea turtles and dolphins jumping in the distance. This fall we are going to Disney World with Christin’s parents, her brothers, and their families. The girls are so excited to explore Disney world with their cousins.

Another yearly tradition we look forward to is creating and sending Christmas cards to our friends and family. It is a fun way to keep in touch and share how our girls are growing. We keep a copy of each year’s Christmas cards so that our children will be able to look back at them when they are older. We can’t wait to include your baby in all of our family traditions as well as create new ones when they join our family.

Lalande and Harper
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Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is that we will ALWAYS, no matter what takes, give the best loving care of your biological child. We are a very loyal family. We will always put your child’s needs before our own. Just as our own biological children, we will give them the best academic education that is offered. We will nurture your child’s emotional needs, all while encouraging them athletically, knowing what they can achieve. We will be your baby’s biggest cheerleader. Please know how excited our daughters are to have another sibling. They are already talking about who will hold the baby first, who will get to be Mommy’s helper when we are changing diapers and giving baths. They are already thinking about what bikes and toys they can share with their new sibling. We are very nurturing and loving parents and expect them to respect themselves and others, always striving for their best.  We will be forever grateful to you as we feel you are giving SO much in this situation. You are giving life, a family to this child, and giving us a piece of our heart that has been missing. We value our marriage, and what it means to be a solid family. We know how important a stable marriage is for young children.  It gives them a sense of security, self-confidence, and reassurance in themselves when they are part of a tight-knit family. A family where it’s a safe place to be yourself.

If we are so fortunate to expand our family, please know there will be a lot of living, a lot of life experiences and memories made, a lot of laughs, and when there are downs, we will work on them together and grow even stronger as a family. We can imagine how this journey has been incredibly challenging. Please always remember how strong YOU are as a person. Adoption is one of the most selfless acts. To not only give a life, but to make sure your baby is in the hands of one of the most loving families that will support him/her throughout their life. We will always be grateful for you, and make sure your baby knows how much they are forever loved by you, so much so that you wanted him/her to have the best life you could imagine for them. Whether it is us or another family, we pray you find peace and happiness in your decision and are guided to the most loving family for your baby.

Message Owen and Christin

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  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!

Contact Owen and Christin

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Hi, We are honored that you are considering us! Lisa, our adoption specialist at Adoption Network, will be reaching out to make sure your needs are being met and your questions about adoption are being answered. She will help us get in touch with each other. We can’t wait to connect with you!