Married Since: 2016

Pets: Yes

Stay at Home Parent: Part-Time

Other Adopted Children at Home: No

Other Biological Children at Home: No

We would raise your baby in a home filled with laughter and joy. We would join our community pool in the summer for swim lessons and eventually join the swim team. We will explore all the local parks to discover which your baby likes best. We will have pizza, popcorn and movie nights on Thursday where we all cuddle on the couch for the newest family flick. We cannot wait to plan vacations to the beach and Disney world.

Christopher and Erica

from Virginia

Christopher

Ancestry: German, English, Irish

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Manager

Education: BS

Hobbies: Home improvement, Reading,History

Erica

Ancestry: English, Irish, Hungarian

Religion: Christian

Occupation: Director

Education: MBA

Hobbies: Painting, Gardening, Reading

Baby

Preferred Ethnicity of Baby: All Races / Ethnicities

Preferred Gender of Baby: Either

Religion Child To Be Raised: Christian

Favorites

Christopher

Animal
Turtle
Book
The Lord of the Rings series
Childhood Memory
Early years spent in Germany
Color
British racing green :)
Family Activity
Family dinner
Food
Chipotle
Hobby
Home improvement projects
Holiday
Christmas
Movie
Willow
Personal Hero
My grandfather
Quote
"Hakuna Matata"

Erica

Animal
Penguin
Book
Harry Potter series
Childhood Memory
Climbing trees in my yard
Color
Yellow or any neon color
Family Activity
Vacations
Food
Sushi
Hobby
Painting and gardening
Holiday
My birthday
Movie
Dirty Dancing
Personal Hero
My mom
Quote
"Que sera sera, whatever will be will be, the future is bright you see, que sera sera"
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From Us to You

Dear Expectant Mother,

We are extremely humbled by and grateful to you. We cannot imagine the possible pain, fear and uncertainty you might be having with such a heavy decision. Although, we will never fully understand, we promise to never let our hearts forget what we know of the difficult path you’ve traveled before we reached this point of meeting. We believe you are truly offering the greatest gift, your baby. We hope with all our beings to be chosen to be the family you choose to receive this gift. We are in awe of your strength and resolve as you choose a family to love and support your baby. We know we can be the loving, supporting family you are searching for your baby.

We want to help give you a picture of the life we’ll provide your baby. Your baby would be surrounded by a loving family. We promise to be the most doting and involved parents. As we have anxiously waited many years for the opportunity to be parents, we have no shortage of love that we’re ready to pour onto your infant. We also live closely to some of our extended family (grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) that are bubbling over with excitement and anticipation of surrounding your baby with a community of support, love and celebration. Your baby will always have cheerleaders present to witness their achievements as they go through life whether it be a preschool graduation, swimming across the pool for the first time or singing in their school choir. We will always be there and show up for them.

Our home is a two-story 1950s brick rambler with four bedrooms and two baths. We fell in love with this home for quite a few reasons but highest on the list was the basement with a playroom and the fenced in backyard with a playhouse, garden, hammock and fire pit for roasting s’mores. We love to entertain and have our family over frequently for dinner. The playroom and backyard are currently most loved by our nieces and nephews, but we know your baby would quickly be involved in their playtime and enjoy all the space and toys right alongside these built-in best friends. Your baby will have a bedroom right next to ours. We plan to set this room up as a calm, soothing and neutral space that will allow us to prepare for and settle down from the day together. A rocking chair for snuggles and a shelf full of books for reading together will be the main attraction in their room.

Along with our family and friends, your baby will also have the companionship of our dog, Pebbles. She is a Goldendoodle (30lbs) who is turning six this summer. She is the most loyal and tenderhearted dog. She quickly comes to anyone’s side when she senses they’re upset and need some kisses. Pebbles especially loves playing alongside children, she gets so excited when they throw the ball to fetch or dig through her toy basket with her squeaking all the toys. We enjoy taking her on long walks around our neighborhood. There are many sidewalks, and we know your baby in their stroller will be the perfect addition to these evening strolls around the neighborhood.

We have been together as a couple for almost ten years now. We were married in 2016 in Erica’s parent’s backyard surrounded by our closest family and friends. Over the course of our relationship, we have always bonded over sharing our dreams for the future. The most important dream we have yet to make come true is having our own family. Your baby would make this long talked about dream a reality. Adoption has always been something we considered, even in the beginnings of our relationship. Now that we have struggled with infertility for over six years, we have thankfully found ourselves in a financial place that we can move forward with starting our family through adoption.

We would raise your baby in a home filled with laughter and joy. We would join our community pool in the summer for swim lessons and eventually join the swim team. We will explore all the local parks to discover which your baby likes best. We will have pizza, popcorn and movie nights on Thursday where we all cuddle on the couch for the newest family flick. We cannot wait to plan vacations to the beach and Disney world.

We know we were designed for parenthood, and we appreciate your thoughtful and deliberate decisions to choose the best family for your baby. Please know we are grateful to you and hope to meet you soon!

Love,
Erica and Christopher

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Why We are Choosing to Adopt

Adoption has always been part of our plan to complete our family; we just never knew where it would fit into our timeline. We are aware of the necessity of a strong support system from our own upbringings and have always felt a desire to play a supportive role in other children’s lives by bringing them into our family. After getting married in 2016, we expected to have many babies running around and quickly create the large family we’d dreamed of together. We were devastated when we learned our family was not going to come together as quickly as we had anticipated. After undergoing multiple failed fertility treatments, we decided it was best to focus our efforts and finances on adoption. During all these years of struggling with infertility we never gave up hope of making our family dreams come true as we knew family was truly where we wanted to focus our time and energy.

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About Christopher

Christopher shows his love primarily through acts of service, and he serves daily to demonstrate his love for family. In our home, we share in all chores 50/50 and he does the grocery shopping, takes the trash out, mows the lawn, and is always willing to run an errand for our household. He is the first to volunteer to pick up a loved one from the airport or find a way to make someone else’s day easier through service.

Christopher will be an excellent father, who will be an active loving partner in raising a child. He is kind, thoughtful and selfless. He is quick to laugh, play and especially has a sarcastic sense of humor. He is a problem solver and extremely smart. He will give facts on so many different items that I’m frequently in awe of his knowledge base. I could not have picked a better partner to be the father to a child, he is dedicated, responsible and caring. I am overwhelmed with emotions thinking about all he will teach to a child in our family one day.

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About Erica

In my mind Erica is the most amazing woman in the world. She has always been the most loving and caring person. I have never met someone with so many close, lifelong friends, and not just social media friends, but true friends who support, love, and engage with you. This is accomplished through her efforts to reach out, engage, and foster those relationships. She is the oldest sibling of five, which has added to her experience in hard work, management, patience, baby rearing, and sharing.

She brings a strength and foundation to our relationship that balances me and provides a bond that is eternal. She brings an aura of love and openness that would provide happiness and security to any child. Her wisdom is vast and meaningful. This provides a safe home and a bright future. Erica is the total package of brains, beauty, and kindness. Under her embrace a child will grow up with the tools and support to be the strongest, smartest, and best human they can be.

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How We Met

We met in 2013 on Match.com. Our first date was at Starbucks, and we were there entirely too long for just a cup of coffee. We both were at a place in life where a life partner, engagement, marriage and children were our priority. We felt at ease and comfortable with each other in the conversations and activities that followed in our dating. Erica was attracted most to Christopher’s honest and direct communication. Christopher was attracted most to Erica’s eyes and “can do” attitude. We fell in love quickly with Christopher being the first to say the words “I love you” less than six months after meeting. Neither of us had believed in soulmates prior to meeting each other and now we know that we are each other’s soulmates without a doubt. Throughout our relationship together we have amplified our commonalities, as well as learned how to complement our differences. We choose each other first every day and vow to continue to fill our home with respect, joy and love.

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How a Child will Enrich our Lives

Your baby will bring a sense of completion and peace to our home. We have dreamed of all the things we would want to do with a child as part of our family. We know that adding a baby would allow us to participate in activities we’ve longed to have a part in. For example, we both love being in the water and swimming. We’d look forward to taking a baby swim course at the local rec center and later joining a swim team once old enough to participate at our community pool. We know having a child will allow us to broaden our place in the community. We dream of the simple moments we experience day to day just being sweeter since we’ll have a baby to experience it all through their eyes. Things like taking walks as a family in the evenings before dinner will just carry more joy as our family will feel complete.

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Our Home

We live in a diverse and established neighborhood which is located in a suburb of Virginia. Erica might be a little biased as she grew up in this same zip code, but we think it’s the perfect place to raise a family and the main reason we bought our home. Our neighborhood has an active community and hosts a variety of events throughout the year, a trunk or treat at Halloween, an egg hunt around Easter, and quarterly neighborhood trash clean ups. There is also an involved community pool with a swim team within walking distance. There are many young families throughout our neighborhood, and we are excited about our local elementary school. It has a diverse population of students and involved, caring staff, one of our close friends is a first-grade teacher there.

Our home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms with a basement setup already with a playroom for our nieces and nephews to play and with the hopes of your baby as well. We have a fenced in backyard equipped with a playhouse, hammock, fire pit area and garden. We spend most nice days in it with our dog, Pebbles and any loved ones or friends that drop by. Your baby’s bedroom would be right next to our bedroom. We plan to decorate in a gender-neutral decor. We will set up the baby’s bedroom with a crib, dresser and rocking chair. We have loved the process of decorating the other parts of our home over the years. This nursery will be our final space to fill with the same inviting, calming atmosphere we’ve curated throughout our home.

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Our Sweet Pup

We are blessed to have a beautiful Goldendoodle named Pebbles. She’s a fluffy pup that is about 30 pounds and is now five years old. She is the most kind, gentle and well-behaved dog. She loves children and other animals (even cats!). She is the best greeter when we come home and makes us feel so happy and loved. She loves “fetching” her ball in our backyard, but she will not bring it back, but she is always thrilled when you throw it for her. She loves her chew toys to play tug of war with or run after in the house. We look forward to your child playing and interacting with Pebbles each day. She often waits patiently for our niece and nephew to wake up and begin playing when they are at our home for sleepovers. We know Pebbles will be your child’s loving companion.

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Our Family and Friends

We are very close with our family and friends and are thankful to already have a very supportive community. We know the power in having a village to surround us as we experience changes in our lives and have made an effort to settle in a place where our proximity allows us to take part in the day to day lives of those that matter to us. Erica’s parents live just a 10-minute walk through the park. We also have a sister and brother-in-law who are just three miles away. They have three children under five and are who we spend most of our time loving on. They all are eager to have a cousin to join them in their endless hours of play.

We look forward to including your baby in our already established community, from the bounce house birthday parties of friends’ children to cousins running around our backyard each weekend, we know your child won’t be left out. We are already immersed in baby/kid discussions with our friends and are excited to finally take part personally. We know your baby would be part of our special community and is truly a long-awaited arrival not just for us, but for all of our loved ones as well.

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Family Traditions

We are both very excited to share our traditions with your baby and establish some new ones with your child being a new addition and focus to our little family. One of our favorites is going to a tree farm to cut our Christmas tree. We typically tag a tree in October and then return the weekend after Thanksgiving to cut it down. Christmas is always a magical season in our home, we begin decorating once the tree is home and spend a day adding decor around the home for the holiday. On Christmas Day, we spend time with extended family to exchange presents and have a meal together.

For New Year’s Eve, we typically spend it with Erica’s family. We have carried on a tradition from her late-Grandma to cheer and drink sparkling cider out of vintage glass shoes at midnight. As we’ve added more members to the extended family each one gets their own vintage glass shoe that Erica’s mom hunts for at consignment shops. Each 4th of July, we gather at Erica’s parents’ home. They live on a cul-de-sac so it’s the perfect setting to have a picnic potluck with neighbors and set off fireworks.

Although, perhaps the most important holidays each year are our birthdays. We treat birthdays as if they were a national holiday in our family. We typically take off our birthdays to celebrate all day long, including dinner and cake decided on by the birthday person. We believe it’s pivotal to celebrate life and love adding new traditions that help us remember the importance of celebrating. We cannot wait to celebrate all these holidays and more along with your baby.

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Vacations and Leisure Time

We both work hard when we need to, but we enjoy our leisure time in the evenings, on the weekends and on weeks when we take a vacation. We take one vacation to the beach in the summer with Erica’s family, this includes her parents and siblings and their families. It is a highlight of our summer as it’s a nonstop week of fun and together time. Beyond that set vacation we make plans to getaway for a long weekend to the mountains or explore a nearby city. We also make an effort to plan a vacation each year with just us as a couple. This year we escaped to the beach in the winter. We both feel so grounded by the ocean, so it is a really rejuvenating place for us to visit. Some of our favorite activities on evenings and weekends are being outside on a walk or hike, swimming at our community pool, reading and watching a good movie or tv show together. We believe it’s important to rest and recharge especially in this fast-paced world. We know that including your child will only enrich the memories we create during our leisure time and travel.

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Our Lifestyle

We both currently work full-time but are fortunate to work from home. We each have our own office space within the home so we can focus while still being present in our household. We split household chores and errands 50/50 where Erica manages keeping the house organized and clean and Christopher does our grocery shopping, handles home care and maintenance. We have been together for almost a decade so we have established patterns that can easily accommodate and stretch for your baby.

We love our home and enjoy hosting. We typically have our extended family over weekly for dinner and gather with friends on the weekend. On evenings when we’re not hosting, we enjoy a good bingeable show and Christopher cooks us a meal and Erica contributes by cleaning up.

We love to plan trips and look forward to including your baby in our adventures. Our favorite place is the beach, and we love a good road trip. We travel every few months to Pennsylvania for a weekend to visit Christopher’s extended family.

We cannot wait to capture all your baby’s first in our day-to-day activities.

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Our Careers

We both have worked very hard our entire adult lives. We each enjoy what we do professionally and have successful careers as a result. Erica works as a Director of Human Resources and Finance for a healthcare technology company. She loves helping young companies navigate the intricacies of human resources and thrives at helping companies grow. Christopher works in the healthcare industry as a Project Manager. He enjoys solving problems and creating efficiencies at his job. We both have always enjoyed working and providing for ourselves and now each other. Erica does plan to take an extended leave once your baby is born to be part of those first few months with undivided attention as she feels her true calling is in motherhood. She then plans to reduce her hours to part-time and Christopher will continue to work full time.

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Racial and Cultural Diversity

We welcome all races and cultures into our family. We promise to prioritize our knowledge and understanding of your baby’s race and culture to embrace their background. We understand the important role culture and race plays in a child’s life and will seek all opportunities to support and encourage their learning and immersion. We are both learners by nature and promise to commit ourselves to learning on our own about your child’s cultural and racial diversity so we can best meet their needs. We have a diverse group of friends and family so your child will grow up with role models that look like them and that we can learn from and ask questions of them. We will prioritize your baby’s knowledge of their culture and race to further celebrate and embrace all things that make them unique and special.

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The Kind of Parents We will Be

We will be your child’s biggest cheerleader. We will unconditionally support your child’s hopes and dreams. We know there will be a time and a place for discipline with expectations and redirecting. We will be aware of your child’s age and development to be appropriate with our teaching of boundaries and respect. Your child will always feel loved, even when discipline is needed. We believe in teaching through example and know they’ll learn respect by being treated with respect. We hope to always instill in them that no matter what they do and say, we will never stop loving them. We promise to be their trusted and safe space to make mistakes and learn as we go through life together.

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What We will Teach your Child

Your baby will learn first and foremost that family is everything and life is meant to be enjoyed. We will teach your baby to celebrate all the little wins in life. Your baby will feel supported to take risks and learn from them with us by their side. We will teach your baby that learning is a lifelong journey to feed their curious soul. Christopher will teach your baby how to build Legos, maintain the car and do projects around the home. Erica will teach your baby how to paint with watercolors, read books and work in the garden.

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What We will tell Your Child about You

Your baby will know how courageous, loving and selfless you are. They will know you are strong and gave the greatest gift anyone could give. Your child will be taught by us to respect and honor you and the hard choices you are having to make. We will convey that you put your child first and will encourage them to remember and cherish you for making that decision. We believe that a child is best raised with a supportive community and are willing to foster an open relationship with you for your child to have your love as part of their community. We will be completely open with your child and share stories of you and your family.

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Our Promise to You

We promise to always be a safe, supportive and loving haven for your baby. We will give your baby unconditional love. We know how precious life is, we recognize it’s a gift to be surrounded by loved ones and that is a gift we will give your baby each day. We look forward to the little joys of life, from catching a sunset together to treating your baby to little surprises from the store. We will cherish each moment with your baby, we will always put their needs first. We will celebrate your baby’s successes, as well as be a soft landing for failures. We recognize your heartbreak may be our joy and we promise to honor and respect you. Your baby will never question if they are loved, safe or supported.

Message Christopher and Erica

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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!

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  • 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!