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Chris and Dan (plus Tim)

Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us!  We know this is a confusing and difficult time for you as you try to figure out the best option for you and your precious baby.  We hope that you feel supported and loved no matter where you are at in your journey. We admire you so much for choosing life and for considering adoption.

If you decide to make an adoption plan, we want to assure you that we promise to respect you and whatever level of openness and contact that you want to have with your child. We are open to anything from text messages/letter and picture updates to in-person visits.  We promise to cherish and love your child with all our hearts and souls and to provide a safe, happy home and a life with every opportunity possible.

About Us

Our names are Christine and Dan.  We’re an affectionate, fun-loving couple from northwest Indiana. We met during the summer of 2011. Dan’s father and Christine were neighbors at the time.   One summer day, while Christine was outside mowing the back lawn, Dan peeked through the blinds to check her out.  The rest is history. 

We have been together for seven years now, and married for five.  We share a deep love and respect for each other.  In October of 2013, we were married and eager to start our family.  Unfortunately, we were unable to conceive, so after a few years of a challenging fertility journey, we realized that adoption would be our best (and only) path to becoming parents.  In 2017, our dreams came true as we became adoptive parents to our amazing son, Timothy, through an open adoption. We continue to enjoy having an open adoption with Timothy’s birth mother through text messaging.  We are now looking to complete our family and want Timothy to be a big brother. 

Our marriage is warm, loving and supportive.  When we’re texting and the conversation is coming to a close, Dan always texts “Love you” and then Christine texts back “We love you more,” and Dan ends the conversation with “Love you most. Those words pretty much sum up our relationship!

About Christine

When we adopted Timothy, we decided that Dan would work and I would stay at home to be with Tim.  I enjoy being a full-time mom, cooking and baking desserts for our family.  I also enjoy baking desserts for Dan to take to work for his co-workers.

I’m creative and enjoy crocheting blankets during the cooler months.  I’ve made all the baby blankets for our (six) nieces and (six) nephews, ages 14 to 1. During the warmer months, I enjoy tending to our vegetable garden. Each day, Tim and I wait for Dan to come home from work, whether we’re outside on the porch or waiting inside the house during the winter months.  Tim gets so excited when Dan comes home.

I’m the second oldest out of six kids. I have four sisters and one brother.  Only two of my siblings are married and have children.  One of my sisters has four children, ages 9, 7, 5, and 3, while the other has one stepson who is 9 and three other children, ages 7, 3, and 1. The Catholic Church plays a big part in our family.  Every Sunday, we attend mass and we usually take up two pews to fit all of our relatives.   

About Dan

I am a pipefitter and currently work for a union.  My work day starts at 7am and I’m usually home by 4:30pm but there are times during the year where I work a lot of over time.  After I get home from work and get cleaned up, I enjoy spending time with Christine and Tim.  Tim and I spend time in his playroom or go outside (weather permitting) to play in the yard. I also enjoy fishing with Christine’s father and the outdoors. My large size may intimidate others, but I’m really just a big kid at heart.

After my mom passed away, my Dad remarried.  I have one sister and gained two twin sisters.  My sister is married and has two children, ages 14 and 10.  One of the twins is married and has two children, ages 2 and 4 months.  My father and his wife live in Warsaw and we try to visit with them at least once a month.  Tim and our 2-year-old niece, Avery, loves playing together.  It’s great to hear them running through the house giggling.   

About Timothy

Timothy is an energetic 15-month-old boy.  He is very active and doesn’t sit still unless he’s eating or sleeping.  He loves to look out the patio doors for the neighbor’s dogs.  He loves chasing our senior dachshund, Lucy, around the house.  We are enrolled in the Winter/Spring session of Kindermusik and looking forward to that program starting soon.  Timothy loves being around other kids especially all of his cousins, ranging in age from 14-1.  He’s got an infectious smile, laugh and one dimple that melts everyone’s heart. We know he will make an amazing big brother.

Family:

During the warmer months, we spend a lot of time outside.  Tim has a swing in the backyard that he loves to be in.  We also have fence visits with our neighbor and her dogs.  We plan on installing a swing and slide playset in the spring. We enjoy going for walks, visiting with the children who live on our cul-de-sac, and going to the park to play

We are both very close to our siblings and families.  We enjoy going to family gatherings whether it is for holidays, birthdays or just because.  There always seem to be a birthday or other celebration to attend, due to the number of people on both sides of our family.  Our families can’t wait to welcome another child into their hearts.

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Thank You

We can promise that your baby will always know of your love and desire to give him or her the best life possible.  We promise that our home will be filled with love and laughter and that you will always have a place in our hearts and family.  We would love to talk with you about your hopes and dreams for the future.  We look forward to learning more about you.

You can reach us through email at christineanddan.acfb@gmail.com or contact our Adoption Counselor, Tobi Ehrenpreis at 847-366-6351 (text) or email her at tobi@centerforfamily.com

 

Our Warmest Wishes,

Christine, Dan and Tim

 

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