We can’t begin to imagine the range of emotions you must be going through at this time, so we won’t pretend or presume to know. We don’t know your story, or what has taken place in it. We don’t know your situation or what has led you to this point where you are now reading our words. What we do know is that you are expecting, and that is simply beautiful and enough. We know you have many decisions facing you that will not only affect you, but countless others as well. Although we do not know you or your story, we would like to take a few minutes to tell you ours.
Christian and I met working at a resort on Pensacola Beach, FL. We both attended the University of West Florida where I was in studying marine biology and my husband was earning his degree in theater. We worked every day together in the summer until school started back and my seasonal position ended. Fast forward a year, my boss asked me to return for the summer. After working together again for a few months, we started dating. We were together in Pensacola for a year before I moved to Rhode Island to obtain my M.S. During that year and a half Christian and I did virtual movie dates and tried to visit each other whenever we could. After he finished his B.A. he moved to Rhode Island with me where I finished my M.S. and we decided to move to Charlotte, NC. The day before we left, he surprised me and proposed. After we moved, we were engaged for a year and got married in the Catholic church my aunt attended for over 20 years in Mooresville, NC. We do not have any children and recently moved to our current home where we are starting to build our local community in our neighborhood and church. We have a very active neighborhood, with children of all ages playing every afternoon together. We are blessed and grateful to be in this very supportive community.
As for our jobs, I focus on financial planning by working with people to create and implement plans that help them achieve their dreams and goals. Christian works as an InterActor at a science museum and a theatre teacher for a local children’s theater company. He has always worked with and for children and loves doing so! Outside of work, we enjoy watching movies together, going to the lake, attending concerts & live performances, and going to the local theme park. We are very close with our extended family and are constantly visiting with one another! It is a big group, with even bigger heart, and plenty of love and fun to go around!
I have wanted to adopt for as long as I can remember. I always helped with my siblings because I am the oldest of four children and have felt like a natural caretaker. Christian has seen firsthand the benefits of adoption in his family through his cousin’s adoption. I found out I have some health issues that increase my risk for miscarriages as well as birth defects so adoption just feels right for us. Christian plans to initially stay at home and I will return back to work full-time. He will still be able to teach in the evenings and I can use my flex scheduling with work to be home earlier.
This is our story, and we are very much looking forward to our next chapter. As you look to your own story, know we are praying for you.
Danielle & Christian