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Christopher and Melissa | ID# 16087
Nicknames: Chris and Melly
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Dear Expectant Mother, 

Hello! We know that we don’t know you yet, but we want you to know that we love you, we pray for you, and we think about you often. It may sound crazy, but it is true. We pray that you will feel confident in your decision and will be filled with the love and support of those around you. We thank you for taking the time to get to know us better. We are all very excited to devote love and support to the child who joins our family, and we are in awe of your amazing strength, love and dedication to your child and their future. 

We think our family is pretty great. We both grew up in large, loving families and know the great blessings of having a tight-knit family. When we first held our son, Topher, in our arms, we told him we loved him to heaven and back, and every day we make sure he knows it by playing with him and showering him with hugs and kisses. We cherish him and look forward to building the same loving, caring and supportive family environment for our family that we were blessed with growing up. 

We are a very active family, and when we do things, we do them together. Chris is a High School counselor and Melissa is a High School Science Teacher. As educators, we have significant amounts of time off of work, which allows us to do the things that we love together. Though he is less than two years old, Topher has traveled to multiple National Parks, been to baseball games, hiked to the tops of mountains, been camping at the beach, gone sledding in the snow, been within an arm’s reach of bison, been to numerous museums, zoos and aquariums, and ridden rides at Disneyland and Universal Studios. We believe the world is our playground and we look forward to all of our opportunities to explore and enjoy it as a family. 

As professional educators, we have developed a love for both teaching and learning. We feel that our goal as parents is to learn everything we can and then teach those things that are most important to our children. Currently Topher is learning shapes and colors from Melissa and sign language from Chris. However, the most precious knowledge we can give to our children is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our faith in God is the source of our morals and where we learned to love and serve others, and we want to bless our children’s lives by helping them develop the same values that have guided our lives. 

When we adopted our son, we did so in the form of an open adoption, so we have open communication with Topher’s birth mother. We are in contact with her regularly and have visited with her on numerous occasions since Topher’s birth. We cherish Topher’s birth mother and she will always have a special role in his life. We want you to know that we look forward to having the child you entrust to us have a special relationship with you as well. 

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us better. We think we have a pretty great family and we will do everything we can to make sure that our children will have rich and fulfilling lives. 

Love,
Melissa, Chris and Topher