Natalie & Chris
Race of child interested in adopting:Asian, Caucasian, Caucasian/Asian, Caucasian/Hispanic, European, Hispanic or South/Central American, Latino, Native American (American Indian)
Gender of child interested in adopting:No Preference
Life is precious from the moment of conception. Your strength, courage and love extends well beyond the care of your child to bring peace and love to others. We so admire your courage to explore adoption, so that you can give your child the best possible life. Natalie and Chris have tried to have our own children and have also always wanted to adopt a child into our loving family. We will be able to offer this child a lifetime of love and adventures. With our large extended family across the country, everyone will be excited and eager to welcome a new addition to the family. We will be able to provide the child love, safety and security as we grow together through our faith, schools, sports, community and social activities in town and around the state. We are both very active adults, that tease, love and have fun with any activities and social events that we attend. Our Best, Natalie & Chris
Chris grew up in a small town located in New England and was active in sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, and bowling. He became active in junior high school and high school musical programs and also he joined Boys Scouts and eventually was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. He spent several summers camping and fishing with his parents and grandparents up in the Adirondacks of New York and Lake Champlain. His favorite sport as a kid was soccer and he was on his high school varsity team in high school and played soccer in college. He also enjoyed neighborhood games such as flashlight tag, pickle, jailbreak and kickball. Chris was part of a National Service Fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and either led or participated in many service programs and projects while in college. He occasionally volunteered to participate as the University of Maine Black Bear Mascot “Bananas”. Natalie grew up in a small town located in the Midwest where she was active in track, volleyball, basketball, softball and bowling. She played clarinet in both band and the marching band in high school and in the orchestra in college. She sang in the local church choir and often read the scripture readings at Mass. Her large family includes three brothers, two sisters, eighteen nieces and nephews and nineteen great nieces and nephews. Natalie spent summers at her family lake property in Wisconsin. There she learned to swim, sail, water ski, fish with her Dad, canoe and motor boat all while enjoying her huge family gatherings for great family food, fun, fellowship and camaraderie. Natalie enjoyed spending time with her grandmothers, mother and sisters sharing family stories and special family recipes.
Chris and Natalie currently reside in a two-bedroom condominium and are active in their church, faith and with friends where they enjoy cookouts, family trips to the beach and visiting sibling families in South Carolina, Colorado, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Chris and Natalie both love sports and enjoy watching the Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox. Chris follows his alma mater University of Maine Black Bears during hockey season and Natalie follows Notre Dame Football during college football season. Both love college sports in general. We love to go on trips to the Adirondacks in Upstate New York (3-5 hours away), Green Mountains of Vermont (3 hours away), White Mountains of New Hampshire (2 hours away) or to the beaches of Maine, New Hampshire or Massachusetts.
Our Extended Family
Natalie grew up in small town and within a large extended family. Everyone knew each other’s families and kids, grandparents and grandkids. She attended her nieces and nephews Friday and Saturday night football, basketball, volleyball games and track meets. She spent time with them when holidays allowed and at summer family gatherings at the family lake house in Wisconsin. Family get together's always included great meals, competitive card games, water skiing, boating, sailing, canoeing, swimming, walking around the lake and lots of laughs. Natalie’s parent’s home was the place for wonderful annual Christmas family gatherings for everyone for many years. It was a great time to exchange special gifts and catch up with all her brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and spend time with each of them. Chris grew up with his three cousins who lived around the corner within a mile in his hometown. Together they celebrated holidays and birthdays together growing up. Chris also grew up in a great neighborhood and town where like Natalie, everyone essentially knew each other’s families. Chris spent many summers camping and fishing as a youth in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and Lake Champlain while visiting his paternal grandparents. Typically, Easter and Christmas would be with his maternal grandparents and cousins, while some birthdays and Thanksgiving would be spent with his paternal grandparents. Chris was very active in school programs, athletics, music concerts and plays where his cousins, aunts and uncles would come to watch. Natalie moved to Massachusetts where her brother had four children in five years. She spent weekends helping out with child care and would stop by at least once a week just to visit. Natalie is a godmother and a confirmation sponsor to one niece. She frequently attended the girls’ softball or basketball games or went with the kids to the movies. Natalie and Chris often attend the kid’s birthday parties, school events, art shows, concerts, museums and for Easter and Christmas holidays. Natalie especially loves to bake and the girls enjoy making grandma’s favorite Christmas sugar cookies. Both Chris and Natalie bowl with their nephew once a week in a team bowling league. They enjoy taking him on fishing and beach trips to Maine. Natalie has assisted with child care when siblings have traveled for vacation or work. She and Chris recently spent a week with their niece from Tennessee at the lake, playing board games, swimming, playing mini golf and going to the amusement park. Given the size of Natalie’s family, there is usually at least one family gathering each year. It could be to meet at a college football game, travel overseas, or gather for a family reunion, one of the holidays or a family wedding. Chris and Natalie love to spend time with their nieces and nephews whether it is riding bikes, scooters, bowling, swimming at the pool or beach at the lake, fishing in the ocean in Maine, going to the museums or just to the park to swing. By the grace of God, Chris and Natalie are looking forward to being parents themselves so they can share all these fun activities and special times with their own adoptive child.
Our Family Traditions
Our families celebrate many family traditions such as birthdays, baptisms, first communion, Easter, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, Memorial Day parade or cookouts, Labor Day cookouts, and July 4th celebrations. One of the unique celebrations is the feast on Christmas Eve which celebrates the seven fishes. We tend to have a seafood feast complemented with pasta and other meat related dishes while catching up with nieces, nephews, and cousins who we have not seen in a while. At Easter, we have organized egg hunting festivities or yard games for the kids. At Thanksgiving, we love to cook or gather for thanksgiving, a good meal, watching football and rooting for New England Patriots or Green Bay Packers and sometimes both. We have been blessed to have life-long friends who we have vacationed with annually in South Carolina on the beautiful beaches of the Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and historic Charleston, visited with others at cook outs, beach trips, softball games or even in prayer groups. We both loves sports, playing dominoes, shopping, fishing, camping and working on puzzles or playing board games like Monopoly, Trivia or Yahtzee.
What Led Us To Adoption
Natalie is a woman with great natural instincts to be a mother. She comes from a large family and has helped her nieces and nephews across the country. Caring for them, babysitting, teaching them or coaching them in many activities and sports. Natalie helped her brother’s family for years who had 4 children in very close age range which included a developmentally challenged nephew and a set of twins within 16 months and then a new baby. Natalie and Chris bowl with her special needs nephew once a week in a local league where he has excelled in learning a new sport and making new friends. She will love a child 100%, no matter if there are any developmental issues, and she has the experience to make sure every child has what they need to succeed at every level. She has been both a god-mother and confirmation sponsor. She is in constant contact with her nieces and nephews and their activity updates, job updates and travels to all parts of the world. She would make an excellent caring, nurturing mother that would show the consistent love and support any child would need. She is patient and interested in teaching and sharing. We both are so looking forward to sharing our love and life with a child. Chris is a very dedicated and loving husband, son and friend to cousins who he grew up with within a mile in his hometown. He has already become a wonderful uncle to my nieces and nephews and has practically established a terrific one on one relationship with each and every one of them in the few years we have been married. Natalie’s siblings all love Chris to pieces and we are planning a fabulous birthday gathering for him in a few months where they are all traveling to celebrate on Cape Cod together. Chris is a wonderful provider who works hard to protect his family, the environment, who loves the outdoors, nature and lights up every gathering we attend with his outgoing personality and humor. Chris was recently recognized in his work to help coordinate environmental compliance regulation activities at all the facilities across the country. Very few young Scouts get to be an Eagle Scout – you get there by perseverance, dedication and hundreds of hours of hard work. Chris wants to teach a child how to set goals and meet them. Chris enhances Natalie’s life each day and she is humbled and grateful that he is her loving husband. He is sensitive and caring and would make a fabulous father to either a boy or a girl, or both.