Meet Chris & Melissa
We are Melissa and Chris, and we want to give you an idea of who we are, what we believe, and the love that we have to share.
Our story began many years ago, in the 4th grade to be exact. Chris had recently moved to a new community, and we attended the same elementary school. Although we were in many classes together over the years, we did not become good friends until we worked together as teenagers at the local grocery story. We dated for almost two years, but life began to lead us down different paths. Many years later, our paths crossed again when Chris visited the church I had been attending for many years. We began talking and found that we still had much in common, even after so many years apart. We were married the following year and thank God for our second chance.
We are complete opposites, but have found that our differences make us a great team. When one of us is weak, the other is strong. When one feels overwhelmed, the other is there to help calm and support. We have been through some very tough times together, but believe that we have come through each trial stronger and more united.
We are each very passionate about our work. Chris has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years. He currently serves as a supervisor for a small rural department in Middle Tennessee. I have been teaching elementary school (at the same school we both attended!) for over 15 years. We both feel a calling to public service and community involvement. While our jobs seem very different, we feel that we each play an important role in supporting individuals and families in the communities we serve.
We have dreamed of adding to our family for many years. Chris has two sons, Caleb and Jackson, from his first marriage. About a year after we married, we decided we were ready to grow our family. We spent five years waiting and praying for a child. We sought out medical advice and care from many specialists, but none of them could ever explain why we have not been able to have a child together. Although our infertility has not been easy, we now realize that adoption has been God’s plan for us all along. We have been very open with the boys about how adoption will change our family, and they are both in complete support of this process. The more we learn about adoption, the stronger we feel that this is a perfect fit for our family.
We have been praying about adoption for a long time. Our prayers are always for the families considering adoption and the babies growing each day. As we anticipate adding another child to our family, we are excited about building relationships with birth parents and birth families, too. Our ideal adoption experience would be an open adoption. We would love to share information, pictures, and visits with you and your family. We realize that each expectant family is unique, so we will respect your desire for openness both before and after birth.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our family. Considering adoption is one of the bravest and most loving actions that we know of. Because this process is so overwhelming, we pray that you will feel a sense of calm and peace as you plan and make decisions for you, your family, and your precious child. We are praying for you each and every day.
If you feel we may be a match for you, we would love the opportunity to meet you soon!