A Letter from Christian & Melissa
Hello! Thank you for learning more about our family! We look forward to learning more about you and the hopes and dreams you have for your baby. As first-time parents, we will raise your child in a home filled with love and adventure, led by faith and purpose. As a family we will explore new places and cultures in the US and abroad, and we never stop learning new things. We promise to honor you by celebrating your baby’s adoption story from birth. We would love to include you in our lives through letters, pictures and visits, if you’re comfortable.
We met in high school and we have been married for 14 years! Our faith is at the center of our lives and we believe in following God’s leading no matter where it may take us. Together we own and run a mobile coffee business. Our job is tons of fun and we get to create our own schedules giving us a lot of quality family time. We are blessed to work together and do life everyday side-by-side.
For fun we love to travel. Every year we spend time at the beach, it’s our dog Lucy’s favorite place! We have family and friends all over the US, so we make yearly trips to California, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Florida. We are so excited to include a child in our journeys, whether it be driving, hiking, camping, or playing with their cousins at family movie and game nights.
We always knew that we wanted to adopt, and after spending several years trying to get pregnant with no diagnosis, we have come to believe that God has been preparing us to grow our family through adoption all along.
Christian has a fun and generous heart. He laughs easier than anyone I know, and I love that he values service to others above himself. His heart is deeply rooted in his faith; he’s a wonderful husband and will be a devoted father.
Christian plays guitar and went to college for graphic design. He’s passionate about roasting coffee, and enjoys finance, and marketing. He always makes time to play with our dog Lucy, and you’ll often find him reading or woodworking in the garage.
As a parent, Christian will teach the value of integrity and following God. He will be an attentive, present and loving father, and he’s looking forward to sharing his interests and life with our children.
Melissa is the love of my life. She is my support system, my business partner, and my best friend. She is the most caring, loving and supportive person I know. She encourages me to be a better person every day, and supports me and my relationship with God.
Melissa is an energetic person; she majored in dance and taught for several years. She loves to grow plants in the garden, make handmade crafts, teach, read, and to spend time playing in the yard with our dog Lucy.
I can’t wait to see Melissa as a mother. She will teach our children how to pursue their dreams and succeed, and how to live a full life. I know that just as she encourages me to be a better person, she will encourage our children to be the best people they can be as well.
We live in Arizona in Christian’s family home, where his whole family grew up! It’s a four bedroom home on an acre of property. Our home is a great place to gather with loved ones. We love to barbecue and eat outside, or host game nights with our friends and family. The room right across from ours will be the baby’s room, and we love getting things ready our future child. We’re in a great area with a lot of opportunities and plenty of room to play and grow.
We are so blessed to have the feel of a rural area while having all the conveniences and opportunities of the city. We have a big grassy back yard, with plenty of room and a growing garden, and we love hosting our nearby family members. Our home will be a great place to raise kids!
Melissa has six siblings and a lot of nieces and nephews. Most of the family lives nearby, though her mom and step-dad live in Kansas, where we visit once or twice a year. Christian has one younger sister and a very close extended family. We often gather at his aunt and uncle’s house for family dinners. We travel every year to Southwest Florida to see Christian’s parents on the beach. There will be many cousins close in age for our child to grow up with too.
Our families have been incredibly supportive of our plans to adopt. Your baby will be beyond loved, and everyone is so excited to welcome another grandchild.
As parents, we promise to raise our children to know God, and to teach them how to have a life of purpose through faith. We value education and will encourage them to have integrity in everything that they do. We will celebrate our family’s adoption story and embrace our child’s heritage. We plan to be open with him or her about their adoption from birth. We will teach our child how to be giving and generous, and why we we believe in putting others first. We promise to give your child a fun and encouraging home filled with love, laughter and adventure.
Learn More About Christian & Melissa
|Our Education||Christian Counseling & Graphic Design||Bachelor's Degree in Dance Performance & Business Admin|
|Our Professions||Owner of Roastery/Coffee Company||Owner of Roastery/Coffee Company|
|Stay-At-Home||Part-time||Part-time, mostly yes|
|Our Racial Background||Caucasian||Caucasian|
|Some of Christian & Melissa's Favorites|
|Coffee Drink||Iced Americano||Iced Americano!|
|Vacation||Coeur d'Alene, Idaho||Ozarks in Arkansas|
|Thing to do as a couple||Go to the movies||Hiking or day trips to Northern Arizona|
|Thing about working together||Watching what we created together grow from the ground up||Spending time and being creative together|
|Meal||Melissa's white chicken chili||Pollo fundido chimichangas|
|Place we've lived||On the beach in Florida||Our apt in Tulsa, Oklahoma that overlooked the Arkansas River|
|Traditions||Christmas breakfast with our combined families||Christian's annual family vacation in Florida|
|More About Our Family|
|Our Special Interests & Hobbies|
Melissa loves dancing and teaching. She used to teach dance to kids as young as 19 months, creating programs for students of all ages. Christian is passionate about coffee! He is often roasting coffee beans and creating new blends to share with friends and family. Daily cuppings are a family affair multiple days a week.
Our faith is at the center of everything we do! We believe that if you follow God, He will always give your life meaning and purpose. Further, we believe that raising children with that foundation will help them to develop incredible self-worth and realize their authentic self and potential. We will teach our children to value others as created in God's image and to always make kindness a priority.
We have a sweet, smart lab named Lucy, who has a huge personality. She is loved by everyone who meets her. She loves to swim and her favorite place in the world is the beach where she can swim out and rescue tennis balls or play fetch with coconuts on the sand.
|Our Coffee Business|
We get to work side by side every day, running this business together. Some days it’s up early in the morning, prepping the coffee trailer and off to a cater for teacher appreciation day. Other days it’s morning exercise and then office work and roasting coffee in the evenings. And, sometimes we spend a week setting up and building a coffee shop on location for an international event. Our job is so exciting because everyday is different. We get to see all kinds of events from car shows to concerts! We meet people from all over the world, and it’s exciting that we are always a part of something big happening in our community. Coffee is a such a unique and interesting business because it brings people together. We get to sample, taste and create different kinds of coffee from different parts of the world and bring other people into the experience. We get to see the best of people everyday. Everyone is always excited about their daily coffee, and it’s a privilege that we get to be a part of making someone’s day better.
|We live in the state of...||Arizona|
|Our Neighborhood||We live in a 4 bedroom house on a big property, in a great neighborhood, surrounded by horse properties and nestled in a suburban area of the valley. There are a lot of young families in our community, and plenty of activities for children.|
|We Prefer a Child Who Is...|
|Age of Child|
Newborn to 6 months
We would love twins!
We are open to any gender
|Ethnicity of Child||We would welcome a child of any ethnicity|
|Future Contact with Birth Family||We want to celebrate our child's adoption story, and we would be honored to share pictures, letters and visits with the birth family however they are comfortable.|
Thank you for learning more about us! We are so grateful for the opportunity to grow our family through adoption. We look forward to meeting you and learning the hopes and dreams you have for your child. We are so excited to celebrate this baby's adoption story and promise to raise them in a faith-filled, purpose driven, nurturing and thoroughly loved home! We look forward to building an open relationship with you and sharing pictures, letters and visits.