We met through a mutual friend as a result of our shared careers in the dental field. Our first date was at an Italian restaurant! Exactly eight months later, Chris proposed at the same restaurant and we were married six months following. Aside from our careers, we found we had many things in common; our faith, our Italian heritage, the fact that we were both family-oriented, and our mutual love for traveling.
Growing up, we each had many fond memories of traveling to Mackinac Island in the summers with our families, which is why we chose Mackinac for our wedding destination. We now work together in our family dental practice just five miles from our home. After adoption, Jackie plans to be a stay-at-home mom to devote time to raising this child.
There is only one word that comes to mind as we think of you and your journey to this adoption plan, “selfless.” What you are doing for this child is the most selfless thing anyone can do in this world. Please know that we did not come to this decision quickly, nor are we adopting to increase a family we already have.
We have been married for over six years and have prayed for a child since the day we said, “I do.” We miscarried a baby girl a few years ago that we named Hope and ever since then, God has been clearly guiding us toward adoption. We thank you for making this decision, and we know that whomever you choose will be the perfect match for your child.
Since the day I met Chris, I knew he would be a great husband and father. We have eight nieces and nephews and I see how he lights up when they are around. It’s clear how overjoyed the kids are when Uncle Chris walks into the room. He is truly a big kid at heart and always takes pleasure in the little things in life.
Chris is a talented dentist who takes pride in his work. He looks forward to going to work, and treats each patient like they are family. His work ethic is something I’ve always admired, and I’ve also felt assured that he will be a wonderful role model for our future family.
Chris loves holidays and family time and looks forward to decorating the Christmas tree every year with help from our two oldest nieces. He gets joy from music and constantly plays the “Guess-What-Band-This-Is?” game when the radio is on in the car. Chris also loves movies! He has quite a DVD collection and looks forward to his friend’s Oscar party every year. Some words that describe Chris are loyal, hardworking, trustworthy, fun-loving, and focused. A leader and a Godly man, Chris is very loving. When Chris asks me why I married him, my response is always because he made me feel so loved.
Everyone that meets Jackie falls in love with her. She is the true definition of a “people person.” She is the most kind-hearted person you will ever meet and always sees the good in others. Jackie is a dental hygienist and this is definitely a perfect career for her. She enjoys taking care of her patients and getting to know about their lives. She has become friends with many of her patients and even jogs with some of them!
Loving and generous, she constantly goes out of her way to do nice things for people. She truly has a heart of gold. She has a strong faith in God and prayer that guides her decision-making, both as an individual and in our partnership.
Fiercely loyal, she always looks out for her family and friends and is always there for people in their time of need – even if they didn’t ask. I am truly blessed to have her as my wife. I know she will be a fantastic mother. She has strong maternal instincts and has so much love to give. This child will be so blessed to have Jackie in his or her life as their adoptive mother.