Where It All Began

We're excited to become parents one day!
We met in January of 2014, just six months after Mandy moved to Dallas. We met through mutual friends. Mandy's friend set her up with a guy that her boyfriend knew.

We have now been married for three years and still continue our movie snuggles, Netflix marathons, and board game challenges that we started six years ago.

When she showed her a picture of a guy who looked like he was in high school, Mandy thought he was too young. However, she still went out with her friend and her boyfriend since she didn't know many people yet. Mandy saw Chris and was immediately drawn to him. She thought in her head, "Why couldn't the setup have been with that guy?!" Turns out Chris WAS her date! For some reason they showed Mandy an old high school photo of him instead of a recent picture!

We spent the night talking and later that night, we began texting. We had our first true date a few days later. We bonded over How I Met Your Mother marathons, board games, and movie snuggles. On our two-year anniversary, we booked a trip to Nashville, which we were excited to visit for the first time. That weekend a blizzard came out of nowhere. Downtown Nashville was basically shut down. We spent the weekend wandering around Broadway Street trying to find things to do and places to stay warm. At one point, Chris kept moving towards the river even though he was complaining of how cold he was. He is from Texas, so anything below 60 degrees is cold for him :). As a New Yorker, Mandy was able to handle the cold and snow and was confused why Chris was not taking up her offer to go in somewhere to warm up.

Finally, we reached the river and Chris starts talking about the two of us and a light bulb went off. He then got down on one knee (in the snow!) and proposed. We were married in March of 2017 in Texas surrounded by our loved ones. It was the best weekend ever. We have now been married for three years and still continue our movie snuggles, Netflix marathons, and board game challenges that we started six years ago.
Always love to smile!

Always love to smile!

Meet Amanda...Through Chris’s Eyes

Amanda (Mandy) is amazing. She is my anchor and always pushes me to better myself. She also has the biggest heart of anyone I know.

She loves helping the children grow and build their foundations for the future.

One example of this is Mandy volunteered at a preschool for homeless children every day after work for 3 years. She puts 100% herself into everything she does and it's amazing to watch her multitask and accomplish so much.

Mandy adores children. At parties, you can usually find her playing with the kids. Coming from a family who believes strongly in education, this has also become a deep passion for Mandy. Right now, she works as a preschool teacher for low income families. She loves helping the children grow and build their foundations for the future. And they love her. She was even employee of the month the first month that she started teaching!

Mandy also has the patience of a saint. After spending all day talking and working with 3 and 4-year olds, she will then come home and sit and let me talk forever about my day, even if I am repeating the same stories she heard when I called her on my way home.

Family means everything to her. One weekend we each had a cousin getting married, one in Texas and one in New York. Instead of telling her cousin that she wasn't able to make it, we flew into NY the afternoon of the wedding and left less than 24 hours later. She is one of the few people I know that has such a variety of close friend groups. I believe this is because she is so loyal and can get along with anyone she meets.

Mandy is obsessed with reading. I always find her curled up in the reading nook under a blanket with the entire house dark. Oftentimes, she hasn't realized that the sun has set. She'll sit and read book after book with her nieces. She loves reading a new book. Really, she isn't afraid to try new things period. Anything from a board game, video game or cooking a new recipe. And by the way, Mandy is an amazing cook. She cooks homemade meals every day after work. She can literally pull random things from the fridge and make it taste delicious. I now like foods that I wouldn't have dared look at before her.
Being adventurous!

Being adventurous!

Meet Chris...Through Amanda's Eyes

Chris completes me. He is the ying to my yang and makes me a better person. Chris can make me laugh like no other and he cannot stop smiling.

Chris can make me laugh like no other and he cannot stop smiling. Seriously, it's crazy that there is always a huge grin on his face and when he turns that smile on you, it makes you feel you're his whole world.

Seriously, it's crazy that there is always a huge grin on his face and when he turns that smile on you, it makes you feel like you're his whole world.

Chris is always there to provide comfort after a long day and always willing to step in whenever you need help. He has cooked and done the dishes (even though we're supposed to split it) after many of my stressful days. He has helped, with a willing heart, move every single one of our friends at some point in our relationship. Everyone knows that Chris will drop everything to be there for you, with no questions asked.

Chris makes our lives fun. One of those is through his love of games; board games, lawn games, card games, etc. He beats me every time at Connect Four, but he cannot win at Battleship to save his life even though he knows "my tricks." He also isn't afraid to have Nerf gun battles as we chase each other around the kitchen island.

His enthusiasm in everything he does shines through like a bright light. Life would be dull without his smile and enthusiasm.
Thank you for considering us

Thank you for considering us

Before You Go

Before you go, we have a few things we wish to promise and share with you if you do end up deciding we are the family you wish to raise your child.

We promise to love your child with all our hearts, to tell them those words daily, and to show that same love in every action. We promise to support and cheer them on in whatever their hearts desires.

We promise to love your child with all our hearts, to tell them those words daily, and to show that same love in every action.

We promise to value their ideas, thoughts, and perspectives. We promise to be a safe place for them to find comfort. We promise to raise them with respect and kindness towards all people.

We promise that your child will be showered with love through our families and friends. We promise to have fun and to enjoy and value the small things. We promise to provide comfort to them in their times of need and sadness. We promise to read to them at night and not be afraid to add in silly voices so they can get the full effect of the book!

We promise to kiss their cuts and bruises when they fall. We will take them on adventures and dance around the house while singing at the top of our lungs. We promise to always take time to play games, inside and outside.

We promise to honor you every day and that your child will know who you are. We promise to respect your heritage and culture in many ways. We want to come together with you and decide on what a good level of openness would be. We promise to always be open and willing to make adjustments so that your child's needs are met first!

With love, Mandy and Chris
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