About Us/Me

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about us. We started dating in 2002, got married in 2010, and had the joy of adopting our son, Cole, in 2016. We both enjoy new experiences, whether it is a new travel spot or restaurant. We love to learn, and have taken everything from swimming lessons to painting classes together. We spend a lot of time outside between pool days, fairs/festivals, exploring local parks, riding bikes, taking walks and short hikes. Some of our favorite times are hanging out with friends & family, lazy weekend mornings, and winding down at bedtime.

 

About You

Thank you for taking the time to consider us. We hope you will see the love we have for each other, our son, and would share with your child.  We plan to encourage any talents, hobbies, or sports that your child is interested in as they grow older. We hope to teach them to be compassionate, responsible, and most importantly to laugh and have fun with life. We promise they will be loved unconditionally, not just by us, but also by friends and family. Chris's younger brother was adopted and this has given us a greater understanding of some of the questions that may come up over the years. We will talk openly and honestly with your child about the adoption.

 

About Us/Me

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about us. We started dating in 2002, got married in 2010, and had the joy of adopting our son, Cole, in 2016. We both enjoy new experiences, whether it is a new travel spot or restaurant. We love to learn, and have taken everything from swimming lessons to painting classes together. We spend a lot of time outside between pool days, fairs/festivals, exploring local parks, riding bikes, taking walks and short hikes. Some of our favorite times are hanging out with friends & family, lazy weekend mornings, and winding down at bedtime. Music is usually playing in the background at our home.  Our collection is diverse, some favorites are The Beatles, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Over the Rhine. We travel somewhere a few times a year.  A vacation tradition is to take pictures with a sock monkey we got as a wedding gift.   We're trying to visit as many National Parks as we can, and often make time for a hike on vacations or day trips.   We look forward to adding our children’s interests into our activities and trips, including going to Disney World.  We live in a diverse Columbus, Ohio suburb with a small town feel and many community activities for kids. Our house is right by a bike path, playground, and many parks. Our church has many children's activities and those will be fun as our kiddos grow up.  Chris has a great sense of humor and often lightens the mood with a joke or dance. He is very involved as a father, friends and family often mention how good he is with Cole. Cole lights up as Chris entertains him with silly faces or sings songs with lyrics modified to be about Cole. Chris works full time as a Captain for the Ohio Army National Guard. This gives us the benefits of military life without having to move around. Dara loves all holidays, especially Christmas. Putting up the Christmas tree is a walk down memory lane; she makes sure our ornaments represent trips and other important events.  She likes photography and fills our home with pictures of families and friends. Chris calls her the Cole whisperer because she can understand what he needs to be taken care of. Dara works as a supervisor for a state agency. Cole has such a sweet nd curious personality. He makes friends wherever he goes and entertains the younger children at daycare. We can’t wait to see what a fantastic big brother he will be. Cole loves anything that moves, playing in water, music, dancing, and our dog, Joey. We've had Joey for almost ten years since he rolled over for belly rubbings when we walked by him at the shelter. He is wonderful with Cole and other kids.    

About you

Thank you for taking the time to consider us. We hope you will see the love we have for each other, our son, and would share with your child.  We plan to encourage any talents, hobbies, or sports that your child is interested in as they grow older. We hope to teach them to be compassionate, responsible, and most importantly to laugh and have fun with life. We promise they will be loved unconditionally, not just by us, but also by friends and family. Chris's younger brother was adopted and this has given us a greater understanding of some of the questions that may come up over the years. We will talk openly and honestly with your child about the adoption. We always will want your child to know how much they are loved, by you and us.   We also understand our relationship with you would be lifelong. We've been lucky enough to have an open adoption with Cole’s birth mother and her family.  We are blessed to be able to consider them to be part of our family. We frequently communicate with her by texts, pictures and videos and visit with them a few times a year.  We hope to get to meet you and have  ongoing communication with you after the adoption.  Hopefully we could build a relationship where all of us are comfortable with occasional visits. We wish you well and pray that you find peace in your journey. Chris & Dara