Dana and Chris

Hello!

We are Dana + Chris living in Woodland Hills, California. Thank you for taking the time to learn about our lives and for considering us as you contemplate adoption for your child.

We hope that you will be able to see the love we have for each other, our families, and our future child. We are thrilled at the thought of becoming parents and welcoming a child into our home.

Becoming adoptive parents has always been a part of us, and part of our collective hopes and dreams. We are so fortunate to have found one another and look forward to creating a home where your child can experience unconditional love, deep belly laughs and endless adventures! Saying “thank you” is too small a gesture to express the enormous gratitude and honor we feel should you choose to bring us into your life.

We are beyond excited to become parents and cannot wait to meet you and our future child.

Our Story: We met in 2013 as Chris was completing a home he had built for a client that Dana happened to work for. Every new day on the job now became an opportunity to get to know each other a little better and a chance to see how hard we could make the other laugh! After a few years of being great friends, we realized over dinner that the person we were both searching for was right in front of us the whole time.

A year later we had our dream wedding in Barcelona, Spain surrounded by our closest friends and family. It was the most beautiful day of our lives and really helped us understand the importance of the love we had decided to cultivate and surround ourselves with. It also reminded us that we still have so much love to give. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited to add a child to our wonderful, beautiful collection of family.

Five Things We Will Teach Our Future Child

  1. Respect
  2. Patience
  3. Honesty
  4. Confidence
  5. Unconditional love

 

Hello!

About Dana

I work as an Estate Manager overseeing properties in NYC, DC, and Malibu, CA. My job gives me the greatest work-life balance and the ability to travel to some of my favorite places in the country. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with Chris and our dogs, Birdie and Cricket. I love visiting art museums and traveling to see my niece and nephews, hosting friends and family at our home or curling up on the couch to watch tv or read a great book.

Although exercising is not my favorite pastime, it’s important to me to live a healthy and active lifestyle. I regularly take spin classes, go for long walks with our dogs throughout the neighborhood, and sometimes I’ll pull Chris into spontaneous dance parties in our living room! I like to cook healthy and tasty meals and am known for my homemade guacamole and veggie tacos. My health and energy are important to me as I want to be a strong mother for my family and for all of the adventures that life has in store for us!

Chris About Dana: Dana is the most compassionate person I know and has a bigger heart than most. She’s always looking for the best in people and sincerely believes that all people have good in them. Her optimism is infectious and undeniable and one of the things that first drew me to her. She loves to stay active by entertaining our niece and nephews at the pool or the park. She can captivate their hearts (and mine) with her wonderful, made-up fairytales and stories. Her creativity knows no bounds!

Words aren’t enough to describe how beautifully perfect my wife is. I can only hope that one day you’ll meet her and feel the same positive energy she embodies that inspires me to be a better person.

Dana’s Faves:

  • Song: “Lovely Day” – Bill Withers
  • Children’s Book: Charlotte’s Web
  • Food: Tacos
  • Family Tradition: Making tamales on Christmas Eve
  • Vacation Spot: La Quinta, California
  • Sport: Soccer
About Dana

About Chris

I’m a General Contractor by trade, a musician by heart, and the oldest of three sons. I’ve been building houses for over 20 years and I love the artistic design, creativity and problem-solving that goes into it. I like to take my time with things and formulate a plan and then put in the hard work to get the results.

My other passion is music. I come from a very talented and close-knit family. All three of the boys sing and play multiple instruments. I was encouraged by my parents at the young age of 10 to begin learning the drums. I still love playing the drums and the guitar and writing and performing music with my friends.

I like to live a healthy lifestyle and, as crazy as it sounds, enjoy waking up early to exercise and start my day. I enjoy challenging myself and strive to always be the best version of me that I can be – for my marriage, my family, and my future child.

Dana About Chris: Chris has so many wonderful qualities that make him the perfect partner for me. He is compassionate, smart, funny, responsible and genuine. He’s always singing along to the radio and changing the words just enough to make me laugh! I have no doubt that he will be an amazing and dedicated father to our child. I can already envision him teaching our little one to ride a bike on the sidewalk in front of our house or teaching them a few chords on the guitar. I bet they’ll even put on a private living room concert just for me! Chris loves spending as much time with our families as he can and is very excited to have a little one to join in all of the special dinners, birthday parties, recitals and holidays!

Chris’ Faves:

  • Song: “Fly Me to the Moon” – Frank Sinatra
  • Children’s Book: Oh! The Places You’ll Go!
  • Food: Tacos! (Of course!)
  • Family Tradition: Driving through the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights
  • Vacation Spot: Mallorca, Spain
  • Sport: Basketball

 

About Chris

Our Family and Friends

We’ve got family from one ocean to the other and love visiting with one another often in person or through social media!

Dana comes from a big family that all reside in California. Her sister visits every couple of months from San Francisco with her husband and two kids. Her brother comes up from Orange County all the time. She has 16 cousins, many of whom are married with kids of their own, that gather together every Easter and Christmas. Those times are always filled with food, laughter, embarrassing storytelling, music and games. Her parents love walking the grandkids to the park, doing arts and crafts and watching the latest kid’s movies.

Her family is filled with love and support and are excited to welcome a new member to the family crew!

Chris also comes from a very large family who live on the East coast. Some from Philly, some in DC, and his parents live at the beach in North Carolina. His brothers both have children of their own and they spend hours on Facetime or catching up on Zoom together. Growing up, Chris and his family were always traveling in their minivan across the states to visit various aunts, uncles and cousins. He and his brothers always felt like they were surrounded by love and so fortunate to have so many family members as friends. Chris feels blessed to be living so close to Dana’s family, who always have some kind of fun activity planned.

Our Family and Friends

Our Home

We love living in Los Angeles, CA! We live on an idyllic treelined street in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA, just miles from the beaches of Malibu. We have a beautifully remodeled midcentury-modern home with a big backyard and a pool. Our house is just behind a horse property so we often hear the gentle nays of our neighbor’s horses and see them pass by on the trail behind our home. We have four bedrooms, one of which has been designated for visiting grandparents to allow them to stay and soak up as much time with their grandchild as they need. We also have a playroom set up for our future child to learn, play and be creative!

We live a few blocks from the local high school and feel fortunate to live in one of the most highly awarded academic and athletic school systems in Los Angeles. With so many local parks and hiking and cycling trails nearby, it’s easy to spend the weekend outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather that California has to offer.

Places We Enjoy Near Our Home:

  1. Santa Monica Pier
  2. Disneyland
  3. Getty Museum
  4. Olvera Street
  5. Underwood Farms

About Birdie & Cricket: We are parents to two beautiful dogs that we consider family! They bring us so much joy and are great with kids. Birdie, our rescue Pitbull mix, loves sunbathing by the pool, eating carrots and fluffy chew toys.

Cricket, our German Shepherd, enjoys long walks around the neighborhood, peanut butter treats and Saturday afternoon naps with Dana.

In Closing: We promise to raise your child with unconditional love; to show them what empathy feels like, to teach them what resilience can create, to support them at every stage of life. We will encourage their curious mind and give them the best education possible. We will laugh at their silly moments, comfort them when they are scared and let them know that even when life isn’t fair, they have so much to be grateful for. We promise you that your child will know how eternally grateful we are to you and how much we appreciate your trust in us with this greatest of gifts. You will be loved and spoken of with the utmost respect and gratitude.

Thank you for considering us!

Dana + Chris

 

 

 

 

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