Chris and Joy
Hello, we are Chris and Joy! Thank you for taking the time to get to know a bit about us.
We met in college in the pool – Joy was swimming laps and Chris was practicing his dives in the deep end. We ended up dating for about a year or so and then quickly married and moved to Seattle to start the next chapter of our lives. Chris began his career as an engineer and Joy as a marketer.
We have a magnet on our fridge that reads: “This house is owned and operated solely for the comfort and convenience of our cats!” It’s funny and somewhat true since our 2 Persian cats, Remi and Rocky, act like they own the place. They’re both very sweet, social and totally spoiled!
Our lifestyle is pretty active, but we also love to just veg-out and curl-up with a good book, or more realistically, binge-watch some Netflix (especially when the weather’s crummy). Some of our favorite hobbies include cooking, bike riding, traveling to faraway places (like Australia and New Zealand), photography, painting, hiking, and whitewater rafting.
We spent a lot of time exploring the Pacific Northwest and eventually, after four years of marriage we decided to try to start a family. Unfortunately, both pregnancies ended in 2nd trimester miscarriages. We were obviously devastated and wondered if we would ever have the opportunity to bring children into our lives.
Recently, we decided to become licensed foster parents and enjoyed hosting several children in our care over the past 3 years. One pair of siblings lived with us for over a year and a half and they are still part of our lives today! When it was time for the kids to move back in with their parents, they asked us to stay in touch and to hang out with the kids on occasion. In many ways it feels like they are an extension of our family and because of this experience, we agreed that open adoption was the ideal scenario for us to pursue.
Adoption has always been part of our lives. Joy’s mother was adopted when she was a baby and so was Chris’s father. Additionally, Joy’s parents adopted her cousin when she was about 3 years old. We’ve experienced first-hand how important it is to maintain connections with biological relatives in an adoption setting. Our hope is to welcome a baby into our family and to stay connected with the birth family so the child will grow up knowing all the valuable people that bring special meaning to his or her life.