Isaac and Cristin

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Hello! We are Isaac and Cristin,

We met in December of 2010 through a mutual friend and hit it off right away. We connected though our love of music, art, and the outdoors. We dated for 3 years and married in 2014. It took us a while to find each other, but we are thankful that we did. We have a very supportive relationship and think we bring out the best in each other. We like to do things together, but also support each other in our individual interests.

Isaac was born and raised in Oregon and Cristin moved here in high school from Arizona. Although Cristin has lived in other cities, such as New York and Los Angeles, she was always drawn back to Portland. Isaac has traveled all over the country and thinks the Pacific Northwest is one of the best places to be. The easy access to the beach, mountains, and rivers anchor us here. We love camping in the summer and snowboarding on Mt. Hood in the winter.

We live on a friendly street near a great park in a home that Isaac built. We share it with our 16-year-old cat named Bullet. Isaac is a general contractor and carpenter specializing in home remodeling and energy efficient new construction. Cristin is a documentary film producer. However, she has recently started working with Isaac in order to have a more flexible schedule in preparation of expanding our family.

We are both passionate about creativity. Isaac is a drummer and has played music in many bands over the years. He currently plays in a children’s band. He also loves woodworking and can build just about anything. Isaac has also had an interest in restoring old cars since he was a teenager. He recently restored his father’s first car, a 1970 Chevy Nova. When not working as a film producer or for Isaac’s company, Cristin is also a photographer and likes to take photos of people and architecture. She also makes art about technology and human interaction.In addition to spending time on creative projects, we enjoy going to concerts, comedy shows, hiking, biking, camping, traveling, and exploring the outdoors. Being in nature is our spiritual place. We find this time as a way to recharge from our busy city lives.

Both our biological and chosen families are really important to us. We are both from divorced families, which naturally expanded our families and we are grateful for these additions. We often combine our holiday celebrations with Isaac’s dad’s family and Cristin’s mom’s family. The other side of our families live farther away, but we visit them every summer. Over the years, we have also developed a close-knit group of friends that we consider family. Many live nearby and we see them frequently.

We always knew that we wanted to have children. We were lucky to have parents who have been incredibly supportive of us throughout our lives. We want to provide that support to our children. We will be their advocates and will make sure that they feel loved and have all they need. After struggling to have a biological child, we decided to explore adoption. Both of us have friends and/or family that are adopted and have always viewed adoption as a positive way to grow a family. We were drawn to open adoption because we think it’s the best option for a child. Knowing where they came from and being able to stay connected to their roots is essential in their development and their sense of identity. We hope that our child’s birth family will be an extension of our own. We recognize that there may be difficult times, but we hope to base our relationship on respect, compassion, and love.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us. Regardless of your path forward, we wish you well.
– Cristin & Isaac

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