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Mukta and Chris

Things That Make Us Happy

Mukta:
  • 1. Cake
  • 2. Facebook
  • 3. Traveling
  • 4. Halloween
  • 5. Dancing
Chris:
  • 1. Atlanta Braves Games
  • 2. Walking our dog Bailey
  • 3. Listening to music
  • 4. Ice Cream
  • 5. Watching Movies

Dear Birth Mother,

Hello! We are Chris and Mukta from Atlanta, GA! Thank you for reading our profile and for considering us as adoptive parents.

We have wanted children since before we were married and have been unable to have kids of our own. We decided adoption was the best way for us to grow our family and also to give a loving home to a child who needs one. We have a lot of love to give, and we want to share our lives with a child and raise him or her in a caring, supportive home.

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Our Story

We met in 2011 at a Halloween party at Fernbank Science Museum. The theme was 80’s Prom Fright Night. Mukta was dressed as a warrior princess and Chris as an 80’s prom king. We met on the dance floor while listening to the 80’s music cover band. We started dating and soon realized that we had emailed each other years earlier on Match.com but had never actually met. We saw that as a sign and within a few months we knew that we were meant for each other. The following October, while on a trip to the north Georgia mountains, we happened upon a picnic shelter with a fireplace. After a delicious picnic, Chris noticed a spark in the otherwise cold and dark fireplace. He started blowing on the spark and after a few minutes, a roaring fire erupted. He thought, well there can’t be a better time than this, so he dropped to one knee, produced a ring, and proposed to Mukta!

Since October was such a significant month for us, we decided to get married the following October. The wedding was at the Sonesta Hotel in Lilburn, just outside of Atlanta. Mukta is of Indian heritage, so we had a big, lavish, traditional Indian wedding with over 300 guests.

We like to take our dog Bailey on walks to the park, go to art and music festivals, watch movies and Netflix, spend time with family and friends and of course eat Indian food!

 

About Chris, by Chris

I am an Atlanta native. My parents were both very kind and loving. My mom was a teacher and was very musical and creative, which she passed on to me. I was playing piano and singing in the chorus at age 6. My dad was very hard working and smart, with a PhD in Education, so a good school for me was a priority. As a teenager, I became interested in the behind the scenes work of television. I was always seen around school with my video camera shooting comedy skits and music videos. I continued my studies in media production at Florida State University where I also studied acting and music. After graduating with honors, I began a long and illustrious career in television, including working with the local news investigative team where I won over two dozen Emmy awards. After many years in television production, I decided to hang up my spurs and try my hand at entrepreneurship. I run a small vending machine business which gives me the freedom to manage the household and do things such as planting flowers, installing light fixtures, and eventually raising our adopted child.

More About Chris, By Mukta

Chris is the most patient, passionate, caring, loving, gentle giant in the world. He treats me with so much kindness. He helps me with my problems. He listens to me when I have bad days. He gives me good advice. He is so cute that I can’t really stay mad at him.  I know Chris will be the best father for this child. I wish I had had the opportunity to meet my in-laws and thank them for such a wonderful son.

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About Mukta, by Mukta

I was born in India but moved to the US when I was 6 months old. I was raised in Atlanta, home of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, which I had the opportunity to volunteer for and witness the greatest athletes compete for the gold.  My mom won a gold medal in basketball and volleyball but the sports gene passed me and went to my younger brother, Aalok.  Growing up, I was active in the Indian community and performed dances at festivals.  I was determined to be a doctor at a young age due to my father’s influence. I stayed in Atlanta for undergrad and went to the Caribbean for medical school.  I was uncertain of what type of doctor I wanted to be but then tragedy struck. My older brother died of a head injury in India in 2002. I left my medical residency in Rhode Island, as my first priority was to be with my family. I was eventually accepted into The Medical College of Georgia and fell in love with psychiatry.  God works in mysterious ways. I was destined to be a psychiatrist. I have passion for my job and thrive to do good for others.

More About Mukta, by Chris

Mukta is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. She has shown me how to live healthier and happier than I have ever been. She is very generous and charitable. Her career as a psychiatrist has saved many lives and helped numerous people suffering from depression, addiction, and anxiety to name just a few. She gives a lot of her time and money to the local Hindu temple that her father co-founded in the 1980’s. Mukta is very close to her family. We like to eat her mom’s delicious cooking and listen to her father share his wisdom. Mukta has been kinder to me than anyone I have ever met. When we were dating she took me in and took care of me after my back surgery, helping me get through a very painful and difficult recovery. I admire her and love her very much, and I know that she will make a terrific mother!

Go Braves!

Our Family & Friends

Family is very important to both of us. When Chris’s parents were alive, he spent a lot of time with them going to the movies, to lunch and dinner, and helping out around the house. Some of his fondest memories are of performing in musical theater with both his mom and his brother, Curt. When his dad passed away suddenly in 2003, Chris was devastated. He took care of his mother who gradually became ill with Alzheimer’s disease. As her illness progressed, she forgot the names of all of those around her, but she always remembered his. A few years ago, Chris’s older brother Curt relocated to the D.C. area for work, so Chris is the last of his family in Atlanta. That is, until we adopt our new child!

Mukta’s parents live close by, and we love to spend time with them. Her mom is an amazing cook and an incredible mother. Mukta’s father is the source of her intelligence. She followed in his footsteps as a psychiatrist and a follower of Hindu principals. When Mukta was an infant, her parents gave up everything they had in India and moved to the United States to give her a better life. They faced many obstacles and struggles being people from a different culture in 1970’s America. We can’t wait to bless them with a grandchild!  Mukta’s younger brother Aalok is also a psychiatrist. He works alongside their father in private practice.  He and his wife look forward to spoiling their niece/nephew.

The best thing about being a part of two cultures means you celebrate twice as many holidays! We have large gatherings with the extended families and friends for Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as the Indian holidays Holi and Diwali. All of these functions include lots of friends, family, food, music and dancing.

Meet Bailey

Our dog Bailey is the only child we have right now. Chris rescued him from a shelter before he met Mukta. Bailey immediately fell in love with her. He is a great friend, companion, and protector. We are sure that when we adopt a new baby, Bailey will embrace him or her as one of the family, and safeguard our child just as he does us.

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Our Home & Community

We live in the Brookhaven neighborhood of Atlanta, Georgia. It is a nice, family oriented neighborhood. We bought our huge house with children in mind, and we have 3 empty bedrooms just waiting to be filled. Some of the best schools in the state are in our neighborhood. There are many parks and playgrounds nearby with plenty of activities for kids ranging from soccer and tennis classes to cheerleading and volleyball camps. We regularly take Bailey on walks to these parks, and we are excited about having our new child join us.

Closing Thoughts

We are so excited about welcoming a new child into our home. We have a lot to offer and are looking forward to teaching all we have learned in our lives to a little one and seeing him or her grow into an adult as we grow older together. We want to give a child a loving home and take care of him or her through the difficult times as well as cherish the good ones, and we know there will be many.

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