Ten months after adopting parents Christian and Michelle met on a ferry boat in the San Francisco Bay, they were married. The decision to adopt was easy for Christian and Michelle because Christian was adopted and Michelle always thought adoption was a wonderful way to build a family. A few years after adopting their son, Leo, from Eastern Russia, they decided to adopt again; this time domestically. Katarina’s birth parents, both college students, agreed that they were not ready to raise a child at their age and that adoption was the best option. They chose Christian and Michelle because they shared the same values and connected with each other when they met for the first time. Katarina’s birth mother asked Michelle to be in the delivery room during Katarina’s birth and they all shared in the first few hours of Katarina’s life. Christian and Michelle feel blessed for their family and admire Katarina’s birth parents for their courageous and selfless decision.