We are Aly and Chris from California. Thank you for taking the time to learn about us! Whether you are considering us, or another adoptive family, we truly wish the best for you and your child. Family means a lot to us, and we have dreamt of growing a family of our own. We feel through love and kindness, there is an awesome potential for all of us to forge a unique connection based on the love of a child.
Dear Birth Mother!
In 2010, while Aly was working towards completing her college education in Portland, Oregon, Chris had just begun his studies in San Diego, California after spending almost 8 years deployed overseas as a U.S. Marine. Chris’s younger brother, Jon, also a Marine, and his wife, Olivia, invited Chris to a formal military dinner back in Portland, Oregon. Sitting at their table was Olivia’s best friend, Aly. To this day, Jon and Olivia promise they were not trying to set us up, but after meeting each other that evening and spending a night on the town, Chris and Aly couldn’t stop thinking about the other person. A year later, Aly graduated from Portland State University and moved down to San Diego to live with Chris and in January of 2014, Aly and Chris were married.
About Aly, By Aly
I grew up just outside of Portland, Oregon, and was lucky enough to be raised by four wonderful parents. Because they lived so close together, I was able to split my time equally between houses while growing up. I am a middle child with two brothers, Adam and Austin. I am extremely close with my family, and we all make an effort to visit each other regularly. In college, I studied biology, and after graduating, I moved to San Diego to live with Chris and work for a biotechnology company. After moving to Okinawa, Japan, for Chris’ work, I was able to transition to my true passion of working with animals. Since moving back to California, I have continued working with animals and currently work at a veterinary clinic, as well as a volunteer at the local humane society. I also volunteer at a dog training facility where I help teach classes.
I have always known I wanted to be a mom, and although I love my work with animals, being a mom will be my top priority. I am looking forward to Chris and I growing our family, and growing closer through the experiences that come with parenthood.
More About Aly, By Chris
Aly is the heart and soul of our relationship. She is caring and giving, almost to a fault. Fun, playful, and almost always willing to indulge in my crazy ideas, she has untold emotional strength and endurance, and limitless empathy. Her natural inclinations towards motherly love and care are readily apparent in her attitude and demeanor towards the children of our relatives and friends. She’s always willing to help babysit for those in the neighborhood, whether people or pets! I know she will make a wonderful mother!
I am the oldest of four brothers and we grew up in Oregon City, Oregon, a rural city in the green countryside of the Pacific Northwest. I was surrounded by livestock and farms, disappearing after school with my brothers and our friends to run around in fields and bike through the woods. Rather than attending college immediately after high school, I felt a drive to serve, to do something bigger, grander, so I joined the Marine Corps in January 2004. I would not be the person I am today without it. I attended college a little later in life to study Electrical Engineering. When I graduated in 2014, I was commissioned in the Marine Corps as an officer, to continue my military career. I still work as a Marine, currently a military intelligence specialist. Luckily, I’ve reached a point in my career which affords me the ability to put family first and to include the flexibility and availability needed to raise a child together with Aly. Aly and I would love to have a large family, and once again, I feel the pull to be part of something grand- so here we are now!
More About Chris, By Aly
Chris is the most supportive, loving, and caring person I know. He takes the time to do all of those little, yet amazing things for me every day. He is also adventurous, always keeping our lives interesting. He is constantly dragging me out of my comfort zone and helping me to experience new and exciting things. While I am a bit of a worrier, Chris is very calm and thoughtful. I know that he will make a wonderful father, and I look forward to watching him grow into that role. Chris is truly my better half, and I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
Things That Make Us Happy!
- Hikes with the dogs
- Famers markets
- Movie nights together
- Rescuing animals
- Authentic Mexican food
- Traveling the world (&USA)
- Hosting friends and family
- Playing RockBand together
- Cooking fancy meals
- Board game nights
Our Home and Community
We live in Oceanside, California (Located about halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles). Our home is a two story, four bedroom house in a small and quiet neighborhood. We are close to large city parks, and only a few miles away from the beach. We have a backyard where the dogs love to run around and play. We look forward to keeping active outdoors and the coming years filled with youth sports and community activities. We also enjoy volunteering at the local animal shelter and we look forward to a family life enriched with community service.
Family and Loved Ones
We both hold our families very dear, and keep in touch with our immediate and extended families, including aunts, uncles, cousins, and all other manner of relatives. Although we live in a different state than most of our family, we make regular trips back to Oregon to visit, and we have family stay as guests in our home many times throughout the year, as well. Aly is very close with both her dad and stepmom, Tyler and Judy, and her mom and stepdad, Laurie and Jeff, as well as her two brothers, Adam and Austin. Her family gets together for birthdays and holidays, and frequently visits us in California randomly throughout the year.
As for Chris, his parents, Dan and Char, are always more than willing to host us when we visit Oregon. Of Chris’ three brothers, we probably see Greg and Keith the most. As for Jon and Olivia, we love spending time with them and their three kids, Juliet, Jack, and Hazel, when our paths cross. All of us, including extended family, try to stay close through occasional visits, social media, and other ways we keep in touch.
We have three amazing rescue dogs, Cali, Chewie, and Loki. Cali, a Golden Retriever mix, joined us while we lived in Virginia. Chewie and Loki, both Japanese breed mixes, joined our family a couple of years later, while we lived in Okinawa, Japan. Cali has had the most experience with children, and loves playing with kids and being the center of attention and activity. Chewie and Loki enjoy getting attention and quiet-time cuddles.
List of Favorites!
Chris: Tinkering with electronics
Chris: Men in Black
Aly: Tom Hiddleston
Chris: Dan Aykroyd
Chris: Ground beef and rice stroganoff
Favorite Vacation Spot
Aly: Mountain Cabin
Chris: Somewhere new
Favorite TV Show
Chris: Parks & Rec
Favorite Super Power
Chris: Time Freeze
Our Holiday Traditions
- Halloween parties and candy hand-outs, costumes mandatory
- 4th of July bbqs and fireworks with friends and family
- Christmas Eve dinners and gifts, with the extended family
- Thanksgiving feasts featuring out-of-the-box main dishes such as duck, ribs, chicken wings, build-your-own pizzas, or turkey sliders
- New Years Eve parties featuring plenty of boardgames, food, and drink
We realize that you probably would not be reading this if the path before you were clear or easy. No matter what you decide to do from here, we wish you and your child the best, and know that our hearts go with you.