Christina & Travis’s Adoption Journey

Adoption is a journey. In these features, we give hopeful adoptive families the space to share what they’ve learned, what they’ve struggled with, and what keeps them going. We’re so happy to introduce you to Christina & Travis.

Tell us about yourself and how you made your way to PairTree?

Our mighty fun family of 3 is full of love, energy and laughs. We adopted our son at birth and love watching him grow into the sweet wild boy he is today. Our home is full of laughter and dog barks too. We have 2 crazy dogs a sweet dachshund Pepper and a big boxer/lab mix Brownie. They keep us on our toes and fill our hearts with joy. We are looking to add a ray of sunshine into our lives with another beautiful child.

Our beautiful boy dressing for supper.

What has surprised you about this process – good and/or bad?

The adoption process is full of emotions that truly make you feel like you are on a roller coaster. One moment life is great and you are waiting and full of excitement then the next you see something that makes you realize something is missing in your life. We have been so blessed to have our son and hear his laughter that touches a part of you. My husband and I have always wanted to have a house full of children’s voices. We knew before we adopted our son that we would love to open up our home to as many children that we would be blessed to have. This process has made us realize the importance of reaching out online to another heart out there that we can bless and open our home to.

Playing a fun game of mini golf with our son

What do you think is misunderstood about adoption?

The most misunderstood concept with adoption is that the birth mother will be shut out completely. That is something we would never want and would not want any birth mother to think. There are so many wonderful families that communicate on multiple levels that are comfortable to the birth mother and adoptive parents. We also send updates and communicate to our son’s birth mother.

Enjoying a cotton candy at the game

Who are your biggest supporters? Who can you always turn to?

Our family are our biggest supporters in our life. I was blessed to have several adopted cousins and friends who have been there for us during our decision to adopt. They are so supportive about the whole process and growing up with my family that were adopted I have been able to see that side of it. This is something that is embraced in our family.

Having fun picking Peaches

Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

For I am truly blessed.

How often do you cry? (Seriously…)

I cry over every little thing like a hallmark commercial or the Christmas hallmark movies.

What you are most proud of – so far – in this process?

I am very proud of our family and their love and support but also how much our son is excited about a having a brother or sister.

What scares you the most about this process — and why?

The unknown is always the scariest but I think that what scares me the most is not being able to reach someone who truly needs comfort, love, support or hope.

If you had a magic wand, what would you like to change most about this process?

I would change the worldly things that stand in the way of two hearts just talking and learning from one another.

Click here to learn more about Christina & Travis. They’d love to hear from you!

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