Chris and Melina were longtime friends before they started dating the summer before her senior year. It didn’t take long for each of them to realize that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. Although Melina was young (just about to turn 19) when they got married, she was the oldest and only girl in her family of five children and she knew she was ready to get married and start a family. Chris was also from a big family of eight children. Both Chris and Melina knew that they wanted to have at least four children. A couple of months after they got married, they were excited to find out that they were expecting. Ten months later, Ella was born. When Melina was seven months pregnant with her second child Ian, the couple found out that Ella had a genetic condition called Angelman syndrome. There were so many unknowns for this young couple, but they devoted their time to making sure Ella received the therapies and things she needed to thrive. About four years after the diagnosis, Chris and Melina talked about adding more children to their family. It didn’t take long, and Bensen, Liberty, and Lila were born into the family.
In July of 2020 Melina was browsing through Facebook and saw a fundraiser for a little girl with Angelman Syndrome. When she finally took the time to click on the link to see the little girl, it was like God was calling Melina to her! She thought about her all afternoon! She gathered all the information she could because she wanted to be prepared with as much information as possible could be when Chris got home from work
When Chris got home that evening, Melina couldn’t wait to tell him and show him this angel’s sweet picture! Chris thought she was crazy (it’s not the first time in their 14 yr marriage he has thought this, and things usually turn out ok lol). Being the amazing man he is, it didn’t take long and he was on board! This is their first adoption, but they know they can give this little girl a great life with parents and siblings who will love her unconditionally! They are extremely grateful for any help that is given to them as they work their hardest to get their girl home!! Much love and God Bless.
2/28/2021 — APPT in MARCH