Joel and Criss fell in love at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 2006. After marrying in 2009, they spent two years in California with Joel’s new job as a mechanical engineer before settling in Vermont, Joel’s hometown.

“We had always talked about having a whole bunch of children,” Criss writes. “We wanted a few biological and a few adopted. We always just thought we’d start off with a couple biological children until we had the finances to pay for adoption.”

But as the years passed and biological children continued to elude the couple, they began to wonder if God may have different plans. “As we started to wrestle with our infertility and all our treatments came up short, we began to ask God if He was wanting us to put our plans of adopting first.”

As God laid an adopted child on their hearts, they began researching adoption, and immediately discovered that the costs seemed insurmountable. Believing that the Lord can move mountains, Criss heard that John and Wendi were beginning to look into adding another couple to the Because of Isaac family.

“There is so much joy in our hearts that Because of Isaac has come along side us to make our dream of becoming parents a reality! We cannot wait to welcome a child into our home forever.”  We hope that you will consider making a donation to help bring a child into Joel and Criss’ family forever.

UPDATE – February 2016: Adoption Goal has been reached!
Joel and Chriss become Mom and Dad! They are Because of Isaac’s third Forever Family!

Joel & Chriss

Joel & Chriss with their new daughter on “Gotcha Day”!


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