We were both raised in different denominations of the Christian faith and we believe that this grounding was very supportive of our spiritual and moral development. And, we will always be are grateful for these teachings. As adults, we have grown to appreciate and respect the sanctity of all the world's spiritual traditions and have friends who practice Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and indigenous rituals. While we do attend the local Unitarian church services and practice meditation and prayer, we are open to the spiritual path our future children will develop and choose for themselves. For us, the most important spiritual practice we hope to have as a family is love. As Fred "Mister" Rogers has said: "Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to love them exactly the way they are, here & now."
Over eighteen years ago Kristina spotted Alan's profile on a dating site, but there were no pictures, just a poem that he shared and that drew her in. We will close our story with this poem in hopes that its magic touches you as it touched us.
Passing stranger! you do not know how longingly I look upon you,
You must be he I was seeking, or she I was seeking (it comes to me as of a dream,)
I have somewhere surely lived a life of joy with you...
With love and gratitude,
Alan and Kristina