View Full Version : Our newest hiking buddie

09-02-2009, 03:02 PM
I would like to introduce to my friends here our newest hiking buddy. This is Kristian he is our nephew that has come to live with us for a while. Kristian is 3 years old and his real dad has past on to the summit in the sky. We will most likely be adpoting him in the next 6-12 months becuase his mom, well lets just say isn't to good. We are very excited about this because he has had a rough little life. I wish I had some of the energy he has and cannot wait to get him in the woods. So it is my pleasure to introduce Kristian.



09-02-2009, 03:28 PM
He's a beautiful boy! Congratulations on the addition to your family, Chris! What a great life you'll be able to offer him to make up for the rough times he's had so far!


09-02-2009, 04:08 PM
Chris, you're doing a wonderful thing. You are making a tremendous, positive, life-changing impact on a young child. Fantastic.

Snow Miser
09-02-2009, 05:55 PM
Congratulations Chris! I'm sure you will be able to show him many goods things in life now, hiking only being one of them.

09-02-2009, 07:21 PM
your a good man chris and you will have lots of fun

09-02-2009, 07:42 PM
Thanks everybody. It is definetly going to be a trip. My younest is 9-3/4 as she would say.

09-02-2009, 08:34 PM
Chris, he is adorable. Good luck and enjoy your time together.

KD Talbot
09-02-2009, 09:12 PM
There is nothing quite as satisfying in life as sharing it with a young one. I know, I had 3 I liked it so much! I miss my boys being that age.

You'll have great times, enjoy!

Great pics BTW!


09-02-2009, 10:23 PM
Totally agree with said comments, throw some boots on that kid and turn him loose on the trails!

09-02-2009, 10:36 PM
Fantastic Chris. I can see many great years ahead for all of you. I look forward to meeting Kristian someday.

09-03-2009, 06:18 AM
This is wonderful news. Congratulations to Kristian and his new family. It will be fun for us all to watch him grow and see what things he loves to do. Sign him up for STP10. With a picture and smile like that, how could anyone resist donating?

09-03-2009, 06:41 AM
Thanks everybody. He is a great little kid that just loves the attention. I am excited about getting him in the woods and letting him go so he can see all the different things that he can find. All I know is he has a tremendous amount of energy.Great idea Brad for the STP10. I am sure there will be more pictures of him and with his new sister because he loves taking pictures. It has been quite the adjustment seeing we have not had a little person in the house for a while but it should be great.

09-03-2009, 08:10 AM
If Emma can raise all that money for STP, imagine what that smile will do! Have loads of fun...

09-03-2009, 09:58 AM
A great thing for that little boy AND you guys! Congrats!

Snow Miser
09-03-2009, 11:39 AM
If Emma can raise all that money for STP, imagine what that smile will do! Have loads of fun...

He does have a great smile. Did you take those photos Chris?

You could put some hiking boots, a backpack, and a couple poles in his hands, snap a few photos, and you would have a nice one for your STP 10 page.:)

09-03-2009, 11:50 AM
If Emma can raise all that money for STP, imagine what that smile will do! Have loads of fun...

This is very true. If Emma the cute little dog she is can raise alot then so can Kristian :D.

Yes I did take those photos Bob. We already have the hiking boots for him that my daughter wore 1 time and then totally out grew them. Well as long as they fit ok and they are comfortable for him.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
09-04-2009, 08:44 PM
You and your family have a big heart taking in your nephew. I am sure that he will enjoy the company of his new hiking buddy.


09-06-2009, 03:04 PM
You are a good man! For someone to step in like that is realy great. My father died when I was young and my late Grandfather stepped in to help my mother raise me. I lost him last June on my birthday of all days, and it was like losing my father all over again. That boy will come to see you as his father, and there is no better reward in life than that. I have a boy the same age, and I would hope someone as good hearted as you would step up to the plate for him. Good luck, and God Bless you and yours.


09-06-2009, 03:57 PM
Beautiful kid and just as beautiful thing you are doing to bring him into your family. Now that Alex has finished her 48, I'm sure she can give him some good advice on hiking with all of us slow and old people!

09-06-2009, 07:12 PM
Thanks again everybody. It has been a huge adjustment but we had to do this and I know it will be well worth it. He is a real trip.

09-06-2009, 09:57 PM
Chris, I'll add my high fives to the forum. What a huge gift you are giving and receiving.

My brother will be 62 in October. He and his wife have recently finalized adoption of a grandson ( of hers) born in in 2003, and that little guy started kindergarten just a few weeks ago in Huntsvillle AL.

YES. You read that correctly. Bro is now 62. He and Gayle took custody of grandson at 6 weeks old, 6 years ago, through CPS, and have jumped HOOPS to formally be His Parents.

My brother's own 2 " kids " are now 33 and 35. His eldest ( daughter) has just had her second baby girl, and his youngest ( son) has just recently married in Japan, where ( son) has resided for the last ten years.

My brother just laughs when asked about retirement. He says he wasn't ever planning on a retirement lifestyle in any case, but then he gets all melty and serious when talking about second chances to live with baby laughter ( and tears) in the house and share the childhood learning/ discovery years from the vantage point of full experience rather than one of tentative experiment. I know that my brother reveres his growing-up relationship with one of our late grandfathers, and I so admire the challenge he has taken up with such love.

Huge blessings and congratulations.