Hello! Before we begin this letter we want to extend to you our respect and love, and wish you strength and wellbeing during this time. Please know that this letter is truly from our hearts and it is a privilege that you would consider us as a family to love and raise your child.
We would love to share with you a little about who we are, what has brought us to this place in our lives and how we imagine our future as a family of four. We met almost 10 years ago through mutual friends and pretty soon after meeting our adventures together began. Two years later, June 2010, we set off to Central America and married on a beautiful cliff top in Costa Rica, just the two of us.
We always imagined having two children and when we were faced with secondary infertility we reached a crossroads that started us on our adoption journey. Pursuing fertility treatments didn’t resonate with either of us, and our conversations moved to completing our family through adoption. It sounds so silly but once we made our decision to adopt our hearts literally grew!
We own a lovely heritage home a short ferry ride from Vancouver, Canada. Our home is in a beautiful, warm, vibrant, family centered community surrounded by forests, beaches and mountains. We have a big garden with fruits trees; a swing set, trampoline and a family sized hammock…blue prints are underway for an epic treehouse. We are a short walk from the wonderful community elementary school, which takes advantage of the surrounding beaches and forests for classes. It is a vibrant community for families with parks, recreation centres, swimming pools, hiking, beaches, an ice rink, a cinema, libraries and a ski hill with in a short distance.
Vancouver is a safe, beautiful, multicultural and diverse city with an excellent education system. It has beautiful parks and beaches and is surrounded by mountains. It has a thriving art, theatre and music scene, excellent skiing and snowboarding in the winter, and great lakes to camp by in the summer.
As parents and a couple we share the same values. Tolerance, compassion and respect for others (and ones self) are invaluable lessons. We want to give our children the space to grow and we want to fill their worlds with experiences, love, support, guidance and FUN.
We want to cultivate an ‘open dialogue’ relationship, where they feel that they can come to us with anything and know they’ll receive our unconditional support. We want our daughter and your child to know that anything is possible, and that we will be there to celebrate, encourage and comfort at every step of the way.
While we reserve any expectations of our little humans, we do value the importance of a good education. We plan to provide financially for our family should they chose to continue into further education; we have established an education fund for Kitty and intend to do the same for your child. Happily the education fund can be used for ‘traditional universities’ and ‘non-traditional’ fields of learning, such as a full emersion into classical guitar in Argentina!
In her own words she “cannot wait to be a big sister”. We have included her in our conversations about adoption and we’re so proud of her beautiful contributions. Kitty is such a confident, compassionate and nurturing soul. She is full of life, adventures and ideas…many of which include her future sibling.
Kitty loves to move and create and has done yoga, music and ballet since she was 2! She has taken cookie making classes, clay modelling classes and farming camp! Kitty has collected rocks, shells and stones (her jewels) since she started walking and we have glass jars FULL of them. We decided to paint and decorate some of them and return them to the beaches for other people to enjoy. She is incredibly close to her cousins in Vancouver and has a wonderful group of friends. Kitty wants to be a singer, an animal doctor, a painter, a ballet teacher and a polar bear snuggler. This pretty much sums up her big loves.
According to Chris, Lizzie is warm, funny, compassionate, loyal, welcoming, and a brilliant mum (Mom)!
Lizzie, Chris and Kitty are incredibly close to Lizzie’s siblings and their 8 nieces and nephews. They all try to get together at least once a year and Lizzie sees her sister (who lives in Vancouver) at least one a month, where dinners often turn into dance parties.
Lizzie’s and Kitty have become quite skilful bakers and love cooking up a treat for the Friday family movie night. Lizzie is a lifelong vegetarian and has practiced yoga and meditation for almost ten years. Through this she has developed her appreciation for mindful living and creating a nurturing home environment.
Having dreamed of working with animals since she was a little girl, Lizzie is a Registered Veterinary Technician. Lizzie works part time at a wonderful clinic near the family home and once or twice a year she volunteers with the Canadian Animal Assistance team, a charitable organization that works in communities that do not have access to proper veterinary care.
Talk about bringing your work home…we have two cats and two dogs, all rescues. Our two little cats, Otter and Kangaroo came via Lizzie’s volunteer work with the SPCA. Our two dogs, Paco and Reggie are the best of friends and have seven legs between them; Reggie is a tripod! Reggie is the HAPPIEST dog you’ll ever meet and he has big plans to meet EVERYBODY. Once he is a little older we plan to qualify him as a therapy dog, he has overcome so much in his short life and he such a sunny little guy.
According to Lizzie Chris is one of the kindest and most patient people you will ever meet. He also has boundless energy when it comes to playing with children and Kitty’s friends call Chris the ‘fun dad’.
Chris combined his love of art and gardening over 15 years ago and has since which grow (pardon the pun!) his company into a successful business. His knowledge of plant material has been passed onto Kitty, and together they make flower arrangements from the spoils of their walks together.
Chris is one of those people that is good at every sport. Cycling, snowboarding, skateboarding, running, golf (if you can call that a sport!). He has cycled up the winding roads of one of our local mountains, and snowboarded down it! His cake making skills cannot go unmentioned. He has by default become the family cake maker and decorator for Kitty’s birthday parties and each year they become more elaborate.
At work Chris is head designer and co-owner of a landscaping company and is a passionate botanist. At home he is head of renovations, head of wrestling with kids and dogs and mastermind of awkward photographs.
We are blessed to have wonderful family and friends who support us. We feel so steady in our life and so ready to open our arms to the final piece of our family’s puzzle. Through open adoption your child will always know they were placed for adoption out of love. We promise you your child will always be surrounded by love. We promise you that your story will always be honoured. We promise you that we will always respect and value the importance of you, and we will always embrace openness in adoption at a level you are comfortable with.