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Bronwyn and Andy

Things That Make Us Happy

Bronwyn
  • 1. Exploring through Cy’s eyes
  • 2. Making art with paint and…
  • 3. Close friends
  • 4. Play dates at the park
  • 5. Books and learning
  • 6. Family time at the beach
Andy
  • 1. Relaxing with family
  • 2. Being near the ocean
  • 3. Making Cy laugh
  • 4. Inspiring others
  • 5. Family adventures
  • 6. Parenting with Bronwyn

Hello, we are Bronwyn and Andy from Southern California

Before we share more about ourselves, we first want to thank you for considering our family.

Your well-being in this process is really important to us, and while we can’t know exactly what you’re going through, we can only imagine that considering adoption hasn’t been easy. This is something we will always hold in our hearts with respect and gratitude.

We’re excited to share a little about our lives, and we hope there is a connection. If it feels right, we would be thrilled to meet you! Whether we are the family for your baby or not, we truly wish you peace with your decision.

 

Our story

It’s hard to capture all of who we are in words, but if you were to meet us, you would find that we are loving, playful and creative people with a passion for adventure. When we first met through close friends, we both knew within the day that we would spend the rest of our lives together. The overwhelming sense of “YES!” we shared for one another in those early days continues to be the foundation of our relationship. Ever since we thought about having a family, adoption has been in our hearts as a plan. That sense of possibility we shared early on, is something we also wanted to bring into parenthood. In July, 2017 we were thrilled to adopt our son Cy Christopher Talbot. We have so much joy as parents, we are hoping now to find a sibling for Cy to make our family dream complete.

 

A note from Cy’s Birth Parents

“There are no words to describe just how special our journey has been. Andy and Bronwyn are the most beautiful people we’ve ever met. Sharing such a unique and intimate experience has changed our lives and connected us forever. We are so grateful for the wonderful parents our baby boy has, and deeply comforted by all the love that surrounds him. We are so thrilled that he will have a sibling to grow up with and enrich their lives every day.”

 

Bronwyn through Andy’s eyes

Bronwyn is an artist at heart, approaching everything she does with creative passion. She makes our home feel so warm and colorful. I love her spontaneity, and her easygoing nature.

She can pull together gourmet meals for unexpected friends, or even after a sleepless night with Cy, she’s up smiling in the morning, ready for an early hike. Bronwyn is one of the smartest most curious people I know. Although she started her career as an artist and filmmaker, she wanted to devote herself to working with children. She has her Masters Degree in Psychology and worked in foster care and adoption, while also volunteering for many years with a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization devoted to families. It’s not surprising that Bronwyn is an incredible mother. She loves kids! Her work has been entirely dedicated to their well-being. When I watch her with Cy, I see how kind and patient she is with him. She ignites his creativity by setting up activities for him to explore – new textures and tastes and things to push and pull himself over as he learns to move around. She loves to take him outdoors to discover the world and she can also be gentle and quiet, finding time to read stories or laugh about the day.

Andy through Bronwyn’s eyes

Andy is one of the most optimistic people I have ever known. He is the kind of person people turn to for inspiration. In fact, he’s made a career out of it. Rather than getting stuck on what’s not working, Andy sees possibility and solutions. Andy has a degree in engineering and a passion for innovation. He has worked internationally building successful technology start-ups and in recent years he has been bridging technology companies and mentoring up and coming entrepreneurs through university programs. He is focused and works hard, and equally knows how to play when he’s not working. Andy has always had a love of children, as a coach for developmentally disabled kids, a host for innercity kids’ summer adventure programs, a favorite uncle to his four nieces and now as Cy’s father. As a father, Andy is kind and respectful. He is warm, intelligent, and not afraid to laugh at himself, which makes him the life of the party with Cy! He’s the guy singing “Baby Beluga,” crawling around playing puppets, or up early to go spot dolphins off the beach with Cy and Freja in tow. Andy is a thoughtful and devoted partner and parent who established early on one of the core values in our family. My heart lit up when he told me, “No matter what, we always have to treat each other with kindness.” It’s what I wanted to know that he was capable of – not just to be strong and full of adventure, but to be thoughtful and loving too.

Freja is our three-year-old dog

She is full of playful energy and so curious, wanting to be included in all the action. Freja is well trained and gentle. She adores Cy, and without doubt will welcome another baby into her pack. As they grow together, we know the kids will come to love her as a devoted best friend.

Our home and neighborhood

After living in larger cities for most of our lives, when we decided to create a family, we set down roots in Ojai, which is a stunning valley located about 80 miles north of Los Angeles. We knew we wanted to raise our family in a close-knit, diverse community, amongst dear friends and opportunities to explore the outdoors– trail riding, beachcombing, following the dolphins and exploring the nearby islands. With a rich culture fed by proximity to L.A., we have world-class art and music festivals, a wide-ranging choice of schools, and a community of children to play with! We love being close to L.A., so that we can drive in to explore everything the city has to offer: the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier, live music at Hollywood Bowl, the Long Beach aquarium, and Disneyland! All that and we can come home at night to where we can actually see the stars, hear the quiet, and snuggle up on the back porch. We have a four-bedroom house with a large fenced-in back yard filled with fruit trees. Luckily, Andy’s work affords us the opportunity to work mainly from home, so our days are flexible and most often start with a hike through the mountains or down to the beach with Cy and Freja, who both love the ocean!

Meet our loved ones

Bronwyn grew up in Vancouver, B.C. Canada. Although her parents separated when she was young, both parents remarried and her family grew even more full. With four brothers and a sister, cousins, nephews and nieces and four loving grandparents, Bronwyn’s family was thrilled to welcome Cy and can’t wait to add another new member to the tribe! Andy was born and raised in Cornwall, England, a coastal community where his family still lives and where his love of the ocean began! Andy has a brother, sister and four nieces ranging in age from 5 to 19 years old. Our nieces have had so much fun teaching Cy the ropes. They keep checking in to see when his sibling will arrive, so they can plan their next California visit! Feeling a strong sense of connection and belonging is incredibly important to both of us. Even though we were born oceans apart, we each grew up in loving families that emphasized our strengths and encouraged us to follow a path that brought the most joy. Each of us has traveled extensively through Europe, the U.S.A. and Asia, and in our own ways, we have come to define “family” to include all the many heart connections we’ve made along the way. We make time every week to video chat with our relatives, which keeps us feeling close and family up to date on Cy’s latest discoveries. Whether we’re visiting Vancouver or Cornwall or hosting everyone here in sunny Southern California, we love the sense of playful chaos that arises in a house full of loved ones.

Our Values

The life we imagine for our children is one in which we provide opportunities and experiences to help them find what they are most passionate about, the things that make them feel “YES!” inside.. As a family, we value kindness. We practice compassion and respect for others, which is especially important in moments of difference. Whereas Andy tends to dive into experiences, Bronwyn is more deliberate and takes her time. Most often this provides balance to the family, but in difficult moments, when one way just seems more right than the other, we are committed to really listening to each other’s perspective. We take time each day to really connect and spend time together, to remember that “love” is in our words and also in our actions. We believe that this approach serves us well when it comes to parenting!

Our thoughts about parenting

  • We believe parenting is a lifelong commitment to love, protect and guide our children toward their greatest passions and potential.
  • We think that our presence in our children’s lives, the opportunities for education, travel and experiences we can provide, and our enthusiastic encouragement are vital for our children’s sense of self-worth and confidence.
  • We believe that discipline is a tool for guidance and learning about boundaries, structure and stability—not for punishment. We all make mistakes, and given the support and opportunity to try again, helps us grow!
  • As the primary figures in our children’s lives, we also value the significant love, guidance and support that family and friends will lend. We want our children to feel part of a larger community, and that there are many trusted and loving people available to cheer us all on!
  • It’s important to us that our children understand about adoption and that they grow up knowing that their birth families are a cherished part of our whole family story.

What we want our child to know

I am loved (adored), loving and lovable.

I am compassionate. I treat others with kindness, patience and respect.

I am competent. I can make a difference in the world.

I am confident. I trust and believe in myself.

I dream big and follow my passion. I am intelligent. I think clearly with my head and my heart.

I have a moral compass. I know right from wrong, and I make good choices.

I know where I came from. My story is unique and beautiful and mine to tell.

My birth family loves me very much.

 

 

Thank you for considering our family. This gives you a glimpse into our lives, but you may have more questions you’d like answered to decide whether we are the right family for your child. If you’d like to learn more about us or to speak with us directly, please contact your adoption advisor at AdoptHelp by calling toll free 1.800.637.9999.