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Lisa and Shaun

Dear Birth Mother:

Hello!  We are Lisa and Shaun. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us. We want you to know from the bottom of our hearts that we intend to love your child unconditionally if given the opportunity. It takes an incredibly remarkable person to choose the path of adoption, and we have the utmost respect for your strength and courage. OUR PROMISE TO YOU IS; your child will grow up in an environment full of LOVE, RESPECT, ENCOURAGEMENT & ADVENTURE. We cannot wait to become parents!

Our Story, written by Lisa:

We are both from the wonderful city of Toronto, Canada. A group trip to Spain brought us together as a couple after many years of beings friends. At that time Shaun was working in Egypt, peacekeeping for the Canadian Military, and I was completing my Masters of Education at the University Of Edinburgh, Scotland. Not long after that trip, we were engaged! Both our families were thrilled! We had our big dream wedding in the summer of 2008 in Toronto, Canada.

Throughout our marriage we have had the opportunity to experience living in a variety of different locations across North America, which is great because we both share a strong passion for adventure and experiencing new places. We have now settled in California where we spend lots of our time exploring this amazing state. We knew quickly after we got married that we wanted to start a family, but unfortunately due to some fertility struggles we have been unsuccessful at having our own biological children. The important point to us is that we have so much love to give a child whether biological or not. We are so thrilled to be taking this next step in our lives to finally becoming parents.

 

Things We Love To Do:

We enjoy travelling so much and we make sure we get in at least 3 vacations each year! Some of our favorite destinations were Spain, Hawaii, the Caribbean and Italy. We often do trips with our extended family and friends who we love spending time with. We especially enjoy being outdoors hiking the trails in the foothills around our house. WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE BEACHES. Our photograph collection is 99% beach photos!

We also love experimenting with healthy recipes, choosing lots of local organic foods from our weekly farmers market. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very important to us. We are members of a wonderful gym that we go to a lot to workout and use the pool. Our family calls our gym “the all-inclusive resort”! We also really enjoy golfing; this is a sport we hope to play until old age. We really just love being together, whether it’s being active or relaxing on the couch watching a movie.

 

Meet Lisa

Lisa, through Shaun’s eyes:

Without a doubt, Lisa is the most incredible person I have ever met! I knew from the first day I laid eyes on her that I had found that “someone special”, yet it would still take me over 10 years to muster up the courage to ask her out! We have now been married for 10 years and I am still captivated by her compassion for others, her commitment to her family and her ability to make you feel like you are the most important person in the room.

She is the “go-to person” to plan our family events, as she enjoys seeing others having a good time. Lisa’s energy is never ending, she loves being outdoors in the mountains hiking, but she is most happy with her feet in the sand listening to the waves crashing on a warm beach. Lisa encourages me and is always so supportive of everything I do.

Lisa is a very talented elementary school teacher, who adores working with children. She is always telling me stories about all the funny things kids do and how they brighten up her day. She approaches her work with the intention of getting the best out of her students, while providing a positive learning environment.   These are just a few of the many exceptional qualities that will make her a REMARKABLE MOTHER, who is full of KNOWLEDGE, PATIENCE and MOST IMPORTANTLY LOVE!

 

Meet Shaun

Shaun through Lisa’s eyes:

I wake up every morning thankful to be married to my best friend and such an incredible man. Shaun always works hard, knows how to have a good time, and makes me feel so loved. He loves adventure and travel, which actually brought us together.

I’m very proud of Shaun’s accomplishments. As an Air Traffic Controller for the Air Force he has climbed the ranks due to his dedication and desire for achievement receiving opportunities to live and work in the US. Although he is devoted to his work commitments, he always makes time for fun, making every day special.

Shaun is a passionate sports fan, always checking scores and stats. He is a devoted fan of Manchester United, an English soccer team. He loves having barbecues while watching sports events with friends and family. He also loves PLAYING GOLF, FISHING and BOATING any chance he gets.

Kids are drawn to Shaun immediately because of his playful and fun personality, he too is a big kid! Our nieces absolutely adore him! Without a doubt, Shaun will be the most involved and loving father. I honestly can’t say enough about this wonderful man that I am lucky enough to call my husband!

 

Our Family & Friends:

The people we love, both of our families are from Toronto, Canada. We see our families quite often because we travel to Canada a few times a year and our families come to visit us in California. We have a very close relationship with Lisa’s family. Lisa has a younger brother and sister. Her brother and his wife have two gorgeous girls who we just can’t get enough of. Lisa and her sister are attached at the hip and are often mistaken for twins, but there’s actually eight years between them! She talks to her family almost every day through Facetime, thank goodness for technology! Lisa’s parents are wonderful and generous people. Her parents spend half the year in Toronto and the other half at their home in Florida. We all love spending time at their place in the sunny south! Lisa has extended family that we are also very close to that live in Scotland and Germany.

Shaun is an only child, but has cousins that are like brothers. Sports fanatics would describe Shaun’s family, and they love to all meet up to go a see a Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game when we’re up visiting. We both feel blessed to have this amazing connection with our families. We are also very lucky to have friends that we consider family. Our lives are truly filled with amazing people!

Our Home:

We live in Roseville, California: Our amazing city is VERY SAFE, IDEAL FOR RAISING CHILDREN, and is KNOWN FOR HAVING AN INCREDIBLE SCHOOL DISTRICT as well as BEAUTIFUL WEATHER year round. Our location is great because it’s close to so many amazing areas such as Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Napa Valley, Yosemite and many more within an hour’s drive. We live in a new home in a nice family friendly neighborhood with a park directly across the street, and paved trails right behind us. We are minutes from Folsom lake which is great for a variety of different activities. We are excited to raise our child in such a wonderful community!

 

To Our Child, We Promise:

  • To LOVE YOU unconditionally
  • To be raised in a HOME FULL OF LAUGHTER and fun!
  • To ensure you receive a GOOD EDUCATION
  • To encourage you to FIND YOUR PASSIONS in life
  • To provide you with lifelong opportunities to EXPLORE THE WORLD
  • To always SUPPORT YOUR AMBITIONS
  • To teach you the importance of DIVERSITY AND ACCEPTANCE
  • To help you to become an INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENT and RESPONSIBLE PERSON
  • To share with you our LOVE OF TRAVEL
  • To surround you with POSITIVE AND IDEAL REMODELS
  • To PASS ON OUR LIFE EXPERIENCES, so that life may be just a little easier for you!

 

Closing Thoughts:

Life doesn’t always go the way you planned, but what we do know is that our experiences along the way have brought us closer and continues to make us stronger as a couple. Our journey to start a family has been very long and difficult, but we’ve never given up on our dream to be parents. We strongly believe adoption is the direction we were meant to move in. We are ready and so incredibly excited to become parents and raise our child in a home with LOTS OF LOVE, LAUGHTER and ADVENTURE.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for this amazing opportunity.