It is a treat to introduce ourselves and share a little bit of our life stories, and allow you to see — albeit a small part — our anticipation for the “little one to be”.
We are Chris and David. Our home is in Toronto, just East of the Don Valley, in a thriving area called Riverside. The neighbourhood that has a lot of green space, and easy access to transit, but best of all, a great family orientated area. Lots of young children, play areas, and excellent schools, not to mention an ice cream parlour named “the best in Toronto”.
We started our journey together over 12 years ago, and it has been an amazing journey, thus far. We want you to see our life, and will show you we have much to offer. We are looking forward to the next major chapter in our lives; helping a child develop a resilient sense of self and independence, with a strong passion for friends and family.
Life’s journey takes us in wonderful directions. We met at Mamma’s Pizza at Yonge and Adelaide in 2003, and were married in 2005 amongst friends and family in a beautiful back garden in downtown Toronto (yes, they do exist in the city!). We have always had the desire to be parents, and knowing that it will happen one day kept our thirst for adventure alive. Children have always been part of our lives, mostly from friends and family, but none of our own…yet.
Chris was born in Barbados and moved to Canada in 2003, and is the younger of two boys. Chris’ Mum and Dad still live in Barbados, where we visit at lease once a year, mostly around the Winter holidays. We both love Barbados, not only for the sand and sea, but that it feels so much like going home every time we are there.
David was born in England, and his family moved to Canada in the early 1980’s. His family settled in Nova Scotia, where both of his parents live today. David’s Dad is a retired church minister, and his Mum a music teacher in their home town.
We both share a passion for life, and enjoy every minute we have with family. It is difficult at times not having them closer, but we make up for it when we see them.
We live in a modern three-bedroom townhouse, on a quiet one-way street in a close-knit neighbourhood with warm and caring people. The area has lots of parks, —one of which hosts an indoor recreation facility— and the area is also excellent for just walking and enjoying the day.
We love pets, and for the past 12 years we have been lucky to have Emmy in our lives. She is our yellow Labrador Retriever, who is just amazing. Emmy is incredibly affectionate and loves greeting visitors, no matter if she just met them for the first time or has known them for years.
We have many wonderful friends who feel more like family, and many of which we go on vacations with. In fact, we lookout for each other, just like family. Fun is always on the agenda though, and together we always enjoy sharing our home with them. We have started many traditions with our friends, from our annual apple picking trips, to spooky Halloween gatherings. Many of our friends have children, from newborns to teens, giving us a wide network of experience to draw from.
Taking the time to be mindful of the things we have does wonders for the soul. When I think about Chris, I realize what patience he has, and such a level head on his shoulders. Although that levelheadedness doesn’t deter him from having great original ideas. He cares a lot for others, and always has their interests at heart. One of the many reasons I fell in love with him was his ability to see the good in people – even when it’s very difficult to do so. He is also fantastic at giving people the push they need to keep themselves motivated (I benefit from this greatly!).
I am grateful that I found David, he is a gentle, patient, and loving husband. He never stops surprising me and has the ability to always make me laugh, even when I don’t want to. It is his unique personality that I fell in love with, and honestly we have so much fun together, there is not a day that goes by that we don’t laugh and love life. David is an awesome teacher, I know this cause I see the bounty of gifts his kids give him at the end of school year, not to mention the heartfelt notes. He plays the piano, and teaches music to many kids at school. We both push each other to our best, and at times he reminds me its ok to take a breath, and its ok not to be perfect.
David is a Teacher with Toronto District School Board, he has taught from JK to grade 11 for over the past 10 years. He is currently teaching Grade 6 in the East end of Toronto, where he leads seasonal concerts, and helps parents understand the varying needs of their kids.
Chris is VP of Finance of one of Canada’s leading insurance brokerages, and has worked in finance for over 15 years in many progressive roles. He also has a strong passion for the environment, where he used to volunteer for one of Toronto’s leading community environmental organizations.
We are both stable financially and strive to be responsible with our finances. Both of us have a strong work ethic and plan on instilling it in our children as well.
Let kids be kids. We share the same views on parenting, and we plan on being actively involved in your child’s learning experiences by reading, playing and engaging them. We appreciate that each child is unique, and may have different needs. We will be there to help guide them through life, allowing our child to develop their skills, and truly enjoy life. But above all, establish their unique independence.
We are honoured that you decided to take the time to read through our profile. We hope that you have seen that we have big hearts and can be great parents for your child. We would like you to feel as though you are a part of our family. We would want our child to know as much about his/her birth family as we can share, and would respect your wishes around openness.
We appreciate how challenging this process must be for you, but if we can give you one piece of advice, do what feels right. Life should be enjoyed, all filled with love, and lots, and lots of fun.
Chris and David