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QUICK FACTS

Phone: Karin Maiterth, Beginnings Family Services, or JFJ Hope Centre
we live in: Kincardine, Ontario
Our neighbourhood: Rural
Other Children: Carter, 2 years old
Pets: Quinn (dog)

HELLO!

Thank you for taking the time to hear our story. We hope that it allows you a glimpse into our lives and allows you to get to know us a little bit. We hope you see something in us that resonates with you and that it gives you a small amount of comfort during this time of your life.

We can only imagine the important decision you have coming up. We are wishing you strength and compassion as you consider making an adoption plan for your baby and know you are doing it out of selfless love for your child.

We are high school sweethearts and we always knew that we wanted to have children. We are unable to have biological children. We knew in our hearts that adoption was the path for us. It was, without a doubt, the best decision we ever made.

We welcomed our amazing son, Carter, into our hearts and home through the blessing of adoption. We are so grateful to have him in our lives and love him so much.

So without further ado…let’s get started!

OUR LOVE

We met while working at Wendy’s in Niagara during our last year of high school. We dated for 9 years while we were in university/college and then worked hard establishing our careers. Our dog Quinn joined our family in February, 2012 and we happily became engaged a month later. We were married in September, 2013 in Niagara-On-The-Lake, 10 years after we first began dating. It was one of the best days of our lives, and a special day that we were able to share with family and friends. We went to Disney World for our honeymoon! We welcomed our beautiful son, Carter, into our hearts in September 2017, through the blessing of adoption.

Being parents to Carter is our greatest joy in life. He is our greatest adventure. We cannot wait to welcome your child into our lives and to experience, once again, the type of deep unconditional love for a little one. We feel we can provide an amazing life for your child and we have so much love in our hearts to give!

MEET HEATHER

Hi! I am Heather! I am happily married to my best friend, Jordan. There is nothing I love more than being a mother and wife. My family is always my first priority. I am a stay at home mom and dedicate my life to our son, Carter. Previously, I had worked for school boards in special education, as an Educational Assistant, for over 10 years. I enjoy being active, and spending time outdoors with my family. My absolute favourite activity though is spending time at home with Jordan, Carter and hopefully a second child. In a nutshell, I would describe myself as happy, kind, loyal, reliable, and fun. I would be honoured and happy to welcome you to be part of our lives!

WHAT JORDAN SAYS ABOUT HEATHER

I have been in love with Heather since the first time I met her. I was instantly drawn to her beautiful smile and infectious laugh. She is smart, compassionate, patient, charming, and goofy. She is the most caring person you will ever meet and brings joy to everyone around her. Heather always puts family first. I gained another family the day I started dating Heather; her family welcomed me in as one of their own. The day Heather became a Mom was the best day of her life. Carter is an amazing little boy and it’s in large part due to Heather’s nurturing and loving nature. She would love nothing more than to become a mom to another tiny person. She is my best friend, the best wife and the best mother.

MEET JORDAN

Hi! I am Jordan! I am an energetic, life-loving husband and father. I love nothing more than spending time with my family and they are always my number one priority. I love being a Dad! I grew up in an active family playing many sports and staying active is still an important part of my life today. I attended university for a 5 year program in mechanical engineering. Following graduation, I secured employment with a nuclear power utility as an engineer and a few years ago, I moved into management. I’d describe myself as fun, hardworking, and devoted to my family. I sincerely hope we have the pleasure of welcoming you and your child into our lives.

WHAT HEATHER SAYS ABOUT JORDAN

Jordan is the best person I have ever known (although I may be a little biased). He is loyal, trustworthy, kind, and loving. He makes me laugh every day. He always puts our family above everything else. Jordan is an amazing father to Carter. I love watching the two of them together – they have such a special bond. Whether they are just cuddling on the couch or going on an adventure together, they always have a blast! Coming from a larger family, Jordan has always wanted more than one child. I hope more than anything that we can welcome your child home. Jordan is my rock in life and my biggest supporter. He is my best friend. He truly is my better half and I fall more in love with him every day.

MEET CARTER

Carter is a spunky little toddler. He is the happiest little guy. Since joining our family in September 2017, he has brought us and our families, endless amounts of joy. He is so loving and affectionate. He has a great sense of humour and makes everyone who knows him laugh. A few things Carter loves are: things that go (trucks, motorcycles, airplanes, boats, tractors, construction vehicles….he loves them all!!), playing outside, arts and crafts, music and dancing (we have epic dance parties!), books, swimming, and of course we couldn’t forget…Paw Patrol ☺

Carter loves babies and is going to make a fantastic big brother. You can rest assured that your child will always have a lifelong friend in Carter and have a sibling to make memories with! If you were to choose us, your child will have a sibling who is also adopted and that is an experience that they can share together for their whole lives!

LOVE IS WET NOSES, SLOPPY KISSES AND WAGGING TAILS

Quinn is our lovely four legged friend. We don’t think there is another dog out there that is more loved! Quinn is 7 years young and is pure fluffy cuteness! She is a Shih-poo (Shih-tzu-poodle) and is non-shedding.

Quinn absolutely adores people and she really loves children. She is a fantastic big sister to Carter. She is always gentle with him and they love playing together! We are sure she would love another little person to join her pack!

YOUR CHILD’S LIFE

We are so fortunate to come from warm, loving, supportive, and caring families. Carter is being raised much like we were raised, as will your child. We will raise your child to have kindness for all people, responsibility, honesty, family closeness, independence, healthy lifestyle, education, self-respect and confidence.

We know that a child needs, and we will provide, unconditional love. We will provide a caring, supportive, compassionate and nurturing home in order for your child to grow into a happy, healthy and confident person. We will encourage your child to try new things and will gently guide them from infancy to adulthood. We believe that children learn through play, using all their senses in exploring and using their imagination.

We will introduce your child to many leisure activities, encourage them and let them choose the activities they enjoy, while we cheer for them on the sidelines. We do this with Carter already, as we believe it will allow him to find his passions in life. We will enjoy with your child, the everyday simple joys of being parents as we do with Carter. Those include: play dates, doing crafts with them, taking them to the park, playing games with them, baking/cooking with them, coaching /taking them to their activities/sports/clubs, helping them with their homework, reading with them and tucking them into bed every night. We also love going on family day trips (sports games, zoos, museums, etc). We are planning on doing a lot of camping trips and vacations to make lots of memories!

When Carter was quite young, I (Heather) decided not to return to work and instead be a stay at home Mom. We believe it benefits a child greatly to have a parent at home. Carter and I stay busy doing lots of different activities in our community. We are currently doing or have done: Kindermusik, Kindergym, dance and movement classes, swimming lessons, story time at the library, and programs through the early years centre. Your child will have all these same wonderful opportunities. When Carter turned 18 months he began going to a great daycare centre in town 2 days a week. We will do the same with your child as it is great for their learning and social development.

OUR HOME AND COMMUNITY

We live in a small rural beach-side town in southwestern Ontario, on the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. It’s great because we get small town living but are also only a couple hours away from cities such as Toronto and London. We are very blessed to live in a community as wonderful as ours. The people in our community are friendly, welcoming and more than willing to help one another. We have many friends and most of them have children so we have a lot of play-dates! Due to the technical industry in this area, it is a multinational town with people and families from all walks of life.

We live in a cute, cozy side split, in a quiet and family oriented neighbourhood. We have a bright open house with 4 bedrooms. We have a large fenced yard that has a lot of room for your child to roam and play in. Carter loves romping around in it! Just down the road from our house is a great children’s playground that we always go to with Carter and walking trails are just down the street that we frequently use!

Your child will be able to enjoy many things in our community. The beautiful beach is just a 2 minute walk from our front porch! You can usually find us on the beach building sandcastles in the summer months! We are very close to the baseball diamonds and the soccer fields. There are many children’s playgrounds, a splash pad (we love it!), as well as a few Provincial Parks very close by.

Our community also offers your child wonderful schools, mommy and baby/children groups, dance studios, children’s music lessons, a library, and a great recreation centre with a large gym, pool, and ice rink.

MEET HEATHER’S FAMILY

I grew up in St. Catharines, in a two parent family. I have an older sister, Laura, and a younger brother, Gregory. We are a very close family. My Mom is one of my best friends and both of my parents are an incredible source of support for Jordan, Carter and myself. I have many fond memories of holidays, birthdays, vacations, and time spent together as a family. They all love Carter so much and welcomed him with open arms and hearts into the family. We know, without a doubt it will be the exact same with your child!

I have a lot of extended family. My Mom is one of four children and my Dad is one of seven children. I have many Aunts, Uncles, and cousins. And now some of my cousins have children, so Carter and your child will get to grow up with lots of cousins! The day we announced Carter’s birth to everyone, there was literally not a dry eye! Everyone is so excited to welcome your child into our lives and family with open arms. My Dad was born and raised in Scotland and moved to Canada when he was in his teens. I am of Scottish, Irish and Italian ethnicity.

MEET JORDAN’S FAMILY

I grew up in St Catharines, in a two parent family, as the eldest of 2 brothers, Grant and Corey, and a sister, Miranda. Grant, his wife Fei, and their son Kobe live in Florida. We see them a few times a year but FaceTime regularly! Corey and his wife Aimee live much closer to us and they have a daughter, Cecilia (Cece), who we see often. My sister, Miranda, is a wonderful paramedic! We are a close knit family and everyone is so supportive and excited of our dream to welcome another child into the family through adoption.

I have been lucky to witness my parent’s great marriage and parenting. It has allowed me to apply what I have learned from them in my life with Heather and Carter. My Mom and Dad are both one of four children. My Dad’s family live in the USA, but my Mom’s family all live close by in Ontario. I have many aunts, uncles and cousins. A few of my cousins have children too. Everyone simply adores Carter and we know they will adore your child as well!

OUR PROMISE TO YOU

We would both feel very fortunate if we could have an open adoption with you and your baby. Your child will always know their adoption story. We will ensure that they are proud of it and proud of you. We want you and your family to stay an important part of your child’s life and our life. Your child will always know how very much they are loved and wanted, by both you and us. We recognize that every adoption relationship looks different, and we will honour the level of openness that you are comfortable with.

We have an open adoption with Carter’s biological parents. We send them photo updates every few months and have visits with them. We are also always reachable by phone or email. We have a great relationship with them and their families and feel so lucky to have them as part of our lives.

We are truly looking forward to becoming parents through adoption once again. We would love to meet with you to learn your hopes and dreams for your baby.

THANK YOU

We, along with our families, are so excited to have the opportunity to welcome your child into our home and our lives. Our parents and siblings are bursting at the seams with excitement to welcome a new grandchild and niece or nephew into the family. Our family and friends have always been incredibly supportive in our adoption journey and we all cannot wait to shower your child with unconditional love!

We look forward to welcoming you and your family into our lives. Please always know, we want you to remain an important person in your son or daughter’s life and in our life.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for considering us as possible parents for your son or daughter and we promise to love them with every piece of ourselves for our entire lives. We are sending you love, courage and strength as you make the important decision ahead.

With love,

Heather, Jordan & Carter